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...

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...

Teen Review: Homecoming King

September 19, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naomi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Hasan Minhaj is a South Asian stand-up comedian and actor who just recently became famous in America. The movie I’m reviewing is a stand up special film by Hasan where he speaks about his difficult childhood as an Indian Muslim...

Teen Review: Fallen

September 18, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Marilyn If Fantasy means fantasy dreamland, mysticism and imagination, then Lauren Kate has brought a whole different definition. Fallen is the type of fantasy novel that is completely unpredictable, and seems to only make you ask more questions as you go along to keep you turning pages. This...

How to Survive Your Adulting Years

September 15, 2017 | Frances G.

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As we get older, we’re often reminded—or told—to grow up and be an adult. You may be in your late teens, your twenties, or even your thirties and wondering when do you stop being a “kid” and start being a full-fledged “adult.” You may also be wondering what it means...

Back To School: Stress Management

September 14, 2017 | Reagan

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It's that time of year: Back to school is in full swing! Homework Help This new school year can mean a lot of changes for you, possibly starting at a new school? Maybe it's your last year of high school and you're feeling the grind of college/university preparation? Or maybe...

Staff Picks: There's Someone Inside Your House

September 12, 2017 | Amanda

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Makani Young is sent to live with her grandmother in small town Nebraska from her native Hawaii and after almost a year she is still finding it hard to adjust to things. Then, all at once students at Osbourne High begin to die; murdered in gruesome and horrifying ways. Makani,...

Teen Review: 2017 Video Music Awards

September 8, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Shania, Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held on Sunday, August 27 was… interesting but also a tad bit boring. To see how many times Kendrick Lamar won was just… amazing! He really does deserve all those awards because he worked really hard...

Teen Review: This Is Us

September 7, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Nazia NBC's This Is Us follows the story of a few characters who give the impression of being unrelated, however, as you delve deeper into the pilot episode, it becomes clear how connected the characters are. Borrow TV shows on DVD from the library! The story is split...

Teen Review: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

September 6, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Alexandra The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is a great book about how World War II affects Lily Tregenza, starting from her adolescence through her whole life, including her loves, remembrances, sadnesses and joys. A boy nicknamed “Boowie” receives a childhood diary from his Grandma Lily. Lily, her...

Teen Review: How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

September 5, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Vaishnave How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh is relatively new and I was so excited to get my hands on it. If you’re from Toronto, there’s a high chance you’ve heard of Superwoman aka Lilly Singh. If you haven't, you’re Patrick because you live under a...

Teen Review: The Red Pyramid

September 1, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Ibnat, age 14 The Red Pyramid is a book written by Rick Riordan and the first book in the Kane Chronicles series. The book is about two siblings, Sadie and Carter. Their dad, Julius Kane, takes them to the British Museum. But this nice trip soon turns into...

Teen Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events

August 31, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Ashley 😊, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group. Hi everyone! So today I'm doing a review on the books and the TV show called A Series Of Unfortunate Events. In the TV show, they portray the storyline as something that's supposed to be a comedy. In the...

Teen Review: Percy Jacksons & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters

August 29, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Alexandra A. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters is a great book mainly about Percy Jackson, a 13-year-old demigod (definition: half mortal and half god), who is dyslexic, has ADHD and considers himself a “troubled kid.” He is also a brave, courageous and clever boy with green...

Water We Shall Not Waste: A Poem

August 28, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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by Khadijah, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Water we shall not waste The calm waterfall Rushing down rapidly, fast The fresh start of spring The sparkles it makes when splashed Water we shall not waste Be aware of what it brings Sensations of being clean Thanks to water...

Teen Review: Lost at Sea

August 25, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Rishona, member of the Editorial Youth Advisory Group. Lost At Sea is a coming-of-age graphic novel, written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley, with psychological undertones that could be interpreted as magical realism. It follows the story of one teenage girl as she walks familiar paths as an...

Teen Review: Matched

August 24, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fabiha, age 14 Matched, by Ally Condie, is about a girl named Cassia Reyes, who lives in a world where everything is decided for her by the society. This includes where to work, where to live, what to eat, when to die and even whom to marry. As...

Teen Review: Baby Driver

August 23, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Yasmine, age 16 Get the Baby Driver soundtrack at the library! Baby Driver is a 2017 action-comedy, directed by Edgar Wright. It tells the story of Baby, a young talented getaway driver (played by Ansel Elgort), who lost his parents in a car accident as a child. This...

Teen Review: Descendants of the Sun

August 22, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Debra, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group I have recently finished a 2016 Korean drama series called Descendants of the Sun. This drama is about a captain soldier and a doctor. Their relationship is filled with a lot of fear but there is also a lovely side...

Teen Review: Jack Astors Restaurant at Shops at Don Mills

August 15, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Kathleen, age 13 At the end of last week, my close friend and I went to grab a quick bite. We were at Shops at Don Mills, so we walked into Jack Astor's and the people working there greeted us. We were asked to sit down for a...

Teen Review: Thirteen Reasons Why (Show and Book)

August 14, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Leya, age 19 In 2014, when I first read Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, I thought it was amazing, thinking it was a good representation about mental health but, after watching the Netflix series, my opinion changed. I grew up since then of course, I learned stuff,...

Staff Picks: Grit

August 8, 2017 | Amanda

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Darcy Prentiss, the girl least likely to be entered into the Bay Festival Princess contest, is nominated for just that among other things in this contemporary teen novel by author Gillian French. It is summer and all Darcy is concerned with is picking berries to make some money to get...

Teen Review: The Heiresses

August 7, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Taneya “Deliciously dark, full of secrets and insane twists that make it impossible to put down!” —Jenny McCarthy Author of Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, and The Good Girls, Sara Shepard comes back with yet another thriller namely, The Heiresses—a novel about the prestigious Saybrooks, a family...