Our Fragile Planet 2020: Environmental Programs At Home

June 15, 2020 | Diana L.

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While the world is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, people are embracing nature at home and locally more than ever before. This year, the Our Fragile Planet program series will begin offering online environmental protection and conservation programming, all for free. Join in on a conversation or workshop with...

National Indigenous History Month 2020

June 10, 2020 | Melanie

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June marks National Indigenous History Month, but Canada still has a long way to go in improving its relationship with Indigenous nations across Turtle Island. One of the ways Canadians can honour Indigenous histories, peoples and communities is to learn and educate themselves. Here are a few places to start....

Toronto Public Library Celebrates Pride Throughout June

June 1, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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This time of year is usually marked with large festivals and events celebrating Pride across our city. In light of the current pandemic, these festivities will look quite different this year, with a number of organizations creating unique and innovative ways to celebrate Pride in a virtual environment. I am...

A Message from Toronto’s City Librarian – May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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Hi everyone, Late last week the Province announced that Ontario libraries, starting May 19, are allowed to resume limited services, with curbside drop-off and pick-up of materials, when we are ready to do so. It’s been so heartwarming to see the public excitement about this news; we know how many...

A Message from Toronto's City Librarian - May 2020

To our valued customers, As you know, we closed our branches on March 13, as provincially mandated for non-essential services, to support efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. While our physical spaces are closed, we are still here for you, with a vast collection of digital...

City Librarian's Report for March 2020

March 13, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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Below is my report for the March 2020 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting, summarizing key activities in support of the priorities outlined in our strategic plan. This report covers items that are not part of the Board agenda package. Breaking Down Barriers to Access, Driving Inclusion Freedom to Read...

Civic Life Programs with MASS LBP

February 20, 2020 | Loretta

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This winter, we're piloting a new stream of programming, Civic Life, in partnership with MASS LBP, which focus on supporting Torontonians in understanding, acting on and connecting with the world beyond their private lives. This program series will deliver a range of activities that aim to foster a strengthened civic...

City Librarian's Report for February 2020

February 14, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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Below is my report for the February 2020 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting, summarizing key activities in support of the priorities outlined in our strategic plan. This report covers items that are not part of the Board agenda package. Breaking Down Barriers to Access, Driving Inclusion Consultation to Support...

Rebuilding Bridges with the LGBTQI2S+ Community

February 13, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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I’d like to share an update on our plans for rebuilding bridges with the LGBTQI2S+ community following this past fall’s room rental controversy. We will be developing a service plan that will outline the activity we will take to better meet the needs of the LGBTQI2S+ community in 2020 and...

City Librarian's Report for January 2020

January 16, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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Below is my report for the January 2020 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting, summarizing key activities in support of the priorities outlined in our strategic plan. This report covers items that are not part of the Board agenda package. Advancing Our Digital Platforms Toronto Readers Break World Ebook Record......