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1984 reviewed

May 5, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Ravicha, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group

1984 book coverEven though 1984 was published in 1949 by Orwell, it is still a great read for us today. It is a wonderful novel as it depicts a dystopian world and Orwell’s interpretation on how the world and government would be 30 years later under a totalitarian regime. The book revolves around Winston Smith a 39-year-old man who hates the regime and wants to overthrow the leader who is referred to Big Brother. Winston works for The Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. There are telescreens and posters of Big Brother everywhere that watch your every move. When Winston meets Julia, he finds a way to make his life better as the party forbids love and interacting with one another. Even though they are being watched, they decide to betray the party and meet each other. The book revolves around whether Winston and Julia will get away with their relationship and sneak around the party or whether they will be caught and be taken to Room 101.

LGBTQ2S+ Youth Art Show & Sale

May 4, 2016 | Ray | Comments (0)

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Art exhibition of drawings, sculpture, paintings and poetry by LGBTQ2S+ youth. Works will be available for purchase. 

Youth art exhibition is a collaboration between Full Circle Art Therapy and Egale Youth Outreach Drop-In for LGBTQ2S+ youth with support from Toronto Public Library.

Check out the event listing

Lillian H. Smith Branch 

Wed May 18, 2016

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Room B/C

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Get Your Chemistry Geek On: Live demos! Boom!

May 3, 2016 | Ray | Comments (0)

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BOOM!  Get your chemistry geek on.   Just for teens & young adults, a whole afternoon of interactive chemistry demos and hands-on activities. Amazing!  FREE!

With professional chemists from Pueblo Science.

In lower level Room B/C.   

Call or stop in to reserve your spot, drop-ins welcome!  416-393-7746  

Event listing

Music Video Monday - 21 pilots

May 2, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Twenty One Pilots is a music duo from Columbus, Ohio who started making music together in 2009 and put out their first formal album the same year on their own record label. In 2013 they signed onto the record label "Fueled by Ramen" and released their corporate debut the same year. Our first video by them is the single: "Holding onto You"


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Your Bookmark Here: The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever

May 1, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0)

26534110"The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever" is a comedy of errors novel that features a 15 year old filmmaker who's first 3 films have largely gone ignored on Facebook and he has decided that now is the time for him and his two friends to make the best zombie movie ever. The only problem is that they have no budget, no script, summer will soon be over and Justin has decided that this is a now or never situation.

Add to the pressure the fact that Justin's crush has been cast as the female lead, without his permission, the production assistants are terrible and things are falling apart for his production. It may turn out that the dream of making the greatest zombie movie ever will not happen and that in fact Justin and his team could very well be making the WORST zombie movie ever.

This novel is fantastically funny, fast paced and also quite charming. I don't think your world will be changed in any significant way by reading it, but I also don't think that this book is going to be a waste of time. If you want an excellent read that is laugh out loud funny and filled with outrageous circumstances than this is the book for you.

Stilettos on the Move, a Fashion Show !

April 30, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0)

16670727-standardPride Week Celebration: Stilettos on the Move, a Fashion Show


Have you ever wondered what makes drag performers tick? Watch them strut their stuff and reveal the mystery behind their dazzling personas. Join us for an evening of fashion, fun, and flamboyance!
Please call (416) 395-5639 to register for this free program.

North York Central Library

Tuesday May 17th, 2016 7:00-8:00 P.M.


Five Frames From . . . April 29th, 2016 edition

April 29, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (1)

What movie are these images from? First to get it right gets a prize.

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All rights reserved, all wrongs reversed.

Images can be viewed in larger format by clicking on them.

Make the Cutest Sock Monkey on Saturday

April 26, 2016 | Ray | Comments (0)


Learn step-by-step how to make the cutest darn sock monkey!  Operation Sock Monkey will be coming to Lillian H. Smith Branch (239 College at Spadina)  to show teens and young adults how.

Crafted sock monkeys will be donated to kids in need, but if you fall in love with it, you may purchase it for a small fee. ($10)

Crafting is happening in the Teen Zone - second floor.  1:00pm - 3:30pm


Drop on by!  Bring a pal.   More Event Details


Our World is a Beautiful, Beautiful Place

April 26, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

It's Earth Month 2016 and the time has come to take seriously our impact on the planet. Toronto Public Library is happy to present the best of our collections on environmental education, geared to children, teens and adults. Watch for environmental displays in branches across the city and pick up some reading material. At the same time, please join us for Our Fragile Planet, our free environmental programming series. Learn about issues that impact our city, and what you can do to tread lightly on our planet.

By Robert, member of the library Editorial Youth Advisory Group

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Scarborough Bluffs from the library's digital photography collections

Beauty is not just present in exotic, foreign locales like Antarctica. Rather, wherever there is the natural world, there is also this sense of awe because the totality of our environment is connected by the fundamental beauty of life, regardless of where it’s located. For us Torontonians, we are lucky enough to have the beauty of nature in our own backyards. Just take a stroll through places like High Park or the Scarborough Bluffs or Kortright Centre.

As we near the end of Earth Month, I hope that you have taken some time to reflect on our anthropogenic impacts on our planet. I view this time as almost an “environmental new year's”, a time where we acknowledge our past failings in living sustainably and make new, strong-willed resolutions to work towards reducing our collective ecological footprint. With the help of a great many resources from the Toronto Public Library’s Fragile Planet campaign (free gardening workshops!!!), I believe that we can collectively leap into a new age of respect and preservation for the planet.

However, in the fight against climate change, sometimes we forget the purpose of our struggle. Sure we’re trying to preserve planet Earth, but my question is -- why? Why should we take action to protect this big, blue rock in space that we call home?

There are a vast, vast number of arguments which justify our concern for planet Earth. Some argue that above all, we must protect the planet to protect ourselves and our future livelihood. Climate change will cause an innumerable number of ecological disasters that will have massive ramifications for the health and safety of individuals across the planet. Extreme weather, disruptions in agriculture and water shortages threaten the future of humanity’s collective survival. However, for me, the most compelling reason for preserving our world is that our world is a beautiful, beautiful place. Earth, in the midst of our cold and desolate universe, has been given an incredibly majestic gift referred to as nature, as life. And this life is so awe-inspiring that it is our moral duty to do everything possible to protect it.

I had the opportunity to experience the majesty of planet Earth first-hand in December 2014 as part of the Students on Ice Youth Antarctic Expedition. Students on Ice is an educational program that brings students from around the globe on expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. There is no word that describes my experience in Antarctica better than the word “wow”, as I was in constant awe and amazement of our planet’s ephemeral majesty. At every moment, I was surrounded by the rocky, sculpted silhouettes of mountains rising like spires out of the deep vivid blue hues of the ocean. They were spotted with gleaming glaciers, enormous sheets of ice twisted and manipulated into creviced geometric patterns.Their intricacy, along with their rich blue tint, was only surpassed by the glaciers’ offspring — icebergs. Meandering around the ocean, these blocks of ice were carefully sculpted by the wind to form beautiful, 20-metre high masterpieces of swooping ridges and gently rounded curves. But perhaps the most majestic aspect of Antarctica was its wildlife. Thousands of towering whales, graciously agile albatrosses, Audubon albatrosseals and adorable, clumsy, awkwardly waddling penguins were everywhere. Planet Earth was performing a grandiose symphony of nature, and I was privileged enough to stand amidst its violins.

But this beauty is not just present in exotic, foreign locales like Antarctica. Rather, wherever there is the natural world, there is also this sense of awe because the totality of our environment is connected by the fundamental beauty of life, regardless of where it’s located. For us Torontonians, we are lucky enough to have the beauty of nature in our own backyards. Just take a stroll through places like High Park or the Scarborough Bluffs or Kortright Centre. Take in the delicate cherry blossoms or hundred foot cliffs. Toronto has some absolutely unbelievable nature reserves within TTC distance. Outside these relative wilderness sites, take a bike ride through Forest Hill or the Kingsway and admire the sprawling canopies of trees casting delicate shadows on winding roads, providing nesting sites for the occasional cardinal or blue jay. Even in the downtown core itself, there is life in the lawns of King Cross Circle or the forested trees of Queens Park. Everywhere you go in our city, it is impossible to escape the alluring call of the natural world.

We are so lucky to live in a city that values such environmental awareness, since by connecting to our environment we also connect to the deepest parts of ourselves, the parts of us that make us fundamentally human. For me, the human species is defined by its ability to look beyond the immediate realities of itself. Our societies have made their greatest progress in fields such as science, art and literature. All these fields are driven by one central idea –- the idea that there are bigger things in the world than ourselves. We choose to pursue these fields not because they nourish our physical hunger but because they nourish our spiritual hunger -- they present the beauty and majesty that makes life worth living. The natural world is perhaps the most profound example of such an amazing transcendent ideal. I distinctly remember my first time setting eyes on the Antarctic continent, while zodiac cruising through Elephant Island. I simply sat in the vessel and mouthed the term “wow” to myself over and over again. Wow, wow, wow. The admiration and utter awe I experienced were expressions of my true revelation: that some aspects of our world that are too complex in their grandeur for our minds to comprehend. Through this understanding I became truly human. I became one with our fundamental need to acknowledge, appreciate and strive to understand elements of the world that exist beyond ourselves.

This, above all else, is the reason why our planet must be preserved as the collective heritage of humankind. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet once said, “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than dreamt of in our philosophy”. The pursuit of acknowledging and understanding these things are what drive us to confront the perils of everyday life. Without symbols like nature to admire, we are nothing more than sleeping, eating collections of atoms.

So let us move forward with a sense of respect and compassion for our entire planet in order to preserve it for our future. When we work for its protection, we work for the protection of one of the very things that makes us human.

Music Video Monday - Sia

April 25, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Sia Furler is an Australian born, but currently New York based musician who has been on the music scene for well over 20 years. She originally sang with an acid jazz group and then was a back up singer for Jamiroquai. She has lived all over the world and has worked with many other musicians as a songwriter. She has recently stopped showing her face in public (being covered with hats or wigs) as she wants some anonymity but also wants to not be constantly critiqued on her appearance. We will start with her biggest single so far: Chandelier.


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