Get to know our E-Writer in Residence: Emily Pohl-Weary

October 1, 2014 | Amy | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Emily Pohl-Weary
Photo by Z. Rabbani, 2012

Award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary grew up in Toronto’s west end. The Parkdale Branch was her favourite place to hang out and reading all those books was one of the reasons she became an writer. She’s thrilled to be working with teens through the library this fall!

Emily’s latest teen novel, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (eBook), is about a teenage rockstar who gets bitten by a giant dog while she’s riding her bike and starts to change in strange, furry ways... It has been called “a welcome twist on the paranormal genre” (Quill & Quire), “fast and superbly told” (Boing Boing), and a “story about growing up, artistic integrity and feminism” (National Post).

 Her previous books include a Hugo Award-winning biography of her grandmother’s life, a young adult mystery (Strange Times at Western High), a collection of poetry, a ghost love story, a series of girl pirate comics, and the anthology Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks. She has also worked as an acquisitions editor for McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit line of high school English textbooks.

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What's On Wednesdays

October 1, 2014 | Ray | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

CulturedaysHere are highlights of what's happening this week:

Public Speaking for Teens

Wed Oct 01, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on recurring dates, Fairview Room 1


Robotics Club!! - Fall Session

Thu Oct 02, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on recurring dates, Northern District Program Room

A ten-week after-school series designed for hands-on learning as participants work in groups to build and programme Lego Mindstorms robots with teen mentors. Open to participants aged 9-14. 


Teen Writers' Group (Ages 13 -19)

Thu Oct 09, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on recurring dates, North York Central Library Room 2/3


Artist in the Library: with dub poet D'bi.young Anitafrika

Sat Oct 04, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on recurring dates, Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre theatre

Would you like to sing, act, dance, write, and star in your own THEATRE PRODUCTION? Dub poet, playwright, performer and educator D'bi.young Anitafrika will host these workshops from September 15th to December 20th. The youth series will culminate in a final Dub Theatre play, written, directed, stage-managed and performed by the youth under D'bi's mentorship. Registration is limited. Call 416-394-1040


Employment Essentials Series for Teens

Sat Oct 04, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on recurring dates, Richview Program Room - 2nd Floor

Join Youth Employment Services (YES) for the three part program series "Employment Essentials." Teens will learn about key resume essentials, learn how to search beyond basic job websites, capitalize on the hidden job market, and key practices for interview preparation.

Ages 14 and up.  Registration required. Please call 416-394-5120 for more information. 

Hello from e writer in residence headquarters!

October 1, 2014 | E Writer in Residence - Emily Pohl-Weary | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Hey TPL teens, 

I'm dialing in to the World Wide Web from my rotary phone for my inaugural blog post as the TPL's Young Voices e writer in residence. Just kidding! I live in the now. I have wifi! And I'm sitting on my couch.

Starting today (October 1), you can send me writing for feedback via the form on this page.

I've also got dastardly plans brewing for the TPL Teens blog, where I'll be posting writing tips, videos, guest posts by teen writers, and other stuff, from October 15 to December 8. There's nothing I love more than a good conversation about writing, so check back regularly, and join in the fun.

Who am I? A Toronto girl who grew up in the west end and still lives here. My local library branch was basically my second home. As a kid, I read like a fish, believed I was Nancy Drew's soul sister, and made up plays that I forced all the kids on my street to act in. 

When I got older, I decided to keep doing what I loved for a living (writing). Now, I'm the author of teen novels, poetry collections, an anthology about female superheroes, a four-issue girl pirate comic, and a biography of my sci fi-writing grandmother. 

See you on October 15th, when my blogstravangza begins!


P.S. I leave you with a photo of moi, writing secret poems on my mom's old typewriter, at the age of twelve:

Teen Emily at typewriter

Music Monday: Erasure

September 29, 2014 | Alice | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

So this is a throwback, too, but since I am pretty excited about going to this conert tomorrow night and leaving it all on the dance floor, I'm going to share the joy of Erasure with you. You're welcome!

Erasure is the kind of synth-based danceable pop music the 80s were known for, but holy wow, did they do it well. Composed of a partnership between Andy Bell and Vince Clarke, a former member of Yazoo and Depeche Mode, Erasure came with the perfect pedigree for new wave that couldn't be anything but amazing, really. Andy Bell's voice is the centrepiece, and he is pretty much perfect for this music.

They were a hit in the UK earlier, but the songs Chains of Love was their huge breakout hit here. Take a listen - but be prepared, it's pretty much impossible to just sit there. And just because I always find it hard to pick just one, I'm also really partial to Ship of Fools, below that.



YBGH: Egg & Spoon by Gregory McGuire

September 28, 2014 | Naomi | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

I don't know about you but I LOVE folk and fairy tales.  I never got to see the broadway hit, Wicked, an adaptation of a character from Frank L. Baum's, Wizard of Oz but I did read the book it was based on... Gregory McGuire's, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

So, I jumped for joy when I saw that he had written a YA title, Egg & Spoon. Dense and mature, this version of a Russian Folktale will not dissapoint.  

Elena is an impoverished peasant with less than nothing. Ekaterina is from a noble family with the world at her feet. But fate is about to send these two girls on a life changing adventure. Filled with Russian folklore including the wise-cracking Baba Yaga, McGuire spins a tale that reader's can't put down.  

Banned Books!

September 27, 2014 | Ray | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


This week is banned book week.  Why read a banned book? Usually they are banned or challenged because of really interesting ideas or content that challenges social constructs - all the more reason to check them out.  Blasé they are not!  Go on, be a rebel, crack open a banned book.  Want some infographics to go with that?  For all the challenged and banned books, check out this list of frequently challenged books of the 21st century?

Frequently challenged books of the 2013:

What is a top contender for challenged content? The incredible Captain Underpants

Underpants   Alexia   Alaska   Bluesteye

The others are also must-reads:

The Absolutely Ture Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

What banned or challenged book do you recommend? 

Friday Faves: Lego Nerd

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

Okay, I know y'all think Lego is for kids, right? But there is actually huge communities of adults who love Lego, too. I mean, building it is fun. And the details are pretty amazing. And the fact that they fully fuel nerdy obsessions with things like The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and superheroes is genius on their part, because who can resist little wee Lego-sized versions of The Avengers??? Not me.

  Lego avengersassemble

I can't say I loved The Lego Movie, but the recreations always make me feel wanty - and also make fantastic gifts. I've given my dad, who is an architect, a few of the very nice buildings from their Architecture series, and just gave someone this fantastic (and very nostalgic) Ghostbusters set:


There are even some great and very visual books to read and browse through if you want to take a look at their years of fun and sometimes very silly stuff. For fans of building, there's loads of great ideas to get you started in these book. And if you loved Batman or Star Wars, there are both movies and books about their Lego versions. So fun!

Now excuse me, I'm off to get myself the new XMen Lego set I just saw last night...

Throwback Thursdays: 80's Cult Classics

September 25, 2014 | Ray | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Revel in the campy, classic, low-tech effects and classic storylines.  It is a delight.  These three picks are cult classics for very good reasons.  From scary muppets in the Labyrinth (and David Bowie's memorable costume), to the oft repeated line of Indigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, to the freaky lifeless eyes of soul-sucked muppets in The Dark Crystal - these three films are unforgettable!

Super freaky muppet GIF from The Dark Crystal



Party Goblin Style:  Goblin King v.s. goblin muppet chicken in Labyrinth :


*Did you know that the Princess Bride herself rolling down the hill - actor Robin Wright - is now starring as the cut-throat "Carrie Underwood" in the Netflix series House of Cards?


Who could forget a line like this....especially after hearing it 9,000x times - what is the count for this line anyway?


What's On Wednesdays: Music and Storytelling

September 24, 2014 | Alice | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Culture-daysCreating art out loud through music, storytelling, and spoken word is a beautiful, vital part of culture that is celebrated at many branches and in many forms at this year's Culture Days festival.

Take a look at some of the amazing range of listed offerings here:


Latin Percussion: Sat Sep 27, 2014, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hillcrest

Afro-Brazilian Percussion: Sat Sep 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.,     Jane/Dundas Meeting Room

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What's On Wednesday: Art and Making

September 24, 2014 | Alice | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Culture-daysVisual arts and creating are part of our Culture Days programming in several branches.

Take a look at those here, look at our dance and movement listings from earlier today, or come back for music and storytelling events still to come!

Make an Origami Book

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Jones


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