Toronto Public Library Innovator in Residence Program Is Back!

October 12, 2017 | Ted

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For this year's Innovator in Residence program, we are happy to welcome back three of our previous Innovators: Derek Quenneville (Game Design and 3D printing), Elli Raynai (Virtual Reality Filmmaking) and Yifat Shaik (3D and game design). They join us to celebrate the new Digital Innovation Hub locations which opened...

Five Tech Trends at TAVES Consumer Electronics Show

October 11, 2017 | Ab. Velasco

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Library staff will showcase and answer questions about technologies available through our Digital Innovation Hubs and Pop-Up Learning Labs. Toronto Public Library staff are exhibiting at this year’s TAVES Consumer Electronics Show, taking place October 13 to 15 at Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke. Staff will showcase and answer questions...

Reelworld Film Festival at the Library

October 10, 2017 | Ted

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The Reelworld Film Festival showcases Canadian and International films that explore some of the most current and pressing social issues facing the world. This year, the Festival has partnered with the Toronto Public Library to deliver an expanded program of events. Reelworld 2017 Trailer Please join us on Friday, October...

New Adobe Premiere Classes

October 5, 2017 | Greg Astill

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I'm very excited to announce that the library is offering Adobe Premiere classes. We are continuing to develop new classes introducing you to programs that are part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Image courtesy of Adobe Premiere is the industry-leading video editing software. With this powerful tool, you can...

Preparing for Programming: Seven Misconceptions About Learning Computer Programming

September 7, 2017 | Lina

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An openness to learning is the most important skill a computer programmer must have. Whether it's a kid on a summer day learning Scratch, or an adult experimenting with an Arduino after work, success as a programmer is really just finding a new thing, big or small, and devoting a...

Do You Know Arduino?

August 31, 2017 | Lina

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At the Fort York Digital Innovation Hub, resident technicians James Topping and Alex Lai offer a variety of courses that meet the needs of the maker community. A popular course at the library, and especially at the Fort York branch, is the Intro to Arduino. Arduino is a microcontroller that...

Print Your 3-Day Novel at the Library

August 29, 2017 | Frances G.

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The start of September is just around the corner. While students prepare to go back to school, some writers will be preparing for something gruelling and, hopefully, enlightening—the 3-Day Novel Contest. If you happen to be one of these writers, maybe you want to publish your novel at the library!...

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...