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Teen Tuesdays @ Albert Campbell

July 28, 2012 | Winona | Comments (0)

Are you a teenager between 13 and 19 years old? Looking for something fun (and free) to do this summer? Well look no further, because the library has you covered! Every Tuesday is "Teen Tuesday" all summer long at the Albert Campbell branch of the Toronto Public Library!

What exactly is "Teen Tuesday" you ask? It's a weekly series of free programs for teens happening in the auditorium at Albert Campbell every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. until August 28, 2012. What kinds of programs? To answer that question, keep reading...

Last week for "Teen Tuesday" we had an amazing program on special effects make-up. Professional make-up artist Leslie Gray came to the library with her kit of mortician's wax, fake blood, and oatmeal (!) and showed us how to create realistic-looking cuts, bruises, bullet wounds, and other gory effects, just like the ones you see in horror movies. It was totally gross and a ton of fun.

Here's a picture of Leslie working her make-up magic on a soon-to-be-gruesome participant:

And here's a close-up of the final result. Eww!

If you weren't there but you'd like to know more about special effects make-up, you can read all about it in books from the Toronto Public Library collection. Here are a few suggestions (click on the book cover to read the book's description and check to see which library branch has it or to place a hold): 

Special effects make-up by Janus Vinther       Stage & screen makeup by Kit Spencer      So you want to work in set design costuming or makeup by Torene Svitil      Special make-up effects by Vincent J.R. Kehoe

Don't miss the next installment of "Teen Tuesday" at Albert Campbell! Join us for "T-shirt Transformation" on Tuesday July 31, 2012, from 4-6 p.m., where we'll show you how to transform your old t-shirt into something totally unique and cool and handmade by you! Bring a spare t-shirt (or two or three) and learn how to create your own tank top, belt, bag, and more - no sewing required!

For a list of upcoming programs especially for teens at Albert Campbell branch, click here.

Beat the Heat @ the Library!

July 19, 2012 | Sara | Comments (0)


It’s been sizzling hot these past few days. Here are some ideas on ways to cool down at the library.

1) Catch up on the latest news by reading some of the great magazines available at the library.

Albert Campbell branch subscribes to wide selection of magazine titles including Time, MacLean’s, The Economist, and for those interested in some lighter reading – People and US Weekly.  

2) Make use of the library’s free WiFi to surf the Internet.

Have a laptop? Bring it to any Toronto Public Library branch and use the FREE WiFi service to surf the Web. If you don’t have a laptop you can also use one of the library’s PC’s, but make sure to Reserve a Computer online or by calling your local branch. Computers book up fast in the summer!

3) Enjoy a movie with the whole family.

A family-friendly movie will be shown every Thursday afternoon this summer from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in Albert Campbell’s Auditorium. Feel free to bring your own popcorn or snacks.

4) Learn something new! The summer is a perfect opportunity to discover a new hobby, develop a new skill, or learn more on a topic that interests you.

Are you interested in knitting, learning to swim, or researching your ancestry? Ask a Librarian for assistance in finding the best resources for your topic. You might just discover a new talent or passion!

5) Enjoy your coffee or snack without a time limit!

Personally, I hate those annoying signs in many coffee shops or fast food restaurants limiting customers to 20 or 30 minutes of seating time. I understand that people need to move on eventually so that others have access to a seat, but let’s face it, the last thing we want on a hot day is to feel pressured to leave a nicely air-conditioned space. Relax and take your time enjoying a coffee or snack at the library for as long as you want - during open hours of course.  Just remember to throw away your garbage when you’re done.

Free Employment Résumé Programs at Albert Campbell District Branch

July 6, 2012 | John P. | Comments (0)

A competitive labour market offers job seekers a challenging task to find a position that they consider worthwhile. Albert Campbell District Branch (496 Birchmount Road) is offering a trio of FREE workshops that might be helpful to those in the process of writing an employment résumé as an important component of a job search.


Resumes That Get Results – Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – 2 to 4 p.m.

A representative from Centennial College Job Connect will instruct participants on how to create effective résumés and cover letters. Those who bring their résumés and cover letters may receive feedback and tips for improvement. For more information or to register, call 416-396-8890.


MS Word Level 1 – Thursday, July 12, 2012 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.  (Part 1 of 2)

A facilitator from Goodwill Employment Services will help job seekers expand their skills in Microsoft Word and learn how to format and add features to their résumés to make them more professional and effective. For more information or to register, call 416-396-8890.


MS Word Level 2 – Thursday, July 19, 2012 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.  (Part 2 of 2)

A facilitator from Goodwill Employment Services will help job seekers expand their skills in Microsoft Word and learn how to format and add features to their résumés to make them more professional and effective. For more information or to register, call 416-396-8890.


Here are examples of recent résumé books (2010-2012) that are available for request from Toronto Public Library for those with a valid library card:


  Damn Good Resume Guide

The damn good resume guide : a crash course in resume writing 5th ed. / Yana Parker, 2012.

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Job Search Solution

The job search solution : the ultimate system for finding a great job now! 2nd ed. / Tony Beshara, 2012.

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Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads

Best resumes for college students and new grads : jump-start your career!  3rd ed. / Louise Kursmark, 2012.

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Resume and Cover Letter Phrase Book

The resume and cover letter phrase book  / Nancy Schuman, 2011.

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Expert Resumes for Managers and Executives

Expert resumes for managers and executives  3rd ed. / Wendy S. Enelow, 2011.

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Knock'em Dead 2012

Knock 'em dead 2012 : the ultimate job search guide  / Martin John Yate, 2011.

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Expert Resumes for Computer and Web Jobs

Expert resumes for computer and web jobs  3rd ed. / Wendy S. Enelow, 2011.

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Knock'em Dead Secrets and Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World

Knock 'em dead : secrets & strategies for success in an uncertain world : how to take control of your job search, career, and life!  / Martin John Yate, 2011.

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Quick Resume and Cover Letter Book

The quick resume & cover letter book : write and use an effective resume in only one day 5th ed. / J. Michael Farr, 2011.

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Job search the Canadian way : what works, what doesn't  / Mohamed Taher, 2010.

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101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times

101 best ways to land a job in troubled times  / Jay A. Block, 2010.

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Career Comeback

Career comeback : repackage yourself to get the job you want  1st ed.  / Lisa Johnson Mandell, 2010.

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Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume

The complete idiot's guide to the perfect resume  5th ed.  / Susan Ireland, 2010.

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Fearless Resumes

Fearless résumés : the proven method for getting a great job fast / Marky Stein, 2010.

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Overnight Resume

The overnight resume : the fastest way to your next job  / Donald Asher, 2010.
3rd ed.

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Alternative Resumes

Alternative resumes : definitely NOT your parents' resume book!  / Michael G. Howard, 2010.

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Best Canadian Resumes

Best Canadian résumés : [130+ best Canadian-format résumés]  2nd ed.  / Sharon Graham, 2010.

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Older Adults Program (50+): Weaving Memoirs on the Web

July 3, 2012 | John P. | Comments (0)

Albert Campbell District Branch (496 Birchmount Road) is pleased to be launching a revised version of the Weaving Memoirs on the Web program for older adults (50 years and above). The intent of the intergenerational program is to pair an older adult interested in telling her/his story with a high school age student volunteer who will help the older adult by using technology and the internet to tell that story. By creating a blog (or web log) or online diary as a website on the internet, the older adult will have an opportunity to share her/his experiences with others.

Older adults interested in this free program are invited to contact the branch at 416-396-8890. Registration is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, Weaving Memoirs on the Web will be offered twice as follows:

Tuesday, July 10 to Tuesday, July 31, 2012 inclusive – 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. (Four (4) consecutive Tuesday afternoons)

Wednesday, July 25 to Wednesday, August 15, 2012 inclusive – 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  (Four (4) consecutive Wednesday mornings)

Older adults enrolled in the program must attend all four weekly sessions, be prepared to contribute written material, and up to 5 pictures (from personal photographic collections) that will be scanned for inclusion on the blog. Youth volunteers will use the available computers and other technology to help the older adults tell their story.

Toronto Public Library has a tip sheet called  Memoirs - @YourFingertips that recommends books, blog articles and websites on memoir writing.

Here are some book titles that can be borrowed from Toronto Public Library:

Abercrombie, Barbara. Courage and craft: writing your life into story. Novato, California: New World Library, 2007.

Gawthorpe, Ann. How to write your life story. Blacklick, Ohio: McGraw Hill, c2009.

Ulrich, Karen. How to write your life story: the complete guide to creating a personal memoir.  New York: Reader’s Digest Association, 2006.

Zousmer, Steve. You don’t have to be famous: how to write your life story. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books, 2007.

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