Wychwood Wildlife and Five Busy Beavers

January 11, 2023 | Andrea

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Have you visited Wychwood Branch recently? It reopened in October 2022 to much excitement after a four-year renovation. When you have a chance, go check out the expanded space, beautifully preserved architecture... and the beaver lodge! Beaver lodge themed installation in the children's area at Wychwood Branch. Yes, you read...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books Year End Round Up – December 2022

December 12, 2022 | Pat

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It's time for another year-end best-of roundup! Every year, the Toronto Public Library's Children's Materials Selection Committee previews hundreds of new children's picture books. Here are just a few of the favourites we saw in 2022! Most are available in electronic formats. For more 2022 highlights, check out: First &...

First and Best 2022

December 6, 2022 | Patty

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Toronto Public Library is excited to announce our picks for this year's First and Best list! Every year, a working group of TPL children's staff review submissions from publishers, and select the top ten Canadian books that promote literacy skills and a love of reading in young children from birth...

150 Years Since the Birth of John McCrae

November 16, 2022 | Katherine McG

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Traditionally, November is a time for remembering. On November 11th, Canadians observe Remembrance Day and pause to think about the sacrifices of war and the fight for freedom. And on November 30th, we can stop once again to remember, for on this day, 150 years ago, the man who wrote...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books November 2022

November 8, 2022 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections! Here are some picture books about friendship and feelings that we are really excited about. These stories show how friendship and creativity can help to manage all kinds of feelings and will be hitting shelves soon....

Spooktacular Reads for Young Readers 2022

October 18, 2022 | Nicol

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Halloween looms around the corner, and so does the promise of frightening tales. In this blog, we explore TPL's collection of scary (and not-so-scary) stories. We also ask: for all the tossing and turning at night, why are many children still drawn to scary things? Horror stories have been sprouting...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books October 2022

October 11, 2022 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some of the latest picture books perfect for the spooky and scary season. Most titles are available in an electronic format. Check out our Halloween booklist for more recommended reads! If Animals Trick or...

Old MacDonald Had a What? A Thank You to Farmers

September 29, 2022 | Katherine McG

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E I E I O! When you saw that string of letters together did you automatically start humming the tune for "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"? It's a song that has been a childhood staple for over a hundred years. And while many of us have sung about "a chick-chick...

The Story of Terry Fox

September 14, 2022 | Eleni

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Every September, Canadians across the country take part in events called the Terry Fox Run. But who was Terry Fox, and why is he such an important person in Canadian history? Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 28, 1958. He eventually moved to Port Coquitlam, British Columbia...

National Guide Dog Awareness Month 2022

September 12, 2022 | Melanie L.

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September is National Guide Dog Awareness Month. What a perfect time for celebrating guide dogs, and the amazing work they do! One of the best known guide dogs in history was named Roselle. During the attacks at the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, Roselle led her handler, Michael...