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Empower Your Presence: 5 Tips to Tailor Your Workplace Image

October 1, 2014 | Charlene | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

(Prime Impressions Image Consulting)
 

Possessing an empowered presence can increase your success and true wealth, whether going for an interview, starting out in your career, or vying for a promotion. Dressing intentionally plays a huge a role in impression management. 

Come hear Catherine Bell, President of Prime Impressions Image Consulting give five tips on tailoring your workplace image and how to use them to navigate “The Ladder of Formality” for all sorts of work environments – from professional attire, through three levels of business casual – so that you’ll always stride forth with confidence and ease.  Please join us on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:30-8:00 pm at North York Central Library - Auditorium.  Please register online.

To learn more about improving your workplace image, Toronto Public Library offers material in various formats for your convenience.

 

eTherapeutics+ for online information about medications

September 19, 2014 | Carolyn | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

eTherapeutics+ is the new name for a comprehensive resource published by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and available on workstations in Toronto Public Library branches. It replaces the eCPS, and provides expanded coverage.

eTherapeutics+ provides online access to all the drug and therapeutic information published by the CPhA, as well as additional information not available in its print resources. It's updated bi-weekly to provide information about new products, as well as the latest Health Canada alerts and warnings.

Here is the eTherapeutics+ home page:

eTherapeutics+ home page

 

The database is organized using the following tabs:

  • Home: includes a product tour and FAQ as well as a link to Health Canada's list of drug advisories, warnings and recalls
  • Therapeutic Choices: features pharmacological treatment options for medical conditions and disorders, organized by topic and searchable
  • eCPS: the searchable database of drug monographs
  • Drug Interactions: up to 50 drugs at a time can be cross-checked for interactions
  • Info for Patients: a searchable database of information about common conditions and disorders

The intended users of eTherapeutics+ are health professionals such as pharmacists and physicians, and those preparing for health careers. But I've noticed that patients also use it to learn about medications suggested or prescribed by their physicians. 

Of course no print or online resource can replace the advice we receive from health care professionals, but patients who prepare for appointments by consulting authoritative information resources are better prepared to discuss their treatment options.

eTherapeutics+ is a comprehensive resource for researching conventional therapeutic options. If you're interested in investigating alternative treatment options, the Natural Standard, available through the Toronto Public Library website, is an excellent resource.

Interested in reading more about pharmaceuticals and alternative therapies?

 

Prescribed: writing, filling, using and abusing the prescription in modern America Applied Therapeutics: the clinical use of drugs Shadow Medicine: the placebo in conventional and alternative therapies
Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Doctor's Book of Natural Health Remedies - book and eBook

Remington: the science and practice of pharmacy

Add a Pinch of Seasoning to Your Autumn Travels

September 15, 2014 | Ann | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

More beautiful images by Ian Muttoo on Flickr
Rays of autumn light in Trinity Square, Toronto. Photo credit: Ian Muttoo (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.)

There is only one week of summer remaining. Labour Day may have unofficially marked the arrival of Autumn, but the Fall Equinox begins on September 22nd.  

Daylight hours continue to shorten, skies continue to darken, and outdoor temperatures continue to plummet. Sweaters, long pants, and warm fuzzy hats become more necessary for enduring the impending cold. Autumn also proclaims the return of bountiful harvests, cozy blankets, hot apple cider, fresh pumpkin pie, crackling embers aglow in wood burning fireplaces, and quiet time for introspection.  Wikihow offers more ways to celebrate the Autumn season.  

The most remarkable Autumn phenomenon occurs to the deciduous trees in North America. The green leaves change to reds, yellows, and golds in a natural colourful array. SUNY-ESF offers a good explanation for the changing colours.

The places to witness the changing leaf colours include: 

For more scenic places to travel in Ontario, have a look at the following guidebooks:

Backroad mapbook, cottage country Ontario outdoor recreation guide by Mussio Russell A paddler's guide to Algonquin Park by Kevin Callan The explorer's guide to Algonquin Park by Michael Runtz Great country walks around Toronto - within reach by public transit by Elliott Katz
A camper's guide to Ontario's best parks by Donna May Gibbs Carpenter Ontario provincial parks trail guide by Allen MacPherson A camper's guide to Ontario's best parks by Donna May Gibbs Carpenter A paddler's guide to Quetico and beyond by Kevin Callan

 

If you would like to add some haut goût to your Fall reading, try these historical titles from various disciplines. Some topics below may agree with your taste:

Seasons in the sun - the battle for Britain, 1974-1979 by Dominic Sandbrook Five seasons - a baseball companion by Roger Angell Season of the witch - enchantment, terror, and deliverance in the city of love by David Talbot A season of splendor - the court of Mrs. Astor in gilded age New York by Greg King
Early in the season - a British Columbia journal by Edward Hoagland Fifty seasons at Stratford by Robert Cushman Fever season - the story of a terrifying epidemic and the people who saved a city by Jeanette Keith Seasons of misery - catastrophe and colonial settlement in early America by Kathleen Donegan

 

Enjoy the changing fall colours and the many notable rituals, events, and celebrations pertaining to the Autumn season before the snow dusts the ground. 

Science Literacy

September 5, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

September 22-29 is Science Literacy Week. The Toronto Public Library will be joining the University of Toronto’s Gerstein Library to highlight and promote science and science literacy through displays and programs.

Last week, the CBC reported that Canadians' science literacy was ranked highest in the world. According to the National Science Education Standards, scientific literacy means a person has the ability to:

  • Ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about everyday experiences
  • Describe, explain and predict natural phenomena
  • Read with understanding articles about science in the popular press and to engage in social conversation about the validity of the conclusions
  • Identify scientific issues underlying national and local decisions
  • Evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used to generate it
  • Pose and evaluate arguments based on evidence

The Science & Technology department, in particular the Science Fair collection, at the North York Central Library, contain books that can help understand and improve science literacy:

The art of science  Everyday practice of science  The language of science  Reading and understanding research

Science matters   What counts as credible evidence in applied research and evaluation practice  What the numbers say  Why science 

Want something to read right now? Access and download these popular science magazines through our Zinio database:

Astronomy   Discover   Earth  Popular science

Also, access our Science in Context database for journal articles, news, videos, images and audio on major science topics:

Science in Context

Science Literacy Week is a good opportunity to brush up on your science knowledge or learn something new through the library’s programs, books and displays.

 

Picture Labour Day...Over A Century Ago

August 29, 2014 | Ann | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

  More Labour Day images from The Toronto Public Library Pinterest website

Labour Day in Toronto along Queen Street West near Claremont Avenue in 1905 (Photo courtesy of The Toronto Public Library)

Hours of Operation

Welcome to the first day of September which happens to fall on the first Monday of the month.  As this day marks the Labour Day statutory holiday, all public libraries, post offices, government buildings, and private businesses are closed for the day. The library will re-open for regular hours on Tuesday.  Sunday hours will resume for District branches and Research and Reference libraries including North York Central Library and the Toronto Reference Library.  Sunday, September 7, 2014 is the first Sunday the library will open in the Fall at 1:30 pm and close at 5:00 pm.

 

Picture Labour Day in 1905 (close-up view)

Going back one hundred and nine years ago, visualize standing on a raised wooden platform from the main street and looking up at the cool misty grey sky. A photographer gages the weather and scans the procession.  Beside him, balanced on a tall wrought iron tripod, rests an early-period camera.  He peers through the camera lens and squeezes a rubber bulb connected to the camera.   A crisp image materializes showing marchers moving westward along Queen Street West with crowds gathering on sidewalks across the north and south sides of the street.

A conductor leads the parade and he exhibits stern confidence.  Behind him, the musicians keep pace while performing on their trombones, tubas, trumpets, and drums.  The band appears loosely dispersed along the street to ensure enough space to safely perform, march, and read their sheet music.

Drawn forward by the rousing tunes from the band, hundreds of men marching are decked out in suits, peaked caps, and what appears to be long cloth pendants pinned and draping from the marchers' left breast pockets.  These uniformed men line and fill several street blocks.  

The women in the crowd wear long flowing dresses with big fancy bonnets worn over their hair.  The girls are adorned in knee-high dresses with their pretty hair beribboned and braided in flattering bows.  The men observing the parade appear immaculate in their dress suits and assorted hats--consisting of bowlers, panamas, and fedoras.  Some men are seen whispering quietly amongst themselves. On the upper right-hand side in the photograph, the crowd gathers under opened umbrellas and store awnings to avoid the drizzling rain.  Behind the wooden post on Claremont Avenue, a man sits in his horse-drawn carriage watching the parade go by.

 

Queen Street West and Claremont Avenue a Century Later (Google Maps Image)

The current image of Queen Street West and Claremont Avenue shows some structural changes since 1905.  For instance, the building that housed the Bunker Brothers Carriage and Wagon Works on the northwest side of Claremont Avenue in 1905 no longer exists.  In its place currently stands a Starbuck's coffee shop.  On the northeast side stood the Cairo Bros. store in 1905.  Today, the Sanko Trading Co., which sells Japanese food and various types of artifacts, maintains the original building in fine condition.  

 

Celebrate Labour Day (Google Images of Past Parades)

Fair pay, safe working conditions, fair rights for all workers, and the ability for employees to voice their concerns continue to be important issues for workers' unions to address, negotiate, and achieve with employers.  For more information on the history of Labour Day in Canada, please have a look at the website, Canada's History - The First Labour Day.

In March 2012, The Toronto Public Library defended against budget cuts and library closures as discussed in Maureen O'Reilly's March 14, 2014 Toronto Star article, When will the city learn to love its librarians?  The library continues to provide programs, print and online resources, and an environment for the public to learn, relax, and connect.  

Listed below are some worthy titles pertaining to labour, work, and industry:

The workers' festival - a history of Labour Day in Canada by Craig Heron A good day's work - in pursuit of a disappearing Canada by John DeMont All labor has dignity by Martin Luther King, Jr. Work, industry, and Canadian society by H. Krahn
Social work under pressure - how to overcome stress, fatigue and burnout in the workplace by Kate Van Heugten Working without committments - the health effects of precarious employment by Wayne Lewchuk Work - a very short introduction by Stephen Fineman The quality of work - a people-centered agenda by Graham S. Lowe


Every year on Labour Day Monday, the marchers gather between University Avenue and Dundas Street West in the morning.  By 1:30 pm the parade proceeds south to Queen Street West and then westbound towards Dufferin Street and finally southbound through the Dufferin Gates into the CNE.  Come see and support us on our march along the way!

The Pleasures of the Urban Harvest

August 22, 2014 | Carolyn | Comments (3) Facebook Twitter More...

Garlic from my garden  Potatoes from my garden

Garlic and potatoes from my garden.

 

This is my favourite time of year. From mid-August until the end of September I get so much pleasure from our vegetable garden as the plants we've tended all summer mature and we start to enjoy the food we harvest.

We grow the usual tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and peppers, and leafy crops such as lettuces, chard and kale, but what I find most exciting is harvesting the crops that grow under the earth: potatoes, beets, onions and garlic. Because we haven't been able to watch their progress, there's always an element of suspense. Until we dig up the plants, we don't know what to expect.

There have been some epic fails over the years - parsnips and brussels sprouts come to mind - but we've learned from our mistakes and figured out what works best in our garden.

The obvious reward is having delicious, fresh, organic vegetables, but I've found the less tangible benefits to be just as important.
I've learned to be patient as I've waited for crops to mature. I've learned humility as I've accepted setbacks and failures. And, most importantly, I've learned to be hopeful as I've tended to crops growing beneath the soil, trusting that there will be a healthy harvest at the end of the growing season.

You don't need a lot of space to grow food crops; many plants can be grown in containers on a small patio or balcony. Or you can look into renting a community garden plot. The City of Toronto runs eleven allotment gardens, with plots available to rent each season. Many other groups manage community gardens as well; you can get a list and information about how to start a community garden from the Toronto Community Garden Network.

And if gardening just isn't for you, you can still enjoy the harvest by visiting a farmers' market while so many local fruits and vegetables are in season.

If you're thinking about growing some food crops next year, it's not too early to start planning. You can save seeds now to plant in the spring, start to prepare the soil, reserve a garden plot or look into starting or joining a community garden.

Here are some resources for home vegetable gardeners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's Go To The EX!

August 18, 2014 | Ann | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Visit the CNE website for current events!
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Mid-August is upon us.  Two weeks of summer warmth remains--and more warm days ahead if Indian Summer occurs.  The Canadian National Exhibition opened its doors on Friday, August 15, 2014 and closes on Labour Day (Monday, September 1, 2014).  Admission cost varies with age and a group discount fee is available.  The exhibits, attractions, merchandise, and rides continue to draw huge crowds everyday to the CNE.

The Canadian National Exhibition takes place at (you guessed it) Exhibition Place located on 200 Princes' Boulevard which is just north of Lakeshore Boulevard between Strachan Avenue and Dufferin Avenue. 

This historical extravaganza was originally named, The Canadian Industrial Exhibition, opened in 1879, and promoted the buying and selling of goods and services.  Shown below is a lithograph representation on wove paper of the representatives of this committee.  

  Canadian Industrial Exhibition resources on tpl.caPhoto in public domain courtesy of the Toronto Public Library.

The original copy is available to view in the Baldwin Room at the Toronto Reference Library

Also, more glorious historical images are available from the Toronto Public Library Pinterest website:

More Pinterest CNE Images from The Toronto Public Library
(Archived Flyer Courtesy of The Toronto Public Library)

In 1912, the name changed to The Canadian National Exhibition.  Acronyms in recent decades became popularized in social media.  People today refer to this two-week festival as, "the CNE" or, "The EX."

There are many events occurring every year at the CNE.  One of the most popular attractions are the unusual food concoctions available.  The new foods on the menu (as listed on Toronto.com and on theex.com) include some renditions of the following:

For those who enjoy titles on food and culture, here are some tasty topics to tantalize your taste buds:

Eating Asian America - a food studies reader   Educated tastes - food, drink, and connoisseur culture Gastropolis - food and New York City The tastemakers - why we're crazy for cupcakes but fed up with fondue
Food and the city - urban agriculture and the new food revolution The real cost of cheap food The industrial diet - the degradation of food and the struggle for healthy eating Bet the farm - how food stopped being food

 

The Canadian National Exhibition is a celebrated tradition for over a century.  Many people have memorable experiences of this annual event. 

Blogger and podcaster, Mike Boon (also known as Toronto Mike), offers up his own experiences having worked at the CNE from 1989 to 1991.  His collection, I Worked at the CNE. I Have Stories to Share, are filled with nostalgia and humour. 

Celebrations occur across the world and have their own origins, traditions, and histories and below are some festive titles to enjoy:

Around the world in 500 festivals - the world's most spectacular celebrations A year of festivals - how to have the time of your life Festivals of the world - the illustrated guide to celebrations, customs, events and holidays World party - the Rough Guide to the world's best festivals
Celebration, entertainment and theatre in the Ottoman world Off the beaten page - the best trips for lit lovers, book clubs, and girls on getaways Celebrate - a year of British festivities for families and friends Dancing in the streets - a history of collective joy

If you are heading down to the CNE, take in the various attractions, food, and exhibits.  Otherwise, enjoy the summer season whereever it takes you.

The Right to Read Anything

August 15, 2014 | Maureen | Comments (10) Facebook Twitter More...

"...adults should feel embarrassed about reading literature for children."

So wrote Ruth Graham in an article for Slate, which was recently republished in the Toronto Star. The article tries to shame adults who read literature written for young people – not for children, as the quote above indicates, but for teenagers. Graham focuses on realistic teen fiction such as John Green’s The fault in our stars, or Stephen Chbosky's The perks of being a wallflower. These books fall into a category that librarians and publishers refer to as “young adult fiction” or “young adult literature”, often shortened to “YA”. The stone in Graham’s shoe is not YA fiction itself, but the popularity of YA fiction with adult readers. “Fellow grown-ups” she chastises, “at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this.”

Graham has her reasons for maintaining these imaginary intellectual border lines, reasons which I'm not going to address here, other than to say that I disagree with every one of them. Mostly, I disagree with the notion that there are books adults should read – (“literary” fiction) and books adults shouldn’t read (anything marketed to teens) – and if you can’t resist the urge to toddle around in the kiddie pool of fiction, you ought to hang your head in shame. If you must set up rules around your reading, I suggest you consider author Daniel Pennac’s ten point reading manifesto, “The rights of the reader.” Especially number five.

  1. The right not to read.
  2. The right to skip.
  3. The right not to finish a book.
  4. The right to read it again.
  5. The right to read anything.
  6. The right to mistake a book for real life.
  7. The right to read anywhere.
  8. The right to dip in.
  9. The right to read out loud.
  10. The right to be quiet.

I hereby out myself as a grown-up who reads young adult fiction. Anybody else care to confess? I have read, and enjoyed the aforementioned enormously popular, The fault in our stars and many other YA books.

And I am neither embarrassed or ashamed.

 

This one summer I just finished a poignant young adult graphic novel that captures the feeling of being a girl just stepping into the minefield that is female adolescence. This one summer, written and illustrated by cousins Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, takes place in Ontario cottage country. Rose and her friend Windy (named by a hippie mom) are summer friends, who renew their friendship every year when their families go to Awago Beach. Rose has one flip flop clad foot in childhood, and the other is just beginning to test the waters of the vast, mysterious lake of sexuality, gender roles and adult problems.

Underneath the simple summer fun – campfires, swimming, choosing candy and horror movies from the only store around, and finding just the right shaped rock -- there are darker undercurrents of teen pregnancy, adult disappointment and loss, the good girl/bad girl dichotomy, and narrow standards of female beauty. Rose’s chubby friend Windy, a year and a half younger than her, dances, bounces and splashes unselfconsciously, often in a state of hyperactive delight. But Rose is already beginning to internalize destructive notions of a female physical ideal. When Windy rolls up her shorts and poses, Rose says, “It makes your thighs look kind of big.” My heart broke for all the young Roses and Windys when I read that line.

This book feels Canadian -- Rose’s Dad wears a Toronto Maple Leafs shirt, and extols the virtues of Canadian rock group, Rush. And a trip to Historic Huron Heritage Village might remind readers who grew up in Ontario of school trips to the Huron village in Midland.

Archie the married lifeI recommend this young adult graphic novel to my fellow grown-ups. If someone catches you reading This one summer and says you are too old to be reading comics, you could point out that a graphic novel won the Pulitzer Prize (Maus: a survivor's tale, by Art Spiegelman, in 1992). Or you could tell them that today’s graphic novels aren't your mother’s Archie comics. (Actually, your mother might not recognize the Archie comics of the twenty-first century – an issue of the comic was recently banned in Singapore for depicting a gay wedding.) And if that doesn’t shut them up, tell them you’ll read whatever you please.

  Skim

 

 

Also by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki: Skim, which was nominated for a 2008  Governor General's Literary Award.

"Skim" (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school.  When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique starts a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression."

You can get This one summer and Skim at the library, but if you'd like a peek right now, see this article in The New Yorker:

Eyeball kicks: a teen-age-girl summer

A sidenote to North Yorkers and fans of Rush, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013: Rose's Rush loving dad would be happy to know that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, two members of the power trio who grew up in Willowdale, will have a section of Willowdale Park named after them. This summer, Willowdale Councillor John Filion spearheaded an effort to have part of Willowdale Park renamed Lee Lifeson Art Park. What!? Rose's Dad isn't a real person, you say? I refer you to number six, on "The rights of the reader" list above. (#6. "The right to mistake a book for real life.")

Resources for Science Teachers

August 8, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Did you know that the Science & Technology department at the North York Central Library has a Science Fair collection? This collection contains books with projects and experiments. It also contains research methods and technical writing handbooks. But a little known fact is it also contains some valuable resources for science teachers.

Here are a few journals that science teachers may find useful:

The American Biology Teacher:

The American Biology Teacher

  • Published by the National Association of Biology Teachers
  • A peer-reviewed journal designed to support the teaching of K-16 biology and life science
  • Contains teaching strategies for the classroom and laboratory, field activities, book reviews, classroom technology products and professional development resources
  • This journal can also be accessed online

 

Mathematics Teacher:

Mathematics Teacher

  • Published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • A peer-reviewed journal devoted to improving mathematics instruction for grades 8-14 and supporting teacher education programs
  • Contains classroom activities, lesson ideas, teaching strategies, math problems, classroom technology tips and book reviews
  • This journal can also be accessed online

 

The Physics Teacher:

The Physics Teacher

  • Published by the American Association of Physics Teachers
  • A peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the strengthening of the teaching of introductory physics at all levels
  • Contains articles on the teaching of physics, innovative physics demonstrations, ideas for presenting difficult concepts more clearly, suggestions for implementing newer technology into teaching, historical insights, and book and film reviews

 

The Science Teacher:

The Science Teacher

  • Published by the National Science Teachers Association
  • A peer-reviewed journal for high school science teachers
  • Contains the latest science news, teaching strategies, resources, activity recommendations, and book and technology reviews
  • This journal can also be accessed online

 

 

In addition to journals, there are also books that may be helpful:

Activities from the Mathematics Teacher  Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher  Investigating Safely  The Lingo of Learning
Nanoscale Science  Physics Demonstrations  The Resourceful Physics Teacher  Take-Home Chemistry


This is just a glimpse of what we have at the Science & Technology department. Come and visit us for resources that may be useful to you. We can’t wait to see you!

 

Celebrate Simcoe Day. Scenic Sensations Await!

August 1, 2014 | Ann | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

John Graves Simcoe on Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Photo Credit:  Ontario Ministry of Government Services Archives of Ontario. This file is free of known restrictions under copyright law.

Welcome to the last warm summer holiday weekend before Labour Day.

In Toronto, we celebrate Simcoe Day to honour Colonel John Graves Simcoe (1752-1806) who was the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada.  He founded the Town of York (which would eventually be renamed the City of Toronto in 1834), authorized the first troops to be stationed at York, and proposed The Anti-Slavery Act of 1793 to strongly influence the abolishment of slavery in Canada.

Simcoe Day holiday also provides an opportunity to enjoy recreational activities in this City.  Have a look at the City of Toronto webpage on Simcoe Day Recreation, Simcoe Day Festivals and Events, and the Toronto Festival Guide for inspiration.

For those who want to experience Simcoe Day with re-enactments of fighting troops in full military gear from the late 18th century, a visit to Fort York is highly recommended.

Friends of Fort York News and Events websiteThis photograph is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Genericlicense.

To read up on the history of Fort York, here are some interesting titles available:

Setting a fine table:  historical desserts and drinks from the officers' kitchens at Fort York by  Elizabeth Baird and Bridget Wranich Searching for the forgotten war: 1812 Canada by  Patrick Richard Carstens Capital in flames:  the American attack on York, 1813 by Robert Malcomson The Battle of York by Carl Benn

 

If you are planning a hike, walk, or an easy stroll around the neighbourhood, take these titles along with you on your journey:

Great country walks around Toronto:  within reach by public transit by Elliott Katz Stroll: psychogeographic walking tours of Toronto by Shawn Micallef Historical walking tour of Lawrence Park by Barbara Myrvold and Lynda Moon Toronto fun places-- for families by Natalie  Prézeau

 

Enjoy the long weekend, the warm days remaining in this summer season, and an appreciation of the history behind this Civic Holiday in Toronto.

 

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