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Toronto Public Library in Books and on the Screen

Our library branches have had some starring roles and cameos in a wide variety of movies, shows and books. Check them out.


Spirit Day: October 21

Learn more about this worldwide anti-bullying campaign with resources for kids, parents and caregivers.


Poetry Saved Our Lives

Coach Patrick Walters leads a series of virtual workshops on poetry and spoken word for teens.


Illustrator in Residence

Artist Soyeon Kim leads a series of workshops and one-on-one portfolio reviews with aspiring children's book illustrators through the month of October.


Fall Books for Kids

Celebrate apples, pumpkins and all things autumn with these books recommended by our children's librarians.


Alaa Al Aswany

Alaa Al Aswany discusses his newest novel, The Republic of False Truths, and reflects on the ten year anniversary of the Arab Spring. Oct 27 at 7 pm.


Celebrating Library Settlement Partnerships

Online programs and services to help you get started in Toronto and Canada.


Anthony Doerr

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anthony Doerr talks about his novel Cloud Cuckoo Land. Oct 25 at 7 pm.


Shin, Homa & Craig: Exiled Off the Page

Authors Ann Shin, Ava Homa, and Charmaine Craig join host Fathima Cader to discuss their literary works that look at themes related to human migration, political repression, and exile. Nov 3 at 7 pm.


Valerie's Picks for Fall

Valerie and her team evaluate about 400 adult print books per week, so when she says she's excited about a book, we listen. Here are her picks for this fall.


A Book About Someone Who is Living Your Dream

More than 20 recommendations from staff and TPL Reading Challenge participants.

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Storytime at Home

Get ready for reading... and baking! Watch our storytime videos featuring great books about delicious food.

Appel Salon

Imani Perry: Looking for Lorraine

In conversation with Ravi Jain, Imani Perry discusses her powerful biography of Lorraine Hansberry – a life full of creation, tragically cut short. Recorded Apr 16, 2019.

Appel Salon

Laurie Halse Anderson: Shout

Laurie Halse Anderson appears in conversation with Léonicka Valcius to discuss her writing, advocacy, and her 2019 memoir-in-verse, Shout. Recorded Oct 16, 2019.

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