Free Science Events in Toronto for August 2014

July 26, 2014 | Jeannette

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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 August calendar (PDF). August’s highlights include: August 7: Testing...

This is for the birds

July 25, 2014 | Carolyn

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I recently returned from a vacation where I spent a lot of time watching birds - mostly seabirds. A National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America was my trusted companion as I learned to identify terns, cormorants, herons and osprey. A good identification book is a necessity...

The Fruit Hunters

July 24, 2014 | Cathy

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Summer is the best season of the year—not only for the warm, sunny weather, but because of all the fresh fruits and vegetables. During her talk on Nutrition and Brain Health, Dr. Carol Greenwood recommended that half of our plate of food should be vegetables and fruit. And forget concentrating...

'Rock Star' Author Coming Home to North York

July 18, 2014 | Maureen

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I like to match my vacation reading to my vacation destination. My pleasure in the book is enhanced, and my appreciation for the scene around me is deepened. Recently, I brought Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda with me on a trip to the rocky shores of Georgian Bay, the setting for...

Cooking with Kids

July 11, 2014 | Jeannette

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My daughter’s first favourite toy was not a rattle or stuffed animal. Instead, she enjoyed playing with items in the kitchen, like storage containers, pots, pans and utensils. When she started crawling, we had to lock up all the cupboards to prevent her from helping herself to these items. We...

Marketing 101 at the World Cup

July 10, 2014 | Charlene

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Credit: Danilo Borges/Portal da Copa According to a recent Forbes article, 'World Cup Soccer: 770 Billion Minutes of Attention', the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ expects to have a viewership of 3.2 billion. That means, the entire tournament would attract 770 billion minutes of people's attention if they watch one entire...

UFO or Weather Balloon? Choose one.

July 7, 2014 | Ann

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One summer night in the first week of July in 1947, residents reported witnessing an unidentified flying object (UFO) crash down in the northern outskirts of Roswell, New Mexico. This event was aptly termed, The Roswell Incident. According to military reports, the examination of the crash site concluded that the flying object discovered was, in fact, no more than remnants of a weather balloon.

Summer-time Entertaining

July 5, 2014 | Cathy

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The types of food I serve in the summer are different from those I make for fall or winter entertaining. I seldom use the oven, as it heats up the house too much, except to bake desserts. No-bake pie crust? No thanks. I make quick, easy to prepare appetizers and...

Reading for delight, reading without shame

July 4, 2014 | Maureen

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While we waited for the elevator, a colleague asked me, “What are you reading these days?” It’s just the sort of question you’d expect one librarian to ask another, and it should have been easy to answer. But I did some quick math and realized I had six books on...

Internet Television with XBMC

July 3, 2014 | Cathy

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Would you like to learn how to save money on your entertainment costs? Approximately 16% of adults have 'cut the cord' - they don't watch television and use view on demand services like Netflix and Hulu instead. These services let you watch what you want to see, when you want...