Ontario's Snowy Past

April 10, 2018 | Ann

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Clogged 1978 Blizzard in Southern Ontario This April arrives not bearing flowers, showers or any indication of warming powers. Blowing winds and snow dance across the sky and tingle our eyes. If this is a dour warning of more coldness to come, we are assured that as Ontarians we have...

Bridging Niagara Falls From Past to Present

March 5, 2018 | Ann

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Niagara Falls (1792-1885) Niagara Falls has been visited and depicted by many people and from many different artistic perspectives. The changes in the landscape over time are preserved digitally courtesy of Toronto Public Library Digital Archives.

Repair Your Car Yourself

January 8, 2018 | Ranald

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Use the library e-resource Chilton Library, which is accessible anywhere Œ(1) your car calls out to be pushed onto its side and repaired, (2) you have your tools with you and (3) you have something, besides what you're wearing, to wipe your hands on. Photograph: Julia Kertesz, "Bucarest, car repair...

O(nt.) Pioneers!

December 18, 2017 | Jane

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I was reading Willa Cather’s wonderful novel, O Pioneers!, and musing about a world that I have no direct experience of . . . farming. Without such prompts, city folk like me perhaps don’t think much about farming. I fall into lazy notions of a bucolic world where adorable cows...

Retiring On A Low Income: Plain Language Advice

October 25, 2017 | Kelli

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Please note that this program will be held at the North York Seniors Centre, not North York Central Library. The vast majority of the financial information available about retirement planning is designed for people who have pensions or have accumulated money in RRSPs or other savings. There is very little...

Introducing…The 2017 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities!

March 21, 2017 | Deb

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Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books for and about children and young people with disabilities.This biennial selection draws attention to books published around the world, in an extensive variety of languages and formats, that address special needs and situations and which encourage inclusion at every level. The 2017 Outstanding titles have been selected. Learn more here!

The Best Popular Science Books of 2016 are...

January 27, 2017 | Carolyn

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In December I often post about the best popular science books of the year (see the lists for 2013 and 2015). I look for books that appear again and again as I check lists of the best non-fiction published in the past year. Here, better late than never, is my...

Maureen Jennings' Talk Relocated to Toronto Reference Library

December 1, 2016 | Muriel

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Maureen Jennings / Dead Ground In Between Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. Toronto Reference Library Atrium Please call 416-393-7131 for more information. Meet the writers everyone’s reading! Acclaimed author of the “Murdoch Mysteries” series, The eh list Author Series presents Maureen Jennings on her latest novel, Dead Ground In...

Free Science Events in Toronto for December 2016

November 30, 2016 | Jeannette

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The Business, Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied science events in Toronto. Applied science includes health, gardening, pets and food; all subjects found in the department's collection. Here is the December calendar (PDF). December's highlights include: December 7:...

Announcing the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, 2016

November 25, 2016 | Jeannette

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Founded in 1988, the Royal Society Science Book Prize celebrates outstanding science books from around the world. Securing a new sponsor this year, the prize is now known as the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. And the winner of the Science Book Prize for 2016 is... The Invention...