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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)

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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)

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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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