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Seniors' Discovery Fair at Malvern Library on September 30

September 9, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)

Seniors Discovery Fair

Last year, the Seniors’ Discovery Fair was held at Cedarbrae District Branch, and was a smashing success. The fair is returning this year and will take place at Toronto Public Library’s Malvern District Branch. It will run from 2 to 3:30 PM on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in Malvern branch’s Community Room. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!

Just like in previous years, the fair will be a great opportunity for seniors, caregivers, friends and family, to meet with a variety of local organizations and service providers.

Here are some of the groups that will be present at this year’s Seniors’ Discovery Fair:


Grandparents with grandson

Image courtesy of MoodBoard on a Creative Commons License.

This free event is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what services are available for older adults, right here in Scarborough. There will be light refreshments and the chance to win prizes, so come by and find out what is available in your community.

Malvern library branch staff will be on hand to introduce you to upcoming library programs and services. There will be demonstrations of the library’s online databases for eBooks and eVideos, such as Overdrive, Zinio, and Hoopla.

  Overdrive Zinio Hoopla

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Learn to Camp!

June 19, 2015 | Kate | Comments (0)

Ah, the Ontario wilderness. It can be so peaceful to sit under the stars, swim in a lake, and get back in touch with nature.

evergreen trees illuminated from below by camping lights against a starry sky
photo by DeaShoot - retrieved from flickr using a creative commons license

But you've never camped before! What gear do you need? How do you book a campsite? What food do you bring? How do you even start a campfire anyways?

Luckily, Albert Campbell Branch along with Ontario Parks is here to help! We are hosting Ontario Parks' Learn to Camp program on Thursday June 25th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A Parks representative will go through the basics you need to know to plan your own camping vacation, and provide a hands-on demonstration of camping gear.


The Ontario Parks Learn to Camp website is also full of great tips and resources for your first camping trips, including checklists for what to bring, how to set up your campsite and start a fire, and campsite rules and safety.

The Toronto Public Library also has tons of books on camping! Here are a few to check out. Click on a book cover to see which libraries carry it or to place a hold.

The pocket guide to camping The down and dirty guide to camping with kids Babes in the woods Top 50 canoe routes of Ontario
Leave no trace in the outdoors Nature in the Kawarthas The pocket guide to camping The total outdoorsman manual - Canadian edition

March 20 is World Storytelling Day

March 20, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)

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(Credit: Mats Rehnman – World Storytelling Day logo)


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World Storytelling Day from Rodivision on Vimeo.




March 20 is World Storytelling Day (“a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling”), an idea that began back in Sweden in 1991-1992 as "Alla berattares dag" (All storytellers day) and has spread throughout the world, including to Australia and Latin American countries in the late 1990s, to Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Lithuania in 2002, and to Canada and other countries in 2003, culminating in participation from 25 countries on 5 continents for World Storytelling Day 2005 with even more participation in 2006. Here is a list of agreed upon themes for World Storytelling Day dating back to 2004:

  • 2004 - Birds 
  • 2005 - Bridges 
  • 2006 - The Moon 
  • 2007 - The Wanderer 
  • 2008 - Dreams 
  • 2009 - Neighbours 
  • 2010 - Light and Shadow
  • 2011 - Water
  • 2012 - Trees 
  • 2013 - Fortune and Fate
  • 2014 - Monsters and Dragons
  • 2015 - Wishes


The 2015 Toronto Storytelling Festival runs from March 19 to 29, 2015. Several Toronto Public Library branches (Pape/Danforth 2-3p.m., Long Branch 2-3p.m., Runnymede 2-3pm, Morningside 2-3p.m., Dufferin/St.Clair 11a.m.-12noon, North York Central Library 2-3p.m., and Richview 2-3p.m.) are participating in Storyfire on Saturday, March 21, 2015 to help kick off the 2015 festival. Please contact the library branch of interest for additional information.


Storytelling can be used in different situations and various contexts and take different forms (i.e. digital, oral, written etc.). Consider borrowing some of these examples of storytelling resources from Toronto Public Library collections:


Your leadership story use your story to energize, inspire, and motivate Script changers digital storytelling with Scratch Video game storytelling what every developer needs to know about narrative techniques Experiencing spirituality finding meaning through storytelling Strange material storytelling through textiles Digital storytelling capturing lives, creating community Story physics harnessing the underlying forces of storytelling Tell me a story sharing stories to enrich your child's world Storytelling and the sciences of mind Show me a story 40 craft projects and activities to spark children's storytelling The storytelling animal how stories make us human Lead with a story a guide to crafting business narratives that captivate convince and inspire Winning the story wars why those who tell and live the best stories will rule the future Learning Little Hawk's way of storytelling The power of storytelling captivate convince or convert any business audience using stories from top CEOs Tell to win connect persuade and triumph with the hidden power of story The art of storytelling telling truths through telling stories Tell me about yourself storytelling to get jobs and propel your career The elements of story field notes on nonfiction writing Braiding histories learning from Aboriginal peoples' experiences and perspectives including the Braiding histories stories co-written with Michael R. Dion

New Year's Resolutions

January 5, 2015 | Maria Samurin | Comments (4)

2015 Resolutions

In December, we invited anyone visiting the Albert Campbell Branch write down their New Year's resolutions. At the end of the year, we took all the resolutions and put together a "2015!" banner (pictured above).

Whether you're like me and make a list of resolutions every year, or you have one or two that you came up with on the fly, I really hope you stick to your resolutions and make them come true.

If you need some inspiration, or a little help along the way, I've put together a list of popular resolutions and books that can help you make them happen.


1. Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Please don't laugh... keeping New Year's resolutions is a real challenge! We greet each year with hope—tell ourselves that this time it's going to be different—and with the right tools, it can be. That's right! This is your year and these self-help guides can give you the tools you need to make it the best year it can be.

 No excuses This year Changeology Power of habit

2. Lose Weight, Work Out, Get Fit

I think almost everyone has had this resolution at some point in their life. Here are a few books to get you started... and remember, you're not alone!

  Food Junkies Burnthefat Shape Nordic

3. Be Happy

Who doesn't want to be happy? Here are a few helpful tips!

  Happiness  Healthy  Art of happiness  Habits

4. Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is hard, but it's not impossible, and there are many resources out there that can help.

 Smoke1 Smoke2 Smoke3 Smoke4 

5. Learn Something New -or- 6. Make New Friends

If you're looking to make new friends or learn something new this year, why not give one of our library programs a shot:

  • Did you know that the library has many free computer classes open to the public? Everyone is welcome, including friends and relatives, and those who have never used a computer. Just be sure to register.
  • You can also drop by our Wednesday Knit Night! You'll learn the basics or practice some advanced techniques. We even provide some supplies if you don't have your own.
  • Always wanted to write a novel? Maybe it's even on your list of resolutions? You can join our writers' group for inspiration and to share your work in an informal, supportive environment. Plus, you'll get to meet other writers and enthusiasts of all genres.

Here is a comprehensive list of all of our library programs to help you find one that's right for you.

7. Get Out of Debt & Save Money

 These books were all written by experts that can help you get out of debt and start saving money (well, except for one, but I always like to think outside the box):

  School Rrsp Money Cat 

8. Travel and Explore New Places

This is always my favorite resolution! Studies have shown that simply planning and looking forward to a vacation will give you a major boost in happiness - even if you never end up going. It's the one resolution that you can fail to stick to and still feel good about!

Hawaii  Costa rica  France Thailand

I hope I've given you a good place to start. If you need additional help with your resolutions, call or visit Albert Campbell Branch. Our librarians can suggest plenty of books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos, library programs and other resources to help you succeed with your New Year's resolutions.

Wish you all the best in 2015.

September 22 – 26: Scarborough Community Safety Week (Highlights at Albert Campbell Library)

September 20, 2014 | Elsa | Comments (0)

Safety Week

The Toronto East Quandrant Local Immigration Partnership Employment (TEQ LIP) has organized its second Scarborough Community Safety Week September 22nd–26th.

Working with TEQ LIP, Albert Campbell library is hosting library workshops to encourage greater safety awareness in the community, and to shine a spotlight on safety especially for newcomer and immigrant families. You are invited to attend! Come out and meet your neighbours and neighbourhood service providers who are committed to greater safety measures in your community.

To register for the workshops, or to find out more information, please visit in person or call the branch.


At Home Alone Workshop: 5 Steps to Independence

Home Alone
Photo Credit: John Ragai (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License)

A facilitator from Warden Woods Community Centre will lead this fun family workshop to help families prepare their 10-14 year old to be home alone safely.


Consumer Safety - Home, Phone, and Online Shopping

Consumer Safety
Photo Credit: Daniel Foster (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial- ShareAlike 2.0 Generic)

A Ministry of Consumer Services Ontario representative will teach you what you need to know about home, phone, and online shopping. Know your rights when shopping from local and international websites and learn how to be safe when buying from telemarketers.


The following Scarborough library branches will be also hosting free Safety Week Workshops:

Tuesday, September 23rd

Thursday, September 25th

Please see calendar below for a complete list of library and community events for Scarborough Safety Week:

Image Courtesy of TEQ LIP

For more information, visit:

Spring is Coming Soon to a Garden Near You!

April 21, 2014 | Winona | Comments (0)

It's time to get ready...spring is coming soon to a garden near you!

Give your garden a great start this year: join us at Albert Campbell branch for a "spring awakening" on Saturday April 26 at 1:30 p.m. An expert from Toronto Master Gardeners will show you how to get your garden growing this spring. Enjoy a photo gallery of beautiful bulbs to motivate you to action! Unravel the mysteries of mulching and pruning! Learn what to plant and when to plant it! From cleaning up to transplanting, learn how to get the most from your garden, from your veggie patch and flower beds to your shrubbery and lawns.

For more "Ask an Expert" gardening programs at different library branches in the city, click here.

Check out these books from the library to help you get your Ontario garden started this spring:

Getting Started on a Great Canadian Garden by Wendy Thomas Best Garden Plants for Ontario by Liz Klose Seasons of My Garden by Marjorie Harris Tree and Shrub Gardening for Ontario by Alison BeckPerennials for Ontario by Alison Beck Canadian Gardener's Guide ed Lorraine Johnson The New Ontario Naturalized Garden by Lorraine Johnson The New Ontario Gardener100 Best Plants for the Ontario Garden by Steve Whysall Annuals for Ontario by Alison Beck Canadian Encyclopedia of Gardening by Christopher Brickell and Trevor Cole Mark Cullen's Ontario Gardening by Mark Cullen

Author Visit: Deborah Ellis!

April 5, 2014 | Winona | Comments (0)

Join us for a visit with award-winning Canadian author and peace activist Deborah Ellis! At Albert Campbell branch on Wednesday April 9, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of many fiction and non-fiction books for children, teens, and adults. She is perhaps best known for her novels about courageous young people in difficult circumstances, such as The Breadwinner Series (The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey, Mud City, and My Name is Parvana), which was inspired by the true story of a young girl who cut off her hair and pretended to be a boy so she could earn money to support her family in war-torn Taliban-era Afghanistan. 

The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young, fictional character who cuts off her hair and poses as a boy so that she can have freedom of movement and support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. - See more at:
The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young, fictional character who cuts off her hair and poses as a boy so that she can have freedom of movement and support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. - See more at:
The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young, fictional character who cuts off her hair and poses as a boy so that she can have freedom of movement and support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. - See more at: its sequels Parvana's Journey, Mud City, My Name is Parvana.  series set in Afghanistan and Pakistan that has been published in twenty-five languages
The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young, fictional character who cuts off her hair and poses as a boy so that she can have freedom of movement and support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. - See more at:

Deborah Ellis has received several awards for her beautiful and challenging books, including the Governor General's Award, the University of California's Middle East Book award, Sweden's Peter Pan Prize, and the Order of Ontario. Her most recent book is Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids, a compelling collection of interviews with Aboriginal and Native American youth aged nine to eighteen.

This program is suitable for teens and adults. For more information or to register please visit the branch or call us at 416-396-8890.

The Breadwinner Series

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis Mud City by Deborah Ellis My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis

  • The Breadwinner - Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in Kabul, Afghanistan. When Parvana's father is arrested for having a foreign education, and conditions in the city become more difficult, Parvana must disguise herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of the family. Translated into 25 languages, with over two million copies sold worldwide.
  • Parvana's Journey - In this sequel to The Breadwinner Parvana sets off from Kabul in search of her missing mother and siblings.
  • Mud City - The third book of the series is the story of Parvana's best friend Shauzia who leaves the refugee camp in Pakistan to join other homeless children on the streets of Peshawar.
  • My Name is Parvana - Parvana, now fifteen, is imprisoned by American authorities on a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan and recalls the past four years of her life.

Selected Novels by Deborah Ellis

  Looking for X by Deborah Ellis No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis I Am A Taxi by Deborah Ellis True Blue by Deborah Ellis    

  • Looking for X - Kyber is a smart, bold, eleven-year-old girl from Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood who sets out to find her friend X, a mysterious homeless woman who has gone missing. Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award.
  • No Ordinary Day - An orphan girl lives on the streets of Calcutta unaware of her leprosy until she meets a doctor who helps her get treatment and find hope for the future. Starred review in Book List Review.
  • I Am a Taxi - Twelve-year-old Diego runs errands and delivers goods to a prison in Bolivia where he lives with his mother who has been wrongly incarcerated for drug trafficking. Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award.
  • True Blue - An eight-year-old girl is murdered and Jess' best friend Casey is accused of the crime. A gripping murder mystery that will appeal to readers age 12 and up.

Selected Non-Fiction by Deborah Ellis

Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis Looks Like Daylight by Deborah Ellis  Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis Our Stories Our Songs by Deborah Ellis

 Biography of Deborah Ellis


Snapshots in History: March 24-25: Remembering the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

March 26, 2014 | John P. | Comments (0)


(Credit: YouTube – Ted Barris - 30 Seconds on The Great Escape (1) – Published on November 4, 2013)



(Credit: YouTube – Ted Barris - 30 Seconds on The Great Escape (2) – Published on
November 11, 2013)



(Credit: YouTube – Ted Barris – 30 Seconds on The Great Escape (3) – Published on November 29, 2013)



(Credit: YouTube – Ted Barris – 30 Seconds on The Great Escape (4) – Published on
November 29, 2013)



(Credit: YouTube – Ted Barris – 30 Seconds on The Great Escape (5) – Published on
December 16, 2013)



(Credit: YouTube – City TV Official – The Great Escape: A Canadian Story (interview with
Ted Barris) – Published on November 11, 2013)



(Credit: YouTube – The Agenda with Steve Paikin (TVO) – Ted Barris: The Great Escape
(interview with Ted Barris) – Published on November 11, 2013)



(Credit: CBC Digital Archives – Wally Floody and the Great Escape - Medium: Television
Program: Summer Festival; Broadcast Date: Aug. 18, 1980; Guest(s): Wally
Floody; Host: Riki Turofsky; Duration: 6:34 – URL: )



(Credit: YouTube - NOVA - THE GREAT ESCAPE - History/Discovery/Military (documentary) – Published on March 5, 2014)


On March 24-25 and beyond, take a moment to remember “The Great Escape” attempt of Allied airmen from German prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft III at Żagań, Poland (formerly Sagan, Germany) on March 24-25, 1944. This grand escape attempt was intended to accommodate some 200 prisoners-of-war through the tunnel codenamed “Harry”. “Harry” was constructed along with tunnels codenamed “Tom” and “Dick” (involving 600 prisoners-of-war) to increase the probability of escape as it was assumed that the Luftwaffe soldiers and officers would not envisage the likelihood of 3 tunnels being dug simultaneously. This strategy was the brainchild of RAF Squadron Leader Roger Joyce Bushell (codenamed “Big X”) with the intent of fostering the escape of some 200 prisoners issued with false papers, civilian clothes, and escape equipment.

Some logistical challenges ensued, especially how to hide the sandy subsoil unearthed by the digging and tunneling. An ingenious method of pouches were placed inside the prisoners’ pants who released the subsoil at strategic points such as in garden plots where the subsoil could be more easily mixed in with the topsoil.

Innovative measures were developed by participants to make the tunneling process more efficient and safer, including the use of Klim cans to make tools and create ventilation shafts in the tunnels, and the development of an air pump to pump fresh air into the tunnels, thereby providing sufficient oxygen for the prisoners to work and for candles to burn and provide light. Electric lights were obtained and connected surreptitiously to the prisoner camp’s power grid.  

The camp officers and soldiers were suspicious that the prisoners-of-war were up to something. The disposal of the sandy subsoil on the surface proved to be too risky over time so the decision was made to begin filling in the tunnel “Dick” (with the subsoil) in after a camp extension was built over the hidden entrance. Parts of “Dick” were used for preparing and storing forged papers, civilian clothing and other items such as maps and compasses essential to the escape, Prisoners-of-war had bribed friendly camp guards with coffee, chocolate, and cigarettes to obtain train timetables, maps, and access to documents. The tunnel “Tom” had been found by camp guards after observing prisoners-of-war removing the sandy subsoil from the hut where the entrance to Tom” was located, forcing the prisoners-of-war to halt construction on the tunnel “Harry” until January 1944; the tunnel was finished in March 1944.

The escape was set for the evening/morning of March 24/25, 1944. However, problems ensued with a frozen trapdoor, cold and snowy conditions outside of the camp (conducive to leaving footprints), and the crushing realization that the tunnel had been dug too short with the opening exposed short of the neighbouring forest and close to a guard tower. The decision was made to scale back the initial 200 prisoners-of-war designated to escape to only 100. 76 Allied prisoners-of-war managed an initial escape from Stalag Luft III but the 77th was caught coming out of the tunnel by a camp guard early in the morning on March 25, 1944.

Unfortunately, 73 of the 76 escaped prisoners-of-war were recaptured with 50 of them executed as a reprisal, a violation of the Geneva Convention, as it was a duty of prisoners-of-war to attempt escape.

Postscript: The British Channel 4 documentary “Digging the Great Escape” uncovered a secret fourth tunnel named “George” that was constructed following the Great Escape and intended for fighting rather than escape purposes.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:


The dodger the extraordinary story of Churchill's cousin and the great escape

The dodger: the extraordinary story of Churchill's cousin and the great escape / Tim Carroll, 2013. Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.54709 DOD CAR

Read the story of American-born John Bigelow Dodge (who was a cousin to Winston S. Churchill by marriage) who survived World War One battles at Antwerp, Gallipoli, the Somme, and Passchendaele, failed in an attempt to be elected as a Conservative MP in the east end of London, England, enlisted in the 51st Highland Division to serve in France but was captured after a futile, abortive swim to a ship off Calais that was no longer there. “Johnny” Dodge charmed his German captors but they tired of his escape attempts so he was sent to Stalag Luft III. Dodge survived the Great Escape attempt of March 1944, was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp but escaped again, evading capture for a month after which he was chained to the floor awaiting execution. However, fate spared Dodge as he was entrusted to take a peace message to Winston Churchill seeking to make a deal with the western Allied forces but not with the Soviet forces. Dodge had to survive the Allied bombing of Dresden before making it to England to deliver the German request that was rejected outright by Churchill and the British government. Dodge received the Military Cross on account of his numerous escape attempts and died in 1960. Dodge inspired Steve McQueen’s fictional character in the 1963 feature film “The Great Escape”.

Read the review in the Daily Mail. Read the review in the Telegraph.


The great escape a Canadian story

The great escape: a Canadian story / Theodore (Ted) Barris, 2013. Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.54724 BAR

Canadian military historian Theodore (Ted) Barris interviewed the surviving Canadian prisoners-of-war involved in the Great Escape and accessed archival material never seen before to shine new light on the involvement of Canadian airmen in the complex planning of the March 1944 escape from Stalag Luft III. Six Canadians were executed by the Gestapo as part of the group of fifty. Barris explored the survivors’ guilt and anger over their colleagues’ executions.

Also available in eBook (Access Online) format.

Read the review in the Globe and Mail. Read the review in Publishers Weekly.

As part of Keep Toronto Reading in 2014, Toronto Public Library is hosting author Ted Barris to discuss The great escape: a Canadian story at two branch locations:

Gerrard/Ashdale Branch, 1432 Gerrard Street East – Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:45-8:00 p.m.

Morningside Branch, 4279 Lawrence Avenue East – Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


The great escaper the life and death of Roger Bushell love, betrayal Big X and The great escape

The great escaper: the life and death of Roger Bushell: love, betrayal, Big X and The great escape / Simon Pearson, 2013. Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.54724 BUS PEA

Journalist Simon Pearson authored this first biography of South African-born Squadron Leader Roger Joyce Bushell, the mastermind of the Great Escape also known as “Big X”. Bushell’s family donated his papers to the Imperial War Museum which assisted Pearson in penning this book. Read the story of the multilingual Bushell who became a barrister championing the underdog as well as an international ski champion, and a fighter pilot with attractive girlfriends. Bushell was shot down on May 23, 1940 over occupied France and made three escape attempts over the course of the war, including the Great Escape. Bushell was one of the fifty prisoners-of-war executed by the Gestapo on March 29, 1944.

Read the review in the Huffington Post UK. Read the review in the Sunday Times.


Almost a great escape a found story

Almost a great escape: a found story / Tyler Trafford, 2013. Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 813.54 TRA

The author discovered an album of old letters and photographs following his mother Alice Trafford’s death in 2004 that revealed her past involvement with a Norwegian pilot named Jens Müller who was training at Little Norway in Canada during World War Two. Jens Einar Müller became one of only three of the 76 prisoners-of-war to have successfully completed the Great Escape.

Read the review in Publishers Weekly.


Human game the true story of the great escape murders and the hunt for the Gestapo gunmen

Human game: the true story of the 'great escape' murders and the hunt for the Gestapo gunmen / Simon Read, 2012. Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.54724 REA

Follow the story of Allied military police led by Squadron Leader Francis P. McKenna after the Second World War to investigate the executions of the fifty Allied prisoners-of-war on account of the Great Escape and to bring their killers to justice.


The great escapers the full story of the Second World War's most remarkable mass escape

The great escapers: the full story of the Second World War's most remarkable mass escape / Tim Carroll, 2005. Large Print Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.54724 CAR

The great escape from Stalag Luft III the full story of how 76 Allied officers carried out World War II's most remarkable mass escape

The great escape from Stalag Luft III: the full story of how 76 Allied officers carried out World War II's most remarkable mass escape / Tim Carroll, 2004. Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.54724 CAR

Read this account of how Allied prisoners-of-war engaged in intricate tunneling to escape Germany’s “escape-proof” camp, culminating in the Great Escape of March 1944. Those recaptured were vigorously interrogated by the Gestapo and fifty of them were shot as a reprisal. Learn also about the often overlooked but more successful “Wooden Horse” escape attempt made in October 1943, albeit on a much smaller scale.

Read the review in Publishers Weekly.


The tunnel king: the true story of Wally Floody and the great escape / Barbara Hehner, 2004. Book. Children’s Non-Fiction. J 940.54724 FLO HEH

Canadian miner and RCAF Flight Lieutenant Wally Floody worked on the tunnels in the lead-up to the Great Escape. However, the Germans grew suspicious that something was amiss and transferred several prisoners, including Wally Floody, out of Stalag Luft III, prior to March 24, 1944. Unfortunately, Floody’s friend and fellow miner, RCAF Flying Officer Hank Birkland, participated in the Great Escape and was one of the fifty Allied prisoners to be executed.

Review the review from CM (Canadian Review of Materials) (Volume XI Number 5 – October 29, 2004).


A gallant company the men of the great escape

A gallant company: the men of the great escape / Jonathan F. Vance, 2003. Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.5472 VAN / 940.54723 VAN

Historian Jonathan Vance interviewed most of the survivors of the Great Escape and received help from families of greater than fifty percent of the fifty executed prisoners-of-war. The author included newly uncovered anecdotes and photographs surrounding surviving participants of the Great Escape.

Read the review of the 1998 edition in Canadian Military History Book Review Supplement, Spring 1998, pages 14-15.


The great escape the full dramatic story with contributions from survivors and their families

The great escape: the full dramatic story with contributions from survivors and their families / Anton Gill, 2002. Book. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.54724 GIL

This book delved into research for a war crimes trial derived from the Allied investigation into the atrocities surrounding the execution of fifty of the escaped prisoners-of-war from the Great Escape. The author also conducted interviews with survivors of the Great Escape and family members of the executed airmen.



Consider the following DVD documentary:

Great escape [1 videodisc] / a Windfall Films production for Nova/WGBH Boston; produced by David Dugan; written and directed by Mark Radice, [2005]. DVD. Documentary. Adult Non-Fiction. 940.53174 GRE

This PBS Nova documentary examined the events of the Great Escape and filmed an archaeological dig that occurred on the site of Stalag Luft III. Read the transcript of the documentary here. Visit the PBS Nova page for documentary details.


Consider the following classic feature film based on the true story:


The great escape widescreen version

The great escape [1 videodisc] [widescreen version] / Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, and James Coburn, c1998, [1963]. DVD. Feature Film. FEATURE GRE

The 1963 feature film featured Steve McQueen as American Army Air Force Captain Virgil Hilts (“Cooler King” - a character arguably based on American Army Air Force pilot and prisoner-of war David M. Jones who participated in the Great Escape), Richard Attenborough as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (Big “X” – the fictionalized version of Roger Bushell), and Charles Bronson as Flight Lieutenant Danny Velinski (“Tunnel King”) amongst others in a star-studded international cast.


Printmaking Workshop for Teens During March Break

March 7, 2014 | Winona | Comments (0)

Get creative at the library this March Break! Join us for a free workshop with artist Rob Matejka and learn how to create and apply your own design to a book bag/eco-bag using printmaking techniques. Supplies are provided and you get to keep your creation!

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Photo courtesy of Rob Matejka

Printmaking for Teens is being held at two branches during March Break:

This workshop is for teens ages 12-19. Each participant will receive a bag to print on. If you are interested in an additional printmaking project please bring a t-shirt to print on.

This is a free workshop but space is limited! Register in-person at the branch where you will taking the workshop or call to reserve your spot.

This workshop is great for those who want to learn a super cool art technique, express themselves, and have fun while doing it. Plus, once you've learned the basics of printmaking you can use your new skills to make unique gifts and other great stuff - from personalized stationery and greeting cards to gift wrap, posters, pillows, scarves, dishes, wall art...the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

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Photo courtesy of Rob Matejka

Want to know more about printmaking? Check out these books on simple printmaking techniques and cool projects you can make at home:

         The Printmaking Bible by Ann D'Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris Printmaking and Mixed Media by Dorit Elisha Print Workshop by Christine Schmidt
Paper and Ink Workshop by John Foster  Practical Mixed-Media Printmaking Techniques by Sarah A. Riley The Instant Printmaker by Melvyn Petterson The Printed Pattern by Rebecca Drury Low Tech Print by Caspar Williamson

Simple Printmaking Hand-Printing Projects to Make at Home by Elizabeth Harbour

Tax Time!

January 25, 2014 | ZB | Comments (0)

Yes, it is that time of year again. We have to do our taxes, like it or not.



The library can help you. We have lots of interesting and useful books as well as programs conducted by professionals. The Albert Campbell Library is offering the following:

Effective Tax Strategies, Tuesday, February 4th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A representative from Charted Professional Accountants Canada (CPA) will instruct participants on how to:

  • Develop effective strategies to minimize the amount of tax to pay
  • Understand basic tax law
  • Learn how to be proactive in tax planning and detailed record keeping
  • Understand the three main categories for tax planning: reducing income subject to tax, maximizing deductions, and using all allowable tax credits
  • Learn simple tips and tools to save money


Tax Tips for 2013 and 2014, Tuesday, February 11th, 2:00- 4:00

Brian Quinlan, chartered accountant and co-author of 78 Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies, will discuss "what's new in tax". Learn how you can minimize your 2013 taxes as well as plan for your 2014 taxes.

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For more information and to register, visit in person or call 416-396-8890


In addition, please make sure to check on of these great reads:


167 tax tips for Canadian small business 2010  beat the taxman to keep more money in your business 101 tax secrets for Canadians  smart strategies that can save you thousands

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