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Korean Collections at Toronto Public Library

April 28, 2015 | Iana | Comments (0)

Once a month on this blog we feature a language collection and today we would like to present to you the great free Korean collections that Toronto Public Library offers - borrow thousands of Korean books for adults and children, magazines, DVDs, music CDs (including Kpop!), as well as language-learning materials to study Korean. 

There are four Toronto libraries with large Korean collections and six more branches with smaller collections in Korean. Visit Cedarbrae, North York Central Library, Palmerston and Toronto Reference Library for our largest Korean collections.

Korean materials at Palmerston LibrarySamples from the Korean collection - Palmerston Branch.

Getting a Free Library Card

To borrow materials from the library, all you need to do is sign up for your free library card. Find out how easy it is to get a library card. Here are instructions on how to get a library card in Korean. With your card, you can visit any of our 99 branches, among which are the 10 branches that have Korean collections

In addition to borrowing materials, there are other great ways to experience the library. Check out this video in Korean to find out more about getting a library card, the TD Summer Reading Club and storytimes at the library.



Toronto's Koreatown

If you ever visit Palmerston branch, one of the large Korean collection locations of Toronto Public Library, be sure to go outside and explore Koreatown or Little Korea. This small stretch along Bloor, between Markham and Christie Streets offers a great mix of affordable Korean eateries and restaurants. Here are some suggested Korean restaurants in Toronto, complied by BlogTO.

Toronto has the largest single concentration of Koreans in Canada and each year at the beginning of June, Koreatown presents the Korean Dano Spring Festival at Christie Pits Park (Christie subway @ 750 Bloor Str. W.), where visitors can enjoy Korean food, traditional dance and music, Korean Pop, arts and crafts, Taekwondo demonstrations, sports competitions etc. It is the largest Korean community event in Canada!

Each year Koreatown presents the Dano Festival, where visitors can witness spectacular martial arts demonstrations, exotic dancing and music. - See more at:


Learning Korean

And if you would like to begin learning Korean - the library is the right place! We have Mango Languagesdictionaries, books and CDs to help you learn Korean. Mango Languages is another great way to learn and practice Korean (and many other languages). Mango Languages Learning online courses are free to use with a Toronto Public Library card.


How about Korean stories for children?

 Dial-A-StoryIn addition to many books and DVDs, Dial-a-Story is a great resource for children to listen to recorded stories in Korean by phone (and 15 other languages!). There are stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12). You can listen anytime by dialing 416-395-5400 - the free Dial-a-Story library number.



Interested in more languages collections?

Check out our other blog posts highlighting multilingual collections at Toronto Public Library:



Top Spanish eBooks, eMagazines and Other Free Spanish Resources at Your Library

February 1, 2015 | Iana | Comments (1)

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 and learn how to get started.

Our top five most downloaded TPL Spanish eBooks in translation:

Perdida El jilguero Steve Jobs Spanish edition Fault in our stars Spanish edition

  • Perdida (Gone Girl) by Gillian Flynn
  • El jilguero (The Goldfinch—Spanish-language Edition) by Donna Tartt
  • Steve Jobs (Edición en Español)  by Walter Isaacson

Top five most downloaded TPL eBooks written in Spanish:

 Cien anos de soledad El amor en los tiempos del colera El juego ripper El prisionero del cielo

ZinioZinio 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:

  Hola Esquire MexicoVogue Latin AmericaCosmopolitan en Espanol


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!


TumbleBooksSpanish 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).

MangoLearn and practice Spanish language:

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.


Ready for Reading storytime

 Spanish Storytime

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.



New to Canada? Get your free library card!

 Here is a "Welcome to the Library" video in Spanish for newcomers to Canada.


Explore the world of Spanish with so many free library resources!

Participate in the Many Cultural Festivals - As Toronto Public Library Celebrates Asian Heritage Month!

May 1, 2013 | Grace | Comments (0)

This year Toronto Public Library celebrates Newcomers and Asian Heritage Month with the whole package, featuring storytellers, authors, chefs, dancers, reporters, artists, drummers, painters, singers, designers and musicians, each bringing us a taste of many exotic cultures right here in our city.

Everything is free so come out and join in the fun at many branches which are proudly hosting mini-festivals. In order not to miss any of the events, you may pick up your Asian Heritage Month Program Guide and Reading List from your nearest branch.

Agincourt Library's "China Homelands Festival" is action-packed for Saturday, May 4, from 10 am-4:30 pm with the following highlights: 

Children's Storytime; A Lion Dance presentation; Chinese Calligraphy; Oriental Food and Tea sampling; "The Chinese in Canada-One Reporter's Odyssey" featuring Jan Wong; Evolution of Chinese food in Toronto, "From Chop Suey to Peaking Duck ..." by Arlene and Leo Chan. 

You may not want to miss the following: Download Agincourt Library 2013_Asian Heritage Month :

Chinese Tea (Pu-Ehr) Workshop (on May 6th @ 6:30pm); the South Asian Cuisine Tasting Table (on May 14th @ 2pm) featuring Toronto's amazing chefs, Karen Johnson & Ronica Sajnan; plus the Asian Seniors Celebration featuring Fok Dancing and Hakka Cooking Demonstration (on May 31st @ 1pm), all of which will be held at Agincourt library. Registration is required as space is limited.

You are encouraged to visit all of our branches mentioned below, and enjoy our free programs:

"Belly Dancing & Japanese Doll Making" at Woodside Square

"Asian Henna & Paper Fan hands-on Crafts" at Bridlewood

Chinese Brush Painting" at Albert Campbell

"Timar-Salek -Persian Indonesian fusion music concert" & "Henna Hand Painting" at College/Shaw

 "Feng Shui and the Environment" at Burrows Hall; 

"Oniroku Puppet Show and Origami" at Danforth/Coxwell

"Japanese Taiko Drumming Concert" at North York Central

"Pan-Asian Celebration -Ghazal, wadoks, mendhi..." at York Woods

"Hula Girls" at Queen/Saulter

"East Indian Family Night Puppet Show" at Long Branch;

"Tai Chi" at Riverdale; 

"Toronto Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir" at Goldhawk Park

"South Asia Homelands" at Cedarbrae; "West Asia Homelands" at Brentwood; "East Asia Homelands" at Malvern; "Pan Asian Food Fusion Festival" at Downsview; "Community Asian Arts Fusion Festival" at Palmerston; "Chinese Cultural Festivals" presented in partnership with Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture, at Riverdale (Brush painting with Dr Lien Chao), Sanderson (photography workshop presented in English and Cantonese by Tam Kam Chiu) and Toronto Reference Library, featuring Michael Cormier in conversation with journalist Jan Wong, discussing his new book, "The Legacy of Tiananmen Square."

This year's Program Guide  has included a Recommended Reading List of some popular Asian authors for all age groups. Here's a selection that would engage you and zap you into another world ...





      (You) Set Me on Fire




For more information on this topic click here.

Toronto Public Library hopes that the Asian Heritage Month experience will be an enjoyable and meaningful one for you this year. We would certainly appreciate your feedback as to which programs you have enjoyed the most!


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