Have You Read These LGTBQ Books Yet?

June 28, 2017 | Debbie

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"Read Widely, Learn Together, Celebrate Diversity." TPL staff with friends and family march in the 2017 Toronto Pride Parade. Fresh from the Pride Parade on Sunday, TPL Staff have rounded up five of our fave LGTBQ+ reads. Like these? Crushing on others? Share your suggestions in the comments. Girl Mans...

Love Is Love: LGBTQ+ Valentine's Stories

February 11, 2017 | Alice

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Not every love story is a boy-meets-girl love story. Looking for a different pair of protagonists in your Valentine's read? Try one of these picks: Ash, by Malinda Lo You think you know this story, but you’re wrong. Her name isn’t Cinderella, it’s Ash. And he isn’t just a prince,...

Teen Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

February 8, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha, with "thanks a lot to HBG Canada for providing an ARC to read and review!" Release Date: February 7, 2017 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars A Tragic Kind of Wonderful follows Mel, a 16-year-old who is dealing with bipolar disorder. The novel explores how the mental...

Teen Review - History Is All You Left Me

January 17, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha, with thanks to "Helena at TPL for sending the ARC my way!" Release Date: January 17, 2017 Rating: 4/5 stars History Is All You Left Me follows Griffin as he mourns and tries to come to terms with the death of one of his best friends and...

Weekly Program Roundup August 29 - September 3

August 28, 2016 | stephen

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Time to spice up our last week of summer programming with some music and dancing! Check out what's on this week at the library: Zumba for Teens Tuesday August 30, 2016 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Malvern Funky Latin rhythms mixed with easy to follow moves create a...

YA Materials and LGBTQ issues

July 26, 2016 | Cameron

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1. Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She's from Atlanta, she's never kissed a guy, she's into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her...

Whats On @ the library July 25th - 31st

July 25, 2016 | Cameron

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Want to know what is going on at the Toronto Public Library for teens this week: Check out the listing of programs below that cover programs and events from July 25th to July 31st. 1. Maker Monday: Duct Tape Wallet at the Bloor Gladstone Branch Use duct tape to build...

The Young Elites by Marie Lu : Review

July 23, 2016 | Christine

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By Fariha *spoilers about personalities of characters I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. No way could I pass up a novel that had that quote on the inside cover. Fantasy is my favourite genre and dark...

YA Literature & Strong Women

July 8, 2016 | Christine

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Who do admire in your life? Is it someone you know personally? Maybe someone famous from the past? Or is it a character from a book that you love to read from cover to cover every chance you get? I really enjoy reading about people with lots of personal strength,...

Poems by Jayden

July 7, 2016 | stephen

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Written by Jayden Book Title Poetry When we were Matched, and our paths Crossed, dreams and goals were Reached, forWhen You Reach Me, you bring happiness and joy. And though my grand scheme had Holes, you were there, and taught me to take Small Steps. And though I soon will...

What's on at the Library -- June 27 - July 3

June 30, 2016 | Christine

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Hi everyone! Happy early Canada Day! I hope you're all enjoying your summer vacations so far. :) Here are some more great programs for youth that you can take advantage of this summer at your local branch of the Toronto Public Library this coming long weekend: 3D Printer Certification --...

What's On at the Library- June 20-25th

June 20, 2016 | Monica

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Hi All! Looking for some fun and exciting things to do this summer? Keep any eye on the TPL Teens Summer Edition page all summer long, as we got you covered on the events taking place at the Toronto Pubic Library for Youth. To kick things off, take a look...

"Pride. It looks like a party...but it started with a riot."

June 15, 2016 | Susan

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You likely know all about the amazing Pride Parade that fills Toronto's streets with dancing and celebration. (You should definitely go if you never have!) All that dancing, all that joy is to honour the history of LGBTQ2S+ rights and the continued need to fight for justice and equality. Recent...

Music Video Monday, Pride Edition: Eric Himan

June 13, 2016 | Cameron

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Eric Himan is an openly gay singer/songwriting for America. He has many accolades to his name and if you visit his website you can learn more about him there: http://www.erichiman.com. He has created and produced 8 independent albums on his own record label and has dealt with many different social...

Music Video Monday, Pride Edition: Gregory Douglass

June 6, 2016 | Cameron

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Gregory Douglass is an American singer/songwriter who hails from Vermont and has been an independent musician since 1998 with his first album. Douglas is openly gay and many of his songs deal with queer themes and issues. We will start off with a cover video of the Adele song: Set...

Music Video Monday, Pride Edition - Vivek Shraya

May 30, 2016 | Cameron

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Vivek Shraya is a Toronto based musician who identifies as Queer. She has toured Canada extensively with other Canadian musical groups and has written several books and also recently published a collection of poetry focusing on racism. Our first video for her is: Power Our next video for her is...

Stilettos on the Move, a Fashion Show !

April 30, 2016 | Cameron

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Pride Week Celebration: Stilettos on the Move, a Fashion Show Have you ever wondered what makes drag performers tick? Watch them strut their stuff and reveal the mystery behind their dazzling personas. Join us for an evening of fashion, fun, and flamboyance! Please call (416) 395-5639 to register for this...

Your Bookmark here: Weird Girl and What's his Name

February 7, 2016 | Cameron

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"Weird Girl and What's his Name" is a wonderful novel about the relationship between two best friends in high school, who are simply trying to navigate the landscape and survive their small town as best they can together. Lula and Rory share everything, especially their love of all things science...

LGBTQ2S+ Youth Writers Drop In and Open Mic

January 26, 2016 | Ray

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Are you a creative writer of fiction, sci-fi, poetry, song, etc? And identify as LGBTQ2S+ under 29 years old? Welcome! Starting February 8th, Writing Our Futures (formerly Pink Ink) is meeting at every Monday at Lillian H. Smith branch from 5-7pm. For more info check out the event listing or...

FREE creative writing conference for LGBTQ youth and allies

September 24, 2015 | Ken Sparling

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OUT LOUD! 2015: The Creative Writing Conference for LGBTQ Youth and Allies Are you between the ages of 14-22? Do you love to write? Would you like to learn creative writing techniques from award-winning Toronto-based authors? Come to OUT LOUD! 2015, a one-day writing conference for LGBTQ youth and allies....

Summer read - An Interview with Raziel Reid.

September 3, 2015 | Cameron

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When Everything Feels Like the Movies - Raziel Reid Raziel Reid is a Canadian author who currently resides in British Columbia. "When Everything Feels Like the Movies" is his first novel and it won the 2014 Governor General's Award for Teen fiction. The book was also nominated for the Lambda...


August 21, 2015 | Teen Blogger

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz reviewed by Sara, age 16 When two completely different guys meet for the first time over their summer break, the only thing they seem to have in common is the fact that they are lonely. Aristotle narrates...

Summer read - The pull of wanting to belong, the push of knowing you are different.

August 20, 2015 | Cameron

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Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Simon is gay and would very much like to have that fact remain anonymous at his high school. Why? He has seen the bullying, the homophobia, the out right hatred and he really wants no part in that - and why would he? Simon...

Summer Read: Who Do You Think You Are?

July 5, 2015 | Alice

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None of the Above, by I.W. Gregorio Like Etta in Not Otherwise Specified, Kristin finds herself in circumstances where she questions and clings to who she is, and where her closest friends have abandoned her, so she faces that difficult stuff without their support. Kristin is on top of the...

Summer Read: Gotta Be You

July 1, 2015 | Alice

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Not Otherwise Specified, by Hannah Moskowitz Every rare now and then, you meet characters - and people - that are just so fiercely THEM that they are inspiring. Etta is that kind of girl, or at least is working hard toward it, holding on tight to what she knows about...