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Our Reopening Plan

We’re excited to welcome you back into our branches, with many services now available. Browse and borrow items, use our study spaces and get a library card.

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Dracula: Bloody Good

Discover the backstory of this famous book, and how it went from a controversial novel to an international fanged sensation.

Research

Scott's Business Directories Online

Find detailed information on Canadian manufacturers, wholesalers and business services.

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Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare

Discover online courses for designing and using VR technologies, and learn how doctors are using VR today.

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman Program

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

Aminatou and Ann discuss their book Big Friendship with Nana aba Duncan on Oct. 30 at 7 pm.

Career Coaches in Residence 2020 Program

Career Coach in Residence Workshops

Get tips on interviewing, setting goals, résumés and networking from a professional career coach.

Smith Falls Special Collections

Smith Falls, Ontario

From a major producer of Hershey's chocolate to one of the country’s largest marijuana-producing locations. Learn more about this Ontario town.

Bookmarks Kids

Design-a-Bookmark Contest 2021

Pick up a contest form at a branch near you, or download it online.

Umberto Eco Podcast

Writers Off the Page: Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco shares selections from The Name of the Rose, recorded on stage in Toronto during 1983.

Research

Niche Market Research Tools

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner for a niche product or service? We have tools and resources for you!

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The List: Great Reads for Youth

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

Sara Seager Program

Sara Seager

Astrophysicist and planetary scientist talks about her memoir, The Smallest Lights in the Universe on Nov 2 at 7 pm.

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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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Make Your Own Halloween Treats

9 cookbooks to help you indulge your sweet tooth. Discover recipes for cookies, candies, cakes and creepy confections!

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Live & online programs

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Best Books for Kids

Not sure what to read next? Join us online on October 26 at 4pm to discover new titles and hidden gems. For children ages 6 to 12 and their parents or caregivers.

Ravi Jain and Imani Perry 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.

Laurie Halse Anderson with Léonicka Valcius 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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Digital Archive Ontario

Explore digital collections and library content for all Ontario residents.

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