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July 2014

eBooks, eMagazines, music and video for summer

July 20, 2014 | Joanne | Comments (0)

Summer is a great time to relax and spend time reading, listening to music or watching movies. The library offers a wide variety of services for you to enjoy.

  • OverDrive is our largest eBook collection with over 40,000 available titles including fiction and non-fiction. Penguin Canada titles have been recently added.


419    Orenda7-2-2014 1-34-50 PM   Police Jo Nesbo 7-2-2014 1-37-06 PM

Cory Doctorow 7-2-2014 2-02-10 PM   California 7-2-2014 1-41-12 PM   Super Foods 7-2-2014 1-40-23 PM

Featured Collections

Featured Collections is a good way to find new releases, book club favourites, TPL Staff Picks, Toronto in Fiction and African-American & Urban Titles.

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A new OverDrive Kids eReading Room features picture books and chapter books that can be downloaded or read online.

50 Below Zero 7-2-2014 1-54-59 PM   101 Dalmations 7-2-2014 1-54-20 PM   Marvel Adventure7-2-2014 1-57-38 PM   Amber Paula Danziger7-2-2014 1-56-52 PM


  • Zinio provides over 300 current issues of popular magazines. Download the issue to your computer, tablet or phone. Some articles include interactive audio and video clips. Back issues are available. New titles will be added in September including Hello UK magazine.


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  • Checkout Hoopla to borrow digital music and video to stream in your web browser or enjoy offline on your smartphone or tablet.


         Lego Movie7-2-2014 2-46-29 PM      Northanger Abbey 7-2-2014 2-50-42 PM      Pink Panther 7-2-2014 2-45-25 PM

         Drake 7-3-2014 1-47-25 PM    Frozen 7-3-2014 1-45-27 PM       Lorde Pure Heroine 7-10-2014 9-17-28 AM


There is something for everyone. Sign up for a library card if you don't already have one. Enjoy the summer!







So What Happened at the Information Services Team June Event?

July 10, 2014 | Mary-Beth | Comments (0)


P6260034Staff gathered at the June 26th IST event to hear what TPL’s Alan Harnum had to say about “Computational Thinking” -- how we effectively use computers and other technology to assist us in our work.  While we may sometimes feel the ability to use technology is most critical, Alan reminded us that it’s just as important to be able to think critically about the powers and limits of the technologies we use, and to conceive our goals in ways that computers can assist us in solving them.  Alan discussed the four stages of computational thinking: decomposition, pattern recognition, pattern generalization and algorithms design, and drew analogies to functions in the library, one of which was the reference interview.  To view his slides check

We also heard from Jennifer Peters, Teaching and Learning Technologies Librarian, & Ewan Gibson, New Media Services Technician, both from Seneca College Libraries.  They spoke about “Supporting Digital Literacies in the Library” and provided an overview of Seneca’s “Sandbox”.  The Sandbox offers instructional programs and physical spaces to support digital skill development.  It is a place where one can create things like animated and live action videos, digital stories, infographics, websites and podcasts.  Maker tools like Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, and MakeyMakey kits are also available. Librarians have worked with faculty and students to create an online learning environment.  Go to and explore the resources from their workshops and access video instructions, infographics and more.

For more by Jennifer see Check out her projects, videos, publications and more!

Pictured above: Jennifer Peters & Ewan Gibson

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