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Get Tech-Savvy This Summer!

July 30, 2015 | Sharanja T. | Comments (0)

Looking to hone your computer skills this summer? Then make sure you visit your local library! The library is an awesome place to learn new things. At Albert Campbell Branch, we have many books, services and resources available to help you learn about computers.

Here a few things you should check out:

User Education Classes

We offer a variety of hands-on computer classes each month to help you learn more about the Internet, email and computer programs like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel. You can also find classes to help you learn about social media sites including Facebook and LinkedIn at other library branches. To register for programs at Albert Campbell Branch, please call (416) 396-8890. Find more computer classes at other library branches here

User Education Class


Did you know you can 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. To book-a-librarian at Albert Campbell Branch, please call (416) 396-8890.

Computer and Business Books

Through the library, you can access the many books and videos about how to use the computer, setting up social media accounts, business program applications, web and software development, management, marketing, and more. We also have a great selection of business and technology books online. Visit your local library and browse our shelves or check out our website to see what we have.

Downloads and Ebooks

Recently received an e-reader as a gift and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! We can help. The library has many downloads and ebooks available for a variety of e-readers. We have printable guides and video tutorials to help you get started. If you need more assistance, then book-a-librarian.

Digital Design Classes and Workshops

Looking for a new phone case? Why not learn to print one at the library? The library has three Digital Innovation Hubs Toronto Reference Library, Fort York Branch and Scarborough Civic Centre Branch that offer a variety of classes, including Photoshop, website design and how to design a 3D model.

Free Wi-fi and Computer Use

Free wireless Internet access is available at every branch. You can bring your laptop and a coffee and visit your local library. If you don't have your own device, you can use our library computers. Reservations can be made in any library branch or from anywhere that you have Internet access. You will be able to reserve a computer 3 days ahead excluding the days the branch is closed.

Customers using Wi-Fi

Snapshots in History: July 29: Remembering Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s Wedding

July 29, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)



On July 29 and beyond, take a moment to remember the British royal wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England. The wedding had a global television audience of some 750 million people. Unfortunately, the aura of the fairy tale wedding did not last, and although the couple produced two children, Prince William and Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, separated in 1992 and divorced on August 28, 1996. Just over a year later on August 31, 1997, Diana died in a car crash in Paris, France. The public mourning following Diana’s passing was widespread.

Royal watchers were often fascinated by the twists and turns in Charles and Diana’s relationship with admissions of infidelity along the way. People are in a position to make their own judgment of what happened and why within the marriage and relationship of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:



After Diana William, Harry, Charles, and the royal house of Windsor Charles victim or villain Diana her life & her legacy The housekeeper's diary Charles and Diana before the breakup

Try also the following titles:

Diana vs. Charles: royal blood feud / James Whitaker, 1993.

Diana: a princess and her troubled marriage / Nicholas Davies, 1992.

Charles & Diana: a royal family album: photographs / Tim Graham, 1991.

The Prince and Princess of Wales' wedding day, 1981.

Snapshots in History: July 28: Remembering Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope

July 28, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)










On July 28 and beyond, take a moment to remember Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox (Born: July 28, 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Died: June 28, 1981 in New Westminster, British Columbia), a bone cancer survivor who inspired a nation with his Marathon of Hope running across Canada on a prosthetic leg and a human leg to raise money for cancer research, only to halt his journey after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres on September 1, 1980 just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario as cancer emerged in his lungs. Terry Fox was determined to finish his run across Canada but his health and cancer treatments would not allow that to happen. However, Terry Fox did live to see his cancer research fundraising goal of $1 per Canadian achieved by February 1, 1981 with some $24 million raised for cancer research. In 1980, Terry Fox became a Companion of the Order of Canada and received the Order of the Dogwood (now the Order of British Columbia).

Terry Fox ranked second to Tommy Douglas on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) program The Greatest Canadian in 2004. His grit and determination inspired fellow cancer survivor Steve Fonyo (with one leg amputated like Terry Fox) whose Journey for Lives run resulted in 7924 kilometres run from St. John’s, Newfoundland (beginning on March 31, 1984) to Victoria, British Columbia (concluding on May 29, 1985) with approximately $13 million raised for cancer research. Rick Hansen was a friend of Terry Fox and is well-known for his own Man in Motion world tour in a wheelchair between March 21, 1985 and May 22, 1987 that raised some $20 million towards spinal cord research, rehabilitation, and wheelchair sports.

The annual Terry Fox Run owes its origin to the support of Isadore Sharp, owner of the Four Seasons Hotel, who having lost a son to cancer, donated money to the Marathon of Hope, offered Terry Fox and his travelling companions free accommodation at Sharp’s hotels, and challenged other businesses to support cancer research fundraising. Sharp proposed a fall annual fundraising run in Terry Fox’s name; Terry Fox supported the idea provided that the run be non-competitive in nature with the choice of running, walking, or riding a bicycle. The Canadian Cancer Society was initially unsupportive to the idea, fearing that it would take away from spring fundraising initiatives. Opposition melted away after the first Terry Fox Run raised $3.5 million on September 13, 1981. Schools joined in with a National School Run Day, and the Terry Fox Run has become an annual international event with participation in many countries.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:

Books (Adult):

Terry Terry Fox his story


Books (Children):

Terry Fox a story of hope Terry Fox a story of hope 2005 Le courage de Terry Fox Run

Books (English as a Second Language):

The long road 2008 The long road 2002

Books (Literacy):

Terry Fox



The greatest Canadian. Volume 2, Don Cherry, Sir John A. MacDonald, Terry Fox [1 videodisc] / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Morningstar Entertainment, 2004. 135 minutes.



Snapshots in History: July 25: Remembering the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, 1814

July 25, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)

Monument at the Lundy's Lane Niagara Falls, Ontario pictures-r-561

Monument to Capt Hall and nine unknown American Soldiers, Lundy's Lane Battleground, Niagara Falls, Canada. Historical 1 War of 1812-14 pcr-1657




On July 25 and beyond, take a moment to reflect back on the War of 1812 and in particular the Battle of Lundy’s Lane (also known as the Battle of Niagara Falls) that took place on July 25, 1814. Earlier in July 1814, American forces attacked across the Niagara River near its source and captured Fort Erie. The Americans followed up with a victory at the Battle of Chippawa on July 5, 1814. The British forces retreated to Fort George at the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario. American forces had occupied Queenston (near Fort George) for much of July 1814 but fell back to the Chippawa River on July 24, 1814 after harassment by Canadian militia and aboriginal allies. British militia and light infantry advanced to Lundy’s Lane 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) north of the Chippawa River to maintain contact with nearby opposing American forces.

The Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, Lieutenant-General Gordon Drummond, took personal command of British forces on the Niagara peninsula on July 25, 1814. Drummond order some troops to advance south from Fort Niagara along the eastern shore of the Niagara River with the intention of forcing American troops to evacuate the west bank of the river. Instead, American Major-General Jacob Brown ordered a northward advance by U.S. forces with the hope of blunting the British southerly advance.  However, the Americans were not cognizant of the presence of British troops in Lundy’s Lane. Despite some contradictory orders regarding placement of British forces between Major-General Phineas Riall and Lieutenant-General Drummond, additional British troops were force-marched quickly to Lundy’s Lane from Fort George, arriving just in time as the Americans approached Lundy’s Lane.

Late in the afternoon of July 25, 1814, the American 1st Brigade (regular soldiers) under General Winfield Scott left the forested area and emerged in an open field, whereupon they were attacked by British artillery. The Americans sent the 25th U.S. Infantry to outflank the British and Canadian positions on the left side, catching them off-guard and resulting in the capture of the Portage Road and Lundy’s Lane intersection. Prisoners were taken including British Major-General Riall and militia cavalry Captain William Hamilton Merritt (later of Welland Canal fame). British Lieutenant-General Drummond decided to withdraw his centre positions to realign them with the left flank, leaving British artillery open to the possibility of capture. Under orders, Lieutenant-Colonel James Miller of the 21st U.S. Infantry and his troops were able to capture the British artillery. More British artillery fell into American hands when the British column under Colonel Hercules Scott blundered into the U.S. 2nd Brigade commanded by Brigadier-General Eleazer Wheelock Ripley.

British Lieutenant-General Drummond initiated 3 (three) unsuccessful counterattacks in line to recapture artillery with no attempts to harass or destabilize the American lines at concentrated points. This tactic proved costly to both sides with close hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and musket fire (including friendly fire carried out accidentally carried out on allied troops by both sides). The resulting flashes from exploding gun powder and the subsequent thick smoke must have provided an eerie background atmosphere as men screamed after being shot or stabbed on the battlefield. Despite capturing the British artillery, the American forces withdrew south towards Chippawa and left the British artillery behind.

British troops, Canadian militia, and Aboriginal warriors remained and slept in close proximity to the battlefield until the following morning. It was difficult to ignore the groans of the wounded men on the battlefield and their requests for water. Casualty rates in terms of soldiers killed, wounded, captured or missing were similar on both sides at approximately 900 in total.

Despite the questionable tactics looking through today’s eyes, the British were able to halt the American incursion into Upper Canada. Following the American withdrawal to Fort Erie, British Lieutenant-General Drummond’s forces pursued the Americans and instigated a siege of Fort Erie.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:




A crucible of fire the Battle of Lundy's Lane, July 25, 1814 Where right and glory lead the battle of Lundy's Lane, 1814 Searching for the forgotten war 1812 United States Searching for the Forgotten War 1812 Canada


A crucible of fire the Battle of Lundy's Lane, July 25, 1814


Please also explore some of the following historical sources that have been digitized for the convenience of readers and researchers alike:

An Account of the battle of Lundy's Lane, fought in 1814, between the British & American armies, from the best and most authentic sources / [Unknown?], 1853. eBook. PDF format.


Canada in memoriam, 1812-14; her duty in the erection of monuments in memory of her distinguished sons and daughters; a paper read July 25, the annual commemoration of the battle of Lundy's Lane, of 1814, before the L.L. historical society / Sarah Anne Curzon, 1891. eBook. PDF format.



Pen and ink sketch of Lundy's Lane and district, showing General Brown's encampment, the 9th and 22nd regiments, Forsyth's house, and Mrs. Wilson's / [Unknown?], 1814. eManuscript. PDF format.

Snapshots in History: July 24: Remembering Simón Bolívar

July 24, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)



Given the backdrop of the current 2015 Pan American Games (and the upcoming 2015 ParaPan American Games) in the Greater Toronto Area, it seemed fitting for Snapshots in History to recognize the origins of some of the South American countries competing at these Games. Consequently, on July 24 and beyond, take a moment to remember Simón Bolívar (born Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios on July 24, 1783 in Caracas (the capital of present-day Venezuela); died December 17, 1830 in Santa Marta (in present-day Colombia)), who played a leading military and political role in the establishment of independent countries in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia, free from Spanish colonial rule.

Simón Bolívar was born into a wealthy, Creole family but lost both of his parents at a young age. Bolívar received private instruction from a variety of sources but Don Simón Rodríguez proved to be the most influential as both a tutor and mentor by inculcating the ideas of enlightenment, freedom, and liberty in young Bolívar. When his mentor was forced to leave after being accused of conspiring against the Spanish colonial administration, Simón Bolívar entered the military academy Milicias de Veraguas, furthering his knowledge of armaments and military strategy and his belief in liberty that would hold him in good stead during the wars of independence against Spain. In an interesting, historical footnote, Simón Bolívar witnessed the coronation of Napoléon 1 at Notre Dame in Paris that left a strong impression upon him.

While in Europe, Bolívar was influenced by rationalist thinkers of the day such as Rousseau and Montesquieu on political thinking, and Voltaire on philosophical thinking, not to mention Hobbes and Locke amongst others. In Paris, Bolívar also met German scientist Alexander von Humboldt, who having returned from his expedition to Latin America, offered the opinion that the Spanish colonies in Latin America were ready to foster their own destiny. While visiting Rome with Simón Rodríguez, Bolívar pledged to fight for independence from Spain. He was also decidedly opposed to slavery.

Simón Bolívar came back to Venezuela in 1807. With Napoléon 1 naming Joseph Bonaparte as King of Spain and its colonies (including Venezuela), Bolívar joined the independence movement and the Caracas-based movement gained independence in 1810. Consequently, Bolívar undertook a diplomatic mission to Great Britain seeking support, while the fight for independence continued back in South America. Bolívar and his followers invaded Venezuela on May 14, 1813 under the guise of the “Admirable Campaign” (Compana Admirable), leading to the creation of the Venezuelan Second Republic. Bolívar, known as The Liberator (el Libertador), was forced to flee to Jamaica when civil war broke out in the new republic. In exile, Bolívar composed his “Letter from Jamaica” that outlined his plan for a South American republic with a British-type Parliament coupled with a President-for-Life. Needless to say, Bolívar encountered opposition to the idea of a permanent President that could not be removed from office.

Bolívar gained support from Haïti and returned to South America to continue the struggle. He launched independence campaigns in Ecuador and Venezuela with victory at the Battle of Carabobo on June 24, 1821 leading to Venezuelan independence with a triumphant entry into Caracas five (5) days later. 1821 also saw the establishment of a federation called Gran Colombia (comprising modern day Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama). Subsequently, he became dictator of Peru in 1824, and the creation of Bolivia in 1825 (named after Bolívar himself).

Gran Colombia was difficult to govern and his attempt to create a union of nation-states was met by opposition from different factions. Bolívar declared himself dictator of Gran Colombia temporarily in 1828 and escaped an assassination attempt with the assistance of his mistress and fellow revolutionary Manuela Sáenz. He gave up his position in 1830 and planned to go to Europe in exile but died of tuberculosis on December 17, 1830 in present-day Colombia.

People looking back may question Simón Bolívar’s beliefs and methods but it is hard to argue that he shaped the fortunes and future of much of today’s South America. Even Karl Marx, writing in the 1858 New American Cyclopedia, criticized his wealthy background and his authoritarian, Bonapartist tendencies.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections, including the novel by Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel García Márquez – The General in His Labyrinth (translation of El general en su laberinto):



Bolivar American liberator Bolivar the liberator of Latin America The Bolívarian revolution Simón Bolívar a life Simón Bolívar liberation and disappointment The General In His Labyrinth


Bolivar American liberator Bolivar the liberator of Latin America The General In His Labyrinth eBook


Snapshots in History: July 21: Remembering the Space Shuttle Program

July 22, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)



On July 21 and beyond, remember the United States of America’s Space Shuttle program (officially referred to as the Space Transportation System (STS)) that concluded following the landing of its final flight STS-135 with the orbiter Atlantis on July 21, 2011. The origins of the STS program go back to 1972 but the first manned launch vehicle flight under the program occurred on April 13, 1981 for a thirty (30) year duration and 135 missions flown in total.

While many look back remembering the catastrophic losses of the Challenger and Columbia orbiters and their seven-person crews in 1986 and 2003, the Space Shuttle program had many accomplishments, including spacelab experiments, participation in the construction and servicing of the International Space Station (ISS), repair of the Hubble Space Telescope and orbiting satellites, and the launch of interplanetary probes Magellan, Galileo, and Ulysses

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:



Leaving orbit notes from the last days of American spaceflight Spies and shuttles NASA's secret relationships with the DOD and CIA To orbit and back again how the space shuttle flew in space Bold they rise the space shuttle early years 1972-1986

Infinite worlds the people and places of space exploration Spacefarers images of astronauts and cosmonauts in the heroic era of spaceflight Wheels stop the tragedies and triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program 1986-2011 The space shuttle celebrating thirty years of NASA's first space plane NASA Space Shuttle 1981 onwards (all models) an insight into the design, construction and operation of the Nasa Space Shuttle The Shuttle story Voyages of Discovery the missions of United States space shuttle Discovery (OV-103) 1984-2011



Space voyages Space shuttle Columbia mission of hope When we left Earth Disc 3 the NASA missions


Leaving orbit notes from the last days of American spaceflight Space shuttle 1981-2011 stories from 30 years of exploration Spacefarers images of astronauts and cosmonauts in the heroic era of spaceflight

Snapshots in History: July 20: Remembering the First Moon Landing

July 22, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)





On July 20 and beyond, take a moment to remember humankind’s first visit to the Moon with the landing of the Lunar Module from the Apollo 11 spacecraft and that first step on the Moon’s surface taken by Apollo 11 Commander Neil A. Armstrong, accompanied by Lunar Module pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. The third astronaut, Michael Collins, remained in orbit around the Moon piloting Apollo 11’s Command Module.

The first landing on the Moon was a triumph for the United States of America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the outer space race with the Soviet Union. Project Apollo under NASA’s auspices succeeded in six (6) separate missions to the Moon (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17). Only Apollo 13 did not land on the Moon, owing to an oxygen explosion that crippled the Service Module of the spacecraft and necessitated the retention of the Lunar Module as a “lifeboat” in returning the flight crew safely to Earth.

 Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:



Neil Armstrong a life of flight Apollo the epic journey to the moon 1963-1972 Falling to Earth an Apollo 15 astronaut's journey Moon shot the inside story of America's Apollo moon landings

Footprints in the dust the epic voyages of Apollo 1969-1975 Voices from the moon Apollo astronauts describe their lunar experiences First man the life of Neil A. Armstrong Carrying the fire an astronaut's journeys

Magnificent desolation the long journey home from the moon Moon men return USS Hornet and the recovery of the Apollo 11 astronauts The last man on the moon astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's race in space A man on the moon the voyages of the Apollo astronauts

Moondust in search of the men who fell to Earth How Apollo flew to the Moon


Moonshot First man on the moon For all mankind The wonder of it all


Neil Armstrong a life of flight


Large Print Books:

Moondust in search of the men who fell to earth large print ed


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