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May 2015

Celebrate Seniors' Month at the Library!

May 28, 2015 | Sharanja T. | Comments (0)

This June why not rediscover all the wonderful services and resources available for seniors through your local library? There’s lots to do at the library, including engaging book club discussions, computer classes specifically for seniors, jewellery making programs and individual free one-on-one help sessions with library staff.

Seniors drop in program

Here are some other services that are available through the library: 

Home Library Services

Home Library Service is available for Toronto residents who are homebound for three months or longer due to age, illness or disability. A variety of library materials, including books, paperbacks, large print books and talking books, are selected and delivered to you free of charge.

Seniors' Home Service

Get small collections of library materials delivered to seniors' apartments for residents to enjoy. The collections are changed up to four times a year. On-site service is provided by the institutional staff, residents and/or volunteers, not by library staff. For more information, call us at 416-395-5557.

Accessible Equipment

We have specialized equipment at some library branches for people with disabilities, including CCTV print magnifiers and wheelchair accessible furniture.

Daisy Player


Book a free 30 to 60 minute appointment with a librarian through our Book-a-Librarian session who can help you with research, library information, career information, homework help and more. Make an appointment by calling your local library, completing the following web form or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

Senior learning to use an ipad2


At Albert Campbell District branch, we’re celebrating this month by offering some exciting programs specifically for seniors:

Jewellery Making for Seniors

Wills and Estate Planning

Movies at Albert Campbell: Gravity

Computer Basics for Seniors  Part 1: Move That Mouse

Computer Basics for Seniors Part 2: Explore the Web

Afternoon Book Club: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Internet Safety for Seniors

To register for these programs, please call 416-396-8890 or visit Albert Campbell branch. For a listing of all programs offered at other library branches visit

Seniors Memoir writing-program

Happy Seniors' Month!

Snapshots in History: May 19: Celebrating Parks Canada, a World First!

May 19, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)







On May 19 and beyond, as Canadians we should take a moment to celebrate Parks Canada (Agency) and its vast holdings, including thirty-seven (37) national parks, three (3) national marine conservation areas, 168 national historic sites, and one national landmark. On May 19, 1911, Parks Canada was established as the world’s first national park service as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior, undergoing a variety of name changes over the years.

The mandate of Parks Canada Agency is to “…protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.”  The Parks Canada website offers access to a great deal of information on national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas in addition to practical details such as planning your visit, learn and discover (including the recent Franklin expedition), species at risk, world heritage sites, and fees.

Please consider the variety of materials about Parks Canada that Toronto Public Library has to offer for borrowing from its collections:




Climber's paradise making Canada's mountain parks 1906-1974 Guide to the national parks of Canada A century of Parks Canada 1911-2011 J.B. Harkin father of Canada's national parks

Parks and protected areas in Canada planning and management 3rd ed Taking the air ideas and change in Canada's national parks The national parks of Canada The national parks and other wild places of Canada


National Parks Project North America's national parks




The best of Canada's national parks a complete adventure guide


The title A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011 (published by the University of Calgary Press) is available for download in Portable Document Format (PDF) as a free, open access eBook under a Creative Commons License.


Snapshots in History: May 5: Remembering Napoléon Bonaparte

May 5, 2015 | John P. | Comments (1)

Jacques-Louis David - The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries

On May 5 and beyond, take a moment to remember Emperor Napoleon 1, Emperor of the French.

Napoleon was a talented military and political leader who increased his influence during the period of the French Revolution and its associated conflicts. He was successful in most of the sixty major battles in which he played a leadership role before final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. And, yes, of course, he served as First Consul of the French Republic from 1799-1804 before becoming Emperor of the French from 1804-1814, followed by a brief exile in Elba from which he escaped to briefly become Emperor of the French again in 1815 before meeting final defeat followed by permanent exile to Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean culminating with his death under questionable circumstances (stomach cancer versus arsenic poisoning).

On top of the list of Napoleon’s legal and political accomplishments reign are his decisions to abolish feudalism throughout Europe, the establishment of equality before the law, religious tolerance (including towards Jewish people), and the Napoleonic Code established in 1804 (and adopted by other nations) that disallowed privileges on the basis of birth, allowed freedom of religion, permitted divorce, and stated that government postings should go to the most qualified people.

Despite a romantic relationship with his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814), her failure to produce an heir resulted in Napoleon divorcing her to marry Maria-Louise of Austria (1791-1847) who bore him a son who briefly served as Napoleon 2 (1811-1832).

Consider the following titles about Napoleon Bonaparte and his family from Toronto Public Library collections:


Napoleon Volume 1 Soldier of destiny 1769-1805 Citizen emperor Napoleon in power 1799-1815 Napoleon the Great Napoleon the end of glory

Waterloo the aftermath Napoleon life legacy and image a biography Ambition and desire the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte Wondrous beauty the life and adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte


Napoleon soldier of destiny Wondrous beauty the life and adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Napoleon Volume 1 the path to power 1769-1799 Citizen emperor Napoleon in power 1799-1815 Napoleon's Poisoned Chalice the Emperor and his Doctors on St Helena

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