International Day of Sign Language: September 23, 2019

September 20, 2019 | Danya Elsayed

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International Day of Sign Language (IDSL) is celebrated each year on September 23. This year's theme is "‘Sign Language Rights for All!’. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 5% of the world's population are deaf or hard of hearing. That number equals to just over 460 million people. Photo...

Somali Materials at Your Library | Qalabka Soomaaliga ee maktabaddaada

September 6, 2019 | Ling

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Toronto Public Library has books, movies, music, and digital content in over 40 different languages. One of those languages is Somali. If you would like to browse our Somali material in person, please visit one of the following five branches that host the collection: Albion Branch Barbara Frum Branch Parliament...

International Literacy Day: September 8, 2019

September 6, 2019 | Rachelle

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In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 to be International Literacy Day. During this time people and organizations world wide highlight and celebrate the importance of literacy. While literacy rates have been improving, there is still much work to be done globally. Image from Kwame Manu. Used with permission. This year's...

World Humanitarian Day: August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019 | Suzanne

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In 2008, the UN General Assembly designated August 19th as World Humanitarian Day. This day recognizes humanitarian workers who have risked and lost their lives in humanitarian service. Every year, World Humanitarian Day focuses on bringing together people from across the world to advocate for the survival, well-being, and dignity...

Summer Wonder & TD Summer Reading Club for Kids!

July 4, 2019 | Ling

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Summer is a great time for you and your kids to explore your local library and participate in exciting Summer Wonder programs. Each library hosts a variety of programs and activities between June 28 and August 31 that are fun and free for your family to enjoy. Kids can find...

Free Summer 2019 Settlement Services at Toronto Public Library

June 28, 2019 | Stacey

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If you’re new to Toronto, a welcoming place to visit is your local library. During your visit, you can sign up for a free library card, find books, movies, and music in your language, attend free library programs, and even access settlement services. To learn more about the library, check...

National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21, 2019

June 17, 2019 | Danya Elsayed

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Tansi (Cree)! Boozoo (Ojibway)! Alo (Michif)! Sago (Mohawk)! Ullaqut (Inuktitut)! Hello! For thousands of years, Indigenous Peoples have lived in the land that is known as Canada. Each group has its own distinct culture and history that is interwoven into this country. They include the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit...

Armenian Materials at your Library | Հայերեն Նյութեր Ձեր Գրադարանում

June 14, 2019 | Liana

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Armenian Materials at your Library | Հայերեն Նյութեր Ձեր Գրադարանում Did you know that Toronto Public Library has Armenian materials available for borrowing? Pick up a book, a CD, or a DVD at your local library, or access online materials in Armenian. Have a look at the thousands of items...

Asian Heritage Month 2019

May 17, 2019 | Ling

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May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada! While Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated since the 1990s, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration in May 2002. This month continues to be a time to celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian origin have made, and continue to make,...

Celebrating New Canadians: Citizenship Ceremony at Toronto Reference Library, April 23, 2019

April 24, 2019 | Elsa

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On April 23, 57 new Canadians from 23 countries took the oath as part of a community citizenship ceremony at Toronto Reference Library. This event was made possible thanks to the partnership with Institute of Canadian Citizenship (ICC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This memorable milestone began with...