Toronto Public Library offers a variety of materials in Spanish to our Spanish-speaking customers - you can borrow for free Spanish books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, as well as Spanish language-learning materials. Toronto has a large Spanish speaking population and in addition - Spanish is a popular choice for people who would like to learn a new language.
But did you know that the library is now providing free access to many wonderful popular titles of Spanish eBooks (Libros electronicos en espanol) and eMagazines (revistas electronicas en espagnol)?
I asked our electronic collections librarian to help me come up with a list of the most popular Spanish eBooks and eMagazines that are being requested on the library's website and they are listed below.
These bestselling novels and other Spanish eBooks, eMagazines and much more are free to download if you have a valid Toronto Public library card. Read on your eReader, computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone! Visit tpl.ca/ereads and learn how to get started.
Our top five most downloaded TPL Spanish eBooks in translation:
- Perdida (Gone Girl) by Gillian Flynn
- El jilguero (The Goldfinch—Spanish-language Edition) by Donna Tartt
- Steve Jobs (Edición en Español) by Walter Isaacson
- Bajo la misma Estrella (The Fault in Our Stars) by John M. Green
- Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) by J.K. Rowling
Top five most downloaded TPL eBooks written in Spanish:
- Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez
- El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera) by Gabriel García Márquez
- El juego de Ripper (Ripper) by Isabel Allende
- Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) by Laura Esquivel
- El Prisionero del Cielo (The Prisoner of Heaven) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Zinio is a popular digital magazine platform and Toronto Public Library offers more than 500 titles of those consumer magazines. Zinio offers a number of magazine titles in Spanish as well (close to 30 titles currently) and users get to keep the magazine issues that they download on their device. Among those Spanish titles are popular fashion, design and lifestyle magazines such as Architectural Digest Mexico, Good Housekeeping, Vogue Latin America, Marie Claire Espana, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar Espana, Cosmopolitan en Espanol, Glamour Latin America, ELLE Mexico, GO Latin America etc., and below are the top five as requested by our customers online. What a fun way to keep current with fashion trends while mastering your Spanish!
Top five TPL Zino eMagazines in Spanish:
And what about the print Spanish collections? Where can you pick up a book in Spanish, borrow popular print magazines such as Semana, Geo, Hola, Gente, Muy Interesante, or choose a movie to watch? Which branches have Spanish board books or picture books for your child?
Many Toronto libraries offer Spanish books, DVDs, CDs, magazines
You can find a listing of all branches with Spanish collections on the Toronto Public Library’s website. All these adult and children's materials are free to borrow with a library card and of course - remember that you can also place a hold on a title through the website catalogue and it will be sent to the library branch of your choice for easy pickup.
The largest Spanish collections are located at Downsview Branch, Sanderson Branch, Palmerston Branch and Toronto Reference Library. Several other branches have medium-sized Spanish collections - these are Agincourt, Albert Campbell, Albion, Bloor/Gladstone, Dufferin/St. Clair, Fairview, Mount Dennis and York Woods (for their contact information and directions - please visit the Hours & Locations section on our the library's website).
In total - there are 30 library branches across the city that have Spanish collections - which accounts for almost one third of all TPL branches!
Spanish eBooks for Kids: The library offers free access (with a library card) to TumbleBooks, which is as a great online collection of eBook picture books and there are a number of titles in Spanish in there as well, that kids can read or listen to.
Listen to a Spanish story by phone: Children and their families can also dial the free library phone line 416-395-5400 (Dial-a-Story), press 5 and listen to a different story in Spanish every day for younger (under 7 years) or older kids (age 8-12).
Always wanted to learn Spanish language? This has never been easier with our online language courses database MANGO Language Learning - it offers many different language courses including Spanish and Latin American Spanish, as well as ESL courses - Mango is free to use on your computer, simply sign in with your library card number.
Library programs in Spanish:
Spanish Reading Circle: For lovers of Spanish literature - Palmerston Branch hosts a monthly Spanish Literature Reading Circle (Circulo de Lectura en Espanol) on a Monday night once a month at 7pm. It is a free drop-in adult program. Call the branch to find what the next book in discussion will be or simply drop in.
Bloor/Gladstone Branch offers a special Spanish storytime once a month too on a Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. Bring your children ages 2-7 to have fun and learn with stories, songs and rhymes. Prior knowledge of Spanish is not required and you can call the branch about the exact dates of the program.
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