National Poetry Month for Kids

April 11, 2019 | Suzanne

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April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate with your child than by exploring some of the poetry books available at the library. Reading poetry aloud can be a wonderful experience for children, exposing them to the patterns and rhythms of language. Poetry can take unexpected twists...

Immerse Yourself in Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tale World

April 5, 2019 | Eila

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April 2, 2019 would have been Hans Christian Andersen’s 213th birthday! Andersen is Denmark’s best known Fairy Tale author, whose stories have been translated into every language around the world. Some of Andersen’s best known stories include The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Ugly Duckling. (Source: Britannica...

Pay It Forward on Good Deeds Day: April 7, 2019

April 5, 2019 | Teresa

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This year, April 7th marks Good Deeds Day. According to the official website, this day was established in 2007 and, "...is an annual tradition of good deeds. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books, April 2019

April 3, 2019 | P@

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Posted on behalf of Laurel, Children’s Selection Team. 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. Informative Picture Books are springing up all over the place. Seeds Move...

Springtime is for Babies

March 22, 2019 | Katherine McG

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Spring has officially sprung (at least according to the calendar). So now's the time of year that we start to think about "spring things" such as flowers, rain showers and babies. Not all babies are born in the spring of course, but there's something about this season of "new beginnings"...

You Are Invited to Celebrate Family Storytelling at StoryJam!

March 19, 2019 | Patty

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On Sunday, March 24, families are invited to StoryJam, a fun day of storytelling events taking place on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library from 11 am to 4 pm. This free celebration of storytelling is part of the 40th annual 2019 Toronto Storytelling Festival and will feature...

Coming Soon to Your Local Library: The 2019 TD Summer Reading Club

March 15, 2019 | Daniel

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The TD Summer Reading Club will officially kick off on June 22, 2019 in Toronto. In 2018, over 346,000 kids participated in the Club in 2,200 public libraries across Canada. All of the branches of the Toronto Public Library participate in the Club. The TD Summer Reading Club is designed...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books, March 2019

March 7, 2019 | P@

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some new picture books we are really excited about. Posted on behalf of Marnie, Children’s Selection Team. When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan. (Ages 3-7). A grandchild’s disappointment when...

March Break 2019: Free Programs for Kids

March 4, 2019 | Laurie

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No plans for March Break? There's plenty to do at Toronto Public Library. All branches have at least one special event to add some excitement to your week. Look through the March Break program listings on the website. There are STEM-themed programs, Magic, Music, Puppetry & Theatre, Camps, French programs,...

I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks for February 2019

February 28, 2019 | Chantel

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Meet Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly. (Ages 5 - 8). Meet Yasmin is a compilation for four short books. Yasmin Ahmad is a young girl who has to face a problem in each story. By the end of the story Yasmin solves the problem, sometimes by...