Films for Winter

January 15, 2020 | margaux s

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After watching Bong-Joon Ho’s award-winning Parasite (not yet available through the library) my boyfriend and I decided to check out some of his other films. First we watched The Host (2006) a horror movie about the horrendous results of human abuse of the environment, the film opens with an evil...

"I'm At a Party I Don't Wanna Be At": A Guide to Angry Music from 2019

December 18, 2019 | Jen McB

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You may not listen to Justin Bieber a lot or at all by choice, but the words from his latest effort with Ed Sheeran are a go-to for being over everything that there is to be over. If cancel culture is not the top news maker of 2019 I will...

The CD is Dead! No, Wait …. Maybe Not

December 17, 2019 | Lee

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If you believe what you read on the Internet (hmmm...), the CD is deader than Monty Python's parrot. It's an ex-medium! Bleedin' deceased! Pushing up the daisies! Gone to meet its Maker! Or, at least, as one commentator writes... the CD is entering its hospice stage. But, then again, maybe...

Book Recommendations from Musician in Residence Dave Bidini

December 16, 2019 | TPL Staff

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The canon of rock books has thickened over the last decade. One of the reasons why I wrote my first book, On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock was because there were so few true books about the noisy trade, especially in Canada, where there were only...

Circles and Other Round Things

December 12, 2019 | Bill V.

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Did you know the S. Walter Stewart Branch, built in 1960, is round – one of only four round libraries at the time? I work here, which is lovely by the way (come visit!), and my thoughts often turn to round things (such as cookies) and I thought it might...

Remembering the Montreal Massacre of Women Engineering Students at École Polytechnique

December 5, 2019 | Bill V.

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December 6, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of the massacre and mass shooting leading to the deaths of 14 young women, mainly engineering students, at the Montréal École Polytechnique in 1989. Ten other women students were wounded, along with four men. It is the deadliest shooting in Canadian history. The...

In Parkdale Branch: Musings from the Musician in Residence

November 28, 2019 | TPL Staff

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Musician in Residence Dave Bidini is hosting programs at Parkdale Branch, shown here, and Bloor/Gladstone this fall. There is probably no place in Toronto like the Parkdale library branch. As the library’s Musician in Residence, there is also nothing like doing a one-on-one session during which I provide guidance to...

Seasonal Scandinavian Cheer

November 27, 2019 | Muriel

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I am always amazed that Scandinavian countries are consistently the happiest in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, especially considering that their winters have even less light than ours do here in Canada. Factors contributing to Scandinavian countries' happiness include social support and a healthy life expectancy, and...

The Penis: Fun Facts, Photos and More

November 21, 2019 | Bill V.

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It's Movember and our thoughts turn to men's health, suicide prevention, the prostate and, of course, the penis. So ... if you've ever had burning questions here's your chance to delve into the meat and potatoes of this fascinating topic. The Penis Book: A Doctor's Complete Guide to the Penis--From...

I Work in a Round Library and it Reminds Me of Christmas Cookies

November 19, 2019 | Bill V.

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My grandmother used to say there are two kinds of people in the world – those who eat Christmas cookies and those who make them. I will freely admit I'm the former, but we need both kinds of folks to really close the loop on Christmas cookies. I've just started...