Celebrate Youth Week at the Library

April 30, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Written by Brentwood Youth Advisory Group members The Youth Advisory Group at Brentwood Branch There are about 100 billion brain cells in the average youth. And if there are 1.1 billion youth in the world, that gives us a *whole lot* of brain cells spitting out information and ideas with...

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...

Have You Read These LGTBQ Books Yet?

June 28, 2017 | Debbie

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"Read Widely, Learn Together, Celebrate Diversity." TPL staff with friends and family march in the 2017 Toronto Pride Parade. Fresh from the Pride Parade on Sunday, TPL Staff have rounded up five of our fave LGTBQ+ reads. Like these? Crushing on others? Share your suggestions in the comments. Girl Mans...

Contest: Passes to the Advance Screening of Everything, Everything

May 11, 2017 | Debbie

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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...

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...

Joyful page turners (book clubs for youth in Toronto)

March 9, 2017 | Cameron

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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...

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...

What’s Happening in Toronto According to Lola

Written by Lola, member of Kennedy Eglinton Youth Advisory Group Free Flicks at Harbourfront (Source: creativecommons.org) 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....

Ready to have a wonderful exploring day in Toronto!

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...

Our Fave Toronto Spots

August 5, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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The 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...

Marilyn Manson and Slipknot Concert Review

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....

5 Seconds of Summer Concert Review

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...

Find Inspiration at the Emerging Voices Creative Writers’ Conference

February 27, 2016 | Susan

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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...

FREE creative writing conference for LGBTQ youth and allies

September 24, 2015 | Ken Sparling

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OUT 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....

E-Writer in Residence 2015: Eve Silver

Award 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...

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

September 9, 2015 | Teen Blogger

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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...

Youth Employment Services Information Session for Teens

July 29, 2015 | Christine

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YES 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...

Learn about entrepreneurship as a career path

June 24, 2015 | Teen Blogger

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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! MEET ENTREPRENEUR...

Pan Am Poetry Slam: The Finals

May 15, 2015 | stephen

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This 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...

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

May 14, 2015 | Teen Blogger

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Posted by Kathleen Chen The 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...

TCAF day 1 - Innovation & Beauty

May 9, 2015 | Ken Sparling

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Posted by Alice Quinn 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...

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

May 7, 2015 | Ken Sparling

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Posted by Alice Quinn Toronto 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....

Fandom Day mini-con is TOMORROW

April 24, 2015 | Erin

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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,...

Teen Writing Club with Author Emily Pohl-Weary

April 9, 2015 | Ken Sparling

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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...

Mini Con at the Library

March 26, 2015 | Erin

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