Toronto Public Library Homepage

This page has been archived and is no longer updated.

« April 2013 | Main | June 2013 »

May 2013

Murray Frum

May 30, 2013 | Denise | Comments (0)

The Barbara Frum branch staff were saddened to hear of the passing of Murray
Frum, husband of the late Barbara Frum, library supporter, and member
of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Governors’ Council.

More information about his life is available here Murray_frum_with_photo_of_berniniscorpus_jpeg_size_xxlarge_letterbox

Let's talk about our city and its key players

May 25, 2013 | Sephora | Comments (1)

Better yet, come listen to Ed Keenan talk about the city and its key players. Ed Keenan is an eight-time National Magazine Award finalist and the Senior Editor of Toronto's weekly paper, The Grid.  As part of the Eh List Author's Series, Barbara Frum branch is excited to present:



Ed Keenan

"Some Great Idea"

Thursday, May 30, 2013

7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

3rd Floor Auditorium


Ed Keenan's book Some great idea: good neighbourhoods, crazy politics and the invention of Toronto is available through the Toronto Public library website, and also available for download in ebook formatYou can also read a review of his book from the National Post here.

In his critical examination of the 'Mega-city' and its key players, Keenan asks, among other questions: "Is a city bigger than its mayor?" Come out and join the conversation!                                             

Summer Entertaining

May 21, 2013 | Claire A | Comments (2)

Summer is just about here and that means it’s time to get out your BBQ and start grilling.  Whether you are hosting or attending, it's always fun being outdoors and sharing good food and drinks with the people you care about.   Planning the perfect barbeque can often be a lot of work but there are endless ways you can make your event fun, entertaining, and uniquely yours.  From different sauces and marinades, to having your own “signature drink”, there are lots of ideas out there to help make your event go off without a hitch.  Need some more help? Then check out some of these titles for all of your backyard entertaining needs.


Grill1     Grill2     Grill3

Grill4      Grill5       Grill6

Spring Clean the Natural Way

May 8, 2013 | Kate S. | Comments (3)

It’s that time of year again! Spring is finally here, the sun is shining and many of us will take this opportunity to open the windows and do a thorough house cleaning. Cleaning with natural products is better for your health, better for the environment, and just as effective as using the brand name products you find in the stores.  With ingredients like white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda, natural cleaning is relatively cheap, and uses products you would find in your kitchen, or at any grocery store.  I have slowly been de-toxifying my products for years, and have been very pleased with the results.  It's easy, cheap, and I don't have to worry about my three year old helping to "clean".  Don’t know where to start?  Come and check out, or place holds on the titles below:

The Honest Life  Organic Housekeeping  A Guide to Natural Housekeeping

Easy Green Living  Green Up Your Clean Up  Naturally Clean

Gardening Mastery

May 7, 2013 | Sephora | Comments (0)



Join us at the Barbara Frum Branch

on Thursday, May 16th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

for our Balcony and Terrace Gardening program,

presented by the Toronto Master Gardeners.

All are welcome, please call 416-395-5440 to register. 


Join us for a discussion of the importance and challenge of city gardens.  Presented by the Toronto Master Gardeners, topics will include repairing containers, maintenance issues and different types of containers.

Learn how to select plants such as annuals, perennials, herbs, bulbs, climbers, shrubs, trees, and roses.




Celebrate Asian Heritage

May 1, 2013 | Sephora | Comments (3)



May is Asian Heritage Month


In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration designating May as Asian Heritage Month.


Toronto Public Library joins in celebrating the richness and diversity of Asian culture throughout the month of May with many exciting programs and events


Check out some of these fiction titles available through the TPL catalogue for more information on Asian culture, and works by Asian authors:


Wandering_falcon The_good_muslim.aspx Dogs_at_the_perimeter.aspx Red_earth_and_pouring_rain


The wandering falcon by Jamil Ahmad, The good muslim by Tahmima Anam, Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien, and Red earth, pouring rain by Vikram Chandra.


The_grammarian.aspx The_hope_factory Dreams_of_joy Headmasters_wager


The grammarian by Annapurna Potluri, The hope factory by Lavanya Sankaran, Dreams of joy by Lisa See, and The headmaster's wager by Vincent Lam.


There are thousands of non-fiction titles available as well, including many travel books.  If you are planning a trip to Asia sometime, or want to read more about these wonderful places, consider some of these titles:


India_sacred_geography Lonely planet china South korea Japan_travel

India: a sacred geography by Diana L. Eck, Lonely Planet China by Damian Harper, South Korea by Elizabeth Raum, Japan by John Hart Benson. 


Southeast asia travel Silk road Burma.aspx Cambodia.aspx

Southeast Asia handbook by Andrew Spooner, Silk Road: monks, warriors and merchants on the silk road by Luce Boulnois, Where China meets India: Burma and the new crossroads of Asia by Thant Myint-U, and To Cambodia with love: a travel guide for the connoisseur by Andy Brouwer and Tewfic El-Sawy.


Check out the TPL website and catalogue for these titles, and many more informative and enjoyable reads, or stop by and visit us.  Don't forget that we also have many titles available in electronic format, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and periodicals.



Welcome to the Barbara Frum District Blog! This interactive space is filled with information about your community and your library. We will keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings in the community and on the newest library events, resources and programs.

We want you to be part of our blog too. We invite you to reply and post comments. Also, remember to subscribe to the RSS feature which will enable you to receive blog updates without having to search for them. How the RSS feeds work