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The Caribbean Connection to Asian Heritage

May 7, 2015 | Rachelle | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

When one thinks of the Caribbean, people of Chinese or Indian descent may not immediately come to mind, yet the Caribbean is home to these cultural groups and so many others. Chinese Jamaicans, Indo-Caribbean, Indo-Trinidadians, Caribbean-Chinese are some of the terms that are used to refer to Caribbean nationals of east or south Asian ancestry. These cultural groups have had a presence in the Caribbean since the mid-1800s. Their influence can be seen in the food, language, music and literature of these bonnie islands. If you have ever eaten a roti, doubles or pepper shrimp or listened to chutney music, then you will know exactly what I am talking about! This Asian Heritage Month, why not check out some Indo-Caribbean classics by V.S. Naipaul or Neil Bissondath? Or, perhaps you would like to enjoy one of these interesting Asian-Caribbean films.

Chinee Girl

Chinee Girl

People of Chinese descent have made a significant contribution to the cultural and economic life of Trinidad and Tobago (TNT). Yet the voices of women are notably absent from the story of the Chinese in TNT. In this film, 12 women from all walks of life tell an interwoven tale, creating a compelling contemporary portrait of the Caribbean-Chinese woman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son

Half: the story of a Chinese-Jamaican son

Caught between two cultures and races -- Vincent Lee was born to a Chinese father and a Jamaican mother. After his father's pre-mature death, five-year-old Vincent sailed across the ocean to southern China where he endured a life of hardship and servitude. In this compelling documentary Half reflects the complex, yet common practice of sending mixed race sons to China for acculturation in the 1930s. It reveals one man's universal search for family, identity, and belonging.

   Doubles with Slight Pepper
 

Doubles with slight pepper

Set in Trinidad during Christmas, this dramatic film is a coming of age story centred around, Dhani, a young street food vendor, who must decide if he will help save his estranged father from dying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jeanette Kong

Better yet, come meet filmmaker, Jeanette Kong as she gives an overview of the Hakka Chinese migration from China to Jamaica and then to Canada.

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7-8 p.m. at the Bloor/Gladstone Branch.

Korean Collections at Toronto Public Library

April 28, 2015 | Iana | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Once a month on this blog we feature a language collection and today we would like to present to you the great free Korean collections that Toronto Public Library offers - borrow thousands of Korean books for adults and children, magazines, DVDs, music CDs (including Kpop!), as well as language-learning materials to study Korean. 

There are four Toronto libraries with large Korean collections and six more branches with smaller collections in Korean. Visit Cedarbrae, North York Central Library, Palmerston and Toronto Reference Library for our largest Korean collections.

Korean materials at Palmerston LibrarySamples from the Korean collection - Palmerston Branch.

Getting a Free Library Card

To borrow materials from the library, all you need to do is sign up for your free library card. Find out how easy it is to get a library card. Here are instructions on how to get a library card in Korean. With your card, you can visit any of our 99 branches, among which are the 10 branches that have Korean collections

In addition to borrowing materials, there are other great ways to experience the library. Check out this video in Korean to find out more about getting a library card, the TD Summer Reading Club and storytimes at the library.

 

 

Toronto's Koreatown

If you ever visit Palmerston branch, one of the large Korean collection locations of Toronto Public Library, be sure to go outside and explore Koreatown or Little Korea. This small stretch along Bloor, between Markham and Christie Streets offers a great mix of affordable Korean eateries and restaurants. Here are some suggested Korean restaurants in Toronto, complied by BlogTO.

Toronto has the largest single concentration of Koreans in Canada and each year at the beginning of June, Koreatown presents the Korean Dano Spring Festival at Christie Pits Park (Christie subway @ 750 Bloor Str. W.), where visitors can enjoy Korean food, traditional dance and music, Korean Pop, arts and crafts, Taekwondo demonstrations, sports competitions etc. It is the largest Korean community event in Canada!

Each year Koreatown presents the Dano Festival, where visitors can witness spectacular martial arts demonstrations, exotic dancing and music. - See more at: http://www.seetorontonow.com/explore-neighbourhoods/koreatown/#sthash.5DuDs4gL.dpuf

 

Learning Korean

And if you would like to begin learning Korean - the library is the right place! We have Mango Languagesdictionaries, books and CDs to help you learn Korean. Mango Languages is another great way to learn and practice Korean (and many other languages). Mango Languages Learning online courses are free to use with a Toronto Public Library card.

 

How about Korean stories for children?

 Dial-A-StoryIn addition to many books and DVDs, Dial-a-Story is a great resource for children to listen to recorded stories in Korean by phone (and 15 other languages!). There are stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12). You can listen anytime by dialing 416-395-5400 - the free Dial-a-Story library number.

 

 

Interested in more languages collections?

Check out our other blog posts highlighting multilingual collections at Toronto Public Library:

 

 

Tamil at Your Library | உங்கள் நூலகத்தில் தமிழ்

April 17, 2015 | Suzanne | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Tamil DVDs at Cedarbrae Branch

Do you want to read books in Tamil? Maybe watch a Tamil movie? Or learn Tamil? Well you've come to the right place! Welcome to Tamil at your library! நூலகம் வரவேற்கிறது! The Toronto Public Library (டொராண்டோ பொது நூலகம்) has thousands of Tamil books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and more. There are six branches with large Tamil collections, and many other branches that carry Tamil.  Visit Albion, Cedarbrae, Fairview, Malvern, Toronto Reference Library and Woodside Square for our largest Tamil collections.  

Today I am visiting the Cedarbrae branch, where they have a wide selection of Adult and Children's materials in Tamil. There are even dual language books in Tamil and English, such as this picture book by Debbie Harter called Walking Through the Jungle.

Walking Through The Jungle     Inside page of Walking Through The Jungle
Dual language books are a great way for children to be able to experience a story in both languages. This title is available in eight different languages at the Toronto Public Library.

Getting a Card, Tamil Collections, Programs and More...

To borrow materials from the library, all you need to do is sign up for your free library card. Find out how easy it is to get a library card. Here are instructions on how to get a Library Card in Tamil. With your card, you can visit any of our 99 branches, with 24 branches that carry Tamil collections.

Library Branches with Tamil:

Large: 1500 or more items

Medium: 750-1500 items

Small: Fewer than 750 items

  • Albion
  • Cedarbrae
  • Fairview
  • Malvern
  • Toronto Reference Library
  • Woodside Square
  • Agincourt
  • Albert Campbell
  • Bridlewood
  • Burrows Hall
  • Downsview
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Goldhawk Park
  • McGregor Park
  • Morningside
  • Parkdale
  • Parliament Street
  • St. James Town
  • Bendale
  • Dawes Road
  • Eglinton Square
  • Kennedy/Eglinton
  • Maryvale
  • York Woods

In addition to borrowing materials, there are other great ways to experience the library. Check out this video to find out more about getting a library card, the TD Summer Reading Club and storytimes at the library.
 
         

If you are a newcomer, there are many ways the the library can help you.

LSPDid you know that the Toronto Public Library has Library Settlement Workers at branches throughout the city? Here is some information on the Toronto Public Library's Newcomer Services for Tamil Speakers.These staff can provide assistance on a variety of services for newcomers to Toronto such as citizenship, job searching, immigration, childcare and much more. 

This library user, named Vidhu, found help through a Settlement Worker when she first moved to Toronto. You can watch Vidhu's story here:

    

Support groupSome branches have programs especially for Tamil speakers. Did you know the York Woods branch has a Tamil Networking and Support Group?  Share your thoughts and experiences and get information from the Library Settlement worker Dilani Kronemberg. To register contact Dilani at 647-296-7358. This program is in partnership with Citizenship & Immigration Canada, North York Community House and Toronto Public Library.

The Toronto Public Library also offers free access to many Tamil language newspapers in print and digitally.  Find international news from sites like BBC News – South Asia, and local papers from Tamil Nadu (South India) and Sri Lanka.

Here are some exciting new titles available through our digital collections, Overdrive and Hoopla

A Peck On The Cheek    Amarar Kalkiyin Ponniyin Selvan Audio Book By Sri     Dr U Ve Sa - En Sarithiram Audio Book by Sri    Tamil Classics

Not a Tamil speaker but want to learn? The library can help you here as well! We have Mango Languagesdictionariesbooks and CDs to help you learn Tamil. Mango Languages is another great way to learn & practice Tamil.  It is also helpful for new English speakers as well.

Dial-A-StoryHow about Tamil stories for children? In addition to many books and DVDs, Dial-a-Story is a great resource for children to listen to stories in Tamil. There are stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12). You can listen anytime by calling (416) 395-5400. தமிழ் மொழியில் ஒரு நல்ல கதை கேட்க இந்த எண் (416) 395-5400 டயல்.

 

Finally, if you can't find what you're looking for – just ask! Our friendly staff are ready to help you find what you need. 

Welcome to your library!  நூலகம் வரவேற்கிறது!

Celebrate Opre Roma Festival – April 7th to April 12th

April 2, 2015 | Chantel | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Opre Roma - Rise Up RomaJoin Toronto Public Library as we partner with the Roma Community Centre at the Opre Roma – Rise up Roma Festival in this week-long celebration featuring Romani arts, musical performances by the Robi Botos Trio and meeting with well-known author Hedina Sijercic.

The Library will also be hosting storytelling programs for families at three branches: Taylor Memorial, Agincourt and Parkdale. There will be book displays at all the programs, including the main event held at the Lula Lounge on Sunday April 12th. Drop by and see what we have!

Get ready for the festival by checking out some of the music and books we have at the Library!

Don't forgot to check out Facebook for more information!

 

  Rromane paramicha Karankochi-Kochi  An Unusual Family

Robi Botos Trio  Best of 2000 Gypsy folk groups from Hungary  Gypsyland: The Greatest Songs Ever

Your Library in Russian | Русская коллекция в нашей библиотеке

March 18, 2015 | Maria | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

The Toronto Public Library (Публичная Библиотека Торонто) has a lot of great Russian books, movies, music, and more. 

To borrow library materials, you need to get a library card. It's free!

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

НЕДАВНО В КАНАДЕ? Запишитесь в библиотеку (PDF). Это бесплатно! 

The following Toronto Public Library locations have Russian materials:

Large: 1500 or more items Medium: 750-1500 items
  • Barbara Frum
  • Centennial
  • Humber Bay
  • Maria A. Shchuka
  • North York Central Library
  • Runnymede
  • Toronto Reference Library
  • Fairview
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Mimico Centennial
  • Richview
  • St. James Town

You can also view a map of Russian locations.


I've put together a list of new and popular Russian materials that you can borrow from the library:

For Adults | Для взрослых

Books | Книги

Исчезнувшая Легкое дыхание лжи Запечатленный ангел Самоволка

Выживатель Слишком много счастья Веер Настоящая фантастика 2014 

eBooks| Электронные книги

If you've new to eBooks, we have some great guides to help you get started. 

Знойная женщина – мечта буржуя Мастер и Маргарита  Сестры Снежная королева

Magazines | Журналы

Огонёк Караван историй Новый Мир Лиза

Movies | Фильмы

Горько! Главное не нажраться Бумер Дед 005 Долгая счастливая жизнь

Богиня Как я полюбила Место встречи изменить нельзя Чеховские мотивы Прогулка

eMovies | Фильмы онлайн

Did you know that the library has some online movies in Russian that you can watch on your computer, for free? All you need is to make a free account on the Hoopla website with your library card.

Black Lightning Love Me Jules Verne A Lifelong Journey Leonardo Seeking the Truth

Free Energy of Tesla Archimedes The Master of Numbers

While these movie titles are in English, the movies are all in Russian. Some have English subtitles.

For Kids| Для детей

Movies | Фильмы

приключения капитана Врунгеля Варвара-краса, длинная коса Тайна Заборского омута. Тайна Голубой долины  Остров сокровищ

Books | Книги 

Школа принцесс пираты твоя первая энциклопедия Дед рассказывает сказки История России в рассказах для детей

New Music | Новая Музыка

Любимой доченьке  Любимому сыночку  Лучшие песни для детей  Зажигательный детский хит

Hear a story

Hear a Story

Hear-a-Story lets kids listen to Russian stories online for free. Stories include: Теремок (The little tower), Волшебная водица (The magic potion), Ивашко и ведьма (Ivashko and the Witch), & Волк и коза (The Wolf and the Goat). 

  

Dial-a-Story

Dial-a-story-boyYou can also listen to Russian stories any time by calling Dial-a-Story at 416-395-5400. Stories are for children 12 years of age and younger. 

 

 

Library Catalogue

You can use the Toronto Public Library catalogue advanced search to find more library materials in Russian. Don't forget to select "Russian" from the "Language:" category before hitting search. If you're looking for something specific, you can also select: library branch, publication year, and age level. 

Here are search results showing all Russian materials in the catalogue, sorted by date.

 

I hope you've enjoyed this brief overview of the Toronto Public Library's Russian collection. Let me know if you have any questions or comments and please share your favorite Russian books, movies, music or other library material below.

After School Youth Hubs

March 4, 2015 | Elsa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The After School Newcomer Hub is now called Youth Hubs. The Centennial Youth Hub and the Sanderson Youth Hub welcome newcomer teens (all teens as well) in grades 7-10 for free homework help and a place to hang out with friends after school.

Both Hubs run 3 times a week with trained volunteer tutors on site to help with homework and just to chat about school and settlement. Teens can use laptops for homework and research. For more information or for the March Break schedule, contact the coordinators at: youthhubs@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Getting homework help from trained tutors.

Teens can use laptops for homework and research. 

When homework is done, teens can play video games and check out free workshops.

Free workshop Fun video gaming

For more homework help needs, also check out the Homework Help for Teens.

Don’t forget about the free online databases for newcomer youth. Sign in with your library card and try TenseBuster, a database that offers lessons and practice tests to learn English grammar. It can also keep track of progress with test scores.

  Tense Buster

The Black History Month Celebration Continues!

February 26, 2015 | Rachelle | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Where does all the time Toronto urban book expo postergo? As February draws to a close many of us may be wondering how we can celebrate Black History Month during this last lap! Come check out a Black History Month Book Fair, featuring Canadian Urban Fiction and African-American fiction at the Malvern Library on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Meet urban authors and publishers, purchase their books, and discuss what makes great urban fiction with Stacey Marie Robinson of Kya Publishing.

 

Still want more? Toronto Reference Library has a new exhibit, Freedom City: Uncovering Toronto’s Black History, on display until March 29, 2015. Through original paintings, drawings, photographs, manuscripts and broadsides, Freedom City, covers the history of black Toronto – from the days of early settlement to the end of the 19th century. The exhibit has been enhanced by the research and contributions of prominent Canadian historians and authors Karolyn Smardz Frost and Afua Cooper. It is generously sponsored by TD Bank.

For great reads, check out the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at Toronto Public Library.

Freedom City TD Gallery Poster

Kung Hei Fat Choy! 恭喜發財!

February 25, 2015 | Chantel | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

(By Brendon with contributions from Chantel)

Year of the Sheep
During the Chinese Lunar New Year, many people give and receive “lucky money” in a red pocket. If you read or speak any of the Chinese languages or dialects, your library card is also “lucky” because it gives you access to a world of material at the library in your language- and it is already in your pocket!

Over half of Toronto Public Library’s branches have a Chinese language collection which consists of books, videos, and magazines. 52 branches across the city have a Chinese collection, so your chances are very good that a branch near you has Chinese materials.

 

Searching for materials in Chinese

Before I show you the world of Chinese material you can access at the library, here is a neat trick if you would like to translate the Toronto Public Library’s home page in simplified or traditional Chinese characters using Google Translate.

Library staff can also help you search for Chinese material, or you can use a nifty piece of software called the “Input Method Editor” (or the IME Pad) which allows you to write Chinese characters into the search box on the Library’s homepage, making it much easier to search for Chinese language material. Here is what it look like:

Input Method Editor

 

If it is a bit too cold to get to your nearest branch, you can still use your lucky library card to access the library’s Chinese electronic collections.

Here is a brief rundown on what your library card can access when it comes to Chinese material:

 

Books and Videos

Our OverDrive digital collection contains a large collection Chinese e-books, e-audio books and videos that you can borrow and read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone! Check out some of the popular items you can download!

Ip Man The Final Fight A Simple Life 狼图腾 实用偏方秘方

 Magazines

But what about Chinese magazines? Our Chinese e-Magazines database has an extensive collection of streaming Chinese magazines.

If you are interested in downloading some Chinese magazines to your tablet, Zinio gives you access to beautiful, high definition versions of some of the hottest Chinese magazines.

Cosmopolitan Business Today Common Health Magazine Next Magazine 壹週刊

 

Movies and Music

If you are looking for some Chinese movies you can stream or download, create a Hoopla account with your library card and take a look at their section devoted to Chinese Cinema.

Have esteemed guests coming over for a function and you don’t have traditional Chinese music in your collection? Your lucky library card saves the day again with access to streaming Chinese music through the Naxos Music Library! You can search by both country and by instrument in Naxos Music Library’s advanced search.

 

Learn Chinese!

Finally, if you want to enjoy any of the Chinese language material we have at the library, but don’t know how to read or speak the language, Mango Languages provides free online courses in Mandarin language which are accessible with your library card which you can complete in the comfort of your home.

As you can see, your Toronto Public Library card makes you truly lucky if you are looking for Chinese language material! We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year as you make the most use out of your library card!

Top Spanish eBooks, eMagazines and Other Free Spanish Resources at Your Library

February 1, 2015 | Iana | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto Public Library offers a variety of materials in Spanish to our Spanish-speaking customers - you can borrow for free Spanish books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, as well as Spanish language-learning materials. Toronto has a large Spanish speaking population and in addition - Spanish is a popular choice for people who would like to learn a new language.

But did you know that the library is now providing free access to many wonderful popular titles of Spanish eBooks (Libros electronicos en espanol) and eMagazines (revistas electronicas en espagnol)?

I asked our electronic collections librarian to help me come up with a list of the most popular Spanish eBooks and eMagazines that are being requested on the library's website and they are listed below.

These bestselling novels and other Spanish eBooks, eMagazines and much more are free to download if you have a valid Toronto Public library card. Read on your eReader, computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone! Visit tpl.ca/ereads and learn how to get started.

Our top five most downloaded TPL Spanish eBooks in translation:

Perdida El jilguero Steve Jobs Spanish edition Fault in our stars Spanish edition

  • Perdida (Gone Girl) by Gillian Flynn
  • El jilguero (The Goldfinch—Spanish-language Edition) by Donna Tartt
  • Steve Jobs (Edición en Español)  by Walter Isaacson

Top five most downloaded TPL eBooks written in Spanish:

 Cien anos de soledad El amor en los tiempos del colera El juego ripper El prisionero del cielo

ZinioZinio is a popular digital magazine platform and Toronto Public Library offers more than 500 titles of those consumer magazines. Zinio offers a number of magazine titles in Spanish as well (close to 30 titles currently) and users get to keep the magazine issues that they download on their device. Among those Spanish titles are popular fashion, design and lifestyle magazines such as Architectural Digest Mexico, Good Housekeeping, Vogue Latin America, Marie Claire Espana, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar Espana, Cosmopolitan en Espanol, Glamour Latin America, ELLE Mexico, GO Latin America etc., and below are the top five as requested by our customers online. What a fun way to keep current with fashion trends while mastering your Spanish!

 

Top five TPL Zino eMagazines in Spanish:

  Hola Esquire MexicoVogue Latin AmericaCosmopolitan en Espanol

 

And what about the print Spanish collections? Where can you pick up a book in Spanish, borrow popular print magazines such as Semana, Geo, Hola, Gente, Muy Interesante, or choose a movie to watch? Which branches have Spanish board books or picture books for your child?

 

Many Toronto libraries offer Spanish books, DVDs, CDs, magazines

You can find a listing of all branches with Spanish collections on the Toronto Public Library’s website. All these adult and children's materials are free to borrow with a library card and of course - remember that you can also place a hold on a title through the website catalogue and it will be sent to the library branch of your choice for easy pickup.

The largest Spanish collections are located at Downsview Branch, Sanderson Branch, Palmerston Branch and Toronto Reference Library. Several other branches have medium-sized Spanish collections - these are Agincourt, Albert Campbell, Albion, Bloor/Gladstone, Dufferin/St. Clair, Fairview, Mount Dennis and York Woods (for their contact information and directions - please visit the Hours & Locations section on our the library's website).

In total - there are 30 library branches across the city that have Spanish collections - which accounts for almost one third of all TPL branches!

 

TumbleBooksSpanish eBooks for Kids: The library offers free access (with a library card) to TumbleBooks, which is as a great online collection of eBook picture books and there are a number of titles in Spanish in there as well, that kids can read or listen to.  

Listen to a Spanish story by phone: Children and their families can also dial the free library phone line 416-395-5400 (Dial-a-Story), press 5 and listen to a different story in Spanish every day for younger (under 7 years) or older kids (age 8-12).


MangoLearn and practice Spanish language:

Always wanted to learn Spanish language? This has never been easier with our online language courses database MANGO Language Learning - it offers many different language courses including Spanish and Latin American Spanish, as well as ESL courses - Mango is free to use on your computer, simply sign in with your library card number.

 

Library programs in Spanish:

Spanish Reading Circle: For lovers of Spanish literature - Palmerston Branch hosts a monthly Spanish Literature Reading Circle (Circulo de Lectura en Espanol) on a Monday night once a month at 7pm. It is a free drop-in adult program. Call the branch to find what the next book in discussion will be or simply drop in.

 

Ready for Reading storytime

 Spanish Storytime

Bloor/Gladstone Branch offers a special Spanish storytime once a month too on a Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. Bring your children ages 2-7 to have fun and learn with stories, songs and rhymes. Prior knowledge of Spanish is not required and you can call the branch about the exact dates of the program.

 

 

New to Canada? Get your free library card!

 Here is a "Welcome to the Library" video in Spanish for newcomers to Canada.

 

Explore the world of Spanish with so many free library resources!

Newcomer Youth -- Welcome to the library!

December 24, 2014 | Suzanne | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto Youth
   [Source: City of Toronto Youth Services]

Are you a youth who is new to Toronto? Maybe even new to Canada? There can be a lot to adjust to in your new home. Not only are you in a brand new place, but you might be starting at a new school, trying to make new friends, and of course, trying to have some fun too!  The Toronto Public Library is here to help you! Not only can we find that textbook or novel you need for an assignment, we also have free programs, homework help, computer classes, and so much more!

Do you want to learn more about your new home? Or perhaps you are preparing for the Citizenship Test. Why not try using the My Canada database from our online databases? This helpful resource has lessons and practice tests on Canadian history, geography, government & culture. Give it a try!

My Canada Database
Outside of the library, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a great website called NewYouth.ca. NewYouth is an online community for newcomer youth, offering information on any questions you might have about school, work, immigration, law, health or daily life.

NewYouth Website
I got the chance to speak to Jai Sahak, Content Coordinator for the site, who told us a bit about himself, his involvement with the site and his tips for newcomer youth. 

What is your involvement with the site and youth?

Jai: I am the Content Coordinator for NewYouth.ca and its French counter-part NouveauxJeunes.ca. It’s my responsibility to identify issues relevant to newcomer youth in Ontario and present those issues using new media outlets. The site contains articles which address key issues every newcomer to Ontario faces. The site also has a large collection of videos from other newcomer youth sharing their experiences and challenges with starting a new school, making friends and life in Ontario in general. 

What is the most common inquiry you get from youth?

 Jai: From the discussion forum on our site, the most common inquiry we get from youth is in regards to access to better and more effective services in their city. Youth find it problematic to apply for Ontario Works, find a shelter, food bank or community health centre in their cities. More needs to be done at the school level to inform youth about what services are available to them and how they can benefit from their local library branch.  

What are some of the best ways newcomer youth can get involved in Toronto?

Jai: Newcomer youth in Toronto can do a number of things to get involved in their city. The most valuable way is to volunteer at their school, a community centre or a local library. Volunteering can provide youth with Canadian job experience which will be important once they start applying for work. It also allows them to learn the language and make new friends. Not to mention, it will count towards their community service hours required to graduate secondary school.

Thank you Jai for the great advice!  Just as Jai said, newcomer youth can do a number of things to get involved in their city. Volunteering at the library is a great way to get involved, and a Youth Advisory Group is great way to get involved!  Youth Advisory Group members can help with programs, services, and give feedback on youth collections.

Volunteer-YAGs[Youth Advisory Group Members]

The Toronto Public Library also has a lot of programs for youth.  Check out all of our Upcoming Programs for Teens or the TPL Teens blog for more info!

TEENSFor newcomer youth, the library has a program called Afterschool Newcomer Hubs where newcomer students in grades 7-10 can get free tutored homework help, workshops, electronic gaming and other fun activities.

From Homework Help to a Sushi Making Class, to help finding a job there is bound to be something for you. Best of all, programs and services at the library are always FREE!  Visit your local library branch today to find out how you can get involved!

Youth at Toronto Public Library Branch[Teens hanging out at the Cedarbrae Library] 

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