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...

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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!

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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.

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Meat me at the Barbecue

June 26, 2013 | Tony | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

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After reading my colleague's wonderful post about the vegetarian grill, I felt the need to talk about the other side.  Frankly I believe when most people think of the word barbecue, we think of juicy charbroiled meat.  Don't get me wrong, veggies have an important role in a barbecue but for me it's usually relegated to that smaller part of the grill that sits above the main grill or maybe between meat on a kabob skewer.  It's definitely not the main attraction.  Everything tastes better on a barbecue and that's why I can't think of anything better then a nice juicy barbecued streak with a cold beverage on a nice summer day.  Want to refine your BBQ skills or try something new, I've posted some of the newer cookbook titles that were added to the collection.  I haven't read them all but I'm sure there's a page or two about veggies, so everybody wins.
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Lettuce go to the BBQ: The vegetarian and vegan grill

June 20, 2013 | Cat | Comments (5) Facebook Twitter More...

Have you ever been the only vegetarian at a BBQ? Or are you a vegetarian or vegan planning to host friends over this summer who have all different tastes? It's never easy planning meals that will please our friends and family that are painless (and also good to the environment).  With titles like "Simply satisfying" and "Easy, sexy raw" TPL will help you find recipes that will satisfy the long-time vegan, as well as introduce vegetarian/vegan dishes skeptical friends and family will love (and not just tolerate)!

Check out these titles on great summer vegetarian and vegan (even flexitarian) BBQ dishes everyone will like:

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Dad is Fat

June 17, 2013 | Tony | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Dad-is-Fat-Jim-GaffiganI'm a big fan of live stand-up comedy.  I love the entertainment value of going to a local comedy club and getting some laughs for an hour or two.  When one of my favourite comedians comes to town, I try to attend and when they write a book, it usually makes its way on to my reading list.  In the last couple of years I've read such books as Stephen Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You),Lisa Lampanelli's Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks and Jeff Ross' I Only Roast the Ones I Love.  I've seen them all live and knew that I would enjoy their books.  Not too long ago I saw Jim Gaffigan perform in Buffalo, NY (He had a show in Toronto's Massey Hall but the date didn't work for me).  So when I heard that he had a book coming out titled Dad is Fat, I knew I would have to give it a read.  Well, I just finished it the other day and I must say it's Librarian approved.  He has a comedic style that will appeal to most.  This book is written from the viewpoint of a father of 5 living in a 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan.  I've heard him describe having 5 children as, "Imagine you're drowning.  And someone hands you a baby".  I personally don't come from a big family, nor do I have any kids but I now feel like I know what it's like.  So if you're in the mood for some funny observations from a father of 5, it's definitely worth a read.     

What are you doing for NXNE this weekend?

June 13, 2013 | Cat | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Now in its 19th year, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists as well as major-label headliners; music filmmakers; comedians; visual, sound, and other artists; and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts.

Beginning June 10 - 16th, NXNE runs seven days and nights, with an eclectic mix of music, film, comedy and art to check out at venues throughout the city. I always view the schedule online and make a bucket list of all the bands I want to see throughout the weekend.  Things can easily get hectic but travelling from venue to venue between sets is all part of the fun!

Other than the NXNE Music takeover, there are a few other series to check out: 

NXNE Film screens 30+ of the year’s best music-themed features, documentaries, shorts, and experimental films from around the world.

NXNE Interactive (NXNEi) is a digital interactive media conference like no other. It brings together content-creating artists, tech entrepreneurs, digital marketing gurus, web business experts, and social media aficionados for four days of workshops, presentations, and panels that explore the newest ideas in bridging the gap between creativity and the interactive world.

NXNE Comedy presents popular and emerging stand-up and sketch acts from around the world.

NXNE Art will connect visual artists with an expanded, engaged audience. It will feature late-night visual art fun as well as a packed slate of daytime activities both on the streets and in galleries. Art will also be presented in non-traditional viewing spaces.

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TPL also has a local music collection that includes many of the bands who have previously played NXNE and many that are playing this weekend!  Check out our Make Some Noise blog and our local music collection here.

To find all the detailed schedule and ticket information, check out NXNE online! 

What shows will you be checking out?

Sudoku Puzzles, Anyone?

June 3, 2013 | Tony | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Sudoku-by-L2G-20050714_svgI take the TTC to work most days and on my daily commute I'm usually curious to see what other people are reading.  I like to think of it as research for work or just to see if it's something that I'm not familar with.  One thing that's fairly obvious is that even though Crosswords are still done by many people, it would seem that Sudoku reigns supreme.  I've seen people filling out the puzzle in books, newspapers, smartphones and tablets.  There are even authors that write sukodu mystery fiction like Parnell Hall, Shelley Freydont and Kaye Morgan, to name a few.  I've tried the puzzles myself from time to time but I'm nowhere near as fast as most of my fellow commuters.

 

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Here's a couple of sites where you can refine your sudoku skills; 

Globe and Mail - Offers two styles; Classic Sudoku and Mega Sudoku

New York Times - Offers Sudoku puzzles with 3 levels of difficulty

Toronto Star - Offers one style of Sudoku in the Diversions section.

Metro News - Offers six different styles of Sudoku

Did I miss any good ones? 

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market are back!

May 31, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market kicked off this past Sunday May 27th and will continue until the end of October! 

2013 Pedestrian Sundays dates:

Sunday May 26th, June 30th, July 28th, August 25th, September 29th and October 27th, 2013

From 12 to 7pm throughout the market, and until 10pm on north block of Augusta

I can't believe that this is the 10th season of Pedestrian Sundays! With the Lillian H Smith branch so close to the market I always tend to stroll through before work and love showing off the market to visiting friends and family. Pedestrian Sundays are extra special with some of the city's most creative street performers and local restaurants and shops buzzing with activity.

Both Sanderson and Lillian H. Smith feature historical material about Kensington Market in their local history section, so if you're interested in learning more about the market you love, check out these great titles:

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Check out more TPL material on the historical Kensington Market here.

You can always connect with PSKensington online to find out further details!

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