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...

Stunning Art by "Canadian Audubon" Added to Digital Archive

January 5, 2018 | David

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William Pope portrait (at around 80 years old) by W. E. Cantelon William Pope (1811-1902) was born in Kent, England. He journeyed to North America in 1834, "perhaps by the news of abundant game and no hunting restrictions." Hunting was not his only interest — he also had an interest...

TRL Program Calendar January 2018

December 31, 2017 | Katherine

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Happy New Year and please join us throughout 2018 for more programs, films, classes and special events. All free at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image to enlarge or Download The January 2018 @ TRL as a pdf. For a full list of programs to browse or search,...

Toronto Reference Library at 40: The Work of Bruno De Lorenzi

December 29, 2017 | Barbara Myrvold

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In her December 2017 report, City Librarian Vickery Bowles noted, “Toronto Reference Library celebrated its 40th anniversary with a series of programs and blog posts featuring collections and highlighting the history and architecture of the building. The activities and accompanying social media generated lively discussions about what TRL has meant...

Excited for The Last Jedi? Check out the Star Wars Expanded Universe

December 22, 2017 | Isabel

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A long, long time ago, on May 25, 1983, the first Star Wars trilogy ended. But, the adventures of Princess Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo continued in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU). The Star Wars EU consists of hundreds of stories that expand on the original trilogy....

Children Draw What Canada Means to Them at the TD Gallery

December 13, 2017 | David

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The children's table in the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library. The card reads "What does your Canada look like? Draw a picture here." One of Toronto's hidden gems is the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library. The gallery's current exhibit is I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture...

TRL Program Calendar December 2017

November 30, 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 December 2017 @ TRL as a pdf. For a full list of programs to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.