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Free Science Events in Toronto for December 2016

November 30, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

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

December's highlights include:

  • December 7: #DMZSession: Robot Revolution - A discussion on the growing use of automation in the workplace, its implications and how it's becoming embedded into our day-to-day lives.
  • December 10: Winter Bird Count for Kids - Introduce your kids and yourself to the wonders of winter bird-watching.
  • December 15: Year of Pulses - Learn about the health benefits of pulses (e.g. dried peas, edible beans and lentils).

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

At the library, December's highlights include:

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

Popular Mechanics Robots   American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America   The Power of Pulses   The New Canadian Garden

Coding for Dummies   Psychiatry and the Business of Madness   Senior Fitness   The VR Book

Bad Singer

November 21, 2016 | Jane | Comments (0)

Tim Falconer, who is among the statistically tiny percentage of people who are completely tone deaf, loves music. This puts him into an even tinier percentage of that tiny group. One of the things that sets Falconer apart, again, is that he's chosen to address his musical shortcomings by trying to learn how to sing. He has a genuine interest in learning to sing, but also to make scientific sense of his amusia (as his condition is called). 

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After all, what is it about the brain that enables it to find a musical pitch -- and reproduce it? Is there some biologically meaningful function to this ability? Can we engineer the ability, with work?

Falconer will be at North York Central Library to talk about his quest to turn himself from "bad singer" to an acceptable performer. He'll also talk about what he has learned along the way about the science of music, and how the brain perceives it. 

 
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The In-Between Days of Teva Harrison

November 11, 2016 | Carolyn | Comments (0)

In-Between Days by Teva Harrison, available as a book and an eBook

 

I've just finished reading Teva Harrison's memoir In-Between Days, and I understand now why it has been so widely praised. Her book is often sad, sometimes funny and always honest. It's a window into the world of someone living with a life-threatening disease, in the space between wellness and illness, between hope and fear, between joy and despair.

Teva Harrison is a Toronto artist and writer. She was 37 when she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. In the early days of her illness she started drawing: "I tried to channel the way I felt: the fear, pain, and shame, the search for joy and meaning. The emotions of living with cancer are complicated. I was drawing because I had to draw. Often, it was all that made me feel better." She shared her comics on-line and the project grew into In-Between Days.

You can meet Teva Harrison and hear her story at the North York Central Library on Tuesday November 15. This event is part of the eh List Author Series, which brings award-winning Canadian authors to Toronto Public Library branches. Her talk will be followed by a book signing.

Here are the event details:

Date: Tuesday, November 15

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Auditorium, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street

 

Here are some other books written by people who experienced serous illness:                                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

Free Science Events in Toronto for November 2016

November 8, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (1)

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

November's highlights include:

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

At the library, November's highlights include:

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

Winter World   Asteroids   Obsessive Compulsive Disorder   The Basics of Digital Privacy

In-Between Days   The Complete Book of Bone Health   Black Hole Blues   Bad Singer

 

How Good Are You at Stress Management?

November 7, 2016 | Emoke | Comments (0)

Cool MindStress is an issue that most of us have been struggling with for a long time now and probably will do so for the rest of our lives. That may sound pretty grim, but fear not, the library can help!

The North York Central Library will be hosting a program on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 (7-8 pm) in the Auditorium called How Good Are You At Stress Management? This program is free, and you can register at 416-395-5660.

In this presentation, Uri Galimidi will explain the biology of stress and the fight or flight response. He will be discussing the findings of two recent studies about the impact of stress on the study participants. He will also share five powerful interventions to help you reduce your stress at home and work. This presentation will also include an interactive simulation of the two studies and their applicability to everyday life.

Uri Galimidi is the founder and president of The Will To Change Inc., a firm that specializes in executive coaching, leadership development, organizational behaviour and personal growth. He is also the creator of The Willpower Program, a "neuroscience-based program that will help you train your 'willpower muscle', enhance your self-control, conquer undesired habits, adopt new healthier habits, successfully pursue your goals and become the best possible version of yourself." In the past two years, Uri has delivered this program to over 2,000 audience members in Canada and the United States.

Come hear Uri speak at the North York Central Library on November 30th, and get some help on how to manage stress better in your life.

Please see other materials that Toronto Public Library has on the subject of stress:

The doctor's guide to sleep solutions for stress and anxiety-combat stress and sleep better every night  The upside of stress - why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it The mindful way through stress - the proven 8-week path to health, happiness, and well-being  The Stress cure - how to resolve stress, build resilience and boost your energy

Relieve stress - 20 quick techniques   The stress solution -using empathy and cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce anxiety and develop resilience   Thriving under stress - harnessing demands in the workplace    Challenging stress, burnout and rust-out - finding balance in busy lives
 





eh List Author Series Presents Ami McKay's The Witches of New York

October 27, 2016 | Reagan | Comments (0)

The bestselling Canadian author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure, Ami McKay will be at North York Central Library on Tues Nov 1, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

She will be discussing her new, beguiling novel, The Witches of New York, a tale of three remarkable young women navigating the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft!

Q&A and book signing to follow; Book City will be selling books at the event.

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Interested in reading Ami McKay's other books? Find her other titles The Birth House (2006) and The Virgin Cure (2010) in our collection.

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The Virgin Cure - 2010

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Want to read Ami McKay's The Virgin Cure for your book club? You're in luck! Ami's website has a reading guide for the book. Find Book Club sets at the Barbara Frum Branch. Reserve your Book Club set today.


The Trials and Tribulations of Self-Publishing

October 17, 2016 | Paula | Comments (1)

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Last weekend, authors came out to share their stories about self-publishing at the first Toronto Public Library Indie Author Day celebration. Nearly 300 libraries across North America invited local writers to take part in the event. The day was celebrated at North York Central Library with an author panel, a self-publishing workshop and a book fair featuring the works of local authors.

The notion of creative freedom came up time and time again at the event, as authors described their experiences with self-publishing. Most talked about wanting to control all aspects of the publishing process -– from book cover creation to marketing.

Chris Grady, a member of the author panel, talked about his writing and how drawing web comics became a way of dealing with depression. Half a million Facebook followers later, Chris is the successful author of the web comic Lunarbaboon.

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Tracy L. Ward, another author at the event, discussed treating her writing career like a business. Ward drew up a business plan that involved writing four books. It took three books before the series took off, but she is now an Amazon bestselling author of the Peter Ainsley Mystery series, books about a Victorian morgue doctor and his assistant who set out to solve crimes. In describing her books, Ward called them a mix of “CSI meets Sherlock Holmes, with a little Jack the Ripper thrown in”. Ward discussed choosing the self-publishing route because of her need to be true to the graphic nature of the morgue work, something she thought might be censored if she went with a traditional publisher.

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Another common topic was the stigma of self-publishing. Authors discussed the difficulty of overcoming the resistance to unvetted works as the majority of readers are afraid to give something that hasn’t gone through a traditional publisher a try. For readers, the difficulty with self-publishing is how to distinguish quality writing from unedited messes. Quality writing can be found in self-published novels. Here are a few famous examples:

Once we were brothers Still Alice Martian Best laid plans

Once we were brothers – Not able to find a publisher, Ronald H. Balson created his own publishing company to self-publish his World War II legal drama about two brothers who ended up on the different sides of the war.

Still Alice - Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist, chose to self-publish after being rejected by several publishers. Her novel about a 50-year-old professor who develops Alzheimer’s disease went on to be made into a major Hollywood movie starring Julianne Moore. 

The MartianAndrew Weir used his science background to create the story of an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars. When Weir couldn’t find a publisher, he published his novel one chapter at a time on his website for free. When his fans begged him to release an eBook version, he began selling copies on Amazon for 99 cents.

The Best Laid Plans – Unable to find a publisher, Terri Fallis originally released his political satire in podcast format, a chapter at a time. Later he published the story in book form and it went on to win the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

The other authors on the panel included Sheila Dalton, Benjamin Gabbay, Sephera Giron and N.J. Lindquest. 

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Do You Have Radon in Your Home?

October 14, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

Radon is an odourless, colourless and tasteless gas. This radioactive gas is found naturally in the environment, produced by the breakdown of uranium found in soil, rock or water. Radon can be found indoors and outdoors. In the outdoors, it is diluted by the air to low levels so it is not a concern. Unfortunately, when radon is trapped inside a home or building, unsafe levels can accumulate causing severe health problems.

Exposure to radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking!

Not to worry. There are ways to test the levels of radon in your home. There are do-it-yourself test kits or you can hire a certified radon measurement professional.

To learn more about radon, join us at the North York Central Library for an informative presentation by two industry experts. Mainul Husain, radiation specialist from Health Canada and Bob Wood, past president of Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, will explain why you should be concerned about radon in your home and workplace and what you can do about it.

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What: Do You Have Radon in Your Home?

When: Monday, October 24 at 6:30 PM

Where: North York Central Library, in the Auditorium

For more information: Call the Business, Science & Technology Department at (416) 395-5613

Registration not required.

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For more information about radon, here are some online resources:

The library also has some books about the topic:

Controlling Indoor Radon   Indoor Radon Problem   Radon and the Environment   Strange Glow

How Music Heals

October 13, 2016 | Jane | Comments (0)

"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me -- like food or water."  - Ray Charles

Beyond the pleasure it gives, music is a tool for both formal and informal therapy. But can it be used to treat disease? Dr. Lee Bartel, an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Toronto, will be at North York Central Library to talk about his collaborative research in music and neuroscience, and his efforts to find ways to measure clinical improvements to health. 

Music Medicine: A New Frontier

Thursday, Oct. 20

7:00 to 8:00 pm

60 minutes

North York Central Library Auditorium

Bartel and his colleagues are working on music and cardio rehabilitation, rhythmic sensory stimulation and fibromyalgia, and studies that link music and the care for people with Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Here are some related titles. . .

HealingPowerofSound   MusicandCancer   MusicasMedicine    Musicophilia

 

  RhythmMusicandtheBrain   SingingNeanderthals    SoundMedicine   MusicandtheMind

 

. . . and sounds. 

RaySings   MusicasMedicinecd   Omsoundhealingmusic   

Esperanza      Harrow&theHarvest Arias&DuetstheAnniversary







 

 

 

     


 

 

 

Free Science Events in Toronto for October 2016

September 30, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

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

October's highlights include:

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

At the library, October's highlights include:

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

Sex in Your Garden   What to Expect When You Have Diabetes   Mosquito   Backyard Pharmacy

Marijuana   Bio-Guided Music Therapy   Indoor Radon Problem   Ancient Trees

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