A Book About a City: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

May 16, 2022 | Myrna

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Explore the cities around the world, from Seoul to New Orleans, with recommended reads for the "a book about a city" category. Remnants of Mid-Century Toronto photographs by Vik Pahwa and edited by Matthew Blackett Every Torontonian will find a building they recognize in this tribute to Toronto's mid-century architecture....

A Book by a Trans or Non-binary Author: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

May 2, 2022 | Kasey K

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In our first virtual Reading Challenge event of 2022, we asked the audience what category they thought would be the most challenging to complete. "A book by a trans or non-binary author" is one of the ones that came up. It is a bit more of a niche category than...

A Book About Mental Health: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

April 25, 2022 | Myrna

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Mental health touches all our lives. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association "[i]n any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness." Our recommendations for the "a book about mental health" category include memoir, fiction and even some free therapy...

An Illustrated Book by an Indigenous Creator: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

April 11, 2022 | Myrna

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There are many ways to complete the "an illustrated book by an Indigenous creator" category. Recommendations in this post span children's picture books, graphic novels, memoir, history and arts anthologies. Dive into books by multi-talented Indigenous creators, including writers, poets, illustrators, photographers, painters, cartoonists and more. We All Play /...

Pet Separation Anxiety: Help your pet cope while you are at work

April 8, 2022 | Denise

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Have you been working at home for the past two years? Did you get a pet to keep you company? Animal companions have helped a lot of people cope with uncertainty and isolation during the pandemic. I may not have gotten my cats because of the lockdown but their antics...

A Book About a Refugee Experience: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

March 29, 2022 | Rathees

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Since 1980, Canada has become home to over 1 million refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) highlights achievements made by refugees in Canada over the years. In 2019 alone, 30, 087 were resettled, the most out of any country that year. The refugee crisis is as topical...

It's serving trans excellence: Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

March 22, 2022 | Nan

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Thursday, March 31st, 2022 is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is an internationally recognized event that celebrates the accomplishments of transgender communities around the world. This includes trans women, men and trans-identifying non-binary folks. It’s also a chance to reflect on the fact that there...

A Book of Poetry: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

March 22, 2022 | Jennifer B

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I'm really glad that poetry is a featured category in this year's TPL Reading Challenge. I've been a fan my whole life and during the pandemic, I've found myself seeking out poetry more than ever. Don't let yourself be intimidated! There are so many different types of poems and poets...

New and Upcoming Indigenous Books: Spring 2022 Edition

March 18, 2022 | Jamie

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The seasons are starting to change, and the sun is staying up later and later every day. With warmer weather around the corner, it makes me think of roots growing deep and plants stretching their leaves up to the sun. I'm once again thrilled to share new and soon to...

A Book About Family: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2022

March 14, 2022 | M. Elwood

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Each year I assign myself an extra component for the Reading Challenge. One year I completed it using only graphic novels; another year I read only books written by women. This year, I decided to complete the 2022 challenge using only books about families. Here are some of my choices...