TIFF 2023: A Reading List

September 11, 2023 | Viveca

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The 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place from September 7-17. While the ongoing SAG-ACTRA strike will certainly impact celebrity promotional appearances, the festival is proceeding with a full lineup of feature films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. Browse the TIFF film program with its many offerings....

Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association

August 15, 2023 | Rachelle

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August 17 is Marcus Garvey Day in Jamaica. This day has been celebrated in many parts of the world, including Canada. In Toronto, Marcus Garvey is not as widely celebrated or even known, yet he has been profoundly influential worldwide. Who was he and what did he accomplish? Library of...

Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog: The Nursery Rhyme that Changed Children’s Books

August 1, 2023 | Myrna

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The contrary and hilarious adventures of Mother Hubbard and her dog have entertained readers for centuries. First published in 1805, The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog represented a new kind of children’s literature. The nursery rhyme book integrated text with coloured pictures and focused on amusement...

Steampunk Beyond Britain

July 24, 2023 | Isabel

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Steampunk is a science fiction subgenre that features advanced versions of 19th century technologies. Think Victorian adventurers, mad scientists and clockwork automata — all covered in a healthy layer of gears. The settings often reflect the British Victorian (1820s–1901) or Edwardian (1901–1914) eras. Steampunk tends to draw on old-fashioned British...

What's the Connection Between Carnival and Emancipation Day?

July 20, 2023 | Rachelle

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When I was a little girl, my parents would take me to the Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade. Back then, it was called Caribana. As a first generation Canadian, this annual extravaganza was more than a mere festival: it ignited a blazing flame within me, and created an eternal bond to...

Shining a light on the lives of refugees: Walk with Amal at TPL branches

This summer, as part of Luminato Festival Toronto’s 2023 lineup, come check out Amal as she walks through several Toronto neighbourhoods to shine a light on the lives of refugee children.

Gardening Tips from Science Fiction and Fantasy: Plants and Fungi to Avoid

May 2, 2023 | Isabel

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It’s always exciting to discover a new plant, flower or fungus. And the desire to bring it home and add it to your garden is understandable. However, there's one thing we've learned reading science fiction: it's a bad idea. Always take caution when transplanting a newly discovered species, especially one...

Celebrating Autistic Adults

March 30, 2023 | Denise

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The autistic community is a beautifully diverse community made up of people from all walks of life, including people of all ages. Despite this, conversations about autism often focus exclusively on children. Autistic adults frequently face barriers to accessing vital support because they are only for minors. It also means...

Preserving and Revitalizing Indigenous Languages: National Indigenous Languages Day

March 24, 2023 | Jamie

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March 31 is National Indigenous Languages Day. Initially called National Aboriginal Languages Day, this day was created in 1989 by the Assembly of First Nations and was first celebrated in 1993. The goal of this day is to raise awareness of Indigenous languages across Canada and to build support for...

Celebrating Women with Disabilities in Canadian Arts and Culture

March 20, 2023 | Winona

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This post highlights books by some amazing women with disabilities who have made unique and ground-breaking contributions to Canadian arts and culture. Maud Lewis Maud Lewis (1938-1970) is one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists. As a child, she developed rheumatoid arthritis, which limited mobility in her hands. She lived...