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September 2011

A "MAP" Quest - culture, history and fun at Kennedy/Eglinton Branch

September 28, 2011 | Marie | Comments (0)

Did you know? Toronto Public Library offers free family passes to local museums!  It’s the SunLife Museum and Arts Pass Program.  A limited number of passes to many venues are available weekly at our branches.  You must be an adult 18 or over, and you must show your valid Toronto Public Library Card when you select your pass. Your family can visit Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, Gardiner Museum and many City of Toronto Historic Museums – and more!  This community partnership program provides you and your family with an introduction to Toronto’s many cultural and historical venues.    

Kennedy/Eglinton Branch is really happy to welcome our friends from the Museum of Inuit Art on Saturday October 15 at 2pm.  At this family program you’ll learn about Inuit culture and prepare a craft which reflects Inuit heritage and traditions.  Attendance is limited to 30, and we distribute free tickets at 1:30 pm.

If you want to learn more about the MIA before your visit, tour their wonderful interactive website:  You can have an audio tour right from the home page!  I love the online booklet, myself -you can flip through at anytime. It's an excellent resource for adults, kids in school and anyone interested in Inuit Art, history and culture.


And, I found out why they designed the museum in all white. The museum is located at lovely Harbourfront with a beautiful lake vista. Keep track of their latest exhibits, activities and Arctic treks on Twitter (@miamuseum) or Facebook (Museum of Inuit Art).  If you really like the MIA, membership is $20 per year for individuals, and $35 for families.  There are benefits to membership!  

You know, many MAP pass users go for the obvious first choices: the ROM, Science Centre, Zoo.  Don’t be shy -discover the MIA and the other wonderful participating venues of the MAP partnership. They are truly Toronto gems.  Hope to see you at Kennedy/Eglinton on October 15.  Have you taken advantage of this great opportunity? Let the Toronto Public Library connect you to local, Canadian and world history and culture. Look to for more information, links to venues - and more! What new thing did YOU learn from our MAP partnership?

Staff Picks

September 28, 2011 | Richard | Comments (0)


The Race by Clive Cussler  

The race is an exciting novel which takes place at the turn of the century. Isaac Bell is one of the top agents for the Van Dorn Detective Agency which has been hired by newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway to protect Josephine Frost from her husband while she flies in a fifty day race across America. The year is 1910 and aviation is in its infancy and with a first prize of $50,000 for the winner. A number of aviators enter the race along with Josephine, who happens to be the only woman in the race, as well as Preston’s love interest.

Frost, Josephine’s violent-tempered husband, has murdered her lover and has tried but failed to kill her as well. This time he has vowed to finish the job. Along with hired thugs, murderers, thieves in every city along the way, and planes that are being sabotaged, the race is fraught with danger. Isaac likes driving fast cars and now has to learn how to fly an airplane in a few weeks without lessons in order to protect Josephine from sabotage during the race.

Isaac had tangled with Frost when he was just a young agent and lost to this giant of a man and has vowed not to lose again. Frost will stop at nothing to kill Josephine and anyone close to her as revenge for her betrayal with her murdered lover. Clive Cussler delivers a fun-filled adventure in his fourth novel featuring Isaac Bell and his fellow agents at the Van Dorn Detective Agency. This novel is thoroughly enjoyable, and will appeal to readers who like suspense, drama, and interesting characters.   

Albert Campbell’s 40th Anniversary!

September 21, 2011 | Sara | Comments (0)

Albert Campbell branch is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this month!  The library officially opened on September 29, 1971 and was named after Metropolitan Chairman Albert Campbell.  An array of historic photos of the branch’s grand opening, as well as a birthday card with messages from library customers is now being displayed at the branch. 

We welcome you to come in and leave your comments about why the Albert Campbell branch is important to you!  

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Fall Programs at McGregor Park

September 9, 2011 | Elsa | Comments (0)

Family Film Fun
Saturdays, 2:00 pm
Enjoy a family film every Saturday at the library.

Youth Advisory Group
Wednesdays September 28, October 26, November 30
Make friends and earn volunteer hours while helping us to create a better library for youth in the community.

Children's Story Times
October and November 2011
Stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts for children with parents and caregivers. Contact the branch for detailed date and time. Registration required.

Culture Days: Jazz Workshop
Saturday October 1, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Come for a jazz workshop led by Kyle McDonald (KyleMacMusic) to learn the rudiments of improvisation, jazz theory and song forms. Participants are invited to bring along their own instruments.

MAP Family Saturdays - Toronto Historic Museums: Scarborough Museum
Saturday October 22, 2:00 - 3:00 .m
Join us for stories, games and toys and find out what's in Scarborough Museum's Discovery Boxes!

Heure du Conte/French Story Time
Tuesdays November 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:45 - 7:30 pm
French stories, songs and more for children aged 3-8 years.

For more information, please visit here or call 416-396-8935.

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