The Best Cookbooks of 2014

December 24, 2014 | Jeannette

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It’s that time of the year again. It’s the end of the year, the time where people pick their favourite books published in 2014. The library has compiled a few lists: best ebooks, children’s, non-fiction and best books of 2014. Just like last year, I’m sharing the best cookbooks published...

Free Science Events in Toronto for January 2015

December 23, 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 January calendar (PDF). January's highlights include: January 8: Get...

Season's Greetings, Glacial Readings

December 22, 2014 | Ann

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, travelers have endeavoured to reach the poles. The need to know was of paramount significance. The unfinished maps of that period in time compelled explorers to fill in the gaps with new knowledge. Other aspects included competition to reach that place first and the challenge to test their own physical, mental, and emotional limits against the harshest conditions imaginable. Even so, some explorers paid the ultimate price for this opportunity. These stories, too, are preserved in the historical body of knowledge as a part of that particular landscape.

Downton Abbey Returns!

December 19, 2014 | Muriel

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Dedicated Downton Abbey fans, like me, are especially looking forward to the new year, since on January 4 PBS will start broadcasting season five! Familiar faces will be returning to this phenomenally popular series, including my favourite actress on the show, Dame Maggie Smith. She plays the inimitable, always witty...

The Neuroscience of Willpower

December 18, 2014 | Cathy

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Image courtesy of With 2014 drawing to a close, I have been thinking about New Year's resolutions, not that I make them, officially. I think about what I would like to change, improve and accomplish for the next year, (yes, I know--resolutions). I recently realized that I have been...

Calling all amateur scientists

December 12, 2014 | Carolyn

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Public domain image. From Nicole Oresme's "Traité de la sphère". For most of human history, all scientists were amateurs... Are you among the many people who attend our science programs or pick up our monthly Free Science Events (PDF) calendars? If so, why not take your interest in science to...

Need Help With That Business Document?

December 9, 2014 | Kathryn

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Photo by Roger H. Goun. Licensed under a creative commons attribution license Does the thought of writing a business document make you want to flop on the couch with a bag of Cheetos and watch bad reality television? If so, you're not alone. One of the most common requests we...

Tis the season to be...

December 8, 2014 | Aleks

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The sentence can be finshed in many ways and for most of us, it's a way to spend a festive time together as a family. It usually is closely followed by a warm and bountiful meal and filled with eager anticipation of gift-giving. But for some families in Toronto, this...

More Proof Extroverts Rule the World

December 5, 2014 | Maureen

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Networking as a path to success, open concept offices, the emphasis on group work at all levels of education – need more proof that extroverts rule the world? The restaurant chain TGI Friday’s in the UK has unleashed an introvert’s nightmare: mistletoe drones with cameras. The noisy drone zips around...