Sharing Remembrance Day, November 11th, with Children

November 5, 2018 | Laurie

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My grandfather served in the British Army and was evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk during the Second World War. Like so many veterans, he never spoke of those years. He died when I was too young to know about war, or to have any questions to ask. My questions...

Celebrate World Pasta Day Around the Globe, and with TPL!

October 24, 2018 | Eila

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October 25th is World Pasta Day and 2018 marks the 20th year this day has been celebrated! This year the main festivities are being held in Dubai, but events take place in many cities around the world. One exciting event that is held every year is the Pasta World Championship...

It's Alive! Frankenstein for Kids

October 24, 2018 | Teresa

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With just a week to go until Halloween I'm getting really excited because this is one of my favourite times of the year. With the nights getting darker it is the perfect time for sharing scary stories. And this year is extra special because 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of...

Book Bash at Harbourfront Centre (Saturday October 20, 2018)

October 18, 2018 | RayL

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Looking for a family friendly activity this Saturday? Book Bash is a celebration of Canadian Children's Literature. In 2018, Book Bash returns to Toronto and will be held at the Harbourfront Centre on Saturday October 20th from 12-4pm. Enjoy a free, fun-filled afternoon of storytelling, music, writing and illustrating workshops...

Collecting Words: In Celebration of Dictionary Day, October 16

October 16, 2018 | Katherine McG

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The Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra (Ages 6-12) As a lover of words, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that October 16 is Dictionary Day. It's a day when we honour Noah Webster, the creator of the American dictionary, and celebrate the power, practicality, and playfulness of language itself....

New and Noteworthy Picture Books - October 2018

October 4, 2018 | Charlene Lee

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that will be hitting the shelves soon. The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee, 2018 Ages 4-8 It's a good thing there's...

I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks for September

October 4, 2018 | Amena

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Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude By Josh Funk and illustrated by Stevie Lewis Ages 4 - 8 New York Public Library's iconic marble lions, Patience and Fortitude, are there to greet the public every morning. That is until Fortitude wakes up one dawn to find...

October is Canadian Library Month!

October 1, 2018 | Teresa

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October is Canadian Library Month (CLM), a time to celebrate and appreciate the valuable role that libraries play in our society. Established in 2006 by the Canadian Library Association, CLM aims to provide “an opportunity for Canadians not familiar with their local library to come down and experience all the...

It's a Bus? It's a Van? It's the Bookmobile!

September 27, 2018 | Amena

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Yes, you read that correctly - the Toronto Public Library offers bookmobile service throughout the city (28 neighbourhoods to be exact) to areas that are not close to library branches. The goal of a mobile library service is to provide greater access to library services and promote equity. Mobile libraries...

Vision Health and Children

September 27, 2018 | RayL

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With the beginning of a new school year, parents/guardians can be found scrambling to get school supplies. However, school supplies is only one consideration when children head to school. Toronto Public Health shares why vision care is an important part of ensuring your child is ready to learn. Guest Blogger:...