A Book You've Always Meant to Read: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

July 9, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you participating in our reading challenge? So are library staff all across the city. Here are some of their recommendations for the category "A book you've always meant to read": Alice has always meant to read: Stiff by Mary Roach Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier Hunger: A...

They Never Said it Had to Be a Book Award: 2019 Reading Challenge

July 4, 2019 | M. Elwood

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I hate following instructions. When given an assignment to do, I usually find a way to do it that fulfills the spirit of the request but not the letter*. The 2019 Reading Challenge is a great opportunity to be a little rebellious and think about the categories in a creative...

Books by Canadian Award Winners and Books Set in Toronto: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

June 28, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. They shared their suggestions for completing the Books by Canadian Award Winners and Books Set in Toronto categories. Marie's recommendations: Basic Black with Pearls by Helen Weinzweig The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky by Karen...

Which Video Games Are Your Librarians Playing?

June 14, 2019 | Karl

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What’s great about video games nowadays is that there's simply so many different ones already out on the market, covering a wide array of ideas and themes. It doesn’t matter who you are, you will almost always find something out there which aligns with your interests or piques your curiosity...

TOpicks: Throwback Tuesday – Favourites From Your Childhood

June 4, 2019 | M. Elwood

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Most people have cherished childhood books which inspired their imaginations and nurtured their love of reading. The same can be said about our favourite movies and music from our early years – they inspired or shocked us in ways that still influence us today. These memories help us grow and...

Books by LGBTQ+ Authors: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

May 31, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. To celebrate Pride month, we've asked staff for their recommendations for the category "A book by an LGBTQ+ author". These books can also be used in the category "A book recommended to you by library...

Read Glass Beads with Canada-Wide eBook Club

May 15, 2019 | Wendy

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This Indigenous History Month, from June 3 to 30th, readers all across Canada are invited to read Glass Beads: Stories by Dawn Dumont as part of the One eRead Canada campaign. Along with other urban libraries across Canada, Toronto Public Library will make the ebook and eaudiobook editions of Glass...

Gripping Memoirs

May 10, 2019 | Lynn

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Recently a memoir came across my facebook feed called Educated by Tara Westover that piqued my interest. It's a book that is getting passed around from parent to child, from friend to friend and being recommended everywhere. I finally got my hands on it, and now I understand the hype....

Read the Games, Play the Books: Video Game Adaptations of Literary Works

May 7, 2019 | Karl

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Nowadays, a great deal of the media we consume has already existed in one form or another. You have probably noticed the recent influx of comic book-to-movie adaptations (see: Marvel and DC). What is probably seen or noticed less often is when video games are actually inspired by literary works....

Graphic Novels: TCAF Team & Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

May 3, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. With the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) coming up next weekend, we decided to ask the TCAF team for some of their favourite graphic novel recommendations. Hosted annually in the Toronto Reference Library (and several...