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Streaming Theatre and Concerts 

Cocoon with some high culture — attend a concert or watch a play online.

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Teachers & Parents

Check out our online resource guide to support students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Booklist

Get Your Family Reading More This Winter!

In celebration of Family Literacy Day, we have tips and activities for reading, including recommended titles for kids, and more.

Program

Birch Bark Biting with Sally Milne

Using only her teeth, Cree Elder Sally Milne transforms carefully harvested birch bark into distinctive pieces of art. She shares the history of this ancient, timeless art form. Jan 27 at 6 pm.

Special Collections

The First Novel Written in Canada

One of our librarians takes a look at The History of Emily Montague (1769) by Frances Brooke.

Kids

After School Club

Are we alone in the universe? Explore questions about space and extraterrestrial life. Jan 25, 4 pm.

Program

Eye on A.I.: Decoding the Bias

A panel discussion to explore biases, equity, transparency and governance as they relate to machine learning. Jan 25 at 7 pm.

Booklist

Best Mystery Books of 2021

See which titles were mentioned most on different critics' lists last year. If you enjoy reading crime, mysteries and thrillers, this is the booklist for you.

Teens

Fresh Picks

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

Program

The Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis

A special panel conversation about the complex life and legacy of C.S. Lewis led by host and author Michael LaPointe. Jan 28 at 12 pm.

Booklist

Winter Books for Kids

Our children's librarians recommend stories to celebrate winter and the magic of snowfall.

Books

The Buzz...About Books

A Year in Review

The top 10 books of the TPL Reading Challenge 2021 and more.

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Live & online programs

Kids

Storytime at Home

Experience the magic of snowfall as we read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, then build a snowman together.

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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