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Is Spring Your "New Year"? Two May Programs that Support Positive Change

April 29, 2016 | Carolyn | Comments (0)

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I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions. January 1, falling during the coldest and darkest time of the year, just doesn't feel like the right time for new beginnings. In the spring, signs of new growth and new life are all around, so it has always been my personal "new year" -- a time to take stock and make changes. 

If you find yourself thinking of making changes in your life at this time of year, two May programs at the North York Central Library may interest you.

On Wednesday May 4 we're presenting Finding Skin Care Products that Work. If you're as confused as I am about the hundreds of products available, and as skeptical about their claims, take control by learning how to identify the right products for your skin type. Chemist Louise Hidinger will discuss the ingredients and formulations to look for to tackle a range of specific issues, including acne, sensitive skin, hyperpigmentation, sun exposure and aging. Learn how to identify products that contain effective amounts of active ingredient and get tips on how to make the most of them.

Here are some books and eBooks about skin care products available in library branches or through our website:

 

Program details:

Finding Skin Care Products that Work
North York Central Library - Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

If you're concerned about the physical effects of tension and stress, a second May program may interest you.

On Thursday May 12, learn about the Mitzvah Technique at Physical Solutions to Posture Problems, Tension and Stress. Susan Green, a certified Mitzvah technique instructor, will explain and demonstrate practical ways to develop and maintain a healthful and youthful posture. In this participatory workshop, suited to all ages and fitness levels, you'll learn how to apply the technique to your daily activities. Anyone can benefit from this practical session, but if you're concerned, as I am, about the health consequences of spending too much time sitting, it should be especially helpful.

If you'd like to learn about the benefits of improving your posture, try one of these books:

   

Program details:

Physical Solutions to Posture Problems, Tension and Stress

North York Central Library - Room 1
5120 Yonge Street
Thursday, May 12, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

No registration is required for either of these programs. So come to the North York Central Library in May and learn how to make some positive changes in your life.

 

Free Science Events in Toronto for May 2016

April 28, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

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 calendar (PDF).

May's highlights include:

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

At the Library, May's highlights include:

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

The Orchid Whisperer   Make - The Annotated Build-it-yourself Science Laboratory   Running Injury-Free   Small-Space Container Gardens

Atoms Under the Floorboards   The Best Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products   Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living   The Allergy Book

 

Canadian Opera Company Talk: Dying for Love in Rossini's Maometto II

April 22, 2016 | Muriel | Comments (0)

Gioacchino Rossini    Gioachino Rossini    Rossini
Canadian Opera Company Talk: 
Dying for Love in Rossini's Maometto II

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7 to 8 p.m.

North York Central Library Auditorium

In one of his most ambitious works, Rossini summons a historical clash between Islam and Christianity to frame the story of a young girl who is forced to make the ultimate choice between love and duty. Join Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding, as he uses audio and visual elements to explore works from the Canadian Opera Company 's 2015/16 season.

Please register for this free program by calling 416-395-5639.

 


The Cambridge Companion to Rossini    Gioachino Rossini A Guide to Research.aspx    Rossini Nicholas Till

Understanding Italian Opera    Fashions and Legacies of Nineteenth Century Opera    Singers of Italian Opera

Be sure to visit NAXOS, the online music library available through

Toronto Public Library, and listen to great music spanning medieval

to modern - classical, jazz, electronic, world music and more, and

find expert educational content. 

There is a free iPhone/iPod Touch app available in the iTunes

App Store which can be used with the user's playlist login

information.  The app will give you streaming playback access

to the entire library of music and saved playlists.

A wifi or cellular data connection is required.

Looking for Life in the Cosmos

April 18, 2016 | Jane | Comments (0)

Let’s grapple for a moment with another of the universe’s eternal puzzles. Is there life elsewhere, besides here on earth? Neil deGrasse Tyson at NASA says that “most astrophysicists accept a high probability of there being life elsewhere in the universe, if not on other planets or on moons within our own solar system. The numbers are, well, astronomical: If the count of planets in our solar system is not unusual, then there are more planets in the universe than the sum of all sounds and words ever uttered by every human who has ever lived. To declare that Earth must be the only planet in the cosmos with life would be inexcusably egocentric of us.”

When astronomers and astrophysicists ask this question of themselves, a strategy is to identify celestial bodies that have conditions similar to those we know here on earth. There’s some clear logic to this. There is also plenty of hard work that goes into pinning down the hard science. It isn’t reasonable to send someone to find out . . . so instead scientists build extraordinary telescopes like the Hubble, the Spitzer and the James Webb. These can identify planets or moons that are the right distance from stars to allow for the presence of liquid water, one of the key necessities for life, at least for life as we currently understand it. It’s complicated. But Dr. Michael Reid of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of Toronto will be on hand next week to explain some of it.

Life in the Cosmos

Tue Apr 26, 2016

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

416-395-5649

North York Central Library, Auditorium

5120 Yonge Street

 

This program is a part of the Thought Exchange series. Take a ride into the final frontier . . .                                                                                                               

 Hubble'sAmazingRescue  SpaceStarsandtheBeginningofTime  400YearsoftheTelescope Gravity's Engines


AreWeBeingWatched
  AYearIntheLifeoftheUniverse  Hubble'sUniverse  HubbletheYearsofDiscovery 

Life in space  TheCosmos  TheHubbleCosmos  TheLastoftheGreatObservatories    

TelescopeHuntingtheEdgeofSpace  TheUniverseThroughtheEyesofHubble  HubbleImagingSpaceandTime Thelivingcosmos

















Our Fragile Planet: Magazines to the Rescue

April 15, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (4)

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Our Fragile Planet display at North York Central Library

It's Earth Month 2016 and the time has come to take seriously our impact on the planet. Toronto Public Library is happy to present the best of our collections on environmental education, geared to children, teens and adults. Watch for environmental displays in branches across the city and pick up some reading material. At the same time, please join us for Our Fragile Planet, our free environmental programming series. Learn about issues that impact our city, and what you can do to tread lightly on our planet.

 

Next Friday is Earth Day.

The library has been celebrating all month through the Our Fragile Planet environmental programming series and displays at the branches. The displays feature books, magazines and DVDs on topics such as conservation, recycling, sustainable living, gardening and more.The goal is to get people thinking about the environment and what we can do to make a difference.

While we should be thinking about the environment throughout the year, Earth Day is a great way to remind us of our impact on the natural world. Magazines are a great way to get us thinking about the issues. With thought-provoking articles and stunning images, it’s a good place to start.

Here are some magazines on the environment available at the library:

Canadian Field-Naturalist   Earth   Nature   On Nature

There are also wildlife magazines:

Audubon   BBC wildlife   Birding   Canadian Wildlife

Try growing your own vegetables or planting flowers to attract wildlife. Here are some gardening magazines:

Canadian Gardening   Garden Making   Mother Earth News   Ontario Gardener

Want to read something right now? The library has magazines available online through Zinio that can be read on your computer, tablet or phone: (Don’t know Zinio? Here’s a guide.)

Environment and wildlife magazines available online:

Audubon   Earth   National Geographic   Smithsonian

Gardening magazines online:

Better Homes and Gardens   Canadian Gardening   Garden Making   Mother Earth News

It’s always important to be mindful of how we impact the environment. So let’s take this chance to make a difference.

Repair Your Car Yourself

April 11, 2016 | Ranald | Comments (1)

Use the library e-resource Chilton Library, which is accessible anywhere your car calls out to be pushed onto its side and repaired, and you have your tools with you and something, besides what you're wearing, to wipe your hands on.

 

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Photograph: Julia Kertesz, "Bucarest, car repair on the street."

Instructions:

  • Use the "Vehicle Selector" menus on the left of the home page to select your car by, first, year, then make, then model.
  • Click on "Select."
  • Then click on "Repair" under the heading "Data is available for the following."

Now you're at the home page of the repair manual for the vehicle you've selected. The table of contents is on the left. On the right, an empty screen.

  • Click on a category in the table of contents to get to the table of contents of that category.
  • Keep clicking until you get to the heading of a specific repair procedure. When you click on this heading, the procedure will appear on the screen to the right of the table of contents.

Chilton library 2016 04 2010 GMC Sierra

Note the category chain at the top of the table of contents. In the picture above, "Top / Engine Electrical / Repair Instructions / Removal, Installation, and Replacement" etc. You can click on "Top" to return to the main table of contents. You can click on any of the other categories to return to the table of contents of that category.

Chilton Library (PDF), the guide, is a quick guide to accessing and using this resource.

Listen Up, Poem Fairy!

April 7, 2016 | Maureen | Comments (14)

Last year, in April, someone gave me a poem. It was left on my desk, front and centre, where I'd be sure to see it. No one confessed. It could have been anyone in the building -- North York Central Library has six floors, so my suspect list is long. Will the poem fairy (as I've been calling my anonymous benefactor) strike again this April, which is National Poetry Month? If they read this, will they feel pressured into giving me another poem? Will they feel trapped in an annual poetry giving loop that must continue until one or the other of us dies? Dear poem fairy, don't feel obligated to give me a poem this April. Don't worry, I won't be like Linus, shivering in the pumpkin patch all night, waiting for the Great Pumpkin who never comes.

What if the poem fairy isn't one of my co-workers? What if it's a supernatural being, like the Great Pumpkin, and what if it has the power to grant poetry wishes during National Poetry Month? Oh Great Poem Fairy, grant my wish! GIVE ME POETRY INSTEAD OF MUSIC WHEN I'M ON HOLD! I wish it every time I'm forced to endure a sharp harpoon of ear stabbing music while waiting with the phone to my ear.

Imagine, instead, a voice speaking softly into your ear: I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. Wouldn't you hug the phone close? Wouldn't you hang on every word? If the poem fairy doesn't grant my wish, then I look to you business owners, civil servants, anyone in charge of a phone line -- hear this cry from my soul! Replace hold music with poetry, not just in April, but ALWAYS. It could work something like this:

Press 1 for Beat poetry

Press 2 for Haiku

Press 3 for Free verse

Press 4 for Sonnets

Press 5 for Nonsense verse

Press 6 for Limericks

Press 7 for Canadian poetry

Press 8 for Narrative poetry

Press 9 for Surprise me

You could change it up all kinds of ways. During tax season, Revenue Canada could offer epic poetry (because you could be on hold for a long time). On Valentine's Day you could fire up the love poetry. Entrepreneurs, I offer you this poetry-while-you-wait business idea, free. Take it to the Dragon's Den! Just make the tiny terrible music stop!

If you want to begin exploring poetry, but aren't sure where to start, borrow a poetry anthology and sample a range of poets, genres and periods.

Global poetry anthology 2015 Please excuse this poem Poem-a-day The Oxford book of comic verse
Global poetry anthology
Please excuse this poem
365 poems for every
occasion
The Oxford book of
comic verse
Poems that make grown men cry Poems that makes grown women cry The Penguin anthology of 20th century American poetry The best Canadian poetry in English 2015
Poems that make grown
men cry
Poems that make
grown women cry
The Penguin anthology
of 20th century
American poetry
The best Canadian
poetry 2015

The Griffin Poetry Prize, founded in 2000 by Canadian philanthropist Scott Griffin, is one of the most generous poetry prizes in the world -- the winners receive $65,000. There is an international prize, awarded to a living poet from any country in the world, and a Canadian prize, for a poet living in Canada. Here are the last eight years of Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize winners:

Koerner Hall
a first edition single collection of poetry
a first edition single collection of poetry
for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English ­ - See more at: http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/about/#sthash.xyNAj5iu.dpufas founded by business man and philanthropist Scott Griffin in 2000. The first Griffin Poetry Prize was given to Anne Carson in 2001, for her collection Men in off hours. Have a look at these Griffin Prize winners for Canadian poetry from previous years:
Blue sonoma Red doc What's the score Methodist hatchet
2015 Blue Sonoma 2014 Red doc> 2013 What's the score? 2012 Methodist hatchet
Ossuaries Pigeon The sentinel The holy forest
2011 Ossuaries 2010 Pigeon : poems 2009 The sentinel : poems 2008 The holy forest

Winners for 2016 will be announced on June 2. To sample the work of the 2016 contenders, reserve the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, which the library has on order.

Did you know you can get poetry in eBook format from the Toronto Public Library website? Go to OverDrive and use the Advanced Search function to narrow your search to poetry. Here's a small sample of what's available:

Handwriting The essential Rumi The essential Ginsberg Sylvia Plath Collected Poems
Handwriting The Essential Rumi
The Essential Ginsberg
Sylvia Plath Collected Poems
Seamus Heaney 100 selected poems Love poems The waste land
Seamus Heaney
100 selected poems
Love poems The waste land

April 21 is poem in your pocket day. The League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets invite you to celebrate poetry on April 21 by carrying a poem with you throughout the day, and sharing it with others. Toronto Public Library is getting in on the fun! We've created a list of poetry eBooks you can borrow to put on your mobile device. Don't forget to share! Recite a poem to your co-workers during your coffee break, or, if you dare, to the sleepy eyed commuters riding the rocket.

Here's a short poem I'd like to share with everyone. I found it very moving. Turn up the volume on your device -- Ayo Akinfenwa, who recites the poem, speaks very softly at first. She's reciting at the Poetry In Voice contest, a recitation contest for Canadian high school students. (If I ever wondered whether poetry had kicked the bucket, this event showed me it's alive and kicking.)

 

Fear of snakes can be found in Canadian poet Lorna Crozier's Angels of flesh, Angels of silence: poems.

Biggs the Fig Pig

April 4, 2016 | Jane | Comments (0)

Mr. Stephen Biggs is a self-described fig pig.Stephen Biggs He seems to have been born to the role, suited as his name is to his vocation (at least if you like rhymes). But what is it that draws a man to a fruit tree with such passion and commitment? 

He isn't alone, as it turns out, and the thing that holds the rest of us back is our impression that a fig will not grow in our Toronto climate. Biggs will set us straight on this score when he’s here at North York Central Library to give a talk about all kinds of fig trees  – how to propagate them, how to prune them, how to keep them alive over Toronto winters.

 

North York Central Library (5120 Yonge Street)
Room 2/3
Tues April 12, 7-8 pm
416-395-5649

                                                       

While fresh figs taste wonderful with just a bit of honey over them, or maybe with a dollop of ice cream, you may have more elaborate plans for yours, once you have them in backyard abundance.  

 Grow Figs Sweet Middle East Roast Figs Sugar Snow  A Platter of Figs

Some more tips for growing fruit trees:

Growing Fruit Trees Holistic Orcharding Home Orchard Handbook Growing Organic Orchard Fruits


My Grand Plans

April 1, 2016 | Carolyn | Comments (3)

Last week I became a grandmother for the first time. Aside from the twinge of sadness at reaching another milestone on the road to old age, it's proving to be a wonderful experience. As people often point out, grandparents can revisit many of the joys of parenthood without the full-time responsibility.

I plan to spend a lot of time with my grandson. But things have changed since my parenting days, so I'll have to read up on the latest gear, as well as the latest theories about sleep, feeding etc.

If you're about to become a parent or grandparent, here are some helpful resources:

 

 Here are some books that might interest and educate you.

 If you want to learn about caring for an infant:

 

 

 

 If, unlike me, you're good at making things: 

 

If you want to prepare healthy food for baby: 

Sonia Faruqi's Personal Journey Investigating Animal Farms

March 29, 2016 | Carrie | Comments (0)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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After losing her job as an investment banker on Wall street, Sonia Faruqi decided that she could use some rest and relaxation and thought an idyllic farm setting would be the perfect place to recharge her batteries.

She made arrangements to stay at an organic dairy farm for two weeks and what she witnessed completely shocked her and led her on a personal journey around the world to expose animal cruelty and find solutions that would benefit animals, the environment and human health.

Sonia Faruqi will read from her book Project Animal Farm and discuss her personal experiences investigating animal farms around the world.

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What: My Personal Journey Investigating Animal Farms

When: Wed Apr 6, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: North York Central Library, Auditorium

To Register: Call the Society and Recreation Department at 416-395-5660

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Project Animal farm  Book

  Audiobook

  eBook

  eAudiobook

 

 

 

 

If you would like to read more about animal ethics:

         

 Farm Sanctuary   Cafo   Animals and ethics

 

 

 

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