Picture Book Preview: New and Noteworthy

August 15, 2017 | P@

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Posted by Pat Gracey on behalf of Nina MacDonnell We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that will be hitting shelves soon. Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood Here Comes Teacher Cat,...

Scare the Kids, for Their Own Good!

August 13, 2017 | Jennifer

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What is so fascinating about fear? Some parents avoid reading scary stories to young children, but this genre can actually benefit a young reader’s development.

Laugh Out Loud Canadian Picture Books

August 8, 2017 | Yvonne

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“What is the smartest province in Canada?” asked Summer Reading Club online member peekaboo1 in the Jokes section of the website. Answer: “Newfoundland and Labrador! It has 4 As and a B!” Canadian humour is a bit like this joke – earnest with a dash of flat-out silliness. These elements...

Branching Out With STEM Books

August 1, 2017 | Hamid

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Insulin, the cardiac pacemaker, Plexiglas, the Canadarm – Canada is well regarded for our contribution to the advancement of human knowledge. What better way to engage the mind and build knowledge than to create something. Maker spaces and STEM programming are becoming a prominent feature in education in schools, libraries...

Where Are You Going? - Creating Your Own Call-and-Answer Rhyme

July 27, 2017 | Katherine McG

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Do you know the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen? (Did you know that you can borrow it from Toronto Public Library in six different languages?)

You'll Eat Your Words

July 16, 2017 | Jennifer

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You don’t need to be a foodie to have fun with these words. Some books are just plain yummy and others inspire you to play with your food – even though your mama told you not to!

Diversity Through Books

July 11, 2017 | Hamid

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The great thing about Canada is its reputation for being a welcoming country, a mosaic of different cultures and backgrounds rather than a melting pot. As Canadians we get to meet all kinds of different and interesting people every day. It is our differences that make us special. As an...

TD Summer Reading Club on the Road

July 9, 2017 | Yvonne

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Will you be taking a road trip this summer? Canada’s 150th birthday might just be the perfect time to take a road trip anywhere in Canada. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, Parks Canada is inviting everyone to explore their Parks Canada locations for free. That is over 200 places from...

Canada 150: The Humourous, the Wondrous and Rhymes that Stick in Your Head!

June 29, 2017 | Sheilah

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It is our turn to share children’s books written by notable Canadian authors. Jennifer says: The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service, illustrated by Ted Harrison. Believe it or not, it is cold in Northern Canada. In fact, Sam McGee from Tennessee moved to the Yukon and woe...

RIP Michael Bond, author of A Bear called Paddington

June 28, 2017 | Sheilah

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Michael Bond, author of the much beloved Paddington book series, has died at the age of 91. When Bond was writing A Bear Called Paddington in the late 1950s, he was inspired by the refugee children he had seen during and after World War II. So the little bear from...