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April 2014

Creative Writing for Kids at Barbara Frum Branch: Fiction Investigations

April 20, 2014 | Kate S. | Comments (0)

Creative writing is a wonderful way for kids to use their imagination, improve their grammar and vocabulary, and express themselves. The Barbara Frum Branch is excited to be hosting a writing workshop with award-winning author Natale Ghent. Fiction Investigations: Uncovering the Secrets of Fiction Writing, is open to children ages 8-12, and runs Tuesdays April 22 - May 13, 4:00-5:30 PM. Natale will work closely with the children to help them improve their creative writing in a fun and positive environment. Space is limited, please register in person or by calling 416-395-5440. This program is made possible by Sophie’s Studio which was created to support early literacy, creativity and writing skills in young children thanks to a bequest from long-time library lover and user Sophia Lucyk.

Are your kids interested in writing, but can’t make it to the workshop? Here are some great book suggestions for helping your kids with their creative writing:

         Creative Writing the Plot Thickens  Little Red Writing  You Can Write a Story                    
                           Be a Writing Superstar  Be a Creative Writer

New! Pajama Time Program @ Barbara Frum Public Library

April 14, 2014 | Alex | Comments (0)

                                                              AGES 6 & UNDER


Image1 Sleepy stories, silly songs, rollicking rhymes and great games for children with parents or caregivers. Wear your playful pajamas. Register in person or by calling the library at: (416) 395-5440.

TUESDAYS, MAY 13, 20 & 27, JUNE 3, 10 & 17,





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An ounce of prevention - worth more than a pound of cure?

April 8, 2014 | Cynthia | Comments (0)

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Let’s hope that an ounce will do it, because many of the toxins in our environment are measured in much tinier amounts, but have huge effects on our health.  We live in a time when the newspapers, magazines and other media warn us constantly of the dangers lurking in our foods, the plastic ware we use to store it in, the cookware we use to heat it up, and the products we use on our bodies, right down to the fragrances we so love.


These warnings are not new; :”The Healthy home: an attic-to-basement guide to toxin-free living” was published in 1988, and Rachel Carson wrote the well-known book “Silent Spring” back in 1962 to inform the general public of the hazards of pesticide use.  Some growers are valiantly trying to produce organic fruits and vegetables, but the use of pesticides is still wide-spread and considered the standard.


How can we protect ourselves and our families from these toxins?  Please join us at Barbara Frum Library for a program on this topic:  “An ounce of prevention: 5 easy ways to reduce your toxic load”, presented by Liz Rice, of Enviro-Health Presentations, on April 10 at 6:30 pm.


Check out some of these books that have been written on these topics:

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For more information on Enviro-Health, go to:






Registration for this program is recommended, but not mandatory.


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