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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...