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...

To the Graduates...

July 27, 2017 | Frances G.

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Summer marks a significant change in most students’ lives. To the new graduates, this blog post provides some books for encouragement, inspiration, and celebration as you live your life, no matter what you decide to do or where you decide to go. Your heart beats fast. Your palms are sweaty....

Mad Cheddar: Personal Finance for Teens

February 6, 2017 | Erin

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No not this We're talking about this February is Personal Finance Month: and it's not just for adults. If you're like me when I was a teenager, the mere thought of anything "financial" makes you yawn. Man do I wish I had known better! Money makes the world go round,...

Your New Second Home: The Youth Hub

December 13, 2016 | Debbie

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Arts and crafts, DJing and a Photoshop creation at a Youth Hub, but that's not all! Teens visiting the Toronto Public Library Youth Hubs have so many good things to say about their experiences, it's hard to know who to quote first! Jasmine really got to the heart of it...

Ask Vivek: Recap

This, sadly, is my last post as E-Writer in Residence. It’s been such a gift to connect with you in person at various libraries and events, and online through your writing. I feel fortunate to have been given this opportunity to read (and listen) to your words. I am immensely...

Ask Vivek: How do you write about the personal?

This week’s question is about how to write about the personal—specifically, how to write personal narratives based on or including friends and family. Different writers approach this in different ways, but it is something many of us struggle with. In my case, I am often inspired by family and the...

Your Bookmark Here: Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

October 19, 2016 | Analisa

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“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” - Coco Chanel I must admit, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books for fun but when I saw this book I was instantly drawn in. This book looks at different women from the past and present. It discusses...

Halloween: Start Now!

September 26, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group

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By Alissa, Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member Halloween is a great time of the year where you get to dress up and pretend to be someone else, plus you even get candy. But the amount of time I personally spend scrambling to come up with costumes before the big...

Teen Review: The Vegetarian Myth

August 28, 2016 | Alice

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Review by Snehan Do you eat food? Are you concerned about the environmental state of our planet? Do you want to be your best by striving for perfect health? What are you doing about it? Most of us are clueless about two of the most important issues we face; the...

The Conjuring 2: Reviewed

By: Arden and Joanna Maria A Shchuka Youth Advisory Group Members Genre: Horror/ Thriller Plot The main characters of Conjuring 2 are a couple who are demonologists. It begins with the couple having flashbacks. The house is haunted and it was centered around a little girl. Is she telling the...

Youth Do the Local Motion at City Hall

August 18, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto Edited by Dave Meslin, Christina Palassio & Alana Wilcox Review by Toronto Youth Cabinet member, Khadija Aziz Local Motion serves as a great introduction to understanding Toronto’s municipal relationships and how to best navigate City Hall for citizens’ benefit. It is...

Imagination and Courage: Activism with Sheila Sampath

August 17, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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Sheila Sampath is an activist, the Editorial and Art Director of Shameless magazine, the Creative Director of The Public and an instructor at OCAD University. She invited a diverse group of social justice activists to write letters to their teen selves and collected the letters to create the book, Letters...

Dare to Be Powerful: Young Women Activists

August 16, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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Review of Leading the Way: Young Women's Activism for Social Change, by Toronto Youth Cabinet member, Fatima “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde, American poet and activist...

Two Movies: Reviews by Glody

August 5, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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The Secret Life of Pets The Secret Life of Pets is an animated comedy movie about the daily life of various animals during their owners' absence during daytime. It starts with Max, a happy go-lucky dog who is severely attached to his owner, Katie. His world was going perfectly well...

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards

August 4, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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Post by Connor, Northern District The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a program created by Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the 1950s. The award is intended to motivate young people to improve themselves in mind, body, and soul, by learning a skill, participating in physical activity, and providing...

A Trio of Book Reviews

August 3, 2016 | Alice

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Three Reviews by Glody The Autobiography of Malcolm X If there's anybody interested in gang stories, or that of religion, coming of age, action and adventure or even a sweet romance, then check out The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925, Malcolm Little was the seventh...

Students on Ice Expedition: Ilulissat, Greenland and Happy Birthday

August 3, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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By Robert, a TPL Youth Advisory Group member Note: Robert, a TPL volunteer is travelling in the far north and sharing a blog series about his experience on the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition. This is his fifth entry. The first four entries can be found here, here, here and...

Students on Ice Expedition: Evighedsfiord, Greenland

August 3, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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By Robert, a TPL Youth Advisory Group member Note: Robert, a TPL volunteer is travelling in the far north and sharing a blog series about his experience on the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition. This is his fourth entry. The first three can be found here, here, and here. There...

Students on Ice Expedition: Davis Strait

By Robert, a TPL Youth Advisory Group member Note: Robert, a TPL volunteer is traveling in the far north and sharing a blog series about his experience on the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition. You can find his first two posts here and here Another day at sea, another day....

The Emperor of Any Place

July 27, 2016 | Alice

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The Emperor of Any Place is a mystery that intertwines past and present, as Evan wrestles with his father's death, the arrival of his grandfather, and the strange secrets and stories contained in the diary his father was reading. As Evan reads about two soldiers trapped on an island of...

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys : Review

July 23, 2016 | Christine

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By Mark I came upon this book when I was in the library looking for something to read. This book wasn't lying on a shelf in alphabetical order like all the rest, but was lying on one of the tables. Possibly, someone picked it up and placed it down just...

Deadlines-University Applications Edition

Hey guys, do you know when the deadlines are for your applications to university? Your answer might be: "Oh, it starts at the end of the semester." However, that is not the case, my friends. Are you aware that initial applications for universities start in late September/ early October? Therefore,...

High School Survival Tips

Everyone says this but, don't procrastinate! It's very hard to stay organized throughout the years but it is very important to do so because it will make things easier for you. Below are some tips that should help you survive the four grueling years of high school! Make sure that...

Table Tennis (One of my favorite sports since early age)

Table Tennis is an extremely fun and enjoyable game. In this century, it is not only a sport that people just play in their leisure, but Table Tennis has become an Olympic sport. There are many reasons why I loved to play Table Tennis from an early age onward and...

Choices

High school life is a roller coaster. You can sometimes have great experiences and enjoy them or be scared to death and question your life decisions. It's also the time where you feel lost and doubt yourself immensely. Many people don' know what their futures hold. Consequently, they struggle to...