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...

Ebook Etiquette: Return When Done and Share the Fun!

February 1, 2019 | Wendy B.

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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 B.

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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 B.

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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 B.

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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...