Bad Singer

November 21, 2016 | Jane

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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...

November 21st, a Brief Moment in Time

November 21, 2016 | Ann

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Just over two weeks ago, Daylight Savings Time reverted back to Eastern Standard time. It is that time of year again when the skies turn grey and cool. In fact, there is a chill and gloom in the air as most of the leaves have fallen off the trees. To inspire you to embrace the cooler changes in weather and scenery, here are some images taken from Toronto Public Library on Pinterest to illuminate your spirits:

The Dark is Rising

November 18, 2016 | Maureen

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I wish I could find the secret door in the back of my wardrobe that leads to another world. Winter is coming in this one. And it feels like the dark is rising. I need a fictional vacation destination. But to where? A holiday in the Shire would suit me,...

The In-Between Days of Teva Harrison

November 11, 2016 | Carolyn

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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,...

How Good Are You at Stress Management?

November 7, 2016 | Emoke

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Stress 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...

Poetry Through Music: Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley and Dr. Michael Johnstone

November 4, 2016 | Muriel

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Come and Join Us for Poetry Through Music with Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley and Dr. Michael Johnstone Thursday, November 24, 2016 7 to 8 p.m. North York Central Library Auditorium 5120 Yonge Street Please call 416-395-5639 to register for this free program. Don't miss a beat! Enjoy an evening of...

You Don't Scare Me Creepy Clown! Helping Children Face Their Fears

October 28, 2016 | Carolyn

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I'm sad to report that the creepy clown viral phenomenon has come to Canada. People dressed as menacing clowns are being spotted, in particular, around schools. I sympathize with parents who have to comfort children frightened by one of these imposters (of course they're not real clowns, and they are...

Niagara Falls' Daredevils

October 24, 2016 | Ann

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ANNIE EDSON TAYLOR (1838-1921) Over a century ago today on October 24, 1901, a 63 year old teacher climbed into a wooden rowboat accompanied by two men with a half submerged pickle barrel in tow. Annie Edson Taylor decided that in order to procure more funds to ensure a healthy retirement, she had to perform an amazing act to draw attention to herself. The pickle barrel was fully insulated by a rolled-up mattress, a heart-shaped pillow, and possibly her cat for moral support.

Bridging Niagara Falls From Past to Present

October 24, 2016 | Ann

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Niagara Falls (1792-1885) Niagara Falls has been visited and depicted by many people and from many different artistic perspectives. The changes in the landscape over time are preserved digitally courtesy of Toronto Public Library Digital Archives.

Buy Your Candy, Pick Your Flicks

October 21, 2016 | Maureen

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This year Halloween falls on a Monday -- the worst possible day! I don't know about you, but I'm in no condition to get up before the sun has risen the morning after Halloween, with the work week ahead giving me the evil eye. If you've celebrated Halloween right, you've...