2018 World Literature Awards Winners

December 12, 2018 | Raimo

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If you're looking for an interesting gift to give these holidays, here's a suggestion: a great book, the best literary fiction or poetry in the world. Among the world literary winners this year are: In Fiction The Nobel Prize has been postponed this year. The Red Word by Sarah Henstra...

MYTORONTO Calendar 2019: 111 93 2600 40 13 1

December 4, 2018 | Bill V.

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You would be pardoned for thinking the numbers in the blog title were related to the Kabbalah. But ... in fact they're part of the promotion for the 2019 MYTORONTO calendar that Ve'ahavta has brought together with members of the local community. You can support the photographers by buying calendars...

TRL Program Calendar December 2018

November 30, 2018 | 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 2018 Toronto Reference Library calendar (PDF). For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits.

"The Luminous Appearances of the Sea" and Other Old Library Programs

November 30, 2018 | David

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What programs did Toronto Public Library offer 150 years ago? It's a bit of a trick question. From 1830-1883, it was the Toronto Mechanics' Institute — the library's forerunner — that offered comparable educational programming. The institute was for working class Torontonians. So what programs did it offer? Several printed...

Remembering Robert and Andrew Mosser: An Adventure of Discovery in Special Collections

November 14, 2018 | Natalia

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For library customers and staff alike, it’s no secret that Toronto Public Library is a place that provides limitless opportunities for finding information. Usually, the search is active and deliberate, but once in an amazing while, one can happen upon a treasure by serendipity. Such was the case when I...

Conservation of Vintage Alice in Wonderland Poster

November 14, 2018 | Wendy

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One must-see item in TD Gallery's new exhibit, Alice Opens the Door, depicts 40 scenes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. This amazing poster came to the Toronto Public Library's conservation lab brittle, torn and in pieces. Learn about the intensive conservation treatment that strengthened the poster and reunited its pieces.

Stan Lee at the Merril Collection

November 13, 2018 | Michal

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Stan Lee December, 2016, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Stanley Martin Lieber, a.k.a. Stan Lee (December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018), superhero comic book icon, is sadly no longer with us. Like many of you, I have enjoyed Marvel movies and television series for as long as I can remember....

TRL Program Calendar November 2018

October 31, 2018 | 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 2018 @ TRL as a pdf. For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.

'Where it can be viewed for free': celebrating Sam Ash's donation to TPL

October 23, 2018 | Gillian

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When artists donate work to the Toronto Public Library they fill out a form called a Deed of Gift. In the case of Toronto Public Library’s most recent donation, the artist Sam Ash added a noted that said, display this “in a public library space where it can be viewed...

Once Frankenstein’s creature awakes, can the Mummy be far behind?

October 15, 2018 | Steven

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Come to a Literary Treasures presentation on Friday October 26 at 7 PM at the Toronto Reference Library in the Discussion Room (on the 3rd Floor) by Steven B. Shubert, The Monster Awakes: The Mummy in 19th century Fiction It was two hundred years ago that Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later...