Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer, and Charles Manson

September 29, 2014 | Aleks

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Rape, torture, and murder. Notorious villains that have inspired many investigators, journalists and authors to dig up the facts, no matter how grotesque, for readers (not for the faint-hearted). True Crime -- the inexplicable curiosity to delve deeper into the bizarre, the horrific and the encrypted criminal cases. This genre...

Sustaining Hope Through Architectural Innovation

September 26, 2014 | Maureen

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How many times have you noticed paper tossed into a garbage bin, even though there is a clearly marked recycling bin right beside it? Maybe your answer is the same as mine – which is, too many times to count. The distance from one bin to the other is less...

Free Science Events in Toronto for October 2014

September 25, 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 October calendar (PDF). October's highlights include: October 2: Bigger,...

Carrot City: urban agriculture in Toronto

September 20, 2014 | Cathy

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image courtesy of Some people, like my colleague, Carolyn, have very successful home gardens. I drooled over the pictures of her garlic. Me? Not so lucky. When I talked my husband into buying a house instead of a condo, it was supposedly so the kids would have a backyard...

Everything you wanted to know about statistics...but were afraid to ask

September 16, 2014 | Cathy

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Image courtesy of "Statistics is the grammar of science." Karl Pearson Statistics is important in understanding and interpreting science especially with respect to research...but everyone can enjoy a basic understanding of statistics for their everyday life. For example, when I took my first statistics course, we were asked to...

Add a Pinch of Seasoning to Your Autumn Travels

September 15, 2014 | Ann

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Daylight hours continue to shorten, skies continue to darken, and outdoor temperatures continue to plummet. Sweaters, long pants, and warm fuzzy hats become more necessary for enduring the impending cold. Autumn also proclaims the return of bountiful harvests, cozy blankets, hot apple cider, fresh pumpkin pie, crackling embers aglow in wood burning fireplaces, and quiet time for introspection.

Toronto Poetry Slam Team performance: not your grandma's poetry!

September 12, 2014 | Maureen

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“In the beginning was the word…” Then came poets and storytellers, doing spoken word performance, painting with words inside people’s minds. If you love the beauty, the power, the magic and the music of words, come to North York Central Library on Friday September 26, where a feast is being...

Cyber Hacking: an inside look

September 11, 2014 | Cathy

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Image courtesy of Every week, there seems to be another newspaper article about computer hackers and their victims. Two recent incidents come to mind: -over a billion passwords were reportedly stolen by a group of Russian hackers from various organizations. Shortly after, doubts were raised about that story and...

Science Literacy

September 5, 2014 | Jeannette

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September 22-29 is Science Literacy Week. The Toronto Public Library will be joining the University of Toronto’s Gerstein Library to highlight and promote science and science literacy through displays and programs. Last week, the CBC reported that Canadians' science literacy was ranked highest in the world. According to the National...

Make the Most of Your Wardrobe

September 3, 2014 | Cathy

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Image courtesy of Flickr Part of my back-to-school routine as a kid was to get a new batch of school supplies. It was so nice having a spanking new pencil case full of just-sharpened pencil crayons. But the best part? Getting new clothes, some of which I insisted on wearing...