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The Neuroscience of Willpower

December 18, 2014 | Cathy | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

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With 2014 drawing to a close, I have been thinking about New Year's resolutions, not that I make them, officially.  I think about what I would like to change, improve and accomplish for the next year, (yes, I know--resolutions).  I recently realized that I have been thinking about making the same changes ever since I was a teen.  It's strange that I accomplish everything I want and need to for work, but cannot do the same for my personal life.  

I am hoping to change that by going to a presentation, The Neuroscience of Willpower at North York Central Library at 7 p.m. on January 6, 2015.  Uri Galimidi will share simple, yet effective, neuroscience-based interventions that will help strengthen willpower, conquer undesirable habits, adopt new beneficial habits, increase the rate of success of meeting your goals, and help you become the best possible version of yourself.  In a nutshell: boost your willpower, change your life.

In the meantime, I might do some reading on increasing my willpower... or I might not.

  

 

  Neuroscience of everyday life
Willpower: rediscovering the greatest human strength by Roy F. Baumeister The willpower instinct: how self-control works, why it matters and what you can do to get more of it by Kelly McGonigal The neuroscience of everyday life by Sam Wang (DVD)
     
On second thought: outsmarting your mind's hard-wired habits by Wray Herbert This will make you smarter: new scientific concepts to improve your thinking by John Brockman Beyond IQ by Garth Sundem (eBook)

 

Free Science Events in Toronto for December 2014

November 27, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (0) 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 December calendar (PDF).

December's highlights include:

  • December 4: Earth Exhales: A Volatile History, part of the Earth Sciences Seminar Series at the University of Toronto.
  • December 7: What is Happening with Monarch Butterflies? Citizen scientist Don Davies describes the current situation of monarch butterflies and what we can do to help.
  • December 18: Safe Winter Driving, learn what is required to maintain and regain control over your vehicle in specific types of skids, the vital principle of the natural laws of motion and your vehicle's limitations, and recommended winter tune-ups.

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

December's highlights include:

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

An introduction to our dynamic planet  Monarch butterflies  Driving techniques  The brain book

The baby's table  Ebola  Sams teach yourself HTML and CSS in 24 hours  The Allergy-Free Cook bakes cakes and cookies

Chase away the autumn blues with an evening of words and music

November 7, 2014 | Maureen | Comments (4) Facebook Twitter More...

Sun lovers get the blues when dead leaves scratch along the sidewalk in bone chilling autumn gusts, and days are short and bleak. You might want to hurry home and shut the door on this dark season, but there are remedies for the autumn blues. Stomp and crunch your way through leaf piles! Rejoice in the dark majesty of autumn skies! Greens and tropical blues have had their time. Now the crimson, gold and sapphire of autumn rule, and you can hear the rhythm of Canadian poet Bliss Carman’s classic verse as you stride through frenzied leaf cyclones that suddenly animate the sidewalk:

There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood--
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.

Autumn leaf

Is your jack-o'-lantern still out in your yard or on your balcony? Take a photo everyday, animate them, and watch Jack bite his own evil grin as he rots! Make yourself an autumn song playlist. It’s easy to do using Naxos Music Library, which is available to you from your home computer or in any Toronto Public Library branch. All you need is your library card to access a huge music collection. Using the jazz version of Naxos Music Library, I created an autumn playlist that includes the songs “Autumn leaves”,  “Stormy weather”, “Autumn Nocturne”,  “Lullaby of the leaves”, “Autumn in New York”, “Soon it’s gonna rain” and “My favourite things” performed by great artists such as Miles Davis, Vince Guaraldi, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. Coltrane’s soaring, diving saxophone improvisation of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “My favourite things” is 13 minutes and 41 seconds of pure brilliance that makes me think of the erratic dance of falling leaves tossed by the wind. With these jazz geniuses playing the soundtrack for your autumn blues, you just might want to stay blue.

North York Central Library invites you to a musical performance that is all about the blues. On Tuesday November 18, award winning blues artists Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley, along with guitarist and musicologist Mike Daley, will perform blues poetry, which is a fusion of blues music and the African American oral tradition. They will perform work by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes and others. Diana and Chris have played all over North America and Europe, and have won nine Maple Blues Awards and 6 Juno nominations. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Please call 416-395-5639 to register for this free program.

 DeltaPhonic Blues Poems  Something about the blues
 The Essential Langston Hughes Selected poems of Langston Hughes   Squeeze my lemon

 

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 (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Elections - City of Toronto website
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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 OED.com 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

Image: (License: CC0 Public Domain / FAQ  Free for commercial use / No attribution required)

 

"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.

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.

 

Sustaining Hope Through Architectural Innovation

September 26, 2014 | Maureen | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

How many times have you noticed paper tossed into a garbage bin, even though there is a clearly marked recycling bin right beside it? Maybe your answer is the same as mine – which is, too many times to count. The distance from one bin to the other is less than the distance a person’s arm travels between a potato chip bag and their mouth. The tiny legs of an ant can travel it in a couple of seconds. If the slight arm movement needed to cover a few centimeters is too much effort to make for the sake of the environment, how realistic is it to hope we'll make the bigger changes needed to ensure a healthy planet? Thinking about those few centimeters can be unhealthy for my sense of hope.

It's hard to be optimistic about theSept 22 2014 health of the environment these days, but there are reasons for hope. The hundreds of thousands of people all over the world who participated in The People's Climate March on September 21 made me forget about the indifference I see in those few centimeters between the bins. Another hopeful sign is innovation in the field of sustainable architecture. On Wednesday, October 15 Terri Meyer Boake, a professor at University of Waterloo's School of Architecture, will give a presentation on sustainable architecture and design at North York Central Library. Professor Meyer Boake will illustrate the talk with many images. It's sure to be an interesting and hope inspiring night. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. Please call 416-395-5639 to register for this free program.                            

Marchers filled the streets of New York. Creative Commons: Greg McNevin, 2014 - See more at: http://tcktcktck.org/2014/09/hundreds-thousands-take-streets-climate-action/64529#sthash.oIxqehw2.dpuf

If you have an interest in sustainable architecture, you may be interested in one of these items, available at the Toronto Public Library:

Marchers filled the streets of New York. Creative Commons: Greg McNevin, 2014 - See more at: http://tcktcktck.org/2014/09/hundreds-thousands-take-streets-climate-action/64529#sthash.oIxqehw2.dpuf
Marchers filled the streets of New York. Creative Commons: Greg McNevin, 2014 - See more at: http://tcktcktck.org/2014/09/hundreds-thousands-take-streets-climate-action/64529#sthash.oIxqehw2.dpuf
Tiny, a story about living small Inovative Houses, Concepts for Sustainable Living 150 best sustainable home ideas
Sustainable design, a critical guide Prefabulous homes, energy efficient and sustainable homes around the globe Inspired homes, architecture for changing times

Photo of People's Climate Change March in New York City used with permission by Avaaz.org

Free Science Events in Toronto for October 2014

September 25, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (0) 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 October calendar (PDF).

October's highlights include:

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

October's highlights include:

 

Everything you wanted to know about statistics...but were afraid to ask

September 16, 2014 | Cathy | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Numbers

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"Statistics is the grammar of science." Karl Pearson

Statistics is important in understanding and interpreting science especially with respect to research...but everyone can enjoy a basic understanding of statistics for their everyday life. For example, when I took my first statistics course, we were asked to calculate the odds of winning the 6/49 lottery. I knew the odds were not good, but I was shocked to learn the chances of winning was just 1 in 14 million (actually, over 14 million). I remember those odds everytime I feel like buying a ton of lottery tickets so that I can quit my job. 

There are a couple of fun ways to learn more about statistics:

  • Come out to Dr Eric Mintz's presentation, "Everything you wanted to know about statistics...but were afraid to ask" at North York Central Library on Wednesday, September 24 at 7 pm. Don't worry, this won't be a snoozefest--Dr. Mintz aims to make it fun, entertaining and informative!

More traditional ways to learn about statistics:

  Correlated
The Tao of statistics: a path to understanding (with no math) by Dana K. Keller Correlated: from square dancing and bumper stickers to Trekkies and ketchup, surprising connections between seemingly unrelated things by Shaun Gallagher Risk savvy: how to make good decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer
Understanding uncertainty by D.V. Lindley The improbability principle: why coincidences, miracles and rare events happen everyday by D.J. Hand The cartoon introduction to statistics by Grady Klein

 

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