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March 1, 2001
All the world's a page at Toronto Public Library
You can now log on to a new Internet service that provides links to more than
1,000 news sites world-wide, including publications in 70 languages.
NewsConnect, a new service from the Toronto Public Library (TPL), is accessible
from home or any of the library's 98 branches.

At a news conference to launch the new service, Bosnian journalist Gordana
Knezevic said, "As a new immigrant -- as a new Canadian, the library was the
most friendly place for us in Toronto. And getting the news in your own
language is like providing chicken soup for the immigrant soul."

The launch of NewsConnect is part of a week of events celebrating Freedom to
Read Week. City Librarian Josephine Bryant said the Toronto Public Library is
committed to bridging the digital divide by expanding Web access and providing
new research services. "In Canada, we are very fortunate to have the political
freedom to read and write without fear," Bryant said. "What we need and what
the library is committed to providing, is access to these Internet tools for

Sponsored by the Toronto Star in one of the library's partnerships with
the private sector, NewsConnect is the latest gateway on the Virtual Reference
Library (VRL). The library's VRL is a 24-hour online research tool that helps
people navigate and access the useful information found on the Internet and in
the library.

Log on to Newsconnect at to access
current news from around the world, research guides and full-text magazine
databases, and to research archived news sources.

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