Butterflies Have Beautiful Wings: A Youth Week Speech

April 18, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Written by Ava V, Brentwood Youth Advisory Group member In July of 2010, it was estimated that there were 10.2 million youth (24 and younger) in Canada. This makes up about 30 percent of the population. Every day, youth are bombarded with images and pressures to live up to, whether...

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...

Young Voices Writers Conference 2017

October 4, 2017 | Ken Sparling

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YOUNG VOICES WRITER CONFERENCE Saturday, October 28 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Northern District Library (steps from Yonge/Eglinton subway station) for Toronto writers aged 12 to 19 Get FREE tickets now! Get motivated at a full day of workshops led by professionals. Learn new skills, check out an open mic,...

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...

Summer Volunteer Opportunity for Teens: Reading Buddies

June 5, 2017 | Debbie

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Summer Volunteer Opportunity for Teens! Do you need to get your 40 hours? Are you between the ages of 13 and 19? Do you enjoy reading and would like to work with children to help them develop a love of books and stories? Volunteer with Reading Buddies! To join you...

400 Comic Creators Coming to Toronto this Weekend for TCAF

May 9, 2017 | Ken Sparling

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Poster by Jeff Lemire More than 400 creators from over 20 countries are headed for Toronto this weekend to participate in the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 13 and 14 at Toronto Reference Library. Pénélope Bagieu, Guy Delisle, Jeff Lemire, Gengoroh Tagame, Jillian Tamaki, Marcelino Truong are among the featured...

words and music by . . .

April 10, 2017 | Cameron

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Are you a music aficionado? A absent minded radio listener? Perhaps you're a musician/performer yourself. The library has a few resources that will most likely appeal to many music lovers and musicians. Make Some Noise: Is an after hours concert series of live bands playing in branches of the Toronto...

Mad Cheddar: Personal Finance for Teens

February 6, 2017 | Erin

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No not this We're talking about this February is Personal Finance Month: and it's not just for adults. If you're like me when I was a teenager, the mere thought of anything "financial" makes you yawn. Man do I wish I had known better! Money makes the world go round,...

Your New Second Home: The Youth Hub

December 13, 2016 | Debbie

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Arts and crafts, DJing and a Photoshop creation at a Youth Hub, but that's not all! Teens visiting the Toronto Public Library Youth Hubs have so many good things to say about their experiences, it's hard to know who to quote first! Jasmine really got to the heart of it...

Volunteer Hours: Tell TPL Teen Consultation

October 13, 2016 | Debbie

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Join a group of teens on November 5th for two hours and tell us what you think about the library and our digital services. All participants will receive volunteer hours for participation and transit assistance is available. Your input will help shape how the library serves teens and the opportunity...

DeMarre Carroll Promotes Comic and Gives Advice

September 29, 2016 | Debbie

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This month teens were on hand to hear financial tips from the Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll and receive a free copy of the new Marvel comic, Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket’s Powerful Plan, provided by Visa. The comic combines Marvel’s iconic Super Heroes with Visa’s financial literacy expertise on important...

Whats On @ the library August 22nd - August 28th

August 22, 2016 | Cameron

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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...

Write Like You Mean It - and Change the World!

August 12, 2016 | Ken Sparling

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If you missed last night's Young Voices writing workshop at Toronto Reference Library with author Kristyn Dunnion, have no fear... Kristyn will be back to do three more workshops, including one tomorrow, Saturday, August 13! You can go to any or all of them, they're free, and you can just...

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...

Volunteering with Cyber Seniors

August 7, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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Post by Connor, Northern District Branch Reading View. Alt Shift A for Accessibility Help. Cyber Seniors is a new program taking place in certain Toronto Public Library locations. The goal of the program is to help teach seniors how to make better use of new technologies, primarily computers. The program...

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...

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...

Contest: The Changing Face of Toronto (July 11 - July 24)

July 11, 2016 | Susan

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Note: Thanks to everyone who submitted! The contest is now over and you can read the winning entry. And be sure to check out the rest of the contests happening this summer. The Changing Face of Toronto is a photo exhibit on now at the TD Gallery in the Toronto...

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...

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 --...

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...

"Pride. It looks like a party...but it started with a riot."

June 15, 2016 | Susan

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You likely know all about the amazing Pride Parade that fills Toronto's streets with dancing and celebration. (You should definitely go if you never have!) All that dancing, all that joy is to honour the history of LGBTQ2S+ rights and the continued need to fight for justice and equality. Recent...