Toronto Public Library is Live & Online!
Now you can experience free high-quality programming from home with the launch of TPL’s Live & Online programs.
Explore upcoming Live & Online programs at tpl.ca/programs. We’re just getting started so check back often as new listings will be added each week.
Programs for everyone each week
TPL’s Live & Online programs are delivered daily (Monday to Saturday) and include programs for all ages.
What's on this page:
Kids can explore and discover something new with TPL’s Live & Online programming, including online STEM activities, author visits, workshops and more - coming soon.
Our on-demand collection of Ready for Reading Storytimes are available any time and feature popular stories, songs and rhymes performed by library staff so you can sing along at home, have fun and help build early literacy skills. Find out more about Ready for Reading programs for kids 5 and under.
From online research skills workshops, homework help and cartooning tutorials, to author Q&As, competitions and mental health tips, we’ve got you covered.
Watch and Engage
Our signature literary series, The Appel Salon, hosts local and international authors in conversation about their new books and big ideas on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 pm and on select Saturday afternoons. Register and watch on Crowdcast to submit questions and participate in the online chat, or watch the live broadcasts on YouTube.
Read and Discuss
Connect with other readers and discuss books together virtually through interactive Facebook Live chats and online discussions. Check out our virtual book clubs on Goodreads and in our Facebook Group. And join the 2020 Reading Challenge! Read or listen to 12 books and then participate in online book chats.
Learn and Create
Learn digital skills at home with our online innovation classes! From intro courses on Python and HTML, to collaborative podcast workshops, our expert Digital Innovation Hubs and Pop-Up Learning Labs staff present programs to help you learn and create at home.
All of the details and the links for these programs are available on our program page. This section is updated weekly on Monday mornings. All times are EDT:
Monday, May 25:
4:00 pm | Battle of the Books
Tuesday, May 26:
10:00 am | Ready for Reading Storytimes
3:00 pm | ORCA and Pilot: Live Coding for Electronic Music
4:00 pm | Online Escape Room for Teens
5:00 pm | Reading Challenge Online Book Discussion
Wednesday, May 27:
2:00 pm | Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Employment Insurance
5:00 pm | Managing Your Cash Flow
7:00 pm | The Soul of an Entrepreneur: Work and Life Beyond the Startup Myth
Thursday, May 28:
2:00 pm | Genealogy Webinar For Beginners: Immigration, Travel and Military Records
3:00 pm | Open Source Graphic Design: An Introduction to GIMP
4:30 pm | Let's Make a Graphic Novel!
Monday, June 1:
4:00 pm | Author Talk with Suzanne Sutherland
7:00 pm | Kawai Strong Washburn: Sharks in the Time of Saviours
Visit tpl.ca/programs for a full list of programs, and check back often as we're adding new events each week.
How do I access online programs?
Explore and discover upcoming Live & Online programs at tpl.ca/programs. Sort by your interests and find new ones along the way. Search our categories, series and program groups to discover upcoming events. Each listing will have information and a link directing you when and where to watch.
The library's main broadcasting platforms are Crowdcast and Jitsi. You can also find our programming streaming on our social media channels, including YouTube. These platforms have been chosen with privacy, security and ease-of-use in mind.
Do I need a library card to access Live & Online programs?
No, you don’t need a library card to access Live & Online programs. Programs are free to everyone, whether you have a library card or not. Some programs will share information about linked TPL collections, digital services, educational opportunities and other services for any Torontonian with a TPL card.
If you don't have a library card, you can still access our OverDrive collection of ebooks and eaudiobooks with a temporary digital card!
Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility and we strive to make our programs as accessible as possible for everyone. Please call or email us if you have a request for accommodation. Let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. Phone 416-393-7099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to get help
Follow us on social media, and check out some of our main online channels anytime:
- TPL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
- Subscribe to TPL email updates
- TPL on YouTube (live, on-demand, and past events) Ready for Reading Storytimes and TPL Teens on YouTube
- TPL Programs on Crowdcast (live Appel Salon literary events)
- Getting Started With Jitsi (Book Club/Book Discussion Groups)
Your library is here for you as a resource and source of inspiration and learning during this challenging time. We’ll see you online!