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Halloween Books for Kids

Our children's librarians invite you to check out these books... if you dare! Spooky and spine-tingling reads for kids of all ages.

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Booklist

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.

Program

The Plastic Lake: Fighting Plastic Pollution in Lake Ontario

A panel conversation featuring experts working along the shores of Lake Ontario to monitor the impacts of plastic on our great lake, to discuss the massive work ahead of us to clean up this mess. Oct 30 at 12 pm.

Teens

Fresh Picks

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

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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.

Kids

Writing Workshop: Scare Your Friends

Learn how to write scary stories with Joel A. Sutherland, author of the Haunted Canada series. Oct 28, 4pm.

Program

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.

Booklist

Dive into Dune: The Past and Present of a Science Fiction Masterpiece

Check out all the different versions of Frank Herbert's Dune including books, movies, and special editions held at our Merril Collection.

Program

Anthony Doerr

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

Program

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.

Booklist

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.

Books

A Book About Someone Who is Living Your Dream

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

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Kids

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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