Helping Young Children Learn Positive Behaviour

February 23, 2017 | Nalini

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Hitting, yelling, throwing tantrums, biting, not eating, etc. These are some behaviours you may be familiar with if you have a young child in your life. While the reasons for challenging behaviours may be complex and hard to simplify, they are sometimes a result of a child not being able...

Black History Month: New Children’s Biographies about Remarkable Women

February 16, 2017 | Kate S.

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What better way for you to teach and inspire your children than to read about some of the most remarkable women in history? These strong women show(ed) amazing perseverance and dedication to their respective crafts, while struggling against numerous barriers and prejudice. While there are many inspiring stories, here are...

What an Awful Bully. Sad!

February 2, 2017 | RayL

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Photo credit: Andrew Stawicki, Courtesy of Toronto Star Archive. 1990 Terrible! Your child is upset after an altercation with a bully. The bully without provocation called your child nasty names, spread awful rumours, took his backpack and threatened to get your child banned from school. When the teacher approached the...

Encouraging a Growth Mindset for Kids

January 31, 2017 | Jennifer

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Photo Credit: Imagens Portal SESCSP on a CC License About halfway through the school year, kids may need some encouragement to keep working hard. Help them stick to a Growth Mindset: the idea that their intelligence is not fixed. Through hard work and perseverance, they can boost their smarts and...

Picture Book Preview - New and Noteworthy

January 28, 2017 | shannon k.

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Posted on behalf of Margaret, Children's Selection Team 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. Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon, 2017. Ages 3-5. Celebrate cold...

ABCs – Learn and Play Every Day

January 24, 2017 | Katherine McG

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A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y -...

Family Literacy All Year Round

January 17, 2017 | Sheilah

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If you have been following the library on Twitter this month, you'll have seen some tips about bring literacy into your everyday activities. Sometimes it is as simple as singing silly songs together in the car. Or while you wait in line someplace like a grocery store, play "Would you...

Friends of an Imaginary Nature

January 6, 2017 | Jennifer

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Books honour imaginary friends and acknowledge a child’s desire for social dramatic play. Having an imaginary friend as a child has even been linked to increased creativity and better social skills later in life –- definitely something to celebrate. Although some plots depict the imaginary friend in search of a...

Five Fun Things to Do During Family Literacy Month

January 3, 2017 | Diane

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What's so great about parents and kids reading, writing and learning together? Families who have fun reading and learning together develop important skills, grow closer together and value lifelong learning. While you don't need to wait for a special holiday to celebrate, Family Literacy Day is January 27th, so come...

New Year's Celebrations for Families at the Library

December 24, 2016 | Nalini

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Do you have party plans yet? We've been planning parties all across the city just for you and your family. We'll be indoors counting down to noon, who wants to be outside with kids at midnight, anyway? Celebrate the beginning of 2017 with us at select library locations across the...