Take the Fun of Storytime Home with You

February 21, 2018 | Teresa

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Let's face it, winter in Canada can be hard! Between the snow, the cold and the countless hours it takes to remove your child's snowsuit, we here at the library know that sometimes it is difficult to make it into a branch for storytime. But do not worry! As always,...

On Valentine's Day, Mice are Nice

February 13, 2018 | Katherine McG

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Who has one long tail, one small nose, and wants to celebrate Valentine's Day with you? This guy... And so do some of his friends... Valentine Mice! By Bethany Roberts Ages 2 - 5 The little mouse family are in a big hurry because they have so many Valentines to...

Stories on the Civil Rights Movement

February 6, 2018 | Yvonne

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Black History Month celebrates the history and diverse culture of Black communities. An important part of that history is the civil rights movement. Stories can be used to help children develop a better understanding of historical events. The following are a few book recommendations to introduce the civil rights movement...

I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks for January

January 31, 2018 | Chantel

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"The Owl and the Lemming" By Roselynn Akulukjak and illustrated by Amanda Sandland Ages 4-7 One morning, a young lemming comes face to face with a hungry snowy owl! The lemming knows that if she does not want to be eaten, she has to outsmart the young (and prideful) owl....

Children's Picture Books, New and Noteworthy

January 31, 2018 | 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. February is a short month but there is so much to celebrate: Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Chinese New...

Kick Your Child's Reading into High Gear with OverDrive for Kids

January 24, 2018 | Teresa

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Since January is Family Literacy Month, many parents and caregivers have been coming into the library and looking for ways to get their children interested in reading. My favourite bit of advice is to let your child choose the books they want to read and everything else will follow. A...

Reading Together as a Family is FUN!

January 23, 2018 | Miss Vicky

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Family Literacy Month is an annual celebration that takes place in January and celebrates families sharing the joy of reading and learning together. Taking time each day to read or engage in a literacy activity as a family can improve your child’s literacy skills, and yours too. You play an...

Free Hugs – Celebrating National Hugging Day

January 20, 2018 | Katherine McG

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Everybody could use a hug now and then... ...so in celebration of National Hugging Day, which took place on January 21, here are some books about hugs that you can borrow for free at your local Toronto Public Library. I Hug by David McPhail (Ages 3-5) I'm Going to Give...

The Life-Changing Magic of "Tidy Up Time"

January 17, 2018 | Jennifer

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Decluttering and organizing is the subject of a lot of adult literature, including Marie Kondo's touchstone book. Tidy up time pervades a child's world too, from messy bedrooms to the kindergarten chanting that signals class cleanup. Photo Credit: Ursus Wehrli's The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy...

Where's the Rubber Duckie? Preparing for Bathtime

January 15, 2018 | RayL

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Photo Courtesy of Toronto Star Archives Preparing for Bathtime. Bathtime can be a struggle for both parents and children. It doesn't matter if your child is 3 months old or 3 years old, some children simply do not like taking a bath. For many parents, a bathtime toy can mean...