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Did you know that a single pink rose represents pure love?

On this National Flower Day, Special Collections would like to introduce you to The Language of Flowers. Delightfully illustrated by noted 19th-century illustrator and writer, Kate Greenaway, this petite tome includes a list of over 200 plants and their figurative equivalents. … Continue reading

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

The Courtship of Ferb: An Old Irish Romance transcribed in the Twelfth Century into the Book of Leister is an Irish romance, whose earliest written version is found in the twelfth-century manuscript known as the Book of Leinster. It is a … Continue reading

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Our Featured Book for March: Frida: Bringing Frida Kahlo’s Life And Art To Film

Special Collections celebrates Women’s History Month with its featured book for March:  Frida: Bringing Frida Kahlo’s Life And Art To Film written by Julie Taymor, the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Artist Frida Kahlo was born … Continue reading

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The Cloistered Books of Peru: A convent in the Andes is home to a treasure trove of rare, and possibly unique, early volumes

In our digital age of e-readers and same-day delivery, it’s worth remembering how much blood and sweat used to go into the distribution of the written word. Consider the journey of a book I’ve had the rare privilege to examine, … Continue reading

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Happy World Book Day!

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine on this day in 1807. His works include  The Golden Legend, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Longfellow was one of the most popular … Continue reading

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“It ain’t never no use puttin’ up yer umbrell’ till it rains.” – Mrs. Wiggs

Did you know that February 17 is National Cabbage Day? To observe the day celebrating this humble vegetable, we pulled out Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, a 1901 novel by American author Alice Hegan Rice. It is the story of a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony!

March 15 is the birthday of Susan B. Anthony – she would have been 197 if she were still alive today. Born in Massachusetts and raised as a Quaker, she played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. In … Continue reading

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How 18-year-old engineering students saved U of T’s rarest books

Group of students came up with fix for dampness seeping through library walls By Kate McGillivray, CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 06, 2017 7:38 AM ET             Yewon Son … Continue reading

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The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York State is Featured Book for February

 Special Collections commemorates Black History Month (African American History Month) with its featured book for February: The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York written by Tom Calarco, who calls himself an “Underground Railroad conductor.” He writes “… after getting … Continue reading

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