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Documenting My Immigration Journey: 纪录我的移民生活

June 25, 2016 | Guikang | Comments (0)

Asian Heritage Month Guest Speaker Juexiao Zheng

On May 7th, educator and Chinese blogger, Juexiao Zheng came to Maria A. Shchuka Branch and delivered a stunning lecture about her life in Toronto, and her writing experience on Wenxuecity, a Chinese-language website and information portal for Chinese expatriates.

Juexiao Zheng

 

Juexiao is a prolific writer in the blogosphere. She writes her blog almost on daily basis, covering a variety of topics, including her Canadian living experience and current affairs and politics, to name a few. Her reviews of Chinese literature and films are the masterpiece which brought her fame. There are so many followers and die-hard readers around the world. On a personal level, I love her essays on Shanghainese culture, custom and history.

Collage of Juexiao

 

Juexiao is an active member of my Chinese book club. She wrote many book reviews which we have discussed during our book club sessions. Here are few examples: 

In addition, she also wrote many film reviews:

Juexiao’s lecture was very successful. Her profound understanding of education, unique insights on Canadian society and life resonated very well among the audience members, some of them drove as far as from the town of Markham, to meet her in person. 

Audience Members

The following section is a summary of the event, which Juexiao posted in Wenxuecity: Juexiao’s post @ Wenxuecity

过去的周六下午两点,我在城里某个社区图书馆活动,那图书馆坐落在不是华人居多的地方,不过倒是有些中文书。这年头,志玲姐姐都有困难,我也有困难呀。我问过我朋友Lucy有空吗?连Lucy退休在家的老人早早和三个女儿约好了,那想想其他人,送孩子学画的学中文的学游泳的买菜的种花的洗抽水马桶擦地板吸尘睡午觉等等。

我写得大体是生活的小事,我希望的是大家好好生活。不过我问过两个忠实读者会不会来。一个说,想给我一个惊喜,所以先不告诉我。另一个说不能确定。好了,大不了我带上男家属龄爸,谁都不来,我和他两个人借图书馆偏向一隅“调调情,谈谈性”。

就在一间不大的房间,有投影仪,我还按照要求做了几张图,是我博客里的照片,写了几句文字。提早十分钟到的是一个老太太,头发白了。我坐在她旁边问她,你怎么知道这活动?老太太说自己家住在几站路之外,路上见不到一个中国人。她来了两个月,是来女儿女婿家探亲,可是他们上班之后,平时只有她一个人,看看Ipad的中国电视剧。上午女儿开车带她来图书馆,听说下午有中文活动,女儿他们买菜去了,她乘公车过来了。她健康聪明,自己会乘公车。

接下来来的一家三口,我一见到就猜出是谁了,她有先生做车夫,像《唐顿庄园》小姐的排场。她穿白衬衫,前面的花边拥簇着宛如白色的绣球盛开,黑色的短皮夹,下面是牛仔裤,很精神。她笑语盈盈暗香来,说我不上镜头,本人比照片好看。第一次听说,心里舒服。事实是,为了遮掩色斑,平时素面朝天的我出门前偷用了一早出门女儿的粉底霜,只是不会用,乱抹了。丈夫说不错,我自以为是裸妆了。

陆续进来的有女读者,有夫妻,有母女,老妈妈也是头发花白了,八十多岁了。我不安写好的演讲稿讲,我不能对着老太太谈“Still water runs deep”?静水深流文绉绉的词语,我讲自己的移民之路,选择,工作之得失。 说得是大实话,包括有些遇见的问题,我没有写到博客里的。

看着时间一分分过去,我在最后部分读了一些读者给我的悄悄话评语作为私人回赠给大老远赶来的听众。这些评论来自美国德国法国澳洲加拿大其他城市,有女的有男的。在我停歇的日子里给予很多安慰与思考。

我拿出两样小礼物送给在场的两位老妈妈,是两个圆盒子,瓷的。我以前Yardsale淘来的,代表我对她们的感谢。正好有两位年长者,又是妈妈,我给她们各自一个拥抱,祝她们母亲节快乐!

我来的路上侦查过附近有咖啡店TimHortons,我让保镖去买点心给大家,他买回一盒,我们坐着继续聊天。

一个女读者说她读过我的每一篇,没有留言过,但是喜欢读我的博客。每次经过我家附近的路,我文章里提及过的,她很希望见到我。另一个说她想注册几次没有注册成功,所以没有留言过。瞧,没有留言过的读者都来看望我,真是让我开心。一个带先生来的读者说,她是看了那篇我写与白人校长打交道的文章知道我的名字的,还把文章介绍给她先生,说龄爸敢于和校长这么说,大大出乎他们的意料。有女读者和龄爸用方言聊,我说,注意,要用国语。还好,老乡见老乡,用欢笑替代了眼泪。

我很喜欢他们,普普通通和我一样生活在多伦多。如果用人数来衡量,那可以说不成功,但是,如果用气氛来衡量,没有比敞开心扉的交流更让人舒服的事情。 西安的老妈妈要离开时,我送她到图书馆门口,她女儿来接。我替她开门时,她不停说八个字,我并不完全领会是说给我的,因为最后两个词是”伟大“,我以为她说白求恩或刘胡兰。她说说得好,又重复那八个字,我一下子明白是她对我而言,但我被”伟大“两个字吓着了,前面的六个字模糊了,到了晚上我绞尽脑汁想,大约是“事情虽小,工作伟大”。(我想有时真有必要记录,简单的句子过了几个小时都记不清。)

有读者Miki送我一份小礼物,她选它是觉得我很小资。谢谢你!

我和留下的读者合影了。可是龄爸被挤到边上了,他最近玩深沉留小胡子。我穿今年唯一买的烟灰色新衣裙,戴着我的“A GREEN DAY”。龄妈一袭青烟似的,努力保持着文艺腔。

套用罗曼罗兰的名句,改造成我的。——只有一种英雄主义,就是在认清博客真相之后依然热爱写博客。

匆匆写出来,见谅!合影不知要不要放。

杯子是礼物。

Library Settlement Partnerships and Summer Settlement Services

June 23, 2016 | Patty | Comments (0)



LSP Services

Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in North America and Toronto Public Library does its part to welcome newcomers. One example is the free Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP)  program. It offers year round direct help from settlement workers, as well as settlement-related programs, in selected library branches across the city: 

Agincourt

Albion

Bridlewood

Centennial

Fairview 

Flemingdon Park

Lillian H. Smith       

 

 

Mimico

Parkdale

Parliament Street

Richview

Thorncliffe

Toronto Reference Library   

York Woods (until June 30th)

LSP Logo    IRCC

 

LSP is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and partners with the following local Settlement Agencies:

Catholic Crosscultural Services

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services

CultureLink Settlement & Community Services

Kababayan Multicultural Centre

Rexdale Women's Centre

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office

YMCA Newcomer Information Centre

   

For more information about the LSP program, you can check out the Settling in Toronto page and the New to Canada Blog.

 

LSP Service

Summer is a time to enjoy some family fun at the library. While visiting the library, you will find additional summer settlement help. Settlement workers are available at more Toronto Public Library locations through the Settlement and Education Partnerships in Toronto (SEPT) program. There are 13 locations offering the SEPT program this summer:

Barbara Frum

Black Creek

Burrows Hall

Deer Park

Downsview

Fairview      

Goldhawk Park

 

Jane/Sheppard

Maria A. Shchuka

McGregor Park

Steeles

Weston

York Woods

If you are new to Canada and have questions about settling in Toronto, there will be 26 Toronto library locations offering settlement services this summer.

Portuguese | Português at Your Library!

June 10, 2016 | Chantel | Comments (2)

Olá! Did you know that 113,000 people in Toronto speak Portuguese according to the 2006 Census? If you didn't know, don't worry! Just visit any one of our eight branches to find Portuguese materials to help accelerate your knowledge of Portuguese language and culture! From books, magazines, music to the latest movies, you can find your favourite pick!


With Portuguese Week running from May 13 to June 26, why not prepare yourself for the different celebrations and events taking place across the city with some of these books on culture and history?

Everything Brazilian Portuguese  A travellers history of Portugal  CultureShock  Portugueses in Canada  The Portuguese in Canada


Of course, we must not miss the tasty Portuguese cuisine (one of my favourite is the yummy Portuguese custard tarts! Cook up a storm with these books!

Authentic Portuguese cooking My PortugalRecipes from my Portuguese kitchen Masterchef livro de cozinha


If you're like me and cooking is not your forte, enjoy some music or movie instead. You can also pick up some Portuguese along the way - Fado anyone? Don't forget to check out our online resources such as Naxos Music and OverDrive for more movies, music and books!

Desfado Legends of fadoFado - Santos Queen of Fado
 A wolf at the door Os Inquilino Tabu Mutum


I'm currently on an international author faze where I'm trying to read popular or acclaimed translated works of fiction. One that I've enjoyed is a novel by José Saramago titled "Blindness" where people living in a city are suddenly inflicted with blindness. Authorities quarantine the blind in an institution in attempts to isolate the affected. However, the epidemic continues to spread in the city and the issues of morals, violence, survival and human nature arise in a society that is breaking down. There is also a movie adaption of this novel. If you are feeling adventurous, try some of these novels (some are available in English)! 
Tenda Dos Milagres      Explicação dos pássaros      Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira     Jerusalem
Tent of Miracles   Explanation of Birds       Blindness            



Reggae Heritage: Explore Eglinton Avenue West!

June 2, 2016 | Barbara | Comments (0)

Reggae Lane sign edit

The rich local Jamaican music history along Eglinton was showcased during a recent Jane’s Walk. On May 7th, in keeping with the spirit of urban activist Jane Jacobs, I led 40 citizens around the neighbourhood that grew into the remarkable home to Jamaican immigrant record and clothing shops, barbers, salons, restaurants, recording studios and meeting places.
As Jamaicans immigrated to and visited Toronto, “they didn’t just bring their bodies,” as Mr. Arnold Rowe, vice president of the local York Business Improvement Association explained. They brought their music, food, and culture with them.


The tour began at the Maria A. Shchuka branch with an introduction to the library’s online Research Guide to Reggae Lane: Toronto's Jamaican Music Scene, 1960s to the Present. We then watched a short film about Jimmy Wisdom, the Jamaican Ambassador for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.


It was great to then go visit Jimmy at his barber shop across the street. The tour continued on with a walk down to Treajah Isle Records shop to visit Chozen and Natty B., who stock music, culture and health Caribbean and Rastafari products.

Mr. Rowe explained the Jamaican and Caribbean history of the area in the BIA office. Then we paraded to the magnificent Reggae Lane mural that honours reggae artists both from the area and Jamaica. Poet Inspirator, Simeon, treated the walk participants with a poem he wrote for this Jane’s Walk. And then he thrilled us with his band by playing some chilling reggae music. (Check out TPL's collection of reggae CDs.)

Simeon
Poet Inspirator Simeon and his reggae band in front of the Reggae Lane mural



And what better way to bring the walk to an end than with some delicious Jamaican beef patties, generously donated by Randy's Patties and the York Business Improvement Association.

 

Have some time this weekend? Why not enjoy some of the free programs that the city has to offer? Check out walking tour "Transforming Reggae Lane" as part of Doors Open Toronto 2016. This is a great for you to get an inside peak in some of the most unique buildings in the city.


Interested in art? The TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library has a new exhibit on until July 23.

Urdu |اُردُو at Your Library!

May 20, 2016 | Chantel | Comments (0)

Urdu Display
Are you looking to get the latest copy of Weekly akhar-e-jehan Karachi or Khawateen? Or maybe you want to settle down for a good read from Ibne Safi? Visit one of the 17 branches listed below, which carry Urdu materials including books, CDs, DVDs and magazines.

Library Branches with Urdu Items 

Large: 1500 or more items Medium: 750-1500 items Small: Fewer than 750 items

 
If you can’t visit one of the 17 branches to browse their collection, there is another option for getting the item you want. Just look up the title or author/performer of the book or movie on our website (search is only available in Latin alphabet) and place a hold on the material. We will send the item to your closest branch for pick-up.

Popular Movies to Borrow

Humsafar Bin roye Bol2011 Dil-e-muntazir

Books & Magazines

  Weekly Akhkar-e-jehan Khawateen Digest April 2016

Mango Language LearningFor those wanting to learn the language so you can start enjoying amazing movies, music and books, try Mango Languages.  This online learning tool helps you learn a new language with lessons on vocabulary and grammar accompanied by exercises. You can even create an account to track your progress. 

A library card is required to use borrow materials and access the online resources including Mango Languages, so if you are not a member yet, find out how to get your library card here.

Besides books and movies in Urdu, we also have Library Settlement Partnership workers in some branches who speak Urdu who can help newcomers with information on employment, housing and education.

With the nicer weather, why not visit your local library and see what you can find!

Save the Date - Second Annual Toronto Newcomer Day on May 24!

May 6, 2016 | Elsa | Comments (0)

I still recall how much fun everyone had at the first annual Toronto Newcomer Day on May 29, 2015. It was a day celebrating newcomers’ contributions to the City of Toronto and Mayor John Tory’s Proclamation of Newcomer Day. Over 2,000 Torontonians and Newcomers came out and took part in different activities throughout the day: meeting with municipal, provincial and federal officials, enjoying some energetic cultural performances, sharing their thoughts at Speaker’s Corner, attending a short talk by award-winning Canadian author Teresa Toten, connecting with Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Toronto Seed Library in the Diversity Garden, and conducting self-guided City Hall tours. A huge information fair also took place. It was a memorable day with something for everyone.

  

For this year's Toronto Newcomer Day, it is even more exciting! It will take place at Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, May 24 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Be sure to mark that on your calendar. It is expected that 3,000 - 5,000 Torontonians and Newcomers will come out! Toronto Public Library is pleased to be a part of it again.

Newcomer Day 2016 Poster

The second annual Toronto Newcomer Day is sure to be a fun and family-friendly, free event! This year, Mayor Tory and special guest Senator Ratna Omidvar will celebrate the big day with everyone! For more details about the day, check out: toronto.ca/newcomerday

Toronto Newcomer Day Activities

Did you know that there is a library branch inside City Hall? On Newcomer Day, be sure to stop by City Hall Branch to register for a library card if you do not have one yet.

Library Card
LSP Logo

Toronto Public Library also offers a variety of resources for newcomers. The Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) is offered at several library branches where a settlement worker can help newcomers with their settlement needs. This is a program funded by Immigration, Refugees,and Citizenship Canada

Don’t miss out on Toronto Newcomer Day!

 
 

Greek at Your Library | Ελληνικά στη βιβλιοθήκη σας

April 28, 2016 | Suzanne | Comments (0)

Hello! Γειά σας! Did you know that there are five branches that carry Greek materials at the Toronto Public Library? With thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and magazines to choose from, make the Toronto Public Library the first place you visit if you want to read Greek books, learn Greek or watch a Greek movie. Welcome to Greek at your library! Καλωσορισατε!

Orthodox Easter is coming up this Sun. May 1st, and those who celebrate will be gathering with family and friends. Greek food is one of my favorite cuisines, and you can be sure many homes this weekend will be filled with the delicious smells of Greek cooking. The Taste of the Danforth Food Festival is a great chance to taste-test all of the wonderful Greek food that the city has to offer. The festival is not until August, so if you can’t wait until then, why not try some Greek cooking at home? Here are some books on Greek cooking for you to try:

Eating the Greek Way    Food From Many Greek Kitchens    How to Roast a Lamb    Ikaria

The library also has a great collection of resources to help you learn Greek.

Complete Greek   Greek Beginner   Greek Beginner to Advanced Get Started in Greek


Have you used Mango Languages? Mango Languages is a language learning tool that has many languages to choose from, including Greek. It is helpful for learning English, too. Why not give it a try? Giatí na min dósei mia dokimí?  There are other ways the library can help you learn English. Browse the New to Canada section of our website for more information. 

Don't have a library card yet? Don’t worry, it’s easy! Simply bring a piece of valid and current name and address identification to your local branch and we can help you get a card.

In addition to these great print and electronic resources, on Thurs. May 5th, the Victoria Village branch is having author Dora Drivas-Avramis come to talk about her book, The Buses and Other Short Stories. This is a collection of short stories about a young Greek community in Canada. Come to the Victoria Village Branch on Thursday May 5th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. for this special author visit.

From programs, to books, movies and more, the Toronto Public Library's Greek Collection is here waiting for you. Come and check it out!  Ελατε να μας δειτε!

National Poetry Month at Your Library

April 15, 2016 | Suzanne | Comments (0)

National Poetry Month
(With permission from The League of Canadian Poets)

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? This year’s theme for National Poetry Month from the Canadian League of Poets is the road. We think this is a fitting theme for a year in which Toronto welcomes many newcomers from Syria. Toronto is always welcoming newcomers to the city, and we've all travelled many roads to get here. Whether it was us or our ancestors, every Torontonian has a story about the road they have taken to get to where they are. 

Why not celebrate National Poetry Month reflecting on the experiences of newcomers to Canada? The library has a wonderful collection of Canadian poetry and international poetry, as well as stories and poems about the newcomer experience.

Here are some titles to get you started:

Reimaging the sky    Immigrant Songs    The Healing Place and Other Poems    Yet Another Home


Re-Imaging the Sky is an anthology by the Newcomer Women's Collective in Toronto. Newcomer Women's Services Toronto was founded by a group of Latin American refugees in 1983. For the past 30 years, they have been helping immigrant women from all around the world to become part of the wider community. 

Immigrant songs: the poems, fiction and letters of Sara D'agostino is a collection of the works of Rosario D’agostino. These writings of an Italo-Canadian writer whose life was cut too short are part of the literary history of the Canadian immigrant.

The Healing Place and Other Poems and Yet Another Home are collections of poetry by Peter Jailall, a teacher, poet and storyteller who lives in Mississauga. He emigrated to Canada from Guyana, and writes about the immigrant experience.  

There are also lots of wonderful books in our collection that let us enjoy poetry from all around the world.

The Exile Book of Poetry in Translation 20 Canadian Poets take on the World    Around the World in Eighty Poems    Come to the great world Poems from around the Globe

The Exile Book of Poetry in Translation: 20 Canadian Poets Take on the World is a multilingual collection of poetry that presents the work of 20 international poets. Each poem is in its original language, alongside English translations by some of Canada's most esteemed poets.             

Around the World in Eighty Poems is a collection of poetry for children that includes 80 different poems from over 60 different countries.

Come to the great world: poems from around the globe is another collection of poetry for children which celebrates the diverse experiences of children all over the world.

I hope you will explore the wonderful collections of poetry we have for adults and children. Check out the website for more information on upcoming poetry programs at the library. There are readings, writers' groups and much more happening at branches throughout the city!

I leave you with two lines from a poem from The Exile Book of Poetry in Translation:

        Mariposa Malva (Mauve Butterfly)

        There she goes, the new season, the spring (…)

        The whole winter creaks, exhaling

I'm sure we all hope this is last exhale of winter and that warm spring weather will be here soon! Why not welcome the coming of spring by attending a poetry month program, reading some poetry, or writing your own? Happy National Poetry Month!

Arabic and English Together on One Page: Dual Language Books at Toronto Public Library

April 5, 2016 | Iman | Comments (4)

Bilingual books

Our friends from Syria, Toronto Public Library invites you to explore the library’s newest items in our Arabic collections - bilingual Arabic children’s books. The English children’s books have been translated in many languages including Arabic, and represent some of the most popular children’s books for all different stages of childhood. The Arabic translation appears side by side to the English language on the pages of the books. Here are a few examples of the titles:

Blog post translation in arabic

 

             Very hungry caterpillarWheels on the bus
Goldilocks and the three bearsRow row  Hansel and Gretel

 

Check out our New to Canada website for more information about library services for newcomers to Canada.

 

Serbian | српски

March 7, 2016 | Maria | Comments (0)

Новодошли у Канади? Учланите се у библиотеку. Бесплатно је !

New to Canada? Join the library. It's free!

Toronto Public Library Website

Did you know you can access the Toronto Public Library website in Serbian (српски) using Google Translate. It's automatic machine translation, which has its limitations, but it can help you understand the general content of the website. 

Libraries with Serbian

Toronto Public Library has books, movies, music, and digital content in Serbian.

You can find many books, CDs, DVDs and other material in Serbian at the libraries listed below: 

Large: 1500 or more items Medium: 750-1500 items Small: Fewer than 750 items
North York Central Library

Eatonville

Northern District

S. Walter Stewart

Toronto Reference Library

Our map of library branches with Serbian can help you locate these branches.

New in Serbian

Items newly added to the Toronto Public Library can be viewed by searching the library website. You can look up new Serbian books and new Serbian music that were added to the library in the last 180 days, for example.

Note that items are listed in the Latin alphabet rather than the Cyrillic alphabet.

Online Movies 

With Hoopla, you can watch Serbian movies online for free with your library card. The movies currently available are pictured below. Click on a movie cover to learn more or visit Hoopla to see the entire collection. 

When Day Breaks  The Disobedient  Tilva Rosh  Village Without Women

If you're not sure how to use Hoopla, contact your local library. We're happy to help.

Online Music

Naxos Music Library has some great Serbian music that you can listen to online for free. Again, you'll need your library card.

BOZIC, S. Byzantine Mosaic (Kulaglich)  Guitar Recital Goran Krivokapic Serbian Piano Music  SERBIA Ancient Orthodox Chants from Serbia

These are just some examples. You'll find more by searching the Naxos Music Library.

What do you think...

of what the library has to offer in Serbian? Do you ever borrow Serbian books, movies, or music? Have you tried Hoopla or Naxos Music Library before? Do you have anything else that you enjoy in Serbian at the library that I didn't mention in this blog post?

Share your thoughts and comment below! I'd love to hear from you and I'm sure that those reading this blog post would too.

Welcome! This blog is written by librarians and provides information and resources available from the library and around Toronto to new residents of Canada. For more information see the Library's Help for Newcomers website