Recognizing World Homelessness Day: October 10, 2022

September 30, 2022 | Liana

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Written in collaboration with Jenny Huntley. World Homeless Day which is now held on almost every continent emerged from online worldwide aid worker discussions starting from 2010. It is observed every year on the 10th of October. The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to people who...

"Peace is not the absence of war but the absence of fear": International Day of Peace 2022

September 28, 2022 | Bill V.

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The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. I'm a Quaker (The Religious Society of Friends) and central to our faith is...

Arr Mateys, it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 15, 2022 | Denise

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Arr me hearties! September 19th is one of my favourite days on the calendar: International Talk Like A Pirate Day! The day was originally started in 1995, by friends John Baur and Mark Summers, otherwise known as Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy. It was mostly a joke amongst friends until...

Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022): Photographs from Our Collections

September 8, 2022 | David

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Buckingham Palace announced this afternoon that Queen Elizabeth II has died. Queen Elizabeth II was the Head of State of Canada and the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Toronto Public Library holds hundreds of photos of the Queen from the 1930s to the 1990s. Below...

TIFF 2022: A Reading List

September 7, 2022 | Viveca

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The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place from September 8 to 18 once again with a combination of in-person and selected digital screenings. Browse the film schedule for titles from around the world from series including Contemporary World Cinema, TIFF Docs, and Gala Presentations. Scan the streets of...

Celebrating Literacy Day: online resources and book series for adult learners

September 2, 2022 | Laura

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Every September UNESCO celebrates International Literacy Day. This worldwide celebration and recognition of literacy is on Thursday September 8, 2022. It’s an important day each year to recognize the significance of literacy skills in our lives. We recently updated our Adult Literacy website, particularly to highlight our services to adult...

Art in the Digital Age: Algorithmic Art, Artificial Intelligence & NFTs

August 24, 2022 | Angjelin

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"Should art be unique or infinitely reproducible?" wondered German philosopher Walter Benjamin pictured here in 1928. Image used on a creative commons license from Wikipedia. New technologies are sometimes met with resistance. This is because they change the culture around us. In the early 20th century, the German cultural critic...

Adventures in Catland: Cats at the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

August 16, 2022 | Wendy B.

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Detail from The Cat Scouts, by Jessie Pope, illustrated by Louis Wain. Approximately 1916. Tricksters. Familiars. Helpers. Criminals. Suburban dads. Fluffy little babies. Hiss-torically, cats have played every pawsible role in children’s books. Our new exhibit, Adventures in Catland, runs from August 2 to October 14, 2022 at the Osborne...

Drawn from the Imagination: Artists and Illustrators of Speculative Fiction at the Merril Collection

August 8, 2022 | Isabel

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They say never to judge a book by its cover, but who are we kidding? Cover art and illustration are gateways into story, beckoning to us from across the crowded shelves. The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy is celebrating artists in a new exhibit, Drawn from the...

Best Toy Making eBooks and Books of All Time

August 8, 2022 | Jen McB

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You cannot go wrong with a good toy. Toys are simple pleasures. They inspire learning even if they are as simple as a block or as complex as a Rubik's cube. They are information in a format other than a book. Their messages are of texture, construction, kinetic energy, relationships,...