The Return of the Male Dandy or My Friend Tom's Polka Dot Socks

July 12, 2019 | Bill V.

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My friend Tom was wearing blue polka dot socks the other day and I thought to myself ... his hipster socks denote either the approach of the Apocalypse or the return of male dandy is upon us. The glimpse of a pale sliver of leg, somewhere between the color of...

Stanley Cup 2019: Game Seven Tonight!

June 12, 2019 | Beau

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All eyes in Toronto are, of course, currently riveted on the Raptors, but game seven of the Stanley Cup finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins (boooooo!) goes down tonight, which means somebody's going to hoist the Cup this evening. It doesn't get much better than when...

I'm Having a Baader–Meinhof Moment with Artist Vilhelm Hammershøi

June 4, 2019 | Bill V.

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I was at the Art Gallery of Ontario a short while ago and took this photo of a painting I liked but was new to their collection. It rang a faint bell. Ever since I've seen Vilhelm Hammershøi's name and paintings everywhere and I realized I was having a Baader-Meinhof...

Nai Children’s Choir Sings at Toronto Reference Library

May 28, 2019 | Isaac Han

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Toronto Reference Library is pleased to host the Nai Children’s Choir, made up of 20 young voices, on Friday, June 14. The concert will be held at the Atrium of Toronto Reference Library, starting at 6:30 pm. The Nai Children’s Choir was founded in April 2016 by a team of...

She Must Be Seeing Things: Celebrating Women Filmmakers Screenings in June-July 2019

May 27, 2019 | Brent

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Summer is almost upon us, so we've very pleased to announce "She Must Be Seeing Things: Celebrating Women Filmmakers." Throughout June all of the films will be LGBTQ+ themed to help celebrate Pride Month. July starts with Julie Taymor's Frida (just three days away from the artist's birthday.) All films...

My Dog is Very Photogenic and Yours Can Be Too: Pet and Animal Portraits

May 17, 2019 | Bill V.

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This is my dog Rufus, and yes he's a good boy. He's also getting on in years and so every photo I take of him is somewhat bittersweet. I want to catch those special moments together and also have something that reflects his character. Did you know the Library has...

Succulent Cupcake Succulents

May 15, 2019 | Bill V.

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One of my colleagues has started growing succulents at her desk in a bunch of mini pots. They're very cool, but alas not edible, unlike these cupcakes below that I saw posted on Reddit, that are decorated to look like succulents. So, hold onto your baker's hat and gardening gloves,...

A New Bicycle Station Facility Sparks a Collaboration with Our Special Collections

May 8, 2019 | Eric

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In 2015, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the new Toronto City Hall, Toronto Public Library's (TPL) Special Collections and Preservation & Digitization departments created a website to explore the many architectural contributions to this international design competition. Eero Saarinen and Ernesto Rogers, judges for the City Hall and Square...

Calling All Toronto Artists! Come Display Your Work at the Library

April 17, 2019 | Bill V.

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Did you know that Toronto Public Library has art exhibit and public display space at 16 branches for you? Artists can submit their work for possible exhibition during the September 2019 to August 2020 season, until the submission deadline of April 26, 2019. A committee will consider works prepared for...

Our Marvellous Moon

April 2, 2019 | Muriel

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The moon like a flower In heaven's high bower, With silent delight, Sits and smiles on the night. - William Blake I often marvel at our Moon, whether I am looking up to the sky to find its comforting luminescent smile in an artificially-lit city, appreciating its value in illuminating...