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June 2011

FAQ #1: “Do you have free parking, if so, tell me where!?”

June 28, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (4)

All drivers like the sound of free parking.  With burgeoning growth in the City, it’s becoming increasingly rare to hear this.  For all those drivers that analyze the costs and benefits of illegally parking, you should know that Toronto’s Government Management Committee is deliberating the imposition of a $12.50 surcharge on all offenders that fight a ticket in court and lose.   We all know that a parking ticket could ruin an otherwise pleasant day, so it’s better to park safe than be sorry! 

The whereabouts of free parking is a frequently asked question at the Barbara Frum Library.  The answer to this popular question is that there are three main areas, each with different parking conditions:

  1. Library Parking Lot - free short-term parking, for a maximum of 15 minutes. (highlighted in red).
  2. Saranac Blvd – free unlimited parking (highlighted in green)
  3. Lawrence Plaza Parking Lot – free parking for a maximum of 3 hours (highlighted in blue)

Free Parking Space at BF

The Immigrant Experience: Where to Go?

June 23, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (0)

Settlement How does it feel to be an immigrant?  I can’t give you any first-hand sentiments but I imagine that 
knowing the language and the ‘system of things’ is a forefront issue.  Let me give you an example: suppose you are new to this country and you are seeking shelter, but you need assistance.  In a mega city like Toronto, where do you begin?  Street signs and directional information are posted in a foreign language, so it’s likely difficult to get around the city.

It’s important to know, as non-immigrants and immigrants, that referral services for immigrants are available, which make both language and ‘the system of things’ much easier to navigate.  Beginning on July 5 and through to August 12, we are pleased to offer settlement services here in our very own facility.  Two settlement workers from North York Community House will be available to answer all your questions and concerns about settling in Canada.  They are knowledgeable, trained and experienced staff that speak a combined five languages that accommodate the linguistic needs of the community.

The advantage of this service in libraries is the “walk-in clinic” format, no appointments or registration required…thumbs up for improved accessibility and convenience!  We’ve also been working closely with the settlement workers to offer a valuable program series for newcomers.  We have guest speakers that will speak about Tenant Rights in Ontario, Financial Literacy for newcomers, and a Resume and Cover Letter workshop.  See program details or Download Newcomer Program Series flyer for more details.

Please also do not forget about all the wonderful library resources available to newcomers.  We have an extensive ESL collection, highly functional premium databases, and we offer numerous programs across the city.  See the Newcomers to Canada webpage and  For recommended reading in major areas in ESL like Writing, Pronunciation and Vocabulary checkout the materials below:





  Cambridge English Vocabulary in Use Elementary

Essentials of English by Vincent Harper
Well Said [prnunciation for clear communication] 3rd ed by Liz Primeau

Basic Vocabulary in Use: with answers 2nd ed by Michael McCarthy

Dance Your Feelings Away

June 13, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (2)

LOL_I_DO_INTERPRETIVE_DANCE When is the last time you expressed your emotions, feelings or fantasies through bodily movement?  This sounds a bit odd, I know… let me explain further.  Most of us are probably more fluid with self-expression through verbalization, and in a worst-case scenario, through internalization, where all your feelings and emotions stay bottled up inside.

There is another, more powerful way to release your emotions.  Unfortunately it’s practiced only by a few of us.  The art form is called interpretive dance, a style of dance where you enact a situation or perform emotional manifestations, whether they are your own emotions or not.  I will tell you upfront that the dance is by no means choreographed.  It is a natural, free-flowing and emotionally-driven exercise that sometimes may appear irregular to a viewer.

As a featured program for Seniors Month (June), the Barbara Frum Library has invited Susan Green, an experienced dancer and instructor of the Mitzvah Technique, to show our seniors how to move their bodies using their emotions.  This program is offered exclusively to members of the Seniors Group.  If you know someone that may be interested, call us at 416-395-5441.

We do have additional program offerings available to all seniors on topics including safety, health and awareness.  Please Download Seniors Month flyer for programs in June.

Happy Seniors Month!

Jog for a Cause

June 3, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (1)

Running Fundraising through a running, walking or cycling event has been a hallmark of the 20th century.  To test the validity of this statement, ask anybody if they know of Terry Fox.  Yes… he is the man with an amputated leg who partook in a risky pan-Canadian jog to raise awareness and money for cancer research.  Today, more and more individuals and organizations participate in events like these to raise awareness and money for causes that support vulnerable groups. 

This year, the Toronto Public Library (TPL) will continue their annual participation in the Toronto Challenge on Sunday June 12, 2011.  The Toronto Challenge is a walking and running event that raises money for non-profit organizations that provide services to improve the quality of life of seniors.  TPL provides many services to seniors. Providing access to quality information is the nucleus of our services, so this year the money raised will support our Home Library Service.  Home Library Service is an exceptional service that delivers library materials to thousands of homes of our most elderly and disabled patrons that struggle to make the trip to the library due to their physical limitations.

If you are interested in helping seniors have access to literature and other library materials, you can pledge me as a runner!  Think of your donation [every dollar counts] as a gift delivery to the most physically immobile people of our community.  I’m registered for the 5K Run, the most challenging race of the event.  It’s my first time running in over 10 years, but I promise to give it all my blood and sweat.

To pledge or for more info please contact me:

Jorge Rivera

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto)

June 1, 2011 | Kate S. | Comments (0)

In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto), highlights from significant moments in its history are on display at Barbara Frum Library.  The exhibit is curated by Elaine Cheskes, in association with the North York Central Library.

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Come and see early documents of the founding of JGS of Canada (Toronto), and memorabilia from workshops, programs, and conferences. View uniquely created family trees, early editions of Shem Tov, and material from the award granting ceremony by the IAJGS in 2000 to the JGS of Canada (Toronto) for the publication, “A Guide to Jewish Genealogy for Teenagers and Young Adults.” 

Also presented for viewing is material from their projects; the Rotenberg Ledger, the New JGS (Toronto) Website, the Digital Photography of Cemeteries, The Family Finder, and the exhibit, “Tracing Our Jewish Roots”.

Selections of significant genealogical research books from the JGS (Toronto) Library and the NYCL Library, together with photos from the 25th Anniversary celebration are also on display.

The Exhibit may be viewed at:

Barbara Frum Library
20 Covington Rd., North York, M6A 3C1
June 1- June 30, 2011

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