Hockey Players Clobber Artists

June 30, 2016 | Maureen

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How many hockey players does it take to make you feel dumb about Canadian art? If you said three, good guess. A recent poll showed that Canadians had no trouble coming up with the names of hockey players -- 97 percent of those polled could name three or more. I...

Free Science Events in Toronto for July 2016

June 28, 2016 | Jeannette

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The Business, 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 July calendar (PDF). July's highlights include: July 7:...

Al Fresco: Summer Meals in the Great Outdoors

June 24, 2016 | Carolyn

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From food trucks to patios, a sure sign that summer has arrived in the city is the return of outdoor dining. So during this first weekend of summer, may I put in a good word for my favourite outdoor meal - the picnic? I have fond memories of childhood picnics....

Here Comes the Summer Solstice!

June 20, 2016 | Ann

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Photo courtesy of Bart Everson on Flickr under cc Generic 2.0 licence. While temperatures soared above the 30 degree Celsius mark after Victoria Day on May 23rd, summer officially begins at 6:34 pm today. As the commuter traffic dwindles, the Summer Solstice pours through the City hurling us into hot...

Summer Travel in Toronto!

June 17, 2016 | Muriel

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I recently read about a five-year-old boy, Jackson Ryan Bennett, who plans to visit, with his father, all 100 branches of Toronto Public Library this summer, on public transit! His father said that Ryan picked the first branch, Fort York, out of Daniel Rotsztain's adult colouring book, All the Libraries...

How Memory Changes with Age

June 10, 2016 | Jeannette

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My grandma often opens a kitchen cupboard and stares at it. “What did I need?” she would mumble. Sometimes she would tell us a story, not remembering she had already told us it. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 40% of people over the age of 65 experience some...

Truth and Reconciliation: One Year Later

June 6, 2016 | Carrie

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R.C. Indian Residential School Study Time, Fort Resolution, N.W.T. This work is in the public domain. It's been just over a year since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada held its closing ceremonies and released its summary report of the findings into the history and legacy of residential schools...

Jazz Festival Preview: Chase Sanborn Trio Live!

June 3, 2016 | Maureen

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North York Central Library is partnering with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival for a free preview show. The Chase Sanborn Trio will perform at the library on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:15 p.m. Before the performance, Chase and his fellow musicians will give a workshop on jazz fundamentals. It doesn't...