Free Science Events in Toronto for February 2016

February 2, 2016 | Jeannette

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The Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied science events in Toronto. Applied science includes health, gardening, pets and food; all subjects found in the department's collection. Here is the February calendar (PDF). February's highlights include: February 5: Respiratory...

Exercise Your Talents in New & Exciting Ways

January 4, 2016 | Ann

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The Holiday season for 2015 has drawn to a close. Consider the next signpost to appear over the horizon on the proverbial road through life that reads, "Exercise." This is a daunting suggestion right after a delirious period of holiday binging and relaxing. The interesting aspect of this word is its dual nature--it can either describe a "thing" or an "action." An exercise, for instance, conveys a static description of tasks to be completed whereas the phrase to exercise reflects a dynamic expression of movement.

Computing Mutations

December 1, 2015 | Jane

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The Human Genome Project finished mapping the three billion-or-so chemical base pairs that make the how-to-build-a-human instructions code in 2003. It was a monumental step. But of course each human’s code is unique, and the difficulty of “reading” the genomic map means that in some sense this was just the...

iPad/iPhone Tips

April 17, 2015 | Jeannette

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Recently, I was helping a patron download movies from hoopla on to her iPad. While I was helping her, I showed her how to delete an app she no longer wanted by pressing and holding on the app and then pressing the x at the top left corner of it....

A Modern Plague

April 2, 2015 | Carolyn

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In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio curses the feuding families by wishing "A plague on both your houses". I find it interesting that in Shakespeare's time a plague - a disease - was considered one of the worst curses one could wish on an enemy. Burying Plague Victims of Tournai. Public...

Digital Innovation Hub Librarian Internship Experience!

February 2, 2015 | Emoke

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Photo of me at the Toronto Reference Library Hub Recently I finished a librarian internship at the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. I had the honour of spending about five months there, getting to know what goes on in the hub and learning how to do my...

Carrot City: urban agriculture in Toronto

September 20, 2014 | Cathy

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image courtesy of www.petite-riviere.com Some people, like my colleague, Carolyn, have very successful home gardens. I drooled over the pictures of her garlic. Me? Not so lucky. When I talked my husband into buying a house instead of a condo, it was supposedly so the kids would have a backyard...

Ode to the Illustrious Typewriter

June 23, 2014 | Ann

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June 23rd is National Typewriter Day. Those who worked in office settings or used them at home prior to the 1990s will remember these machines well. Whether they are manual, electric, or electronic, typewriters played a major role in processing information.

Boomers and Beyond: Programs for retirement planning

May 28, 2014 | Ashley

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Did you know that June is Senior's month? To celebrate the library has a wide assortment of great programs, workshops, computer classes and of course books for Seniors. Now, you may be thinking about retirement even if you aren't a Senior and that is great, the earlier you start planning...

Free Science Events in Toronto for May 2014

April 26, 2014 | Emoke

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The Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied science events in Toronto. Applied science includes health, gardening, pets and food; all subjects found in the department's collection. Here is the May 2014 Calendar. May's highlights include: May 4: The...