Colleen Jones Roars Into the Library!

October 31, 2015 | Margaret W.

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On Wednesday, October 28th, North York Central Library hosted an eh List program featuring world curling champion and CBC television personality Colleen Jones. Colleen read from her new biography: Throwing Rocks at Houses: My Life In and Out of Curling. This book is also available electronically. During her illustrious career,...

‘Spooky’ Asteroid on Halloween

October 30, 2015 | Jeannette

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Tomorrow is Halloween. Are you ready? Preparations for parties, costumes, candies and fun are all underway. But did you know an asteroid, larger than a skyscraper, will also be zooming by Earth tomorrow? The asteroid, 2015 TB145 or ‘Spooky’, is approximately 290 to 650 meters wide. Spooky will travel at...

Free Science Events in Toronto for November 2015

October 27, 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 November calendar (PDF). November's highlights include: November 3: Advances...

Citizenship/Settlement Programs at North York Central Library!

October 26, 2015 | Emoke

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The Toronto Public Library offers a vast variety of New to Canada and Citizenship Test Preparation classes and programs on an ongoing basis. The library website under New To Canada is a good place to look for information on: Learning English for all levels and ages, Citizenship Test, Settling in...

Taking it to Zero: Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Architecture

October 23, 2015 | Muriel

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Green or sustainable architecture has been on the agenda for almost two decades at this point. Where early buildings were attempting to "live more lightly on the earth" and were attempting to lower energy use and use materials more conservatively, this is now deemed insufficient. Issues of global warming now...

Silence is Golden: The Astonishing Power of Wordless Books to Inspire, Delight and Unite Us

October 23, 2015 | Deb

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In recognition of the transformative role of books in the lives of children and young people, The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is working to establish Lampedusa's first children's library. To build the library's collection, the Italian section of IBBY has gathered outstanding wordless picture books from 23 countries. To showcase the library, an exhibit of more than 100 renowned wordless picture books, called "Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa" has been on tour around the world. After stops in Italy, Mexico and Austria, the exhibit travelled to Edmonton and Vancouver. And from November 2nd to December 11th, this exhibit will be at North York Central Library.

'They fell with their faces to the foe.' The First Battle of Ypres Commenced

October 19, 2015 | Ann

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On October 19, 1914, one hundred and one years ago today, marks the First battle of Ypres in Belgium where the French and British armies prevented the Germans from capturing Ypres as a route to France. Historical resources allow us to briefly glimpse at the challenges that the World War I soldiers endured during their long trench warfare.

Waking the Frog

October 16, 2015 | Carolyn

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Tom Rand Until recently I was probably one of the few people not familiar with the story of the boiling frog. It goes like this: if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. But if you put a frog into a pot of...

Wowing the Visitor: Architecture, Art and Exhibitions at the Aga Khan Museum

October 9, 2015 | Muriel

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Wowing the Visitor: Architecture, Art and Exhibitions at the Aga Khan Museum Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. North York Central Library Auditorium Sarah Beam-Borg, Exhibition and Public Programs Manager at the Aga Khan Museum, will lead the audience on a journey of discovery and a peek behind the scenes...

Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival

October 2, 2015 | Jeannette

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I don't know much about garlic. When I think of garlic, I think about the food my mom makes (the vegetable stir fry that is loaded with minced garlic), the bad breath afterwards and my ability to ward off vampires with it. A bit silly, huh? Well, garlic has actually...