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Staff Picks: Goodbye Days

May 28, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Index.aspxIn his second novel Jeff Zentner explores the idea of what if you could have one more day with someone who is dead?

One day Carver Briggs absolutely had it all. He was popular, handsome, a talented writer and his home life is supportive and his time with his three best friends is always worthwhile. But his world comes crashing down by the random coincidence that his best friend dies in a car crash right after he sends a nefarious text. Carver cannot stop blaming himself for the incident and to make it worse the father of his friend is a powerful judge who is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation against Carver.

Carver has some friends who are trying to help him through this difficult time, but when the families of the deceased want a "good bye day" with him; he is unclear and anxious about their motives. Can he give these grieving families any closure at all? Can he ever forgive himself? Will the good bye day bring him closer to acceptance or closer to prison time?

Get the physical book here. No electronic options as of publication date.


Staff Picks: Fruits Basket

May 23, 2017 | Amanda | Comments (0)

Fruits Basket book 1Popular Japanese manga series, Fruits Basket is getting reissued in collector's editions! Revisit this modern classic or read it for the very first time.


The Sohma family has a long standing curse set upon them. When people exchange hugs, they turn into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. Tohru Honda stumbles upon this curse by accident and chaos ensues.  She also learns of the dark secrets of the Sohma family. Kyo in particular carries a heavy burden, as he is the "Cat", the animal shunned by the Zodiac animals and this weighs on his relationships with other family members. Then there is the mysterious Akito, who commands the family and whom none can disobey. Tohru's persistent optimism slowly breaks down the barriers between the family members, but this may not be enough to solve century old wounds.

Fruits Basket was one of the first manga series I read and remains one of my favourites. Meeting each member of the Sohma family and finding out which Zodiac animal they are was hilarious, but there are enough dark secrets hidden in this family to keep the pages turning and the reader invested. I hope new readers discover this great series.

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Teen Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

May 15, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Srithevi, member of the Malvern Youth Advisory Group

Thirteen reasons why  by Jay AsherThe storytelling telling style in Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is both creative and different from your typical young adult novel. It’s told through two characters’ perspectives with one from Hannah Baker, a teenage girl who committed suicide and narrates the story via seven double-sided audio tapes she recorded, and Clay Jensen, an acquaintance of Hannah’s who tells the story as he listens to the tapes. In the tapes, Hannah describes her experiences since she moved to Clay’s neighbourhood and names the 13 people who strongly contributed to her decision of killing herself. Clay Jensen, a typical teen boy, was an introvert with an unrequited crush on Hannah and once he learns of Hannah’s suicide, he becomes devastated and wants to know why she killed herself. He later receives the tapes in a package on his doorstep as they were being passed down by those on Hannah’s list and he happened to be one of the 13 people. He begins to listen, anxious about what Hannah had to say about him. Though this novel is written in the outlooks of two characters, Hannah’s narrative style is similar to what is seen in a diary, or an audio diary in this case, and Clay’s narrative style is similar to the common “telling the reader everything I know that relates to this situation” style as he gives his viewpoints while he reacts to what he hears. Although Thirteen Reasons Why is a recommended read for high school students, it may be fairly graphic for some due to its sensitive content and trigger warnings.

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Contest: Passes to the Advance Screening of Everything, Everything

May 11, 2017 | Debbie | Comments (0)


Everything, Everything, based on Nicola Yoon’s #1 New York Times Bestseller, hits theatres on Friday, May 19, and we have passes to an advance screening on Wednesday May 17 @ 7pm at Scotiabank Theatre.

Enter to win passes to the advance screening by following our @tpl.teens Instagram account and tagging a friend in the comments of our Everything, Everything contest post on Instagram. The contest is open for 24 hours, from 1:00 p.m. on Thursday May 11 until 1:00 p.m. on Friday May 12, 2017. One entry per person. Must be between the ages of 13-19 to win. Please read the full contest details before entering.

About the Movie

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama “Everything, Everything,” directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon. What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Place a hold on Everything, Everything today and read it along with the movie.  It’s also available as an ebook or eaudiobook

Full Contest Details

Enter to win a double pass to the advance screening by following our @tpl.teens Instagram account and tagging a friend in the comments of our Everything, Everything contest post on Instagram.

The contest is open for 24 hours, from 1:00 p.m. on Thursday May 11 until 1:00 p.m. on Friday May 12, 2017.


  • Contests are open to all residents of the City of Toronto age 13 to 19 years, except Toronto Public Library Board members, officers and employees of the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Public Library Foundation and members of those individuals' families and their cohabitants. Winners will be required to present identification when claiming their prize.
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Personal information submitted in relation to this contest is collected under the authority of the Public Libraries Act, s.20 (d) and will be used to administer contests. Questions about the collection or management of personal information should be directed to the Privacy & Records Management Officer, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8, 416-395-5658.


400 Comic Creators Coming to Toronto this Weekend for TCAF

May 9, 2017 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0)

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More than 400 creators from over 20 countries are headed for Toronto this weekend to participate in the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 13 and 14 at Toronto Reference Library.

Pénélope Bagieu, Guy Delisle, Jeff Lemire, Gengoroh Tagame, Jillian Tamaki, Marcelino Truong are among the featured guests. Comics x Games, presented by the Hand Eye Society, is back for the sixth year, fostering collaboration between indie game and comic communities, and featuring dozens of playable games onsite. And the Wowee Zonk Small Press Showcase for 2017 will highlight some of the most exciting comic and zine work by indie publishers.

The weekend of comic book creativity begins Friday, May 12 with the official TCAF 2017 Kick-Off Event in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Help Celebrate 25 Years of Image Comics with a rollicking discussion among some of this premiere publisher's most celebrated cartoonists – including Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Sana Takeda (Monstress), Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked and the Divine) and others!

And don't forget to drop by the Toronto Public Library table at TCAF, in front of the Digital Innovation Hub, to find out about digital comics and other online goodies you can get for free with your Toronto Public Library card!

Join us at TCAF!

Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

TCAF 2017 Kick-Off: 25 Years of Image Comics!
Fri, May 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Toronto Comic Arts Festival - Day 1
Sat, May 13, 9 am - 5 pm

Toronto Comic Arts Festival - Day 2
Sun, May 14, 10 am - 5 pm

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Teen Review - A Thousand Pieces of You

May 2, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Sohinee

A Thousand Pieces of You
The concept for A Thousand Pieces of You, by Claudia Gray, is both beautiful and insane. It's a book about destiny, fate, parallel universe, with actions and sprinkled with romance making it an all around amazing read. The book is about, without giving too much, a daughter, Marguerite, of two scientists who figured out how to 'dimension hop'. After a an orchestrated car accident caused her father's death, Marguerite chases her father's killer, her parent's graduate student, Paul, through parallel dimensions. Marguerite is so very relatable. She doesn't know anything about her parents work, parallel worlds, but she wants to do the right thing. Overall the book was a great read and bits and pieces of other genres. I would recommend this book to all fans of the Shades of Magic trilogy by Victoria Schwab



The Firebird Trilogy

A Thousand Pieces of You Ten Thousand Skies Above You  A Million Worlds With You

Place a hold on A Thousand Pieces of You, by Claudia Gray, read the ebook or listen to the eaudiobook.

Place a hold on the second book in the Firebird Trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, read the ebook or listen to the eaudiobook.

Place a hold on the third book in the Firebird Trilogy, A Million Worlds With You, read the ebook or listen to the eaudiobook.


Staff Picks: A Crown of Wishes

April 30, 2017 | Elsa | Comments (1)

A Crown of Wishes - Roskani ChokshiA companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen. Gauri, an exiled princess, has been captured and imprisoned by a rival kingdom, Ujijain. However, just before she is executed, the prince of Ujijain, Vikram, rescues her and forces her to compete in the deadly Tournament of Wishes. In order to win a wish, Gauri and Vikram must go through trials and make sacrifices. To survive the tournament, the two enemies must learn to trust each other. Gauri as a character- fierce, funny, vengeful, impulsive and complex- stole the show. Vikram, almost as good and quite swoon-worthy, provided a great contrast to Gauri. If you loved The Star-Touched Queen, you are in luck- the second book is even better. Chokshi has a way of writing that leaves you feeling as if you have just left a dream.

If you missed the previous book The Star-Touched Queen it's not too late to place a hold!

Place a hold on A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi or read the ebook.


Staff Picks: Honestly Ben

April 23, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

BenIn the follow up/companion novel to "Openly Straight" Bill Konigsberg takes us back into the world of Ben Carver. Ben's life is back to normal and he has put the difficult relationship with Rafe behind him and he is doing very well. He is captain of the baseball team, has won a full scholarship to go to college and he kind of has a crush on this new girl Hannah. However, as Ben begins to mature and develop more he is beginning to notice things that did not capture his attention before.

His mother seems oddly removed from her own life, school feels much harder than it has in the past - especially with the pressure of maintaining high grades to keep his scholarship. Rafe is already dating someone else and Ben worries that he could be the normal that he needs right now. Also why is Ben's father so distant and yet so demanding?

"Honestly Ben" is a funny and impeccable read for fans of David Levithan, Andrew Smith and John Green. This book will appeal to anyone who at one point in their life has tried to just honestly be themselves.

Get the physical book here. No e-book at the moment but keep checking. 

Staff Picks: City of Saints and Thieves

April 16, 2017 | Alice | Comments (0)

City of saints and thievesIf there is one thing Tiny Girl knows, it's her plan for revenge: first Dirt, then Money, then Blood. She's been living and breathing it for years as she builds skills as a master thief for the Goondas and prepares herself. And now that it's time, she finds that the one thing she didn't prepare herself for was questioning her own mission and confronting the past that led her here. 

Tina is a Congolese refugee, invisible in the streets of Kenya's Sangui City, and hellbent on avenging her mother's death. She decides to take down the rich, powerful white man who took in her and her mother before her mom was murdered in his home. When she is compelled to investigate, she discovers a twisted path of corruption, brutality, and attempts at salvation that try to survive the hell of an ongoing war.

This book is a tense, taut thriller that urges you forward at the same time that it exposes the costs and casualties of wars fueled by gold in places we rarely hear about. Brilliantly written, it had me on the edge of my seat and deeply invested in Tiny's story and safety as she defies the Goonda boss to pursue the truth of her past. It's a rare combination of compelling and utterly new, and I've been recommending it to anyone who likes some meat in their mystery.

Read City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson, read the ebook, or listen to the eaudiobook.

words and music by . . .

April 10, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

IndexAre you a music aficionado? A absent minded radio listener? Perhaps you're a musician/performer yourself. The library has a few resources that will most likely appeal to many music lovers and musicians.

Make Some Noise:
Is an after hours concert series of live bands playing in branches of the Toronto Public Library (by after hours we mean after the library closes at either 5:00 or 8:30 pm). The next upcoming performance is the duo Tasseomancy and Castle If who will be performing at the Yorkville branch on April 29th with the program commencing at 7:00 pm and the doors opening at 6:30.

The Local Music Collection:
This is a physical collection of compact discs from musicians across Canada. The CD's are located in 20 branches of the library and can be access on line and placed on hold. Those musicians who have made their music available through streaming can be accessed online through the libraries portal (you have to have an up-to-date library card to access the streaming collection). The collection has a focus on Toronto artists but also looks nation wide for new music and talent. There is also a reference collection of this music (a lot of it on vinyl) at the reference library.

Sheet Music:
You can also access sheet music from the libraries collections. The variety of the sheet music varies greatly but runs the gamut from classical to contemporary music. These scores are generally reference but much of it does circulate so you can take the sheets home to learn and practice.

Instrument Lending Library:
The Parkdale branch has a collection of instruments that can be borrowed to take home with a library card. This collection includes string instruments, brass, drums, keyboards, and classic and acoustic guitars. Follow this link to find out more about this esoteric collection.


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