Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday Across the 6!

June 26, 2017 | Teresa

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Photo courtesy of the Toronto Star Archive July 1, 2017 marks Canada's 150th birthday. In honour of the big day, we decided to throw parties across the city for children and their families. Whether you enjoy dancing, singing, crafts or story times, we have got you covered! Check out what...

2017 TD Summer Reading Club...for Grownups

June 25, 2017 | Jennifer

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Attention adults – participate in the TD Summer Reading Club by dipping into this year’s recommended reads. Many titles are well-suited to mature readers and offer depth to any adult willing to dive in. Here are my picks for adults reading kid lit this summer: 1. Character-Driven: A Boy Named...

Parenting Pride: Family is About Love

June 23, 2017 | RayL

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Photo supplied courtesy of BJ Barone Several years ago, a gorgeous photo captured my attention and that of many others around the world. A beautiful picture celebrating life; a wonderful photo celebrating love. The warmth, tenderness and joy depicted in that photo continues to resonate with me. The photo of...

Indigenous Books and Programs for Families

June 20, 2017 | RayL

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To honour and celebrate Canada's Indigenous community, I have invited Tara Johnson (Native Child and Family Services) to share some excellent children's books written by Indigenous writers. These titles are great for all ages. Toronto Public Library offers a wide range of materials by and about the indigenous community in...

Canada 150: Favourites across the Years

June 19, 2017 | Laurie

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The celebration of Canadian children's literature continues with 10 books that range from the humorous to the thoughtful, from the classic to the new favourite. They celebrate our landscape, our history, and our talented Canadian writers and illustrators. O Canada by Ted Harrison (ages 7-12) With a glowing heart, Ted...

Summer Starts Saturday!

June 13, 2017 | Melanie

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How does your child’s summer look so far? Perhaps it’s like the blank canvas above. Or it’s a calendar that’s already packed with camp, playdates, travel, summer school and city exploration. Or maybe it’s somewhere in between. Regardless of the category, we hope you’ll find time on Get Your Summer...

Canada 150: Ten Feel Good Picture Books for Children Age Six and Under

June 12, 2017 | shannon k.

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It is my honour to be able to share ten of the greatest Canadian picture books ever published, in my humble opinion. Some are classics that have been loved for decades, while others are hot off the presses and proving to be instant classics! These picture books are intended for...

Picture Book Preview: New and Noteworthy

June 10, 2017 | P@

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We bring the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some new books that we are really excited about, which will be hitting shelves soon, or have just arrived. Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket, illustrated By Lisa Brown Goldfish Ghost is "born"...

Best Friend Day – Picks for Young Readers

June 7, 2017 | Daniel

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Best Friend Day falls on June 8, 2017. Though the day is still unofficial and not extensively celebrated everywhere, it serves as a suitable opportunity for us to share our favourite stories about having a best friend. We can make a best friend early on in life and sometimes, quite...

Canada 150: Explore Canada through Aboriginal Stories

June 5, 2017 | Naomi

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Fishing with Grandma by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula; illustrated by Charlene Chua This beautifully told story takes two children and the reader on an ice fishing adventure. Anaanatsiaq (grandma) teachers her grandchildren how to layer for warmth, test the ice for safety, drill holes in the ice and prepare...