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July 2011

Classic Movies at Kennedy/Eglinton Branch – Good? Or Evil?

July 26, 2011 | Marie | Comments (2)

Many branches now screen films for children and adults.  Purists may ask “Why show films at the library?  Libraries should be about books!”  Ahh, dear reader, but what is the purpose of a book? A book is to read.  A book is to handle.  A book is to peruse.  A book – a good book – makes you think about things.  That’s one of the functions of a library – to make you think about things.  Good versus evil, for instance.  Right versus wrong.  Our true crime section is brimming with books about evil and good!

Movies do the same.  A good movie is a literary experience – a revelation.  You’ll laugh.  You’ll cry.  Your disbelief will be suspended in the dark for a couple of hours.  And if the movie is good you’ll leave the chair full of thoughts and considerations.  That’s why Kennedy/Eglinton branch screens classic films for adults on Friday afternoons.

The best movies are the ones that grip you and hold you.  In August Kennedy/Eglinton is featuring three ripping yarns featuring  screen icons of good and evil;  Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum.  We’ll start on August  5 with “To Kill A Mockingbird “(Robert Mulligan, 1963) – it’s Peck at his most benevolent.  Our August 19 feature is the great post-war film noir “Out of the Past” (Jacques Tourneur, 1947).  Mitchum is caught up with some bad people – but is he so bad?  Our final August flick on the 26th features Peck and Mitchum each at their career apex – Cape Fear (1961, J. Lee Thompson).  Peck, the innocent; Mitchum the evil predator.  Revenge and murder are the threads which connect all three films this month.  All three films are adaptations of wonderful novels – Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”; Geoffrey Homes’ “Build My Gallows High” and John D. Macdonald’s  1958 classic paperback thriller “The Executioners”.

Come in to our cool space and see some hot flicks this August.  Bring a drink, bring your snacks.  Bring a friend. Bring your library card and check out our movie selection – as well as our movie star biography section .  It’s all here for you at Kennedy/Eglinton branch. Fridays at 2.

Newcomer Services at McGregor Park

July 15, 2011 | Elsa | Comments (0)

Are you a newcomer? We can help.  A settlement counsellor is at the branch every Tuesday afternoon this summer to provide settlement services, including information and referral, newcomer orientation, employment related service, solution-focused counselling, translation and interpretation, immigration services, personalized needs assessment, etc.

Getting ready for your citizenship test? We can help, too. Sign up for the Citizenship Test Preparation Workshop offered in August, a partnership with Newcomer and Settlement Services, Agincourt Community Services Association. For more information or to register, please visit in person or call 416-396-8935.

Of course, don’t forget to get a library card to enjoy free access to all library materials including ESL and employment resources.  You will also be able to sit comfortably at home and use online databases to improve your English, learn a different language or prepare for TOFEL, IELTS, SAT tests, etc.

Staff Pick

July 8, 2011 | Sara | Comments (0)

Little Bee (alternate title The Other Hand) by Chris Cleave

If you’re looking for a good book to read this summer, then look no further!  Little Bee by Chris Cleave has it all including complex and interesting characters, a solid storyline, adventure, suspense, emotion, as well as a touching note of humanity.

The story begins by introducing Little Bee, a young Nigerian girl who has learned to talk like the Queen while being detained in a British refugee detention centre for over two years.  Little Bee's life is entangled, by accident and under horrific circumstances, with the life of another woman, Sarah, a white British magazine editor who lives in Kingston-upon-Thames.  Little Bee re-enters Sarah’s life after a tragedy and both women are forced to confront their past demons and help each other adjust to their new lives.  Intertwined in their story are a lover, a husband, and Sarah’s young son who always wears a batman costume so that he’s ready to fight “baddies.”

Cleave’s narrative is both inspiring and tragic.  He magnificently intertwines the story of Sarah and Little Bee - two completely different characters, into a believable and touching relationship.  While reading the story I fell in love with Little Bee’s strong will and resilience and could relate to the flawed and sometimes selfish characteristics of Sarah and her husband.

Now that you’ve heard about one of my favourite books I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Please feel free to share your favourite novels or add your thoughts and comments on books that are discussed.  I look forward to hearing from you!


New Titles for Book Club to Go

July 6, 2011 | Sara | Comments (0)

Check out the new titles that have been added to Albert Campbell branch’s Book Club to Go collection!  Reserve your set today by visiting the branch or calling 416-396-8890.


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

On the eve of her ninth birthday, Rose Edelstein takes a bite of her mother’s lemon cake and realizes to her astonishment that she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake.  Rose’s gift reveals the desperation and despair her mother hides behind her seemingly cheerful disposition.  From that day on Rose becomes privy to the secrets of her family and is forced to confront her newfound fear of food. 


Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld

    As the Jews are being rounded up in World War II Ukraine, eleven-year-old Hugo’s life is turned upside down when his mother hides him with her childhood friend Mariana.  Mariana, a prostitute in a brothel, locks Hugo in her closet every night where he is forced to listen to Mariana at work.  Hugo uses dreams and fantasies about his family and friends to help him escape from his horrific situation.  While in hiding Hugo and Mariana form a unique bond and friendship that helps both of them escape the misery of their lives. 


Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley  

            Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a fondness for poison, is a heroine in the making.  When a series of mysterious and intriguing events occur on her family’s property culminating with a horrific murder, Flavia is there to experience it all.  After her father is accused of murder and arrested, Flavia takes it upon herself to free him.  What she ends up discovering is that although her father is innocent of murder, he is protecting Flavia and her two sisters from something much worse! 



Start your own book club this summer!

July 6, 2011 | Sara | Comments (0)

Are you an avid reader?  Would you like to spend this summer reading and discussing popular fiction books with friends or colleagues? 

If so, then start your own book club by using the Toronto Public Library’s Book Club to Go service.  This service allows you to check out multiple copies of a particular book for your own book discussion group.  You can also reserve titles in advance and keep book club sets out for an extended period of six weeks.  More details including the complete list of available titles can be found on the Toronto Public Library’s website, or by calling the Albert Campbell branch at 416-396-8890.  

Need meeting space to hold your book club? 

We can help with that too.  Many branches within the Albert Campbell district have meeting rooms that can be reserved for public book clubs.  Let us help you start your own book club today!   

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