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Ice skaters at Nathan Phillips Square

Here we go again: City of Toronto 2017 budget

Don’t be surprised if you get a sense of déjà vu as the mayor and Toronto city council wrap up the budget for 2017, this week. City council finalized the budget during a meeting scheduled for Feb. 14-15. On the chopping block for budget reductions are popular public services such as library hours, childcare and the potential closing of a men’s shelter in North York for people addressing substance-abuse. They’ve all faced similar threatened cuts in previous years.

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End of a literary feud—over baseball

This defeat of the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) also marked the end of the #bookspinepoetry battle between the Toronto and Kansas City Public Libraries. On Friday night, the Kansas…

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Building cool stuff at the LEGO Club

For Joshua Casino, outer space is as close as the local library. In a special room dedicated to the LEGO Club, at East York’s Jones Library, Joshua’s mother Lisa Casino asked what he’ d made…

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Toronto’s public libraries evolving into community hubs

On Feb. 14, Mary Spence and about two dozen others gathered at the Bloor/Gladstone library to watch the classic film An Affair to Remember. “It’s nice to have something to do on Valentine’s Day,” said Spence, 75. “Ever since my husband died I’ve been spending a lot more time here.”

Seniors Put It Into Words

Last week Scarborough seniors gathered for an afternoon of creative writing and thoughtful discussion. Scarborough Arts launched their first Scarborough Seniors Write workshop on Sept. 26 at the Kennedy/Eglinton Toronto Public Library. Every week they work on developing their creative writing, poetry, story sharing and digital media skills.