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Free Science Events in Toronto for March 2014

February 25, 2014 | Emoke | Comments (1)

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 March Calendar.

March's highlights include:

The Toronto Public Library also offers many free science and applied science events:

March's highlights include:

Want some Income Tax Advice?

February 22, 2014 | Ashley | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again, Income Tax Time. Most of us dread doing our taxes, but they can't be avoided. The best thing do is be prepared and informed. Join Chartered Accountant and co-author of best seller 78 Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies Brian Quinlan. He will discuss some tips to minimize your tax bite on your 2013 tax returns, and look ahead at tax planning ideas for 2014.

Join us at the North York Central Library on Monday, February 24, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Auditorium where Brian Quinlan will present his program Tax Tips for 2013 and 2014.



How to Eat Healthy When Cooking for One

February 21, 2014 | Cathy | Comments (0)

My family's meals consist of kid-friendly foods such as spaghetti, meatloaf and chicken potpie.  This is a far cry from my pre-parenthood days, when I made beef broth from scratch for French onion soup, duck à l'orange, Peking duck (I was big on duck) and Gâteau Saint-Honoré. 

Peking duck
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So, when I had a chance to live on my own for a bit, I was excited that I could take the time to make what I wanted to eat.  Much to my surprise, I found that cooking for one was no motivation for cooking at all.  I quickly fell into the habit of eating foods that required no prep time, such as jam sandwiches or yogurt ... sometimes while standing over the kitchen sink.  Part of the problem was the lack of a stand mixer and a miscalibrated oven.  But still...who would've guessed?

I've been reading a variety of books on cooking for one.  Some of the recipes inspire me, especially those which are pretty straightforward and involve no cooking.  Reading about what others cook and eat when by themselves is both entertaining and reassuring.

The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones Solo Suppers: simple delicious meals to cook for yourself by Joyce Goldstein Vegan Bites: recipes for singles by Beverly Lynn Bennett
Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet What We Eat When We Eat Alone by Deborah Madison Alone in the Kitchen With an Eggplant: confessions of cooking for one and dining alone by Jenni Ferrari Adler

Now I understand why some seniors, especially those who live by themselves, don't have the best eating habits.  Fortunately, we have a presentation by University of Toronto Master of Public Health students, specializing in community nutrition, to get us back on the right track.  The focus of the presentation will be on healthy foods, vitamins and supplements and other tips for older adults.  Free samples will be provided. Join us at North York Central Library, Rooms 2/3, 2-3 pm on Tuesday March 4th.

Author Visit: Cecil Castellucci

February 20, 2014 | Cameron | Comments (0)


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Family Day Goes To The Dogs!

February 16, 2014 | Ann | Comments (0)

Toronto Family Day 2014 Events Including Dog Show

(Gif credit: Mary's Dream at

Enshrouded in drifting snowflakes, seen above, this mom and pup family links to a wide assortment of fabulous Family Day events happening throughout the GTA including an Inuit Museum and Dog Show at the Toronto Waterfront.  Also, check out BlogTO for more events, as well as Toronto.

The library may be closed on Monday, February 17th, but here is a brief selection of some intriguing ebooks on families you may like to enjoy in your favourite easychair or include on your reading list:

Switched At Birth at The Secrets of Happy Families on It Runs In The Family on Nurturing the Soul of Your Family on

Arms Full Of Love on

The Cycle of the Gift Family on Familyhood on Blood Feud at


Enjoy this day with family and friends and look forward to longer days, warmer weather, and Spring seasonal events happening around the corner.

North York Central Library Concert: Handel with Flare

February 14, 2014 | Muriel | Comments (0)


Concert: Handel with Flare
Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.
North York Central Library

Handel is one of the world's most famous and
yet unknown composers.  A man of political,
literary and artistic sophistication, he explored
all the musical forms of his day including the
chamber duets in this program.  Besides
hearing some delightful music, a few of those
perennial folk tales will be put to rest. 
John Holland, baritone; Jennifer Krabbe, soprano;
Duncan Chisholm, musicologist.



Handel         Handel the Man and his Music         The Faber Pocket Guide to Handel

A Handel Celebration   Sing-Along Messiah

Be sure to visit NAXOS, the online music library available through
Toronto Public Library, and listen to great music spanning medieval to modern - classical, jazz, electronic, world music and more, and find expert educational content. 

Freedom to read week - Alanna Mitchell Talk!

February 10, 2014 | Cameron | Comments (0)

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Learning Microsoft Office

February 7, 2014 | Carolyn | Comments (0)

One of our most frequent requests in the Science & Technology Department is for books about Microsoft Office software  - especially Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and Outlook. Clearly many people want to learn to use these products or to improve their skills. The good news is that the Library has lots of material in a variety of formats for beginner to advanced learners.

Let's start with a look at books. Here are some examples of what's available for the 2013 version of the Office suite. Note that we also have books on earlier versions if that's what you're interested in learning.















 We also have lots of eBooks about Microsoft Office software. There are a couple of ways to find them. One is to use the search box at the top of the home page and then choose eBooks as the Type from the menu on the left of the screen:




You can also link directly from the Library home page to Safari Books Online, a streamed eBook and eVideo service offering resources on computer subjects. Click on Downloads & eBooks:




Choose Safari Books Online from the list of eBook services:





Once you sign in with your library card number and PIN you will be redirected to the Safari home page. Type your subject into the search box at the top of the page and you'll get a results screen like this that links you directly to the content:




Many of the same books that are available in Library branches are also available on Safari.

If you're a more visual learner, use the Videos tab at the top of the results screen to link to Safari's eVideos on your subject.

For more help with Safari, see this quick guide to Safari prepared by Library staff.



How Black History Month Became A Canadian Tradition

February 6, 2014 | Ann | Comments (2)

Link to biography of Carter G. Woodson on
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This month of February celebrates Black History Month.  The inception of this historical custom involved the idea of one person and the support of many people to bring this to fruition. 

In 1926, Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), shown above, was the first American historian to recognize the need to commemorate Black History and the contributions Black People made in shaping North America.  Woodson initiated Black History Week in February coinciding with the birthdays of two historical figures he respected: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  For the next fifty years, every second week in February, Americans celebrated Black History. 

In 1969, residing in Kent State University, an association called, The Black United Students petitioned the government for Black History Week to be celebrated for the full month of February.  This request was fulfilled in an official ceremony in 1976, when Gerald R. Ford made the announcement to the nation. 

In Canada, a parallel evolution occurred.   Historica Canada provides a detailed account of how this tradition began here:

In Canada, this idea was first celebrated in Toronto by railroad porters within the Black community by 1950; the porters had learned of it on their travels in the United States. The Canadian Negro Women’s Association also hosted a few celebrations. It was not until the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) was founded in 1978, and petitioned the City of Toronto by 1979 to have February proclaimed Black History Month that the celebration started to trickle into the entire community. The OBHS has successfully lobbied the federal government to have February declared as Black History Month. In December 1995, the Parliament of Canada officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine, MP of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.  (Historica Canada: Black History Canada)

Even though Black History Month may have taken almost two decades longer to achieve in Canada, the credit for its success depended on the support of Black communities and the Ontario Black History Society.  Today, all of North America recognizes Black History Month.


If you are interested in participating in Black History Month events, the Toronto Public Library offers Programs, Classes, and Exhibits available at libraries across the city.

Black History Month Programs at TPL


Here are more Canadian Black History events and websites worth perusing:

Holeing a cane-piece, on Weatherell's Estate
Photo Credit: The City of Toronto website
  • The National Film Board of Canada has a selection of NFB Films for Black History Month which are immediately available for viewing--with the click of a mouse or a single touch on your cellphone, you will be enjoying some artistic Black heritage.  Shown below is a 7-minute animated movie called, The Magic Lion.


  •  The Virtual Reference Library has more recommended links available on Black Studies.

Virtual Reference Library Recommended Websites


Here are some titles available for more information on the history of Black Canadians and Black Americans.

Black History on The Journey From Tollgate to Parkway on Black History in Early Ontario on The Nova Scotia Black Experience on
Black Inventors on Living Black History on How Blacks Created Canada on

The Blacks in Canada on


Here is a link to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day blog posted in January.  Martin Luther King, Jr. plays an important role in Black History and is worth a second mention.

Martin Luther King, Jr Blog


For those who enjoy music, Bob Marley's Redemption Song - The Canadian Connection blog provides entertaining information on Black history, art, and music culture.

Enjoy this month's celebrations and events to reflect on how far Black Canadians and Americans have strived and achieved through the pages of history. 

Marissa Meyer: Author Visit!

February 1, 2014 | Cameron | Comments (0)


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