Children Draw What Canada Means to Them at the TD Gallery

December 13, 2017 | David

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The children's table in the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library. The card reads "What does your Canada look like? Draw a picture here." One of Toronto's hidden gems is the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library. The gallery's current exhibit is I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture...

Meet Ayelet Tsabari, Writer in Residence

December 6, 2017 | Michal

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Photo by Jonathan Bloom Are you an aspiring writer? Join Ayelet Tsabari, award-winning author of The Best Place on Earth, as she leads workshops, gives presentations and an interview, hosts panel discussions, and provides one-on-one appointments as Toronto Public Library's Spring 2018 Writer in Residence. The Best Place on Earth...

TRL Program Calendar December 2017

November 30, 2017 | Katherine

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Free programs, free movies, free exhibits. All at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image to enlarge or Download The December 2017 @ TRL as a pdf. For a full list of programs to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.

W.E.D. Ross: Canada’s Most Prolific Author?

November 30, 2017 | Steven

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You never know what you might find hidden in the stacks at the Toronto Reference Library. For example, there is a bay of books by the man who has been called Canada’s most prolific author (New Brunswick Consortium of Professional Writers), as well as the fastest fiction writer who ever...

Toronto Reference Library at 40: The Library Catalogue, From Paper to Online

November 23, 2017 | Geerthana

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This month we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Toronto Public Library’s largest branch, Toronto Reference Library (TRL). Over the past 40 years, TRL has undergone some drastic changes; from its relocation to Yonge and Bloor in 1977, to a megacity amalgamation 20 years later, to a major revitalization project...

Toronto Reference Library at 40: A Space of Gathering for Programmed Events

November 17, 2017 | Richard

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The Opening Ceremonies on November 2, 1977 While recently digging through an old archive of library reports, I discovered an incisive quotation that describes what the Toronto Reference Library is all about. In responding to a survey question in 1996, "Have we made a difference?" John Robert Colombo wrote: Nowhere...

Do You Remember When You Felt Like This on Christmas Morning?

November 17, 2017 | Bill V.

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Recapture that feeling at the annual Book and DVD Sale, November 23-25, 2017, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, South Chapter. Come buy gently used, very good condition gift books, cook books, children's books or previously viewed DVDs and DVD sets, CDs and LPs. It's a cash only sale...

I Am Canada: New Exhibit Celebrating the Art of Canadian Picture Books Opens November 11

November 7, 2017 | Nicole

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Children's book lovers of all ages take note! Our new exhibit, I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art, opens this Saturday, November 11 in the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library. As always, admission is free and the gallery is open to the public during regular library hours....

eh List: Elaine Dewar and Nick Mount

November 6, 2017 | Michal

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You are invited to join us on Monday, December 4 at 7 p.m., in Beeton Hall, Toronto Reference Library, for #CanLit: a Topsy-Turvy History. Elaine Dewar is the bestselling author of Bones: Discovering the First Americans, and Nick Mount is an acclaimed writer and critic. They are appearing as part...

Toronto Reference Library at 40: Opening Ceremonies, November 2, 1977

November 3, 2017 | Richard

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Thousands were in attendance when the Metropolitan Toronto Library Board officially opened its new library at 8 pm on Wednesday November 2, 1977. The event was the culmination of nearly a decade of planning, re-planning and political wrangling about the building and its location, and two months of delays to...