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...

Puss in Boots and Books: The History of a Fairy Tale

March 16, 2023 | Myrna

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A clever cat helps a commoner become a noble and marry a princess in Puss in Boots. This classic fairy tale has been in circulation for over 450 years. Italian Giovanni Francesco Straparola first wrote down Puss in Boots, but today French fairy tale collector Charles Perrault's version is best...

Honouring the Role of Libraries in Social Work

March 16, 2023 | Stacey

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Posted on behalf of Services to Vulnerable Persons (SVP). As we celebrate Social Work Month in March, let us revisit the important role the library plays as a social support site. Social workers, much like library professionals, break down barriers to access. Public libraries are hiring social workers in Canada...

Combatting Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in Canada

March 16, 2023 | Sagal

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In 2022, The United Nations General Assembly designated March 15th as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. This designation was adopted in response to an alarming rise in anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry. The purpose of this day is to remember victims of Islamophobic acts of violence and encourage the promotion...

Living as an Adult with Down Syndrome: Real Stories

March 13, 2023 | Denise

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There are a lot of misconceptions about Down syndrome. About what it is, how it affects a person and what that person is capable of. Down syndrome is an intellectual disability, but it is not a birth defect. The Canadian Down Syndrome Society defines it as "a naturally occurring chromosomal...

The 2023 Oscars: A Reading List

March 9, 2023 | Viveca

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The 95th Academy Awards takes place on Sunday, March 12 with Jimmy Kimmel hosting. It will be hard to top the drama of last year's ceremony with The Slap, but as long as live television is live, it will continue to deliver. Canada's most prominent nominee, Women Talking based on...