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...

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: 200 Years of Mad Science Exhibit at the Merril Collection

October 10, 2018 | Michal

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Steel engraving (993 × 78 mm), for the frontispiece of the 1831 revised edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, published by Colburn and Bentley, London. We invite you to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: 200 Years of Mad Science, a new exhibit at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, celebrating...

A Treasure Map Where "X" Marks a 45 Year Old Overdue Library Book

October 9, 2018 | Karolina

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Halloween’s the time for Ghosts’, creepy stories and spooky tales and the library is no exception! The shelves are filled with stories and the staff have a tale (or many) of secrets from within our library walls. I have a tale that includes an old mine, a treasure and maybe...

Work for the City You Love

October 1, 2018 | Isabel

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Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall by The City of Toronto [CC - BY] Have you ever wanted to work for the City of Toronto? Now is the time to make your dream come true! Come meet with city divisional representatives and more at the annual City of Toronto...

TRL Program Calendar October 2018

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