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.

Augmented Reality

August 5, 2016 | Jeannette

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My daughter petting a pidgey Pokémon at the doctor's office The Oxford English Dictionary defines augmented reality as the use of technology which allows the perception of the physical world to be enhanced or modified by computer-generated stimuli. By adding graphics, sounds and other sensory elements to the reality we...

Repair Your Car Yourself

April 11, 2016 | Ranald

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Use the library e-resource Chilton Library, which is accessible anywhere Œ(1) your car calls out to be pushed onto its side and repaired, (2) you have your tools with you and (3) you have something, besides what you're wearing, to wipe your hands on. Photograph: Julia Kertesz, "Bucarest, car repair...

Time, Why Do You Punish Me?

March 11, 2016 | Ann

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This blog title was inspired by the song, Time by Hootie & the Blowfish from the November 1995 album, Cracked Rear View. For many of us, myself included, the arrival of Daylight Savings Time (DST) evokes a sense of mental anguish similar to the hypnotic lyrics crooned by Darius Rucker as we awaken to start another day.

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.

Free Science Events in Toronto for November 2015

October 27, 2015 | 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 November calendar (PDF). November's highlights include: November 3: Advances...

Free Science Events in Toronto for October 2015

September 29, 2015 | 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 October calendar (PDF). October's highlights include: October 3: Green...

Who Cares If It Rains?

August 21, 2015 | Jane

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Sometimes, it is just what you pay attention to. Ever wondered, for example, how people saw the constellations – shapes of bears, hunters, scorpions, while we see undifferentiated masses of stars? That is if we’re lucky enough, here in the well-lighted city, to see the stars at all? photo credit:...

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....

Yonge Street Line, the First in Canada

March 30, 2015 | Ann

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Yonge Street, is one of the longest streets in the world. Holed up beneath this street, the first subway line in Canada hummed with anticipation.