Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence: A Philosophical Take

January 11, 2019 | Angjelin

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While some old books enjoy the fortune of having circulating copies ten, thirty, even a century after publication, many, often unfortunately, live on only as reference copies. Here I'd like to shine the light on a batch of books still seminal in the treatment of their subjects, most of which...

Enchanting Stories: Fairy Tales Made New for Adults - An Exhibit

January 7, 2019 | Michal

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We invite you to Enchanting Stories: Fairy Tales Made New for Adults - An Exhibit at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. The exhibit features retellings (in books, from the 1980's to the present) of some of the best known fairy tales from the western European tradition,...

Learning Circles at TRL: Business, Science & Technology Department

January 4, 2019 | Angjelin

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Gale courses, one of TPL's popular eLearning resources, offers a great array of courses and video tutorials on business, accounting, finance, and computer applications. If you've considered enrolling in a course, but found the commitment a bit cumbersome, a great way to follow through with it is to join a...

Alice Adjacent: Lewis Carroll and his Victorian World - An Exhibit at the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

January 3, 2019 | Michal

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We invite you to Alice Adjacent: Lewis Carroll and his Victorian World, an exhibition of historical and modern children's books. Located at the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, on the fourth floor of the Lillian H. Smith branch, this exhibit was developed by Liz Derbecker. It is also a...

TRL Program Calendar January 2019

December 29, 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 January 2019 Toronto Reference Library calendar. For a full listing to browse or search, visit our Programs, Classes and Exhibits.

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...