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July 2011

Sookie vs Snooki

July 14, 2011 | Tony | Comments (0)

Deaduntildarkcover Over the summer I got hooked on the HBO tv series True Blood. At first I was  a little hesitant to watch it because I thought it was in the "twilight" vein (not that there's anything wrong with that, just not my thing), but it's actually not bad.  The show is about vampires and humans co-existing in a small town in Louisiana, with the main character being Sookie Stackhouse.  The show is based on the series "Southern Vampires Mysteries" also known as "Sookie Stackhouse Novels" by Charlaine Harris.  She has written eleven novels to date in the series.  Apparently the creator Alan Ball developed the series after reading Harris' first book, "Dead Until Dark". 

Having watched the reality show Jersey Shore in the past, the first couple times I heard them call the character Sookie by name, I could've sworn I hear them call her "Snooki"  Which made me wonder, who came first, Sookie or Snooki? A quick search reveals that Sookie was the first to arrive in TV land. True Blood premiered on September 7th 2008, whereas Jersey Shore premiered on December 9th 2009.  As I was looking for theSnooki answer, I came across a interesting article from Vanity Fair that discusses the parallels between the two shows, which can be found here.

If anyone is interested in "Dead until Dark" by Charlaine Harris, Toronto Public Library has it in print, eBook, and eAudiobook and they can be found here.  We also have the first three seasons of True Blood on DVD

Of course, this wouldn't be complete without mentioning that Snooki has a book of her own, which was released recently titled "A Shore Thing" and you guessed it, also available at Toronto Public Library.

Artwork from Young Voices Magazine

July 11, 2011 | Tony | Comments (2)

Every year Toronto Public Library encourages teens aged 12-19 to submit creative writing and/or artwork.  The ones that get selected are published into a nice glossy magazine  which is then distributed to all branches in Toronto.    Here at Lillian Smith for the next couple of weeks, we happen to have the art work featured in the 2010 publication.  So if you happen to be in the neighbourhood and want to take a gander, you'll find them on display above the Graphic Novels in the Teen area.  We don't have enough space to put them all up, so we'll be rotating the art every week.

The deadline to submit for the 2011 magazine just passed in April, but they have begun accepting submissions for Young Voices 2012.  More Information can be found on the Young Voices Website along with online versions of the magazine from the past ten years.

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Guess Who's Making A Nasty Comeback: A Bedbugs Information Session

July 9, 2011 | Tony | Comments (7)

Bedbug120f Cimicidae or bed bugs (sometimes bedbugs), are small parasitic insects and most people find them to be a most disagreeable house guest. The words “bed bugs” are enough to send most of us running with skin all aquiver at the thought of little blood-sucking creatures crawling all over us as we sleep. These little bugs are pests, to be sure, and they can be difficult to get rid of once they have decided to make your house their home, hiding during the daylight hours in cracks and crevasses where they are almost impossible to excise.

Over the past few years, there has been a resurgence of bed bug cases in Toronto. It is possible for ANYONE to become infested with these unwanted visitors. An infestation can cause psychological stress, physical pain, feeling of shame, allergic reactions, financial hardships, and LOSS OF SLEEP. Don’t let them get to you !

Saturday, July 16, 2pm - 4pm.  Come and learn all you need to know about bedbugs: identification, health effects, integrated pest management, prevention, updates from Toronto Public Health and resources available!

Presenter: Alicia Lowe-Downes, Health Inspector, Toronto Public Health.
For more details, contact: 647-404-8857

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