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October 2013

Math can be Fun! Esso Family Math at Barbara Frum Branch

October 29, 2013 | Kate S. | Comments (0)

Does the thought of math and numbers make you cringe? Well, it shouldn't! Math really can be fun, especially with young children. It is amazing to see the excitement and joy my three year old gets from counting and solving very basic math problems.  I brought home the book Bedtime Math, and I was surprised at how much we enjoyed reading and solving the simple word problems in it together.

Basic concepts in math can be learned at an early age, and are fun activities for young kids. You will be surprised at how quickly they pick things up.  By doing math activities in a fun environment you are creating a positive association with math, which many of us do not have, and you are helping to prepare them for school.

The Barbara Frum branch will be hosting the program Esso Family Math from Friday November 8 – Friday December 6, from 10:15-11:15 AM.  This program is for children ages 3-6 with their caregivers, and is run in partnership with Macaulay Child Development Centre.  Families will participate in number games and activities. Register in person or by calling, 416-395-5440.

You can also check out some great Early Math Books from TPL:

  Bedtime Math  Teddy Bear Patterns  Counting on Fall  Albert Keeps Score

Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular   A-B-A-B-A a book of Pattern Play  Monster Needs One More   Let's Count Goats

Women's Human Rights: "Comfort Women" of WWII in Asia

October 21, 2013 | Jane | Comments (0)


During World War II the Japanese Army forced more than 200,000 women from across Asia into a sexual slavery system; the victims are euphemisticaly known as "Comfort Women". Without receiving an official apology, survivors are still waiting for justice. Join us in solidarity and conversation.

Panel Discussion

Tuesday Oct. 22, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

University of Toronto

William Doo Auditorium, New College

45 Wilcocks St. (St. George and Harbord)

Speakers Include:

Lola Fidencia David - 87 year old survivor of military sexual slavery in the Philippines

Dr. Annie Bunting - Associate Professor of Law and Society (York University)

Tiffany Hsiung - Filmmaker of "Within Every Woman"

Dr. Janice Kim - Associate Professor, Department of History (York University)

Dr. Cristina Lope Rosello - Clinical psychologist and author of "Disconnect:The Filipino Comfort Women"

Dr. Joseph Wong - Founder of Toronto Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War II in Asia

Community Conversation

Tuesday, October 22, 6:30-8:00 pm

Barbara Frum Library

20 Covington Road (Bathurst and Lawrence)

Join Lola Fidencia David, Dr. Cristina Lope Rosello, Tiffany Hsiung and Dr. Joseph Wong for a presentation on the systemic violence faced by women during WWII in Asia, a demonstration of creative visualization healing, and implications for women's human rights today.

For more information and to pre-register (not required) visit:

High School Student Resources @ TPL

October 4, 2013 | sylvia | Comments (0)

StudentsWhen I worked at the information desk in various library branches, I got many requests for high school textbooks (math, science, physics, and chemistry, etc.), or books/articles on different subjects for school works...

Sometimes students come to join our Youth Advisory Group (YAG) and earn their community hours, or to use our free wireless network and our study rooms, or just simply to hang out with their friends and classmates...

I would like to remind you that the Toronto Public Library has even more than these for high school students. Below are some free online resources highlighted for our student members (you do need a valid Toronto Public Library card and PIN to sign in), not just for your school works, but also for your leisure/entertainment.

Online databases:

  • Canada in Context: Full-text articles, videos, audio files, vetted web sites etc. on a broad range of topics, people, places and events.
  • Canadian Points of View: Social issues in Canada. Essays on controversial issues from a Canadian perspective.
  • Canadian Who's Who: Biographical information on over 20,000 prominent Canadians.
  • Career Cruising: Interactive career guidance resource with in-depth profiles of careers, colleges and universities.
  • Learning Express Library: Practice tests & answers for all ages. Entrance exams, math, grammar, job search and more. 
  • Literature Criticism Online: Full text literary research sources. Contemporary, children's, plays, poetry, classical and more.
  • Naxos Music Library: Listen to great music spanning medieval to modern - classical, jazz, electronic, world music etc. and find expert educational content
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Pro/con essays on current social issues. Great for students writing assignments, presentations, debate preparation, and general research.
  • Shakespeare Collection: The complete plays (Arden ed.), criticism on Shakespeare works and performance, full-text scholarly periodicals.
  • Student Edition - High School: Full-text and indexed magazine and newspaper articles, online reference books, audio files.
  • Study Skills Success: How to write and research. Practice tests with answers for high school and college students.
  • Teen Health and Wellness: Help with diseases, drugs and alcohol, nutrition and fitness, mental and emotional health and more.

For a complete list of our 100+ databases, please follow the link here.


If you have never checked out our library eBooks, it's best to start with Getting Started with Library eBooks first.


  • Zinio: includes 350+ current digital issues of popular magazines

Tips: Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines

Finally, don't forget to bookmark our website for TEENs, and check back regularly for our teen magazine Young Voice, or TEEN READs, or Job Search.

I hope you can take advantage both of our physical and virtual libraries, and enjoy your experience with the Toronto Public Library.

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