New and Noteworthy, November 2019

November 12, 2019 | P@

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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 shelves soon. Posted on Behalf of Laurel, Childrens Materials Selection Team. November is National Alzheimer's Disease Month. Here are some of our...

Remembrance Day Herstory

November 9, 2019 | Samantha

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On a trip to Amsterdam a few years ago I had the special privilege of visiting the Anne Frank House. As you move through the Annex (the space where Anne stayed in hiding with her family during the rise of Hitler) you can feel the heaviness of what happened there....

Celebrate STE(A)M Day at the Library: November 8, 2019

November 7, 2019 | Teresa

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Every year on November 8 we celebrate STE(A)M Day, a day that promotes learning through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. By its very nature, STE(A)M activities encourage creativity and help develop your child's problem solving skills and, as we all know, these skills will definitely come in handy when...

Sharing a Smile on Knock Knock Joke Day: October 31, 2019

October 31, 2019 | Katherine McG

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Tiny facade: Row house door leads to Paul King's diminutive domicile. Toronto Star Photograph Archive. Halloween Trick or Treating might not be the only reason that you’ll want to knock on someone’s door on Octorber 31. It’s also National Knock Knock Joke Day! Knock Knock Who’s there? Banana. Banana who?...

Books that Go BOO!

October 28, 2019 | Samantha

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Halloween is this Thursday so you might be looking for some books to share with the children in your life to get them excited. These picture books will provide just the right amount of silly and creepy fun. Kids will enjoy the colourful illustrations, funny story lines and scary (but...

Books to Belt Out Loud

October 22, 2019 | Jennifer

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Two colourful parrots in friendly talk by Jan Fidler on a CC License I met a child on a noble quest to find every picture book in the library that he could sing. Assisting this young virtuoso along his journey, I saw many whimsical illustrations that animate the imaginary world...

Talking Elections with Your Child

October 18, 2019 | RayL

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Image from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive. It’s election season and your child may be wondering why the neighborhood is full of lawn signs and the television is filled with ads from political parties and third parties. This is a timely opportunity to talk with your child about the democratic...

Stuffy Sleepover: Leave Your Stuffy Overnight for an Adventure!

October 17, 2019 | Eila

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One of the many wonderful ways you can celebrate Ontario Public Library Week this year (October 20-26, 2019) is to join in a Stuffy Sleepover at your local branch! On the evening of Thursday October 24, Toronto Public Library branches around the city will be hosting Stuffy Sleepovers for children...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books October 2019

October 2, 2019 | P@

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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 shelves soon. Posted on behalf of Kim, Children's Materials Selection Team Pigeon Math by Asia Citro ; illustrated by Richard Watson Age...

Design-A-Bookmark Contest

September 30, 2019 | Laurie

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TPL’s annual Design-A-Bookmark Contest is underway! All children ages 13 and under are invited to submit a design to their local library branch by October 31st. Contest entry forms are available in branches, on bookmobiles, and can be downloaded from the children's websites: Ready for Reading Birth to 5 and...