Toronto Public Library

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.

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Close the book on library books

An all-digital library would erase the need for print editions of books and magazines, therefore erasing the amount of paper wasted on hard-copy reading material. Those trees could be saved.

Bed bugs found at two Scarborough libraries

They’re small and really tough to see. But they’re a big problem. “One is too many,” said Patricia Eastman of the Toronto Public Library (TPL). Bed bugs were reported at the Cedarbrae and Kennedy-Eglinton libraries in the last month. According to Eastman, area manager for both locations, the TPL system takes all reported incidents seriously.

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Toronto Library partners with Indigo bookseller

The Toronto Public Library has just found a new source of revenue. Now in partnership with Indigo, the bookseller, the TPL has implemented a new system that allows its patrons to buy the same books they’re looking to borrow. Visitors searching for books on the site will see the option to ‘Buy your own copy,’ which will redirect them to Indigo’s webpage.

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Pan American Games looking to youth for a mascot

Georgia Selby likes to draw. She’s even has her eye on having a drawing recognized in a nationwide competition. “I might draw a penguin on top of a world for the contest,” she said. “And my story is going to be on the summer Olympic Games.” Georgia, 8, recently attended a workshop at a branch of the Toronto Public Library. In small groups the children sharpened coloured pencils and put their creative abilities to the test. Also attending the workshop were some of Canada’s top athletes, some award-winning illustrators and representatives from the Pan American Games organizing committee in Toronto (TO2015).

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U.K. vet recalls service during the Cold War

The journey began with a poster and a dare for Alexandra Hackett. “My friend and I went to town on a Saturday and there was a big, free event for the young people,” she said. “And that’s where we saw the poster.” It depicted a boy and girl serving in the army. With the words ‘Join the army. See the world,’ written across the picture.