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Icon of the event Sacred Spaces in Western Architecture Part 2: Romanesque & Gothic Churches
Wed Apr 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Don Mills

This talk covers the essential characteristics of these major medieval architectural styles, and examines some of the landmark churches of each period. We'll compare the fortress-like Romanesque to the lightness of Gothic. Jo...

Icon of the event Sacred Spaces in Western Architecture Part 3: Renaissance & Baroque Churches
Wed May 03, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Don Mills

The Renaissance was a rebirth of classical architectural approaches and elements, and some of its churches are regarded as high points of Western architecture. Then,the Catholic Church used the awe-inspiring...

Icon of the event Newspaper Resources on the Internet
Wed Feb 08, 2017 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Learn to search freely available news sources from around the world. To register call 416-393-7209.

Icon of the event Sacred Spaces  Part 4: Churches of the Modern World - 18th - 21st centuries
Wed May 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Don Mills

Classical elements returned in the 18th century, followed by a revival of Gothic appearance in the next century. We'll conclude this series with churches built since the Second World War that challenge many traditional ideas...

Icon of the event Black History Month Speaker - Andrea Scott talk about Viola Desmond
Wed Feb 15, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Danforth/Coxwell

Join us for our Black History Month speaker, Andrea Scott, as she shares the story of Viola Desmond. Viola was a black businesswoman from Nova Scotia who dared to challenge racial segregation in the 1940s. Learn more about th...

Icon of the event Newspaper Databases
Wed Feb 15, 2017 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Learn to search the Library's newspaper databases to find news, obituaries, marriage notices, and more. To register call 416-393-7209.

Icon of the event Sacred Spaces in Western Architecture Part 1: Monasteries & Pilgrimage Churches
Wed Apr 05, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Don Mills

Monasticism and pilgrimage both had tremendous effects on Western culture. Church architecture responded to these influences in distinctive ways, as we'll see in some remarkable examples of sacred buildings. Join architectura...

Icon of the event Finding 19th Century Black History In Toronto
Mon Mar 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

In 1799, the little Town of York's Black population numbered 25, of a total of fewer than 700 people. Some of these African-Canadians were the "property" of slaveholders like Peter Russell and William Jarvis; others were Loya...

Icon of the event An Ordinary Man
Thu Feb 16, 2017 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Brentwood

Historian Hilary Dawson recounts the extraordinary story of Joshua Glover, a runaway slave whose actions helped galvanize the abolition movement. Joshua Glover spent the last half of his life in freedom living in Etobicoke.