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COVID-19 Impacts

We're excited to welcome more people back with increased capacity limits at our branches. Branches are currently closed on Sundays.

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Live, online homework help for kids, resume-writing help for adults, writing labs, virtual study rooms, test prep, and much more - all free!

Booklist

TIFF 2021: A Reading List

The 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place from September 9 to September 18. If you like to read the book to see how it compares to the film, get your TIFF 2021 reads here!

Program

Dean Jobb

Dean Jobb talks about his fascinating book, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer. Sep 15 at 7 pm.

Program

Moon Festival

Chef and Professor Leo Chan and Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco share the stories, joy and traditions of the Moon Festival. Sep 21 at 7 pm.

Teens

The List: Great Reads for Youth 2021

If you have run out of books to read we have 100 suggestions for you! Watch video reviews and download these books at home.

Special Collections

Vintage Educational Books

Discover "hand-held alphabets" and other educational books for children over the centuries.

Kids

Back to School Books

Our children's librarians recommend picture books about the classroom experience.

Booklist

Toronto Book Awards

Explore the six books shortlisted for the 2021 Toronto Book Awards

Kids

Govern Like a Girl

Author Kate Graham and former Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne discusses the inspiration, challenges, and successes of governing like a girl. Sep 16 at 1:30 pm.

Program

Natasha Brown

Natasha Brown discusses her novel Assembly, a story about the stories we live within – those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. Sep 17 at 12 pm.

Program

Sarah Schulman

Author Sarah Schulman discusses her book, Let the Record Show, and the rich legacy of lessons ACT UP bequeathed to today’s activists. Sep 22 at 7 pm.

Booklist

Photo Books for Kids

Many babies and kids love looking at books with real pictures. Our children's librarians have curated a list of great kids' books illustrated with photographs.

Books

The Buzz...About Books

2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist Announced

The 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist was announced recently. Read the nominees!

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Live & online programs

Kids

Storytime at Home

Get ready for reading and for school! Watch our storytime videos featuring great books about the alphabet, counting and making friends.

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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