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...

Fun for you and the kids: learn about 3D Printers, MaKey MaKey and more

December 27, 2016 | Dawn

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If you are looking for fun and the chance to learn something new on your holiday break why not come down to the library and check out one of our classes: New Classes Added! Toronto Reference Library - 789 Yonge St, north of Bloor 3D Printer Certification Wed Dec 28,...

Gift Idea: Create Your Own Book

November 21, 2016 | Dawn

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It's not too late to consider a self-published book as a gift for the holiday season -- and you can do the printing right here at the library with Asquith Press! Consider these ideas: your favourite childhood story a collection of family recipes those poems you've had tucked away for...

Our Innovator in Residence Reflects on Virtual Reality

October 18, 2016 | Lina

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Photo credit: Ashley Lo Russo As we move into October, I wanted to reflect back on the past month in my role as the Innovator in Residence for virtual reality (VR) at Scarborough Civic Centre branch. Up until now, I have spent all my time at the Scarborough branch and...

New Class - Audio Editing: Ableton Live Basics Workshop

October 4, 2016 | Dawn

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If you are interested in Audio Editing this new class at the Toronto Reference Library is a must. Audio Editing: Ableton Live Basics Workshop Where: Toronto Reference Library Learning Centre #1 When: Monday Oct 24, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. [Registration now open] or Monday Nov 21, 6 p.m. -...

Recap: TPL's Second Annual Hackathon: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

September 30, 2016 | Lina

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On Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 developers, data scientists, mappers and idea people were invited to learn about the City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy at Toronto Public Library’s second annual Hackathon. The library in partnership with the Toronto Open Data Institute, City of Toronto and Social Planning...

Editing for Writers

September 23, 2016 | Dawn

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Are you writing a book? Do you have an unfinished novel or collection of stories tucked away in a desk drawer? Why not attend an Editing Workshop with Maggie Morris and pick up some tips to bring your project back to life? Her next class is on Friday Sep 30,...

Making Music at the Library with the Ableton Live & Push Controller

September 19, 2016 | Greg Astill

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Music production at the library has gotten a whole lot easier. Thanks to an amazing donation to the Toronto Reference Library's Green Screen Room, there has been influx in new music recording tools. The Ableton Live 9 software and the accompanying Push Controller has been great for new music experimentation...

Is There an Easy Way to Learn How to Create and Use Augmented Reality?

September 16, 2016 | Eric

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If you are interested in learning how to create some augmented reality (AR) content for free, you might be very interested in looking at Aurasma, a simple app and web-based studio application that’s fun and easy to use. What is Aurasma? Aurasma is an augmented reality platform created by HP...