Waiting Longer than Usual for your Ebooks? Here’s Why

October 18, 2019 | Wendy B.

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Multinational publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster) have recently made it much harder for public libraries to buy and lend ebooks. Publishers set limits on how long we can keep copies of ebooks. Now we have to re-purchase them every two years and pay a...

Stream Live Classical Concerts and more with Medici.tv

August 8, 2019 | Wendy B.

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Have you ever wished you could jet off to Switzerland to attend a music festival in the Alps? Or take a master class in your instrument with a world-famous musician? We've got the next best thing. Medici.tv is an online channel offering streaming video of classical music concerts, operas and...

Podcast listeners: Let us know what you think

August 6, 2019 | Wendy B.

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Toronto Public Library's first podcast, Shelve Under: Podcast, just wrapped up its first season - and we'd like to know what you thought of it. The most recent episode, Shelve Under: Flâneur, features host Christina Wong in conversation with Toronto Star columnist and avid walker Shawn Micallef. Previous episodes have...

Explore the Pride Collection

June 21, 2019 | Wendy B.

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The rainbow pillars at Yorkville Branch. Since Toronto's first officially recognized Gay Pride day in 1991, Toronto Public Library has boasted a strong and growing collection of books, movies and magazines for the LGBTQ2S+ community. While we offer these materials at every library throughout the city, our Yorkville Branch houses...

Hoopla Access to Change to Four Items per Month

June 19, 2019 | Wendy B.

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Starting July 1, 2019, we'll be reducing the number of Hoopla Digital items you can borrow from eight per month to four. We know you love videos, so we are trying to diversify the services we offer. In 2017 we added Kanopy, a streaming service for classic movies, indie films...

Digital Literacy Week: Upgrade Your Tech Skills at the Library

May 27, 2019 | Wendy B.

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This post is part of Digital Literacy Week at Toronto Public Library, a week-long celebration of Toronto's digital skills and technology capabilities. This year, Digital Literacy Week is all about connecting people with opportunities: helping you to learn new digital skills and apply the ones you've got, in order to...

New: Renew Your Library Card Online

April 25, 2019 | Sandra

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Good news: it's now possible to renew your library card through the TPL website. Library cards expire every year, and until recently, you had to visit a library branch in person to renew your card. Who can renew online Online card renewal is available for adults and teens with standard...

Indie Authors: Enter a Province-Wide Writing Contest!

March 26, 2019 | Wendy B.

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Are you an indie/self-published author based in Ontario? Do you have a novel burning a hole in your hard drive? From April 1 to 31, you can submit it to the Ontario Author Project for a chance to win a cash prize and promotional opportunities. Prizes The winners of this...

New: Learn from Science and Business Experts with HSTalks

March 19, 2019 | Wendy B.

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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 B.

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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...