The Great Depression: Federal Work Camps in Ontario

January 18, 2021 | lfeesey

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There was nothing great about the Great Depression except its length and penetration into every corner of Ontario from 1929 to 1939. Below is a brief overview of work camps, or "relief camps", in Ontario — and what led to them. Features photos from Digital Archive Ontario, a database of...

Speculative Fiction Community Reflects on 50 Fantastical Years of the Merril Collection

December 28, 2020 | Nicole

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Happy 50th birthday to TPL's fantastical Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy! Originally called the Spaced Out Library, it was founded in 1970 with the donation of 5,000 books from science fiction writer and editor Judith Merril. The Merril Collection has become a beloved part of the speculative...

Printable Wrapping Paper: 9 Festive Designs from Special Collections

December 14, 2020 | Nicole

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Did you know Toronto Public Library has a huge collection of digitized books and ephemera, including commercial catalogues and greeting cards? You'll find 170,000+ of these rare and historical items on our Digital Archive — no library card needed. It is an incredible resource for artists, designers and DIYers looking...

50 Weird and Wonderful Items at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy

December 11, 2020 | Nicole

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In 1970, science-fiction author and editor Judith Merril donated 5,000 books to Toronto Public Library to found the “Spaced Out Library”. 50 years later, the collection — now known as the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy — has over 80,000 items and is celebrated as one of...

The Grange: Vintage Photos of a Toronto House with a History in Art

December 4, 2020 | lfeesey

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The Grange was just another manor for Toronto's elite until 1911. It then became the property of the Toronto Art Society — home of the future Art Museum of Toronto, renamed the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in 1965. Let's look back at the history of The Grange with photos...

Merril Collection at 50: Stories from the Spaced Out Library

November 10, 2020 | Nicole

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The year 2020 will go down in history for many reasons. It also happens to be a major milestone for Toronto Public Library's most far-out collection. In 1970, science-fiction author and editor Judith Merril donated 5,000 books to TPL to found the "Spaced Out Library." Now known as the Merril...

114 histoires de fantômes vues de l’haut-delà

October 22, 2020 | Amy

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L'exposition 114 histoires x 114 étages présente les diverses cultures et communautés de notre ville à travers des anecdotes et des images de lieux emblématiques de Toronto, visibles depuis les niveaux d'observation de la Tour CN. Pour l’Halloween, la Tour CN et The Haunted Walk of Toronto ont fait équipe...

114 Spooky Stories: Haunted Histories From Above and Beyond

October 22, 2020 | Amy

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The 114 Stories / 114 Storeys exhibit showcases our city’s diverse cultures and communities through stories and images of famous Toronto sites, visible from the CN Tower's observation levels. In the spirit of Halloween, the CN Tower and The Haunted Walk of Toronto partnered to share some of the city’s...

Snapshot of Smiths Falls, Ontario

October 16, 2020 | Sam

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It’s been two years since marijuana was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. This changed the course of the small town of Smiths Falls, home to a significant pot-producing factory in Canada. So how did my hometown (hi, Mum and Dad!) get to where it is today? To find...

Ontario History: 40 Colouring Pages from Our Special Collections

October 8, 2020 | David

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Toronto Public Library has 170,000+ digitized photos, books, maps and more. You can search these historical items on our Digital Archive Ontario. No library card needed. We've transformed 40 Ontario-related items into colouring sheets. We hope you learn something new as you colour in history! Full colouring book Colouring pages...