I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks for November

December 8, 2017 | Chantel

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I know, it is December - but I promise that these books WERE read in November. That just means you can look forward to two posts this month! Hopefully I can recommend some fun reads to get you all through the long (soon to be snowy) nights. Most People By...

Bookmark Contest for Kids Starting Soon!

December 6, 2017 | Sheilah

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We are pleased to announce that from Saturday, December 9, 2017 to Saturday, January 20, 2018, Toronto Public Library is running our annual bookmark contest for children. Kids can pick up an entry form at their local branch or download a copy here. One winner is chosen at each branch...

How to Talk to Your Kids About Human Rights

December 6, 2017 | Teresa

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Photo Credit: University of Essex on a CC License Each December, we celebrate Universal Human Rights Month, a time to celebrate our common humanity as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, the Declaration outlines 30 inalienable rights that everyone...

Gingerbread Stories: Catch that Cookie!

December 4, 2017 | Laurie

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Type “gingerbread” into the Toronto Public Library's search box and you will find many stories about delicious little cookies that like to run – and boast about it. “Run, run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me! I’m the Gingerbread Man.” This familiar childhood character has been...

First and Best 2017

December 1, 2017 | Yoojin

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Today, Toronto Public Library unveils the winning titles for this year’s First and Best List. The list, which has been released annually since 2007, features the year’s best in Canadian books for young children that will foster a love for reading from an early age. Submissions were carefully reviewed by...

Need Homework Help? We've Got You Covered!

November 27, 2017 | Daniel

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The Toronto Public Library is pleased to offer access to Brainfuse, a database that provides online homework help for students in grades K-12. Between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily (excluding holidays when the library is closed), students can connect with professional tutors online. Students communicate with tutors using an...

Celebrate National Child Day

November 20, 2017 | RayL

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National Child Day Every year since 1993, Canada has celebrated National Child Day. This is part of a larger celebration recognizing two United Nations documents centered on children's rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (PDF) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the...

Children's Book Review: I am Not a Number

November 20, 2017 | Teresa

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I Am Not a Number, by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, powerfully bears witness to the experiences of Dupuis’ grandmother at a residential school. In 1928, Irene Couchie and her two brothers are forcibly removed from their Nipissing First Nation home by a government agent, and sent to a...

What Do You See? – Books about Perspective

November 17, 2017 | Katherine McG

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"The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws..."

Little Lessons in Noticing for Kids

November 11, 2017 | Jennifer

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Photo Credit: Marina del Castell on a CC License You’ve heard it before: that child who says, “I’m not much of a reader,” but has a firm appreciation of puzzle books like Where’s Waldo. Contrary to popular belief, these books offer more than escapism and leisure. Seek & find or...