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July 2013

Live Green Toronto Festival this Saturday July 27th!

July 23, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0)

Toronto's largest outdoor celebration of all things green hits the streets at Yonge & Dundas on Saturday, July 27. Visit the Live Green Toronto Festival page here for more info!

Saturday, July 27
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Yonge-Dundas Square

It's a FREE event!

Join the fun as Yonge Street goes green from Dundas to Queen! Events include:

It’s great to see the Swap Zone part of Swapsity, returning to Yonge-Dundas! It was a very successful event last year with tents full of eager swappers and more than 6,200 items swapped setting a new record! You can RSVP to the Swap Zone on Facebook and bring your friends to join in the fun. You are also encouraged to bring your books, CD, records, DVDs to swap, check out Swapsity for more details.   

What about some jewelry making this summer?

July 8, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0)

Summer always seems like the best time to pick up those craft projects you've started during the year then sort-of abandoned when things got busy! Here at Lillian H Smith we have some new beading and jewlery making books to inspire you and help you create that one-of-a-kind bijoux!  Here are some more great titles:

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TPL also has some e-books available online that you can access with your TPL library card!

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Looking for beading or other jewelry supplies? If you stop by Lillian H Smith to pick up your books why not check out the shops in Kensington Market or Queen West that are some of the best places to get jewelry supplies in Toronto!


Street Smart: Safe Cycling Workshop this weekend!

July 3, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0)

Toronto-cycling-reuters_cropThis weekend we are featuring a Street Smart: Safe Cycling Workshop in partnership with Library Settlement Partnership, CultureLink, Citizen and Immigration Canada, and Cycle Toronto.

Saturday July 6th from 2 to 4 pm

All participants will receive a copy of the Toronto Cyclists Handbook and a Toronto Bike Map. 


 You'll gain knowledge on:

  • The benefits of cycling
  • Rules of the road: The Ontario Highway Traffic Act and City of Toronto's Cycling By-Laws
  • Techniques for safe cycling
  • Route selection
  • Basic bike maintenance and how to fix a flat tire (hands-on training with a mechanic!)
  • Community and legal resources

The workshop is FREE but we do ask you register in advance by calling us at 416-393-7746 or stop by in person to the 2nd floor reference desk.

We do receive quite a few questions about the Toronto Cycling Map every year and you can pick up your own copy here in branch.  Just visit us on the 2nd floor reference desk.

The Toronto Cycling website has a ton more information - including updates on bike by-laws, trails under construction, bike riding courses and more.

From Cycle Toronto, The Toronto Cyclists Handbook is available in 17 languages. To download the language edition you want, click the image below.


Lillian H. Smith library, in the heart of the Discovery District, Chinatown and Kensington Market, is a district branch of Toronto Public Library. Learn more about your local library & community, and while you're at it, drop us a comment. If you are visiting us in person, look for the bronze gryphons guarding our door.