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Icon of the event How We Changed Toronto:  John Sewell
Wed Oct 14, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This is the inside story of activist idealists who set out to change the world -- and did, right in their own backyard. By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada's largest and most powerful city. Expres...

Icon of the event The Hiding Place (Holocaust Education Week)
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm on recurring dates listed below

As part of Holocaust Education Week, we are screening the 1975 docudrama, the Hiding Place (145 mins). Rated PG....

Upcoming Dates:
Tue Nov 03
Fri Nov 06
Icon of the event Real Justice: Branded a Baby-Killer, The Tammy Marquardt Story
Wed Oct 28, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Author, Jasmine D'Costa, will be discussing her new book, Real Justice. Drop-In Program....

Icon of the event Holocaust Education Week 2015: Sephardic Jews in the Balkans
Tue Nov 03, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Jews of Spain. Many went to Portugal, North Africa, and Amsterdam, but the majority went East, to the Ottoman Empire, where they were welcomed....

Icon of the event Lillian H. Smith library 20th Anniversary Story Project
Ongoing event running from Mon Jul 20, 2015 - Fri Oct 09, 2015
Lillian H. Smith

You're invited to share your memories and photos of the library and neighbourhood to celebrate our 20th anniversary at 239 College St....

Icon of the event Holocaust Education Week: 1492, The Other Path: Sephardic Jews in the Balkans
Thu Nov 05, 2015 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Please join us at Palmerston Library Theatre for a special presentation with Dr. Lauren Granite, Educator-in-Residence, Holocaust Education Week 2015....

Icon of the event Genealogy 101: Learn, Explore and Share
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on recurring dates listed below

Learn to trace your ancestors' story and your family tree with help from this program. We will explore different genealogy topics each session and the group will also be able to share their experiences and helpful tips. In Oc...

Upcoming Dates:
Sat Oct 17
Sat Nov 14
Icon of the event Holocaust Education Week featuring Rose Lipszyc
Thu Nov 05, 2015 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us in learning the story of Rose Lipszye. Rose Lipszye was born in 1929 in Lublin, Poland. On October 14, 1942, Rose escaped a forced deportation. She survived the war under a false identity posing as a...

Icon of the event Newspaper Resources on the Internet
Tue Nov 03, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

This course will show you how to find newspapers and news sources from different countries and places around the on the Internet.

Icon of the event Battle of Britain - 75th Anniversary Lecture
Fri Oct 09, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Barbara Frum

Please join us as we welcome Keith Hyde, aviation historian, who will discuss the Battle of Britain as we reflect and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of this event! Keith will present the details of how this battle was fough...