Teen Review: The Beginning of Everything

February 20, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sophie, member of the Brentwood Youth Advisory Group “Everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary, a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.” Or at least that’s what Ezra Faulkner thinks, a 17 year old “golden boy” who...

Runway Reads

February 12, 2018 | Alice

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New York Fashion Week is in full stride this week, and whether you are a note-taking fashionista, celebrity watcher, or casual observer, it's hard not to love the fantastical, high-concept looks being served both on the catwalks and in the audience. If you want to sink into the world of...

Teen Review: Shaken

February 9, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Marilyn, member of the Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group Eric Walters has never failed to impress, especially with this nostalgic book. Shaken is filled with emotions that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time. This very ‘slice of life’ book is perfect for young...

Teen Review: Airman

February 7, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Syed, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group Many people will have read Eoin (pronounced Owen) Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series and enjoyed it thoroughly. Well, most of them would have enjoyed it anyways. And if they are searching for another one of Colfer’s masterpieces, then it is...

Teen Review: I Am Not Your Negro

February 1, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fathima, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary film based on the unfinished manuscript of the well-known American novelist and social critic, James Baldwin. This documentary is a journey into black history and connects the past of the Civil Rights...

Teen Review: Words in Deep Blue

January 29, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Xena, age 17 From the beginning I could just tell I would love this book. The last time I felt this way about a book was when I read Alex, Approximately. It's that feeling when you're so connected to the writing and you don't want to stop reading....

Teen Review: A Monster Calls

January 25, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha, age 16, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group I wonder if there was anyone who expected the story to pan out exactly the way it did. "Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?"...

Teen Review: Ferdinand

January 17, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Mahnsi, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Ferdinand is a movie about a bunch of bulls that are kept in a training farm where they are trained to compete against bullfighters. These bulls have only one purpose and that is to fight. There was this one bull...

Comic Artist in Residence Talks to the Experts about Making Comics and Getting Published

January 15, 2018 | Cameron

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"The Toronto Public Library Young Voices Comic Book Artist in Residence program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, working with these creative hard-working and funny teens has been inspiring for me both personally and professionally. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved and...

Teen Review: Descending Stories: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

January 10, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naailah The series I'm reviewing is Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, an anime that I binged in three nights because it was that good. The story follows a former convict named Yotaro who decides to pick up the Japanese art of rakugo after seeing Yakumo Yurakutei performing for the...

Top Books of 2017 for Young Adults

January 8, 2018 | Alice

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Our Top Books We read a lot around here, and the librarians who select books for the library love these ones: One of Us Is Lying, by Karen McManus – a deliciously tense thriller where everyone has secrets to hide, and reasons not to see them go up on the...

Teen Review: everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

December 4, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naomi Monower, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group At first glance, everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too may confuse you, with the incorrect spelling and the childish drawings. However, once you truly decipher this novel it’s quite amazing. This book is about an alien named...

Teen Review: The Remedy

November 30, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Olivia, age 14 The Remedy is a book with a deeply interesting concept. It will make you think about what it would be like to be in that very situation. The remedy is not a book to take lightly, nor are the other books written by Suzanne Young...

Five Ways the Library Can Help You with Homework

November 2, 2017 | Debbie

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1. Find not-fake information Don't waste your time trying to tell if the stuff you Googled is real or not. The library has online articles that have been published in journals, magazines and newspapers. 2. Learn the stuff you want Heard of Lynda.com yet? Awesome online courses on computer programming,...

Staff Picks: Girl in a Bad Place

October 31, 2017 | Amanda

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Best friends Mailee and Cara’s closeness is put to the test in this gritty novel about the bonds of friendship and the power of the unknown. After Cara’s sister dies, she becomes consumed with grief and soon after decides to devote herself to Firehorse, the leader of the small commune...

Teen Review: End of Days

October 20, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sneha, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group In the year 1979, a satellite was sent to space. It went out of our solar system, but no one payed attention. Thirty-three years later, in 2012, someone was listening to the recordings that the satellite sent back. It was...

Teen Review: Dawn to Dark

October 18, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sneha, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Pictures and photography are my kind of thing. I just love how a moment becomes so precious when it is captured because it can be reviewed in the future to bring back the wonderful memories. Capturing nature is the most...

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...