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:...

Uncovering Joy through the Eyes of Black Canadians

January 26, 2022 | Danya Elsayed

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February is Black History Month. It's a time to observe the accomplishments, contributions, and culture of Black Canadians. Generally, the dialogue around Black history focuses on stories of enslavement, struggle and pain. And although these stories are important in acknowledging the present-day inequities Black Canadians still face, they are not...

Great Books on Black History in Toronto and Ontario

January 26, 2022 | Bill V.

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For Black History Month, here are some titles about our province's richly diverse past. For other reading lists and upcoming programs, see our Black History and Culture page. Also be sure to check out our Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection. I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A...

Celebrating Betty White and Her "Dusty Muffin"

January 12, 2022 | Bill V.

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This January 17 would have been the wonderful Betty White's 100th birthday. She died, with impeccable timing, on New Year's Eve (great for the news cycle). She was a gifted comedian, well known for her roles on Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls and more recently Hot in Cleveland. But...

Indulge In Epistolary Voyeurism: Read Other People's Letters

December 29, 2021 | Bill V.

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I used to be a great letter writer and postcard sender, although now I enjoy texting more than putting pen to paper. Luckily for us, people in earlier times did write letters instead of email and text, and folks valued and kept them. There is nothing in my mind more...

Indigenous Music

December 24, 2021 | Jamie

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If there is something that binds everyone together, it is music. Whether it be smooth jazz, classical, rap, pop, or any genre in-between, music shares stories to us all, and can also convey cultural norms. Indigenous people have made indelible marks on the American popular music scene. A fantastic documentary...

Santa Claus

December 21, 2021 | Reagan

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I have a wonderfully weird fascination with Santa Claus. Often something you grow out of after the age of 7, I have continued to be intrigued by this marvelously magical character over the years and have sought out a new book about Santa every holiday season. Since coming to work...