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...

Toronto Reference Library at 40: Raymond Moriyama and the Original Architecture

November 2, 2017 | Bill V.

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The Toronto Reference Library is celebrating 40 years of public service November 2nd. "Metro Library is my perfection" Raymond Moriyama, original architect. "Wow this is a hommage to groovy 70s orange & brown curvilinear goodness" recent user. 1977 photograph second floor stairs - Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library The original Central...

TRL Program Calendar November 2017

October 31, 2017 | Katherine

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This post was revised November 2, 2017 Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Reference Library which opened November 2, 1977. Forty years of books, technology, lectures, films, music, dance and millions of people using this building. Click on each image to enlarge or Download The November 2017 @...

Toronto Reference Library at 40: The Evolution of its Site. Part 3. Asquith Avenue Frontage

October 30, 2017 | Barbara Myrvold

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Toronto Reference Library is bordered by Asquith Avenue on its south facade; its property there starts at Yonge Street and extends east to Sherlock Holmes Walk, about a half block west of Park Road. All of the buildings shown below once stood on the north side of Asquith Avenue on...

Toronto Reference Library at 40: The Evolution of its Site. Part 2. Yonge Street Frontage

October 30, 2017 | Barbara Myrvold

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The Toronto Reference Library is located on the east side of Yonge Street between Asquith Avenue and Collier Street. Shown here are some of the buildings on Yonge Street that stood on or opposite this block during the 100 years or so before the library opened on November 2, 1977....