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April 2013

Camping or the Cottage?

April 30, 2013 | Patty & Janet | Comments (1)



Typically, with the arrival of warmer weather, most Ontario cottagers and campers can't wait to head back to their favourite wilderness spots to enjoy those early days of spring.  This year has been an odd one, however, with unseasonably cool temperatures and devastating flooding in Bracebridge, Huntsville and the Kawarthas.  While the season hasn't started out ideally, we like to think that things will improve and before you know it, it will be a warm Friday evening and we will be inching our way along one of the 400-series highways to our little piece of paradise by the lake.  Until that time, we will whet our appetite for the great outdoors with a selection of camping and cottage titles that can be found in the library: 






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Mommy Lit

April 16, 2013 | Claire A | Comments (1)

It seems like everyone famous is pregnant these days.  From Kate Middleton to Kim Kardashian, its hard to open up a magazine or website without seeing something about their fashion choices or what they are eating.  Having recently become a new aunt, I've learned all about the importance of keeping regular bed times, how to change a diaper, and how to keep a baby entertained (silly faces and noises always work for me).  As I eagerly await Kate's little prince or princess and sit in anticipation wondering what Kim and Kanye will name their baby (will it have a K name?), I've started to read some books about motherhood.  If you are interested in Mommy Lit too, check out some of these titles. 

What's greener than a Green Book Sale?

April 11, 2013 | Sephora | Comments (1)

In honour of Earth Day, come out the Green Book Sale at Barbara Frum Branch on Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  There will be LOTS of books and other library materials for sale at a reduced cost.  This is a great way to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Also, if you have any trinkets lying around at home that you no longer want, bring it in on the day of the book sale and exchange it for something else.  After all, one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure!  Feel free to leave something behind as long as you take something else home.

Mark it in your calendar!  That’s the Green Book Sale, Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Barbara Frum Branch.

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When it comes to making your life greener and your environment more eco-friendly, the possibilities are endless.  Every day can be Earth Day with a few simple changes to our habits and practices.  The TPL catalogue has many resources to help you get started.  Check out some of these titles:

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Remake it clothes: the essential guide to resourceful fashion: with over 500 tricks, tips and inspirational designs by Henrietta Thompson, 2012

1000 ideas for creative reuse: remake, restyle, recycle, renew, by Garth Johnson.

Delicious gifts: edible creations to make and give, by Jess McCloskey

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Composting inside and out: to fit your space and lifestyle, by Stephanie Davies

Junk genius: stylish ways to repurpose everyday objects, with over 80 projects and ideas, by Juliette Goggin

Gardening by cuisine: an organic-food lover's guide to sustainable living, by Patti Moreno  


We can all help to make the world a greener, cleaner place.  This Earth Day, how will you celebrate?

Working the dead beat - how did these people change Canada?

April 11, 2013 | Cynthia | Comments (0)



   In her book, “The Dead beat,”  Sandra Martin, a columnist for the “Globe & Mail”, has honoured the lives of Canada’s famous, infamous, and unsung heroes  in this collection of obituaries of the first decade of the twenty-first century.

    Please join us as Ms. Martin presents at the Barbara Frum Library on April 18, 2013, to talk about her book and the interesting people whose lives and deaths she has chronicled. 

    Do you agree with the choices she has made for this book?  Are there other people who left us in the first decade of this century, whose lives and deaths you think should have been included?  Are there choices here that surprise you?

    One of the subject headings for her book is “heroes.”  Do you agree that some or all of these individuals would be considered to be heroes?  And how do you define what constitutes a hero?


Call 416-395-5440 to register for this event.





Kids Have Stress Too!

April 3, 2013 | Kate S. | Comments (0)

Did you know that children can suffer from stress just like adults?  We all complain of having too much stress in our lives, but we often don’t even consider the stress in our children's lives.  School and social situations can sometimes be overwhelming for children, and it is important for them to learn techniques to cope with stress.  Stress can affect a child's ability to learn, be happy, and can even negatively impact their health.  If you are interested in learning more, Barbara Frum Branch will be hosting a program entitled Kids Have Stress Too!, for parents who have children ages 4-9 years old, on Tuesday April 16. Facilitated by a Toronto Public Health Nurse, this program will cover what is "stress" for your children, how stress affects your children, and how to help your children cope with stress.  Please call 416-395-5440 to register.

For more information on kids and stress, check out some of the Toronto Public Library resources below:

10 Mindful Minutes  Growing Up Brave  Help Kids Cope  Parenting Your Stressed Child  The Power of Your Child's Imagination

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