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Halloween Crafts

October 8, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Fall has arrived and Halloween is just around the corner! Once the leaves start changing
colour I know it's time for pumpkin patches and apple picking... even if that
just equates to pumpkin spice lattes and baking apple pies. Every year towards
the end of September and early October I start to think about costumes and Halloween
home decor. Check out these new titles TPL has to offer on Halloween activities
and crafts for children, teens and adults.

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Check out the crafts from the Mother of all Crafters Martha Stewart's Halloween craft ideas.  From pumpkin cravings and costumes to home decor and family activities you'll find something the whole family can enjoy. 

If you're a Martha Setwart fan you can also log onto Zinio with your library card from the TPL webpage to download the Martha Stewart Living Halloween Special.



The Library Goes to Market!

October 7, 2013 | Ted | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

MyMarketThe Fort York Branch may not be ready to open yet but on Tuesday, Oct. 8 & Tuesday, Oct. 15, staff will be attending the MyMarket Concord City Place Farmer's Market at Canoe Landing Park (more details and transit directions).  We're very excited to take part in the market and what better time to check it out and find the perfect pumpkin for Halloween!

The market runs from 3:30pm to 7:30pm so please stop in and visit us at our tent for an early taste of the new library coming to this community very soon.

We'll have stories for the kids between 4pm and 6pm and demonstrations of many of the Library's electronic resources like Zinio eMagazines and Overdrive eBooks that you can access and enjoy right now, before the branch opens.

This is your last couple chances to attend this growing market and stock up on fresh locally grown fruits and veggies before the end of the season so we hope to see you there!

Quick & Easy Meals for Busy College Students

September 30, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Dorm_room_diet_216pxSeptember is coming to a close and for the student, you’re probably just getting used to deadlines all in the same week and marathon back-to-back classes. You might not even remember the last solid meal you had! 

As a student you might find it a challenge to cook when the deadlines are looming or even find healthy food on campus (campuses can be total food deserts sometimes).  I can tell you from years of experience; it can become pretty stressful to eat well as a student when dealing with tight budgets and ridiculously busy schedules. 

That's when I turned to TPL to find books on quick and easy recipes to keep me from starving.

So check out these titles for new ideas on eating well and start thinking about healthy choices… you have the rest of the year to pull through!


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Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week

September 23, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

 Celebrate the freedom to read!

Banned Books Week 2013

September 22 - 28th

Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom
compiles a
list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to
inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.
The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.

Celebrating 30 years of supporting the freedom to read, check out
this timeline of banned books of the past three decades. 

Find out if your favourite book has been banned or challenged by exploring
the top ten lists of the 21st century here.

Is your favourite book on the list?

For more information about Banned Books Week,
please visit the Banned Books website.

Branded by the Pink Triangle

September 18, 2013 | Cat | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

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Wednesday September 25th

as author Ken Setterington talks about his new book "Branded by the Pink Triangle": a history of the persecution of gay men by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.

7:00 p.m. - 8:00.p.m.

Lillian H. Smith Library


Between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men--identified by the pink triangle-- were sent to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, many to die there. After the war, this bitter history was for decades ignored. Author Ken Setterington talks about his work on this book and why he wrote it for young adults.

Enter the Roald Dahl Short Story Contest!

September 13, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

ThIf you woke up on a school day morning with Matilda's magical powers, 
what would you do? 


Small Print Toronto 
invites writers 6-12 years old
to take part in the 
4th annual Toronto 
Roald Dahl Day
Short Story Contest,
celebrating the 25th anniversary 
of Dahl's novel Matilda!


Craft a short tale (1500 words MAX) about what you, a middle grade student in Toronto, would do if you woke up on a school day and realized you had incredible telekinetic powers just like Matilda.

Send your story to by 
Sept. 27, 2013.

And on Saturday October 19th at 2:00 pm, an all-star panel of judges will award cool prizes to the top stories!

So come in and celebrate contest participants and winners!



Discover new music this summer

August 1, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

MusicFestivalsMusic festivals have become a popular destination for music fans in cities all around the world. From Lollapalooza in Chicago to Glastonbury in the UK, it's easy to get excited about travelling during the summer.  This year I decided to check out some events happening in the city and realized Toronto has it's own share of music festivals to offer. 

Last month there was Digital Dreams and Edgefest.  Coming up this month Toronto is home to Veld and Osheaga is happening in Montreal. 

If you'd rather not battle the mud pits and long line ups to the washroom, TPL has music from your favourite bands that you can place holds on and check out.  From Indie rock to electro you might be impressed with our collection.

You can also stream great music spanning medieval to modern - classical, jazz, electronic, world music etc. through the Naxos Music Library through our website.

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Live Green Toronto Festival this Saturday July 27th!

July 23, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto's largest outdoor celebration of all things green hits the streets at Yonge & Dundas on Saturday, July 27. Visit the Live Green Toronto Festival page here for more info!

Saturday, July 27
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Yonge-Dundas Square

It's a FREE event!

Join the fun as Yonge Street goes green from Dundas to Queen! Events include:

It’s great to see the Swap Zone part of Swapsity, returning to Yonge-Dundas! It was a very successful event last year with tents full of eager swappers and more than 6,200 items swapped setting a new record! You can RSVP to the Swap Zone on Facebook and bring your friends to join in the fun. You are also encouraged to bring your books, CD, records, DVDs to swap, check out Swapsity for more details.   

What about some jewelry making this summer?

July 8, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Summer always seems like the best time to pick up those craft projects you've started during the year then sort-of abandoned when things got busy! Here at Lillian H Smith we have some new beading and jewlery making books to inspire you and help you create that one-of-a-kind bijoux!  Here are some more great titles:

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TPL also has some e-books available online that you can access with your TPL library card!

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Looking for beading or other jewelry supplies? If you stop by Lillian H Smith to pick up your books why not check out the shops in Kensington Market or Queen West that are some of the best places to get jewelry supplies in Toronto!


Street Smart: Safe Cycling Workshop this weekend!

July 3, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto-cycling-reuters_cropThis weekend we are featuring a Street Smart: Safe Cycling Workshop in partnership with Library Settlement Partnership, CultureLink, Citizen and Immigration Canada, and Cycle Toronto.

Saturday July 6th from 2 to 4 pm

All participants will receive a copy of the Toronto Cyclists Handbook and a Toronto Bike Map. 


 You'll gain knowledge on:

  • The benefits of cycling
  • Rules of the road: The Ontario Highway Traffic Act and City of Toronto's Cycling By-Laws
  • Techniques for safe cycling
  • Route selection
  • Basic bike maintenance and how to fix a flat tire (hands-on training with a mechanic!)
  • Community and legal resources

The workshop is FREE but we do ask you register in advance by calling us at 416-393-7746 or stop by in person to the 2nd floor reference desk.

We do receive quite a few questions about the Toronto Cycling Map every year and you can pick up your own copy here in branch.  Just visit us on the 2nd floor reference desk.

The Toronto Cycling website has a ton more information - including updates on bike by-laws, trails under construction, bike riding courses and more.

From Cycle Toronto, The Toronto Cyclists Handbook is available in 17 languages. To download the language edition you want, click the image below.


Lillian H. Smith library, in the heart of the Discovery District, Chinatown and Kensington Market, is a district branch of Toronto Public Library. Learn more about your local library & community, and while you're at it, drop us a comment. If you are visiting us in person, look for the bronze gryphons guarding our door.