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Classic Children's?

May 25, 2013 | Alison | Comments (0)

Parents love it when their children read.  They really love it when their children read "quality" books.  In a number of families this means that only classic children's literature is encouraged.  You know, the stories that our parents read with us because that was what they knew.  These traditional classics are beautiful stories that were written in the 19th or early 20th century.

The world of children's stories has changed in the last 20 years.  We have "new" classics that can provide the quality parents like with the adventure loved by their children.

 Traditional classics to share

  Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables shares the many adventures of young orphan Anne as she starts a life with a new family. Red haired Anne learns that having friends and family are not as easy as one would think.

 

 

 

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Swiss Family Robinson find themselves shipwrecked on a beautiful but deserted island.  They must find food, shelter and a way to be rescued.  As time passes, life on the island doesn't seem so bad.  When rescue arrives, will they want to go?

 

Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
In the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom has a number of adventures, both good and bad as he tries to avoid doing the work that his Aunt wants him to do. Tom and his friends are growing up in 19th century Mississippi and learning that life isn't always what you think it is. 

 

 

 

 

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnet
After the death of her parents, Mary is sent to live with her reclusive Uncle in his dark, empty house.  While exploring one day, Mary finds that part of the garden is sealed off from the rest with a large wall and no gate.  Mary works to find the secret of this garden and other mysteries of the house.

 

Contemporary classics to share


  Macdonald hall by Gordon KormanBruno and Boots are enjoying life at their all boys boarding school located just north of Toronto.  They operate under the belief that school should be fun, not just educational.  Unfortunately, the Headmaster Mr. Sturgeon (The FISH) has different ideas.  He decides to cut down their fun by separating them.  Can Bruno and Boots find a way to get back together?

 

 

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume
 Peter has always wanted a dog, but his parents got him a turtle.  His little brother, Fudge, always gets what he wants.  Why can't Peter?  Then one day Fudge eats Peter's turtle.  Will Fudge get away with eating Peter's pet?  Or will Peter finally get justice?

 

 

 

Holes by Louis SacharStanley Yelnats discovers just how bad his luck is when he's sent to juvenile detention for being found with a pair of stolen running shoes.  The camp warden says that hard labour builds character, so she has them dig a hole five feet across by five feet deep.  Every day.  Stanley thinks there's something funny about the warden.  Can he figure things out before he digs too many holes?

 

 

 

 

Bud, not buddy by Christopher Paul CurtisThings are rough for Bud in 1936 Flint Michigan.  So rough that he decides to run away from home.  He takes his suitcase, his book of survival rules and the belief that he can find his father.  Is the musician from the flyer his mom gave him really his father?  

 

 

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer12 year old Artemis Fowl had the best idea for earning money!  He's going to catch a Leprechan and get the pot of gold.  Don't laugh!  Artemis has done his research and discovered that if you catch a "police" fairy from the LEPrecon Unit you can get gold as ransom.  What he doesn't know is that fairies can be dangerous.

Snapshots in History: May 23: Remembering the North-West Mounted Police

May 23, 2013 | John P. | Comments (0)

 

On May 23, let us take a moment to remember the North-West Mounted Police on its 140th anniversary, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. On May 23, 1873, the Dominion of Canada’s Parliament passed legislation to establish a “Mounted Police Force for the Northwest Territories”.  The NWMP actually came into existence on August 30, 1873 as a paramilitary body divided into troops under the overall command of a Commissioner with the following objectives: to stop alcohol trafficking in the then-Northwest Territories; to obtain the confidence and respect of the aboriginal people; to collect customs duties; and, to perform police force duties.

The NWMP expanded its jurisdictional hold into the Yukon Territory in 1895 and to the Arctic coast in 1903. The NWMP became the Royal NWMP in 1904 and it broadened its jurisdiction in 1905 with the creation of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and into an expanded province of Manitoba in 1912. The Royal NWMP merged with the Dominion Police in 1920 to create the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Want to learn more? Consider reading these titles from Toronto Public Library collections:

 

The wild ride a history of the North West Mounted Police 1873-1904

The wild ride: a history of the North West Mounted Police, 1873-1904 [1st ed.] / Charles Wilkins, 2010. Book.  Adult Non-Fiction.

Follow the history of the young Dominion of Canada through the lens of the North West Mounted Police established in 1873 to provide law, order and stability in what is now northern and western Canada today. The initial recruits endured challenging conditions, substandard clothing, and poor diet to reach Fort Garry (now Winnipeg) to establish a presence on the Prairies. Read about the relationship of the NWMP and the indigenous peoples with the driving out of the American whisky traders and the establishment of trust between Commissioner James Macleod and aboriginal chiefs.

Read the review from Canada’s History

 

The lost patrol the Mounties' Yukon tragedy

The lost patrol: the Mounties' Yukon tragedy / Dick North, 2008. Book.  Adult Non-Fiction.

Read about a true mystery from December 1910 when 4 Royal NWMP officers travelled in the Canadian North by dogsled on a 475-mile journey to Dawson City, Yukon but died only 35 miles from their starting point, Fort McPherson in the Northwest Territories.

 

The Mounties march west the epic trek and early adventures of the Mounted Police

The Mounties march west: the epic trek and early adventures of the Mounted Police / Tony Holihan, 2004. Book. Adult Non-Fiction.

Follow the story of the North West Mounted Police enhanced with black and white photographs of major personalities and drawings of historical scenes. The lack of an index and a glossary might make using this book frustrating for some readers but for those looking for a well-researched “true story”, such shortcomings might be overstated.

Read the review from CM Magazine

 

MacLeod of the Mounties the North American saga as seen through the life of a Scottish Canadian hero

MacLeod of the Mounties: the North American saga as seen through the life of a Scottish Canadian hero / Michael Crawford-Lewis, 1999. Book. Adult Non-Fiction.

Biography lovers might appreciate following the history of the North-West Mounted Police in conjunction with its second Commissioner, James Farquharson Macleod (1836-1894) and his influence in shaping the mounted force during his tenure of office from July 22, 1876 to October 31, 1880.

 

Readers interested in reading novels or fictional accounts of the Mounties should read the recommendations from the Book Buzz blog under the post Books for the 140th Anniversary of the North-West Mounted Police .

 

Those who like watching documentaries might consider borrowing this DVD from Toronto Public Library collections about the North-West Mounted Police:

 

The North-West Mounted Police the great march [DVD] / 2005. Documentary. 

 

 

What about feature films? Try the following:

 

Dudley Do-Right

Dudley Do-Right [DVD] / 1999. Feature Film.

Snapshots in History: May 22: Remembering Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac

May 23, 2013 | John P. | Comments (0)

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Frontenac receiving the envoy of Sir William Phipps demanding the surrender of Quebec, 1690.

 

(Digitized image of: Watercolour over pencil on commercial board (circa 1925); Artist: Charles William Jefferys, 1869-1951.)

 

(Source Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1972-26-780 - Copyright: Expired / Expiré )

(Source Credit: http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/pam_archives/index.php?fuseaction=genitem.displayEcopies&lang=eng&rec_nbr=2835229&title=Frontenac+receiving+the+envoy+of+Sir+William+Phipps+demanding+the+surrender+of+Quebec%2C+1690.+&ecopy=c073710k&back_url=() )


On May 22 and beyond, take a moment to reflect on the historical role of Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac and de Palluau (Born: May 22, 1622, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France; Died: November 28, 1698, Québec City). “Count Frontenac” served as Governor-General of New France twice (1672-1682, 1689-1698) with a mixed record of government mismanagement and the encouragement of westward expansion. Perhaps he was best known for repulsing British and Iroquois attacks on New France, especially on October 16, 1690 when a British fleet under the command of Sir William Phips sent an emissary ashore seeking the surrender of Québec City when Count Frontenac purportedly and defiantly said: “I have no reply to make to your general other than from the mouths of my cannon and muskets”. Although the British landed a thousand men on the Beauport flats, they did not attack but had to ward off attacks from French-Canadian militia and deal with the cold weather while marching. Consequently, after three days, the British force sailed away. The Historica-Dominion Institute produced a heritage minute video re-enactment to capture Count Frontenac’s defiance in 1690.

Want to learn more about Count Frontenac? Consult these historical adult non-fiction titles from Toronto Public Library collections:

 

Count Frontenac / William Dawson LeSueur, 1909. Book. Adult Non-Fiction.

 

Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV / Francis Parkman, 1925, c1919. Book. Adult Non-Fiction.

Eat Your Veggies, and Grow Them Too!

May 23, 2013 | Winona | Comments (0)

Mom always told you to eat your vegetables. Why not grow them too?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or if your thumb practically glows green, if you have a lot of garden space or just a little. Learn how to grow your own vegetables and you will enjoy the benefits of eating healthy, locally-grown food (it doesn't get much more local than your own yard, balcony, or windowsill!) and paying less than you would at the grocery store.

Vegetables by James Peterson Vegetable of the Day by Kate McMillan Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison Eat Your Vegetables by Joe Yonan

Join us at Albert Campbell District Branch on Saturday May 25 at 2 p.m. to meet a trained horticulturalist from Toronto Master Gardeners. Get expert tips on planting and harvesting your own vegetables, such as how to get the most from your soil, how to avoid problem pests, and how to deal with disease in your garden. Toronto Master Gardeners are always happy to answer your gardening questions so if you have a question, drop-in and ask! For more information about this program, visit the branch or call us at 416-396-8890.

The library has lots of books jam-packed with information and inspiration for growing great veggies in all kinds of places and spaces, at all times of year. Check out this tasty selection: 

Grow Your Own Great Grub

The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour How to Grow Food by Richard Gianfrancesco Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail 

No Space? No Problem!

A Little Piece of Earth by Maria Finn DominguezSmall is Bountiful by Liz Dobbs Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington Small Space Gardening for Canada by Laura PetersSmall Plot High Yield Gardening by Sal Gilbertie Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening by William Moss Fresh Food from Small Spaces by R.J. Ruppenthal The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible by Edward Smith  

The Kitchen Garden

The Complete Kitchen Garden by Ellen Ogden The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook by Jennifer Bartley The Moosewood Restaurant Kitchen Garden by David Hirsch Designing the New Kitchen Garden by Jennifer Bartley

Eat Your Yard!

Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy Edible Landscaping by Senga LindsayEdible Estates by Diana Balmori

Snapshots in History: May 21: Remembering Raymond Burr

May 22, 2013 | John P. | Comments (0)

On May 21 and beyond, let us take a moment to reflect upon the life of Canadian-born actor Raymond Burr (Born: May 21, 1917; Died: September 12, 1993). Burr was best known for his portrayal of Perry Mason (winning 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series in 1959 and 1961) and Ironside (earning 6 Emmy nominations and 2 Golden Globe nominations) on television. Burr was heavily involved in charitable work and supported various causes including the Foster Parents’ Plan, Save the Children, and the United Service Organizations. Upon his death, many people learned that Raymond Burr was gay and had left his estate to long-time partner Robert Benevides. Those customers wishing to learn more about Raymond Burr can request the following title from Toronto Public Library collections:

Hiding in plain sight the secret life of Raymond Burr

Hiding in plain sight: the secret life of Raymond Burr / Michael Starr, 2008. Book. Adult Non-Fiction.

Contrast Perry Mason’s search for the truth in the courtroom with actor Raymond Burr’s desire to maintain and conceal his private life by inventing his service in World War Two, two imaginary marriages (following one real but brief one), and a deceased but imaginary son. Try and sift through the fact from the fiction.

Snapshots in History: May 17: Remembering Elijah Harper

May 18, 2013 | John P. | Comments (0)

 

On May 17 and beyond, let us take a moment to remember the late aboriginal leader and politician Elijah Harper (Born: March 3, 1949; Died: May 17, 2013), who played a pivotal role in the defeat of the 1987 Meech Lake Accord. He served as Band Chief for the Red Sucker Lake Band (now Red Sucker Lake First Nation) during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Rupertsland in Manitoba, representing the New Democratic Party in government and in opposition from 1981 to 1992, including stints as Minister for Northern Affairs and Minister responsible for Native Affairs. He switched to federal politics in 1993, winning election as a Member of Parliament for Churchill to the Liberal Party of Canada caucus. He was defeated in the 1997 and 2000 federal elections.

Nationally, however, Elijah Harper arguably became best known for his principled stand against the Meech Lake Accord in 1990 (as it lacked input from Canada’s First Nations) by denying the unanimous consent that was required for the Manitoba Legislature to introduce a motion to ratify the accord as a step towards amending the Constitution Act, 1982, in an attempt to gain Québec’s acceptance of the constitution. Consequently, then-Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells, an opponent of the Meech Lake Accord, cancelled a similar vote in that province’s House of Assembly as provincial unanimity would not be achieved, a prerequisite for accepting the accord.

Consider the following titles available from Toronto Public Library collections:

 

Elijah Harper / Rebecca Szulhan, 2008. Book. Children’s Non-Fiction.

 

Elijah: no ordinary hero / Pauline Comeau, 1993. Book. Adult Non-Fiction.

Immigrant Diversity Week Wrap-Up

May 15, 2013 | ZB | Comments (0)

 

In partnership with the Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership (TEQ LIP), the Toronto Public Library celebrated Immigrant Diversity Week from April 29th to May 3rd, 2013. The purpose of Diversity Week was to promote cross-cultural awareness and appreciation.

This celebration of our differences and promotion of services for newcomers was a great success. Albert Campbell Library offered programs focusing on immigrants: Resume Workshop and Canadian Workplace Culture.

 

ACD Immigrant Diversity Week Display

 

Immigrant Diversity Week is over but celebrating and learning about our uniqueness continues. Explore new cultures and travel the world by picking up one of these great reads available at TPL.


The Vine Basket The invisible bridge Oleander girl Honor


The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley;  The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer; Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; Honor by Elif Shafak

 

American dervish Russian winter When we were strangers The lost word


American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar; Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay; When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt; The Lost Word by Baydar Oya.


Mother's Day Reading: Great Moms in Graphic Books

May 12, 2013 | Winona | Comments (0)

Happy Mother's Day! As a tribute to all moms everywhere, and for all you TCAF-goers out there, I offer you these great graphic narratives about mothers and motherhood:

 

The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom

The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom by Katherine ArnoldiIn this charming graphic memoir, Katherine Arnoldi shares her experience of becoming a mom at age 17 in a working class town, with little support from her family, and a determination to get a college education. Although the subject matter is serious and often heartbreaking - her pregnacy is the result of rape, she is abandoned by her sister and mother, and exploited in her workplace - the black and white illustrations are sweet and even cheerful, and her message is ultimately a positive one for teen moms everywhere.

 

The Amazing True Story of a Single Teenage Mom panel

 

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

Are You My Mother cover

Alison Bechdel's mother is an avid reader and amateur actor, but also a remote figure who is unhappily married to a closeted gay man, and who stops kissing her daughter good night at the age of seven. In this emotionally honest and visually captivating graphic memoir - the sequel to Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic - Bechdel draws on psychoanalytic ideas and literary works to explore her fraught relationship with her mother, as well as her own development as an artist.

 

 

Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel panel

 

Can of Worms

Can of Worms by Catherine Doherty

While looking through her parents' dresser drawer, Catherine Margeret Flaherty (a stand-in for author Catherine Doherty) discovers her own adoption papers. So begins her search for her birth mother, told here in a wordless graphic narrative that earned her a nomination for the 2001 Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. 

 

 

Can of Worms panel

 

 

Mom's Cancer

Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies

 

Brian Fies' graphic memoir tells the story of his mother's life-altering cancer diagnosis and its effect on his mom as well as the entire family. Mom's Cancer was originally published online in serial format for which it won the 2005 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic. 

 

Mom's Cancer panel

Mother, Come Home

Mother Come Home cover

 

This debut graphic novel tells the story of a father and son struggling to come to terms with the death of the family's mother. Told mostly from the perspective of the seven-year old son, this is a very sad story about grief, loss, and mental illness, very beautifully told. If you love Jimmy Corrigan or Wes Anderson, you are sure to be a fan of Paul Hornschemeier.

 

 

 

Mother, Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier


Tangles 

Tangles by Sarah LeavittIn simple black and white illustrations and clear, direct prose, Sarah Leavitt recounts the story of her mother's transformation from a sharp, outspoken, and vibrant woman to a forgetful and fearful shadow of her formal self, suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Tangles was nominated for the 2010 Writer's Trust Award, the first graphic narrative to be a finalist in that category.

 

Tangles panel

 

Zahra's Paradise 

Zahra's Paradise cover 

Zahra's Paradise is the fictionalized version of real-life events: a mother's determined search for her son, a young protestor who disappears following the 2009 elections in Iran. Originally published anonymously online, Zahra's Paradise was nominated for the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic. You can read an excerpt here.

 

 

Zahra's Paradise by Amir and Khalil


Spring Programs for Adults and Seniors at Albert Campbell Branch

May 6, 2013 | Winona | Comments (0)

Spring is here - finally! - which means it's time for a brand new batch of great programs at the library. Why not emerge from hibernation and make the library your springtime destination? Here's what's coming up for adults of all ages at Albert Campbell branch... 

To register for any of our programs, visit us in person or call: 416-396-8890 Spring banner with bird
MAY PROGRAMS

  • Ask an Expert: Top Tips for Top Vegetables - A master gardener will offer advice and answer your questions on how to grow great veggies. Saturday May 25 at 2 pm.
  • Basic Bookeeping for New Business Owners -  Learn about the basics of bookkeeping for small business, from opening a bank account to reporting your taxes. Tuesday May 14 at 6 p.m.
  • Chinese Brush Painting - Have fun while learning the basic techniques of the beautiful and ancient art of Chinese brush painting. Materials provided. Saturday May 18 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Customer Service Professional Training - Learn the essentials of delivering outstanding customer service, including how to resolve issues effectively and how to generate customer loyalty and referrals. Wednesday May 15 at 2 p.m.
  • First-Time Home-Buying - Learn all about home-buying from a mortgage specialist, including different types of mortages and what impact credit ratings have on the approval process. Tuesday May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Will and Estate Planning - Find out more about wills, executors, and how you can make the most of your legacy for those you care about. Friday May 10 at 2 p.m.

 

JUNE PROGRAMS

  • Career Planning - Learn the basic principles of career planning, including how to identify your skills, values, interests, and potential career path. Wednesday June 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Learn to Camp! - This interactive presentation on safe and fun camping in Ontario will feature a demonstration of camping equipment plus a question and answer period. Tuesday June 4 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Resumes That Get Results - Learn how to create effective resumes and cover letters, plus bring your own resume to receive feedback and tips for improvement. Wednesday June 19 at 2 p.m. 
  • Retire Your Lawn Mower! - Are you tired of your boring, high maintenance lawn? Find out about easy alternatives for your yard, then ditch the grass and retire your lawn mower for good! Tuesday June 11 at 2 p.m. Please note: this program has been CANCELLED.

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

  • Adult Book Club - Join us to discuss a great book at each monthly meeting. New members are always welcome. Wednesdays, May 22 and June 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Computer Classes - We offer a variety of hands-on computer classes on Thursdays and Saturdays every month. Registration is required and begins on the first workday of the month.
  • English Conversation Circle - Learn about Canadian culture and practice your English communication skills in an encouraging and supportive environment. Every Tuesday, until July 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please note: date has changed from Thursdays to Tuesdays.
  • Mandarin Book Club - Share the joy of reading Chinese books at each monthly meeting. New members are always welcome. Tuesdays, May 7 and June 4 at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Seniors' Board Games - Share your expertise or learn something new while socializing and having fun playing board games. Fridays, May 17 and June 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Seniors' Book Club - Open to all interested seniors. Fridays, May 31 and June 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Seniors' Films - Enjoy a feature film about or starring seniors. Fridays, May 24 and June 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Yoga and Meditation - All are welcome to learn the basic methods of meditation and tension-relieving stretches. Saturdays, May 11 and June 15 at 11 a.m.

Snapshots in History: May 3: Remembering John McCrae, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher

May 3, 2013 | John P. | Comments (0)

On May 3, take a moment to ponder three individuals from the recent and not-so-recent past: John McCrae, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher. Canadians will recognize the name John McCrae but might still ask: Why should we remember John McCrae here in this way? Lieutenant-Colonel John Alexander McCrae (Born: November 30, 1872; Died: January 28, 1918) was a Canadian medical doctor serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in France during the First World War. He was also an artist, an author and a poet, the latter for which he is arguably best remembered today. For it was on May 3, 1915 that McCrae penned his famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields” in the back of an ambulance after presiding over the funeral of his friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:

 

A crown of life the world of John McCrae

A crown of life: the world of John McCrae / Dianne Graves, 1997. Book. Non-Fiction.

McCrae served as a medical officer with the artillery in both the Second Boer War and the First World War until his death in early 1918. His now-famous poem “In Flanders Fields” spawned the poppy campaigns to raise money for disabled, former military personnel. Graves also weaved into her account McCrae’s encounters with famous personalities such as Leo Amery, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Alexander Fleming, and Canadian humorist and political economist Stephen Leacock. 

 

Canadian children’s author Linda Granfield has popularized the memory of John McCrae and “In Flanders Fields” with books such as the following:

Remembering John McCrae soldier doctor poet

Remembering John McCrae: soldier, doctor, poet / Linda Granfield, 2009. Book. Children’s Non-Fiction.

 

In Flanders fields the story of the poem by John McCrae

In Flanders fields: the story of the poem by John McCrae / Linda Granfield, 2002. Book. Children’s Non-Fiction.

Children's Literature Round tables of Canada Information Book Award winner

Canadian Library Association Honour Book

 

 Now let us take a look at two strong female political leaders who have both earned the nickname “Iron Lady” from the past: socialist Golda Meir and conservative Margaret Thatcher. Golda (Mabovich) Meir (Born: May 3, 1898; Died: December 8, 1978) worked with the Histradut trade union movement in the 1920s and 1930s, served as Israel’s ambassador to the USSR in 1948-1949, served as Minister of Labour from 1949-1956 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1956-1966 in David Ben-Gurion’s Labour (Mapai) Party government. After being diagnosed with lymphoma, she retreated from active politics but returned to become Secretary-General of Mapai. She served as Prime Minister of Israel from March 7, 1969 to April 11, 1974. In fact, Meir began the third female Prime Minister in the world after Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka and Indira Gandhi of India. Golda Meir died of lymphatic cancer at 80 years of age in 1978.

Margaret Hilda (Roberts) Thatcher (Born: October 13, 1925; Died: April 8, 2013) was the longest-serving (and only female) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century from May 4, 1979 to November 28, 1990. Thatcher, as leader of the Conservative Party, won the British general election on May 3, 1979 and assumed office as Prime Minister the next day. Thatcher graduated with degrees in chemistry and law. As a Member of Parliament (1959-1970), she worked her way from backbench to front bench, was an active member of Conservative Friends of Israel, argued for the right of tenants to own their local council houses, and criticized the “high-tax” policies of the then-Labour Party government in the mid-to-late 1960s. She served as Secretary of State for Education and Science under Edward Heath’s Conservative government (1970-1974), and then successfully challenged Heath for the Conservative Party leadership in 1975 following the Conservatives’ defeat in two general elections in 1974. As Prime Minister, her government followed monetarist policies that emphasized low inflation and tight money supply. She sought to curb trade union power and strongly challenged the National Union of Miners and their year-long strike which ended in their defeat. Thatcher was a big supporter of smaller government and privatization. On foreign policy, she instilled pride in British citizens with a British victory over Argentina in the Falklands War in 1982. She was a cold warrior along with her friend and ally, American President Ronald Reagan, but sought out a dialogue with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev whom she saw as a reformer. Margaret Thatcher was forced to step down as Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister after having faced a cabinet and party revolt over her reticence for Britain to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. Baroness Thatcher suffered several strokes in 2002 that forced her retirement from public speaking and she succumbed to another stroke in April 2013 at 87 years of age.

Consider these titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:

 

Golda

Golda / Elinor Burkett, 2008. Book. Non-Fiction.

The author gives the reader a balanced and readable biography of much admired former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, who was born in Russia and emigrated to America before ending up as a Zionist in Palestine. Israel's near-destruction in the 1973 Yom Kippur war led to her resignation as Prime Minister. The biography also touches upon the subject's less than successful familial relations as her husband and children took second place to political aspirations.

(This title review also appeared in: Biographies: The Famous, Infamous and Not-so-Famous .)

 

Women in power the personalities and leadership styles of Indira Gandhi Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher

Women in power: the personalities and leadership styles of Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher / Blema S. Steinberg, 2008. Book. Non-Fiction.

The author used psychological leadership studies and conventional personality assessments to frame the study of leadership using the three examples of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

(This title review also appeared in: Salute to International Women’s Day! Selected Biographies and Memoirs of Women .)

 

 The path to power

The path to power / Margaret Thatcher, 1995. Book. Non-Fiction.

The second part of Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs covered the earlier time of her life up to becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She discussed her upbringing in a conservative and religious household, her post-secondary education in chemistry and the law, and focussed on her pre-prime ministerial political career.

For additional copies, click here. Also available in eBook format.

 

The Downing Street Years

The Downing Street years / Margaret Thatcher, 1993. Book. Non-Fiction.

Thatcher attributed three Conservative Party victories at the polls under her leadership to sticking to political principles. Those who share Margaret Thatcher’s viewpoints on trade unions, the Cold War, the Falklands War, and so on will find her determination reassuring.

Also available in eBook format.

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