Summer School

by Riane, Northern District YAG It's the summer, and while everyone else is heading to their cottage, I'm stuck in summer school. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's taking summer school and no, I am not taking summer school because I have to, I'm taking it because I...

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...

#fridayreads Teen Writer Maria Yang Interviews YA author Paul Yee

This edition of #fridayreads is an interview with author Paul Yee led by TPL Editorial Youth Advisory Group member Maria Yang. Paul was born in Saskatchewan but grew up in Vancouver. For thirty years, he has written about Chinese Canadians, both in fiction for young readers (from picture books to...

Classics of Teen Urban Fiction

August 18, 2014 | Erin

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Did you know that urban fiction is not just for adults? There are a whole ton of them featuring teen and young adult characters geared towards the issues that inner-city teens face. Did you know that it is also not limited to pulp romances geared towards women? There is science...

Help! Homework Help is Here. And PS3 and Xbox 360...

January 9, 2014 | Ray

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Looking for free homework help? Or a place to hang out after school? The library has two After School Newcomer Hubs for teens in grades 7-10. Tutors are on hand to provide free homework help in a variety of subjects, such as math, English, French, history, and science. No homework?...

Going to university or college in the fall?

June 27, 2013 | Erin

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Then you'd best be prepared for higher level essay writing. Luckily, there is a free four-part workshop being offered at Cedarbrae Branch starting July 16. Plus it's taught by a university professor. It's a great opportunity to learn from someone who could very well be grading your papers one day...

Are you Sri Lankan and like to write?

June 25, 2013 | Erin

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Are you a Sri Lankan-Canadian with a desire to write? We've got an exciting opportunity for you to team up with an established author and get started! First: a little background about the organization that is making this happen: "Sri Lankans Without Borders is a growing not-for-profit network based in...

We are Oakwood, we are all Toronto - Yell the Truth! Contest Winners!

May 14, 2013 | Ray

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Congratulations to Oakwood Village YAG on winning the grand prize for the Yell the Truth! contest sponsored by the Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth research project, York University! What a great video - with such a true message! Love it, great work Oakwood YAG! !

Girls Club! Program for Teen Girls @ Albert Campbell

January 2, 2013 | Winona

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CALLING ALL TEEN GIRLS! Are you interested in doing something fun (and free!) after school? Do you enjoy hanging out with your friends and making new ones? Would you like to try new things in a girls-only environment? Then come and join our Girls Club at the Albert Campbell branch...

If you love Persepolis, you'll like "A Game for Swallows"

December 27, 2012 | Ray

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A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached is her story of growing up in Beirut during the 15-year Lebanese civil war. Using a strong, black-on-white drawing style, the images capture your eyes as the story draws you into the lives of her family, friends, and neighbours. Here's Persepolis:

Showcase your talent at Teen Talent Night - Don Mills, Dec. 20th

December 19, 2012 | Ray

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Do you sing, love to dance, do stand-up comedy, recite poetry or play an instrument? Do you have a unique talent? Showcase it at Teen Talent Night. Want to be in the show? If you are between the ages of 12 and 19 and would like to perform, just email...

Help is out there. You are important. Resources online, by phone, and in person.

November 13, 2012 | Ray

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This week is National Bullying Awareness week. Life is hard and some people aren't making it any easier. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Here are a few places to get support: LGBTQ Youthline - Confidential, free, and non-judgemental peer support. Real understanding people who care. Also offer...

Homework Help - More Branches

November 5, 2012 | Ray

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Get free help on your subjects! Check out the times and location: Bridlewood Mondays, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Co-sponsored with North West Scarborough Youth Centre. Program be on Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday. Cedarbrae Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Grades 2-12 Meet in Teen Zone. Snacks!...

Homework Help is here

September 27, 2012 | Erin

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Calculus mystifying you? Can't quite get that French conjugation right? Get free basic help with homework from volunteer tutors! Branch locations: Bridlewood Cedarbrae Eatonville Malvern Pleasant View York Woods After-School Newcomer Hubs also offer homework help: Centennial Sanderson In the meantime, here are some books on studying to help: Study...

Swamped! Homework Help for newcomer teens!

September 13, 2012 | Ray

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Swamped? Newcomer teen? After-School Newcomer Homework Hubs are free help with math, science, English, French, and other subjects. The Hubs feature skill-building workshops, laptops for assignments and research, video games, and more! For all teens in grades 7-10. Hubs are at Centennial and Sanderson Join us! Centennial: Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays...