Poetry Saved Our Lives

October 17, 2017 | Claire A

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"It's gotten me to come out of my shell and it's gotten me to write more. It’s a fun experience overall. The people there are uplifting and supportive." -Dorian, on Poetry Saved Our Lives Come out and work with some of the finest young poets our city has to offer...

Illustrator in Residence Ashley Barron Takes You Down the Road to Becoming an Artist

September 27, 2017 | Ken Sparling

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Guest Post by Illustrator in Residence Ashley Barron Artist Ashley Barron is the library's 2017 Illustrator in Residence, based out of Northern District Branch during October. Renowned for her delightful paper collage work, Ashley graduated from OCAD University in 2007 and has since illustrated a number of children's books, including...

Comic Artist Tory Woollcott Helps Teens Make Their Own Comics

September 24, 2017 | Cameron

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Guest post by Young Voices Comic Artist in Residence Tory Woollcott Hi there! Do you love comics in all their wonderful forms? Manga, graphic books, superhero comics, webcomics and more? Do you want to create your own? Good! Me too!! I’m Tory Woollcott and I’m the first Young Voices Comic...

Digital Innovation at Malvern Library

March 2, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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One of the most exciting developments at the Malvern Public Library this year is the opening of the Digital Innovation Hub, located within the SPOT at the library. The Digital Innovation Hub opens up a whole new world for teens by giving them access to an incredible variety of tech...

Your Bookmark Here: Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

October 19, 2016 | Analisa

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“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” - Coco Chanel I must admit, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books for fun but when I saw this book I was instantly drawn in. This book looks at different women from the past and present. It discusses...

Your Bookmark Here: Messy Business of Art and Revenge

September 20, 2016 | Alice

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Original Fake, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and E. Eero Johnson A closet artist in a family full of sparkly stage presences, Frankie has come to hate his sister just as much as he worships street art hero Uncle Epic, his town's answer to Banksy.Things collide when he gets perfect blackmail material...

Contest Winner: Creative Places

September 14, 2016 | Monica

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I want to start off by thanking everyone for the amazing submissions, and for taking the time to enter. From this wonderful drawing by A.C., depicting herself looking out over the city: To this amazing shot of the city by Aloysius: And of course, this beautiful painting by Grace: With...

Contest Winner: #Bookface

September 10, 2016 | Alice

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We had some fun entries for this contest, which asked you to use a book cover to change your identity. (You can see more details here). Let's start with a few of my favourites, before I announce the big winner. This one from Angela is a fun little play on...

Creative Places Contest (August 22 – September 2)

August 22, 2016 | Monica

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Where in Toronto do you feel most creative? Is there a spot where you feel inspired to draw and paint and build and make plans for even more drawings, paintings and designs? To enter this contest for a chance to win a pair of B&O Beoplay H6 Headphones, use any...

The Before I Die Project

August 8, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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by The Northern District branch Youth Advisory Group Have you heard of the Before I Die project? It is a project initiated by artist Candy Chang in New Orleans in the period after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, a project that sought to get people thinking about their hopes and...

What's On @ the Library - August 8-13th

August 8, 2016 | Monica

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Check out all the cool things happening at the Toronto Public Library this week, from the art of filmmaking to designing your very own video game! 1. Maker Monday: Book Vault at Bloor Gladstone Turn an old book into a place to hide your valuables. 2. Film In A Day...

drawing tutorial

Olivia, from Northern District's YAG, is here to teach you something about drawing. Take it away, Olivia! Learn how to draw in just 2 steps Just follow these simple instructions... Step 1:draw some random shape Step 2: Finish the rest of the drawing *This is not a serious tutorial because...

What's On @ the Library : August 1 - 7

August 1, 2016 | Christine

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Happy Simcoe Day, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your August long weekend, and doing lots of fun stuff with your friends. Speaking of fun, here is a list of some more great programs happening at the Toronto Public Library this week:

Whats On @ the library July 25th - 31st

July 25, 2016 | Cameron

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Want to know what is going on at the Toronto Public Library for teens this week: Check out the listing of programs below that cover programs and events from July 25th to July 31st. 1. Maker Monday: Duct Tape Wallet at the Bloor Gladstone Branch Use duct tape to build...

The Beauty of a Spray Can

By Alma at Parliament Street Branch Although Toronto is well known for its huge diversity in population, the growing increase in the awesomeness of the arts ( like dance and music) has drawn many fans into our city. But one thing that is kept so low key is our wall...

Happening This Week: July 18-24

July 17, 2016 | Alice

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Dance. Draw. Act. Beatbox. Learn. We have a lot going on this week! Two weeks of hip hop dance with Scarborough dance crew Bucc N Flvr kick off this week at Maria A. Shchuka branch July 19. Michael Brown uncaps some sharpies for an art programme at Don Mills on...

Happening This Week: July 11 - 16

July 10, 2016 | stephen

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New programs and Summer Edition Tech Week! Several branches are hosting Logics Academy this week for an hour long introduction to robotics. Come in and learn how to code and program your robot to participate in our Robot Dance Battle! Steeles: July 11 2-3pm Cedarbrae: July 12 2-3pm Pape/Danforth: July...

song dong at the AGO

Artwork by Editorial Youth Advisory Group member Wenting Li The AGO (art gallery of ontario) is free wednesday evenings 6-9 pm & free after 3 pm (tuesday - friday) with a valid ontario high school ID. communal courtyard (song dong) is on display until july 17. Check out more of...

Happening This Week: July 4-10

July 3, 2016 | Alice

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We're kicking off July with some awesome programs this week! Brentwood is hosting ScratchLab for a two-hour workshop on DJ skills this Thursday afternoon. Drop by to pick up some basics on mixing, beatmatching, and scratching to get you started. And two of our biggest programs are launching for an...

What's on at the Library -- June 27 - July 3

June 30, 2016 | Christine

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Hi everyone! Happy early Canada Day! I hope you're all enjoying your summer vacations so far. :) Here are some more great programs for youth that you can take advantage of this summer at your local branch of the Toronto Public Library this coming long weekend: 3D Printer Certification --...

Here's to hoping your creative ideas will hatch!

This is a piece I did in 2011. What started out as a simple, draw-an-egg school project turned into a story that could very well write its own story. Creativity can take all forms, don't limit those beautiful, growing ideas! Here's a little more on my inspiration: This piece originated...

YAG Gallery: Drawings by Rana

June 25, 2016 | Alice

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We're rounding up our YAG art this week with a few drawings from Rana. This cup was an exercise piece - follow the jump for some faces! These two are from Rana's imagination, showing her more original style. And last but definitely not least, our artist herself, a self-portrait and...

YAG Gallery: Painting by Olivia

June 24, 2016 | Alice

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Northern District YAG member Olivia is our artist of the day, and shares this painting

Youth Gallery: Paintings

June 21, 2016 | Alice

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Northern District's YAG is running the blog this week, and a few of our talented teens wanted to share some art with you all! We're kicking off the week with a few paintings by Rana. Follow the jump to see all of them! These Orchids were painted at Allen Gardens:...

What's On at the Library- June 20-25th

June 20, 2016 | Monica

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Hi All! Looking for some fun and exciting things to do this summer? Keep any eye on the TPL Teens Summer Edition page all summer long, as we got you covered on the events taking place at the Toronto Pubic Library for Youth. To kick things off, take a look...