Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization

September 15, 2017 | Pam

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On Tuesday, September 19th, Kevin MacKay will speak about his book Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization. The program takes place at the Toronto Reference Library, in the Beeton Hall, at 7:00 pm. Kevin MacKay is a sociology professor, union activist, and the Executive Director of a...

Pop Sherlock: Holmes on Film

September 12, 2017 | Nicole

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With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing -- and with BBC's Sherlock aka Benedict Cumberbatch in town -- it seems only appropriate to take a look back at how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, became one of the most iconic and most often adapted fictional character...

Sign up for an Indigenous Canada Online Course

September 11, 2017 | Melanie

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Join us in exploring Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada, from Indigenous perspectives. Indigenous Canada is a FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), created by the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies, that looks at key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective, highlighting...

TRL Program Calendar September 2107

August 31, 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 September 2017 @ TRL as a pdf file. For a full list of programs to browse or search, visit out Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.

Canada and Sherlock Holmes

August 28, 2017 | Peggy Perdue

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Just in time for Canada 150, London fog meets maple leaf in Canada and Sherlock Holmes, a new publication by the Baker Street Irregulars. Edited by Ontarian Peter Calamai and Nova Scotian Mark Alberstat, this is an impressive collection of essays by Canadian writers and articles about Canadian connections to...

Meet Peter Vronsky, Writer in Residence

August 17, 2017 | Michal

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Meet Peter Vronsky, investigative historian, Toronto Public Library's Fall 2017 Writer in Residence. He is the author of Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada; Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters; Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters; Paul Bernardo and...

Pop Sherlock: A Free Exhibit Celebrating the Cultural Influence of the Great Detective Opens August 19

August 14, 2017 | Nicole

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Our new exhibit, Pop Sherlock, opens this Saturday, August 19 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. It runs until October 22, 2017. A deerstalker hat, a pipe and a magnifying...

TRL Program Calendar August 2017

July 31, 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 August 2017 @ TRL as a pdf file. For a full list of programs to browse or search, visit out Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.

Last Chance: Destination Canada Exhibit Closes July 30!

July 24, 2017 | Nicole

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Destination Canada, our free exhibit exploring stories of migration and belonging, is ending soon! You have until Sunday, July 30 to see it at the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery. Admission is free and you can visit anytime during regular library hours. Our last guided tour of the exhibit is...

Caribbean Fiction in Toronto Public Library

July 14, 2017 | Michal

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I invite you to deepen your experience of Toronto's 50th Caribbean Carnival by immersing yourself in literature about the Caribbean. Whether fiction or nonfiction, you might be advised to start by browsing one of the Library's four Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collections. These collections are named in honour...