Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas: Ghost Stories and the Holiday Season

December 1, 2022 | Isabel

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Welcome to the scariest time of the year, when the veil between the dead and the living grows thin and spirits roam the night. No, not Halloween. I’m talking about Christmas! This festival of feasting and good cheer has some surprisingly ghoulish traditions. So if you’re sick of being jolly,...

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2022

November 24, 2022 | Rachelle

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December 2 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The General Assembly of the United Nations Convention adopted the observance in 1949. When you hear or see the word slavery, what do you think of? Is it the Trans-Atlantic slave trade? For many, the image of shackles and...

Wee Folk Tales at the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

November 16, 2022 | Myrna

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In folklore, "wee folk" have many names and forms. These fictional characters range from tricksters to helpful companions. But, these secretive and magical creatures can be difficult to spot! Peek under the toadstool at our new exhibit, Wee Folk: Fairies, Elves, Trolls and More. The exhibit runs until January 14,...

Daylight Saving Time is Basically Time Travel!

November 7, 2022 | Denise

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"Spring Forward, Fall Back." It's that time of year again! On November 6, we all had to set our clocks back an hour as we mark the end of daylight saving time. Every year, there are debates about whether we should cancel the practice. Admittedly, I've never really had a...

Simple Steps for Event Planning

October 26, 2022 | Jen McB

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“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry We have all heard the phrase “I hope this email finds you well,” and no one likes it. Why you may ask? Perhaps it was a less-than-happy expression, an extra task, or perhaps it is just wishful...

A Short History on the Dark Side of the Fae

October 18, 2022 | Ames

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We call them The Good Neighbours. The Fair Folk. The Kind Ones. The Wee Folk. The Others. Themselves. We call them by every nickname we can think of that won't offend, won't draw their attention. Because their attention can be a dangerous, deadly thing. The Fae. The Fair Folk anthology,...

The Tale of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit

October 14, 2022 | Myrna

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First commercially released in 1902, October 2022 marks the 120th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This classic children's story has sold more than 45 million copies and been adapted into everything from jigsaw puzzles to a Gap fashion line. Yet, the success of Beatrix Potter and...

Recognizing World Homelessness Day: October 10, 2022

September 30, 2022 | Liana

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Written in collaboration with Jenny Huntley. World Homeless Day which is now held on almost every continent emerged from online worldwide aid worker discussions starting from 2010. It is observed every year on the 10th of October. The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to people who...

"Peace is not the absence of war but the absence of fear": International Day of Peace 2022

September 28, 2022 | Bill V.

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The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. I'm a Quaker (The Religious Society of Friends) and central to our faith is...

Arr Mateys, it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 15, 2022 | Denise

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Arr me hearties! September 19th is one of my favourite days on the calendar: International Talk Like A Pirate Day! The day was originally started in 1995, by friends John Baur and Mark Summers, otherwise known as Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy. It was mostly a joke amongst friends until...