Service Update

Most library branches are closed to support efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

More information about Stage 3 and our reopening plan.


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Our Reopening Plan

Beginning mid-August, we will gradually resume adapted in-branch services in multiple phases with the health and safety of our customers and staff as our top priority. 

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Summer Wonder

Fun online activities for your family to create and discover together all summer long.

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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

This day is commemorated each year on August 9. The theme this year is "COVID-19 and Indigenous peoples' resilience".

Michelle Good Program

Michelle Good: Five Little Indians

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

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Naxos Music Library

Discover classical, jazz and world music free with Naxos Music Library apps.

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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.

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Cocktails and Mocktails to Sip this Summer

Try making "The Librarian" or one of the hundreds of recipes in these cookbooks.

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Writers Off the Page: Richard Wagamese

Hear Wagamese's first public reading ever, from A Quality of Light, in 1996.

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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.


The Shadow King, How Much of These Hills Is Gold, and The Mournable Body Award Nominees

2020 Booker Prize Longlist Titles

The Booker Prize Longlist was announced on July 27. Read the nominees!

Browse blogs and podcasts

Live & online programs

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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.

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Mini Makers: Sound

Kids and families can explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts at home through fun, hands-on activities. Learn about sound and build your own amplifier!

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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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Explore digital collections and library content for all Ontario residents.

Financial support from the Ontario government is gratefully acknowledged.
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