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January 31, 2014 | Maureen

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Question: what do a 1980s science fiction book, a comical Swedish picaresque tale, an Italian novel steeped in sadness, a tough guy thriller, a history of the native peoples of North America, a teen romance, a true story about a deadly trip into the Alaskan wilderness, a vegan cook book,...

Free Science Events in Toronto for February 2014

January 25, 2014 | Emoke

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The 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 February Calendar. February's's highlights include: February 8: Free Toronto...

The Hygiene Hypothesis and Your Immune System

January 24, 2014 | Cathy

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Illustration courtesy of www.jillbruhn.com With the cold and flu season in full throttle, you may be thinking of the best ways to boost your immune system. As noted in Harvard Health Publications' How to Boost Your Immune System, age, diet, exercise and stress may be factors. But just how does...

Keep your New Year's Resolution and Rock your Finances this 2014! You could win a free book!

January 22, 2014 | Ashley

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Here we are again, it is the beginning of the year and I'm sure we are all filled with resolutions. One of the most common ones is to manage our money better, especially after spending over the holidays. New Year's resolutions seem to go by the wayside quite shortly after...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20, 2014 | Ann

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Photo credit: mlkjr09.weebly.com Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a galvanizing force in the Civil Rights Movement in America. His approach through nonviolence for social change and his famous speeches continue to inspire people. He is revered as one of the most effective political leaders of all time, received five...

Art Talk at North York Central Library: "The Great Upheaval" at the Art Gallery of Ontario

January 17, 2014 | Muriel

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Art Talk: "The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918" North York Central Library - Auditorium Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. "...the new AGO show is like a greatest hits package of contemporary art." The Globe and Mail Come and join us and listen to David Wistow, Art Gallery...

Goodnight Moon: You've Read the Book, Now Listen to the Music

January 17, 2014 | Deb

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Back in 1945, when children's author Margaret Wise Brown woke up and wrote down the words to a book that had come to her in a dream, no one imagined that this book, first called "Goodnight Room", would become a classic loved by generations of children around the world. Today,...

The winter of 2014 - is it one for the ages?

January 10, 2014 | Carolyn

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When we complained about the inconveniences of winter as children, my father told us how he walked 5 km to school, even in the worst winter weather; when the lake froze over he could skate there, which was only 3 km. Not to be outdone, my mother told us how...

The Month of Janus

January 6, 2014 | Ann

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Credit: thelandseaandsky.com Being two-faced is a good thing to start the New Year. One face reviews the past and reflects on glories and defeats. The other face surveys the future with hopeful goals to accomplish. The Roman God Janus represents beginnings, transitions, and passages through time and self-contemplation. The month...

Calling all opera lovers: learn about Verdi's "A masked ball" at North York Central Library

January 3, 2014 | Maureen

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Please join us at North York Central Library on Wednesday January 22 at 7:00 p.m. for our first opera talk of 2014. Wayne Gooding, the editor of Opera Canada magazine, will give a talk on Giuseppe Verdi's opera Un Ballo in Maschera (A masked ball). The talk will include guided...