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October 2012

Small Business Month: What’s On at Albert Campbell?

October 12, 2012 | John P. | Comments (0)


Toronto Public Library is celebrating Small Business Month with a series of workshops at different branches across the city. Click here to access the full list of workshops offered at Toronto Public Library locations. So what’s on at Albert Campbell District Branch?

Albert Campbell (496 Birchmount Road) is hosting Starting a Small Business on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is an interactive workshop presented by a representative from Centennial College. Learn strategic and practical steps, as well as the benefits of self employment, different types of business ownership, tax benefits, and financing sources. For more information or to register, visit the branch in person or call 416-396-8890.

Consider the following resources accessible from Toronto Public Library collections:

Starting and Running a Small Business all-in-one for Dummies

Starting & running a small business for Canadians all-in-one for dummies / John Aylen, 2012. (eBook) Access Online


Canadian Small Business Kit for Dummies

Canadian small business kit for dummies [3rd ed.] / Margaret Helen Kerr and JoAnn Kurtz, 2011. (Book) Place Hold


Starting a successful business in Canada kit [18th ed.] / J.D. (Jack Douglas) James, 2010. (Book) Place Hold


Business Plan Business Reality

Business plan, business reality : starting and managing your own business in Canada [2nd ed.] / James R. Skinner, 2008. (Book) Place Hold


Management matters / 1995- (eJournal) Access Online


SmallbizXpress: Information for Ontario / (Gateway/Website)

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Career and Job Search Programs: What’s On at Albert Campbell?

October 10, 2012 | John P. | Comments (0)

A tough job market can be frustrating for job seekers with many people competing for a particular pool of jobs. Toronto Public Library branches like Albert Campbell often offer free employment-related workshops whereby participants can interact with facilitators from organizations striving to help people find work. Here is what is coming up at the Albert Campbell District Branch, 496 Birchmount Road:


Career Goal Setting

Wed Oct 17, 2012 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Albert Campbell

Reach your full career potential by setting clear and realistic goals. Develop strategies to set and work towards your career goals. For more information or to register, visit the branch in person or call 416-396-8890.


Consider these resources from Toronto Public Library collections:

Carve Your Own Road

Carve your own road : do what you love and live the life you envision / Jennifer Remling and Joe Remling, 2009. (Book) Place Hold


Hired How to Use Sales Techniques to Sell Yourself on Interviews

Hired! : how to use sales techniques to sell yourself on interviews / Elinor Stutz, 2011. (Book) Place Hold


Perfect Phrases for Setting Performance Goals

Perfect phrases for setting performance goals : hundreds of ready-to-use phrases for communicating any performance plan or review [2nd ed.] / Robert Bacal and Douglas Max, 2011. (Book) Place Hold



Social Media

Wed Oct 24, 2012 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Albert Campbell

A facilitator from Goodwill Employment Services will discuss how social media offers various online technology tools that will enable job seekers to communicate through the internet to share career related information. For more information or to register, visit the branch in person or call 416-396-8890.



Consider these resources from Toronto Public Library collections:

Cracking the new job market the 7 rules for getting hired in any economy / R. William Holland, 2012 (eBook) Access Online


Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0

Guerrilla marketing for job hunters 3.0 : how to stand out from the crowd and tap into the hidden job market using social media and 999 tactics today / Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry, 2011 (Book) Place Hold


Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies eBook

Job searching with social media for dummies / Joshua Waldman, 2011. (eBook) Access Online


Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies Book

Job searching with social media for dummies / Joshua Waldman, 2011. (Book) Place Hold



What's Your Competitive Edge?

Wed Nov 21, 2012 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Albert Campbell

Identify your unique strengths, stand out from the crowd, and land a job faster! Discover your competitive advantage and beat out the competition. Learn how to effectively sell your unique blend of strengths and get noticed by employers. For more information or to register, visit the branch in person or call 416-396-8890.



Consider these resources from Toronto Public Library collections:


The Start-up of you

The start-up of you adapt to the future, invest in yourself, and transform your career / Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, 2012 (eBook) Access Online


Unlock the Hidden Job Market

Unlock the hidden job market : 6 steps to a successful job search when times are tough / Duncan Mathison and Martha I. Finney, 2010. (Book) Place Hold


How to Keep Your Job in a Tough Competitive Market

How to keep your job in a tough competitive market : 101 strategies you can use today / Michael J. Kitson and Robert Calandra, 2009. (Book) Place Hold


Who, me, activist? Knitting and Community in the Library

October 9, 2012 | Marie | Comments (2)

We'll soon be celebrating the second anniversary of Kennedy/Eglinton's "Tuesday Night Knitting Circle".  It's composed of a motley crew of (mostly) ladies of a certain age who (mostly) knit and tell the (mostly) most mischievous stories!

The group had a very community-type beginning. In 2010 a neighbourhood grade 7 teacher gave her class an assignment  to "knit scarves for the homeless".  Our library regulars soon bombarded the staff with pleas of "teach me, teach me how to knit." 

One of the things the library is really good at is connecting demand and supply.  We may not know everything there is to know, but we can certainly guide you in the appropriate direction on your quest for knowledge and enlightenment.  A few skilful seniors from the Don Montgomery Community Centre Seniors Group volunteered to run a one-day "knitting bootcamp".


Seniors, staff and youth knit together, and everyone had so much fun that they asked to come back.

The group has grown to include elementary school students KnittingGirlsDec2010
(sometimes), newcomers, and those who didn't know one end of a knitting needle from the other.

The group kept in touch with that grade 7 class. Several students knitted their scarves with the group. When the project was finished the Circle made a healthy donation on behalf of the class to an organization which assists the needy. They supplemented the donation with several of their own warm and cozy creations.

Of late they've made a large donation of baby and child goods to a homeless shelter



This group of dedicated and talented knitters keep ideas flowing and share experiences as they work on their projects.They discuss future projects and consider possibilities for new connections with agencies who serve people in need. 

Getting started is easy:  new knitters overcome their fear by creating "The Introductory Project".


This simple doll is good practice.  Tangible results of your efforts in a short period of time.  Of course, the experienced ones in the group always give good feedback. And our little cabal of dolls is growing! The dolls seem to reflect the personalities of their creators.  (If this means anything,the branch head's doll is still not - and may never be - complete.)

You may ask about books.  Many good projects have come from library materials, and more than one knitting session has been full of discussion about this mystery, that author, who's writing what these days and more.  Many good reads have been shared around the table. But that's the subject of another blog entirely.

If you're in the neighbourhood on a Tuesday night, drop in and join our group.  Even if just for an hour.  You will learn something new, get a few good reading suggestions, and maybe develop a new network or two. It's an easy way to make a rewarding and positive difference in your community.

We're waiting for you!







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