Asian Heritage Month 2021: Historic Asian Canadians

April 30, 2021 | Nerissa

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In 2001, a motion was proposed by former Canadian Senator Vivienne Poy to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. In 2002, May was officially designated as the month to recognize, celebrate and honour the countless contributions by Canadians with Asian heritage from over 30 countries. Through perseverance and hope, these...

Black History Month 2021: Historic Black Canadians

February 22, 2021 | Nerissa

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Every year in February, we celebrate Black History Month in Canada. Black History Month was designed to: Highlight Black achievements Provide awareness of the African Diaspora Gain an understanding of the trailblazers who may have struggled to pave a better way for the future Honor historic members of the Black...

Toronto Public Library Serves Newcomers this Winter

January 13, 2021 | Stacey

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Toronto Public Library continues to adapt library services to meet the needs of newcomers and all Torontonians during the pandemic. For newcomers, Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) continues to offer multilingual services online and over the phone. Through LSP, Toronto Public Library and seven local settlement agencies have been working together...

How Christmas is Celebrated in Canada

December 18, 2020 | Nerissa

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"Deck the Hall with boughs of Holly, Fa La La La La La La La La 'Tis the season to be Jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la la..." All across our country, many families are preparing for Christmas on December 25. You might notice some stores...

The International Day of People With Disabilities: December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020 | Suzanne

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December 3 is the International Day for People with Disabilities. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people (15% of the world’s population), are living with disability. Students read in a classroom by World Bank Photo Collection used on a Creative Commons license According to the 2017...

Spanish Materials at your Library | Materiales en Español en tu biblioteca

November 19, 2020 | Danya Elsayed

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Welcome to the Library! Bienvenido a la Biblioteca! Spanish is one of the most popular languages worldwide. It is most commonly spoken in Central and South America in countries like Mexico, Cuba, and Colombia. Like any language, Spanish has many different dialects depending on the country and region. Toronto Public...

Toronto Public Library Welcomes Back Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP)

October 9, 2020 | Elsa

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Autumn is a time to celebrate change – the beginning of a new school year, the leaves turning vibrantly colourful, the cooler weather inviting us to break out warm sweaters. This fall, Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) welcomes the return to in-person service at library branches across the city, as part...

Helpful Summer 2020 Programs and Services for Newcomers

July 9, 2020 | Stacey

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As Toronto Public Library (TPL) moves into the next phase of re-opening, we continue to offer service to newcomers through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP). TPL and seven local settlement agencies work together to offer free one-on-one information and referral, as well as relevant programs for newcomers. LSP is funded by...

Library Settlement Partnerships Continue to Help Newcomers

May 15, 2020 | Elsa

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Our Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) service is still helping newcomers with their settlement questions through phone or email during our closure. Library Settlement Partnerships is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. LSP has been serving newcomers for more than 10 years. TPL and seven local settlement agencies work together...

Musical Instrument Lending at your Library

March 8, 2020 | Suzanne

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Music is a universal language. When my parents first moved to Canada, one thing that brought them together with their new friends was gathering for a meal and listening to music from their record collection. I remember Michael Jackson’s Bad and Whitney Houston’s debut album were both in heavy rotation....