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Career Exploration Workshop: What’s On at Albert Campbell

January 26, 2013 | 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 Exploration

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

An employment counsellor from Goodwill Employment Services will present a 2-hour workshop covering career planning and exploration. Topics covered will include: what you should know about the career planning process; identify your skills, values and interests against a potential career path, tools and resources.

For more information or to register, visit the branch or call 416-396-8890.

Consider these resources in electronic and print formats from Toronto Public Library collections:

 

Career Comeback Repackage Yourself to get the job you want

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

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50 Best Jobs for Your Personality

50 best jobs for your personality [3rd ed.] / Laurence Shatkin, 2012. Book.

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I Don't Know What I Want But I Know It's Not This

I don't know what I want, but I know it's not this: a step-by-step guide to finding gratifying work [Rev. and updated ed.] / Julie Jansen, 2010. Book.

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I don't know what I want, but I know it's not this: a step-by-step guide to finding gratifying work [Rev. and updated ed.] / Julie Jansen, 2010. eAudiobook.

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It's Your Move A Guide to Career Transition and Job Search

It's your move: a guide to career transition and job search for Canadian managers, professionals and executives [4th ed.] / Marge Watters, 2012. Book.

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It's Your Move A Guide to Career Transition

It's your move a guide to career transition and job search for Canadian managers, professionals and executives [4th ed.] / Marge Watters, 2012. eBook.

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New Job New You

New job, new you: a guide to reinventing yourself in a bright new career / Alexandra Levit, 2009. Book.

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Pathfinder

The pathfinder: how to choose or change your career for a lifetime of satisfaction and success [1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed.] / Nicholas Lore, 2012. Book.

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Rebounders

Rebounders: how winners pivot from setback to success [1st ed.] / Rick Newman, 2012. Book.

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Second-act Careers

Second-act careers 50+ ways to profit from your passions during semi-retirement / Nancy Collamer, 2013. eBook.

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Second Chance

Second chance: how career changers can find a great job / Mary E. Ghilani, 2010. Book.

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The Start-Up of You Adapt to the Future Invest in Yourself and Transform Your Career 1st edition

The start-up of you: adapt to the future, invest in yourself, and transform your career / Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, 2012. Book.

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The Start-Up of You Adapt to the Future Invest in Yourself and Transform Your Career

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

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The Start-Up of You Adapt to the Future Invest in Yourself and Transform Your Career Library edition

The start-up of you adapt to the future, invest in yourself, and transform your career [Library ed.] / Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, 2012. eAudioBook.

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What color is your parachute

What color is your parachute? a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers [2013 ed.] / Richard Nelson Bolles, 2013. eBook.

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Red Carpet Reads: 11 Books at the 2013 Oscars

January 16, 2013 | Winona | Comments (2)

Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards - also known as the Oscars - were announced last week. It's another stellar year for books adapted to the big screen: five of the nine films nominated in the Best Picture category are based on books, as are all five of the nominations for Production Design.

Here now, by popular demand, is a list of books that have inspired some of this year's Oscar-nominated films. Which ones have you read/seen? Which was better, the book or the movie? Are there any great story-to-screen adaptations from 2012 that you think the Academy missed? (Personally, I would have liked to have seen the film Rust and Bone, adapted from the debut story collection Rust and Bone by Toronto author Craig Davidson in there somewhere.) What do you think? Have your say in the comments below!

 

Argo

Argo by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio Argo filmBased on the true story Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio (also available as an eAudiobook).

Nominated for: Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, FIlm Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

Synopsis: "When six Americans take refuge in the Canadian embassy in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, U.S. government agent Tony Mendez turns to Hollywood for help. Working with a producer and a makeup artist, he devises a rescue mission that centers on the creation of a fake film production company scouting locations in Iran."  

 

Anna Karenina 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina film

Based on the classic novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (also available as an eBook).

 Nominated for: Cinematography, Costume Design, Music (Original Score), Production Design.

Synopsis: "As the wife of a highly placed government minister, Anna Karenina occupies a secure position within the upper reaches of Russian society, although the chief source of happiness in her marriage is her eight-year-old son. Her meeting with Count Vronsky, a handsome cavalry officer, offers Anna the passionate love her marriage is lacking, but places her at the center of a devastating scandal."


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit The Hobbit filmBased on the fantasy classic The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien (also available in several audio and online/download formats).

Nominated for: Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Visual Effects.

Synopsis: "Bilbo Baggins finds his peaceful life in the Shire interrupted by the appearance of Gandalf the Grey, a wizard who has come to persuade the hobbit to accompany a band of dwarves on a quest to regain their homeland. The adventure on which he embarks will test Bilbo's wit, courage and resourcefulness, and have far-reaching consequences for the land of Middle-earth."


Les Misérables

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Les Mis filmBased on the historical novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (also available as an eBook).

Nominated for: Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Song), Production Design, Sound Mixing.

Synopsis: "In early 19th century France, Jean Valjean, a man imprisoned years earlier for stealing a loaf of bread, decides to break his parole following his release and assume a new identity. Although he succeeds in building a new life for himself, the relentless pursuit of Inspector Javert threatens the security of Valjean and his adopted daughter, Cosette."


Life of Pi

Life of Pi by Yann Martel Life of Pi filmBased on the fantasy adventure novel Life of Pi by Canadian author Yann Martel (also available in eBook, large print, audio, and illustrated formats).

Nominated for: Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

Synopsis: "Young Pi, the son of zookeepers in Pondicherry, India, finds the world he knows swept away when his family sells the zoo and sets sail for Canada with a few of its remaining animals. A storm capsizes the ship and only Pi escapes, set adrift in a lifeboat that is also the refuge of an enormous Bengal tiger."


Lincoln

Team of RivalsLincoln filmBased on the biographical portrait Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (also available in several audio formats).

Nominated for: Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

Synopsis: "With the Civil War coming to a close and the freedom granted to the slaves by the Emancipation Proclamation called into question, Abraham Lincoln seeks to pass a thirteenth amendment to the Constitution that will outlaw slavery everywhere in the United States.  Facing opposition from many quarters in Congress, Lincoln uses his vast political powers to gain allies in his fight."


Marvel's The Avengers

The Avengers The Avengers filmBased on the Marvel comic book superheroes The Avengers created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (more adventures assembled in other books).

Nominated for: Visual Effects.

Synopsis: "With the earth under threat from Thor's brother, Loki, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury mobilizes the members of the crime fighting force known as the Avengers. As Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow join forces to combat Loki, they must also learn to put aside their superhero-sized differences in order to work together."


Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by the Brothers Grimm transl Randall Jarrell Mirror Mirror filmInspired by the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm (also available in several other editions).

Nominated for: Costume Design.

Synopsis: "After marrying Snow White's father and seizing control of his kingdom, the evil queen, now a widow, locks up her spirited stepdaughter and pursues the handsome Prince Alcott. It is the beautiful princess who draws his attention, however – a turn of events that causes the queen to order the girl's murder."


The Sessions

How I Became a Human Being by Mark O'Brien The Sessions filmBased on the magazine article by Mark O'Brien whose experiences are also described in his autobiography How I Became a Human Being: a Disabled Man's Quest for Independence

Nominated for: Actress in a Supporting Role.

Synopsis: "Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality."


Silver Linings Playbook 

The Silver Linings Playbook Silver Linings Playbook filmBased on the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (also available as an eAudiobook).

Nominated for: Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

Synopsis: "Pat Solatano is released into his parents' care after eight months of treatment for a bipolar disorder.  His recovery seems far from certain, however, when he stops taking his medication and becomes increasingly obsessed with winning back his estranged wife, a plan that leads him to embark on a complicated relationship with a troubled young woman whose husband has died."


Skyfall

James Bond by Michael Paterson Skyfall filmBased on the James Bond character from the fictional spy novels and stories by Ian Fleming.

Nominated for: Cinematography, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing.

Synopsis: "After M's orders lead to James Bond's near-fatal shooting by a colleague, he returns to duty before he is fully recovered to track down a cyber-terrorist named Silva, a sinister figure from M's past. Bond's efforts to protect M will force him to confront memories from his own past as Silva unleashes a wave of violence in his efforts to destroy M."


Snow White and the Huntsman 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by the Brothers Grimm transl Randall Jarrell Snow White and the Huntsman filmInspired by the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm (also available in several other editions).

Nominated for: Costume Design, Visual Effects.

Synopsis: "When the evil Queen Ravenna murders her husband and seizes control of the kingdom, she imprisons her stepdaughter, Snow White. The girl escapes and flees into the Dark Forest in search of those loyal to her father, where she is pursued by The Huntsman."

Note: All film synopses are from the Oscars website, except The Sessions from Fox Searchlight.

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Happy 198th Birthday, Sir John A. Macdonald! Read about him on eBooks

January 11, 2013 | John P. | Comments (0)

 

Sir John A. Macdonald (1815-1891), Canada’s first Prime Minister, would have been celebrating the 198th anniversary of his birth today on January 11th. Many Canadians have learned about “Sir John A.” when they studied Canadian history at school and/or perhaps when immigrants to Canada were preparing to take their Canadian citizenship test. No matter, whether you know about “Sir John A.” or not, if you are someone who enjoys reading factual biographies about real people, the country’s former First Minister makes an interesting topic for a biography. For books about Sir John A. Macdonald that I have previously reviewed, please consult the following blog posts for additional information:

Political Leaders Dying in Office: Laurier, Layton, Macdonald and Thompson

Pick a PM: Prime Ministerial Biographies and Memoirs

 

Several of those titles that I previously reviewed are now available as eBooks through Toronto Public Library:

Nation Maker Sir John A. Macdonald His Life Our Times

 

Nation maker Sir John A. Macdonald : his life, our times. Volume two, 1867 - 1891

Gwyn, Richard J., 1934-

eBook, 2011. 1 online resource :

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John A The Man Who Made Us

 

John A. Volume 1, 1815-1867 the man who made us : the life and times of John A. Macdonald

Gwyn, Richard J., 1934-

eBook, 2011. 1 online resource.

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The Destiny of Canada

 

The destiny of Canada

Pennington, Christopher John, 1977-

eBook, 2011. 1 online resource.

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If you are not sure whether eBooks are a good format for promoting biographies and history, consider the fact that David G. McCullough’s biography Truman (of the former United States President Harry S. Truman – originally published in 1992) was released recently as an eBook and made it onto the New York Times e-Book Non-Fiction Best Sellers list.

For readers who enjoy historical fiction that involves real people as characters in a novel, consider the following title either in eBook or book format:

 

Macdonald
1st pbk. ed.

MacSkimming, Roy, 1944-

eBook, 2011. 1 online resource.

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Macdonald : a novel

MacSkimming, Roy, 1944-

Book, 2007. 293 p. ;

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Girls Club! Program for Teen Girls @ Albert Campbell

January 2, 2013 | Winona | Comments (0)

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CALLING ALL TEEN GIRLS!

Are you interested in doing something fun (and free!) after school? Do you enjoy hanging out with your friends and making new ones? Would you like to try new things in a girls-only environment? Then come and join our Girls Club at the Albert Campbell branch of the Toronto Public Library!

  • WHO: Girls age 12-16
  • WHAT: A different activity each week. Watch movies, learn new dance moves, play games and sports, make jewellery, try out leadership activities, and gain new life skills. Share ideas, meet friends, and have fun!
  • WHEN: 4-6 p.m. every Wednesday for six weeks, starting January 16, 2013
  • WHERE: In the auditorium at Albert Campbell, 496 Birchmount Road (Birchmount and Danforth Road)
  • WHY: Because being a teenage girl can be harder than it looks. But it can also be FUN!

To sign-up, call 416-396-8900. Space is limited so register early. This program is presented in partnership with Griffin Centre.

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Interested in reading some honest writing about what it feels like to be a girl? Check out these great anthologies by and for girls and young women:

 

GirlSpoken edited by Jessican Hein, Heather Holland, and Carol KauppiGirlSpoken: From Pen, Brush, & Tongue is a collection of intensely personal stories, journal entries, poetry, and artwork by Canadian girls and young women aged 13-19.

The book is assembled into four main sections: "voice: telling truths about ourselves and our girlhoods"; "beauty: rants & reflections on love, desire & the beauty beast"; "strength: speaking out about our struggles & calling for change"; and "becoming: tales of where we've been & visions of where we're going."

This is the kind of book you can open to any page and find something genuine and moving expressed there. You might even recognize something of your self.

 

She's Shameless edited by Stacey May Fowlels and Megan Griffith-GreeneShe's Shameless: Women Write About Growing Up, Rocking Out, and Fighting Back is an anthology of frank and funny first-person accounts about what it's like to be young and female and ignored by the mainstream: as young women of colour, as queer youth, as artists, as activists, as freethinkers. 

This book is organized into five parts: "Breaking the Good Girl Mould"; "Things They Didn't Teach Me in Health Class"; "Getting Grounded: Run-ins with Authority"; "Relationships: For Better and Worse"; and "Extra Credit: What I Wish I'd Known All Along." It was put together by the same people who founded Shameless Magazine and features lots of awesome local writers, like Emily Pohl-Weary and Zoe Whittall.

Bonus: check out this interview the library did with one of the book's editors, Stacey May Fowles!

 

If I'd Known Then edited by Ellyn SpraginsHave you ever wished you could go back in time and give advice to yourself when you were younger? What do you think you would say?

In If I'd Known Then: Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves, 35 women write candid letters to their younger selves full of advice about how to handle their actual past experiences with bad relationships, bullies, eating disorders, and crises of faith. Contributors include:


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