A Treasure Trove of Canadian Literary History: The Newton MacTavish Collection

November 5, 2019 | Fiona

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Tucked away in the manuscript collections of the Toronto Reference Library Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre is a treasure trove of letters and manuscripts written by Canada's literary "in crowd" of the early 20th century. There are files of hand-written correspondence, poems and short stories by Lucy Maud...

Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak and More

November 4, 2019 | Steven

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On Friday November 8, the second session of the start-up Biographies! Book Club will feature Sarah Parcak’s 2019 book entitled "Archaeology from Space: How the Future shapes our Past." Come to the Discussion Room on the 3rd floor of the Toronto Reference Library from 2-3:30 pm and share your thoughts...

Gregory Maguire and Fairy Tales Retold

November 1, 2019 | Isabel

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Fairy tale retellings are one of my favourite types of story. That's why I'm thrilled that Gregory Maguire will be giving a lecture on Thursday November 14, 2019, at the Lillian H. Smith Branch. Hosted by the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, this is the 32nd Annual Helen E....

TRL Program Calendar November 2019

November 1, 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 November 2019 Toronto Reference Library Calendar(PDF). For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits.

Plum Blossom from the Bitter Cold: Selections from the Chinese Canadian Archive | Exhibit Digest

October 28, 2019 | David

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This post reproduces parts of the exhibit, Plum Blossom from the Bitter Cold: Selections from the Chinese Canadian Archive. Below is the main wall text from the exhibit and a small sample of exhibit items. The exhibit was on display in TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library from August...

Learning Circle Files: Lessons in Web Design

October 10, 2019 | Angjelin

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Last week was the wrap-up of the Creating Wordpress Websites for Entrepreneurs learning circle. A learning circle is an approach to learning that has evolved to bridge some of the shortcomings of the ever-evolving and growing presence of distance education. I'd like to share some of the lessons and stories...

Free Screenings of "Not Just a Park: A History of Toronto Island"

October 9, 2019 | Peggy

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Anyone who has explored Toronto Island beyond Centre Island's roller coasters and picnic facilities is likely to have been surprised and charmed by the residential areas on Wards and Algonquin Island. The history of the Island is the subject of a new documentary that covers everything from its geological origins...

Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) - Toronto 2019 Convention

October 4, 2019 | Isabel

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The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy is proud to host this year’s Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) Toronto Convention. Please join us there at Lillian H. Smith branch on Saturday, October 12, from 1-5 pm. This special event will feature a panel discussion, live music, cosplay, workshops,...

Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

October 2, 2019 | Nina

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Come join us for our first Biographies! Book Club on October 4th from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Discussion Room on the 3rd floor of the Toronto Reference Library for a discussion of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Whether it is a movie, television show,...

TRL Program Calendar October 2019

October 1, 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 October 2019 Toronto Reference Library Calendar(PDF). For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits.