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Announcing the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, 2016

November 25, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

Founded in 1988, the Royal Society Science Book Prize celebrates outstanding science books from around the world. Securing a new sponsor this year, the prize is now known as the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.

And the winner of the Science Book Prize for 2016 is...

The Invention of Nature

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

Also available: audiobook  |  eBook  |  eAudiobook

In The Invention of Nature, Andrea Wulf reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world.

Here are the shortlisted books for 2016:


Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant

Also available: eBook

Scientists have been uncovering evidence that our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can impact the way our body functions. In Cure, Jo Marchant explores the vast potential of the mind's ability to heal, acknowledges its limitations and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives.


The Gene

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Also available: large print  |  audiobook  |  eBook  |  eAudiobook

In The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee attempts to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee’s own family reminds us of the difficulty of translating the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world.


The Hunt for Vulcan

The Hunt for Vulcan: ...And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity and Deciphered the Universe by Thomas Levenson

Also available: eBook  |  eBook (2nd copy)

For more than 50 years, scientists searched for the “missing” planet Vulcan. There was just one problem: it never existed. In The Hunt for Vulcan, Thomas Levenson follows the visionary scientists who chased after the phantom planet and recounts one of the strangest episodes in the history of science.


The Most Perfect Thing

The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird's Egg by T. R. Birkhead

In The Most Perfect Thing, Tim Birkhead uses birds’ eggs as a portal into natural history. Along the way, stories of naturalists and scientists, including those of Birkhead and his students, explore the vital role of the study of birds’ to understanding human reproduction.


The Planet Remade

The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton

In The Planet Remade, Oliver Morton explores the history, politics and science of geoengineering and considers the promise and dangers of these controversial strategies in response to global warming.

And the Award for Best Cookbook Goes to…

July 8, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (1)

The ceremonies celebrating the best cookbooks of 2015 were held recently.

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards honoured authors, publishers and other contributors behind the best cookbooks published last year. The association strives to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing and to expand the awareness of culinary literature. They awarded the cookbook of the year to…

The Food Lab

The Food Lab
(also available: e-book)

In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don't work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new, but simple, techniques.

Here are some of the other IACP award winning cookbooks:

Dinner at Home   Fast Food, Good Food   Food52 Genius Recipes   The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook

Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees   The Picnic   Tacos   Vegetarian India

Visit IACP’s website for the full list of winners.

The James Beard Foundation Book Awards celebrated books that contributed to the growing canon of information and knowledge about food and beverage. This year, the book of the year went to…


Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

Zahav tells an authoritative and personal story of how Solomonov embraced the food of his birthplace. It showcases the melting-pot cooking of Israel, especially the influences of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. With its blend of technique and passion, this book shows readers how to make his food their own.

Here are some of the other James Beard Foundation award winning cookbooks:

A Bird in the Hand   Near and Far   NOPI   V is for Vegetables

Visit the James Beard Foundation website for the full list of winners.

The Gourmand World Cookbooks Award honoured the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television. They presented the best cookbook of the year to…

With Our Own Hands

With Our Own Hands

This book tells the story of the Afghan and Tajik Pamir Mountains, the old traditions and rapid changes in people's lives and the way they interact with the landscape. It is also a book about the origins of food. Combining stories, essays, recipes, and photography, With Our Own Hands seeks to strengthen the pride of the Pamiri people and excite the curiosity of those who appreciate diversity in food and agriculture, and the role it plays in people's relationships with nature and with each other.

Here are some of the other Gourmand International award winning cookbooks:

The Ghana Cookbook   Montreal Cooks   Soup for Syria   Vegan Everyday

Visit the Gourmand International website for the full list of winners.

Many of the award winning cookbooks can be read online or on a mobile device. Search for the titles in OverDrive, the library's e-book and e-audiobook digital content service.

Listen Up, Poem Fairy!

April 7, 2016 | Maureen | Comments (14)

Last year, in April, someone gave me a poem. It was left on my desk, front and centre, where I'd be sure to see it. No one confessed. It could have been anyone in the building -- North York Central Library has six floors, so my suspect list is long. Will the poem fairy (as I've been calling my anonymous benefactor) strike again this April, which is National Poetry Month? If they read this, will they feel pressured into giving me another poem? Will they feel trapped in an annual poetry giving loop that must continue until one or the other of us dies? Dear poem fairy, don't feel obligated to give me a poem this April. Don't worry, I won't be like Linus, shivering in the pumpkin patch all night, waiting for the Great Pumpkin who never comes.

What if the poem fairy isn't one of my co-workers? What if it's a supernatural being, like the Great Pumpkin, and what if it has the power to grant poetry wishes during National Poetry Month? Oh Great Poem Fairy, grant my wish! GIVE ME POETRY INSTEAD OF MUSIC WHEN I'M ON HOLD! I wish it every time I'm forced to endure a sharp harpoon of ear stabbing music while waiting with the phone to my ear.

Imagine, instead, a voice speaking softly into your ear: I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. Wouldn't you hug the phone close? Wouldn't you hang on every word? If the poem fairy doesn't grant my wish, then I look to you business owners, civil servants, anyone in charge of a phone line -- hear this cry from my soul! Replace hold music with poetry, not just in April, but ALWAYS. It could work something like this:

Press 1 for Beat poetry

Press 2 for Haiku

Press 3 for Free verse

Press 4 for Sonnets

Press 5 for Nonsense verse

Press 6 for Limericks

Press 7 for Canadian poetry

Press 8 for Narrative poetry

Press 9 for Surprise me

You could change it up all kinds of ways. During tax season, Revenue Canada could offer epic poetry (because you could be on hold for a long time). On Valentine's Day you could fire up the love poetry. Entrepreneurs, I offer you this poetry-while-you-wait business idea, free. Take it to the Dragon's Den! Just make the tiny terrible music stop!

If you want to begin exploring poetry, but aren't sure where to start, borrow a poetry anthology and sample a range of poets, genres and periods.

Global poetry anthology 2015 Please excuse this poem Poem-a-day The Oxford book of comic verse
Global poetry anthology
Please excuse this poem
365 poems for every
The Oxford book of
comic verse
Poems that make grown men cry Poems that makes grown women cry The Penguin anthology of 20th century American poetry The best Canadian poetry in English 2015
Poems that make grown
men cry
Poems that make
grown women cry
The Penguin anthology
of 20th century
American poetry
The best Canadian
poetry 2015

The Griffin Poetry Prize, founded in 2000 by Canadian philanthropist Scott Griffin, is one of the most generous poetry prizes in the world -- the winners receive $65,000. There is an international prize, awarded to a living poet from any country in the world, and a Canadian prize, for a poet living in Canada. Here are the last eight years of Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize winners:

Koerner Hall
a first edition single collection of poetry
a first edition single collection of poetry
for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English ­ - See more at: founded by business man and philanthropist Scott Griffin in 2000. The first Griffin Poetry Prize was given to Anne Carson in 2001, for her collection Men in off hours. Have a look at these Griffin Prize winners for Canadian poetry from previous years:
Blue sonoma Red doc What's the score Methodist hatchet
2015 Blue Sonoma 2014 Red doc> 2013 What's the score? 2012 Methodist hatchet
Ossuaries Pigeon The sentinel The holy forest
2011 Ossuaries 2010 Pigeon : poems 2009 The sentinel : poems 2008 The holy forest

Winners for 2016 will be announced on June 2. To sample the work of the 2016 contenders, reserve the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, which the library has on order.

Did you know you can get poetry in eBook format from the Toronto Public Library website? Go to OverDrive and use the Advanced Search function to narrow your search to poetry. Here's a small sample of what's available:

Handwriting The essential Rumi The essential Ginsberg Sylvia Plath Collected Poems
Handwriting The Essential Rumi
The Essential Ginsberg
Sylvia Plath Collected Poems
Seamus Heaney 100 selected poems Love poems The waste land
Seamus Heaney
100 selected poems
Love poems The waste land

April 21 is poem in your pocket day. The League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets invite you to celebrate poetry on April 21 by carrying a poem with you throughout the day, and sharing it with others. Toronto Public Library is getting in on the fun! We've created a list of poetry eBooks you can borrow to put on your mobile device. Don't forget to share! Recite a poem to your co-workers during your coffee break, or, if you dare, to the sleepy eyed commuters riding the rocket.

Here's a short poem I'd like to share with everyone. I found it very moving. Turn up the volume on your device -- Ayo Akinfenwa, who recites the poem, speaks very softly at first. She's reciting at the Poetry In Voice contest, a recitation contest for Canadian high school students. (If I ever wondered whether poetry had kicked the bucket, this event showed me it's alive and kicking.)


Fear of snakes can be found in Canadian poet Lorna Crozier's Angels of flesh, Angels of silence: poems.

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

November 27, 2015 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

The winner of this year's Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is Gaia Vince's Adventures in the Anthropocene. She is the first woman to win this prestigious award. Previous winners include Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, Jared Diamond, James Gleick and Bill Bryson.

Congratulations to the 2015 winner:

Adventures in the Anthropocene

The changes humans made in recent decades have altered the world beyond anything it has experienced. Gaia Vince travels the world to explore what all these changes really mean. She found ordinary people solving severe crises in ingenious, effective ways. Gaia looks at how humanity's changes are reshaping our living planet, transforming our relationship with the natural world and explores how we might engineer Earth for our future.

Read the first chapter (PDF)

Adventures in the Anthropocene

Here are the shortlisted books for 2015:

The grapes of math

Bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible and how they have changed our world.

Read the first chapter (PDF)

The Grapes of Math


Life on the edge

Bringing together first-hand experience of science at the cutting edge with unparalleled gifts of exposition and explanation, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal the hitherto missing ingredient of life's dynamic to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences.

Read the first chapter (PDF)

Life on the Edge
Other formats:    e-Book    e-Audiobook    Audiobook


Life's greatest secret

A story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give rise to the life that exists all around us.

Read the first chapter (PDF)

Life's Greatest Secret  
Other formats: e-Book     e-Audiobook


The man who couldn't stop

In this captivating fusion of science, history and personal memoir, David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind and how they drive millions of us toward obsession and compulsion.

Read the first chapter (PDF) 

The Man Who Couldn't Stop
Other formats: e-Book     e-Audiobook


Smashing physics

The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. This book is the first popular inside account of the hunt for the Higgs boson. It is a story of incredible scientific collaboration, inspiring technological innovation and ground-breaking science. It is also the story of what happens when the world's most expensive experiment blows up, of neutrinos that may or may not travel faster than light, and the reality of life in an underground bunker in Switzerland.

Read the first chapter (PDF)

Smashing Physics  

Everybody Eats

February 11, 2015 | Jane | Comments (1)

...whether intricately prepared or straight from the freezer, whether from the backyard garden or shiny supermarket. The dudes at my dog park talk pork recipes, my sister has inordinate pride in her pie crusts. Tomorrow (Feb. 12), is the last day of Winterlicious, the Toronto festival that allows us all to try something, or someplace new.  

We eat for pleasure, have memories wrapped up in the recipes we cook, and of course food sustains us.

If only we could, like Jennifer Bain, “Eat for a Living”. You can at least come to hear her talk about what it's like though. Jennifer Bain is the food editor for the Toronto Star and will provide a “free – ranging” (no cooped up chat here) talk about how she came to be a food writer, how Toronto’s food landscape is changing, and about the process of writing a cookbook.

A little context: Bain’s Toronto Star Cookbook won the 2014 Taste Canada award for best English regional/cultural cookbook, and has hometown foodies feeling very proud. 

                     Toronto Star cookbook: more than 150 diverse and delicious recipes

 The talk is at North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St., in the Auditorium, on Wednesday, February 18 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  

Meantime, read, explore...try out a new recipe. 

Bitter: a taste of the world's most dangerous flavor, with recipes   Cooking with Les Dames d'Escoffier: at home with the women who shape the way we eat and drink  Note by Note Cooking  Cuisine and culture: a history of food and people
Cooking for Geeks   Plenty More   Vegan Pressure Cooking  The Cookbook Library

The Best Cookbooks of 2014

December 24, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (2)

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the end of the year, the time where people pick their favourite books published in 2014. The library has compiled a few lists: best ebooks, children’s, non-fiction and best books of 2014.

Just like last year, I’m sharing the best cookbooks published this year. Here are the best cookbooks selected by various sources (click on the name of the source to view the full list and for reviews of the books):


The art of French pastry  Everyday Thai cooking  Melt  Provence, 1970

The Globe and Mail:

Sugar rush  The SoBo cookbook  The vegetarian flavor bible  Bitter

National Post:

Made in Quebec  Plenty more  Prune  Jewish soul food

The Toronto Star:

Thug kitchen  A modern way to eat  Street food diaries  The family cooks

Did you get an ereader or tablet for Christmas? Or already have one? Or looking to buy one during Boxing Week? Well, here are some of the favourites from this year in ebook format: (If you’re new to library e-books, get started with OverDrive.)

Craft beer for the homebrewer  Egg  A kitchen in France  J.K.
Marcus off duty  Heritage  The messy baker  Make it ahead

I hope you’ll enjoy these cookbooks over the holidays. Lots of books to inspire and just perfect for all the family gatherings. Do you have any favourites from 2014?

Great popular science books: the new and the "new-ish"

November 14, 2014 | Carolyn | Comments (0)

The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books  celebrates outstanding popular science books published in English. I find the books nominated for this award are always informative, engaging and well-written - in other words, great popular science reads.

The award for 2014 was announced on November 10. The winning book is:

Stuff Matters: the strange stories of the marvellous materials that shape our man-made world

Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik, available in book and eAudiobook formats

When Miodownik was a student, he was mugged by someone armed with a razor blade. He was amazed that a slender piece of steel could inflict so much damage. Filing a police report later, he started thinking about the staple that held the forms together. How could a substance - steel - hard enough to cut through five layers of clothing and leave him with a 13 cm stab wound also be capable of bending like a staple or a paper clip?

So began a lifelong fascination. Miodownik is now a professor of materials science, and in this book he devotes a chapter to each of 10 materials - including steel and concrete, glass and paper, carbon and even chocolate - revealing the extraordinary properties of everyday substances. 

The Winton Prize judges from The Royal Society said: "This brilliantly written book is a fresh take on material science that makes even the most everyday stuff exciting and interesting. It demonstrates just how creative and ingenious the human mind can be in its ability to incorporate them into our lives.”


   The other shortlisted titles were:

Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal Serving the Reich: the study for the soul of physics under Hitler Seven Elements that Have Changed the World

book, large print book, audiobook, talking book

The author of Stiff and Bonk tackes the digestive system.

How three leading German Nazi era scientists dealt with the moral complexities of serving the reich. Iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon - in case you were wondering.
  The-Cancer-Chronicles: unlocking medicine's deepest mystery The Perfect Theory: a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity

book, eBook, eAudiobook

A history of the disease and the status of current research from a deeply personal perspective.

book, eBook, eAudiobook

The drama and personalities behind the theory of general relativity.


This month in the Science & Technology Department we have a display featuring "new-ish" items from our collection. We want to draw people's attention to some of the excellent popular science books published in the past couple of years which might not otherwise  attract the attention - and readers - they deserve.  

Here are some suggestions, including some recent Winton nominees, in case you can't make it in to choose something from the display: 

A Garden of Marvels: how we discovered that flowers have sex, leaves eat air, and other secrets of plants Gene Everlasting: a contrary farmer's thoughts on living forever    Everyday Calculus: discovering the hidden math all around us

book and eBook

An engaging look at plant biology from a garden-loving science writer. Her enthusiasism is infectious.

Short essays about the place of death in the natural order of things. The author shares stories and insights from his life on a farm. Witty and moving. An engaging look at how math underlies much of our lives-from planning a daily commute to finding the best seat in the movie theatre.
Heart Sick: the politics of risk, inequality and heart disease From X-Rays to DNA: how engineering drives biology Freezing People Is (Not) Easy: my adventures in cryonics
Using the example of heart disease, the author examines the biases that can undermine health research and epidemiology.

book and eBook

Scientific breakthroughs from pasteurization to DNA analysis would not have been possible without engineering advances that preceded them.

Nelson became fascinated with cryonics in the 1960s. His organization froze clients after they died, promising to revive them when medical advances could cure their ailments. It did not end well.
Cells to Civilization: the principles of change that shape life The Particle at the End of the Universe: how the hunt for the Higgs boson leads us to the edge of a new world The Ocean of Life: the fate of man and the sea
A provocative look at how transformation is common to all life forms. The author discusses the shared processes in four life transformations - evolution, development, learning and culture.

book and talking book

Physicist Sean Carroll's award-winning account of the science and the politics of the search for the Higgs boson.

book and eAudiobook

Examines the complex relationship and the interdependence between humans and oceans.

Remembering Canada's Heroes

November 10, 2014 | Aleks | Comments (0)

Flander's Field

     November 11, a monumental date to all Canadians; Remembrance Day. Remembrance for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during conflict, war and peace. This year, 2014, marks 100 years since the declaration of war between the Axis and Allies. The Canadian War Museum has designed a beautiful resource for those interested in Canada's contributions in the First World War. They have brought together information in collaboration with pictures and objects from the war for public viewing. The Toronto Public Library Digital Archives also has a large collection of pictures from World War I and World War II


    The recent events in Ottawa have received nothing but an outpouring of support to Canadians worldwide. As the story unfolded in the following days, I could not resist feeling a sense of nationalism to be a part of such a great country amongst fellow Canadians who felt the same. The heroic acts of bravery by the Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers in light of our fallen soldiers, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent brought a need to commemorate them.

    Canadians have an interesting history, one which include acts of selflessness, heroics, perseverance, and struggle that would eventually shape our country. The following is just a small glimpse into some of the more interesting and exceptional Canadian people and events.


Isaack Brock - Canada's hero in the war of 1812

    Isaac Brock is the best-known figure of the War of 1812. He is widely credited as the military leader who frustrated the United States in its ambition to invade and take over Canada. He was an interesting character such that when he faced a challenge to duel, he insisted the other man be a handkerchief's length away. His opponent was forced to back down. Brock survived family financial disaster and faced desertions and near-mutinies before his successful years commanding his regiment in Upper Canada. As military governor of the colony, he called up the militia to oppose the invading Americans and led his troops into the key Battle of Queenston Heights. He died in the Queenston battle, but his courage inspired his troops to victory -- and even brought tribute from his American foes.

Laura Secord - heroine of the War of 1812

    After dragging her injured husband off the battlefield during the War of 1812, Laura Secord (1775-1868) was forced to house American soldiers for financial support while she nursed him back to health. It was during this time that she overheard the American plan to ambush British troops at Beaver Dams. Through an outstanding act of perseverance and courage in 1813, Laura walked an astonishing 30 kilometers from her home to a British outpost to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon. Despite facing rough terrain, the ever-present danger of being caught by American troops, and rather delicate encounters with Native forces, Laura reached FitzGibbon just in time for the British to prepare and execute an ambush on American military nearby, forcing the U.S. general to surrender. Laura lived a very long time, dying at the age of 93. In her lifetime the government never formally recognized her singular feat of bravery, and much controversy still envelopes her legacy. 

Shake hands with the devil - the failure of humanity in Rwanda

    Digging deep into shattering memories, General Dallaire has written a powerful story of betrayal, naïveté, racism and international politics. His message is simple and undeniable: “Never again.” When Lt-Gen. Roméo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN intervention in Rwanda in 1993, he thought he was heading off on a modest and straightforward peacekeeping mission. Thirteen months later he flew home from Africa, broken, disillusioned and suicidal, having witnessed the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans in only a hundred days. 


The courage of the early morning - a biography of Billy Bishop, the great ace of World War I

    William Avery Bishop "Billy Bishop" survived more than 170 air battles during World War I and was given official credit for shooting down seventy-two German aircraft. Experts on aerial warfare acknowledge that his relentless air fighting techniques and skills as a brilliant individualist and marksman were unique and his record unsurpassed. He was the first man in British military history to receive the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order, and the Military Cross in one ceremony. Eddie Rickenbacker, an American fighter ace once said, "Richthofen usually waited for enemies to fly into his territory; Bishop was the raider, always seeking the enemy wherever he could be found ... I think he's the only man I ever met who was incapable of fear." His three years at the Royal Military College were disastrous – an epic of rules broken and discipline scorned. He often admitted that his special method of landing wrecked more planes than he shot down. In the days when fliers could rightly think themselves heroes for just having the courage to go up in the rickety plans, Billy Bishop won the respect of comrades and enemies alike. He was one of the new breed of warriors who met the deadly challenge of air combat and made the airplane a decisive military weapon.


 For those who are looking for reads about courage, survival, danger and resilience the following are a list of books acclaimed as truly inspiring and mesmerizing reads:  

Lone survivor the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10Band of brother - E company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's NestUnbroken - a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemptionLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy- Four Women Undercover in the Civil WarA Long Way Gone- Memoirs of a Boy Soldier


The Nobel Prizes: celebrating science every October

October 17, 2014 | Carolyn | Comments (0)


The Nobel Prize for Physiology awarded to Frederick Banting in 1923. From the collection of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.
Nobel Prize for Physiology awarded to Frederick Banting in 1923 for the discovery of insulin

The Nobel Prizes for 2014 were announced earlier this month. For a few days every October the world's attention is briefly focused on science, since three of the six prizes - in physiology (medicine), physics and chemistry - are for achievements in the sciences. To me, the awards are both a reminder of the importance of scientific discovery and technological innovation and an opportunity to celebrate them.

Alfred Nobel was a 19th century Swedish engineer and inventor whose great wealth was based on hundreds of patents. In his will he directed that his fortune be used to establish annual awards that recognized the discoveries or inventions that "conferred the greatest benefit on mankind".

The scientific community is divided over whether the Nobel committees have favoured discovery over invention in the science prizes - or the other way around. These opinion pieces from National Geographic and Nature convey a sense of the arguments on both sides.

This year's physics and chemistry awards both recognized innovations which resulted from applied research. Advantage invention!

To learn about Alfred Nobel and the prizes that bear his name:

Alfred Nobel: a biography       Nobel Prizes and Life Sciences       Nobel: a century of prize winners

To read more about scientific discovery and technological innovation: 

Timelines of Science How We Got To Now: six innovations that made the modern world Accidental Genius: the world's greatest by-chance discoveries

book, eBook, audiobook

eAudiobook, Talking Book



The Art of Invention: the creative process of discovery and design        Reinventing Discovery: the new era of networked science       The Scientists: an epic of discovery
   book, eBook


photo credit: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library via photopin cc

Keep your New Year's Resolution and Rock your Finances this 2014! You could win a free book!

January 22, 2014 | Ashley | Comments (0)

Here we are again, it is the beginning of the year and I'm sure we are all filled with resolutions. One of the most common ones is to manage our money better, especially after spending over the holidays. New Year's resolutions seem to go by the wayside quite shortly after the new year. 

Next Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:00pm Bruce Sellery will present the program The Moolala Guide to Rockin' Your RRSPs  

In this fun and engaging talk, Bruce Sellery, columnist and author, will bring you "The Moolala Guide to Rockin' Your RRSP". He'll make retirement savings relevant to you, help you to develop a simple plan to rock your RRSP immediately and leave you inspired to get up and take action. 


Moolala RRSPs



The book Moolala Guide to Rockin' your RRSP: Start Rockin' in 5 Easy Steps was just released early January 2014. Actually, the Business Department just received its copy last week. Bruce Sellery has generously offered to give a copy of the book to the first 50 people to attend

Take a look at Bruce Sellery's five week financial challenge:



Go ahead, take the challenge, you've got nothing to lose - especially not your money!

At Toronto Public Library we have a lot of Finance Programs and workshops coming up which will help you maximize your income at all stages of life from student loans to living on your RRSPS. So why not start the year by being mindful of your financial goals, putting your plans into action and attending some free finance workshops?

Some of the finance programs coming up at North York Central Library are:

Identity Theft Protection

IdentitytheftPlease join us for an informative session to better understand fraud and learn how to protect yourself from being victims of fraud. Program is brought to you by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Auditorium 


Real Estate 101: Everything from buying, selling, leasing and investing


Real Estate Broker, Investor, Developer, Author of two books, and University of Toronto Instructor Claude Boiron will give an overview of Real Estate ownership, buying, selling, leasing, financing, and answer all questions. This program is free. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Auditorium 



Tax Tips for 2013-2014


78 tax tips

Brian Quinlan, chartered accountant and co-author of 78 Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies, will discuss "what's new in tax." Learn how you can minimize your 2013 taxes as well as plan for your 2014 taxes.

Monday, February 24, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Auditorium 


You can call the Business Department at 416-395-5613 to register or you can always just drop in if space is available - we hope to see you there!

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