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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What's On Wednesday: Dance and Movement!

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

Culture-daysThis weekend is Culture Days, a city-wide festival of culture that is filling our branches with amazing programmes. Many of them are hosting programmes about dances and movement styles from all around the world.

If this sounds like your thing, read on! If not, stay tuned for posts on visual arts, music, and storytelling programmes coming this weekend as well.


Art of the Americas: Salsa Workshop

Sat Sep 27, 2014,11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Flemingdon Park Auditorium

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Your Bookmark Goes Here - ACID: Agency for Crime Investigation and Defense

September 22, 2014 | Naomi | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

ACID:  Agency for Crime Investigation and Defense by Emma Pass

Jenna Strong is in prison for murdering her parents.  But when a rebel group suddenly helps her escape and gives her a new face and name, Jenna is caught wondering what exactly is going on.  Enter fellow fugitive Max Fisher, and a Government Agency hot on their trail and you have the making of a fast paced exciting dystopian hit.  Highly recommended.


Also available as an ebook


Music Monday: ALVVAYS

September 22, 2014 | Ray | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


Latest band to break through theugh the thriving Toronto music scene is Alvvays (vv is pronounced like w).  Too cool for this school, it's guarranteed their beats will get you moving.  Get their album from the library and check out their website for live shows

Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle. Convening in Toronto, the group has been making music since dusk or maybe dawn. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit. Recorded at Chad VanGaalen's Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile). The resultant album is loud and clear and sure.

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