Perspective Squared: Some Personal Angles (Part Two)

November 2, 2018 | Brent

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The previous blog post was about perspective as a means of representing space and dimensions. But perspective is also a word used to denote both individual subjectivity and larger interpersonal issues of identity. Collage is a great medium to address misrepresentations and transforming the imagery that’s already within the mass...

Perspective Squared: Some Classic Angles (Part One)

November 2, 2018 | Brent

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Every year the Toronto Reference Library hosts classes from OCADU researching aspects of perspective, found imagery and collage. It's a great way to show off some of the resources available through our Picture Collection, as well as some of the books available through the Toronto Reference Library Arts Department. This...

Hats Off to Hats: 10 Good Books on Hats

October 23, 2018 | Bill V.

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When I first saw this vintage photograph of a young black woman, circa 1890s, by Florida photographer Alvan S. Harper, it spoke to me of middle class aspirations, beauty, elegance, self-confidence, propriety and ... a fine sense of hat fashion. The simplicity of the dress versus the exuberance of that...

The Instagrammable You

October 11, 2018 | Jen McB

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Once upon a time I flew to Melbourne and learned a valuable lesson about art and life. I had been walking around for quite a while, aimlessly doing touristy things, and putting rather large blisters on my feet, when one day I went to the National Gallery of Victoria. Inside...

Sustainable Architecture: Library Resources

October 10, 2018 | Karen

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According to the International Union of Architects, sustainable design "integrates consideration of resource and energy efficiency, healthy buildings and materials, ecologically and socially sensitive land-use and an aesthetic sensitivity.." Architects are increasingly challenged to create truly sustainable buildings, those which go beyond the mere addition of solar panels. Toronto Public...

Great Photography Resources at the Library

October 5, 2018 | Irene

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I recently went on vacation. It wasn't a long vacation. I took 293 photos. Some were taken with my phone and some with a digital camera. Most were deleted shortly after the vacation. Do you remember when you were limited to 12, 24 or 36 photographs per roll of film...

Let's Talk Podcasting (Again)

September 30, 2018 | Wendy

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This fall, Toronto Public Library is getting excited about all things audio - especially podcasts. With over half a million podcasts in the world as of June 2018, it can be hard to know where to dive in - and any introductory guide is going to be flawed, limited and...

Let's Talk Podcasting: Workshops, Recording and Resources at the Library

September 14, 2018 | Bill V.

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I knew podcasts had hit the mainstream when I called my mom one day and asked "how are things going" and she responded "I'm listening to a podcast." If you're interested in knowing a bit more about podcasts and also podcasting (tap into that inner creativity!) then Toronto Public Library...

Remembering Babe Ruth’s Home Run at Hanlan’s Point: September 5: Snapshots in History

September 6, 2018 | John P.

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Many Torontonians love baseball and avidly follow the Toronto Blue Jays from Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL). Yet, if those of us interested in Toronto history and baseball history both go back in time over 100 years ago and stop...

In Memoriam: Bromley Armstrong, Black Civil Rights and Trade Union Activist

August 30, 2018 | Bill V.

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As we approach Labour Day it's fitting to honour and celebrate the life of labour and civil rights activist Bromley Armstrong who died recently. 1992 Toronto Star Archives photo of Bromley Armstrong Armstrong was born in Jamaica and came to Canada in 1947 when he was 19 years old. He...