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March 2013

From Four-Eyes to Fashion Forward

March 23, 2013 | Soheli | Comments (4)

It started innocently enough: a fuzzy blackboard or two, a road sign that went unread, a friend I didn't recognize until I crossed the street. Later, I got headaches from squinting too hard and I found myself frustrated with trying to read that blurry print at the front of the classroom.

Hello, Harry!My first pair of eyeglasses were thrust upon me in the fifth grade, much to my dismay.
I mean, yes, they were pink, and had glitter at the corners,
but I had the Harry Potter look down before Harry Potter even existed.

Years later, I've come to terms with my limited vision. I've flirted briefly with contact lenses and anxiously researched laser eye surgery, but I always came back around to the humble and dependable specs.

So, imagine my surprise when I realized (a little late, I guess) that glasses are cool now. And they have been for a while. I think this only really dawned on me when I noticed someone wearing glasses without any actual lenses - as in, oversized plastic frames that I could poke my finger right through, into her eyeballs. I was flabbergasted: could it be true? Was this a 'thing' now? And more importantly: could I be quick enough to actually poke her in the eye as she walked by?

HeidiI thought back to my childhood when I was only one of the few kids in my class with glasses. It wasn't exactly a traumatic experience, but wearing glasses made you different, and it could easily serve as fuel for teasing.

I know Arthur feels me on this, while Heidi Heckelbeck figures glasses could and should totally be a fashion statement.

Turns out, being forced to wear glasses might not be the worst thing in the world. The British Pyschological Society has an article on kids' assumptions of people who wear glasses. Not surprisingly, most kids associate glasses with 'smart people', like scientists and doctors, although this is also paired with glasses-wearers as being less attractive. A 2008 Ohio State University study seems to mostly echo these thoughts, although they also add 'looks more honest' to kids' perceptions of their bespectacled peers. A lot of these assumptions follow us into adulthood. Even popular news outlets have reported that wearing a pair of glasses to a job interview could raise your chances of landing the position!

Smarts aside, I found this little blurb on an accessories shop's website, describing a pair of 'fashion frames' for the tween crowd: "You bring the attitude to this old school design. These retro glasses are super comfortable to wear and give you geek-chic style." I guess I shouldn't be too surprised: glasses have a pretty long history in the world of fashion.

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Funky frames and eccentric eyewear have been popping up on runways for Spring 2013, ranging from the mostly wearable to the outright outrageous. Below are some frames from Miu Miu and Prada's Spring print campaign:

MiuMiu2013  Prada - Spring 2013

Me as a cartoon? Close enough...
Now, with so many different shapes, styles and colours to choose from, picking the perfect pair can be a tricky feat, especially if you're getting glasses for the first time. There are lots of ways to play around with choosing the best frames for your face. You won't really know until you go in and actually try on a few pairs (or twenty...) but keeping a few guidelines in mind could help make sure you choose something functional, fitting, and even a little fabulous. For fun, you could even create a little cartoon version of yourself, complete with a selection of frames, using the I Made Face app on your Android or iOs device, like the one I made to the left.
Helping a little one with their first pair? Try some of these kids' books about the eyeglass experience:

GlassesSmith  SeeingCinderella  RobinsNewGlasses  SeeingSugar BabyDuck

Whether you actually need them, or simply want to play up your style, glasses can be a fun part of your look -- whatever that look is!

Top Tips for Top Veggies!

March 21, 2013 | Soheli | Comments (0)

Are you an avid vegetable gardener - or just starting out?

If you're interested in the best ways to make your veggie garden grow this spring, be sure to visit the Cedarbrae Branch on
Thursday, April 25 from 2-4 PM.

We'll be hosting presenters from Toronto Master Gardeners as they share strategies for pest control,  how to maintain healthy soil and more.

This is a free event and registration is not required. Bring a friend and drop by, or give us a call beforehand to get more information: 416-396-8850.

Spring is just around the corner; be sure you and your garden are making the most of it!

Taking the Throne

March 19, 2013 | Soheli | Comments (4)

With a little less than two weeks until the season three premier of the hugely popular HBO Game of Thrones series, you probably won't be able to breathe without someone mentioning it.


If you're a fan of the show, but haven't quite gotten around to reading all of the books in the series, there are still some fun titles to look into to get you hyped up for the next season!



People throw Super Bowl parties and Oscars parties -- why not a party to celebrate the season premiere of this epic show? You might even want to feed your guests foods inspired from the series, like hearty baked apples from The North, elegant lemon cakes from King's Landing, and more. (I've actually had the lemon cakes; a colleague of mine made them after reading this book and, yes, they were awesome.)

Don't forget: many of these titles are also available in eBook format!

Still not quite sure this is for you? Catch up on the story as a graphic novel if you prefer, and read another blogger's take on the series and other works by the same author. If you think you'd like to take on the series, you can always step into your local branch and take a look around the paperback section for copies of A Game of Thrones (be sure to check in the Science Fiction/Fantasy area, if there is one).

Pretty soon, you'll be wishing for a direwolf of your own, pledging allegiance to a mighty house, and wondering what truly lies beyond the wall...

A New Look for eBooks!

March 7, 2013 | Soheli | Comments (0)

UsingEbooksjpgIf you're already familiar with the eBook collection at the Toronto Public Library, you may have noticed that we are expecting a new look soon.

This new design is expected to make your experience with eBooks easier to navigate and get you reading in just a few clicks.

One of the new features, OverDrive Read, gives you the option to read your checked out eBook directly in your browser.

Take a minute to review the new design and check to see if your device is compatible with OverDrive Read.

We're excited about this new look and hope it makes your eBook experience even bigger and better!

If you'd like to learn more about using eBooks at the library, be sure to drop in for an introduction class available at various branches throughout the city, including one here at Cedarbrae on Wednesday April 17 at 1:30 PM. Give us a call at 416-396-8850 to register your spot.

Welcome! This blog is written by the Cedarbrae Library staff and we want it to become a place where you can find out what's going on in the branch and in the community. But not just that - we plan to write about all things we might find interesting.