Canada’s Wartime Science Fiction and Fantasy Pulp Magazines

January 4, 2021 | Myrna

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In the early 20th century, science fiction and fantasy fans were pulp magazine enthusiasts. "Pulps" were cheap, colourful and filled with exciting stories. Canadian fans eagerly purchased pulp magazines imported from America and the United Kingdom. That is until the outbreak of World War II produced a homegrown Canadian pulp...

Let's Redecorate and Read!

December 10, 2020 | Jen McB

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Change can be healthy, even necessary at times. A change of pace; a change in scenery; the change you want to see in the world! You can change a tune; you can change a whole room. Let's celebrate the change of seasons this year by taking the opportunity to use...

Seasons Geekings!

December 7, 2020 | Denise

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It's the holiday season, I've had too much candy cane flavoured tea and I've been given access to a TPL blog. That can only mean one thing: nerdy holiday puns! Brace yourselves folks... Rudolph the red nosed Romulan! Merry Sithmas T'was the night before Christmas and all through Hogwarts not...

Gorey Tales: The Art and Stories of Edward Gorey

November 13, 2020 | Myrna

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Edward Gorey (1925–2000) was an artist, writer, designer and eccentric. Dubbed the "the granddaddy of Goth," Gorey’s work continues to influence and inspire readers. The Gashlycrumb Tinies (1997) by Edward Gorey. Our Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books at Lillian H. Smith Branch has an extensive collection of Edward Gorey...

I Tried Knitting "Field Comforts" from a WWI Pamphlet

November 6, 2020 | Peggy

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Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive is a great way to explore books from the past. In previous posts, I looked at Canada's first cookbook and a 19th-century book on learning how to draw. For Remembrance Day, I decided to move forward in time to the First World War. I found...

The Criterion Collection: Classic Film Recommendations

October 26, 2020 | Thomas M.

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Are you a fan of classic film? Many classic films from the Criterion Collection are available through Toronto Public Library. Some are also available to be streamed on Kanopy, one of our digital collections. The Criterion Collection started in 1984. Since then, they have been at the forefront of releasing...

Dracula: A Bloody Good First Edition

October 23, 2020 | Myrna

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Since its release in 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become an icon of vampire and horror literature. The story of Count Dracula's blood thirsty crimes in Transylvania and England is read around the world. But the book’s journey to global fame was not straightforward. Books in our Merril Collection of...

22 Great Horror Films for Halloween

October 16, 2020 | Viveca

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Watching horror films might seem like an odd coping strategy during these difficult times. However, a recent study reports that horror fans have coped well, if not better, than others during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are one of those folks who had Contagion on their "to watch" list, read...

Making Your Own Halloween Treats

October 9, 2020 | Jen McB

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Halloween may look a little different this year. But the original point of Halloween was to celebrate the end of summer and the harvest, and ward off the evil spirits that may show up as the nights get longer. So we can still celebrate this year with a sugary night...

Living the Cottage Life

September 11, 2020 | Bill V.

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For some lucky folks, summer means going to a cottage. We're fortunate my husband's cousins (Betty and Peter) generously let us use their cottage most summers. This year we did the hand off with everyone keeping six feet apart and also wearing masks. We generally give them two cases of...