Free Science Events in Toronto for January 2016

December 29, 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 January calendar (PDF). January's highlights include: January 10: The...

Whenever I Go to the Library, My Friend From Iran is There

December 28, 2015 | Deb

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My good friend, Laleh, is from Iran and every time I go to the library I see someone who reminds me of Laleh -- someone with dark wavy hair and olive skin that never looks pale or washed out even in the middle of a sun-deprived Canadian winter, someone with a gracious manner and a ready smile. It’s easy to want to be more like someone else, and all I can say is that’s true for me with Laleh.

The Best Cookbooks of 2015

December 24, 2015 | Jeannette

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It's that time of the year again. I'm back with another post about the best cookbooks of the year. Just like the 2014 and 2013 posts, below are some of the best cookbooks of the year chosen by various sources (click on their name to view the full list and...

Best Travel Destinations for 2016

December 21, 2015 | Carrie

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If you'd like to jump start your travel plans and are looking for recommendations from the experts, you may want to take a look at Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2016." Every year, Lonely Planet lists their top travel recommendations in a number of categories. "Best in Travel highlights not...

Talk on Material Splendour: Materials and Techniques of 15th and 16th Century European Painting

December 18, 2015 | Muriel

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Talk on Material Splendour: Materials and Techniques of 15th and 16th Century European Painting Speaker: Betsy Purvis, University of Toronto, Department of Visual Studies Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 7 to 8 p.m. North York Central Library Auditorium Please register for this free program by calling 416-395-5639 This talk explores...

The Best Science Books of 2015 are...

December 11, 2015 | Carolyn

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This is a great time of year for readers. Lists of the best books of the year can help you plan your holiday reading and gift buying. In November we featured the Royal Society's 2015 Winton Prize winning and nominated popular science books. This month, a look at critics' choices...

Alternative Holiday Activities!

December 7, 2015 | Emoke

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December is the month of holidays. Christmas songs and decorations most obviously bombard us and take over. But what if you don't enjoy the holidays, or do not observe any of them? If this is the time of year for you where you need a good distraction more than anything,...

Bah Humbug? No Way! Stories and Music for Christmas

December 4, 2015 | Maureen

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And so it begins. Ceaseless Christmas music in the stores. Aggressively cheerful sales people circle displays like piranhas. On my first Christmas shopping expedition this year, three different sales people in the same store tried to sell me the store card for ten bucks. Me: no…no…NO! The last sales pitch...

Computing Mutations

December 1, 2015 | Jane

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The Human Genome Project finished mapping the three billion-or-so chemical base pairs that make the how-to-build-a-human instructions code in 2003. It was a monumental step. But of course each human’s code is unique, and the difficulty of “reading” the genomic map means that in some sense this was just the...