eh List: Phoebe Wang & Roo Borson

March 16, 2017 | Michal

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You are invited to join us Monday, April 3 at 7 pm, in Beeton Hall at Toronto Reference Library, for Human Connections: Roo Borson and Phoebe Wang. Wang is a prize-winning poet and ESL teacher, and Borson a critically-acclaimed, prize-winning poet with more than 15 books to her name. They...

Remembering Richard Wagamese

March 13, 2017 | Melanie

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I remember seeing Richard Wagamese speak. He spoke about how libraries change lives. About how when he was experiencing homelessness, the local library was his refuge. How the librarian took him to see an opera. Many tears were shed while he spoke – not by him, but by the people...

Ancient Worlds and their Stories: Wielders of Wonders

March 9, 2017 | Nicole

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Hieroglyphics [‘Ancient Worlds and their Stories: Wielders of Wonders’.] created by TPL librarian Steven Shubert Toronto Public Library’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books presents a new exhibit Ancient Worlds and their Stories: Wielders of Wonders at the Lillian H. Smith branch. The exhibit showcases how ancient civilizations and their...

Infamous: Sex Work in Nineteenth-Century Toronto

March 3, 2017 | Nicole

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“Houses of ill-fame in Toronto? Certainly not. The whole city is an immense house of ill-fame….” ̶ C.S. Clark, Of Toronto the Good: A Social Study: The Queen City of Canada as it is, 1898 Join us at the Toronto Reference Library on Monday, March 6 for a free lecture...

TRL Program Calendar March 2017

February 28, 2017 | Katherine

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Lots of authors, including Mohsin Hamid and Roxane Gay, writer in residence Pasha Malla, and exhibits and lectures on Vice and Virtue in Toronto. Plus plenty of free movies, computer classes and eLearning. Click on each image to enlarge or Download The March 2017 @ TRL as a pdf file....

Help for Newcomers at Toronto Reference Library

February 25, 2017 | Michal

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Are you new to Canada, and plan to settle here? Welcome! Come to the library to meet with a settlement worker who can help get you started in Toronto and Canada. It's free! Come to a Newcomer Information Desk at one of our Library Settlement Partnerships locations. They are in...

New Steps to Justice Website Gives Step-by-Step Legal Information

February 24, 2017 | Katherine

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This guest post is one in a series providing practical, easy to understand legal information from CLEO (Community Legal Information Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario). Having problems with your landlord? Worried that you are being treated unfairly at work? Getting separated or divorced? These are some of the issues...

Celebrate Black History Month with Music by Black Composers on Naxos

February 15, 2017 | Winona

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What's a celebration without music? Celebrate Black History Month with music by Black composers streamed directly to your computer or mobile device using Naxos Music Library. Check out these selections from their Black Composers Playlist: "Virginia Polka" from John Davis Plays Blind Tom. Thomas "Blind Tom" Bethune (1849-1908) was born...

Booze, Broads & Sunday Laws: New Exhibit Looks at Toronto's History of Vice & Virtue

February 6, 2017 | Nicole

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Ever wonder where the nickname "Toronto the Good" comes from? Opening this Saturday, February 11, our new exhibit Vice & Virtue takes a look back at the moral reformers and the moral panics that shaped Toronto's reputation as a strait-laced city in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Admission is free....

TRL Program Calendar February 2017

January 31, 2017 | Katherine

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Come celebrate Black History Month at Yonge and Bloor! Click on each image to enlarge or Download February 2017 @ TRL as a pdf file. For a full list of programs to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.