Media Literacy and Online Safety Skills Last a Lifetime

November 12, 2020 | Ana

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Do you believe everything you read or see online? No, of course not. The world is full of all sorts of media messages and not all of them are truthful. Some types of media entertain, some inform, others sell and there are many that do all three. But have you...

Teach Your Child to Read Without Even Trying

November 9, 2020 | Heather

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How do babies learn to talk? We surround them with talking people. How can we teach them to read? Surround them with printed words! I was shocked when one of the first words my youngest child could read was "sold." This was when the Toronto real estate market was at...

Raising Kids Who Aren't Scared of Math and Other Tips for Parents

November 3, 2020 | Andrea

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Math can be super stressful for kids, parents and teachers. Even as an adult, feeling like you can't do math leads to a lack of confidence and a feeling of hopelessness. But you don't have to be a math genius to inspire one! Brainfuse is an online homework help service,...

New and Noteworthy Books: October 2020

October 16, 2020 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. All of these books we are recommending this month have recently been made available as ebooks as well. Posted on behalf of the Children's Selection Team. Give Me Back My Bones, 2019. By Kim Norman. Illustrated...

Graphic Novel Read-Alikes If Your Kid Loves Dog Man and Others

October 15, 2020 | Melanie L.

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One of the first books that really got my son engaged in reading was Dog Man. With its funny storyline and accessible graphic format, kids of all ages love that zany half-man, half-dog police hero and his hilarious crew of friends and foes. Comics and graphic novels are often less...

Design-a-Bookmark Contest 2021: Start the Art!

October 5, 2020 | Laurie

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TPL’s annual Design-A-Bookmark Contest began on October 1. All children ages 13 and under are invited to submit a design to any open library branch or bookmobile by October 31 at 5:00 pm. Contest entry forms are available in all open branches, on bookmobiles, and can be downloaded from the...

New and Noteworthy Books: September 2020

September 18, 2020 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Most of these books we are recommending this month are available as ebooks. Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin Manny always wears superhero capes at home that give him amazing powers...

Science Literacy Week 2020 - B is for Biodiversity

September 18, 2020 | Jennifer

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The theme of this year’s Science Literacy Week (September 21 - 27) is "B is for Biodiversity." We're celebrating Canada, a country rich in biodiversity. Opportunities to learn about science and conservation are readily available to budding scientists. Photo by Clement127 on a CC license. If we were holding a...

International Day of Peace: September 21, 2020

September 17, 2020 | Katherine McG

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September 21 is International Day of Peace, as declared by the United Nations. "Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations...

Children’s Books with Positive Disability Representation

September 14, 2020 | Eleni

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Reading about people who are different from you lets you imagine, reflect on, and learn about their lives. And sometimes it is good to read about someone who is like you, too! Celebrate and learn about diverse abilities through great stories. The Disability: Read Up On It! booklist is a...