City Librarian's Report for January 2021

January 15, 2021 | Vickery Bowles

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Below is my report for the January 2021 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting. It summarizes 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. Opening up our public space An Online Afternoon Performance...

City Librarian's Report for November 2020

November 6, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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Below is my report for the November 2020 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting. It summarizes 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. Opening up our public space Customers love our online...

Nature: Accessible For Everyone? Thoughts From Our 2020 Environmentalist in Residence

November 5, 2020 | Diana L.

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What does it mean for something to be accessible? Accessibility is a difficult term to define; it can mean different things to different people. Even the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) does not define the term. To better understand the concept myself, I had the great pleasure of...

Treaties Recognition Week 2020: Recommended Watching and Reading

October 30, 2020 | Jamie

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Treaties Recognition Week began in 2016, as a way to show continued relevance of treaties in our lives. It is the first week in November each year. Much of Canada exists under treaty agreements for shared use of the land between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Treaties "define ongoing rights and...

Nature: So Close, Yet So Far? Thoughts From Our 2020 Environmentalist in Residence

October 13, 2020 | Diana L.

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What do you think of when you read the word "nature"? It is a rather large and liquid concept. Every reader might have a different image pop into mind. A forest, mountain range, lake, and ocean are large-scale forces of nature that many of us might think of. But, you...

City Librarian's Report for October 2020

October 8, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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Below is my report for the October 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. Opening up our public space Reopening Our Branches To date,...

City Librarian's Report for September 2020

September 11, 2020 | Vickery Bowles

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Below is my report for the September 2020 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting. It summarizes 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. For up-to-date information about our reopening, please visit Our...

Meet Andrés Jiménez, Our 2020 Environmentalist in Residence!

September 4, 2020 | Diana L.

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Toronto Public Library welcomes Andrés Jiménez, our Environmentalist in Residence (EnvIR) from August 31 to November 6, 2020, presented as part of the Our Fragile Planet program series! Recently, we reached out to Andrés for an interview about his passions, inspirations and even his favourite books! Find out more below....

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....