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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)

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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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