Multilingual Collections of the Toronto Reference Library include the following languages... Didn't know there were so many. See if you can find your language(s):
- Church Salvonic
- Creole- Pidgin
- Greek (including Classical)
- Northern Sotho
- Southern Sotho
Come here for a rest from all the touring... spend some time on the computer... catch up on a book....read the news....scan through a magazine..... enjoy the quiet, relaxing atmosphere = )
The Toronto Reference Library houses one of the largest collections of books under one roof.
Highlights within the reference library include: - Business Information Centre
- Consumer Health Information Centre
- Languages Centre,Performing Arts Centre
- Periodicals and Newspaper Centres
- Picture Collection
- Toronto Star Newspaper Section
- Local History Section
Special Collections include:
- Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
- Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books
-Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy
- Baldwin Room
- John Ross Robertson Collection
- Art Room Collection
- Map Collection
- Urban Affairs Library
In addition to that, there is a coffee refreshment stand, Exhibits, 199 Internet Workstations (free use, reserve a computer at the library), Piano Practice Room, & Learning Centre (Tutorials on research) & Digital Design Studio (fee).
Mon.: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tue.: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed.: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu.: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri.: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat.: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun.: 1:30-5:00 p.m. (Sep. to Jun. only)
Yonge Street is the longest in the world, running from Thunder Bay to Toronto. Its most popular stretch would have to be from Bloor Street to the waterfront, especially the Dundas intersection, for its one of the first places a tourist would visit. Though it has been somewhat "cleaned up", parts of it are still filled with adult video stores and dollar shops. Eaton Centre since the seventies have drained life off the street, & now its finally heading for a comeback. Even the Eaton Centre has redesigned their wall facing Yonge Street, making it more attractive to pedestrians and shoppers alike.
Most popular store on the street would have to be Sam the Record Man, who still offer bargains on CDs & recordings. Pantages Theatre (now known as Canon Theatre), is also located on Yonge Street & was host to Phantom of the Opera, one of the longest running broadway shows in Toronto. Dundas Square at Yonge & Dundas has become a new focal point in downtown, and the city hopes to remodel it into a new TIMES SQUARE. The billboards are already up, but the surrounding area is still kind of drab.
Many amateur artists & entertainers perform in this vicinity everyday, & it sometimes does whip the crowd into a bit of a frenzy. From musicians to magicians, unicycle riders to knife eaters, there is quite a lot of variety of acts here. It sometimes feels very weird however, for the audience act like they never had seen a street performance before.
If you continued down Yonge Street, you would eventually reach the waterfront & this is a great starting point to explore the area.
If you drove north, you would pass by Rosedale, (One of Toronto's most Prestigious Address) Mt. Pleasant Cemetary, Eglinton Square & even Mel Lastman Square (North York Centre) before leaving Toronto.
I walked south down Yonge Street from Bloor Street as part of my walking tour of the city. This street has elements of a smaller scale Times Square, with big bold signs, crowded sidewalks, and small shops. Eaton Centre is also located along Yonge Street, making this stretch of downtown a vibrant place in which to hang out.
Yonge Street begins at the waterfront of Lake Ontario, running north passes through the busy business and shopping districts of Toronto, passing the residential suburbs and farmlands, ending near Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario.
There is a subway line running underneath Yonge Street within the city of Toronto, which gets quite crowded during rush hours.
Talk a walk along Yonge Street!
Yonge Street was fasinating! Part tourist trap, part 'adult' entertainment, part local flavor and eating, you could spend more than one day examining and partaking in some of the many shops and diversions located on the street.
Yonge St is one of Toronto's main avenues of entertainment. The nightlife here includes some of the biggest and best-known adult clubs.
We were lucky enough to be on Yonge Street on a Saturday when the Mounties were there. Every weekend through the summer they are out and about in the city