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Buying Property in Ontario

July 23, 2015 | Loretta | Comments (0)

Find out about buying property in Ontario and the First Time Homebuyer Program. Sofia Uzlaner, Sales Representative of Right at Home Realty Inc., will provide all the information you need to know about making your first real estate purchase. Please register for this program by calling or e-mailing one of Barbara Frum Library's summer settlement workers:

Ariel Lopez (416) 294-2332 ( or Valentina Camilleri (647) 296-0963 (

When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6-8 pm

Where: Barbara Frum Library, 3rd floor, Room C

Real Estate

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For more information on purchasing real estate, check out these additional resources:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CMHC offers objective housing research and advice to Canadian consumers.

Canadian Real Estate Wealth


Canadian Real Estate Wealth is Canada's only monthly publication dedicated to Canadian real estate investors.




The Royal LePage Survey of Canadian Home Prices quarterly report on home prices in communities throughout the Canadian real estate market. Issues are posted online approximately one month after the close of each quarter.

More programs for new homebuyers.

Are you Keeping up with the Kardashians?

June 4, 2015 | Michelle S | Comments (0)

Caitlyn JennerEven if you're not, I’m sure you’ve heard about Bruce Jenner and the transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. After years of battling a gender identity crisis, Jenner finally got the courage and announced the decision to undergo gender transformation surgeries. You can see the beginning of her cosmetic transformation on the cover of July's Vanity Fair. Can't wait that long? Check out other magazines like People, Us Weekly, Cosmopolitan, and GQ. We have copies in branch or use Zinio and browse hundreds of magazines from the comfort of your home, free with your library card. Interested in other transgender celebrities? Check out our LGBTQ collection. The Toronto Public Library values diversity and equity and is proud to once again be participating in this year's Pride Parade taking place on Sunday, June 28th, 2015.  For more info click here.


Bright sparks in the book world

April 16, 2015 | Denise | Comments (0)

     Burial Rites           How to be both     The Lives of others    The Undertaking

Enjoy the delights that only a truly well-written book can offer - all of these titles have either been recently nominated for major international awards or have actually won them. Book Club reading, anybody?

A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by McBride, Eimear

Americanah by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Burial Rites by Kent Hannah

The Lowland by Lahiri, Jhumpa

The Undertaking by Magee, Audrey     

The Death of Bees by O’Donnell, Lisa

How to be Both by Smith, Ali,                               

The Lives of Others by Mukherjee, Neel

Nora Webster : A Novel by Tóibín, Colm,               

The Sound of Things Falling by Vásquez, Juan G.abriel

Absolution by Flanery, Patrick

The Detour by Bakker, Gerbrand

The Light of Amsterdam by Park, David

The Spinning Heart by Ryan, Donal

Traveler of the Century by Neuman, Andrés

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Flanagan, Richard

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Ferris, Joshua

We are all Completely Besides Ourselves by Fowler, Karen

The Woman Who Lost her Soul by Shacochis, Bob

The Back of the Turtle by King, Thomas (Canadian)

My October by Rothman, Claire (Canadian)

The Opening Sky by Thomas, Joan (Canadian)

Sweetland by Crummey, Michael (Canadian)

All my Puny Sorrows by Toews, Miriam (Canadian)

The Betrayers by Bezmozgis, David (Jewish Book Council Award) 

Betrayers    Mathematician's Shiva    Ever After of Ashwin Rao   Wondrous Woo

 The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Viswanathan, Padma (Canadian)

Tell by Itani, Frances (Canadian)

Kicking the Sky by De Sa, Anthony (Canadian)

The Hungry Ghosts by Selvadurai, Shyam (Canadian)

The Wondrus Woo by Leung, Carrianne (Canadian)

This is War by Moscovitch, Hannah (Canadian)

Cataract City by Davidson, Craig (Canadian)

The Mathematician’s Shiva by Rojstaczer, Stuart  (Jewish Book Council Award)

Blind Date...with a Book?

February 4, 2015 | Loretta | Comments (0)

If you're looking for a great teen read this Valentine's Day, why not pick up a book from this display in the Teen area:


Blind Date with a Book
Blind Date with a Book display in the Teen Zone

There's one catch! All the recommended books are wrapped so you won't be able to see the book you've chosen. Read the book, then rate it by filling out a ballot at the 2nd floor reference desk. You'll be entered for a chance to win great prizes!

Who says blind dates have to be awkward, right? The Blind Date with a Book program will be running the entire month of February and is brought to you by Barbara Frum Library's very own Youth Advisory Group.

Make & Wonder at #MMFTO

November 13, 2014 | Loretta | Comments (0)

The Maker Movement is all the rage lately. Find out all about it at the third ever Toronto Mini Maker Faire, coming up soon on November 22-23 at its largest venue yet, the Toronto Reference Library.

According to the folks at Toronto Mini Maker Faire #MMFTO:

"Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers; they are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community."

"Toronto Mini Maker Faire is local celebration of makers and the things they make.  It's a two day festival held each year where makers gather to show off their creations to the public - with an emphasis on hands-on experiences for all.  Show & Tell happens at each exhibitor table, plus there are talks, workshops, lots of opportunities to get involved!"

Last week, I attended the launch party for #MMFTO and it was mind-blowing! We screen printed t-shirts, ate Vodka Sushi creations, went on the illuminated teeter-totter, and checked out the 3-D Maker Bots.

MMFTO launch party
#MMFTO Launch Party
Absolut's interactive installation
Absolut's interactive installation. By tweeting @AbsolutCanada with the colour of your choice (I picked green), the installation automatically changes to that colour.
Illuminated teeter-totter
The illuminated teeter-totter from the Pop-Up Playground which changes colour with speed.
Laser-cut lanterns
Laser-cut lanterns.

Read more about the launch party. And that was just the launch party. Seriously, get your free tickets now to the main event.

Also, check out Toronto Public Library's very own digital innovation hubs at the Toronto Reference Library and Fort York Branch, and the Digital Design & Technology blog for info on more maker programs offered by the library.

Rediscovering Toronto: Things to Do in the City

October 1, 2014 | Loretta | Comments (2)

This past week I've been racking my brain for things to do with my relatives visiting from overseas. Mind you, they aren't rookies when it comes to being a tourist in Toronto. Heck, they've been coming annually to our beloved city for the past 20 years - they're practically Torontonians. Plus, they've been to all the hot spots: Niagara Falls, CN Tower, every inch of Downtown Toronto & most of the GTA/Markham. You can see why it's been a tough gig playing tour guide!

For me, what defines Toronto is the hustle and bustle of Downtown Toronto. And dining. (We Torontonians love to eat!) Forgetting that my relatives are from a high-tech, overpopulated city where hustle-and-bustle is the norm, my suggestion for spending the day downtown was met with moans & groans. Back to the drawing board. 

Here's a list of things that I came up with, for you to share with your friends & family who want a relaxing time in Toronto:

Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG)- A favourite among families with small children, wedding photographers, and joggers & cyclists, TBG is perfect for a lazy mid-day stroll. I'd suggest going on a weekday to avoid a packed parking lot. Check out their Teaching Garden and my all-time favourite, the Organic Farmers' Market (year-round, Thursdays 2-7 p.m.). My relatives loved the fresh air and the mini nature walk. Pack some sandwiches and you're ready to go! See more info on walking trails in the city by visiting Kate’s post. 


Toronto Botanical Garden

Museums & Art Galleries - Did you know that you can borrow a Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) from the library with your library card? A MAP pass lets you and your family (2 adults & up to 5 children) explore venues such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo, Art Gallery of Ontario, and more, for free. At the Barbara Frum Branch, MAP passes are given out on a first come, first served basis on Thursdays at 9 a.m. 

Toronto's Neighbourhoods - There are a ton of hidden gems in Toronto: locally-owned cafes, pubs, restaurants, and markets. Here's a guide from BlogTO that takes you through the 55 pockets in the GTA - what to do, where to eat, and it includes a map of where these neighbourhoods are. My (touristy) go-tos for an afternoon on the patio for food & drinks are the Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, Annex, Financial District, and the Beaches. 

For more info on tourist attractions for your relatives who've never been to Toronto, here are some books to help you plan their visit & for you to brush up on your knowledge of Toronto's history:

Toronto     Fodor's Toronto       Streeteats


Also, see the City of Toronto website for Festivals & Events happening in the city.

See? Being a tour guide does have its perks. Not only do you view the city through the eyes of a tourist but you rediscover all that our wonderful city has to offer. Not to mention, the favour is reciprocated when you visit your relatives overseas. Happy Touring!

Beat those Back to Work Blues!

August 20, 2014 | Loretta | Comments (0)

It's almost back to school time for the kids and also for many of us, back to work from our summer vacations. Don't let your back to work blues get to you! The Barbara Frum Library is hosting a ton of programs to get you back in the groove:

ABC's of Mnemonics
Monday, September 8, 6:30-8 pm

Forgetting to do things at work and your to-do list keeps piling up?  Join us for tips to improve your memory using mnemonics.

Spinning Straw into Paper
Tuesday, September 9, 7-8 pm

Always wanted to learn about the paper industry? Learn how Step Forward Paper, a revolutionary way of making paper from 80% wheat straw and only 20% wood fibre, is saving our trees & helping the economy.

Social Media & Web Services for Small Business
Monday, September 15, 7-8 pm

Need a fresh new way to market your product or service? Learn about free and low-cost web services that will help market your small business to the consumers you're trying to reach.

The Science of Personal Dress
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30-8 pm

Amp up your work wardrobe and instantly feel energized for the new work day before you even have your morning coffee! Stylist and image consultant Sandra Quigley teaches the science of personal dress and how to apply it to your existing wardrobe.

 Self-Employment as a Career Option
Tuesday, September 23, 6:30-8 pm

Feel like you'd be happier working as your own boss? Find out how you can be and the ins & outs of being an entrepreneur with a presentation by Acces Employment!



All programs are FREE and require registration. Please call (416) 395-5441 or visit the Barbara Frum Library to register. But hurry, space is limited!

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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Registration for this program is recommended, but not mandatory.


How well do you remember North York?

February 26, 2014 | Cynthia | Comments (0)

How well do you remember what has happened in North York in your lifetime and before your time?   The North York Historical Society will be bringing pictures to the Barbara Frum Library, depicting life in North York during the last 100 years to show us how far we’ve come, and remind us of all that has taken place here in the past century.

You may be surprised at what you remember, or what you have forgotten, or never knew about life in North York.





Please join us for an evening of remembrance and discussion.  March 4, 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Branch Renovations - What You Need to Know!

February 3, 2014 | Loretta | Comments (0)

Barbara Frum Branch will be undergoing a minor renovation until early March to better serve the public. Here's what you need to know:

  • The 2nd floor will not be accessible. The rest of the library will remain open at regular hours of operation.
  • During this time, customers may continue to pick up holds, check out and return materials, access collections, and use computers on the 1st floor.
  • Staff will retrieve materials from the second floor
  • Scheduled programs & meetings will continue on the 3rd floor

What can you expect from the renovation?

  • A brand new Le@arning Centre: a computer lab that will house computer classes for customers
  • an expanded teen zone
  • a book sorter to facilitate book returns

Learning centre




If you have any questions regarding the renovation, please call the branch at (416)395-5440.




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