Ecological Gardens

May 17, 2022 | Jen McB

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Whatever you do, do not look up soil degradation statistics. Let’s not get into why rats are frolicking in the suburban wild of backyards and dumpsters, or why the city seems to be getting hotter and windier. These are big questions that require group efforts. What all of the above...

All at Sea: Pirates, Merfolk and Sea Creatures at the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

May 6, 2022 | Wendy B.

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From the Epic of Gilgamesh to The Little Mermaid, storytellers have always found adventure and enchantment in the ocean. In the Osborne Collection's spring exhibit, All at Sea: Pirates, Merfolk and Sea Creatures in Children's Books, you can set sail for Treasure Island, encounter terrifying (and friendly) sea serpents, and...

Jewish Heritage Month in Canada

May 2, 2022 | Rachelle

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Posted on behalf of Taylor M. May is Jewish Heritage Month in Canada! Here at Toronto Public Library, we are celebrating this month by featuring new books by Jewish authors. These books focus on Jewish history and highlight different aspects of Jewish culture. The term Jewish can refer to a...

Stan Lee and his Marvel-ous Career

May 2, 2022 | Isabel

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Born in 1922, Stan Lee would have turned 100 this year. He died in 2018, just one month shy of his 96th birthday. Lee presided over a period of intense creativity at Marvel Comics. With a talented team of artists, Stan Lee produced some of the most beloved comics characters...

Celebrating May Day: Working Class History in Canada

April 25, 2022 | Bill V.

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May 1st is known world wide as May Day, and celebrated as International Labor Day. To help celebrate May Day, I thought it would be interesting to look at some Canadian labour history. Working Lives: Essays in Canadian Working-Class History: Craig Heron is one of Canada's leading labour historians...Working Lives...

Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month

April 4, 2022 | Rachelle

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April is Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation, and Prevention Month in Canada. It seems like now, more than ever, we need to take the time to recognize the pain and suffering caused by genocide. We must look at the root of such hate and seek to prevent these atrocities from ever happening...

The 2022 Oscars: A Reading List

March 23, 2022 | Viveca

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The 94th Academy Awards will air live on March 27, 2022. After years without a host, the Oscars return with three: Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer. Canadian nominees this year include Luis Sequeira for costume design for Nightmare Alley. As well, director Ben Proudfoot for his short documentary,...

Mathematical Marvels: Five Children's Math Books from 1817 to Today

March 21, 2022 | Myrna

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Math phobia is nothing new. For centuries parents and educators have been seeking ways to make math fun. Our Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books has a unique collection of math and counting books available to view in person. From silly counting rhymes to demystifying factorials, these books have found...

Disability Representation in Comics and Graphic Novels

March 14, 2022 | Denise

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It's March again, and that means it's time for Toronto Comicon. It's the first time the convention will be held since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The shift from virtual events back to in-person events is exciting for many people, but there's a group of comic book nerds that...

Mystery Books in Our Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books: Nancy Drew, Mickey Mouse and New Releases

February 16, 2022 | Myrna

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From the famous Sherlock Holmes to elementary school amateurs, children's mystery fiction has a long and varied history. Stories range from lurid thrillers to charming domestic mysteries, but all these books ask and answer a simple question “whodunit?” Uncover the secrets of children's mystery and detective stories at Meddling Kids:...