International Women's Day Film Screening: It's A Girl

February 29, 2016 | Emoke

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International Women's Day (March 8th) is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The United Nations started celebrating International Women's Day on March 8 during International Women's year, 1975. In 1977, the...

And the Oscar for Best Film Book of 2015 Goes to...

February 26, 2016 | Maureen

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It's Oscar season! Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday February 28th. Meanwhile, far from the glamour of sunny Hollywood, a lowly librarian has been agonizing over her list of 2015 film books while sleet pelts her windows in chilly Toronto. This year, there were so many contenders for best...

New Cars, Used Cars and Car Repairs

February 19, 2016 | Jeannette

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My husband recently bought a new SUV. It took him several months of researching to finally find, what he calls, his perfect car. Initially, he spent countless hours scouring through the web for reviews and watched countless road test videos on YouTube. Then, I introduced him to the resources at...

Modern Dating

February 15, 2016 | Aleks

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Image from Vancouver View I am no expert at dating in any capacity. I can only speak of experiences and what trending dating books and articles I have read. The days when you can meet your future husband next door or at school seem to be over. I look through...

Talk: Crossover Dreams: Motown Records in the 60s

February 12, 2016 | Muriel

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Talk: Crossover Dreams: Motown Records in the 60s Tuesday, February 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. North York Central Library Auditorium Please register for this free program by calling 416-395-5639. Berry Gordy Jr. established Motown/Tamla Records in Detroit in 1959 with a clear goal in mind: to present the music...

Pet Therapy

February 5, 2016 | Carolyn

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Let's count the ways in which pets are good for us: they provide companionship they give purpose to our days they diagnose life-threatening illnesses Come again? It seems there may be some truth to stories about pets that sniff out tumors; there's enough anecdotal evidence that clinical trials are being...

Free Science Events in Toronto for February 2016

February 2, 2016 | 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 February calendar (PDF). February's highlights include: February 5: Respiratory...

Slavery, Antislavery and Resistance in 19th Century Toronto

February 1, 2016 | Carrie

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Many Canadians are unaware that slavery existed here during the colonial period and that a number of prominent families in the Town of York (as Toronto was called until 1834) were slaveholders. Upper Canada's first lieutenant governor, John Graves Simcoe attempted to abolish slavery in the colony but faced resistance...