5 Recommended Reads for Family Literacy Month

January 20, 2020 | Eleni

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In celebration of Family Literacy Month, Toronto Public Library has created a reading list with great recommended reads for your whole family to enjoy! Here is an in-depth look at five of these titles, and why we think they’d be great choice for you and your family. 1. My Heart...

Celebrate Family Literacy Month at the Library!

January 14, 2020 | Sumaiya Ahmed

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January marks Family Literacy Month at Toronto Public Library and we’re inviting you and your family to join in the celebration! We’ve planned a month packed with fun, free programs to enjoy at your local library branches, created a mini reading challenge and assembled a list of wonderful reads. Literacy...

Wordless Books 2019 Round Up

January 13, 2020 | P@

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It's becoming a habit of mine to introduce any discussion of wordless books with some documentation on the importance of talking with your children. In my post of September 2018, I linked to a CBC article. This years I'm recommending an October piece from the BBC. As someone who considers...

Going Wild in the City

January 10, 2020 | Melanie L.

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A few months ago, a family of young coyotes moved into my normally uneventful East York neighbourhood. (Shoutout Topham Park!) We live pretty close to a ravine, so it's not unusual for wildlife to pass through from time to time. But for whatever reason, this group seems to have decided...

Time to Trim the Tree

December 23, 2019 | Katherine McG

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Vintage Christmas Postcard circa 1910 - Loving Christmas wishes. The celebration of the Christmas season is filled with many traditions – some are unique to our individual families (Vachon Yule Log anyone?) and some, like festively decorated Christmas trees, are loved by many. At this time of year, not only...

2019 Year-End Picture Book Roundup

December 16, 2019 | P@

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Posted on Behalf of Margaret, Children's Materials Selection Team. It’s time for the Children's Materials Selection Committee's year-end best of roundup. Every year Toronto Public Library’s Children’s Materials Selection Committee previews hundreds of new children’s picture books. Here are just a few of the favourites we saw in 2019! The...

Talking to Children About Human Rights Day: December 10, 2019

December 10, 2019 | Suzanne

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Image by Prawny from pixabay.com The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948. This was a milestone document proclaiming the rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of their background. Since then, Human Rights Day has been observed every...

Don’t Delay: Place a Hold on the Newest Dog Man Today!

December 9, 2019 | Daniel

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Dog Man, the hilarious hero who is part dog and part man, returns to the page in his eighth caper, Dog Man: Fetch-22. Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new lease on life. While Petey's re-evaluated what matters most, Li'l Petey is struggling to find...

First & Best 2019

December 7, 2019 | Patty

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Today, Toronto Public Library announces the winners of this year’s First & Best titles. The list features the best Canadian books of 2019 for young children that foster a love for reading from an early age. The winning titles were selected by a working group of Toronto Public Library children’s...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3, 2019

December 2, 2019 | Melanie L.

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December 3, 2019, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which the United Nations has recognized since 1992. It seems that we are always celebrating some sort of special day, so what makes this one so important? Well firstly, because so many people have disabilities. Statistics Canada says that...