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January 2012

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Dust Yourself Off and Try Again

January 24, 2012 | Jorge | Comments (0)

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... The words of the beloved R’n’B hip hop artist, 'Aaliyah' Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001), who in her Grammy nominated single, “Try Again,” inspired youth to maintain motivation in their lives even in the most disappointing moments.

Music inspires some, but what else may give us the fire in the belly, the gas in the engine and the drive to try our best?  Is there an answer that applies to all human beings?  Can there be a universal set of principles that apply to us all?

Intrinsic motivation is a manager’s dream come true, but it doesn’t have to be limited to the confines of the workplace.  Motivation can be used in all aspects of your life from maintaining healthy relationships with loved ones to making your deepest dreams come true.

The truth is there are many ideas of what motivation is and how it can be achieved. Motivation is a cross-cutting field of study involving researchers from diverse backgrounds.  Moving forward to an enriched understanding of motivation truly depends on exchanging research finding and results from all angles.  In the latest international conference on motivation speakers from all over the world combined efforts to produce the latest understanding of motivation.

Tomorrow evening, you will get the opportunity to engage in a discussion about the latest motivational research with expert Suzanne Hidi who addressed motivation from a neurological and psychological point of view.  At the workshop, she will provide you with a clear summary of the bMRI Symposium on Motivation 2011 and her own involvement in advancing motivational research.

The workshop can be used as a tool to help you motivate yourself, so you can feel energized to achieve what you want in life.

Here are some workshop details:

You Can Do it! Build and Maintain Motivation in Your Life
Wednesday January 25, 2012 at 7 p.m.
3rd Floor Room B, Barbara Frum Library
Parking details can be found here

To further your own self-discovery, here are some recommended titles on motivation from different points of view:


A Kick in the attitude

The talent code

Drive: The Suprising Truth About What Motivates Us

A Kick in the Attitude  The Talent Code: Greatness isn't Born.  It's grown.  Here is how.

"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well."
~Abraham Lincoln~

Barbara Frum's next month's Book Club read for 2012 is ...

January 17, 2012 | Diana S. | Comments (0)

All are welcome to the 2012 Barbara Frum Book Club Tuesday meetings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room A on the third floor of the library. Meeting dates for 2012 are as follows:

Visit this post again to click on the dates above and see what book we will be reading for that month. Join us and share your views on this featured book of the month.

For more information and to register, call 416-395-5440.


FAQ #4: Printing Documents From Your Email Account

January 17, 2012 | Jorge | Comments (0)

PrintingDon’t you just hate printer shopping?  It starts off with a mouth-dropping deal and ends up costing more than double of what you expected to pay.  If you also consider the ongoing cost of ink, chances are you’ve shot down the idea of owning your personal printer.

It's no surprise that many people take full advantage of printing services at their nearby library.  With the advent of online viewers and enriched websites, sometimes completing the print job is not as seamless as it should be.

In this article, I will show you how to successfully print a document from your email without sacrificing half the content.

Step 1: using a web browser (Mozilla Firefox preferred), login to your email account and open the email message containing the document you want to print.

Step 2: every email account is different but most have an online viewer.  Instead of using the online viewing tool, download the document

Step 3: you will have the option of opening or saving the document.  In case the document is not perfected and you want to make changes and email yourself those changes, the better option is to Save File.  If you do not need change your document, select Open and proceed to step 7.

Step 4: choose a storage location.  On our computers, it’s advised to store your documents under the local disk (P: drive).

Step 5: access your file.  Go to start (windows icon – bottom left of the screen) then Windows Explorer then drop down menu and select Local Disk (P: drive).

Step 6: double click your file to open it and make any necessary changes.

Step 7: to print, click the top left Microsoft button to open the file options.  Select Print and decide whether you need multiple copies or special printing alterations.  If all you need is a single copy with no alterations, select Quick Print.

Step 8: at the Barbara Frum District Libraries (Amesbury Park, Armour Heights, Barbara Frum and Centennial) please go to a nearby service desk to collect your printouts for 15 cents a page.

By the way, if you need some real-time troubleshooting, library staff is available to assist you.  In postings to come, I'll be sharing more library printing tips including some printing alterations that will save you money!

Beating the winter blahs

January 7, 2012 | Cynthia | Comments (0)

Living in a city like Toronto, it would be difficult to run out of things to do, and the library has free publications available to let you know what’s happening around the City.

For children, there are great resources like “City Parent” and “The Little Paper”.   Each issue of “City Parent” lists many activities and has a section called “On the bookshelf” which features some new children’s books.  “The Little Paper” lists family friendly events and activities, outdoor activities, programs for kids, and parenting resources.

But it’s not all about kids – there’s a publication for adults, and  older adults:

 “FYI: Forever Young Information”. 

And for people of all ages, check out “What’s On” – the library publication listing programs and events at Toronto Public Library.   Find out about our Black History Month programs, Valentine’s Day programs, and  March Break programs (it’s not that far away!), author talks, book clubs, and so many more options!

For those of you ready to take a break from your New Year’s Resolution diets, remember that Winterlicious is coming up January 27 to February 9.

So, turn those Blahs into Yahs! this winter.


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