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September 2012

Have you made your Nuit Blanche plans yet?

September 28, 2012 | Cat | Comments (0)

Tomorrow night the 7th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche descends upon the city!  From dusk until dawn on September 29th you can stroll around the city and discover more than 150 contemporary art projects within three zones!


Keep updated here for everything you’ll need to know to plan your night. 


Make sure to be safe when getting around the city.


On the go and want to see what's around you? Download the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche mobile app.


If you want to share your events or keep track of them, create a My Night account and personalize your Scotiabank Nuit Blanche experience.


Looking for late night eats? Check out the list for ideas!


After the dust has settled and your feet have healed you might still be thinking about those installations... check out these title suggestions for more information on public art in theory and practice:











Are you Inspired? Check out the variety of exhibits featuring local artists at 14 TPL branches throughout the city!

Are you an artist? You can also exhibit your art in the Library!

Visit for more information!


September 22, 2012 | Tony | Comments (0)

I just realized that last night was the "21st night of September".  I couldn't resist posting this video for all the EWF fans.  

Earth Wind & Fire have been enjoying a bit of a resurgence the last couple of years due in part by being one of Barack Obama's favourite bands.  Who could blame him, this band has countless hits to their credit.  Need more EWF? You can check out the library's catalogue here.

Wildlife Wood Carving

September 20, 2012 | Tony | Comments (1)

We have a pretty cool program coming up for the Culture Days programming called BLOCK LETTERS, but I was curious as to what was going on at our other branches.  So I took a look through all the activities and I was impressed with the variety of programs going on in Toronto.  There is pretty much something for everyone.  One that caught my eye was the Wildlife Wood Carving & Painting at McGregor Park Branch.  On Saturday September 29, Charles Weiss will be conducting this interesting program from 2-4 pm. It consists of showing a wood carving of a fish in several steps from start-to-finish.  This will be followed by having the participants try Gyotaku, a Japanese traditional form of fish printing.  This involves using a real fish on rice paper!  I had to look it up because I wasn't familiar with the term, but it looks interesting. 


For those who aren't familiar with the artist, he recently illustrated Fishes Of Toronto, which is one of the very popular books in the City of Toronto Biodiversity Series.


For those who aren't familiar with these little books, they are a well made series that provide information about some of Toronto's wildlife.  I've personally enjoyed reading the Birds of Toronto, Spiders of Toronto and Fishes of Toronto but there are many more titles.  Whenever a new title is released, we usually get a batch of the publication and they disappear pretty fast.  Here at Lillian Smith, we still have some Spiders of Toronto in the branch.  I wonder which one will be released next.  Charles Weiss did a great job illustrating the Fishes Of Toronto and I believe some branches might still have it.  If you want to see the artist in action you should make your way to McGregor Park Branch.


September 20, 2012 | Tony | Comments (0)

As part of the Culture Days programming, we are very happy to be teaming up with Small Print Toronto on Saturday Sep 29, 2012 for BLOCK LETTERS.  Award-winning artist-author Cybele Young along with Chris Reed and Rani Sanderson of Small Print Toronto will be guiding urban explorers, ages 2-8, on a walk around our city block.  They will then create their own books based on their observations.   Cybele Young is the author of A Few Blocks and Ten Birds, the Latter won the 2011 Govenor General award for Children's Illustration.

  Ten_birds Few_blocks










After poking around on her website it is easy to see that she is a person of many talents.  She even created the art installation at St. Clair Ave W and Deer Park Crescent above the street car stop.  I know I've passed by it a hundred times and had no idea who the artist was.


It should be a fun program, so if you have nothing planned on the Saturday afternoon and want to do something with the little one, it's worth checking out.  All materials will be supplied. Parents and other family members are welcome to accompany their children as we walk around the historic Lillian H. Smith branch and see what fantastical stories spring to mind!

Please call the branch at 416-393-7746 for more information and to register. Space is limited.

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