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April 2012

The Week Ahead @ Cedarbrae!

April 29, 2012 | Andrea | Comments (0)

Are you new to Canada and between the ages of 13 to 24? What are you doing tomorrow afternoon?


Come check out Volunteering - 40 Hours and Beyond, a workshop to introduce newcomer youth to the benefits of volunteering, different types of volunteering work, and how to find such opportunities. (Monday, April 30 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Cedarbrae branch)



What are the symptoms and risk factors of Alzheimer's disease, and how can we reduce our risk of developing it? How do changes in the brain affect our behaviour and our ability to live life to the fuMR900297541llest?

Learn the answers to these and other related questions at Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, an information session offered by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. (Thursday, May 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Cedarbrae branch)


And look for more exciting events at your local library coming up like May flowers; after all, May is Asian Heritage Month! Cedarbrae is celebrating the culture of West Asia starting at noon on Saturday, May 5. No registration is required, so drop by for performances of music and dance, plus tales from faraway lands spun by Dan Yashinsky, co-founder of Storytelling Toronto. Stay tuned for more!

A Case of the Blues: Come Meet Holger Petersen!

April 16, 2012 | Soheli | Comments (1)

Holger PetersenThe eh List author series is starting up again this Spring at Cedarbrae with celebrated radio personality, musician, blues expert and author, Holger Petersen.

He's not only a regular fixture on CBC Radio One (Saturday Night Blues) and Edmonton's CKUA Radio (Natch'l Blues), but also the founder of Stony Plain Records, a label that's specialized in Canadian roots music since 1976.

Talking Music, his first book, is a collection of interviews with some of the great men and women that have pioneered the sounds of roots music that ultimately influence so much of the music around us today.

Come by for a chance to meet with this multi-talented author at the Cedarbrae Branch on Thursday, April 19th at 1 PM.

Holger will also be visiting the S. Walter Stewart Branch the day before, on Wednesday, April 18th at 7 PM.



April 5, 2012 | Soheli | Comments (0)

For those of you who have been on the watch, this year's One Book selection has been revealed to be Maggie Helwig's Girls Fall Down. Like its predecessors, Girls Fall Down is set in Toronto, but this is a gritty, intimate look at the city, shown through the eyes of a few complicated characters. Part love story, part political commentary, and thoroughly a study of character and emotion, this is a title you definitely want to get your hands on - especially as we begin kicking off One Book events this month!

Without giving too much away, the main character in the novel is a photographer who begins to lose his sight, and makes it a mission to take as many photos of Toronto as possible - essentially, capturing the feel and fervour of his city.

Your city, your lens...We wanted to try and mimic this concept, and ended up with a program for youth who had both an interest in photography and a desire to showcase their experiences of the city. Join young photographer, Andrew Williamson, as he shows you how to get started framing what you want to show and capture of Toronto. What is it about your neighbourhood that makes you proud? What parts make you want to show it off? What parts inspire you? You don’t need a fancy camera – even a cell phone camera will work just fine! The idea is to join simplicity with authenticity: take a photo and make it your own. Once you have the basics, go out and shoot! Take photos all through the month of April, and send these in to us so we can display them here on the Cedarbrae Blog and share the variety of experiences of this city.

We’re so excited to start this project and we hope you are too! Be sure to call us at the branch to register for the program on April 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM. If you can’t make it that night, be sure to come by and talk to us about how you can be involved in this year’s One Book discussion and other events throughout Keep Toronto Reading month this April.

Get ready to capture your city…!

A quick side note: I found the image above, of Toronto and its neighbourhoods, at Ork Posters, which has awesome prints of cities around the world.

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