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July 2014

New to Canada?

July 10, 2014 | Loretta | Comments (0)

It's hard enough moving to a new community, getting to know your neighbourhood, and trying to find the closest grocery store, library, & school. Imagine settling into a new country where you don't speak the language - it can be terrifying! 

In partnership with North York Community House (NYCH), Barbara Frum Library is hosting its annual Summer SEPT Settlement Services. Meet with our settlement workers to find out about local settlement, citizenship, education, employment, and other resources available to you. 

From July 2 to August 8, our settlement workers will be available Monday to Friday, 10-5:30 pm in the library foyer. Language assistance will be available in Russian and Tagalog.




Also, don't forget to register for the following SEPT Employment Workshops (*Eligibility: Workshops are available to Permanent Residents or Convention Refugees):

How to get Your Ideal Job!

Learn how to find employment and market yourself.  Understand why you are not getting interviews and what you’re missing in your job search. Plus, find out what the recent trends in the labour market are! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2-4 pm

Room C

*Registration Required


7 Steps to Starting your Own Business

Learn how to start your own business and become self-employed. Find free resources to start your business and marketing tactics.

Thursday, July 31, 2-4 pm

Room C

*Registration Required


 Please visit the branch or call 416-395-5440 for more information.



Chocolate Frogs, Raspberry Cordial and Turkish Delight

July 4, 2014 | Kate S. | Comments (2)

The Disney Princess CookbookLast week, much to my four year old daughter’s delight, I brought home the adorable Disney Princess Cookbook, which features recipes such as, magic carpet roll-ups, seven dwarfs' soup and Tiana's Baked Caramel French Toast.

She was so thrilled with the book that I went in search of other cookbooks featuring famous characters. I was pleasantly surprised to see just how many there were, and I wondered how I had never discovered the literary cookbook genre before! Great for a fun rainy day activity, or to use for children’s (or adult) bookclubs to add another element to the gatherings.

As a child I remember wanting more than anything to Narnia Cookbook
try Turkish Delight because of the way it is described in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, "The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very centre and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious." Any food that would make you betray your family and fall under the spell of an evil queen must be pretty amazing. The Narnia cookbook claims to have the recipe for this mouthwatering treat.

Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

And who could resist the Harry Potter Cookbook? The books always made me hungry with the detailed descriptions of the magical feasts, chocolate frogs and even Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Jelly Beans. Hopefully the cookbook sticks to the more appetizing recipes.



The Anne of Green Gables CookbookWho could forget poor Diana mistakenly drinking current wine instead of Raspberry Cordial in Anne of Green Gables? Contained in the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook is the recipe for the non-alcoholic Raspberry Cordial Anne and Diana should have consumed. There are also recipes for other traditional early Canadian foods.


The MOther Goose Cookbook
Read your favourite nursery rhymes and then make recipes such as Peter Pumpkin's Pumpkin Muffins, Miss Muffet's Cottage Cheese and Fruit Topping, or the Queen of Heart's Fruit Tart. This is a great one for toddlers and preschoolers as the recipes are easy and they'll be familiar with all the characters.





Also check out these other favourites for kids:

Fairy Tale Feasts Mary Poppins in the kitchen My Little House Cookbook Paddington's Cookery Book

                      Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes  The Redwall Cookbook

And For Adults:

The Book Club Cookbook  A Feast of Ice and Fire.aspx  Read it and Eat

Interested in joining a book club? Barbara Frum's Adult Book Club meets monthly from September to June to discuss books over tea. And NEW this summer, the Barbara Frum Summer Reading Club Book Club for children ages 8-12 will meet weekly on Monday afternoons! Call the branch at 416-395-5440 for more information.

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