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The Search for Richard III: England's Lost King

September 29, 2015 | Carrie | Comments (6)


Portrait of King Richard III
Portrait of King Richard III. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Please join us at North York Central Library on Thursday, November 12 from 7:00-8:00 pm to hear a representative from the Richard III Society discuss the life of one of England's most controversial monarchs. Learn about the fascinating events that led to the discovery and identification of his remains in a car park in Leicester, England.

Richard III was king of England for a short period from 1483 until his death in 1485 at Bosworth Field. He was the last English monarch to die in battle and his death brought about an end to the Wars of the Roses and to the Plantagenet Dynasty.  

Described by Shakespeare as “that poisonous hunchback’d toad, ” Richard has often been portrayed as a physically deformed, evil tyrant who had his two nephews murdered to remove their claims to the throne.

The Two Princes Edward and Richard in the Tower
The Two Princes Edward and Richard in the Tower, 1483 by Sir John Everett Millais, 1878, part of the Royal Holloway picture collection. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

After his death, Richard’s body was publicly displayed and buried in a Franciscan Abbey. However, with the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII, his final resting place became uncertain for centuries and resulted in much speculation and rumours.

The publication of the popular mystery novel, The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey in 1951 greatly helped to revitalize interest in Richard and by portraying him in a sympathetic light, helped to redeem his reputation.

It was really one woman, a screenwriter named Philippa Langley, that spearheaded the efforts to locate Richard's remains. After years of researching, raising money and convincing others to get on board, the archaeological dig finally began in 2012.

Find out more about this exciting discovery, how Richard's remains were identified and how the findings influence what we know about Richard III. Please call 416-395-5660 to register for this program.


Richard III: a royal enigma  The kings grave Bones of a king
Last days of richard iii Martyr or monster Road to bosworth Daughter of time








Free Science Events in Toronto for October 2015

September 29, 2015 | Jeannette | Comments (2)

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:

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

At the library, October's highlights include:

Can't attend a program or want to read more about the topics covered? Try some of these titles:

The green industrial revolution   The foot book   Sex in your garden   The healthy pregnancy book

The real cost of fracking   The complete book of juicing   Robotics   Waking the frog

Around the World in 50 Books: Exciting News About Books For Young People with Disabilities

September 25, 2015 | Deb | Comments (0)

BooksOne of the terrific things about working with The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities is the sense of community and connection that comes from looking at books that have been published around the world, all of them for and about children and teens with disabilities.

There are 4000 multilingual books in this collection -- and the more time I spend poring over its titles and discussing them with the collection's lead librarian, Leigh Turina, the more I am in awe of the creative efforts happening worldwide when it comes to children, disabilities, and books.

IBBY Collection in Action
Two young visitors explore The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities, located in Canada at North York Central Library, part of the Toronto Public Library system
Leigh in Bologna
Leigh Turina at the 2015 Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy

Every two years, IBBY (The International Board on Books for Young People) seeks to spread the word about this collection -- to further share that sense of community and connection that Leigh and I, our colleagues, and our fellow booklovers already experience.

IBBY does this by recognizing and celebrating exceptional books that address special needs and situations and which encourage inclusion at every level.

The latest biennial selection of outstanding titles occurred earlier this year. Over 150 books from 27 countries -- including Russia, Argentina, Australia, and Japan -- were submitted for consideration. Of these works, 50 were chosen as 2015 Outstanding Books. You'll find books with Braille, sign language, and pictograms on the list; there are also tactile books and books that meet the needs and interests of readers with dyslexia.

Much has happened since the Outstanding Books were announced in the spring. Here is the latest news about some of the titles on this list:


Newsflash #1: A picture book about Down syndrome becomes a film

The 2015 Outstanding Books feature a vibrant, energetic picture book about Down syndrome, published in Germany, that has recently been turned into a film. Planet Willi by Birte Müller looks at the daily life of a boy named Willi who seems -- especially to those who don't know him -- as if he comes from another planet. The animated film, by filmmaker Sören Wendt, was shown earlier this year at the Hamburg Film Festival. You can watch the trailer (with English subtitles) here:

Planet Willi - Trailer from Sören Wendt on Vimeo.

Newsflash #2: A girl and her guide dog travel from Italy to North America

A beautifully-illustrated story about the close bond between a guide dog and a blind girl, in Italian, is also a 2015 Outstanding Book. Lola e io (Lola and I) by Chiara Valentina Segré uses an oversize format to showcase its double-page, painterly artwork, including this scene of the two friends enjoying a day at the beach:

Lola interior pages
From Lola e io (Lola and I) by Chiara Valentina Segré, illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi. Published by Camelozampa snc in Italy, 2012

English-language readers will have a chance to read Lola's story and experience its delightful -- and unexpected -- ending for themselves when a new edition is published in North America by Fitzhenry & Whiteside later this year:

Lola and I


Newsflash #3: North American toddlers will soon meet Sweden's Pippa and Boo

And in other news about English-language editions, Ajja & Bajjas ramsor (Rhymes for you with Pippa & Boo) by Elvira Ashby is currently being translated from Swedish into English. The everyday adventures of a toddler with an animal companion are told using both words and easy-to-understand sign language.

Pippa and Boo books should be available shortly. Here is what the English-language cover of the introductory title will look like:



Newsflash #4: The catalogue for the 2015 Outstanding Books is now online!

For those who can't make it to the library to see the 2015 Outstanding Books up close, there's good news. The 2015 catalogue, which contains an annotated listing of all the books and includes some of their artwork as well, has been digitized and is now accessible online. Simply go here or click on the catalogue cover:

  2015 IBBY Selection of outstanding books for young people with disabilities


And as always, if you would like to learn more about The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities or would like to see the collection in person, we would be delighted to hear from you. Click on the IBBY logo for contact details, hours, and more:




Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano

September 25, 2015 | Maureen | Comments (4)

Please join us at North York Central Library on Thursday October 15 at 7:00 pm to explore a topic that has fascinated generations – the destruction of the city of Pompeii by volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Paul Denis, Assistant Curator (Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine) at the Royal Ontario Museum, will take us back almost 2000 years, to look at the life – and death of Pompeii. For a complete list of Toronto Public Library branches that will have programs about Pompeii, go to the bottom of this post.

Mosaic of watchdogMosaic of watchdog - Creative commons

A vacation destination for many Romans, Pompeii was a busy city near the Bay of Naples, surrounded by fertile land that supported vineyards and farms. It boasted a port, a gymnasium, an amphitheatre, public baths, fountains fed by an aqueduct system, shops, bars and private homes. It was a city rich in beauty -- excavations have revealed wall paintings, highly decorated ceilings, lovely floor mosaics, and sculpture.

The only eye witness account of the destruction of Pompeii is by Pliny the Younger, who was 18 at the time. In a letter, Pliny describes the beginning of the tragedy. Just after midday on August 24, his mother pointed out “a cloud of unusual size and appearance.” It was shaped like a pine tree, rising high in the sky on a “long trunk” which “spread out into what looked like branches.” Despite this ominous sight, Pliny and his mother stayed at their home, which was about 30 kilometres west of Mount Vesuvius. He slept little that night, describing “earth tremors” so strong that everything around him seemed to be “turning upside down.”

By dawn, with the buildings all around them shaking, they decided to flee, joining a “stupefied mob.” Pliny’s mother begged him to leave her behind, to save himself, but he refused. Pliny’s descriptions are terrifying. He saw the sea "being sucked back" leaving many sea creatures stranded on the sand, and a "black and menacing cloud, split by twisted and quivering lashes of fiery breath." As they fled, Pliny looked back: "Dense blackness loomed over us, pursuing us as it spread over the earth like a flood.” Over and over they had to shake off the heavy ash that fell on them, or else be “buried and even crushed beneath its weight.” Pliny thought it was the end of the world.

Garden of the Fugitives, Pompeii
Garden of the Fugitives, Pompeii Photo by Lancevortex - Creative Commons

Dramatic plaster casts of victims of the disaster may be the reason the destruction of Pompeii has indelibly burned itself into our imaginations. In 1863, the director of excavations at Pompeii, Giuseppe Fiorelli, decided to capture impressions of people in their final moments using the same technique that had been used to create impressions of objects, such as furniture. One of his contemporaries, the politician Luigi Settembrini, said that Fiorelli had “uncovered human suffering and whoever has an ounce of humanity will feel it.”

But the story of Pompeii isn't only about how its people died. Excavations at the site also tell a story about how they lived. The layers of ash that destroyed Pompeii also preserved it, allowing future generations to get a glimpse into day to day life in a first century Roman city.



If you are planning to attend the exhibit on Pompeii at the Royal Ontario Museum and would like to read about the topic to enrich your experience, consider reserving one of these books:

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum by Paul Roberts.

The fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii lost and found by Mary Beard.

From Pompeii: the afterlife of a Roman town by Ingrid D. Rowland.

The complete Pompeii by Joanne Berry.

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum The fires of Vesuvius - Pompeii lost and found From Pompeii - the afterlife of a Roman town The complete Pompeii

 Here are two DVDs and a historical novel about the destruction of Pompeii:

Pompeii The last day Pompeii back from the dead Pompeii Robert Harris









Excerpts from reviews for the novel Pompeii by Robert Harris: Readers who like their historical fiction well grounded in fact won't be able to put this down (Library Journal Review). Harris vividly brings to life the ancient world on the brink of unspeakable disaster. (Book List Review) ...expertly rendered historic spectacle (Publishers Weekly).

Toronto Public Library branches with programs about Pompeii:     

Pompeii: in the Shadow of the Volcano, at North York Central Library on Thursday October 15, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Speaker: Paul Denis, Assistant Curator, Royal Ontario Museum, World Cultures (Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine)

Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano at Toronto Reference Library on Monday October 5, 1:00 pm - 3:00pm. Presenters: Outreach team of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Volunteer Committee.

Programs suitable for kids ages 5-12:

Cedarbrae, Saturday October 24, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Woodview Park, Saturday November 7, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Amesbury Park, Saturday November 21, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

You can get a family pass for the Royal Ontario Museum at 50 Toronto Public Library branches. The Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) lets you and your family (two adults & up to five children) explore the best of Toronto's arts and cultural treasures for free.

Laws of the Bushveld

September 18, 2015 | Carolyn | Comments (4)

I was very fortunate last month to visit southern Africa. I saw animals and birds in environments ranging from the Namibian desert and the South African bushveld to the lush Chobe River in Botswana.

Leopard beside elephant carcass. Chobe National Park, Botswana

Leopard beside elephant carcass. Chobe National Park, Botswana

I knew we were going to see wild animals in their natural environments, yet I wasn't prepared for some of the harsh realities that we learned about and, sometimes, witnessed firsthand:

  • People kill animals. In Chobe National Park we came across the body of an elephant that had been shot, likely by a farmer. While commercial hunting is not permitted in Botswana, people can protect their property, crops and livestock from wildlife.
  • People are killed by animals. A few days after we left Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, a souvenir vendor was killed by an elephant. The following day, a guide leading a walking safari was killed by a lion in nearby Hwange National Park.
  • Animals kill animals. Not surprising, yet somehow I wasn't prepared for the sights and sounds involved. Most unsettling was learning (and hearing) that hyenas leave nothing uneaten - not even bones.

Interactions between humans and wildlife are inevitable. But the countries we visited are working to reduce the danger to both animals and people.

Rhinos in Greater Kruger, South Africa
Rhinos in Greater Kruger

As long as its horn sell for upwards of $70,000 US per kilo, the rhinoceros will remain the species most threatened by poaching. Conservationists are using technology to keep one step ahead of heavily-armed poachers. Rhinos are being fitted with "horn-cams" that switch on when an animal is stressed; police are dispatched by helicopter if they suspect poachers are in the vicinity. An organization called Air Shepherd is working with several countries in southern Africa to implement drone surveillance systems to combat rhino and elephant poaching.

Elephants in Greater Kruger
Elephants in Greater Kruger

While the value of their horns puts rhinos at the greatest risk from poachers, elephants are killed in the greatest numbers; according to a study published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), as many as 40,000 African elephants are killed each year to support the illegal ivory trade. National Geographic recently reported on its investigation of links between the ivory trade and armed groups in central Africa.

Another threat to wildlife populations in Africa occurs where human and animal habitats overlap. Farmers whose crops or herds are threatened by wildlife take steps to protect their livelihoods. Lions, leopards,cheetahs and hyenas can threaten livestock. In Namibia we learned about a conservation group  that is helping farmers learn to co-exist with these predators.                             

I feel privileged that I was able to see threatened and endangered animals in their natural habitats. I hope that conservation measures succeed in protecting them, both for the health of wondrous eco-regions such as the bushveld and so that future visitors will have the same opportunities I enjoyed.

Spotted hyena cubs in Greater Kruger
Spotted hyena cubs in Greater Kruger

If you're interested in learning more about the animals and eco-regions of southern Africa, have a look at some of these titles:   

The Biology of the African Savannahs

To learn more about the challenges facing wildlife and habitats in southern Africa:

Don't overlook magazines; they often contain great information:

National Geographic magazine, September 2015 issue BBC Wildlife magazine, April 2015 issue  
The September 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine has a cover story on the illegal trade in ivory. The spectacular photos in BBC Wildlife magazine will inspire would-be wildlife photographers.      

Here are a few other books about Africa I'm planning to read soon: 


Finally, I'm curious about The Okavango Macbeth. "Set in the Botswana Okavango Delta, it tells a story of the struggle for power among competing baboons in their matriarchal society". 

The Okavango Macbeth (CD and eMusic)



A gecko in the Namibian desert
A gecko in the Namibian desert 

Science Literacy Week is Back!

September 15, 2015 | Cathy | Comments (0)

Science Literacy Week Sept 21-27, 2015


Well...almost.  Toronto Public Library is celebrating its second annual Science Literacy Week, from September 21-27, 2015 with a whole slew of programs and displays for library-goers of all ages.

Scientific literacy is defined as "the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity" (definition from Science Literacy - Why is science literacy important?  Some people follow 'celebrities' such as Dr. Oz and the Food Babe for medical news and advice, but is it wise?  According to some health professionals, the answer is no. It is best to have a good grasp of basic concepts so that you can make informed decisions.

North York Central Library is pleased to be hosting a program by York University professor, Georg Zoidl on The Beautiful Brain: How Do We See the World on Tuesday September 22. You can also attend Science Literacy Week programs at branches throughout the city.

If you'd like to bone up on your science concepts or if you are a science geek like me, check out one of the following books:



Travel to: Iceland

September 14, 2015 | Emoke | Comments (4)

Glacial lake Jökulsárlón, Iceland; against the evening sun













Glacial lake Jökulsárlón, Iceland, against the evening sun (August 19, 2008) from Wikipedia Commons. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

This time around, no, I have not been to Iceland, (the Nordic island nation) unfortunately. But someone close to me is about to embark on a few days adventure to the capital, Reykjavik, and I thought I would do some research on what this unique and exotic country has to offer. I have been getting more requests from library customers desiring to visit as well.

According to Rough Guides, Iceland is known for its Blue Lagoon, volcanoes, hot springs, and buzzing Reykjavik.

It is located on the edge of the Arctic Circle and on top of one of the world's most volcanically active hot spots.

Nature is its biggest selling point, in my opinion. The capital is modern and cosmopolitan, but other places where people live are small, for example, fishing villages and farms located along the coast.

The interior of the country is totally bare and uninhabited. This I imagine allows for the beautiful nature to thrive. Highlights include the ice fields, glaciers, infertile lava and ash deserts, naturally occurring hot springs, boiling hot bubbling mud pools, and violent volcanoes, which Icelanders have gotten used to.

So what to do in Reykjavik? According to Lonely Planet, the residents are quirky and creative, and the nightlife wild. There are Viking history museums to see, great art and cool bars and cafes, and fresh seafood to feast on.

In the background, you will see snow-topped mountains, wavy seas and breathe in the crisp, clean air.

The peak season is June to mid-August, when there is the best weather, long days and more selection of accommodation.

You can visit the National Gallery of Iceland to see paintings by Iceland's most treasured artists.

The Saga Museum brings to life Iceland's early history with realistic models and soundtracks of the Vikings.

For a tour of the countryside, you can take the Golden Circle or other tours. You will see some of Iceland's natural wonders - the waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir.

For an example of Iceland's violent geography, check out the Volcano show.

And of course, check out the number one attraction, the Blue Lagoon, the geothermal spa, which is one of the 25 Wonders of the World. The water has silica, algae, and minerals and is a soothing 38 degrees Celsius.

Of course, this information is just the tip of the iceberg!

Please see the following books and ebooks the Toronto Public Library has on this majestic country.

  Iceland  Iceland  Iceland  The Rough Guide to Iceland

  Reykjavik ebook  Iceland  Top 10 Iceland ebook  The History of Iceland

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Walk on the Woolly Wild Side: X-Rated Knitting and Other Weirdness from the World of Wool

September 11, 2015 | Maureen | Comments (14)

Being all thumbs, I admire anyone who can make stuff  -- any stuff -- I hold anyone who has good hand-eye coordination skills in the highest regard. But browsing through some of the knitting books in the library made me wonder about you knitters. Some of you are knitting some pretty weird stuff. Freaky, kinky and requiring a level of obsession that I truly respect. (Try googling "knitted brain hat.") It seems you can knit almost anything. Do you fancy a chicken hat? You can knit that. Is a chicken hat too plain for your tastes? Dress it up with a knitted Salvador Dali moustache for special occasions. Knit your own moustache contains patterns for a variety of 'stache styles, as well as beards, pigtails, dreadlocks and more.

Animal hats to knit Knit your own moustache Animal hats

In his posthumously published picture book, Dr. Seuss asked, "What pet should I get?" But for knitters, the question seems to be, "What pet should I knit?" You can knit cats of all kinds (such as Abyssinian, Persian or Siamese) and dogs of all kinds (such as bulldog, Shih Tzu, or poodle). Pick up Knit your own dog and its sequel, Knit your own dog: the second litter, or Knit your own cat. You can knit a parrot, a  goldfish, or a guinea pig. Want something edgier? How about killer bees, a bearded dragon, or conjoined lab rats?

Knit your own dog Knit your own cat Knit your own pet Knitted woodland creatures

Knit your own Kama SutraI even found a knitting pattern for a miniature photocopier machine! This was in a book called Knit your own Kama Sutra: twelve playful projects for naughty knitters. You'll have some explaining to do if the kiddies get their hands on this book -- it contains graphic photos of sexual positions in wool, some of them quite gymnastic. Positions include: 'the suspended scissors', 'the lotus blossom', 'the lustful leg' and 'the ape'. This book gives new meaning to the term 'soft porn'. Consider yourself warned. If you're too embarrassed to borrow this book, you'll just have to use your imagination to guess how the photocopier is used. But don't be shy! The library has self checkout, so you can enjoy total anonymity.

In the world of knitting, it seems, ANYTHING goes.

What's your cup of tea, nerd-wise? Star Wars fans can knit Princess Leia's cinnamon bun hairdo. Better get those needles clicking if you want to wear it to the premiere of the new Star Wars movie, on December 18. You'll find the pattern in Knits for nerds. Remember the wampa, the fierce white beast on the snowy planet Hoth, in The empire strikes back? See if you can pick him out below. He'd keep you warm on a cold Toronto day, eh? Or would you prefer a Sherlock Holmes hat, modelled below by author Neil Gaiman in Geek knits? If Game of thrones is your poison, you could knit yourself a dire wolf, like the one perched on George R. R. Martin's shoulder. For fans of The walking dead we have, Knit your own zombie. Zombie aficionados know that zombies are held together by no more than a bit of rotting tendon and come apart easily. Clever use of velcro strips allows you to rip your knitted zombies apart and put them together in new combinations. If only I had serious knitting chops -- I'd marry my love of Star Trek to my love of cats and a Star Trek cat sweater would be born. 

Fierce white beast on the snowy world of Hoth Sherlock Holmes hat Dire wolf Star Trek cat sweater

You can even harvest the fur balls under your bed for raw material. Knitting with dog hair shows you how. A colleague told me her friend collected dog hair for weaving! I admit, I'm completely out of my depth here, but I see no reason why you couldn't use cat hair instead of dog hair. Knitters, I have an idea for you: knit a mouse out of cat hair -- or would that be too cruel an irony? Or how about knitting a cat out of cat hair -- for authenticity. But truthfully, I don't really get knitted cats. Why would I spend one minute with a knitted cat when I could be chillin' with my actual cats? But I can understand knitting a cat for your cat. I even understand knitting a cat for your cat's cat. But beyond that, madness lies.

Geek knits

Knits for nerds

Knit Your Own Zombie

You need more than animal companionship, you say? No problem: borrow a copy of Knit your own boyfriend: create the man you've been yarning for. (There is no 'Knit your own girlfriend.' Yet.) But you don't need a boyfriend or girlfriend to define you! Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all! AmiguruME will teach you how to make a fuzzy little you to love. Or you can make your friends. The book blurb promises, "You'll learn everything from depicting the face of the person you're designing to getting the clothing, hair, and accessories just right." (Tell me I'm not the only one who immediately thought voodoo doll after reading that. Shouldn't be too hard to sneak your enemy's hair from their brush and sew it onto their woolen head...)

Knit your own boyfriend AmiguruMe

You wouldn't want your knitted friends and frenemies to go hungry, would you? Knit them some food! There are patterns for peas in a pod, strawberries, bananas, cupcakes, ice cream sundaes, sushi, hot dogs, lollipops, candy, pizza and more. Kick back and watch Knitflix for a small sampling of knitted foods:


Patterns for these treats and more can be found in Tasty cute: 25 amigurumi gourmet treats. Amigurumi, the art of knitting or crocheting small, unbelievably cute stuff, originated in Japan. And this is where I leave you -- in the land of amigurumi, where no one ever grows old and death shall have no dominion. A cute-opia where even the purest evil can be knit into sweetness. In amigurumi land, Hannibal Lecter would be an adorable, wee man sporting a whimsical woolen straight jacket, with a fuzz ball head way too big for his tiny, harmless limbs. Do you want to explore this happy land? Here are some amigurumi books to get you started:

Tasty cute Adventures in Mochi-Mochi land Amigurumi knits Hello kitty crochet
Knitting mochimochi. 20 super cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi toys Amigurumi toy box Scary cute Crobots. 20 amigurumi robots to make

Health Force Ontario – A Type of Matchmaking

September 8, 2015 | Jane | Comments (0)

Canada is a country that thrives on immigration. So there are systems in place to help immigrants move into their new lives in Canada as easily as possible. In fact, new changes in immigration processes (some of them controversial) allow skilled and highly educated immigrants to be “fast-tracked” into Canada to fill specific labour vacancies. Many of the 50-or-so designated occupations are in health fields.                                            

Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 10.06.47 PMpicture credit: CanStockPhoto

This is where Health Force Ontario comes in. It is an agency whose role is, as Citizenship and Immigration minister Chris Alexander puts it, “matchmaker” to the health needs of Canadians and foreign-educated health workers who wish to come to Canada, to Ontario in particular.

Health Force Ontario “ensure[s] that Ontarians have access to the right number and mix of qualified health-care providers, when and where they are needed, now and in the future”.

On the other end, it executes the strategy by certifying the highly trained people who can fill these health care jobs, and who want to be in Canada.

The requirements for and process of certification can be confusing. If you are an internationally educated health professional, and would like to learn more about how to smooth the path to professional practice, come and see what the Access Centre for Internationally Educated Health Professionals may have to help.  

North York Central Library is hosting a session with a representative from Health Force Ontario/Access:

Are You an Internationally Educated Health Professional?

Tues. September 15, 2015

2:00 to 3:00 pm

North York Central Library

5120 Yonge Street

Toronto M2N 5N9

Room 2/3 (2nd floor, west side of atrium)

 To register, please call 416-395-5649


Outdoor Survival and Urban Disaster Preparedness

September 4, 2015 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

Walking in woods

Do you know what to do if you were lost in the woods? Can you survive before help can find you or you can find it? I've always thought about this when I take a walk in the woods. Although, the woods in my neighbourhood is by no means extreme wilderness but I've always had this thought. Would I have to eat bugs? Would I be able to build a fire? Can I eat the leaves from the bush? How can I get help?

How about at home? Would you be able to survive during an extended power outage due to severe weather? Do you have enough food and water? How do you keep warm?

Not to worry! There is help…

The North York Central Library’s Science and Technology department is hosting a workshop to help you get prepared. Learn how to construct bug-out survival and safety kits, how to select proper backcountry clothing, what types of backup power alternatives are available (e.g. solar invertors, gas generators, etc.), and how to formulate a survival game plan for the outdoors and at home. 


What: Outdoor Survival and Urban Disaster Preparedness

When: Saturday, September 19 at 1:00-3:30 pm

Where: North York Central Library, in the Concourse

Registration: Call (416) 395-5649


Join us to learn all you need to know to be prepared to survive in the wild and in urban disasters.

To read up on outdoor survival and urban disaster preparedness, check out these books:

Complete survival manual   Disaster preparedness   Disaster survival guide   Epic survival

How to survive outdoors   Man vs. wild   Modern survival   Outdoor survival guide

The Practical Preppers complete guide to diaster preparedness   Preparedness now   Serious survival   The ultimate survival manual

Urban emergency survival plan   Wilderness secrets revealed   Wilderness survival for dummies   Your survival


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