New: Learn from Science and Business Experts with HSTalks

March 19, 2019 | Wendy

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Are you a student or a professional in business, medicine or science? Does your thirst for knowledge go beyond TED Talks? Do you need detailed, expert information, but lack time? Then HSTalks are for you. This curated collection of online lectures with slide presentations features thousands of in-depth talks by...

Listen to Audiobooks the Easy Way, with Playaways!

February 15, 2019 | Wendy

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Digital audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in the world of books. It's not hard to see why – you can listen to them while you're commuting, exercising, doing housework, or going to sleep. Even if you have a hard time reading print or holding a physical book, you can still...

Ebook Etiquette: Return When Done and Share the Fun!

February 1, 2019 | Wendy

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via GIPHY. Image description: A boy returns a book to a friendly librarian. The caption reads: "eBooks: Return when done and share the fun!" You're not imagining it – waiting lists for some of the most popular ebooks and eaudiobooks are getting longer. These formats are incredibly popular in Toronto,...

Toronto Readers Borrowed More Ebooks Than Anyone in 2018

January 17, 2019 | Wendy

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Here's a bold hypothesis: Toronto has the most voracious readers in the world. Does that sound like we're bragging? Consider the numbers: we borrowed 5.6 million ebooks and eaudiobooks in 2018 – more than any other library users, anywhere. According to a press release from Rakuten OverDrive, Toronto was one...

NaNoWriMo Authors: You Can Publish Indie Ebooks at the Library

November 12, 2018 | Wendy

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Raise your hand if you're one of the hundreds of Torontonians who've committed to producing 50,000 words this National Novel Writing Month. (Now stretch your arm up and over, and repeat on the other side. Look up from the screen and blink your eyes a couple of times. You got...

Free Online Creative Writing Courses

October 5, 2018 | Wendy

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Do you have a novel or screenplay in you that's just waiting for a little encouragement? Gale Courses to the rescue! This online learning resource, available through Toronto Public Library, offers a series of instructor-led online creative writing classes, for free. Classes are six weeks long, and are led by...

Get Homework Help with Brainfuse

September 27, 2018 | Joanne

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Fall is here and you may be thinking about homework assignments. If you are a student up to Grade 12 Brainfuse can help you with tough homework questions. Connect with a qualified live tutor and use the interactive whiteboard to write, draw or copy/paste your specific homework question. Tutors are...

New: Keep a History of Items You've Borrowed from the Library

September 18, 2018 | Sandra

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You asked for it, and now we've got it! Starting today, you can opt in to keep a record of your borrowing history in your account on the library website. To start using borrowing history: Sign in to access the new Borrowing History section of your account. Click the Turn...

Toronto Public Library Breaks Ebook Record

August 15, 2018 | Wendy

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On July 31, 2018, Toronto Public Library became the first library in the world to lend over twenty million ebooks. "We've always said Toronto was a city of readers," says Maria Cipriano, the library's Senior Collections Specialist responsible for ebooks. "This proves it." In 2007, Toronto Public Library started its...

Good News: Your Library Card Now Gives You Access to!

July 5, 2018 | Wendy

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Photo by Janne Räkköläinen. Licensed under Creative Commons. At the library, we want you to have access to all the news, all the time, when and where you want it. That's why we provide online access to: PressReader - 7, 000+ international newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail,...