Getting Started with Botanical Illustration

July 26, 2021 | Jen McB

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Have you ever seen a checkered tulip? In real life, perhaps not. Maybe in a book, then. Personally, I have seen one in a book. Given the nature of the character that drew it, I was of the opinion that they were made up and completely fictitious. It was by...

LGBTQ2S+ Characters on the Small Screen

July 12, 2021 | Denise

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I'm pleased to say that LGBTQ2S+ characters are no longer a complete rarity on television. It's true that there's still a long way to go. There are still too many people not seeing characters like themselves on TV. There are still so many stories left untold. But the world of...

Celebrating Non-Binary Creators: International Non-Binary People's Day 2021

July 12, 2021 | Ames

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July 14 is International Non-Binary People's Day. It's a day to recognize non-binary people and raise awareness of this gender identity. In this post, I'm recommending music, books and movies with non-binary creators. Some of them you may have heard of, even if you didn't know they're non-binary! The non-binary...

Nunavut Day: July 9, 2021

July 9, 2021 | Jamie

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Happy Nunavut Day! Let's learn more about Nunavut and how it came to be. Nunavut, which means "our land" in Inuktitut, is the most northern territory in Canada, with most residents being Inuit. Efforts to create Nunavut had been going on since the 1970s, with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada...

Louis Armstrong, 50 Years On

July 5, 2021 | TPL Staff

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Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was a highly influential jazz artist who revolutionized jazz trumpet and coronet playing, solo improvisation and scat singing. July 6 of this year marks the 50th anniversary of his passing. Louis Armstrong, between 1938 and 1948. Retrieved from the Library of Congress. A year after his death,...

Painting for Beginners

June 29, 2021 | Jen McB

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Painting is a muscle that can be developed in anyone. So often you will hear about talent, inspiration and troubled lives, but these ideas are for the most part a stereotype. They are also not requirements for being successful at completing a painting. So what does that look like? Many...

Juneteenth 2021: What is it?

June 11, 2021 | Rachelle

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Juneteenth 2021 is almost here. But what is it, and what does it all mean? Even though it is not a Canadian national holiday, Juneteenth holds great significance for Black people in North America. In 1834, the enslavement of Black people was abolished throughout the British colonies, including the land...

Remembering the 215 Children Found in an Unmarked Mass Grave at Kamloops Indian Residential School

June 1, 2021 | Jamie

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Graphic inspired by the concept of "Every Child Matters" from the Orange Shirt Society On May 28, Canada and the world learned of the heartbreaking news of the 215 children buried in an unmarked mass grave at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. Toronto Public Library grieves this tragic...

DIY Playgrounds and Outdoor Play Spaces

May 21, 2021 | Jen McB

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Do you wanna build a playground? It doesn't have to be a playground. Pape Park on Gerrard (1986). Do you want to improve your outdoor environment? Maybe you see a neighbour doing it and think, "Yes, me too!" But how do you get started and does it cost much? Is...

Wood Type: A Bold Legacy of Typography in the Press Collection

May 21, 2021 | Sam B.

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Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections are home to some of the most dynamic and well-made proponents of print and book culture. If you have an interest in design, typography, or history, chances are something in the Private Press and Fine Printing Collection will capture your curiosity. Wood type in a...