#ReadIndigenousTO : Children’s Books

December 7, 2018 | RayL

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Written By Joanne S. On our Read Indigenous children’s list you will find stories for kids of all ages. From board books for babies to stories for older children, there is a rich and growing body of work by Indigenous authors and illustrators, not to be missed. Preschoolers will love...

Ninja Day Reads

December 5, 2018 | Katherine McG

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Quiet. Intelligent. Skillful. While these words could be used to describe a library customer they are also the perfect descriptors for another group of people: NINJAS! December 5 is International Ninja Day. It was established by parody site Ninja Burger (which is not necessarily suitable for children) and has now...

I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks for November

November 30, 2018 | Chantel

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Tallulah's Ice Skates By Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger Ages 4 - 7 It is that time of the year. The skating rinks in Toronto are open, much like Tallulah, everyone is excited to get back on the ice. In this story Tallulah learns that skating is a...

"Let them eat [low-sugar] cake"...Sometimes!

November 26, 2018 | Jennifer

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Miniature Food - Pretty in Pastel by Stéphanie Kilgast on a CC License March 14 may be the Day of Pi, but November 26 marks National Cake Day. Another turn around the sun, the 100th Day of Kindergarten, a colleague's retirement party. If these milestones have anything in common it's...

Happy Birthday, Marc Brown!

November 23, 2018 | Daniel

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Born on November 25, 1946, Marc Brown is one of the most prolific names in children’s literature. He is best-known for his bestselling Arthur books and the animated series by the same name. Marc was at home one night when his son, Tolon, asked for a bedtime story. “Tell me...

Say "Hello!": Celebrating World Hello Day

November 21, 2018 | Katherine McG

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Image from Toronto Public Library's Digital Archives Hello! World Hello Day is November 21. This year marks the 46th anniversary of a day intended to help us all to find world peace through personal communication. On this day, which was founded by Brian and Michael McCormack in 1973 in response...

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...

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....

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...

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...