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Entrepreneur in Residence: How to Realize Your Dreams?

October 25, 2014 | Charlene | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Napoleon Hill's book Think and Grow Rich! "sold out it's first print run in three weeks" in the late 1930s. Today, it is considered the greatest self-improvement books of all time." His philosophy of personal achievement has been an inspiration to many, including many successful well-known business leaders today.  

To learn more about his principles and philosophy of success, attend one of our programs at North York Central Library. Hear Sunny Verma and guest speaker Satish Verma discuss Napoleon Hill's secrets of success and examples of some well-know billionaires who put his formula to prosperity into practice. Learn how to create your destiny through entrepreneurship in this mind-opening seminar. No registration is required.  FREE.

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014: 6:30 p - 8:00 pm - North York Central Library

Discover how you too can create your own brand of success in business and life. Try reading some of the suggested titles below:

The Science of Success The Magic Ladder to Success: The Wealth-Builder's Concise Guide to Winning!  The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires Think and Grow Rich for Women 


Free Science Events in Toronto for November 2014

October 25, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

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 November calendar (PDF).

November’s highlights include:

  • November 9: How to Feed 9 Billion in 2050, the speaker will explore the question: is eating plants better for both human and environmental health?
  • November 13: Toronto Diabetes Expo, this event features onstage programming, complemented by an exhibitor area.
  • November 23: EcoFair, a family-oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities.

The Toronto Public Library also offers many free science and applied science events:

November's highlights include:

Can't attend a program or want to read more about the topics covered? Try some of these titles:

Feeding the planet  Mayo Clinic - The essential diabetes book  All you need is less  Authentic aromatherapy 

Photoshop CS6 essential skills  Breathing room  Arduino for beginners  Makers at work

This post was edited on October 27, 2014

Got the Fever? /ɪˈlɛkʃən/ Fever?

October 20, 2014 | Ann | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Elections - City of Toronto website
Image courtesy of The City of Toronto website

Defining Election

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the general definition for the word election, (pronounced "ɪˈlɛkʃən") is as follows,

The formal choosing of a person for an office, dignity, or position of any kind; usually by the votes of a constituent body. (retrieved from on October 5, 2014)

On Monday, October 27, 2014, the polls will open and the people of the City of Toronto will have the opportunity to select a new mayor, a councillor to represent each of the 44 City Wards, and 3 school trustees during this municipal election.   A full list of election candidates is available for your perusal.

The link to where to vote is conveniently located on the ballot box below.

  MyVote link to search for your Ward #, ward map location, voting eligibility, ballot samples used, and voting locations

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"Election Fever" with Guest Speaker, Edward Keenan

Prior to the official election date, North York Central Library is offering a program on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 7 pm to 8 pm in the Concourse. 

The program is called, Election Fever: Exploring What Makes Our City Great with guest speaker, Edward Keenan who is currently involved in several notable professions including working as a columnist for The Toronto Star and as a talk show host at Newstalk radio 1010.   Please register by calling (416) 395-5660 to reserve a seat.


Edward Keenan programs and booksImage Courtesy of Edward Keenan


Edward Keenan is also a writer and author of the recently released (2013) book, Some Great Idea:  Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto.  The Toronto Public Library offers print and e-book versions for your reading pleasure.  


Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto by Edward Keenan


Suggested Titles to Feed the Election Fever

Come visit the Society and Recreation Department on the 3rd floor.  We have an excellent display of intriguing titles on social and political science encompassing Canada as well as specific books and magazines on Toronto.


Society & Recreation Department Display October 2014


As the energy for the upcoming municipal election reaches fever pitch, voters may also want to glance through resources pertaining to elections, votes, and political choices in Canada:

Dynasties and interludes: past and present in Canadian electoral politics by Lawrence LeDuc   Dominance & decline: making sense of recent Canadian elections by Elisabeth Gidengil Voting behaviour in Canada Fights of our lives: elections, leadership and the making of Canada by John Duffy
Parties, elections, and the future of Canadian politics by Amanda Bittner and Royce Koop Steps toward making every vote count: electoral system reform in Canada and its provinces by Henry Milner Making political choices: Canada and the United States by Harold D. Clarke The Canadian election studies: assessing four decades of influence by Antoine Bilodeau, Mebs Kanji, and Thomas J. Scotto


Enjoy the program, cultivate your knowledge with the best resources available, and select the most suitable candidates to serve the people of the City.

Canadian women win the right to vote...

October 15, 2014 | Aleks | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

The month of October is celebrated as Women's History Month!

The Toronto Daily Star- Canadian women win right to senate seats

Less then a hundred years ago, women were finally given the right to vote in a Dominion election. This was put into effect on January 1, 1919. Canada had held its first federal election where women were allowed to vote and run for Parliament in 1921. After this monumental achievement, women's groups started lobbying the federal government to appoint a woman to the Senate. The Government argued that only "qualified persons" could be appointed. The Act used the word "he" when referring to the individual, which some interpreted to mean that only men could legally be "persons". Emily Murphy of Edmonton, Alberta experienced this first hand in 1916 when on her first day of court, a defendant's lawyer challenged one of her rulings as a judge saying that she was not a "person" and did not qualified to act as a judge. 

Mass meeting for women You ask why we women Votes for women
Above images are from the Toronto Public Library Digital Archive collection.

It was only on October 18, 1929 that Canadian women were legally recognized as "persons". The date was declared "Persons Day" in Canada to mark the victory for equal rights. The success of this event comes from the ambition, the networking and the determination of The Famous Five. The group comprised of five relentless women: Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Nellie McClung. 

Women are Persons statue Parliament of Canada
Photo courtesy of Parliament of Canada
1938 unveiling of a plaque commemorating the five Alberta women whose efforts resulted in the Persons Case, which established the rights of women to hold public office in Canada
Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada


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Advocating for women's rights has been an ongoing battle ever since. Many countries around the world are seeing people speaking out for gender equality, even at a price. One of the more recent and famous cases is of Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago on her way home from school. She stood up for her right to have an education in her home country of Pakistan. She received the Noble Peace Prize on October 10, 2014 for her work against suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Prime Minster Stephen Harper has announced that Malala will be coming to Canada on October 22, 2014 to receive a honorary Canadian Citizenship. 


On Saturday September 20, 2014, Emma Watson delivered a rousing speech about equal rights, gender stereotypes, and the meaning of feminism to promote the launch of a new U.N. Movement for Gender Equality campaign called HeForShe. In her speech she clarifies what women's rights stands for and corrects any misunderstandings. She calls the voices of both men and women in this fight because it is not just one gender's battle. It was quite shocking to listen as she eloquently stated that, "...sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality." I believe that one of the great strengths of the public library is that it provides voices to all persons.



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You can find the voices of many people willing to speak up regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and more at the library. There are many strong voices out there and below are some books that are inspirational reads on women's struggles and triumphs in light of this month's celebration of Women's History.

A Thousand Splendid Suns A Woman Among Warlords- The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice The good girls revolt - how the women of Newsweek sued their bosses and changed the workplace Mayada, Daughter of Iraq- One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein I am Malala


Lean in - women, work, and the will to lead The Invention of Wings A vindication of the rights of woman Infidel Half the sky - turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide

Getting an Ontario Driver’s License

October 3, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

I recently got my G1 license. In order to get the license, I had to pass a vision and written test. The written test contained questions about the rules of the road and traffic signs. I studied for the test by reading The Official MTO Driver’s Handbook, both available in print and online.

This was not my first time getting a driver's license. I actually had a G2 license 8 years ago. However, it expired because I did not complete the Level Two (G2) road test. Having not completed the graduated licensing process, I had to start all over again.

Graduated licensing is a two-step process:

  • Pass a vision test and a test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffics signs. Once you pass these tests, you will enter Level One and get a G1 license.
  • Then you must pass two driving tests. Once you pass the first test, you move to Level Two and get a G2 license. Then after passing the second driving test, you become a fully licensed driver with a G license.

If you are also planning to get your license, here are some books that can help:

The official MTO driver's handbook  Ontario driver's study guide

In addition to the handbook and study guide, there are other books about driving:

Crashproof your kids  The driving book  The driving dilemma  Driving techniques

License to drive  The psychology of driving  Road rage and aggressive driving  Traffic

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.


Jeffery Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer, and Charles Manson

September 29, 2014 | Aleks | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Police News: Jack the RipperRape, torture, and murder. Notorious villains that have inspired many investigators, journalists and authors to dig up the facts, no matter how grotesque, for readers (not for the faint-hearted).

True Crime -- the inexplicable curiosity to delve deeper into the bizarre, the horrific and the encrypted criminal cases. This genre of books brings readers together for their insatiable hunger to explore the facts, interviews and legal files of some of the most notable events in criminal history.   

Recently, the Toronto Star reported that an enthusiast, Russell Edwards has finally solved the age old case of Jack the Ripper. An old blood-soaked shawl found near one of the prostitutes, Catherine Eddowes, had been put up for auction recently. The Ripper-ologist had snagged it and then brought it in for forensic testing. After some investigative work, he believes that he has found proof about the identity of the legendary serial killer. Edwards has been working on the case for the last 14 years and this single piece of forensic evidence adds definitive answer to his new book about the murders.

Although, the most frightening of cases are those too close to home. Recently Global News reported that the jury for the murder trial of Luka Magnotta has been selected. The trial is to be begin on Monday September 29, 2014 at 9:30 am EST. Magnotta has been charged with the first-degree murder in connection to the May 2012 slaying and dismemberment of 33-year-old Jun Lin, a Chinese engineering student. 

  Fingerprints taken by William James Herschel (1859-1860)

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Close to home: Canadian True Crime 

Through the glass by Shannon Moroney

Through the glass

A criminal story taken from a different perspective, that of an unsuspecting wife. Shannon Moroney is a newlywed that has her world turned upside down when a police officer arrives at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, has been arrested and charged with brutally assaulting and kidnapping of two women. In her autobiography she recounts the devastating effects of living with such a harrowing shadow cast by her husband and the healing process that she undergoes.

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Devil among us : how Canada failed to stop a pedofile by Mike McIntyre  

Devil among us how Canada failed to stop a pedofilePeter Whitmore, a notorious pedophile with a horrendous criminal record, shocked the nation when he kidnaps two young Prairie boys in 2006. Mike McIntyre tracks the movements of Peter Whitmore through legal files and interviews as he crosses Canada leaving a trail of records that question the reasoning of why the Canadian legal system allowed such an offender to slip the cracks for so long.



Post-mortem : justice at last for Yvette Budram by Jon Wells

Post-mortem justice at last for Yvette BudramThe remains of a near-mummified skeleton is found by a jogger on a country road near the African Lion Safari theme park in Southern Ontario. The forensics experts concluded that it was a female victim, non-Caucasian and foul play had led to her death. Jon Wells takes the reader past the yellow tape into the real-life crime scene investigation, the interviews of investigators and with the killer himself.



Famous Cases

Famous cases account legendary criminals that had made headlines for those readers itching to know more about the infamous crimes.


Finding me : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed by Michelle Knight

Finding me  a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed

As a single young mother, Michelle had been kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. She would undergo unimaginable torture by her captor for the next decade. Amanda Berry joined her in 2003 and Gina DeJesus in 2004 as the three women were held together in captivity. Headlines were made around the world when they had made their escape on May 6, 2013. Finding Me is the heartbreaking detailed story of her life through imprisonment and her efforts on building a new life.



Historical Crimes

Murder, robbery, prison breaks, all these types can be found on the historical crimes list which document cases that occurred before 1970.


Blood acres: the wild ride of Benny Binion , the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker by Doug J. Swanson

Blood acres the wild ride of Benny Binion , the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker This fast-paced thriller of a spectacular story follows Benny Binion on his stage of murder, money, and the making of Las Vegas. He had been a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and a founder of the World Series of Poker. Binion is depicted as one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling that would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Journalist Doug J. Swanson reveals once-secret government documents to construct the story of Binion as he destroys his rivals and adversaries.



Catching Killers 

The thrill of catching killers takes a reader through the discoveries of profilers and forensics pros to help crack a case of a mind game or the slightest trace of evidence that catches a real-life killer.


Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach

Stiff the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary RoachThe oddly compelling, often darkly humorous exploration of our bodies’ postmortem, Stiff looks into the thousand year art of cadavers. From testing France’s first guillotine to riding the NASA Space Shuttle, cadavers have found many interesting ways to research new surgical procedures over the centuries. Mary Roach uses engaging, witty and thoughtful writing to bring to light the story of our bodies after we are no longer with them.



The poisoner’s handbook : murder and the birth of forensic medicine in jazz age New York by Deborah Blum

The poisoner’s handbook  murder and the birth of forensic medicine in jazz age New YorkThe Jazz Age of poisoning cases chronicles the story of New York City’s first forensic scientists as they begin their chemical detective work during an era when poisons were untraceable making it the nearly perfect crime. Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, Barnum and Bailey’s Famous Blue Man,   factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies and many others.


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eTherapeutics+ for online information about medications

September 19, 2014 | Carolyn | Comments (1) 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.


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