New and Noteworthy Picture Books March 2020

March 23, 2020 | 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. Usha and the Stolen Sun by Brie Galbraith ill. Josée Bisallion Usha's grandfather is the only one in their village...

Celebrate Be Humble Day: February 22, 2020

February 20, 2020 | Teresa

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Every year on February 22 we celebrate Be Humble Day, a day that promotes modesty, humility and the ability to put others before oneself. But what does that even mean? How do you, as a parent, explain a complex concept like humility to your little ones, and how do you...

National Flag of Canada Day: February 15, 2020

February 14, 2020 | Katherine McG

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There is an important holiday that takes place in February, where red (and white) abounds and a central design symbolizes love (of country). No, it's not Valentine's Day. It's National Flag of Canada Day and since 1996, Canadians have been urged to celebrate this symbol of "our home and native...

Celebrities Share Their Favourite Childhood Books

February 12, 2020 | Daniel

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Stars — they’re just like us! They read books when they were kids! After a bit of digging online, I’ve compiled a list of famous people along with their favourite childhood book or series: Ariana Grande Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Ages 8+) Fans of the pop singer won’t be...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books: February 2020

February 6, 2020 | P@

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Posted on behalf of Jesse, 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. Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan. Illustrated by Charnelle Pinkey...

Congratulations to the 2020 Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners!

February 5, 2020 | Melanie L.

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On Monday, January 27 the American Library Association named the winners of the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Awards for children's books. Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature. This year, for the first time, the award was...

6 Ways and 6 Books to Celebrate Family Literacy Day 2020

January 27, 2020 | Patty

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Today, January 27, is Family Literacy Day, an initiative of ABC Life Literacy Canada, which celebrates families sharing the joy of reading and learning together. Toronto Public Library celebrates Family Literacy Day for the entire month of January by offering free special programs and activities for kids and families to...

Peanut Butter Day: January 24, 2020

January 23, 2020 | Katherine McG

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Peanut butter recipe easy to follow. Picture, 1982. Toronto Star Photograph Archive. January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day! Now I know that not everyone is going to want to celebrate January 24's "food holiday" because many people have an allergy to peanuts and some just don't like the taste...

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...