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...

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...