38 Ways to Use the Library from Home

March 18, 2020 | Wendy

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Since library branches are closed, and we're all staying home as much as we can, we want to make sure that you're stocked up with things to read, watch, listen to, learn and do. Here's a quick guide to all of the online services you can use with your library...

Toronto's Six Millionth Ebook of 2019

December 4, 2019 | Wendy

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Last Thursday, just before midnight, somebody borrowed Toronto Public Library's six millionth ebook of 2019. This is a new record for us; in 2018, Torontonians borrowed more ebooks than anyone else in the world, at just over five million. We've beat our own personal best! The six millionth ebook borrowed...

Find Your Funding Match with Grant Connect

November 6, 2019 | Wendy

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Are you involved with a Canadian nonprofit or charity? Are you looking for funding? You might be interested in Grant Connect. Grant Connect is a fundraising research platform that helps you to sort through thousands of foundations, corporations and government programs to find the right funders for your organization. You...

Waiting Longer than Usual for your Ebooks? Here’s Why

October 18, 2019 | Wendy

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Multinational publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster) have recently made it much harder for public libraries to buy and lend ebooks. Publishers set limits on how long we can keep copies of ebooks. Now we have to re-purchase them every two years and pay a...

Stream Live Classical Concerts and more with Medici.tv

August 8, 2019 | Wendy

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Have you ever wished you could jet off to Switzerland to attend a music festival in the Alps? Or take a master class in your instrument with a world-famous musician? We've got the next best thing. Medici.tv is an online channel offering streaming video of classical music concerts, operas and...

Podcast listeners: Let us know what you think

August 6, 2019 | Wendy

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Toronto Public Library's first podcast, Shelve Under: Podcast, just wrapped up its first season - and we'd like to know what you thought of it. The most recent episode, Shelve Under: Flâneur, features host Christina Wong in conversation with Toronto Star columnist and avid walker Shawn Micallef. Previous episodes have...

Explore the Pride Collection

June 21, 2019 | Wendy

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The rainbow pillars at Yorkville Branch. Since Toronto's first officially recognized Gay Pride day in 1991, Toronto Public Library has boasted a strong and growing collection of books, movies and magazines for the LGBTQ2S+ community. While we offer these materials at every library throughout the city, our Yorkville Branch houses...

Hoopla Access to Change to Four Items per Month

June 19, 2019 | Wendy

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Starting July 1, 2019, we'll be reducing the number of Hoopla Digital items you can borrow from eight per month to four. We know you love videos, so we are trying to diversify the services we offer. In 2017 we added Kanopy, a streaming service for classic movies, indie films...

Digital Literacy Week: Upgrade Your Tech Skills at the Library

May 27, 2019 | Wendy

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This post is part of Digital Literacy Week at Toronto Public Library, a week-long celebration of Toronto's digital skills and technology capabilities. This year, Digital Literacy Week is all about connecting people with opportunities: helping you to learn new digital skills and apply the ones you've got, in order to...

New: Renew Your Library Card Online

April 25, 2019 | Sandra

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Good news: it's now possible to renew your library card through the TPL website. Library cards expire every year, and until recently, you had to visit a library branch in person to renew your card. Who can renew online Online card renewal is available for adults and teens with standard...