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March 2011

This LHION doesn’t roar……

March 31, 2011 | Michelle | Comments (0)

Do you want to be more involved in your child’s education but don’t know how?  The Lawrence Heights Inter-Organization Network (LHION) has made it easy!! 

On Saturday April 9th, 2011 parents will have the opportunity to mingle with teachers and support staff from local schools and participate in workshops that explain the Ontario School System.  Our very own children’s librarian from Barbara Frum Library will be also presenting an interactive workshop on effective strategies for raising a successful reader.  Many parents don’t realize that literacy starts with birth, this workshop will outline what parents can do to ensure their children become avid readers!

If you’re worried about transportation and/or daycare, LHION’s got you covered and will be providing free transportation from a number of pick-up locations as well as free on-site daycare. 

The Toronto Public Library has been in collaboration with LHION for several years and works collectively to support and promote community empowerment.  TPL’s primary goal is to ensure that information is readily available to all members of the community. 

Join us and the rest of the Lawrence Heights Community on April 9th and support education to children in your community. 

For more information Download the flyer or call Pat at (416)586-9777

Springing into a New Season

March 30, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (0)

Gardening toolsAlmost two weeks after the official spring equinox, residents of Toronto are finally experiencing early-spring like temperatures.  This follows after a storm that gave us a back lash of the blistery winter season we experienced this year.  For me, it was an early April fools Day joke gone awry – it had me complaining for days!  But now that the air has cleared, we are springing into a new season and with any new season, new activities are on the horizon.

Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated activities of the spring is gardening.  For some of us, gardening reminds us of the nurturing power of mother earth – there is something about witnessing growth before our eyes that oozes gratification.  Of course, some gardeners see more growth than others.  But seeing that certain methods and materials may render more fruitful results, you can believe that mother earth does not take sides. 

If you are interested in becoming more familiar with new gardening methods, why not join the Barbara Frum Library and Toronto Green Community in a fresh workshop that will prepare you for the garden you always wished for.  You will also witness a hands-on-demonstration and you’ll have the chance to meet gardeners in your area. The seminar starts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday April 6.  You can view the program details or Download Gardening plants and flowers effectively for more information. 

For a few recommended gardening books, you can try these:

Ecological gardening


Frankie flowers

Ecological Gardening by Marjorie Harris Front Yard Gardens: Growing More than Grass by Liz Primeau

Get Growing: an Everuday Guide to High-Impact, Low-fuss Gardens by Frankie Flowers

Keep Laughing, It's Good for You

March 21, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (0)

Have you seen Canada’s latest youtube sensation in action?  His name is Emerson, a bubbly 5-month year-old baby who sways from a look of horror to a hysterical laugh every time his mother blows her nose.  He is sure to get at least a smile from you, if not a chuckle or an outburst of laughter.  See it for yourself below:


Did this make you laugh?  I hope so because laughter is good.  It creates an inward feeling of joy and makes us feel good.  In health, it is used as a de-stressing mechanism for therapeutic use and because it causes an expansion of the inner lining of your blood vessels, it also contributes to increased blood flow.  The benefits of increased blood flow are endless.

If you welcome the idea of laughing more but need some stimuli, you have a few options.  First, the Barbara Frum Library will screen two comedy films in April as part of the Thursday Afternoon at the Movies program.  In April, enjoy two laugh-out-loud comedies on our new projector screen and speakers, expect improved sound and image quality.  On April 7 at 2 PM, the library will screen Morning Glory (2010) and on April 21 at 2 PM, You Again (2010). You can Download April Movie flyer for more deatils about these films.

Or, if you’re not the visual type, you can also read more on laughter to discover ways to open your mind to signals in the environment which may trigger laughter.  Check out some titles below, or see a fuller list here.



I'd Rather Laugh: How to Be Happy Even When Life Has Other Plans for You by Linda Richman Laughter: a Scientific Investigation


Kick-starting the Eh List with Terry Fallis

March 16, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (2)

Terry Fallis The Eh List is back with a punch.  The fourth season of the Eh List at the Barbara Frum Library begins tomorrow on March 17 at 7 PM.  We are welcoming Terry Fallis, winner of the 2008 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour and the 2011 Canada Reads Award. 

Terry has an interesting story.  He began his professional career as a political strategist, working in support of honourable names like Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Robert Nixon.  After working as a political aide, Fallis left politics to apply his communication, consultative, and strategic skills in business including a stint with Hilton & Knowlton and the establishment of his co-owned business, Thornley Fallis. 

Terry’s attainment of joining Canada's leading literati is a tale in itself.  His first novel, The Best Laid Plans, was initially distributed as a podcast.  As it grew in popularity, Fallis self-published his novel and against all odds received recognition for it.  Podcasts work wonders, I am now convinced!  After success from his first novel, Fallis is back with The High Road, a continuation of a wickedly hilarious tale about an idealistic politician and his executive assistant trying to win the Canadian election.

If you want to find out why Canadians from across the country are relentlessly laughing to this tale, be sure to come out and visit the man that created it all.  See program details for more info or order yourself a copy from our collection.

The Best Laid Plans


The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
The High Road by Terry Fallis

The Four-Leafed Clover: the Luck of the Irish

March 15, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (1)

IMG_0053March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day – this year it falls on a Thursday.  But with all the hype, what is St Patty’s Day all about?  In Toronto, it’s a celebration of everything and anything Irish – from green to gold, shamrocks and leprechauns, bagpipes to harps and for some, a time for spiritual rejuvenation. 

There are so many ways to celebrate.  Over one-hundred thousand of us embrace the spirit of the Irish through music and costumes at the St Patrick’s Day Parade, while others sit back and toast to comradeship and longevity.

At the library, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day too.  We have a handful of programs across the city that invoke and express Irish culture.  At the Barbara Frum Library we’ve created two prominent dynamic displays with a built-in book selection.  You can see the craftsmanship that went into the display for yourself, see the picture on the right.

Both Amesbury Park and Centennial Library are featuring a St. Patrick’s Day display as well, be sure to check them out.

At the Barbara Frum Library, you can also access free colouring pages inspired by St. Patrick’s Day.  Just go to the Children's Desk and say "colouring page please."

And with all the excitement on our way this week,

“May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load. May the mist of Irish magic shorten every road... And may all your friends remember all the favours you are owed!”

Tsunami Generation for the Inquisitive Kind

March 12, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (0)

Tsunami First, my heart goes out to everyone affected by the quake and tsunami that struck Japan on Friday. 

A young customer approached me at the Reference Desk yesterday afternoon seriously interested in the tsunami phenomenon.  She was interested in the natural production of tsunamis and needed more information about it.  To my surprise, when I asked the young girl how much information she needed, she replied, “as much as you have.”  She continued and told me that she would use the information not for school projects, but out of her own personal curiosity - what a way to kick start the March Break!

Although the library has materials that speak entirely about tsunamis, the young inquisitor asked for more.  I then told her one of my librarian secrets that I use for information retrieval.  Because tsunamis are generated by natural hazards, they are likely referred in books about natural hazards.  I took the young girl to the natural hazards book section, and advised her to look at the back-of-the-book index in books about volcanoes, quakes, etc.  After fifteen minutes, she returned to the Reference Desk, this time not seeking more information but thankful that we found more than she expected.

Bringing Health Matters to Centre Stage

March 1, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (2)

Health_Through_Awareness Health matters!  Some of us choose to ignore it, while others tackle it head on.  We all know that the risk of contracting health problems is higher when preventative action is ignored.  Sometimes though, it is difficult to take preventative action when you don't know what is out there.  And even when you know what is out there, how do you go about taking the appropriate steps to lower your risk? 

This March the Barbara Frum Library welcomes a 3-part series on health-related issues.  The purpose of the health series is to spread awareness of common health problems to help those challenged by them and to reduce the risk of contraction through the diffusion of knowledge.

Here is the scheduled line-up:

March 8, 2:30-3:30 PM Shingles (Zoster): Can we prevent it?

At this presentation you will become more aware of the viral disease, learn about early treatment and the possibility of vaccination.  See program details for more info, or Download Shingles - can we prevent it flyer.

March 22, 2-3:30 PMThe Mitzvah Technique.

The Mitzvah Technique helps you to gently improve posture and mobility while reducing tension and stress. See the Quit slouching. Chest out! Shoulders Back blog article for more information.

March 22, 6:30-8 PMThe Truth about Your Colon

Learn about the risk factors for colorectal cancer, screening tests, and ways to reduce your risk. See
program details or Download The Truth About Your Colon flyer.


As a memory device, you can also Download March 2011 Health Series flyer.

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