Canada’s favourite astronaut helps launch new technology


Chris Hadfield spoke at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon November 11, 2016.

Chris Hadfield showed us how to “Think Like an Astronaut” at a special event on November 11 at the Toronto Reference Library. He shared how he made his childhood dream a reality and gave practical advice on setting goals.

Chris Hadfield

The event was connected to five other locations via new telepresence technology.

Chris connected with students at four TPL branches and a Deer Lake First Nation classroom using new telepresence technology. A generous donation from the Bluma Appel Community Trust and a partnership with Cisco Canada made this technology possible.

Earlier in the day, the students got space-related problems to solve. Problems like, how do you brush your teeth or wash your clothes in zero gravity? The kids presented their solutions to Chris and the audience via telepresence and large screens.

“We’re so excited about this technology and the potential it has to extend library programs and services,” said City Librarian Vickery Bowles. “This special launch event is just the first of many programs that will broaden the library’s outreach and enhance learning opportunities for the youth of Toronto and more broadly, Ontario.

Many thanks to Cisco and the Bluma Appel Community Trust for supporting the library’s goal to expand access to learning. If you would like to see more innovative programs like this, please donate to the Toronto Public Library Foundation.