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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)

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Toronto Public Library reveals its website searches in real time

“Bulletproof coffee, brain games for puppies, Donald Trump sucks.What do they all have in common?They’re all recent searches on the Toronto Public Library’s website.The library has developed a tool using Google analytics that pulls search topics into one spot and updates in real time, offering a fascinating glimpse into the city’s psyche — and a slightly addictive browser screen.” (via Metro News)

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Toronto Public Library gives commuters a ticket to read

“Besides being a sweet way to travel, trains are machines made for stories.The clickety-clack cadence, the lulling sway, the passing landscape of pastoral calm or gritty urban clutter — the factories, apartment blocks, laundry lines and fleeting glimpses of other people’s lives.A mind in transit is a mind ripe for narrative.” (via Toronto Star)

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Toronto Library Dusts Off Its Massive Vinyl Collection

“Checking out the Toronto Reference Library’s massive vinyl-record collection is about as convenient as lugging a crate full of 12-inch singles to a party. To listen to any of the public institution’s more than 15,000 slabs of wax, visitors need a librarian at the fifth-floor info desk to retrieve whatever they’re looking for from rows of records cordoned off nearby. After filling out a form that asks for a name, address, and phone number, listeners can retreat, record in hand, to one of two cubicles that house a plastic turntable and headphones.” (via Thump)

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Boy writes apology to library for damaging book while falling asleep reading

“A young reader looking to atone for tearing a borrowed comic book has won over Toronto library staff – and many others online – with a handwritten apology note. The note, addressed to “Library” and signed by “Jackson,” explains in large blue writing that a page accidentally ripped after the book fell from the bunk where the child had fallen asleep reading. The boy then writes that he’s sorry and swears “it won’t happen again.” (via Global News)

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