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Upcoming programs

  • Alissa York: Far Cry

    Wed Mar 22, 2023 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Location: Runnymede

    Alissa York joins us to discuss Far Cry, her compelling new novel about forbidden love in an era of unspoken desires in which pain and longing are braided together along treacherous lines. In conversation with writer Kerry Cl...

  • Digital Life Skills for Seniors: Online Shopping - FULL

    Wed Mar 22, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: Woodside Square

    This program is for people who have basic internet skills, and want to learn how to shop online with confidence. Whether you need groceries or home appliances, almost anything can be purchased and delivered to your home. We t...

  • Nikesha Elise Williams: Mardi Gras Indians

    Wed Mar 22, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: Online

    Award winning author and host of the Black & Published podcast, Nikesha Elise Williams joins us to discuss her meticulously researched book Mardi Gras Indians with host Dr. Ciann Wilson (Associate Professor, Wilfred Laurier U...

  • RETOLD: A Musical Performance Event - Livestream

    Wed Mar 22, 2023 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: Online

    Inspired by three acclaimed short stories by award winning Canadian author Mavis Gallant, Canada's most exciting musical minds have created an imaginative triptych of short original musicals premiering at Toronto Reference Li...

  • Plato's Republic: An Overview

    Thu Mar 23, 2023 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: Toronto Reference Library

    The Republic by Plato (375 BCE) is a series of discussions between Socrates and Plato?s two cousins. Over the course of the book, Socrates defines the just city under the rule of the just Philosopher Kings. He questions a wid...

  • Fighting Hate with Graphic Novels. A Conversation with the Editors of But I Live

    Thu Mar 23, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Barbara Frum

    Please join German journalist and comics expert Lars von Törne in conversation with Dr. Charlotte Schallié, editor of the award-winning collection But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Natalie Fing...

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Featured program series

Authors and artists from our Salon Series, including Hasheel, Amanda Peters, Adama Daou, Esther Yi and Nguyễn Phan Quế .

The Salon Series

Connect and engage with local and international authors, writers and thinkers. Join us online and in person at the Appel Salon for an exciting range of literary and cultural events.

Ready for Reading Storytimes

Join us for stories, songs and rhymes that help get your child ready for reading.

On Civil Society

Our On Civil Society series pushes boundaries, explores our differences, and takes you deeper into the issues affecting our world today.

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Featured videos

Storytime at Home

Fun virtual storytimes filled with great books, rhymes and songs. Watch anytime on YouTube and sing along!

A small child enjoying story time at a library.

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Kids 5 and under

One-osaurus, Two-osaurus

Nine dinosaurs are playing a sing-song rendition of hide-and-seek — but something isn't adding up.

Smiling man performing storytime with a wood easel and a stuffed toy owl.

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Kids 5 and under

Wow! Said the Owl

A curious little owl decides to stay awake to find out how the things he sees at night look during the daytime.

Library staff performing storytime.

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Kids 5 and under

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Amy is determined to make a perfect dumpling like her parents and grandmother do, but hers are always too empty, too full, or not pinched together properly.

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