Vintage Homeschooling Advice by Ellenor Fenn, aka "Mrs. Lovechild"

May 25, 2020 | Myrna

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With physical classrooms closed and students at home, parents are feeling the pressure to help their children learn. Parenting philosophies have changed over the centuries, but stressing about your child’s education is nothing new. Out of curiosity, I turned to our Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books to explore some...

Streaming Movies and TV Shows with Captions

May 21, 2020 | Denise

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While we're physical distancing, you might not be able to access our DVD collection but our digital resources are still available! You can still use your library card to watch free movies, TV shows and documentaries through our streaming services. To make the videos accessible to as many people as...

Consider the Potato: Container, Small Space and Balcony Gardening Books

May 19, 2020 | Jen McB

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I have been thinking a lot about potatoes recently. The Van Gogh painting "The Potato Eaters", the great famine that caused many people to leave Ireland for North America, and the one time some kid used potato as an insult. It is not just a vegetable, it is life, and...

"Music has Charms to Sooth a Savage Breast": Concerts You Can Watch Online

May 19, 2020 | Bill V.

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During this time, and for the foreseeable future, it seems unlikely any of us will be attending a live concert or musical performance. But do not despair! We have an extensive collection of music and concerts that you can download and stream. Sate your concert thirst and also remind yourself...

Learn American Sign Language (ASL) at Home

May 11, 2020 | Myrna

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By Melanie L. and Myrna ASL spelled out in American Sign Language fingerspelling. By Psiĥedelisto from Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain. As we seek new information about the COVID-19 pandemic, many Torontonians and Canadians are tuning in to our governments' regular news briefings. And many of those watching are commenting...

How to Host a Theme Night Party for your Household

April 30, 2020 | Denise

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Physical distancing is necessary right now to keep us all safe but that doesn't mean it's easy. It's okay to feel a little trapped or to be disappointed that all of your social plans had to be cancelled. And it's okay to want to inject a little levity into the...

12 Digital Cookbooks for New and Experienced Home Cooks

April 23, 2020 | Jen McB

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Most of us are spending a lot more time cooking these days. Maybe you already own a lot of cookbooks, and maybe you don't. But TPL is here to help! You can borrow thousands of digital cookbooks through Overdrive and if you don't already have a library card, right now...

10 of My Favourite Movies You Can Stream with Your Library Card

April 15, 2020 | Bill V.

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Since library branches are closed, and we're all staying home as much as we can, we want to make sure that you're stocked up with a wide variety of things to read and watch. My colleague Wendy has already written a great blog 38 Ways to Use the Library from...

46 eBooks For Keeping Busy at Home: Cooking, Self Care, Crafting and More

April 2, 2020 | Bill V.

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Since library branches are closed, and we're all staying home as much as we can, we want to make sure that you're stocked up with a wide variety of things to read. My colleague Wendy wrote a great blog recently on 38 Ways to Use the Library from Home and...

The Vagina: Fun Facts, Photos and More

March 6, 2020 | Bill V.

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Last November for Movember I wrote a blog The Penis: Fun Facts, Photos and More and so I thought this time, why not explore the vagina? You might not think the public library would have a lot of material on the vagina but ... you would be wrong. Vagina: A...