White Pine Author Visit: Colleen Nelson

April 8, 2014 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Please join us in the library in room 2/3 on Friday May 16th 2014 from 10-11. Classes are invited to attend.

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Teen Coffee House Thursday April 17th 2014

April 1, 2014 | Cameron | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Please join us at the North York Central Library for a teen coffee house. Come sing your favourite musical number, or perhaps dramatic monologue. Ages 13-19.

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GET PUBLISHED! Submit now before it's too late!!!

March 30, 2014 | Ken Sparling | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

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How to Walk in Early March

Wear your rain boots in the evening, one part because of the slush and ninety-nine parts because she said at 2 p.m. this afternoon that they make you look like April weather when you wear them with your yellow floral skirt. -Edmee Nataprawira (age 18) in YOUNG VOICES 2013

 

Send us your creative writing for a chance to be published in Young Voices, Toronto Public Library's magazine of teen writing and visual art.

Poems, stories, lyrics, rants, creative non-fiction... whatever you feel like writing, that's what we want to see!

Open to teens 12-19 years old who live, work or go to school in Toronto.

Submission deadline for 2014 issue is April 5, 2014; submissions received after this date will be considered for the 2015 issue of Young Voices.

New! Fan Fiction Writers' Coalition at Cedarbrae

March 28, 2014 | Ray | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

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Cassandra Clare. Sarah Rees Brennan. E.L. James. If you've heard of these names, you probably know they are insanely popular authors who have made it big with the likes of The Mortal Instruments, The Demon's Lexicon, and 50 Shades of Grey, respectively. But did you know these authors first started off writing fanfiction for movies like Harry Potter or Twilight?

Fanfiction has been around for decades, but with the rise of these successful authors and many others like them, it's become an insanely popular pastime for young writers and a very trendy hobby. To celebrate teen authors who love writing stories based on their favourite characters, shows, movies, books, and video games, Cedarbrae Library will be hosting the Teen Fanfiction Writers' Coalition.

When?

On the last Friday of every month, beginning April 25, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Cedarbrae Library, 2cd Floor, Teen Zone

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This group is open to all youth ages 12 to 18. It doesn't matter whether you're a seasoned fanfic writer or don't yet know what AO3 or Fanfiction.net are; we want to meet you and hear your stories, whatever they might be.

We also encourage any original writing you’d like to share. Most importantly, all ships and fandoms are welcome here (don't know what those are yet? Join the group to find out). This is a 100% safe space for anything you happen to support and like writing about. Tell your friends. Get your friends to tell their friends.

Fanfic Fridays @Cedarbrae are for everyone, and we want to see a complete fanfiction takeover!

To register or learn more about the group, you can call 416-396-8850 or ask for Nancy-Anne. Be sure to sign up early to beat the rush!

Get your b&w artwork published in YOUNG VOICES magazine

March 27, 2014 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Send us your black and white hand drawn artwork for a chance to be published in Young Voices, Toronto Public Library's magazine of teen writing and visual art.

Open to teens 12-19 years old who live, work or go to school in Toronto.

Submission deadline for 2014 issue is April 5, 2014; submissions received after this date will be considered for the 2015 issue of Young Voices.

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Get your B&W photos published in YOUNG VOICES magazine

March 24, 2014 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Send us your black and white high resolution photographs for a chance to be published in Young Voices, Toronto Public Library's magazine of teen writing and visual art.

Photos should be 300 dpi at 8 inches by 10 inches.

Open to teens 12-19 years old who live, work or go to school in Toronto.

Submission deadline for 2014 issue is April 5, 2014; submissions received after this date will be considered for the 2015 issue of Young Voices.

Photo from YOUNG VOICES 2013, by Nicole Johnston, age 15

Book(s) of the Week: Music To My Ears

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

I LOVE music, so whenever there are new books with a music theme, I snap them up. These two from early this year crossed my path and predictably, I grabbed them. As much as they both carry a heavy music theme, though? They are SO different from each other, it's near impossible to link them beyond that really general theme.

Road rashThe first one, Road Rash, is a really music-focused book, and its author, Mark Huntley Parsons, has good pedigree for writing about music, being a drummer and sound engineer, as well as writing for Modern Drummer magazine. It shows, too, in the way he writes about music. The story itself is not particularly new or groundbreaking - boy gets fired from one band for dubious reasons, gets picked up by another, better band, and is thrown into stresses of life on the road and tough band dynamics. It feel realistic, though, and it is clear that it's a life Parsons knows. The real standout parts, though, are when Parsons get his music geek on.

If you've ever played in a band and seen how music is recorded, you know how overall sound is built by different pieces fitting together and complementing each other for a fully rounded sound, and the writing of this process is really strongly expressed by someone who clearly knows what he's talking about where this is concerned. For this fascinating peek into the world of music live and tracked, I really enjoyed what might otherwise have been a fairly average story of being in a band.

Blues for zoeyBlues for Zoey. Now this is something altogether different. Music still plays a huge role here - particularly the music of one iconoclast legend, newly discovered by Kaz when his neighbour hands him a CD, and the music created by Zoey, a new girl in town who fascinates Kaz.

Kaz has, so far, been pretty single-minded about saving money to help his mom get treatment for a strange and rare disease, which he hopes will also make life easier and more normal for him and his sister. But when Zoey comes along, he's taken with her and her own strange music, her weird but amazing instrument, and her interesting and gorgeous self. Soon enough, a fast-talking high-roller notices her instrument, and tries to conspire with Kaz to buy it for cheap from Zoey, as he claims it's worth a fortune, and Kaz runs into a serious ethical dilemma.

After this, things take a wild twist, and Kaz ends up looking back over his summer and seeing things in a whole new light, which makes for a jaw-dropping and very interesting note to end on, as a reader. I thought about this one for a few days - but then, every book that Robert Paul Weston writes seems to strike me, though each is also incredibly different from the last. It's an unusual and interesting talent - much like this book, in fact.

 

ZOM-B author Darren Shan - Toronto Appearance!

March 18, 2014 | Ray | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Darren Shan: Superstar author of The Demonata and Cirque du Freak talks about his gruesomely awesome ZOM-B series.

Includes a book signing. Books will be available for purchase by Mabel's Fabels.

  • March 25
  • 7:00pm
  • North York Central Library - Concourse Level
  • 5120 Yonge St. 

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Writing YA: The Truth and Fiction of It

March 17, 2014 | Ray | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Interactive workshop featuring Fierce Ink authors, Angela Misri (Jewel of the Thames) and Natalie Corbett Sampson (Game Plan).

These two awesome authors will discuss the ins and outs of writing young adult novels. Both authors have weaved truth and fiction in their novels expertly, but in two very different ways. 

Corbett Sampson's novel, Game Plan, centers on teen pregnancy and adoption and stems from her own experiences going through the adoption process. While the story doesn't mimic her own, there are elements of her experience sprinkled throughout. 

Misri's young adult mystery, Jewel of the Thames, may feature the fictional heroine Portia, but Portia's London surroundings are very much real. 

Both authors will talk about how they integrate real life places and events into their writing to make each piece stronger. 

Bring your questions and curiosity!

  • March 29
  • 2:00-4:00pm
  • North York Central Library - Room 1
  • 5120 Yonge St.

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Help for the Haunted: Book of the week March 17th 2014

March 17, 2014 | Cameron | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Is there any help for the haunted? John Searles ask this question in his third book (which is an Alex Award Winner 2014) with the title "Help for the Haunted". Sylvie Mason is not your typical teenager, first she is the legal guardian of her moody and unpredictable older sister. Her parents were ghost hunters who were murdered as she waited for them in the car. Sylvie believes she knows who the killer is, but a few weeks before the trial is to begin she realizes that she is not as sure as she once thought she was.

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Sylvie leaves it up to herself to pursue this mystery and to try to find out all the secrets of her parents lives and to discover if they were actually able to help people who were haunted by ghosts? Sylvie herself feels haunted by the memory of her parents. She is tormented at school and her sister is frustrating and lacks any empathy toward the situation the girls are in. Also who is the mysterious person that keeps leaving food on their porch? And what ever happned to their Uncle who was supposed to come to be their legal guardian? As Sylvie goes on the search for these answers she hopes she will be able to remember who it was that she saw in the church that night her parents died.

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