Introduction to Baroque Music with Violinist Patricia Ahern

February 27, 2015 | Maureen

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Please join us at North York Central Library on Friday March 27 for an introduction to Baroque music. Patricia Ahern, a violinist with award winning Baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, will perform selections of Baroque music to illustrate her talk. Tafelmusik has been called one of the world’s top Baroque orchestras by...

Free Science Events in Toronto for March 2015

February 26, 2015 | 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 March calendar (PDF). March's highlights include: March 2: Wearable...

The Beautiful Brain: How Do We See the World?

February 20, 2015 | Jeannette

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Edit: Please note that the talk "The Beautiful Brain: How Do We See the World?" has been rescheduled (date and time to be confirmed). Tonight's talk will be delivered by Derek Wilson (York University) on "What Happens When Proteins Go Rogue". I recently had surgery to correct my vision. I've...

North York Central Library Talk: Wedgwood: Artistry and Innovation

February 13, 2015 | Muriel

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North York Central Library Talk: Wedgwood: Artistry and Innovation Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium Speaker: Peter Kaellgren, Curator Emeritus, Department of World Cultures, Royal Ontario Museum Please call 416-395-5639 to register. Josiah Wedgwood I (1730 to 1795) was one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the...

Tutankhamun's Uncommon Encounters

February 13, 2015 | Ann

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Today marks the 2015 Civic Holiday in Ontario called, Family Day. It is a great day for many people to spend with family and friends. Today is also the 92nd anniversary commending Howard Carter on his 1923 exciting discovery of the inner chamber where he found Tutankhamen (also referred to as, "King Tut") laid to rest. Since that day, the life and death of King Tut became part of historical science and lore.

Everybody Eats

February 11, 2015 | Jane

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...whether intricately prepared or straight from the freezer, whether from the backyard garden or shiny supermarket. The dudes at my dog park talk pork recipes, my sister has inordinate pride in her pie crusts. Tomorrow (Feb. 12), is the last day of Winterlicious, the Toronto festival that allows us all...

Is sugar the new fat?

February 6, 2015 | Carolyn

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Photo by Uwe Hermann. Creative Commons licence. From the Paleo diet to buttered coffee, fat is making a comeback after decades in the dietary wilderness. For years the conventional wisdom was that dietary fat was responsible for many chronic health problems. Studies starting in the 1960s appeared to show a...

Franchising: Reliable or Risky?

February 5, 2015 | Kathryn

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I was surprised to learn recently that more than half of all retail sales in Canada--accounting for more than $60 billion--are currently conducted through franchises. Given these statistics, one might think that purchasing a franchise is a perfect introduction to business ownership for aspiring entrepreneurs. As with all new business...

Digital Innovation Hub Librarian Internship Experience!

February 2, 2015 | Emoke

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Photo of me at the Toronto Reference Library Hub Recently I finished a librarian internship at the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. I had the honour of spending about five months there, getting to know what goes on in the hub and learning how to do my...