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Looking for a reading challenge?

July 20, 2011 | Brenda | Comments (1)

Take part in the Evergreen Reading program for adults.

Read the nominated titles for the 2011 Evergreen award and discover some great Canadian authors.

Your challenge?

Read the books and vote on a winner! 


For a list and summary of the books

The Evergreen Award is organized by the Ontario Library Association.Librarians across Ontario select 10 outstanding Canadian books published in the last two years and you, the readers, get to choose your favourite.

Visit Downsview or Yorkwoods branches for a ballot and vote by Saturday, October 22, 2011.



Downsview Branch will be hosting a special author visit by Kate Taylor on Sept. 22nd at 1pm. 

Kate's book, A Man in Uniform, has be nominated for the Evergreen award this year.


At the height of the Belle Epoque, the bourgeois lawyer François Dubon lives a well-ordered life which is shattered when a mysterious widow pays him a call. She insists only Dubon can rescue her innocent friend, an army captain by the name of Dreyfus who has been convicted of spying. Against his better judgment, Dubon is drawn into a case that will forever alter his life - and tear France herself apart. Kate Taylor artfully mixes mystery and history in this page-turning jaunt through 19th-century Parisian society.


Join the York Woods Email Lists

July 14, 2011 | Michael | Comments (0)

Email The York Woods branch is now offering an easy way to get information on what is happening in the branch. We have three email lists that will keep you informed about recent news and upcoming programs. All you have to do is send an email with the subject line "Subscribe" to be added to an email list.

You can also come into the branch to be added and pick up our program flyers at the same time!

The three email lists are:

 The email lists follow the Toronto Public Library's Privacy Policy

Splash 'N Boots To Perform at The Downsview Branch

July 11, 2011 | Jessica | Comments (2)

They have been hailed as “the U2 of children’s music,” “the Canadian Wiggles” and “a cross between the Barenaked Ladies and Raffi." Now the lovable duo of Splash 'N Boots, winners of the prestigious Canadian Children's Music Group of the Year award, will be performing at the Downsview Branch of the Toronto Public Library.

Join us on Thursday August 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. for a free performance by Splash 'N Boots. Tickets for the event will be given out starting at 1:30 p.m.

Here is one of their most recent music videos. I dare you not to dance while watching.


One of our librarians recently sat down with the popular duo to ask them some hard hitting questions. The group's answers are posted below.

Q: If you could be any superhero which one would you be and why? 

A:We would like to create a new superhero who's biggest quality is that they can make anyone and everybody laugh and smile.

We were actually asked to write a song for a kid who's little brother was sick, and the big brother had to ability to make his little brother smile even when he wasn't feeling good. So we wrote a song for him about a superhero named Eli who could make everyone smile. We loved it in the end, so we changed 
the words a bit and it ended up one of our albums.

Q: If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?

A: Lucy and Edmund from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Both of us loved these books as kids. I remember my dad reading them to me for a bedtime story.


Q: What is your favourite kids book?

A: It's hard to say because there are SO many! But I [Boots a.k.a. Taes] think I would choose Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. Splash [a.k.a Nick] says he would choose James and the Giant Peach.


Word Out 2011 York Woods Library's YAG

July 7, 2011 | Vann-Ly | Comments (0)

Check out this video that the York Woods Library's Youth Advisory Group (YAG) created for Word Out 2011. The theme is: Don't Read Alone.


Word Out is Toronto Public Library's teen summer reading program.  It is FREE to sign up and you will receive coupons to pay down your library fines (if you have any!).  You can win prizes, talk books with fellow teens, find out what they're reading, create video book reviews and book review comic strips... maybe even blog for Word Out!

For more information, visit the Word Out 2011 page.  Got questions, click here for the FAQs.

How GREEN are you?

July 7, 2011 | Vann-Ly | Comments (2)

 Cup   In light of the Green Your Home, Green Your Neighbourhood program happening this month at the York Woods Library, it has me thinking about how or what I can do to be more green at home and at work.  I already recycle.  I don't litter.  And I am big on composting.  I get this from my parents who are huge on composting - they will practically cry if you try to throw out your banana peel in the organics bin.  Dad will even throw on his winter jacket and dig a hole on our snow/ice covered garden just to compost!

But really I think I could be more "green"!  At work, I try to save as much paper as I can.  I could try to drink less bottled water and use a water filter with a reusable water bottle.  We have one at the library for staff so why not?  If you think about it, WE can all do at least one thing to be more "green".  It could really help to make the environment more sustainable.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority staff will be here on Monday, July 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. to share tips and tricks for lessening your environmental impact around the house and in the yard.

Think about it.  How GREEN are you?

Life is an adventure… Go camping!

July 5, 2011 | Diana L. | Comments (0)

One of the summer activities I absolutely look forward to is camping. Whether by going car camping or backcountry/interior camping, it’s one of my favourite ways to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and to just embrace the great outdoors!

Anyone can go camping! Here's some information for the different campers out there:

“I admit it…I’ve never done it before. Where do I begin?” - This year, Ontario Parks is offering the Learn to Camp workshops. Come check it out at Downsview Branch!

There are also some materials available for beginner campers to check out:

Wilderness Pleasures

Car Camping

50 Outdoor Skills

And if you’re ready to go camping, check out the Ontario Parks website for more information about where you can camp in Ontario, campsite reservation and costs (it’s really easy! Just give them a call :).

“Yes! I love camping! Any suggestions?” - Here are some books I’ve used for inspiration on what else to do while camping, new recipes and new places to check out:

Ontario's Best Parks

Song of the Paddle

Allen and Mike

“Love the great outdoors but…(a) I’m not crazy about lying on the ground idea OR (b) I’ve got kiddies with me.” - Check out yurts! Not a lot of people (that I know of at least), know about yurting, but it’s a great compromise between camping and going to a cottage. There are a couple places in Ontario that have yurts and you can check them out either in the summer or winter!

You might also find these books helpful:

Camping in Comfort Babes in the Woods

Kids Gone Camping

“Been there, done that. Meh.” - Think you’ve done it all? Have you tried paddling to your campsite either with a kayak or a canoe? What about winter camping? Or what about something more adventurous like…

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Alaskan Camping

Cali Camping

Boat Camping

*There are more international camp books available through the Toronto Public Library.

I can write on forever about camping (provided I'm not out there camping haha :) so I'll end with this:

Five reasons why I think people should go camping:

  1. You never know what kind of wildlife you'll see.
  2. You will learn more about the people you go with (e.g. how they cope with capsizing in a canoe haha :)
  3. You can combine other activities with your camp trip (e.g. fishing, hiking, swimming...)
  4. Beat nature deficit disorder.
  5. For love of adventure!

Do you like camping? Got any camping tips or recommended camp sites you'd like to share? Drop me a line :)! 

Happy camping!


P.S. Parks Canada will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! Stay tuned for information about a Parks Canada program happening at Downsview Branch!

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