The 2021 Oscars: A Reading List

April 19, 2021 | Viveca

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The 93rd Academy Awards will be televised on April 25, 2021. This year's Oscars will definitely be different. For many, that's a good thing. After years of criticism, this year's nominees are the most diverse to date. There are many firsts: Steven Yuen is the first Asian-American to be nominated...

In Memory of Sam Ash

April 19, 2021 | Jamie

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Last week, the Indigenous arts community lost an incredible Anishinaabe artist, named Samuel Ash (1951 - 2021). Ash, Anishinaabe from Sioux Lookout, was born Deaf and was unable to speak, and was raised by foster parents in Osnaburgh (Pickle Lake).1 He learned how to read and write at the "Ontario...

An Extraordinary Reading Journey: David Cohen and 1,001 Children’s Books to Read Before You Grow Up

April 12, 2021 | TPL Staff

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Do you make to-do lists? Have you ever made a “to-read” list? One of our frequent visitors to Toronto Public Library’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books has a “to-read” list that is very long… 1,001 books long! Allow us to introduce you to David Cohen and his incredible reading...

The International Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh

April 12, 2021 | Myrna

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In 1926, a bear named Winnie-the-Pooh walked out of the Hundred Acre Wood and into readers' hearts. But Winnie’s story began in Canada more than a decade before A. A. Milne published his first Winnie-the-Pooh book. Since the book’s publication, generations of readers around the world have enjoyed Winnie’s adventures....

Boldly Go: Celebrate Space Travel on Star Trek's First Contact Day

April 1, 2021 | Denise

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Did you know that April 5 is First Contact Day? Probably not because it hasn't actually happened yet! Technically, it won't happen until 2063. In the Star Trek universe, First Contact Day celebrates the first time that humans have contact with an alien race. Humanity's first successful attempt at achieving...

Art Conservation Project: Drawings from the The Wind in the Willows (1970)

March 26, 2021 | TPL Staff

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Hello! I am Emily White, a conservator at Toronto Public Library. In September 2020, I started the conservation treatment of a series of new drawings in our Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books. Here I am in Toronto Reference Library's conservation lab working on the project. The drawings In 2019,...

International Women's Day 2021: Indigenous Leaders

March 5, 2021 | Jamie

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Happy International Women’s Day to all! International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. Today, as a Métis woman, I want to uplift six incredible Indigenous women in Canada. These women are truly leaders in their various fields, as well as in Indigenous communities living in Canada. There are so...

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder: Canada's Science Fiction Beginnings

February 26, 2021 | Myrna

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In 1888, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder appeared serialized in Harper’s Weekly magazine. The science fiction novel is by Canadian author James De Mille. It was published anonymously eight years after his death. Though the story doesn't takes place in Canada, it is Canada’s most celebrated 19th-century...

If the Shoe Fits: Footwear Function and Fashion

February 24, 2021 | Jen McB

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“Wearing wonderful shoes is a truly uplifting experience." – Thea Cadabra Who could not use such a thing as appropriate footwear? Everyone needs shoes and everyone wants the nicest shoes they can find because the impact of making a bad shoe choice is felt in an instant. Whether you are...

Queen's Innuendo 30 Years On

February 19, 2021 | Thomas M.

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Queen is considered to be one of the greatest rock bands of all-time. However, at this time 30 years ago when their Innuendo album was released, their loyal fans had no idea it would be the last to be completed with singer Freddie Mercury. Rumours had been circulating that Freddie...