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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On March 21, 2023, the United Nations and people around the world will recognize World Down Syndrome Day. It is a day to celebrate the lives of people with Down syndrome and to advocate for their rights, inclusion and well-being. Down Syndrome is an intellectual disability, but it is not...

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...

Six Pioneering Women Creators of Speculative Fiction: Exhibit Highlights

March 3, 2023 | Isabel

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Speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy and horror) is usually seen as a boy's club. But women have been contributing to these genres for just as long. Women have taken part in every level of the creation of speculative fiction, from writing to editing to illustrating. The Merril Collection of Science...

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023

February 6, 2023 | Denise

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On February 11, 2023, the United Nations and scientists around the world celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Although the inclusion of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields has improved significantly in recent years, there is still a long way to go. According...

Celebrate Black History Month in 2023 at Toronto Public Library

February 1, 2023 | Rachelle

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February is Black History Month and there are so many ways to celebrate. Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month events and celebrate Black culture, heritage, and achievement all year long but February is a time when you'll see a vast array of activities. The theme this year,...