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September 2014

Scarborough Seniors' Discovery Fair is BACK!

September 16, 2014 | Soheli | Comments (0)

Our last Seniors' Discovery Fair was a great success, and we're very excited to announce that we're bringing it back again this year!

Join us at the Cedarbrae Branch on Thursday September 25 from 2 - 4 PM to meet with a variety of organizations and service providers. There are a number of resources and services available to older adults in the community. This is useful not only if you're a senior yourself, but also if you're a caregiver or have older relatives or friends that may appreciate information about transportation, health care and more.

Grandparents with grandson
Image courtesy of MoodBoard on a Creative Commons License.

Here are some of the groups that will be represented at this year's Seniors' Discovery Fair:

If you - or someone you know - would be interested in learning more, this is a great chance to meet with people in your community, ask questions and get free information. No registration is required and don't forget that light refreshments and prize draws will also be part of this year's Fair!

Hope to see you there!

Rediscovering Toronto's waterfront heritage

September 9, 2014 | Charlene Lee | Comments (0)

Are you looking to learn more about Toronto’s waterfront? Local lawyer turned author Jane Fairburn has written a wonderful book exploring the history of our waterfront. Her book focuses on four distinct areas: the Lakeshore, the Island, the Beach, and the Scarborough Bluffs. 

She will be giving a talk in the Cedarbrae branch to discuss the importance of these neighborhoods and how they are all interconnected with ecology and Toronto itself. Jane will help you rediscover the beautiful and important history of Toronto through the lake, and how it has evolved - from a place of hunting thousands of years ago, to the present day with its mixture of beaches, condos and businesses. 

If you are interested in local history and learning more about Toronto’s waterfront please join us Saturday September 13 from 2-3:30 pm.

Rediscover Toronto's Waterfront Heritage!

September 8, 2014 | Soheli | Comments (0)

If you've been in Toronto for a while, chances are good that you've picnicked by the Scarborough Bluffs, gone ice skating at the Harbourfront or tanned at Woodbine Beach. But did you know what a long history some of these places have?

Come and find out more about Toronto's waterfront at a visit with author Jane Fairburn on Saturday, September 13th at 2 PM!

Historical Toronto Waterfront
Public domain image courtesy of Wikipedia

Local lawyer turned author Jane Fairburn has written a wonderful book exploring the history of our waterfront. 

Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto's Waterfront Heritage | Available in eBook too!

 Her book focuses on four distinct areas:

  • the Lakeshore
  • the Island
  • the Beach
  • the Scarborough Bluffs 

She will discuss the importance of these neighborhoods and how they are all interconnected with ecology and Toronto itself. Jane will help you rediscover the beautiful and important history of Toronto through the lake. Come learn how it has evolved from a place of hunting for the first people who lived here thousands of years ago to the present day with its mixture of beaches, condos and possible business ventures. 

Don't miss out on this exciting exploration of Toronto history. Hope to see you all there!

Low-tech Maker Culture at Cedarbrae

September 5, 2014 | Charlene Lee | Comments (0)

In the last few years TPL has embraced the hacker and maker movements and established itself at the forefront of digital innovation within public libraries. While emphasis on technology is integral to our programs and services, the Cedarbrae Library's children's department has encouraged the low-tech side of maker culture to a more than enthused response.

This summer we hosted two maker programs that relied on everyday materials and even more on participants’ creativity and imagination. In July, kids made sock puppets with gently used (and clean!) socks, as well as other materials like felt and fabric scraps.

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(One of the creations at our sock puppet event)

In early-August we hosted a Make + Create event where kids were encouraged to make whatever they liked using an assortment of recycled materials and supplementary craft supplies. Although we did provide examples of what they could make, we were impressed with the creativity exercised by our young participants!

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(A paper roll castle engineered at the Make and Create event)

Looking ahead, we will continue to emphasize the low-tech side of maker culture by hosting monthly Maker Mondays as well as the introduction of our monthly Lego and K'NEX Club!

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.