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We’re gradually resuming more services in our branches.

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Environment & Climate Change Canada has issued a Heat Warning. A significant number of cool spaces are closed due to COVID 19 restrictions. During a heat warning, the City will open Emergency Cooling Centres.

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Our Reopening Plan

We’re gradually resuming more services in our branches – with your safety as our top priority.

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Join the TD Summer Reading Club

Online activities including author talks, trivia, jokes, story writing, comics and more.

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Food as Medicine

Indigenous Advisory Council member Christine recommends three cookbooks by Indigenous authors.

Michelle Good Program

Michelle Good: Five Little Indians

Good discusses her book, a chronicle of five residential school survivors. August 17, 7pm.

Kids

OverDrive Kids

A great selection of kids' ebooks, audiobooks and readalongs to download or read online.

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Author Talk with Joel Sutherland

Joel Sutherland will share what it's like to be the author of some of Canada's spookiest stories. Aug 10, 4pm.

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Ancestry Library Edition

Uncover your family history from home.

Three books about science. Booklist

Science in Snippets

Fun and fast science facts. From historical "cures" for common ailments, to how soap knows what's dirt and what's not.

Luisa Valenzuela Podcast

Writers Off the Page: Luisa Valenzuela

Luisa Valenzuela reads a politically charged story about two cars in 1979.

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Dial-a-Story

Listen to fables, fairy tales and other great stories by phone. Available in 16 languages.

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The List: Great Reads for Youth

100 fantastic books to make you laugh, cry, reflect, debate, celebrate and grow.

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Live & Online Programs

Experience free high-quality programming from home.

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38 Ways to Use the Library from Home

Find things to read, watch, listen to, learn and do, free with your library card.

Books

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12 Recommended Reads

TPL Innovation Council takes our Reading Challenge! Get their picks for the main challenge categories.

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Live & online programs

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Nibi's Water Song with Sunshine Tenasco

In this Summer Wonder Author Talk, clean water activist Sunshine Tenasco reads her children's book and discusses the true events that inspired the story.

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Well-Read Black Girl

A discussion on the importance of representation in literature, with writers Glory Edim, Jamia Wilson and Renée Watson, moderated by Zalika Reid-Benta. Recorded on September 25, 2019.

Zahra Ebrahim and Eric Klinenberg On Civil Society

Eric Klinenberg: Palaces for the People 

A conversation on the importance of social infrastructure with Zahra Ebrahim and Eric Klinenberg. Recorded on September 11, 2019.

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