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TumbleBook Library No Longer Available

November 30, 2016 | Joanne | Comments (0)

TumbleBook Library is no longer available. Please see OverDrive's read-along format for children. This growing collection currently has over 1,400 titles which include all the popular Robert Munsch works.

Robert Munsch Read alongs

OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks for Kids also includes picture books, Sesame Street and Disney titles, beginning readers and chapter books.


Take an Online Course this Fall

October 11, 2016 | Joanne | Comments (3)

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It's a great time to brush up on a skill or learn a new one. Gale Courses offers instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics -- free with your library card. Take as many courses as you want, whenever you want, as there are no limits. Courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released every week on Wednesday and Friday. New sessions begin every month. Note these are not credit courses.

Courses cover:

  • Computers and Technology - all skill levels from beginner to advanced on specific applications, programming, database management, graphic and multimedia design, networking and web technology
  • Career and Professional Development - includes courses relating to accounting, business, entrepreneurship, management, writing and sales
  • Personal Enrichment - courses relating to digital photography, arts and personal finance

Getting started is easy. You will need a valid Toronto Public Library card. The creation of a personal account is also required.

The courses include lessons, quizzes and assignments. Each lesson is accompanied by an interactive discussion area where you can post a question to the instructor. You can take a quiz as many times as you like but you can only take the final exam once. If you take the final exam and get a passing score of 65% or higher, you can download a certificate of completion.

Check out the library's eLearning page to learn about other online learning resources.

There is definitely something for everyone. Let the learning begin!

Stream Cinema Classics - New Criterion Collection Now Available

September 6, 2016 | Joanne | Comments (2)

Attention all cinema enthusiasts! Criterion Collection, a new streaming video service, offers unlimited access to over 350 influential feature and documentary films of Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel, Federico Fellini, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles and more. There are no limits to the number of films that can be streamed and all films are always available. It also includes film essays and interviews. Transcripts are available for many films. 

Some of the titles available include:

Modern Times 1006421120-size-exact-140x140   My Life as a Dog 1006461748-size-exact-140x140   Wings of Desire 1006461812-size-exact-140x140

 All these women   Le Havre 1006835575-size-exact-140x140   Hoop Dreams 1007081485-size-exact-140x140

 Scanners 1006461052-size-exact-140x140    Close-up 1006835563-size-exact-140x140   Au revoir les enfants 1006461016-size-exact-140x140

Please note that Criterion Collection does not include all Criterion film titles. It is a subscription service for libraries. Not all of the Criterion titles are available through this service.

Check out this new streaming resource. It will definitely be of interest to film buffs and cinema studies students and enthusiasts.

Planning A Road Trip?? Bring Along an eAudiobook

July 18, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (2)

Summer vacations often involve quite a bit of car travel. One way to help pass the time on a long drive is to listen to an audiobook. Toronto Public Library has many 'e' audiobooks that can be borrowed and downloaded to computers, smartphones and tablets or transferred (from a computer) onto portable music players like iPods.  

If you are looking for some suggestions for audiobooks to borrow, the Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), honours excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.  

Here are some of the 2016 Audie Award winners, listed by category:

Ghost boy Nightingale A Man on the Moon Furiously happy Career of evil

Autobiography/Memoir: Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius. Read by Simon Bubb

Fiction: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Read by Polly Stone

History/Biography: A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin and Tom Hanks. Read by Bronson Pinchot

Humour: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.  Read by author

Mystery: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. Read by Robert Glenister


Illuminae Born with teeth Ghettoside Highwayman Patriot threat

Multi-voiced Performance: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  Read by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe and Jonathan McClain

Narration by Author: Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Non-Fiction: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy. Read by Rebecca Lowman

Romance: The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne. Read by Derek Perkins

Thriller/Suspense: The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry. Read by Scott Brick


Toronto Public Library has two collections of eAudiobooks -- OverDrive and OneClickdigital. Apple and Android apps are available for both services. OverDrive also has a Windows 8/10 app. Both services have desktop software that is needed to transfer audiobooks onto portable music players. Audiobooks checked out from these collections are borrowed for 21 days.  Like eBooks, there are never fines with eAudiobooks. 

If you are new to OverDrive, more information about this digital service can be found on the Getting Started with Library eBooks webpage and on OverDrive's help page. If you are new to OneClickdigital, download the OneClickdigital User Guide and have a look at the help section of the OneClickdigital website. 

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Introducing Flipster: Maclean's, People, Chatelaine, and InStyle Now Available

June 22, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (0)

The Toronto Public Library recently added a new digital magazine service called FlipsterFlipster gives access to over 30 magazines, including many popular Canadian and International titles. All you need is a valid library card and a computer, tablet or smartphone. The magazines are always available, you can borrow as many as you like and there are never any fines.

Here are some of the magazines available through Flipster:

Maclean's People EW Chatelaine Instyle
Maclean's People Entertainment
Chatelaine InStyle


Bloomberg Businessweek Canada's history Canadian Business Ebony Fortune
Ebony Fortune


Flare MoneySense Scientific american Sports illustrated The Walrus
Flare MoneySense Scientific
The Walrus

The magazines can be streamed in an internet browser (such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari). A Flipster app is available for free for Android and Apple devices. Magazines can be downloaded to the Flipster app and will stay in the app for 2 days, 7 days or an unlimited amount of time, depending on the magazine. There is full list (PDF) of available magazines, with the borrowing period for each title listed.  

For more information on using Flipster, have a look at our Getting Started with Flipster webpage. 

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"The Great Courses" Now on Hoopla

May 16, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (10)

The very popular The Great Courses lecture series is now available on Hoopla!    

The Great Courses are a video series presented by award-winning experts from respected institutions who are selected for their ability to teach. Lectures are available on a wide variety of topics, including history, photography, mindfulness, physics and much more. The Great Courses take the best of university -- interesting and comprehensive lectures on fascinating topics -- but without the time-consuming homework and stressful examinations.

Here are just a few of the many lecture series available through Hoopla, including The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe by the University of Toronto's own Professor Ken Bartlett


The Great Tours Experiencing Medieval Europe Food A cultural culinary History Being Human LIfe Lessons from the Frontiers of Science Fundamentals of Photography HOw to stay fit as you age

The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe. Travel through time to the golden ages of Europe's most beautiful medieval cities and discover the sights and sounds of daily medieval life.

Food: A Cultural Culinary History. Travel the world discovering fascinating food lore and culture from many regions. An enthralling journey into the human relationship with food.  

Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science. Understanding our humanity is one of the deepest mysteries in science. Many fields including biology, neuroscience, anthropology, psychology and sociology are starting to reveal more about the mechanisms of human behaviour.

Fundamentals of Photography. Twelve National Geographic photographers teach two lessons each, offering rich insights into how to approach photography. 

How to Stay Fit as You Age. Certified fitness and wellness consultant Dr. Bonura helps viewers create and practice a balanced, adaptable fitness program.  

Practicing Mindfulness An Introduction to Meditation The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works The Inexplicable Universe The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Thinking About Cybersecurity

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. Gain a clear understanding of the essence of meditation and how best to practice it in 24 lessons filled with guided exercises, principles and techniques.

The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works. In addition to learning about these 23 masterworks, watch as three dynamic concert pianists perform live. 

The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGasse Tyson. A journey to the frontiers of the known (and unknown) universe and an introduction to the tantalizing questions being addressed by the world's top scientists.

The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku. Using nothing more than a simple grasp of math, you can discover optimal ways to win games and solve puzzles with the speed and accuracy of professional players. 

Thinking About Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare. An intriguing look at the structure of the Internet, the unique dangers it breeds, and the ways we're learning how to understand, manage and reduce these dangers.


New to Hoopla?  Have a look at our Getting Started with Hoopla webpage and download the Hoopla User Guide. Hoopla videos (television and movies), music and graphic books can are available for streaming or downloading (mobile devices only). Hoopla is compatible with Apple TV and Chromecast.  


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Android, BBC Good Food, Paris Match and Many More Magazines Added to Zinio

April 19, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (4)

Our Zinio eMagazines Collection has grown again with many new magazines for you to download and enjoy. Zinio eMagazines do not need to be returned and there are never any library fines. 

If you are new to Zinio eMagazines, have a look at our Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines webpage and download our Zinio User Guide.

Here are a few of the new English-language magazines:

Android Magazine BBC Good Food BBC History Entrepreneur Magazine Skynews

We also added a number of terrific French language magazines from France including:

Geo france GQ France Paris Match Vanity fair france Vogue Paris

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'Great Courses' Lectures Now Available on OneClickdigital Audiobooks

January 26, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (4)

Do you enjoy attending lectures, but do not have the time or money to go back to school? The Great Courses are for you! The Great Courses is a lecture series by award-winning experts and professors who are from respected institutions and are selected for their ability to teach. It's the best of university - interesting and comprehensive lectures on fascinating topics, but without all the annoying homework and stressful examinations.

The Great Courses have been available in video format for over 25 years. They are now available through our OneClickdigital audiobook collection. These audiobooks can be checked out for 21 days and downloaded or streamed on a computer, smartphone or tablet. If you are new to OneClickdigital, have a look at the library's Oneclickdigital User Guide or the help section of the OneClickdigital website.

Check the library's catalogue see the wide range of courses. Here are just a few:

Great minds of the western intellectual tradition Higgs Boson and Beyond Influence Practicing Mindfulness Rise and Fall of the British Empire

Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition (3rd edition) taught by multiple professors
Crucial questions about our existence have been pondered by thoughtful men and women since civilization began. This course is a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.


The Higgs Boson and Beyond by Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology
The search and discovery of the Higgs boson was a triumph of modern physics and was justly celebrated around the world. In this lecture series, Professor Carroll will teach you everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of this scientific discovery.


Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill by Kenneth G. Brown of the University of Iowa
With scientific and sociological experiments, case studies from fields including business and politics, and practical exercises to test your skills, this course will show you how to harness the power of influence at home, at work, at the store, in your social life, and anywhere else you may need it.


Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation by Mark M. Muesse of Rhodes College
In addition to the principles and techniques of meditation, you will learn how to use the skills of meditation to work with thoughts and emotional states and to become deeply attentive to the operation of your mind.


The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Patrick Allitt of Emory University
Covering four centuries of British power, innovation and influence, the course will provide fresh insights into world history and provide the background of current events in countries that were once part of Britain's empire, from Ireland to China, and in Africa and the Caribbean.


The Great Courses to DVD

Of course, the Toronto Public Library still carries the  The Great Courses to DVD. These DVD sets are checked out for three weeks. As with the audiobooks, the full list of The Great Courses DVD sets are available through our catalogue.  

Here are just a few of the most recent lectures available to borrow with your Toronto Public Library card:

Fundamentals of sustainable living Living History Experiencing the Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds Mind-Bending Math Music and the Brain Robotics

Fundamentals of Sustainable Living by Lonnie Gamble from the Maharishi University of Management
Learn specific techniques to work more efficiently with the energy, water, and food you consume, so that you can live a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle.


Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds by Robert Garland from Colgate University 
By examining two dozen historical events from ancient Egypt through to medieval Europe and Asia, this course investigates a variety of first-hand accounts and secondary sources to experience what it was like to live these events as they occurred. 


Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes by David T. Kung from St. Mary's College of Maryland
Explore the ageless riddles that have plagued our greatest philosophical, mathematical, and scientific minds throughout history. Learn how to break down, examine, and solve these famous quandaries.


Music and the Brain by Aniruddh D. Patel from Tufts University
This interdisciplinary course combines music and cognitive science to explore music as an integral part of humanity. 


Robotics by John Long from Vassar College
Using robot demonstrations, 3-D animations, and other amazing visual aids, Professor Long demystifies the world of robots. This comprehensive course covers both the hard science of how robots work as well as the implications of robots for society.

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Get the Latest Tech and Business Books Online

January 20, 2016 | Joanne | Comments (0)

It is 2016 and technology is everywhere. How do you keep up with the latest developments? Safari Tech & Business Books Online can help.

Safari offers current ebook and videos from major publishers. New titles are generally added on a monthly basis. The publishers determine which titles are available to public library subscribers. 

How to use Safari

  1. Make sure you have a valid Toronto Public Library card
  2. Sign in through the Safari page ( on the Toronto Public Library website.
  3. Browse the books and videos. Unlike some other library ebook services, Safari has no waiting lists and no requirement to check books out. All content is always available.
  4. Read books or view videos on the Safari site in your web browser. Note: you must be connected to the internet; books and videos can't be downloaded for offline use.

What topics are covered

A wide range of topics are covered including software development, programming languages, digital media and design, web development, mobile apps, UX, certification, entrepreneurship, marketing, customer service, personal investing, finance and more.


           Java in a nutshell 9781449371296_s     Responsive Web Design 9781449363659_s     Sams teach yourself html9780133132397_s

            Mastering iOS Game Development 9781783554355_s   CCNA Security 210-260 certification 9780134077857_s   Customer Centric Marketing 9781119092896_s

            Six Sigma 9780749469504_s      Successful project management 9780761215684_s Adobe Photoshop Elements 9780134385358_s









Bringing Ebooks and Print Closer Together on the Library Website

January 5, 2016 | Sandra | Comments (8)

Are you an ebook reader, a print book reader, or both? For those of us who borrow both physical books and ebooks from the library, going back and forth between the main library website and the OverDrive ebook service can be inconvenient.

Why do we have to borrow ebooks through a separate site?

Like other libraries, TPL provides access to digital content through third-party vendors. These vendors (OverDrive, Hoopla, and others) negotiate rights with publishers and apply technical restrictions based on the licence agreements. This model places some limits on what libraries are able to do with their digital content.

The good news is that options for website integration exist, and we have started working on ways to take advantage of them.

One-stop search for electronic and print

One of our goals is to make it easier to find both print and ebooks through our main website search. We've always had catalogue records for both types of books, and we've recently done some additional work to make the search more useful.

Ebook availability: holds and copies

The first issue we tackled (in April 2015) was adding a key piece of missing information to our ebook records: the number of copies and the length of the waiting list (number of holds) for each title.

Having the holds and copies information right there on the search results page comes in very handy - you can easily see whether you'll be able to get the ebook right away, and you can compare waiting lists between the print and ebook versions.

Search relevance: bringing ebooks closer to the top of the results list

Another improvement we made this year involved adding data about ebook copies to our search engine's index. The number of copies the library owns helps determine which records appear at the top of your search results. When the search engine didn't know how many ebook copies we had, it would place the ebook records much lower down in results - below specialized formats like large print and talking book, and sometimes not even on the first page of results.

Now that the search engine has access to the number of ebook copies, ebooks turn up much closer to the top of the results - often right after the regular print version.

Future possibilities

These improvements are only the beginning. Future projects may include:

  • A single sign-in, eliminating the extra step of signing in to OverDrive
  • An integrated account where you can see all your physical and ebook checkouts and holds in one place
  • An app that brings everything together - searching (print and electronic), managing your account (print and electronic), and downloading and reading ebooks all in one place

In the meantime, we appreciate hearing your feedback about using ebooks - it helps us set priorities for the future.

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