Toronto Readers Borrowed More Ebooks Than Anyone in 2018

January 17, 2019 | Wendy

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Here's a bold hypothesis: Toronto has the most voracious readers in the world. Does that sound like we're bragging? Consider the numbers: we borrowed 5.6 million ebooks and eaudiobooks in 2018 – more than any other library users, anywhere. According to a press release from Rakuten OverDrive, Toronto was one...

NaNoWriMo Authors: You Can Publish Indie Ebooks at the Library

November 12, 2018 | Wendy

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Raise your hand if you're one of the hundreds of Torontonians who've committed to producing 50,000 words this National Novel Writing Month. (Now stretch your arm up and over, and repeat on the other side. Look up from the screen and blink your eyes a couple of times. You got...

Free Online Creative Writing Courses

October 5, 2018 | Wendy

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Do you have a novel or screenplay in you that's just waiting for a little encouragement? Gale Courses to the rescue! This online learning resource, available through Toronto Public Library, offers a series of instructor-led online creative writing classes, for free. Classes are six weeks long, and are led by...

Get Homework Help with Brainfuse

September 27, 2018 | Joanne

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Fall is here and you may be thinking about homework assignments. If you are a student up to Grade 12 Brainfuse can help you with tough homework questions. Connect with a qualified live tutor and use the interactive whiteboard to write, draw or copy/paste your specific homework question. Tutors are...

New: Keep a History of Items You've Borrowed from the Library

September 18, 2018 | Sandra

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You asked for it, and now we've got it! Starting today, you can opt in to keep a record of your borrowing history in your account on the library website. To start using borrowing history: Sign in to access the new Borrowing History section of your account. Click the Turn...

Toronto Public Library Breaks Ebook Record

August 15, 2018 | Wendy

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On July 31, 2018, Toronto Public Library became the first library in the world to lend over twenty million ebooks. "We've always said Toronto was a city of readers," says Maria Cipriano, the library's Senior Collections Specialist responsible for ebooks. "This proves it." In 2007, Toronto Public Library started its...

Good News: Your Library Card Now Gives You Access to!

July 5, 2018 | Wendy

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Photo by Janne Räkköläinen. Licensed under Creative Commons. At the library, we want you to have access to all the news, all the time, when and where you want it. That's why we provide online access to: PressReader - 7, 000+ international newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail,...

Summer Learning with Brainfuse

June 25, 2018 | Joanne

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Students enrolled in summer school can get online homework help with Brainfuse. Professional tutors can help students up to grade 12 with math, reading, science, social studies and language arts. To get help: Go to Live Tutoring on the Brainfuse site. Select your grade and subject from the drop-down list....

7 Criterion Movies to Binge-Watch This Weekend (While You Still Can)

June 22, 2018 | Wendy

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The bad news: we'll no longer have access to 350 online streaming Criterion videos after this Friday. (Please read this post for all the details we've got.) The good news: a) You'll still have access to 50 of the most popular Criterion films through our (seriously excellent) Kanopy streaming service....

Last Chance to Stream: The Criterion Collection

June 22, 2018 | Wendy

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It makes us as sad as it makes you to announce that the Criterion Collection will no longer offer video streaming services to libraries, starting June 29, 2018. We know how much you loved being able to watch their huge selection of cinema classics; but the vendor has chosen not...