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Contest: Passes to the Advance Screening of Everything, Everything

May 11, 2017 | Debbie | Comments (0)


Everything, Everything, based on Nicola Yoon’s #1 New York Times Bestseller, hits theatres on Friday, May 19, and we have passes to an advance screening on Wednesday May 17 @ 7pm at Scotiabank Theatre.

Enter to win passes to the advance screening by following our @tpl.teens Instagram account and tagging a friend in the comments of our Everything, Everything contest post on Instagram. The contest is open for 24 hours, from 1:00 p.m. on Thursday May 11 until 1:00 p.m. on Friday May 12, 2017. One entry per person. Must be between the ages of 13-19 to win. Please read the full contest details before entering.

About the Movie

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama “Everything, Everything,” directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon. What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Place a hold on Everything, Everything today and read it along with the movie.  It’s also available as an ebook or eaudiobook

Full Contest Details

Enter to win a double pass to the advance screening by following our @tpl.teens Instagram account and tagging a friend in the comments of our Everything, Everything contest post on Instagram.

The contest is open for 24 hours, from 1:00 p.m. on Thursday May 11 until 1:00 p.m. on Friday May 12, 2017.


  • Contests are open to all residents of the City of Toronto age 13 to 19 years, except Toronto Public Library Board members, officers and employees of the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Public Library Foundation and members of those individuals' families and their cohabitants. Winners will be required to present identification when claiming their prize.
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400 Comic Creators Coming to Toronto this Weekend for TCAF

May 9, 2017 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0)

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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 guests. Comics x Games, presented by the Hand Eye Society, is back for the sixth year, fostering collaboration between indie game and comic communities, and featuring dozens of playable games onsite. And the Wowee Zonk Small Press Showcase for 2017 will highlight some of the most exciting comic and zine work by indie publishers.

The weekend of comic book creativity begins Friday, May 12 with the official TCAF 2017 Kick-Off Event in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Help Celebrate 25 Years of Image Comics with a rollicking discussion among some of this premiere publisher's most celebrated cartoonists – including Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Sana Takeda (Monstress), Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked and the Divine) and others!

And don't forget to drop by the Toronto Public Library table at TCAF, in front of the Digital Innovation Hub, to find out about digital comics and other online goodies you can get for free with your Toronto Public Library card!

Join us at TCAF!

Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

TCAF 2017 Kick-Off: 25 Years of Image Comics!
Fri, May 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Toronto Comic Arts Festival - Day 1
Sat, May 13, 9 am - 5 pm

Toronto Comic Arts Festival - Day 2
Sun, May 14, 10 am - 5 pm

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Joyful page turners (book clubs for youth in Toronto)

March 9, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Many times young people and their love of reading gets ignored by more traditional book clubs or by the fear that the book club will be too much like a high school English class room. But that is not to say that youth do not enjoy a good read and an interesting and in-depth discussion of that book/poem/play/manuscript, etc.

Here are a few book clubs in Toronto that young people are welcome to attend and participate in.


The Young Adult Book Club in High Park

This is a unique one as it is for youth but it is also an active book club where the group meet at Keele Station and then walk about in High Park and discuss the reading materials while they ramble around the park. The book club takes about an hour and includes a pit stop at Grenadier Cafe. The next date for this book club is March 11th and the book is "The Nightmarys" by Dan Poblocki, please visit the website for more information.






The Spectatorial Book Club

Index.aspxThere is a certain satisfaction in finding someone who’s equally passionate about a book as you, as willing to discuss the scenes you can’t get out of your mind or offer an alternative perspective on an event in the plot. Literature moves us, and as much as it is perfect for getting alone and cozy with a book, it is equally thrilling to sit with a group of people and bring these words to life.

The Spectatorial, the University of Toronto’s only speculative journal, has created a book club with specifically this thought in mind. Together, we will create an atmosphere where fellow bibliophiles can meet twice a month to discuss a curated selection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the many wonderful sub-genres of speculative literature. Books will range from fiction to poetry, novels to manga. Together, Ben Berman Ghan, the journal’s fiction editor, and Margaryta Golovchenko, the online editor, will alternate in selecting a different book each month for the club to discuss and enjoy.

With the abundance of books out there, it’s difficult sometimes to choose what to read, either because you’re not sure what you should be focusing on that’s considered to be foundational work, or maybe you’re hoping to find a diamond in the rough, something moving and under-appreciated. The Spectatorial Book Club’s goal is to present both classics in the speculative genre as well as lesser-known wonders, each month alternating between a book from one category to one from the other, thus facilitated by a different editor. Discussion can focus on literary and thematic aspects of works, the primary goal being to create an informal and comfortable atmosphere for sharing ideas and impressions.

Our first book is: Flowers for Algernon. If you own it, great! If not, borrow it from the Toronto Public Library. Ages 16+ welcome, and feel free to join our Facebook group to get the latest on meeting dates, topics and more about The Spectatorial!

Get: Flowers for Algernon from the library.


The Girly Book Club

Index.aspxThis book club is for females and it exists in many cities. The premise is to create a safe space for women who are like minded and share a passion for books and want to be able to talk about them in a friendly and familiar surrounding. All the different cities read the same book and then meet up at the end of the month to discuss the title at hand. This book club is for women of all ages and it also offers a chance to meet other women with similar interests, set an agenda, and start a global conversation.  This month the title is "The Pearl that Broke its Shell" by Nadia Hashimi and you can get the title from the library here as a physical book. Or here as an eBook.




A Room of Your Own - An Interactive Book Club for Girls

Index.aspxA Room of Your Own is an interactive book club targeted primarily at teen girls (13-18 years of age) of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Allowing them to express their curiosity, ambitions, hopes and frustrations, A ROOM OF YOUR OWN is a forum to share fun, feelings, and opinion with their peers and with their favorite authors. This new generation book club that will be 60 minutes in length and be once a month. The book club?s chief objectives are to have fun, and give teen girls what they need (and not what adults think they want). This fully interactive book club for teenage girls will discuss all subject matters that pertain to being young and maturing into adulthood via today's standards and pressures. This unique and innovative book club will choose a teen novel every month and discuss the subject matters of the story line and the relevance to teen girls? lives. This book club will not be intimidated by any subject matter! We will have the author present along with a specialist in the particular area of field that we are discussing. The novel will be a doorway into the lives of teen girls of all backgrounds. The March book is "The Scorpion Rules" by Erin Bow and they meet on Friday March 10th at Lillian H. Smith.

Get The Scorpion Rules here or get the eBook here.


Book Buzz . . . the buzz about books

170px-Longwaycover01The book buzz is an online meeting space for anyone to get together and discuss books from Toronto Public Library. Although not exclusively youth, there are many youth members who comment and get involved regularly. The only difference here is that this book club is online and there are no physical meet ups. This online book club will be great for people who don't have a lot of time to get out to physical meetings, but still want to be involved in a discussion about books. All you have to do is sign up with your email address and created user name.

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

August 22, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Events_programsHi 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 at What's On at the Library from August 22nd-August 28th

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What’s Happening in Toronto According to Lola

August 10, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

Written by Lola, member of Kennedy Eglinton Youth Advisory Group

Free Flicks at Harbourfront


What is a better way to unwind from a long day than to watch one of your favourite movies? Watch a free classic movie every Wednesday evening between 8:30 and 9:00 pm at Harbourfront. Some of the movies that will available to the public include: Chef, Mean Girls, The Good Lie and many more to choose from. This awesome event will only be opened for a couple of weeks, from June 22nd to August 31st.  Please take advantage of such a great activity our city has to offer. Go and enjoy cool movies with your family or friends, it will make an amazing memory!

The Harbourfront address is: 235 Queens Quay West

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Ready to have a wonderful exploring day in Toronto!

August 5, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

Cathy park photo 3 by Cathy, Northern District YAG member

During summer holidays, if you are struggling about where to go, then I have a place for you - Humber Bay Park.

It is located in Etobicoke. You may say that it's pretty far away, but! There are a lot of parking spaces if you're driving. Or the 501 streetcar can take you there and on your way, you can stop at Queen Street West and have a nice brunch.

What's special and awesome about this place is that you can view the skyline of Toronto and the Lake Ontario in a different way. You can explore the new sight of Toronto. Also, one important thing is that there are not a lot people.

Last but not least, if you are kind the person who like photography, that's the perfect place for you! It's beautiful and calm. Take your camera, choose a day with nice weather, and just get ready to have an awesome day!

These are some pictures I took there:

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Our Fave Toronto Spots

August 5, 2016 | YAG Facilitator | Comments (0)

Distillery_District,_Toronto,_Canada,_2006The Northern District YAG tells you what you shouldn't miss in the city this summer. 

The Distillery District -  I really love all of the little shops, and SOMA (chocolate) in particular! (Julia) 

A cool place to go is karting, it's a pretty fun place to go and a great opportunity to hang out with friends. (Justin)

Banhmi Boys is this eatery located on near Northern District library that has amazing sandwiches for a cheap price of $5 to $10. You get a lot bang for your buck! With its great service and delicious food, I wouldn't be surprised when this hidden gem comes out of hiding this summer.

Beltline_BridgeThe Belt Line trail - It starts on Mount Pleasant and stretches all the way across Toronto. Filled with trees and small animals, it's a great place to just breath and calm down. You can run, walk, bike, anything really. Because it is a protected environment you really feel like you are somewhere completely different. It's a nice change from the city's chaos. 

Marilyn Manson and Slipknot Concert Review

July 27, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

By Alissa, Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member

    On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, I had the pleasure to see Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and their opener, Of Mice & Men, live at the Air Canada Centre. I have never seen any of these bands live before but expected an amazing show. I have always wanted to see my favourite music artists Marilyn Manson and Slipknot live. Before this concert I had never listened to Of Mice & Men but they turned out to be really good live. 

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5 Seconds of Summer Concert Review

July 23, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

By Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member, Alissa

    On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, I saw 5 Seconds of Summer live for the third time. For this tour, Sounds Live Feels Live, they brought along Hey Violet and One Ok Rock. They performed at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Last year, 5 Seconds of Summer also brought Hey Violet on the Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour, therefore I have seen them before; but I have never seen One Ok Rock or listened to them before the concert.

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Find Inspiration at the Emerging Voices Creative Writers’ Conference

February 27, 2016 | Susan | Comments (0)


Winter, though inconsistent and weird this year, is still with us. It’s an excellent time for writers to stay inside, bent with concentration over notebooks or laptops, creating stories and poems. While it can be intoxicating to find the exact right word at the right time, the writing life can be lonely. Writers need readers! And inspiration! And reasons to go outside sometimes!

Here is a wonderful writing event that will give you all of that, the Emerging Voices Creative Writers’ Conference happening on Saturday, March 5th at University of Toronto Scarborough. It’s a free, all-day gathering of young writers, aged 17-24, from across the GTA and professional writers from a variety of backgrounds. You’ll attend workshops led by writers who will introduce you to different genres and creative writing techniques. It’s the second year of this great conference and last year’s event led to a measurable increase in creativity across the entire city. (It did!)

And, if you’re wondering, you don’t need to be a UofT student to attend — it’s open to all.

You can register online. There's even a free shuttle from downtown to Scarborough, and you can sign up for that online too. Spots are going fast! Register and be inspired!

FREE creative writing conference for LGBTQ youth and allies

September 24, 2015 | Ken Sparling | Comments (2)

Out Loud 2015 writing conference posterOUT LOUD! 2015: The Creative Writing Conference for LGBTQ Youth and Allies

Are you between the ages of 14-22? Do you love to write? Would you like to learn creative writing techniques from award-winning Toronto-based authors?

Come to OUT LOUD! 2015, a one-day writing conference for LGBTQ youth and allies. You will have a chance to sit in on workshops led by authors Ben Ladouceur, Lauren Kirshner, Vivek Shraya and Zoe Whittall, and visual artist Callan Field. Hear first-hand about their experiences as writers in the city and learn practical tips to help develop your own writing.

When: Saturday, October 17, 2015
10:30 am-4 pm
Where:  Glad Day Bookshop
598 Yonge Street (at Wellesley station)

This event is FREE and lunch is included.

Space is limited, so register early!


E-Writer in Residence 2015: Eve Silver

September 21, 2015 | E Writer in Residence 2015 — Eve Silver | Comments (4)

Eve SilverAward winning author Eve Silver spent her childhood Saturdays splitting her time between the Toronto Public Library’s Centennial Branch and North York Central Branch searching out sequential volumes of Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books and Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. As a teen she devoured V. C. Andrews, Edgar Allan Poe, Daphne du Maurier, Anne Rice and any romance novel she could get her hands on. She wrote her first book at the age of nine—the story of an unwanted teddy bear that found a new and loving home—and she submitted her manuscript to a publisher. A few months later, she received her very first rejection letter.

Eve followed a winding path, earning a couple of science degrees, working in a health care field, teaching human anatomy, then acting as Director of Academic Education at a private vocational school. But in the deepest, most secret part of her heart, she yearned to write. In 2005, her first book, a gothic romance, was published and in the years since she’s written more gothic romances, a couple of post apocalyptic sci-fi trans-Siberian trucker tales, a paranormal romance duology and an urban fantasy series. 

Her latest teen trilogy, The Game (Rush, Push, Crash), is about Miki Jones, a 16-year-old girl who just wants to be normal and finds out she’s anything but when her alien DNA sees her dragged into a game where she must hunt aliens or be hunted by them…and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. The books have been called “taut, exciting” (Quill & Quire), “mind candy for those readers who love the thrill of the game” (Kirkus), “for readers of The Hunger Games and Divergent…with electric high-action scenes” (The Globe and Mail) and “highly recommended” (CM Magazine). Rush received the OLA White Pine Award, was nominated for the Monica Hughes Award in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and was both a 2013 American Booksellers' Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens. 

Eve teaches writing courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. When she isn’t writing or teaching, Eve is a reader, kayaker, hiker, dessert lover, and wrangler of energetic dogs and a snake called Ragnar.

Find Eve online at, @Eve_Silver, or EveSilverBooks.

Calling Toronto teens! To submit your work for Eve's review, send your chapter(s), creative non-fiction, poetry, flash fiction, graphic novel, short story, etc. to

Meet Eve in person at Word On The Street Toronto on Sunday September 27, 2015 or the Young Voices Writers Conference on Saturday October 10, 2015.

Love books? Want to win $500? Inspire Teen Reads - share your love for books!

September 9, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

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It can often be hard to contain the love you feel for your favourite novel. With your passion for the plot, love for the characters, and admiration for the author, keeping it too yourself simply becomes too much. You must share this love with others!

Inspire Teen Reads is the competition to do just that. Now entering its second year, the event provides a platform for young, literature-loving individuals to speak about their favourite novel and its impact on their life in front of an enthusiastic audience and a panel of judges.

With social media and schoolwork often occupying increasingly substantial portions of teenagers’ lives, Inspire Teen Reads aims to rekindle the love of all things literature among youth. The event is the perfect opportunity to share your love of your favourite novel, engage with the power of reading, and meet like-minded teens and accomplished authors.

“Inspire Teen Reads breaks the stereotype of a quiet bookworm and gives students like me a chance to voice our passion for books,” says the champion of last year’s event, Ioana Burtea. “From reciting Seussian rhymes in front of my favourite childhood authors, to spending hours talking with my fellow competitors about contemporary fiction, I loved every minute!”

Inspire Teen Reads follows a book pitch format, with each participant receiving five minutes to convince the judges and audience to read their favourite novel. All formats are welcome including, though not limited to, poetry, prose, spoken word, and song.

Preliminary entries for the competition are now open, and will remain so until September 17. The top sixteen entries will be shortlisted to present their pitches at The Word on the Street National Book and Magazine Festival on September 27, at the Harbourfront Centre.

Shortlisted competitors will have the opportunity to pitch their book for an expert panel of judges, including editors from HarperCollins Canada, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House. Finalists will then move on to Round Two, with the opportunity to meet well-known authors such as Kenneth Oppel and even to win $500.

So enter the 2015 Inspire Teen Reads competition to feel inspired by literature once more. To apply, send us a video (maximum five minutes) or written piece (maximum four-hundred words) convincing us why we should read your favourite novel.

Get more application information and details.

Youth Employment Services Information Session for Teens

July 29, 2015 | Christine | Comments (0)

Youth Employment Services LogoYES is the Employment Champion for Youth, and has the experience and expertise to deliver programs and services helping youth find a job or start a business. Specializing in career counselling and job placement YES is 83% successful in finding jobs, training, education, or business outcomes for youth. Come to this great presentation and find out the kinds of great services and programs YES has to offer.

Presented by Chris Douros

Where?: Thorncliffe Branch, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.
When?: Friday July 31, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Who?: For teens ages 13 and up

For more information, please call 416-396-3865.

Learn about entrepreneurship as a career path

June 24, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Ever thought about being your own boss or starting a business? The 5 Star Entrepreneurship Program is FREE for high school students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship as a career path. Attend our June STAR Session to meet Casandra London, as she shares her story of success!

Friday, June 26, 4:15 p.m.
Youth Employment Service
555 Richmond St. W. Suite 711

Reserve your spot now by contacting Chris Douros
416-504-5516 x278

Casandra London is an innovative storyteller who uses multimedia journalism and theatre to spotlight positive stories to inspire families and individuals across the GTA.She is the founder of the CLN, which aims to inspire, give a voice to and create change for artists, youth, families and communities creating positive movements.

For the past five years, Casandra has written and co-produced plays under the mentorship of d’bi.young anitaafrika's dub theatre program and facilitated over 10 spoken-word, visual art and drama workshops at Arts for Children and Youth. Recently, she conducted a media literacy workshop for emerging artists and educators, and produced a monologue  entitles “Loving Myself,” a biomythical story that explores issues of abandonment, self-worth and acceptance.

Pan Am Poetry Slam: The Finals

May 15, 2015 | stephen | Comments (0)

Pan Am flyereditThis is the big one ladies and gentlemen!

In the spirit of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Canada's most talented young poets take their skills to the stage. 

Included in this showcase, are the winning poets from the Poetry Saved Our Lives showcase. Come out and cheer on the contenders at this inspiring event. 

The finals will feature 12 young artists and 7 emerging artists but only one will emerge with the crown. 

If you missed out on the Pan Am Poetry Showcase last month, this is your chance to catch some of the most creative artists you will ever have the pleasure of hearing. 

Come out and witness greatness

Friday May 22, 2015

Toronto Reference Library

Bram & Bluma Appel Salon


Doors open at 6pm

Grab your tickets now!

A classy night of spoken word and music - literary salon style!

May 14, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Posted by Kathleen Chen

SalonposterThe tradition of literary salons was prominent in France in the 17th and 18th centuries, where a lady of high society would invite friends over for discussions about literature and ideas. Salons were cultural hubs where guests would show off their skill with art, etiquette and conversation.

We are inviting you to a classy evening of performances of verse, prose and music, featuring members of Toronto French School’s Writing Club. In the spirit of exchanging ideas, we would like to share our art with you, and hear yours during the open mic session! Please join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 pm at 318 Lawrence Avenue East for an invigorating and refreshing celebration of art in our community.

Proceeds collected from the event will be donated to a charity that recognizes and promotes the power of art: Literature for Life. This organization has several social programs aimed at helping mothers and children in unstable situations develop confidence through relevant reading and writing exercises. One of their after-school programs, ChalkFarm Super Readers, is in danger of closing down due to a lack of funds. We want to support this program’s mission of helping children of recent immigrants, who are usually the primary English speakers of their households, develop essential literacy skills and find their inner superheroes.

In addition to ticket sales, we are raising money by selling zines (mini magazines of student art and writing) and student visual art. Tickets are $10 each, or $11 with a zine. Please contact Kathleen Chen or Julia Wong with any questions!

Kathleen Chen is a member of Toronto Public Library's Editorial Youth Advisory Group. Check out her story, 'Flight', on page 9 of Young Voices 2014.


TCAF day 1 - Innovation & Beauty

May 9, 2015 | Ken Sparling | Comments (1)

Posted by Alice Quinn

Tulintu comic art in glass exhibit
Sometimes at festivals like TCAF in being surrounded by so many comics, zines, graphic novels (and lets not forget the people), one can experience a sensory overload, there is so much going on that you don't know where to look! Then you see something that is so innovative and beautiful that provokes so much more thought then 'oh that is cool'. Treat yourself in having your minds blown away by Tulintu: Comic Art in Glass Exhibition. These pieces are an adaptation of sorts of the Slavic folklore tale the Firebird, only the format is not one we are used to in comics, this tale is told in hand-blown glass.

Comics in ink and paper are comics, comics made through Photoshop and viewed through a monitor are comics. Even though the tools are different the type of storytelling remains the same - in this case the borders of the panels are the literal glass edges. Unlike the type of sequential art we are used to, these panels change shape and orientation as our perceptions of it change - much like the effect of a fun house mirror. Depending on our position in relation to the glass we can perceive different connotations to the art itself, as well the lighting and the positioning effects how it is viewed. All of this comes together to form a different comic piece in each individual's mind.

This exhibit is brought to us all the way from Helsinki, Finland, at the premises of an old porcelain factory, from the minds of Sini Majuri and Ella Varvio. This is not an experience to be missed! Make sure to drop by the Page & Panel shop during TCAF

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) at Toronto Reference Library this weekend, May 9 & 10!

May 7, 2015 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0)

Posted by Alice Quinn

1200px_gurihiru_poster_flat_tifToronto Public Library is  excited to host this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) at our Toronto Reference Library this weekend, May 9 & 10. The festival brings together comics creators and fans from around the world to showcase and celebrate the year’s best comic arts. As with every year, TCAF is a popular place to launch new books. While the floppy stapled comics made in traditional issue format are most easily accessible at the festival or in comic shops – the library is a great place to get comics released in bound editions. Specifically there are some really amazing YA comics premiering at TCAF that you can borrow and read through your neighborhood Toronto Public Library!

SuperMutant Magic Academy is the latest release from Jillian Tamaki, known for her work on Skim  and This One Summer.

SuperMutant Magic Academy takes our dream of being super powered and places it in the reality of daily high school life. Even though the story includes students who are immortal or look like animals, the things we consider normal are the primary focus of this collection of strips – mean notes dropped in lockers, kids sarcastically replying to teachers, teens sleeping through class, bake sales, etc. While reading SuperMutant Magic Academy, you might even forget that these teens are super mutants and magic users – because even with those powers, they behave just like ordinary teenagers. While this idea is nothing new, the format of short comic strip stories and the perspective of the often non-sequential teenage train of thought is refreshing.

Towerkind centres on a group of kids who live in Toronto, all within blocks of each other, in the densely populated high rises of St. James Town. It all begins at the end of the world, or slightly before, when the kids begin to read signs of the impending doom through their supernatural abilities. This story takes place in a Toronto similar to our own, but with a paranormal twist. Originally self-published by Kat Verhoeven as a series of mini comics, this Ignatz Award-nominated series is collected in full in this bound edition.

Check out more new graphic novels and comics for teens.

And make sure to drop by the Toronto Public Library table at TCAF to try out some of the great stuff in our downloadable collection of books, music, magazines and more!

Fandom Day mini-con is TOMORROW

April 24, 2015 | Erin | Comments (0)

The York Woods Library YAG is hosting Fandom Day tomorrow!

Photo by jeriaska on Flickr

Sat April 25 from 1-4.

York Woods Library

Meeting Room 2

It's going to be a celebration of fandom. Share your fanfiction and fanart, support your OTP, watch your fav episodes, eat fandom-related snacks (butterbeer, anyone?) and debate which fandom is the best. We will cap it all off with a cosplay contest for those wearing a costume! Prize for best cosplay costume.

Teen Writing Club with Author Emily Pohl-Weary

April 9, 2015 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0)

Hey teen writers! Here’s a great opportunity: Emily Pohl-Weary (the library’s 2015 Young Voices e writer in residence) is running a free six-week writing club, starting on April 22!

True Lies: A Writing and Reading Club for 16-19 Year Olds

What’s real? What’s actually true? Is fiction a lie? Is writing fiction just an elaborate process of making up lies based on real experiences?

How do we use social media to build an ideal version of ourselves? Is creating a curated persona through Facebook and Instagram a kind of lie? Or is it self-preservation? Why, exactly, are we are so tempted to curate our identities? And how does that effect the writer in all of us?

During this 6-week program, we’ll explore how social media is changing the nature of writing and the fine line between real life and fiction, with Canadian novelist, Emily Pohl-Weary, and other local guest authors. 

TRUE LIES will culminate in a final public reading event, where you’ll have a chance to share your work!


Registration is free and required.

Wednesdays, April 22 – May 27, 2015
5 – 7 PM
Artscape Youngplace, Room 106
180 Shaw Street
FREE | Registration Required 

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Mini Con at the Library

March 26, 2015 | Erin | Comments (0)

The York Woods Branch YAG is hosting Fandom Day, our own mini-con, on Saturday April 25. 

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It's going to be a celebration of fandom. Share your fanfiction and fanart, vote for your OTP, watch your fav episodes, and debate which fandom is the best. We will cap it all off with a cosplay contest! Prize for best cosplay costume and debate winners. Call the branch to register 416-395-5980.



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In the meantime, join us THIS SATURDAY MARCH 28 for a Costume Making Workshop. from 3-4:30. Perfect for if you aren't sure how where to start for your cosplay costume or how to go about making one.

Some supplies and lots of tips will be provided, but bring anything you know you would like to use.

Author Visit: Kenneth Oppel @ North York Central Library

March 25, 2015 | RayL | Comments (0)

Circle Monday April 20, 2015 on your calendars. That is the day North York Central Library will be hosting a visit from award winning author Kenneth Oppel. He will be discussing his latest novel, The Boundless. Please note that space is limited and tickets can be reserved through event*brite. Doors open at 6pm. Unclaimed reservations will be released at 6:50pm.

Reserve Your Tickets Here



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Kenneth Oppel.


About The Boundless:  Will Everett has always wished for an adventure. Little does he know his started the moment he boarded The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an onboard swimming pool, cinema and much more. But its maiden voyage won't be a smooth ride for Will. After witnessing a murder during a station stop, he barely makes it back onto the train (with a running leap!), then must work his way from the caboose forward to his father in first class - with the murderer and his cronies on his tail. Luckily, a clever and nimble friend is perfecting her act in The Boundless's circus car, and there the real thrill ride begins. Sasquatches, bog-dwelling hags and illusions abound in this outsized adventure aboard the Titanic of trains!

Praise for The Boundless: "Oppel's imagination and sense of adventure never disappoint, and readers should thrill to this rousing tale as it barrels ahead at full speed." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Fanfic Fridays at Fairview

March 3, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Keep Calm and Write Fanfiction

Fanfic Fridays are back at the Toronto Public Library! Ever been disappointed by the ending of a book or movie and wish it could have played out differently? (Allegiant or Mockingjay, anyone?) Or do you love the world of a TV show or a video game so much that you don’t want it to end? It doesn’t have to! That's where fanfiction comes in — to fill in the blanks, to change the story, to imagine the future, to expand universes.

Last summer's Word Out fanfiction contest brought out writers from a variety of fandoms, including Evangelion, Harry Potter and Once Upon A Time. We want to meet more of you! Bring your pen and creativity to try your hand at fun writing prompts, share previously written stories, geek out over your favourite characters with other fans, and talk about the Avengers, or John Green, or zombies (or a crossover story involving all three).


The club meets on the first Friday of the month, and our inaugural meeting is on Friday March 6 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Room 4, on the 4th floor of Fairview Branch, located at 35 Fairview Mall Drive

This program is for teens ages 13 and up. To register, please call 416-395-5750. Come out to represent your fandom!


Old is New Again at the 2015 Canadian Autoshow

February 20, 2015 | stephen | Comments (0)

Hey everyone, in case you didn't know the 2015 Canadian Autoshow is on this week at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre! 


I did not get a chance to make it down there but I had a few friends of mine go and do a little recon for me. 

Here are some of the best of "old made new" from the 2015 Auto show:   


If you are a full blown 'petrol head' (love Top Gear) or have even the slightest interest in cars, the Autoshow is one of the most exciting events you can attend in Toronto this year. 

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