We've Got Style: Fashion Programs and Books during September

August 21, 2018 | Bill V.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that librarians are not only good looking but also renowned for their style and fashion sense. So . . . it makes sense that during September our tie in to the Toronto Fashion Week is a great line up of programs. Fashion Meets Technology:...

BSAM: Black Speculative Arts Movement - Toronto 2018 Convention

August 10, 2018 | Michal

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You are invited to Lillian H. Smith Branch on Saturday, August 25, at 1 p.m. for the BSAM: Black Speculative Arts Movement - Toronto 2018 Convention. Enjoy and experience art, science, technology, a cosmic market with local vendors, a supernova of live performances, intergalactic conversations, and spices of Afro-Caribbean Carnival....

Introducing the Sarah Hall Archives

July 31, 2018 | Beau

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Earlier this year, acclaimed Canadian glass artist Sarah Hall donated her archives to the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana's manuscript collection, located in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Hall has been an internationally-recognized artist specializing in large-scale art glass...

TRL Program Calendar August 2018

July 30, 2018 | sylvia

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Free movies, free programs, free classes. All at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image to enlarge or Download August 2018 TRL. For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.

Discover Toronto Baseball History in the Toronto Reference Library Special Collections Department

July 25, 2018 | Beau

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Last Saturday, July 21st, I gave a Discover Special Collections talk about the history of baseball in Toronto. It was one of the presentations we host in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library at 2:00 pm on the first three Saturdays...

Free Summer Friday Lunchtime Concerts

July 19, 2018 | Bill V.

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Let's make beautiful music together ... or at least share lunch and listen to some. Come join us on Fridays for the Summer Music at the Library series, free weekly concerts from noon - 1pm in the Toronto Reference Library Atrium on the main floor. If you're interested in music,...

TRL Program Calendar July 2018

June 30, 2018 | sylvia

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Free movies, free programs, free classes. All at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image to enlarge or Download July 2018 TRL as a pdf. For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.

July Has Some Interesting Arts Programming Going on at the Toronto Reference Library

June 29, 2018 | Bill V.

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It's almost July, school is out, heat alerts are happening, summer vacations are approaching and there are too many darn noisy outdoor bar and cafe patios around. Why not come indoors into the Library where it's cool and enjoy some interesting arts programming? We've got the architectural history of the...

Ready, Set, Go!: Play and Sports in Children's Books

June 27, 2018 | Michal

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We invite you to Ready, Set, Go!: Play and Sports in Children's Books, a new exhibit at the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books which explores the topic of sports and games in children's literature. From Healthful Sports for Young Ladies (1822) and School-Boys' Diversions (1820) to modern picture books,...

10 Amazing Comics and Graphic Novels by Canadians

June 26, 2018 | David

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I've read 398 comics and graphic novels. I've been making up for lost time. I only fully discovered them a few years ago as curator of Hart House Library, a Harry Potter-esque reading room on University of Toronto's campus. I decided to triple that library's graphic novel collection. To build...