Filing Your First Tax Return in Canada: Free Resources for Newcomers

March 20, 2017 | Iana

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One of the early signs of spring in Canada is tax season! Most Canadian income tax and benefit returns for 2016 are due on April 30, 2017. Newcomers, including refugees, are required to file a tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) even if they have only been in...

How to Spend Your Family Day Weekend

February 17, 2017 | Suzanne

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Family Day weekend is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some fun, free activities in the city? If you will be spending it with your family, you might be looking for some family-friendly things to do. Toronto Public Library will have lots of family-friendly programming...

Viola Desmond, Activist, Entrepreneur and a Face That You Will be Seeing Around

February 7, 2017 | Rachelle

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Last December, I heard the strangest thing. Could my ears have been playing tricks on me or did the radio announcer just say that Viola Desmond would be replacing Sir John A. MacDonald on a series of $10 bills in 2018? As it turns out, I was not daydreaming. My...

Chinese Paper-cutting -- 中国剪纸艺术现场表演

February 6, 2017 | Guikang

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On Thursday, January 19, 2017, Maria A. Shchuka Br...

The Journey From Here to There: Children's Picture Books about Refugees

January 31, 2017 | Iana

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Many people have come to Canada as refugees throughout the 20th century and more and more in recent years, in times that reflect the global waves of wars, violence and conflicts, poverty and distress. The refugee story is the story of humanity, our neighbours, friends, elders, communities at large –...

Winterlicious: DIY Style

January 20, 2017 | Maria Samurin

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There are two city-sponsored food festivals that are held in Toronto each year: Summerlicious and Winterlicious. Winterlicious is coming up starting January 27, 2017 and ending on February 9, 2017. Over 220 restaurants in Toronto are participating by offering three-course meals at set prices. Depending on the restaurant, lunch costs...

Kem Cho in Gujarati | ગુજરાતી

December 28, 2016 | Chantel

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Kem Cho everyone! Did you know that according to the 2011 Census 28, 240 people in Toronto speak Gujarati, one of the many languages spoken in India? Here at the library, we have 12 different branches that house Gujarati materials for those speakers. The collection size and selection varies between...

Winter in Toronto 2016

December 16, 2016 | Suzanne

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Winter has arrived! Have you been skating this winter? I’m usually drinking hot chocolate on the sidelines, but if someone convinces me enough I’ll lace up a pair of skates. People have enjoyed skating as a winter activity for decades in Toronto. Former Mayor Paul Cosgrove enjoys skating with some...

Vietnamese | Tiếng Việt

November 11, 2016 | Maria Samurin

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Do you speak Vietnamese | Tiếng Việt? Today, I'd like to highlight the library's Vietnamese collection. From books, to movies, to eResources and even art exhibits, the library has a lot to offer to Vietnamese Torontonians. Vietnamese Collection Locations Many library branches have collections of books and movies in Vietnamese....

Finding Books, Movies and More in 40 Languages: Diversity and Multilingual Collections at Your Library

October 31, 2016 | Iana

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Looking for a book in Italian? Hindi DVDs? Picture books in Russian? Korean magazines? Chinese e-books, e-audio books and e-videos? Look no further! Toronto Public Library's multilingual collections offer books, magazines, DVDs, newspapers and digital content in over 40 different languages. Browse Online by Language Check out the library's revised...