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We have temporarily closed 44 branches due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages. Staff from closed locations have been reassigned to our open branches. All open branches continue to operate with 50 percent capacity limits. These closures ensure that we can continue to offer consistent and equitable library services across the city.

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Streaming Theatre and Concerts 

Cocoon with some high culture — attend a concert or watch a play online.

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Check out our online resource guide to support students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

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Eva Jurczyk

Eva Jurczyk, a writer and librarian living in Toronto, joins us to talk about her debut novel, The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Jan 21 at 12 pm.

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Truth and Reconciliation: A Guide for Newcomers

There are many meaningful ways to learn about Truth and Reconciliation as a newcomer. Here are some handy resources on where you can begin.

Special Collections

Amazing Abecedariums

Learn about eight ABC books held in our Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.

Kids

After School Club

Are we alone in the universe? Explore questions about space and extraterrestrial life. Jan 25, 4 pm.

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Eye on A.I.: Decoding the Bias

A panel discussion to explore biases, equity, transparency and governance as they relate to machine learning. Jan 25 at 7 pm.

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Celebrating Betty White

January 17 would have been her 100th birthday. Here are our recommendations to learn more about this incredible woman and to celebrate her lifelong legacy.

Teens

Fresh Picks

Find the newest books our YA experts are excited about, and why they're excited, on our Fresh Picks list.

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Damon Galgut

Author Damon Galgut talks about his 2021 Booker Prize winning novel, The Promise, a South African family saga that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history. Jan 24 at 12 pm.

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Winter Books for Kids

Our children's librarians recommend stories to celebrate winter and the magic of snowfall.

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The Buzz...About Books

A Year in Review

The top 10 books of the TPL Reading Challenge 2021 and more.

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Kids

Storytime at Home

Experience the magic of snowfall as we read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, then build a snowman together.

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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