While we already love the Toronto Public Library for providing us the great service of free knowledge, many people don’t know just how above and beyond TPL goes to make the citizens of this fair city happy.
They already offer a gay literary speed dating program where members of the LGBTQQ community can show up with their favourite book, CD, or DVD to chat with other people about their favourite narrative and, just maybe, discover love. The concept behind this program is absolutely amazing. It’s also hosted right by my house, so if you wind up there and see someone holding a tattered copy of Watchmen come say hi.
TPL also offers a 24/7 Dial-A-Story service where kids can dial in and have a story read to them in 15 different languages, helping kids to feel comfortable and learn even when mom and dad can’t help. Certainly better than kids getting babysat by the TV, that’s for sure.
TPL also has someone fantastic running their Twitter feed. Here are five of the best tweets to come down the pipe recently. We love TPL for…
…The Phrase “If Shakespeare were a hipster”
If Shakespeare were a hipster….a round up of very awesome historical fic with a contemporary twist! fb.me/2v0VHrt3Y
— Word Out @ TPL (@TPLteens) May 3, 2013
…Keeping things steamy at the library
What’s hotter than a romance novel? A romance novel with firefighters. ow.ly/kgGCE | via @tplbookbuzz #KeepTorontoReading
— TorontoPublicLibrary (@torontolibrary) April 22, 2013
…Knowing where to find an owner’s manual for the USS Enterprise
Into Darkness? Check out Star Trek materials at the library including owner’s manuals for USS Enterprise! ow.ly/lteHv
— TorontoPublicLibrary (@torontolibrary) May 29, 2013
…Asking us the worst mothers we can think of on Mother’s Day
Now to flip our previous question around: Who is the worst maternal figure in literature? A few suggestions: ow.ly/kUwqt
— TorontoPublicLibrary (@torontolibrary) May 12, 2013
…Helping us figure out how to be a cat
In case your pre-schooler is wondering, the new book “How to be a cat” may help. ow.ly/ltpqK
— TorontoPublicLibrary (@torontolibrary) May 30, 2013
Be sure to follow @TorontoLibrary on Twitter for more literary updates — and follow @WomensPost and @TravMyers while you’re at it.