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September 2014

Fall Programs for Teens at Barbara Frum Branch

September 25, 2014 | Miss Vicky | Comments (0)

Now that summer is gone and you are settling into your new school schedule and workload, look forward to the fall with these great programs we have lined-up for you. Take a break and join us for some fun, inspiring and informative workshops!

Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

Want to make a difference in your community and local library? Have your say about teen programs, services and collections at our monthly meetings while earning community hours, meeting other teens and discussing topics of interest to YOU!

Please complete an application form and submit it in-person by September 30.  

Movie Thrills

Join Barbara Frum's Youth Advisory Group (YAG) on the last Thursday of the month for a free movie selected by teens! Don't forget to bring a snack! Ages 14 and up. 

Upcoming dates:

Sept. 25

Oct. 30

Nov. 27

6-8 pm

Freaky Friday Fear Factor

Friday, October 31, 6-7:30 pm

Attention all boils and ghouls! Join us for an eerie evening filled with goodies, team challenges, prizes and frighteningly good time! Prizes will be awarded for best costume! Ages 12 and up.

Breaking Barriers: Artistic Entrepreneurship

Thursday, November 13, 5:30-6:30 pm

Are you an artist? Have questions about pursuing an artistic career? Then join Canadian Illustrator Lamin Martin for an inspirational talk on how he overcame challenges and successfully built his illustration business. Bring your questions! For more information visit:

Don't Have a Cow: Veg Eating Made Easy

Saturday, November 15, 2-3:30 pm

Thinking about becoming a vegetarian? Have you experimented with Meatless Mondays? Join David Alexander from the Toronto Vegetarian Association and learn about the health & environmental benefits of eating less meat and how YOU can introduce nutritious & declicious plant-based meals into your diet. For more information visit


Registration is required for all of our programs.

Questions? Please call us at 416-395-5440 to reserve a spot!

Get Outside and Walk!

September 22, 2014 | Kate S. | Comments (2)

   Nature Walk
"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose." Charles Dickens

Walking is great exercise, helps with stress levels and can provide a much needed respite from our busy lives. Walking can be energizing, calming and provide the time for contemplation we don't get sitting on the couch or running around doing errands. It can also be a wonderful shared experience.

Early fall is the perfect time to get outside and explore nature. The weather is bit cooler, the leaves are just starting to change, and the air has a wonderful fresh crispness. There are many nature trails and parks in the city, Sherwood Park being my go to destination, but if you’re willing to travel a bit there are many longer and more remote trails East, West and North of the city limits. We recently went out to the Northumberland County Forest near Cobourg, Ontario and had a blast exploring the wilderness. The trails are clearly marked and vary in length, and you really feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.  We took lots of pictures of the insects, birds, and plants we saw, and enjoyed having some quiet time together. After our walk we used the pictures to look up the names and descriptions of everything – it was a great science lesson for my daughter who now has an affinity for millipedes, and can recognize poison ivy.

The City of Toronto website has a great overview of some of the city’s trails, with directions, maps and historical information about the areas.

You can also check out some of the walking guides to Toronto Area trails:

Hike Ontario    Hiker Mike's      Nature Hikes   Great Country Walks 

Make your walks a daily routine and borrow a pedometer from the library – you will be amazed at how many steps you take in a day! It's also a great way to challenge yourself and your friends - try and beat each other's daily records. Pedometers are available to borrow for a 3 week period.

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