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Caribbean Fiction in Toronto Public Library

July 21, 2016 | Michal | Comments (0)

Caribana Parade

If, like many in this city, you'll be celebrating Caribana Toronto 2016 (Caribana Weekend: July 28 - July 31 and Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade: July 30), you may want to deepen your experience by immersing yourself in literature about the Caribbean. Whether fiction or nonfiction, you might be advised to start by browsing one of the Library's four Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collections. These collections are named in honour of Dr. Rita Cox, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, who joined Toronto Public Library in 1960 as a children's librarian, and was a long-time Branch Head of Parkdale branch (1974 - 1995). She has received many awards and honours, and was even invested into the Order of Canada in 1997. She is also greatly admired as a community activist and leader in the Black and Caribbean community, and is renowned as a storyteller in North America, Europe, Brazil and the Caribbean.

Caribben Fiction Display

At Home in the Diaspora

There are many well-known authors originally from the Caribbean who now make their home in other countries such as Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Here are just three of them:


  membering Austin Clarke

Before his death on June 26, Canadian (and Torontonian) Caribbean writer Austin Clarke was one of the many distinguished authors who served as Writer In Residence at Toronto Public Library (at the Toronto Reference Library). In 2002, I had the privilege of meeting him and observing him work. Coincidentally, not long before that, I had also had the good fortune to spend a couple of restful weeks in his home country of Barbados. Mr. Clarke was the author of many short story and poetry collections, as well as novels. His novels are: The Survivors of the Crossing (1964), Amongst Thistles and Thorns (1965), The Meeting Point (1972), Storm of Fortune (1973), The Bigger Light (1975), The Prime Minister (1977), Proud Empires (1986;1988), The Origin of Waves (1997), The Question (1999), The Polished Hoe (2002), and More (2008). Like Rita Cox, among Mr. Clarkes' many honours and awards is an Order of Canada (1998).  


The Survivors of the Crossing   Amongst the Thistles and Thorns   The Meeting Point   Storm of Fortune

                          The Bigger Light  The Prime Minister 

Proud Empires The Origin of Waves The Polished Hoe More


Jamaica Kincaid Jamaica Kincaid

American Caribbean writer Jamaica Kincaid, originally from Antigua, is "considered one of the most important of women Caribbean writers" [Your Dictionary. Jamaica Kincaid Facts], writing both nonfiction and fiction. Her novels are: Annie John (1985), Lucy (1990), The Autobiography of My Mother (1996), Mr.Potter (2002), and See Now Then (2013). Among her numerous awards is the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, awarded in recognition for "books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures." [About. The Awards. Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards]    


             Annie John  Lucy  Autobiography of My Mother 

                       Mr. Potter See Now Then


Caryl Philips Border Crossings Caryl Phillips

British Caribbean writer Caryl Phillips, originally from Saint Kitts, began his literary career writing for theatre, but has since written many nonfiction books, as well as several novels. His novels are: The Final Passage (1985), A State of Independence (1986), Higher Ground (1989), Cambridge (1991), Crossing the River (1993), The Nature of Blood (1997), A Distant Shore (2003), Dancing in the Dark (2005), Foreigners (2007), In the Falling Snow (2009), and The Lost Child (2015). He is the recipient of several awards and honours, including the 2013 Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence.    


  The Final Passage  A State of Independence  Higher Ground  Cambridge

Crossing the River The Nature of Blood A Distant Shore  Dancing in the Dark

Foreigners  In the Falling Snow  The Lost Child

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To find more novels or literary nonfiction by Caribbean writers, or set in or about the Caribbean, try this electronic resource.







Literary Criticism

To further your understanding of Caribbean literature, the Languages and Literature department of Toronto Reference Library has many scholarly books on various aspects of the subject. Here is a sample:


  At Home in Diaspora Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity Caribbean Women Writers and Globalization New World Adams

  Pathologies of Paradise Migrant Modernism Slaves to Sweetness The West Indian Novel and its Background


Other Electronic Resources 

  Literature Criticism Online Literature Criticism Online




  Literature Resource Center Literature Resource Center 




I hope you enjoy the sights and sounds of the 48th annual Caribbean festival, whether you're dancing along with the infectious rhythm of Calypso, Soca or Steelpan music, or just sitting back and taking delight in the elaborate costumes, props and energetic dancers. If you aren't already inspired to read more about the Caribbean, you probably will be after your experience. Toronto Public Library's many resources, some of which I've mentioned here, will help fulfill that desire.

Happy reading!

Summer Afternoons at the Movies -- See Films for Free at Toronto Reference Library

July 14, 2016 | Winona | Comments (0)

Take a break from the heat and watch some great films -- for free! -- at the library this summer. Our Summer Afternoons at the Movies series returns to the Toronto Reference Library with a film screening every Thursday at 2 pm from July 21 to September 1st.

All films are shown on the big screen, with closed captioning, in our air-conditioned and newly renovated Beeton Auditorium. No tickets required.

Here is a list of upcoming films:

July 21


Five teenaged sisters' free-spirited play on a Turkish beach leads to life-altering changes. As the older sisters are trained to become brides, the younger sisters vow to escape this fate. Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut is described as “a powerful portrait of female empowerment.” PG 13. 97 minutes. Turkish with English subtitles.



July 28


Saul, a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, finds a young dying boy. Looking on the child as his son, Saul seeks to find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture and the 2015 Cannes Grand Prix. 14A. 107 min. Hungarian with English subtitles.



August 4


The true story of playwright Alan Bennett’s relationship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), whom he has allowed to live in a van in his driveway for 15 years. PG. 104 min.



August 11


Thirteen years ago Val had to leave her daughter, Jessica, behind when she went to São Paulo to become a nanny. Jessica now wants to come to São Paulo to stay with her mother in order to write her university entrance examinations. Jessica’s stay in the home of her mother’s employer has unexpected consequences. 14A. 114 min. Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles.



August 18


Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) are preparing to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. A surprise announcement about an event in Geoff’s past causes them both to review the years they have spent together. The film has been described by one critic as “a cinematic gem that reminds us of the power of film to encompass a lifetime of emotion.” 14A. 95 min.



August 25


A young Irishwoman, Eilis Lacey, leaves her home to emigrate to Brooklyn in the 1950s. Adapting to her new life in America is bittersweet with her ties to Ireland pulling her back emotionally. Screenplay by Nick Hornby adapted from Colm Toíbín’s novel, Brooklyn. PG. 111 min. 



September 1


Four men involved in the financial world bet against the US housing market as they can see the instability of the sub-prime mortgage loan business. The film is based on Michael Lewis’s non-fiction book The Big Short. Starring Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling. 14A. 130 min.



You may also enjoy these free screenings at the library:

  • Evening Films at the Toronto Reference Library: Join us for some inspiring, uplifting and entertaining films and documentaries. Films are themed around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Finance, Careers, Innovation, Imagination and the Human Spirit. Various dates, 6 pm, Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theatre.
  • More film screenings: Various dates, times and locations.

If you are interested in finding films to borrow from the library, check out these links:

Five Reasons to See The Changing Face of Toronto Exhibit Before it Closes!

July 13, 2016 | Nicole | Comments (0)

You have just one week left to visit our free exhibit, The Changing Face of Toronto. The exhibit is on display at the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery until Sunday, July 24.

The exhibit features portraits of everyday people from Toronto's past. The portraits on display were curated from the library's Special Collections, including the Toronto Star Photograph Archive, a collection of over a million images donated to the Toronto Public Library in 2014. 

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Need more convincing? Here are five great reasons to stop by and see the exhibit before it closes:

1. The bizarre story of the "Great Stork Derby"

Most of the images on display originally appeared in print in the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper. There are many reasons why so-called ordinary people might end up in a national newspaper and some stories are stranger than others. 

While in the grips of the Great Depression, Toronto families went baby crazy, competing in a bizarre contest that became known as the "Great Stork Derby". The contest was sparked by the death of eccentric Toronto lawyer Charles Vance Millar, who left a portion of his estate to the Toronto woman who produced the most children in the decade following his death. 

The Changing Face of Toronto features several portraits of winners and losers of the baby race. 

Carter family 1936Carter family, Photographer unknown, October 26, 1936

The Carters had nine children during the 10-year period, but were not among the four winning families.

Mrs. Lucy Timleck, one of the Millar Will winners 1938

Mrs. Lucy Timleck, Photographer unknown, March 19, 1938

Lucky Timleck was one of four winners who received $125,000 each, an incredible sum in 1930s Toronto.

Mrs. X [Pauline Mae Clarke] 1936
Mrs. X [Pauline Mae Clarke], Photographer unknown, August 26, 1936

Known as Mrs. X in print, Pauline Mae Clarke eventually received a consolation prize of $12,500. While she had 10 kids over the decade -- the winning number -- more than one was born outside of marriage, something that was decided to be against the rules of the competition. 

2. The hair...

The portraits on display span the 20th century, capturing the changing fashions and hairstyles of each era. Those looking for a new summer 'do, take note:  

Bob Olsen Kip Jackson 1969

Kip Jackson, Bob Olsen/Toronto Star, July 9, 1969

Ken Faught Natalia Pracepa

Natalia Pracepa, Ken Faught/Toronto Star, June 12, 1985

The above image originally ran with the headline: "Bank employee fights to keep her ‘punk’ hairdo" 

Andrew Stawicki Peacock hairUnnamed Subject, Andrew Stawicki/Toronto Star, May 29, 1989

And if mustaches are your thing...

William Stark, 1851-1915

William Stark, Inspector of Detectives, Photographer unknown, ca. 1900

3. The pre-Photoshop touch-ups...

The images in the exhibit capture the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that press photographs were altered for print in the newspaper. In the early part of the 20th century, the backgrounds of portraits were often painted or cut-out entirely. 

  Joe Wright Jr.

Joe Wright Jr., Photographer unknown, ca. 1920

Before there was Photoshop, photographers and photo editors had to manually alter the images, increasing contrast and highlighting finer details. 

Mrs. Jack Guest, bride1931Mrs. Jack Guest, Photographer unknown, June 22, 1931

From the 1960s onward, backgrounds are rarely erased, but airbrushing is used to make the subject stand out in the newspaper. 

Douglas GlynnToronto Star New Miss TorontoVirginia Martin (Miss Toronto), Douglas Glynn/Toronto Star, July 24, 1965

4. A few lively ladies at leisure...

Need a reminder to relax and have a good time this summer? The exhibit includes some great portraits of some spry ladies committed to having fun in their later years. 

Graham Bezant Bowling at 90

Bowling at 90, Graham Bezant/Toronto Star, October 21, 1978

Ninety-year-old Gertrude Cooper bowls at the Avenue Road Bowlerama.

Ron Bull Adele Holford, 100th birthday

Adele Holford, Ron Bull/Toronto Star, July 9, 1986

Adele Holford gives a wink as she raises a glass of sherry to her 100th birthday, celebrated with a crowd of friends and family.

4. Free guided tour and free admission! 

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To hear more stories behind the photos, don't miss our very last guided tour of the exhibit, Tuesday, July 19 at 2 pm. 

Admission to the TD Gallery is always free. Stop by for a visit anytime during library hours

This Thursday: Toronto Star Photographers Discuss the Power of the Portrait

June 21, 2016 | Nicole | Comments (0)

Join us in the atrium at the Toronto Reference Library this Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. for a lively conversation with Toronto Star photojournalists about the enduring power of the portrait.  

Toronto Star Photographers

Award-winning Toronto Star photographers Steve Russell, Melissa Renwick and Tony Bock will be joined by moderator Richard Lautens. The panel will share their favourite portraits – and the stories behind them – and offer tips and advice to aspiring photojournalists. 

What makes for a compelling portrait? How can you capture something new or unexpected in a familiar face? Why do some portraits connect so deeply with viewers? Can a single face tell a whole story? 

Photo by Richard Lautens. Used with permission.


Photo by Tony Bock. Used with permission.


Photo by Melissa Renwick. Used with permission.

This free event is presented in conjunction with The Changing Face of Toronto, an exhibit showcasing a century of portraits from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive and the Canadian Documentary Art Collection. The exhibit is on display in the library's TD Gallery until July 23.

Be sure to stop in to see the exhibit before the talk! 

Free Tours of The Changing Face of Toronto this Saturday for #TUPF2016!

June 15, 2016 | Nicole | Comments (0)


Join us this Saturday, June 18 for free guided tours of our photography exhibit The Changing Face of Toronto, on display in the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery. Tours will begin at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Registration is not required. Please meet inside the gallery.

These special Saturday tours are presented in conjunction with the Toronto Urban Photography Festival (TUPF) which runs until June 25. If you are a budding photographer or just interested in compelling shots of urban life, be sure to check out the festival guide for exhibits, workshops, walks and talks.  



The Changing Face of Toronto offers a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people who lived and worked in 20th century Toronto. The exhibit features photographic portraits from the library's Special Collections, which now include over a million photographs from the complete Toronto Star Photograph Archive. The exhibit runs until July 23. 

Want to learn more? Guided tours are a great way to discover more of the stories behind the faces in the exhibit. 



Interested in seeing more faces from Toronto's past? Be sure to explore our Digital Archive

Save Big on Sherlock Holmes!

June 13, 2016 | Peggy Perdue | Comments (3)

Original advertising broadsheet for The Hound of the Baskervilles in Strand magazine

This week, a single sheet of Arthur Conan Doyle's manuscript for the Sherlock Holmes thriller The Hound of the Baskervilles will go up for sale at Christie's auction house with an estimated starting price of US$80,000. The actual sales price will likely exceed that by a significant amount.

[Updated June 23: The manuscript page was sold for US$158,500!]    

Conan Doyle's gripping tale of a spectral hound and death on the moor is probably his best known work, and it remains well worth reading today. This is where your library card is going to offer you the deal of the century -- instead of paying tens of thousands of dollars for a single page of this book, you can come to the library and read the entire thing for free.

You can borrow the original work from the library's circulating collections, or try one of the many audio, film and graphic adaptations.

  Regular print edition including the Hound of the Baskervilles and other Holmes stories   1939 Movie version starring Basil Rathbone   1988 TV Movie version starring Jeremy Brett

There are even eBook, eAudiobook and eVideo copies available to download on your phone and other devices right now.

   OverDrive ebook  OverDrive mp3 audiobook  Hoopla eVideo of 1959 movie starring Peter Cushing

Even with all these choices, you may still want to see a manuscript. There is, after all, a certain special thrill about seeing a favorite author's handwriting in person. For this experience you can visit the Toronto Public Library's Arthur Conan Doyle Collection to see a variety of manuscript items including this letter that Conan Doyle wrote to his editor discussing the work he was doing on The Hound of the Baskervilles.

   Arthur Conan Doyle. Letters to H. Greenhough Smith no. 18   Letter page 2

The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, located on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library also has many first and special editions of Conan Doyle's work. Come in for a visit -- we won't bite!

  First English edition   Miniature art binding edition by Jan and Jarmila Sobota   Graphic edition by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard

To read more about the sale of the Hound manuscript page, visit Randall Stock's Best of Sherlock Holmes website.




The Writers’ Room

June 13, 2016 | Michal | Comments (0)

  Pen on paper

Opened in January of 2015, The Writers' Room is a space for writers, published or unpublished, on the third floor of the Toronto Reference Library. It is equipped with a welcoming lounge, office workstations, power outlets and access to wireless Internet.

Membership in the Writers' Room requires a valid Toronto Public Library card and an application. Acceptance depends on availability, and writers must be working on a current project. Admission to the Writers' Room is for a period of six months -- January to June, or July to December. A new application is required for each six-month residency period, but applications are accepted throughout the year.
For further information, please go to The Writers’ Room page on our website. 

Genealogy and Local History Moves Downtown

May 30, 2016 | Richard | Comments (0)

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The genealogy and local history collection formerly housed in the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library was recently transferred downtown to the Toronto Reference Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Department (HSS).

This included a variety of materials in different formats:Pcr-2191

  • genealogical periodicals
  • church and parish histories
  • historical atlases
  • city directories and yearbooks
  • indexes to births, marriages and deaths
  • passenger lists and census on microfilm
  • local histories
  • general works on conducting genealogy research
  • how-to guides for those starting to explore their family history

To search for these items, you can use the Toronto Public Library catalogue or the Local History & Genealogy webpage.

The HSS department is also continuing the library’s partnerships with three Genealogical Societies:  the Canadian Society of  Mayflower Descendants (CSMD), the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGS) and the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS).   Materials in these collections include:

  • self-published family histories  
  • cemetery transcriptions
  • family charts
  • genealogical newsletters and periodicals.  

Ohq-pictures-s-r-616These collections are now located in the closed stacks of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department (2nd floor) where they will complement and augment the existing local history and genealogy collections.

Search their unique catalogues for items of interest at the following links: OGS Catalogue, JGS Catalogue and CSMD Catalogue.

Materials are for use in the library only and can be requested at the Humanities Social Sciences Reference desk on the 2nd floor of the Toronto Reference Library, in person, by phone (416-393-7175) or by email at

Family history buffs will have a much larger collection to aid them in their research, as well as access to online resources such as Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Access Only) and the Digital Archive, in one location.

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Discover Special Collections: A Look at Dolls in Books at the Osborne Collection

May 26, 2016 | Nicole | Comments (1)

Our latest Discover Special Collections drop-in at the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books featured dolls in early and vintage children’s books. 

Two hundred years ago, British children’s stories featuring dolls had an educational theme. In these stories, a little owner would carefully teach her doll manners and deportment. Such books offered different levels of learning: the children reading the story absorbed what the doll was being taught, and also how to care for young charges. Children in the story can be careful or inattentive “parents”: some learn to take splendid care of their dolls, while others are easily distracted, and the poor dolls come to grief. These were valuable early lessons in child care.

The Well-Bred Doll

Mallès de Beaulieu, The Well-Bred Doll: Intended for the Instruction and Amusement of Children. 3rd. ed. London: Charles H. Law, 1848.

The Victorian Era was known for its sentimental stories. The “Lost Doll” was a popular motif, used in a poem by Charles Kingsley, author of The Water-Babies (1863), shown below with an illustration by M. Dibdin Spooner from The Golden Staircase anthology, edited by L. Chisholm and published in London by E.C. and T.C. Jack (1906):

The Water-Babies


The Little Doll
Charles Kingsley

I once had a sweet little doll, dears,
The prettiest doll in the world;
Her cheeks were so red and so white; dears, And her hair was so charmingly curled.

But I lost my poor little doll, dears,
As I played in the heath one day;
And I cried for her more than a week, dears; But I never could find where she lay.

I found my poor little doll, dears,
As I played in the heath one day:
Folks say she is terrible changed, dears, For her paint is all washed away, And her arm trodden off by the cows, dears, And her hair not the least bit curled: Yet for old sakes' sake she is still, dears,
The prettiest doll in the world.



Another example is Miss Pardoe’s Lady Arabella, or, The Adventures of a Doll, illustrated by George Cruikshank, published in London by Kerby and Sons (1856), in which a once-beautiful, once-dignified doll recounts her sad decline in fortune, from a cherished, elegantly dressed plaything of a spoiled girl (“Miss Tantrum”), to a cast-off, broken wreck on a dust heap.

Lady Arabella, or, The Adventures of a Doll


Arguably one of the most influential doll stories, and one that ushered in a host of anthropomorphic dolls-coming-alive tales, Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio (1883) tells of a talking puppet who makes endless mistakes and blunders, until he finally takes responsibility for his own actions, and no longer allows himself to be controlled by others. Pinocchio’s reward is to become a real boy.

Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio 1883

This theme was later explored by Margery Bianco in The Velveteen Rabbit (1922), in which a worn toy becomes “real” because he was so well loved. One popular variation is the child finding his or her doll is not only alive, but it is exasperated or angry at its ill-treatment, as in Edith Nesbit’s The Revolt of the Toys, shown below in a 1902 edition published in London by Ernest Nister. In this story, Kitty’s maltreated toys, led by her favourite but much-abused doll, disappear, and only return when Kitty writes them a “Magner Charter” promising never to “brake” toys, pull out their “hares” or make them play “cirkusses” [sic] again.

The Revolt of the Toys

The turn of the century, with its advances in print technology and illustration techniques, ushered in a lively array of colourful picture books. Henry Mayer’s The Adventures of a Japanese Doll, published in London by Grant Richards (1901) tells of the doll Ting-A-Ling. A dog punished for biting her takes his revenge by sending Ting-A-Ling sky-high, tied to a balloon, but she is rescued by a friendly stork, and escorted around the world. Ting-A-Ling visits the Sphinx in Egypt, the Alps, deserts, and the North Pole, among other scenic locations.

The Adventures of a Japanese Doll

A popular form of jointed wooden dolls, called “Dutch” dolls, features in many stories. Best known among these are Kathleen Ainslie’s adventure tales of Catharine Susan and her companion Maria, who celebrate holidays and adore parties, but also work at odd jobs to “make an honest penny” and agitate for “votes for women” in a series of small, bright, paperbound books, published from the very early 1900s.

Dutch dolls

Other famous doll stories include The Golliwog books (1895 and on) by Florence and Bertha Upton; Anne Parrish’s Floating Island (1930), a Robinsonnade about a family of dolls shipwrecked on a desert island; Johnny Gruelle’s Raggedy Ann books, (1918 and on) and a series of fine doll stories by Rumer Godden: The Doll’s House (1947), Impunity Jane (1955), The Fairy Doll (1956), The Story of Holly and Ivy, (1958), Candy Floss (1960), and Miss Happiness and Miss Flower (1961) and Little Plum (1963).

Some of the most famous children’s authors of the twentieth century specialized in doll stories. British writer Enid Blyton’s Noddy became a publishing phenomenon of the 1950s (and led to the use of the iconic elf images for Kellogg Cereal’s Snap, Crackle and Pop).

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower Raggedy Ann  Learn to read about Animals with Noddy

Dare Wright’s The Lonely Doll (1957) and its sequels feature photographic illustrations of a doll posed with Teddy Bears. Edith is frequently in trouble, but all generally ends well. These stories spark some controversy today because in one illustration, Edith is being spanked by Mr. Bear. 

The Lonely Doll  1957


On the whole, though, contemporary doll books are cheerful and bright. This brief look at early doll stories was followed by modern favourites: Ainslie Manson’s Just Like New (1995), Edward Ardizzone’s The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll (1966) and many others.

We finished off with a look at the famous Doll House: created by Toronto antiquarian bookseller Yvonne Knight, the dollhouse was donated to Osborne by her family, where it continues to delight visitors.

Dollhouse detail, the sitting room

Detail: The Sitting Room

Doll House by Yvonne Knight

Please visit soon, to enjoy these and other Osborne Collection highlights. If you have a special request or want to bring a group, please call (416) 393-7753.

If you enjoyed this blog post, you may also like to visit the Canadian Toy Collectors’ Society

And check into the Antique Toy Collectors’ Show

“A show for toy collectors across Ontario takes over the International Centre in Mississauga this November. Attendees can mingle with other collectors and peruse a huge selection of antique and rare toys, teddy bears, trains and holiday decorations.

Enthusiast Doug Jarvis has been organizing collector’s events for more than three decades and has turned the Toronto Toy, Doll and Train Collector’s Show into the biggest event of its kind in Canada.”

When Someone You Know has Dementia

May 24, 2016 | Pam | Comments (1)

DementiaFrontCoverOn Tuesday, May 31st in the Toronto Reference Library Atrium, there will be a special program on dementia with Dr. June Andrews. Dr. Andrews is a nationally recognized specialist in the UK on improving the public understanding of dementia.

Dr. Andrews was Director of the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre for 10 years. She has worked to heighten public and professional awareness of the many practical things that can be done to make life better for people with dementia. She has created a design guide for care homes and hospitals. She has worked internationally, consulting on improving health and social care for frail older adults.

June Andrews(1)This program will address topics such as early diagnosis, avoiding dementia and how hospitals and nursing homes can be made safer. She will provide practical and realistic advice to caregivers, families and people directly affected by dementia, in an accessible and easy to understand style.

This is a free program. No registration is required.

The presentation will be followed with a question and answer session with Mary Shulz, Director of Education, Alzheimer Society of Canada.


Here are some additional resources about dementia and Alzheimer's at Toronto Public Library:

Caregiving in Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: A Mindfulness Guide for Reducing Stress and Making the Best of Your Journey Together

Developing Excellent Care for People Living with Dementia in Care Homes

Living Better with Dementia: Good Practice and Innovation for the Future

Caregiving in Alzheimers and Caring for a Loved One with Dementia Developing excellent care for people living with dementia in Living Better with dementia










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