Catherine the Great

March 3, 2020 | Jane

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By a casual count, there are at least 19 items in the TPL catalogue with the title “Catherine the Great.” Why revisit this subject so often? She’s fascinating, is why. Catherine and her reign sit at the nexus of East and West, of profoundly religious and Enlightenment thinking, of rule...

TRL Program Calendar March 2020

February 29, 2020 | sylvia

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Free movies, free programs, free classes. All at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image to enlarge or Download The March 2020 Toronto Reference Library Calendar (PDF). For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits.

TRL Program Calendar February 2020

January 31, 2020 | sylvia

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Free movies, free programs, free classes. All at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image to enlarge or Download The February 2020 Toronto Reference Library Calendar(PDF). For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits.

Unexpected Games from Our Role Playing Games Collection

January 30, 2020 | Myrna

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Did you know that our Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy has the world’s largest collection of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) in a library setting? Our collection boasts more than 1500 items, including guides for Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Pathfinder and other popular RPGs. Yet, alongside...

Cleopatra: Age Cannot Wither Her

January 30, 2020 | Steven

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It is remarkable how Cleopatra’s story has remained relevant some two thousand years after her death. Her story was first told by Roman writers, such as Plutarch and Dio Cassius. Based on these written sources, Shakespeare wrote his tragedy Antony and Cleopatra in the seventeenth century. His words still resound...

You, Me, Us: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities | Exhibit Digest

January 8, 2020 | David

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This post reproduces parts of the exhibit, You, Me, Us: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities. Below is the main wall-panel text from the exhibit, a small sample of exhibit items and one of the exhibit videos. You can also listen to a described audio tour on...

TRL Program Calendar January 2020

December 31, 2019 | sylvia

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Free movies, free programs, free classes. All at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image to enlarge or Download The January 2020 Toronto Reference Library Calendar(PDF). For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits.

What are DApps and Why Should you Care?

December 12, 2019 | Angjelin

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Dawn of the DApps? In this day and age we all carry a smartphone with us that has some half-a-dozen or more applications with which you have an account. These applications have access to some of the data in your phone – say your contacts or photos – but also...

Biographies! Just Biographies.

December 6, 2019 | Jane

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What is human resilience? The term keeps coming up in different contexts - mental health, climate change, social welfare. In fact Toronto has its own resilience office. It isn't always easy to predict the qualities that guarantee resilience. How do you build it into a human being, a city, a...

TRL Program Calendar December 2019

November 30, 2019 | sylvia

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Free movies, free programs, free classes. All at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image to enlarge or Download The December 2019 Toronto Reference Library Calendar(PDF). For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits.