The Toronto Reference Library is located at 789 Yonge Street, one block north of Bloor Street, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formerly the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, the name was changed in 1998 when it was incorporated into the Toronto Public Library system. The library operated separately before the amalgamation of the City of Toronto and surrounding boroughs in 1998. It is one of the three largest libraries in the city along with the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto and Scott Library at York University.
|Toronto Reference Library|
|Location||789 Yonge Street|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Opening||2 November 1977|
|Toronto Reference Library|
A curving atrium in the middle of the large library creates sight lines across floors, provides natural ventilation and introduces natural light from its sophisticated skylights.
The design of this library was influenced by the hanging garden of Babylon and therefore plants were located around the edge of each floor facing the atrium. However, due to financial constraints, the plants were later removed.
The brick façade of the building creates harmony with the surrounding buildings as well as providing thermal benefits.
The library had 1,653,665 catalogued items in 2010, including:
The TD Gallery is the library's exhibit gallery, and features exhibits of art, books, documents, manuscripts and other items from the collections.
Like all libraries in the Toronto Public Library system, the reference library offers free wireless Internet, as well as computers that can be used free of charge. Many of these public computers are located on the main floor, but they are also available on all floors including the basement. The Digital Innovation Hub, provides access to more advanced software and staff assistance for a small fee.
The library's hours of operation are weekdays 9:00am – 8:30pm, Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 1:30pm – 5:00pm.
Among the special collections at the Toronto Reference Library are:
The library also has an extensive performing arts collection, including papers and information on many Canadian artists, such as Al Waxman and The Dumbells. Some of the materials in this collection are available online.
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library is an event space located on the second floor of the Library. It opened to the public on September 23, 2009. The Salon hosts free literary and cultural programming organized by the library.
When not in use for library programs, the Salon is available to be rented for private functions.
The Toronto Reference Library's renovation project was completed in 2012 at a cost of $34 million.
The project included:
Page and Panel not only sells merchandise pertaining to comic books, but also merchandise pertaining to manga, anime, and Japanese video games, primarily from Nintendo franchises such as Mario, Legend of Zelda, Kirby, and Pokémon as well.
Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute (ACCI) is a Toronto public high school in the district of Scarborough. The school is named after former Scarborough politician and mayor Albert McTaggart Campbell The school was built in 1976 by Japanese Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, who built Ontario buildings such as the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Reference Library and the North York Central Library. Renovations were completed in the late 1980s and additions added in the early 1990s. When others schools were being built, Albert Campbell served as a temporary school for other regions.Anthony Cristiano
Anthony Cristiano is an Italian-born Canadian film director, educator, and writer.
As a film director, Cristiano's style is chiefly characterized by a poetic tone via the use of raw film texture, counterpointed use of music, and psychologically meandering situations and characters. This style is manifested in his DVD titled "A Self-Conscious Mise-en-scene", which is released in 2008 and consists of 10 short films he made between the years 1998–2008. The DVD collection was later presented and screened by Cristiano in a special lecture at the Frank Iacobucci Centre in University of Toronto.Cristiano is also a film scholar. For several years, he has been a workshop instructor at various film co-operatives across Canada. In 2006, Cristiano gave a lecture and led workshops on experimental films for Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) at the National Film Board of Canada in Halifax. In 2007, he instructed the first session of a Masterclass Workshop Series led by Island Media Arts Cooperative in Prince Edward Island. In 2010, he was a workshop instructor for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). From the springs of 2013 to 2015, Cristiano has hosted an Italian Film Series of public screening as part of the Culture, Arts, and Entertainment
programs of the Toronto Reference Library. On 27 March 2014 Cristiano gave a public lecture titled "The Incidence of Screens: an Extension of Human Abilities or a Historic Distraction?" as part of the Laurier Milton Lecture Series V at the Milton Public Library, in which he discussed the relevance of McLuhan laws of media and axioms and argued that there is evidence of harm, especially among young users, caused by the addiction to personal devices. Cristiano also gave a public talk on Canadian practices, "Digital Technologies & Surveillance Practices: Do they protect or harm us?" at the Brantford Public Library on May 13, 2015. On May 26, 2015, Cristiano also gave a talk on the dangers associated with digitization and new media trends given to University of Copernicus (Toruǹ, Poland) students.Bloor Street Culture Corridor
The Bloor Street Culture Corridor is a cluster of arts and cultural organizations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on Bloor St. W, between Bathurst and Bay Streets.
The Bloor Street Culture Corridor has a wide variety of art genres, from museum experiences to films, art exhibitions to music concerts. The area also is culturally diverse, including Aboriginal, French, Jewish, Italian, Japanese, Estonian, African and Caribbean arts and culture.
Officially launched in April 2014, the collective shares a website, social media and a mobile app to promote exhibitions at its member institutions. In 2016, the Corridor was successful in working with the City of Toronto government to have the section of Bloor St. West designated an official City of Toronto cultural corridor. Each year more than three million persons visit the Corridor's arts and culture destinations, and attend exhibitions, performances, and events. Together, the Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations employ more than 5,500 culture workers and generate more than $629,500,000 in economic impact each year.Bushra Junaid
Bushra Junaid is a Canadian artist, curator and arts administrator based in Toronto. She is best known for exploring history, memory and cultural identity through mixed media collage, drawing and painting. Born in Montreal to Jamaican and Nigerian parents and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland, Junaid's work frequently engages themes of Blackness, the African Diaspora and the history of Atlantic Canada.In addition to exhibiting her work across Canada, in provincial galleries and artist-run centres, Junaid illustrated Nana's Cold Days (Groundwood Books) and has exhibited at Painted City Gallery, Galerie Céline Allard, Spence Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Reference Library, the NFB, and Sandra Brewster's Open House.City of Toronto Archives
The City of Toronto Archives is the municipal archives for the City of Toronto. It holds records created by the City of Toronto government and its predecessor municipalities from 1792 to the present day, as well as non-government records created by private groups and individuals. There are also over one million photographs of Toronto within its collection, with over 50,000 available to view on its website.Gail Bowen
Gail Dianne Bowen (née Bartholomew; born 22 September 1942) is a Canadian playwright and writer of mystery novels.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bowen was educated at the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964.She then studied at the University of Waterloo, where she received a master's degree in 1975, and the University of Saskatchewan. She subsequently taught English in Saskatchewan, and was associate professor of English at First Nations University of Canada before retiring from teaching. She currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.Bowen's mystery novels feature Joanne Kilbourn, a widowed mother, political analyst and university professor who finds herself occasionally involved in criminal investigations in various parts of Saskatchewan. Many have been adapted as Canadian television movies by Shaftesbury Films.
Several of her plays have been produced, including Dancing in Poppies, an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, The Tree and an adaptation of Peter Pan, all premiering at the Globe Theatre in Regina. Her radio play Dr. Dolittle was broadcast on CBC Radio in 2006. She wrote The World According to Charlie D., a radio play focusing on the radio talk show host from her Joanne Kilbourn mysteries, broadcast on CBC Radio in 2007. A follow-up episode about Charlie D. aired in August 2008 as part of the WorldPlay series, airing on public radio networks in six English-speaking countries. In 2010, the first of a series of mystery novellas about Charlie D. was published.
Bowen was selected as the writer-in-residence for the Regina Public Library from September 2013 to May 2014. She has previously served as writer in residence at the Toronto Reference Library (2009) and Calgary's Memorial Park Library (2010).Koffler Student Centre
The Koffler Student Centre is the main student centre at the University of Toronto, located at 214 College Street. The centre houses a number of different student services, including the main campus bookstore, career centre, and health clinic. The ornate building is located at the northwest corner of St. George and College Street streets in a building that was formerly the home of the Toronto Reference Library.List of Toronto Public Library branches
The Toronto Public Library operates a total of 100 branch libraries across Toronto, Ontario, Canada.List of filming locations in Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada has a significant film and television production industry, which has earned it the nickname "Hollywood North", alongside Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to features that take place in Toronto, it often serves as a substitute location for other cities and areas including Chicago and New York City.North York Central Library
North York Central Library is a Toronto Public Library branch located in North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is one of the two libraries in Toronto considered to be "Research and Reference Libraries", the other being the Toronto Reference Library downtown. In contrast to the Toronto Reference Library, however, most of the items in the North York Central Library can be signed out.
The library is located on the west side of Yonge Street beside Mel Lastman Square in the mall of the North York Civic Centre, which until 1998 was North York's City Hall. It is served by the North York Centre subway station, which is adjacent to City Centre North York, the mall containing the library.
Since 2016, the library has been undergoing a major renovation.Rabindranath Maharaj
Rabindranath Maharaj (born April 1955, in Trinidad), not to be confused with Rabindranath R. Maharaj, is a Trinidadian-Canadian novelist, short story writer, and a founding editor of the Canadian literary journal Lichen. His novel The Amazing Absorbing Boy won the 2010 Trillium Book Award and the 2011 Toronto Book Award, and several of his books have been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and Caribbean Region), and the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award.
He was raised in George Village, Tableland in South Trinidad and Tobago. After receiving a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English and History, and Diploma of Education from the University of the West Indies, Saint Augustine, he worked as a teacher and, briefly, as a columnist for the Trinidad Guardian.In the early 1990s, Maharaj immigrated to Canada, and in 1993, he completed a second M.A. (this one in Creative Writing) at the University of New Brunswick. In 1994 he moved to the town of Ajax, Ontario, where he taught high school for a number of years. In 1998, Maharaj, along with three other Durham Region writers - Ruth E. Walker, Gwynn Scheltema, and Lucy Brennan - founded and co-edited Lichen Literary Journal, which was launched in May 1999. He remained on the editorial board for another three years.
Since then he has, among other posts, been a Writer in Residence at the Toronto Reference Library, the University of the West Indies. The University of New Brunswick, a mentor for young writers with Diaspora Dialogues, a faculty member at the Banff Writing Studio, and an instructor with the Humber College School for Writers, and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Apart from his novels and collections of short stories, he has published work in various literary journals and anthologies; written book reviews and articles for The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and others; written a play for CBC Radio; and written two screenplays.
His newest novel, Fatboy Fall Down, is slated for publication in 2019.He continues to reside in Ajax, Ontario.Raymond Moriyama
Raymond Moriyama (born October 11, 1929) is a Canadian architect.
Of Japanese descent, Moriyama with his family was forced out of Vancouver and confined to an internment camp during the Second World War. He has said that these years have particularly informed his later career.Ryerson Image Centre
The Ryerson Image Centre, (formerly known as the Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre), is a renovated and remodelled former warehouse building at Gould and Bond Streets on the campus of Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The centre includes gallery, collections, teaching, research and exhibition spaces and shares the building with the School of Image Arts.Secrets (The Weeknd song)
"Secrets" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd from his third studio album, Starboy (2016). The song samples two new wave songs: "Pale Shelter", a song by the English band Tears for Fears as well as "Talking in Your Sleep" by the American band The Romantics. The song was written by Abel Tesfaye, Martin McKinney, Henry Walter, Dylan Wiggins, Roland Orzabal, Coz Canler, Jimmy Marinos, Wally Palamarchuk, Mike Skill, and Peter Solley, and produced by Doc McKinney, Tesfaye and Cirkut. It was released to radio in Italy on November 10, 2017, as the album's final international single.The Bootmakers of Toronto
The Bootmakers of Toronto are a literary society devoted to Sherlock Holmes and located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Toronto Comic Arts Festival
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is a comic book festival held annually in Toronto, Ontario. Founded in 2003, TCAF is organized by the comic book store The Beguiling in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, which has hosted the festival since 2009.Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library (TPL) (French: Bibliothèque publique de Toronto) is a public library system in Toronto, Ontario. It is the largest public library system in Canada and in 2008, had averaged a higher circulation per capita than any other public library system internationally, making it the largest neighbourhood-based library system in the world. Within North America, it also had the highest circulation and visitors when compared to other large urban systems. Established as the library of the Mechanics' Institute in 1830, the Toronto Public Library now consists of 100 branch libraries and has over 12 million items in its collection.Yorkville Town Hall
Yorkville Town Hall was the municipal building for the Town of Yorkville before annexation into Toronto. Built in 1859-1860 by architect William Hay and his apprentice Henry Langley, the three-storey building served as an omnibus stop. The hall was located north of Bloor on Yonge Street on the west side.
The hall served as town hall until 1883 when Yorkville was annexed into Toronto. The hall became known as St. Paul's Hall and had a public library, along with various clubs and community uses. The hall survived until 1941 when it was destroyed by fire and was demolished. The town hall site is now home to a condo (and across the street from the Toronto Reference Library).
The town hall's coat of arms survives today on the front face of the Toronto Fire Services Station 312 (old TFD Station 10). The fire hall is located at 34 Yorkville Avenue and has been historically protected by the City of Toronto, after being designated as a heritage property on the City of Toronto Heritage Property Inventory on June 20, 1973.
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