The Public Library - The Pivot of Democracy 1944

March 2, 2017 | Vickery Bowles

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I received a very touching email yesterday from Christine Kujawa, the Director of the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library in North Dakota: “…This year marks our 100 year anniversary, and we've been going through archives and records. We came across annual reports written during WWII, and in July 1944, the...

Bestselling Authors Barbara Gowdy and Andrew Pyper Headline Eh List Author Series

February 27, 2017 | Sarah Weinrauch

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The eh List Author Series is Toronto’s premiere destination for lovers of Canadian literature, hosting award-winning authors and exciting new voices. The season opens on Monday, March 6 with playwright, author, and all around funny man, Drew Hayden Tayler. His latest novel, Take Us To Your Chief, Also in March, Scotiabank Giller Prize nominated author Kamal Al-Solaylee, emerging writers Eva Crocker and Chris Gilmore in conversation with Richard Scarsbrook, and ladies of historical fiction, Christie Sally, Genevieve Graham and Roberta Rich with Ann Y. K. Choi.

How Libraries Preserve Democracy

February 23, 2017 | Vickery Bowles

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Take a look around you on the subway, in a coffee shop or in any public space and you’ll see people consuming information, on devices or in books, as never before. The freedom to read – the freedom that connects us to our neighbours and to people across the country...

Oh Canada, What's Your Bazaar Memory?

February 11, 2017 | Jorge

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What’s your Bazaar Memory? This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday. It’s a big deal. Many organizations and communities of various sorts will be celebrating Canada in some very unique ways. I have the pleasure of working with the Village of Dreams Productions on WHAT’S YOUR BAZAAR MEMORY? It’s a project...

Our Kick-off Event on #BlackLivesMatter, Roxane Gay, and more: Celebrating Black History Month at the Library

January 19, 2017 | Sarah Weinrauch

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Embracing multiculturalism enables us to become more knowledgeable and experienced, innovative and creative. This civic importance is why we honour the significant contributions of Toronto’s and Canada’s Black communities this February. With a sponsorship from TD Bank, Toronto Public Library provides a number of lectures, discussions, stories, and music and dance programs celebrating Black History Month.

Toronto Public Library Makes Arts and Culture More Accessible for Students

October 19, 2016 | MAP Coordinator

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Are you a University of Toronto or Ryerson student? Love arts and culture? On a budget? Toronto Public Library has good news for you. This week, we’re launching a pilot project with University of Toronto and Ryerson University libraries as part of our Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass...

Meet Colin Boyd Shafer, Author and Photographer of Cosmopolis Toronto

October 17, 2016 | Diana

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From November 3 to January 8, in partnership with Toronto Public Library, Myseum of Toronto presents Cosmopolis Toronto, a city-wide photography exhibit exploring the journeys of newcomers to Toronto. Photo credit: Cosmopolis Toronto The idea started with Canadian documentary photographer and educator Colin Boyd Shafer, who spent a year photographing...

Four Fab Facts about the Fab Four

October 13, 2016 | Gregory McCormick

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Interested in the Fab Four? Here are four fab facts you'll enjoy: 1) "Beatlemania," where fans, especially young women, screamed themselves into hysteria, many passing out cold, has been the subject of several important scientific inquiries and books such as Beatlemania: Technology, Business and Teen Culture in Cold War America....

Eh List Author Series Presents Award-Winning Authors Emma Donoghue, Alexandra Shimo, M.G. Vassanji, Ami McKay and Jane Urquhart

August 11, 2016 | Sarah Weinrauch

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Literary aficionados, unite! Toronto Public Library’s eh List Author Series showcasing Canada’s A-list writers returns this fall with a dynamo lineup including superstar Emma Donoghue, two-time Giller winner M.G. Vassanji, #1 bestselling author Ami McKay and celebrated mystery writer Maureen Jennings. Left to right, top to bottom: Emma Donoghue, Denise...

First Nations Royalty and Literary Gems: Thomas King and Lee Maracle

June 20, 2016 | Sarah Weinrauch

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On Friday, June 10, the Indigenous Writers Gathering payed tribute to literary gems and First Nations icons Lee Maracle and Thomas King at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Master of ceremonies was Giller Prize-winning author, Joseph Boyden.