Toronto Public Library Celebrates Freedom To Read

February 24, 2017 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library is celebrating Freedom to Read Week from February 26 to March 4. This annual event encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. This freedom is a core value for public libraries, and...

Toronto Leads the Way in Digital Reading

January 20, 2017 | Media Relations

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Digital circulation tops three million, putting Toronto in first place among library systems. Toronto is a city of readers, and digital library lending is on the rise. In 2016, Toronto Public Library (TPL) cardholders borrowed more than three million digital...

What Did Toronto Read and Watch in 2016?

December 19, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library announces the year’s most popular books and DVDs Every year, Torontonians borrow about 32 million print and downloadable items. This year, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is releasing a list of the year’s most popular materials (print books,...

City Librarian Vickery Bowles' Statement on Hate Graffiti Found on Library Property

November 24, 2016 | Media Relations

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I was recently notified that anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on a window of one of our branches. The hate graffiti on the window was quickly removed by someone in the community before even staff could take action. Nevertheless the deed...

Toronto Public Library Launches Digital Privacy Initiative

November 8, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library is pleased to kick-off its Digital Privacy Initiative on Thursday Nov 10th, with a launch event at 6:30 pm at the Lillian H. Smith branch. The panel includes Alison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project; Brenda...

Toronto Public Library Partners with Myseum of Toronto to Present Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City (November 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017)

November 1, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Myseum of Toronto, is pleased to announce Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City, a new, city-wide photography exhibition that explores the journeys of newcomers to Canada. The exhibition is based on the book...

Celebrate Library Settlement Partnerships Week at the Library with Dance from Around the World

October 6, 2016 | Media Relations

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Caption: Citizenship Judge Wojciech Sniegowski spoke to community members about the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship at Agincourt Branch during LSP Week 2015. Toronto Public Library and seven local settlement agencies celebrate the eighth anniversary of Library Settlement Partnerships...

Mayor Tory to celebrate six more library branches now open on Sundays as part of the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy

September 10, 2016 | Media Relations

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Mayor John Tory will be on-hand at Toronto Public Library’s Centennial branch on Sunday to celebrate an important step in improving access to library services. As part of the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy, six more branches will now be open...

Toronto Public Library Celebrates Culture Days in Every Corner of the City

August 30, 2016 | Media Relations

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Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library presents free arts and culture activities across the city with 40+ FREE activities at more than 30 branches Toronto Public Library, in partnership with the Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN), celebrates the return of Culture...

Zadie Smith, Mike Myers and Siddhartha Mukherjee Among Headliners for 2016 Bram & Bluma Appel Salon Fall Season

August 4, 2016 | Media Relations

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Be part of the ongoing Appel Salon conversation with new books and new ideas at Toronto Public Library’s signature event space for the literary and performing arts, politics and pop culture. 2016 Salon highlights: (l to r) Zadie Smith, Siddhartha...

June 2016 Board Meeting Highlights

June 30, 2016 | Media Relations

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The Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board met on June 27, 2016 at the Toronto Reference Library. Key topics discussed include: Capital Budget and Plan Submission The Board approved the 2017-2026 capital budget plan and submission (PDF). The funding request of...

More Library Branches to Open On Sundays

June 20, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library (TPL) is very pleased to announce that more branches will be open on Sundays in response to customer demand and the TPL Board’s vision for more open hours. Effective July 3, 2016, year-round Sunday service will begin...

Toronto Public Library Selects Summer’s Top 10 Reads for Teens

June 16, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto-based list is part of annual TPL Teens Summer Edition program With summer just around the corner, youth librarians at Toronto Public Library have picked their 2016 Top 10 Reads for Teens. The list features well-known and emerging local authors...

Toronto Public Library, Mayor Tory and Google Canada Announce Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Program

June 15, 2016 | Media Relations

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Mayor John Tory, Toronto Public Library (TPL) and Google Canada today announced an innovative wi-fi hotspot lending library program that will give Torontonians free Internet at home. The pilot program has started in six TPL branches: Albion, Cedarbrae, Evelyn Gregory,...

Mayor John Tory, Toronto Public Library and Google Canada to Make an Announcement

June 14, 2016 | Media Relations

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Mayor John Tory, Toronto Public Library and Google Canada will make an announcement about more access to the Internet for residents living in neighbourhood improvement areas. Where: Thorncliffe branch, 48 Thorncliffe Park Drive Closest major intersection: Millwood Road and Overlea...

Toronto Public Library Announces New Senior Hire

June 7, 2016 | Media Relations

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Alex Hocevar will join TPL in the role of Director, Digital Services and Emerging Technologies Toronto Public Library (TPL) today announced the appointment of Alex Hocevar to the role of Director, Digital Services and Emerging Technologies. Alex has held a...

Toronto Public Library Announces New Manager of Cultural and Special Events Programming

May 12, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce that Gregory McCormick (pictured above) will be joining the organization as Manager of Cultural and Special Events Programming next month. Gregory comes to the Library from Montreal, where he served as Director of...

New Collective Agreement Ratified

The Toronto Public Library Board today announced that the recently negotiated four-year collective agreement between the Board and the Toronto Public Library Workers CUPE Local 4948 has been ratified by both parties. The new collective agreement is fair and reasonable...

Tentative Agreement Reached

All Library Branches Open Today We are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached between the Toronto Public Library Board and the Toronto Public Library Workers Union Local 4948. All library branches are open today and operating...

Toronto Public Library Working Towards New Collective Agreement

April 29, 2016 | Media Relations

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The Toronto Public Library Board continues to bargain with the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union Local 4948 to reach a collective agreement. A “No Board” report was issued on April 25, 2016 and library workers will be in a legal...

Toronto Public Library Announces Two New Senior Hires

April 21, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library (TPL) today announced the appointment of two new directors to its senior management team. Pam Ryan (pictured on left) is appointed to the role of Director, Service Development and Innovation and Moe Hosseini-Ara (pictured on right) will...

Toronto Public Library Board Continues to Seek Negotiated Settlement

April 15, 2016 | Media Relations

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The Toronto Public Library Board today received notification of a “No-Board” report as requested by the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union CUPE Local 4948 and granted by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Although the request for a "No Board" report...

City’s first musical instrument lending library shares the sound of music with Torontonians

April 7, 2016 | Media Relations

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Starting today, Torontonians will have access to the city’s first musical instrument library – the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library. Sun Life Financial and the Toronto Public Library have created this innovative free program that will provide residents...

Toronto Public Library Invites Syrian Newcomers to Explore Toronto’s Arts and Cultural Venues for Free

April 5, 2016 | Media Relations

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To help welcome Syrian newcomers and their families to Toronto, Toronto Public Library invites our newest residents to explore Toronto’s cultural attractions and museums for free. The initiative, created especially for Syrian newcomers, is an extension of the library’s popular...

Call for Participation: Take Part in Culture Days at Toronto Public Library

April 1, 2016 | Media Relations

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I have presented activities at five library branches as a participant in Culture Days at the Library. In all cases I had fantastic co-operation from library staff and librarians. This enthusiastic support helped me to better engage with workshop participants...

Libraries Call on Multinational Publishers for Fair Ebook Pricing

March 29, 2016 | Media Relations

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Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing continue to advocate for more reasonable prices and terms for ebooks from multinational publishers with an open letter to Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. Some...

February 2016 Board Meeting Highlights

February 29, 2016 | Media Relations

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The Toronto Public Library Board met on February 22, 2016 at the Toronto Reference Library. Key topics discussed include: Operating and Capital Budget Update The Board adopted the 2016 operating budget of $175.9 million net ($193.5 million gross), or a...