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...

Culture and Technology Book Club: A Year in Review

March 9, 2022 | margaux s

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In January 2021 my colleague Naomi and I launched a new virtual Culture and Technology Book Club. We get together once a month to discuss books that explore how technology transforms our cultural, political and cultural lives. We've found a great deal of meaning and enjoyment through our conversations with...

International Women's Day 2022: Indigenous Authors

March 8, 2022 | Jamie

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Happy International Womens' Day! This year, I've decided to highlight women-identified Indigenous authors who have made an impact within and beyond Canadian literature. I'm sharing one book by each author, but you are welcome to check out more of their works too. If you'd like to read books by some...

A 2022 Pi Day Reading List

March 4, 2022 | Jen McB

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Sine, sine, cosine, sine 3.14159! Happy Pi Day! March 14 is dedicated to the mathematical constant, π (pi), or 3.14159265359. That's right – this day is about celebrating all things math, hopefully with tasty pastries (pie) to help with the difficulties of rigorous studying. Anyone may partake in the festivities...

A Book by an Author from Toronto: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

February 24, 2022 | Nalini

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If you are a data geek like me, you already know that the 2021 Census population data is now available by Statistics Canada. The results show that there are over 2.79 million people who call Toronto home! While only population data is currently available, data sets on age, type of...

Black d/Deaf and Disability Excellence

February 17, 2022 | Kim T.

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By Kim and Winona Happy Black History Month! We’d like to contribute to the festivities by offering up some fantastic titles by Black authors with disabilities and Black authors who are d/Deaf. Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash. Children's picture books Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman and...