An Interview with Our New Writer in Residence, Ayelet Tsabari

February 1, 2018 | Michal

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Photo credit: Jonathan Bloom Ayelet Tsabari's debut story collection "The Best Place on Earth" won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her memoir in essays, The Art of Leaving, is due to...

TRL Program Calendar February 2018

January 31, 2018 | Katherine

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This post was revised February 3, 2018 Free programs, free movies, free classes. All at the Toronto Reference Library Click on each image to enlarge or Download The February 2018 @ TRL as a pdf. For a full list of programs to browse or search, visit out Programs, Classes and...

The Legacy of Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

January 25, 2018 | Sephora

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This world of wildest dreams we devotees call fantasy will never be the same. News of the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin on Monday evening has deeply touched the community of science fiction and fantasy fans, and countless others who have been inspired by her writings. Le Guin was...

For the Love of RPGs

January 23, 2018 | Sephora

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What is it that comes to your mind when someone mentions tabletop role-playing games (RPGs)? Most people probably think of Dungeons & Dragons (D & D). There are several references to D & D in recent popular culture, including the campaigns played by the gang of friends from television's popular...

Tkaronto: A New Perspective on Map-Making

January 23, 2018 | Richard

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CARTOGRAPHY 17 Tkaronto: "A New Perspective on Map-Making" Art Starts Map of Toronto on Display from February 1 - March 5, 2018 At the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street - 2nd Floor ___________________________ ____________________ __________ Cartography 17 envisions a collaborative, arts-based representation of Toronto’s geography as it existed over...

This Month in Science Fiction: Frankenstein Turns 200

January 22, 2018 | Isabel

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January is the 200th anniversary of "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus" by Mary Shelley. Celebrate this special birthday by checking out our collection. Illustration from the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, by Theodore von Holst. Mary Shelley and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley spent the summer of 1816 with the poet...

Meet Ayelet Tsabari, Writer in Residence

January 15, 2018 | 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...

Conserving the Treasures of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver

January 12, 2018 | David

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Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver. Permission from IBBY Canada. To celebrate the completion of conservation work on Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver's invaluable illustrations, this post gives a brief overview of Cleaver and how Toronto Public Library has preserved her art. Who is Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver? Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver (1939-1985) is one of Canada’s most renowned children’s illustrators...

What's Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

January 10, 2018 | Pam

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Join author Tom Slee, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall, as he explores the personal and societal consequences of the so-called sharing economy. Drawing on his original empirical research, in his book, Slee shows that the friendly language of sharing, trust...

New Year's Resolutions in the Special Collections Department

January 5, 2018 | Peggy Perdue

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With the shelves of every branch stocked with books to fuel a desire for learning and self-improvement, the library is your go-to location for New Year's resolutions. In addition to the things you can check out at a branch or online, you can find inspiration for the new year in...