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Reading is SNOW Much Fun!

December 31, 2012 | Kate S. | Comments (0)

Reading is Snow Much Fun
                                                               Barbara Frum Winter Display with thanks to Anna Rita & Melanie

When you’re an adult you sometimes forget about the magic of snow, and how much fun it can be.  We tend to think more about the inconvenience of shoveling, the icy sidewalks, and the slippery slushy roads.  We need to try and look at it through the eyes of a child and remember how magical snow is, how much fun we had building snowmen, snow forts, snowball fights, tobogganing, or simply catching snowflakes on our tongues.  My daughter was ecstatic when she looked out the window last week and saw the snow that she has been waiting for for weeks was finally here.  We could barely get breakfast into her before she rushed us out the door to play.  After an hour or so out in the snow we went back inside to warm up, and spent some time huddled by the fire reading some of her favorite books as we sipped some hot chocolate.  It was truly magical.  Here are some wonderful books about snow to help you and your family get into the winter spirit:

William's Winter Wish     The Snowy Day     Froggy gets Dressed         Perfect Snow

Snow      50 Below Zero     Jillian Jiggs and the Great big Snow        The Reader

Barbara Frum's next month's Book Club read for 2013 is ...

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

All are welcome to the 2013 Barbara Frum Book Club Tuesday meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room A on the third floor of the library.



Meeting dates for 2013 are as follows:

Visit this post again to click on the dates above for more information about the 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.

Another Christmas movie!?!? We can help!

December 11, 2012 | Cynthia | Comments (0)

You turn on the tv and all that’s on are reruns and more Christmas movies.  What’s a person to do?  May we suggest checking out some guides to help you choose a movie that you’ve never seen? Or, perhaps you'd like to watch a previously seen film a second time, after you've read a review?


Another “girlie” guide is Rough guide to chick flicks (2006), but if you’re looking for something a bit different, try Neo-feminist cinema (2011).  How about  Mother-daughter movies: 101 films to see together (2004)?



The guides for men are in need of updating, if anyone out there would like to take on this project.  The only guide specifically for men, The Manly movie guide was published in 1997.

But there are other guides to help you choose something appropriate.

Maybe you want to watch movies by theme, and we can help there, as well, with:

1001 movies you must see before you die, 101 gangster movies you must see before you die, 101 action movies you must see before you die, and 500 essential cult movies.

1001movies 500essential 101gangster 101action

For a broader range, choose :Film-ol-o-gy: a movie a day guide to a complete film education


Maybe what you’d really like to do is settle in for a really bad film – one that will make you want to throw popcorn at the screen – there’s lists for those, too!

Official Razzie movie guide: enjoying the best of Hollywood’s worst (2005) and

Your movie sucks (by Roger Ebert) (2007).

Razzieguide Yourmoviesucks

But what if you’ve seen all those and don’t want to watch them again?

Leonard Maltin’s 151 best movies you’ve never seen (2010) – have you ever heard of “Son of Rambow” (not a typo), “Kontroll” or “Prisoner of Paradise”? 

Last but not least, there’s Hollywood movies on the couch: a psychoanalyst examines 15 famous films (2011) – see what he has to say about “When Harry met Sally” or “The Birds”.


  Leonardmaltin Hollywoodmovies

Happy viewing!


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