1. Gezelligheid.

We kick off with an episode about togetherness, and some of the many different ways to find it. I call my mom and ask her about the Dutch word for the opposite of lonely. Dylan talks about confraternities, which were basically the meetup groups of the Renaissance. Wendy talks about how public libraries are evolving to include maker spaces and “urban living rooms” where people can learn and make things together. Was socializing simpler for our parents? How can we make it easier for ourselves?


Dylan Reid is one of the founders of Spacing, a magazine about Toronto's urban landscape. He is Spacing's books editor and the author of the Toronto Public Etiquette Guide. Dylan is also one of the founders of Walk Toronto, a grassroots advocacy group. He has a Master's degree in history and is a fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, and has published several academic articles on urban culture in Renaissance France.

Wendy Banks is a librarian at Toronto Public Library, where she has helped to establish cultural programs including the Eh List (Canadian) Author Series, the Museum + Arts Pass program, and author talks at the Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library. She currently works as the Digital Content Lead for the Collection Development Department, where she uses the internet to help people find out about all the different things they can get from the library.

Show Notes.

Petra Halkes’ website.

Census 2016: More Canadians than ever are living alone, and other takeaways.

The Toronto Public Etiquette Guide by Dylan Reid is available from Spacing.

Shelve Under: Podcast! Coming from the Toronto Public Library this spring.

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