Recognizing National Housing Day: November 22, 2021

November 19, 2021 | Laura

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On November 22, 2021 the Toronto sign will be lit red to recognize National Housing Day. National Housing Day is observed across Canada and affirms that housing is a human right. As the Federation of Canadian Municipalities recognizes, “National Housing Day commemorates the moment in November 1998 when FCM's Big...

Childhood Revisited: The History of Teddy Bears and Toys

November 15, 2021 | Denise

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Did you know that the teddy bear was named after United States president Theodore Roosevelt? It's true! And it all began with a hunting expedition. In November 1902, while hunting with the Governor of Mississippi, Roosevelt refused to shoot a black bear that was already captured and restrained. To him,...

In Memory of Lee Maracle (1950 - 2021)

November 12, 2021 | Jamie

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Lee Maracle Yesterday, the Indigenous literary community lost an incredible Stó:lō author, Lee Maracle (1950 – 2021). In the 1970s, Maracle, a Grandmother of Indigenous literature, was among the first of many Indigenous authors to be published. She helped forge a path for Indigenous literature as we know it. Her...

Children's Book Series at Our Osborne Collection: Anne of Green Gables, Franklin, Little Tim and More

November 8, 2021 | Myrna

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Children's book series create a special bond with their readers, a bond that is strengthened over many volumes. Series allow readers to grow up alongside their favourite characters, from Anne of Green Gables to Franklin the Turtle. Discover the charm of children's book series, new and old, at Wait! There's...

Canada and World War 1: Visual and Diverse Recommendations

November 8, 2021 | Bill V.

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In honour of Remembrance Day, I am sharing a diverse mix of more visual Canadian material on World War One (WW1). Canadian WW1 poster. View on Digital Archive Ontario. Visual Books They Fought in Colour / La Guerre en couleur: A New Look at Canada's First World War Effort /...

Treaties Recognition Week 2021: Recommended Watching and Reading

November 2, 2021 | Jamie

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Treaties Recognition Week is the first week of November every year. Most of Canada is under treaty for shared use with Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous communities. Treaties help demonstrate "ongoing rights and obligations" for all who live in Canada. Canada has two types of treaties with Indigenous communities, called historic...

Toronto Public Library in Books and on the Screen

October 12, 2021 | Ames

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October is Canadian Library Month, and October 17-23, 2021 is Ontario Public Library Week. The theme this year is "One Card, One Million Possibilities." And it's true. With a Toronto Public Library card you have access to: 100 locations over 10.5 million items eLearning courses Digital Innovation Hubs live programs...

Celebrating Mary Ann Shadd, Canada's First Black Female Newspaper Publisher

October 8, 2021 | Bill V.

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You may have seen this mural of Mary Ann Shadd by local artist Adeyemi Adegbesan (also known as Yung Yemi) on Mackenzie House (the home of William Lyon Mackenzie). In his distinctive "Afrofuturist" style he's re-imagining a portrait of the American-born Shadd who worked and lived in Canada during the...

Sign Language and Deaf Culture in Books and Film

September 20, 2021 | Winona

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September 23 is International Day of Sign Languages and this week is International Week of Deaf People (September 20-26). These annual awareness dates are an opportunity to recognize the importance of sign language and to celebrate the unique linguistic identity and rich diversity of Deaf people and Deaf culture. For...

Happy Bi Pride Day!

September 20, 2021 | Denise

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September 23rd is the annual day that acknowledges the bisexual community. It has been called a lot of different names over the year: Bisexual Awareness Day, Bi Pride Day, Bisexual Visibility Day and Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Personally, I like the versions that are about pride and celebration rather than visibility...