10 Tips for Making a Movie with your Smartphone

August 14, 2017 | Lina

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For more than a century, the only way to make professional quality films was to use either 16mm or 35mm film cameras. They were big, they were heavy, and not to mention expensive. But things have changed. Over the last ten years, digital technology has started to catch up. DSLR’s...

5 Things I Loved About Innovative Halifax Central Library

August 8, 2017 | Ab. Velasco

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The zig-zagging stairs and bridge in the open atrium were quite striking. As someone who works for a library, I often get inspired by the innovative work of other library and cultural organizations. To be innovative, I think it's important to also look outwards and to learn from the great...

Virtual Reality ... In Real Life!

July 18, 2017 | Lina

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We're still reeling from the really surreal experience from the Maker Extravaganza that happened at the Toronto Reference Library on July 8 and 9. It was unreal! Well, sort of. The library was not only honoured to be the host venue of this event, but its Digital Innovation Hub staged...

Free access to Adobe and more!

July 3, 2017 | Dawn

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Six Toronto Public Library Learning Centres have been enhanced with new, faster PCs and the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of software. Building on the success of our Digital Innovation Hubs, TPL now offers library customers free access to creative digital tools across the city: Cedarbrae Fairview Maria A. Shchuka...

The Internet Is Broken! But We Can Fix It...

June 2, 2017 | Jonathon Hodge

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The Internet we use every single day – to do our banking, rent our cars, plan our travel, manage our kid's school bake sale, read the news, and interact with friends – that Internet looks like this picture. It's like a sky of a billion points of light, twinkling with...

Share Your Ideas: New Fabrication Space at North York Central Library  

May 26, 2017 | Lina

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A Danish fabrication laboratory – a similar space with an arts focus theme is coming to North York Central Library (image by: Kristian Bang via Wikimedia Commons). Share your ideas for an exciting new fabrication space coming to the library in 2018! As part of North York Central Library's renovations,...

Recap: NASA's Space Apps Toronto Youth Program

May 5, 2017 | Ted

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Running annually since 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge brings coders, designers, entrepreneurs and makers together from across the globe to take on a series of challenges developed by NASA in a weekend long hackathon. This year's challenge took place on the weekend of April 28 – 30. Partnering with...

Black Code Lifts the Lid off the Internet...

... and you will be horrified by what it reveals! The acclaimed documentary Black Code comes to Toronto Library for one night only, so mark your calendars. Many of you will have heard that Google reads everything that passes through a Gmail account, or you will have heard that Facebook...

Worried about Your Privacy? Come to the Library!

March 17, 2017 | Jonathon Hodge

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We live in an era of unprecedented surveillance - with a wealth of our information collected, analyzed, and sold, often without our knowledge or consent. Governments and law enforcement enjoy broad new legal authority, and the technological means, to pry into the personal lives of thousands or even millions of...

3D Printing Coming to Agincourt Branch

February 1, 2017 | Greg Astill

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Later this year, Agincourt Branch is opening a new Digital Innovation Hub once the renovations are complete. In the meantime, staff are happy to announce that a series of programs and classes will be offered. Starting mid-late February, the very popular 3D Printer Certification class is coming along with other...