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...

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...

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...

TRL Program Calendar July 2017

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

Learn About the History of Toronto Islands, June 26 at Toronto Reference Library

June 23, 2017 | Pam

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On May 19, a headline from the Globe and Mail proclaimed that flooding threatened more than half of the buildings on Toronto Islands and CBC News reported that more than 40 percent of the islands were under water. “Right now, we have the highest water level that we’ve ever seen...

TRL Program Calendar June 2017

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

Mothers in Graphic Novels and Memoirs

May 11, 2017 | Winona

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In celebration of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival taking place May 13 and 14 at Toronto Reference Library, and as a Mother's Day tribute to moms everywhere (hi mom!), I offer you this list of mothers in graphic novels and memoirs. The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom...

A Poet from My Past: Marjorie Pickthall

April 20, 2017 | Fiona

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Image used with permission. Marjorie Pickthall Fonds, Victoria University Library (Toronto). April is National Poetry Month and it is being celebrated by the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets. I've recently discovered a personal connection to Toronto poet and librarian Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall (1883-1922). She...

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...