Tag Archives: Toronto Public Library

Toronto Reference Library gets in on vinyl craze, buys 100 records

“Who says libraries aren’t hip? The Toronto Reference Library is kicking it old school, buying vinyl records for the first time in three decades. The library is adding 100 titles. It already has more than 15,000 vinyl records on its shelves, but it has not added anything since the 1980s, so there were some notable gaps in its collection.” (via Toronto Star)

Leave a Comment

Toronto Public Library expanding program that lends out wireless internet

“A pilot project that lets low-income Torontonians bring the internet home with them has proven so successful that library officials are scaling up their efforts this summer.The Toronto Public Library partnered with Google Canada last summer to lend out some 200 Wi-Fi hotspots for six months at a time. Now, after a survey of those who borrowed the devices found 97 per cent of people were happy with the program, library officials are hoping to get 500 into circulation by the end of the summer.” (via CBC News)

Comments Off on Toronto Public Library expanding program that lends out wireless internet

Ontario cuts funding for Toronto Public Library

“The Ontario government is cutting $1.4 million in funding to the Toronto Public Library over this year and next, which will trigger service cuts for library users, the city librarian is warning. In an email obtained by the Star, Vickery Bowles warns city manager Peter Wallace of “some concerning news I received last Friday from Kevin Finnerty,” the assistant deputy minister for culture at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The ministry has cut TPL’s provincial funding by 20 per cent — “funding that has been received annually for almost the past 20 years, although flat-lined” in recent years, Bowles wrote late Monday afternoon.” (via Toronto Star)

Comments Off on Ontario cuts funding for Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library shedding light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

“Two white lamps that look like props from a sci-fi film sit in the common area of the Brentwood Library. But they’re anything but common or the stuff of science fiction.They’re light therapy lamps, designed to mimic the sun and treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that some people experience during the dark winter months. They’re part of a Toronto Public Library pilot project that aims to help people ward off the winter blues while they read.”These lamps help people combat the lack of sunlight we suffer from here in the winter,” said Tiziano Vanola, the  branch head of the Brentwood library, which is located near Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue.” (via CBC News)

Comments Off on Toronto Public Library shedding light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Why Toronto libraries are a hot spot for the homeless

“On any given day at the Lillian H. Smith library on College Street there are bedraggled men with belongings in bags sleeping at the tables or reading.Many of them told CBC Toronto they don’t have anywhere else to go.James Donahue was there keeping warm.The 30-year-old describes himself as part of the hidden homeless, having worked out a system to keep his homelessness a secret… until now.” (via CBC News)

Comments Off on Why Toronto libraries are a hot spot for the homeless

© Copyright 2017, Information Today, Inc., All rights reserved.