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Quick & Easy Meals for Busy College Students

September 30, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0)

Dorm_room_diet_216pxSeptember is coming to a close and for the student, you’re probably just getting used to deadlines all in the same week and marathon back-to-back classes. You might not even remember the last solid meal you had! 

As a student you might find it a challenge to cook when the deadlines are looming or even find healthy food on campus (campuses can be total food deserts sometimes).  I can tell you from years of experience; it can become pretty stressful to eat well as a student when dealing with tight budgets and ridiculously busy schedules. 

That's when I turned to TPL to find books on quick and easy recipes to keep me from starving.

So check out these titles for new ideas on eating well and start thinking about healthy choices… you have the rest of the year to pull through!


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Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week

September 23, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0)

 Celebrate the freedom to read!

Banned Books Week 2013

September 22 - 28th

Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom
compiles a
list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to
inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.
The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.

Celebrating 30 years of supporting the freedom to read, check out
this timeline of banned books of the past three decades. 

Find out if your favourite book has been banned or challenged by exploring
the top ten lists of the 21st century here.

Is your favourite book on the list?

For more information about Banned Books Week,
please visit the Banned Books website.

Branded by the Pink Triangle

September 18, 2013 | Cat | Comments (2)

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Wednesday September 25th

as author Ken Setterington talks about his new book "Branded by the Pink Triangle": a history of the persecution of gay men by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.

7:00 p.m. - 8:00.p.m.

Lillian H. Smith Library


Between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men--identified by the pink triangle-- were sent to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, many to die there. After the war, this bitter history was for decades ignored. Author Ken Setterington talks about his work on this book and why he wrote it for young adults.

Enter the Roald Dahl Short Story Contest!

September 13, 2013 | Cat | Comments (0)

ThIf you woke up on a school day morning with Matilda's magical powers, 
what would you do? 


Small Print Toronto 
invites writers 6-12 years old
to take part in the 
4th annual Toronto 
Roald Dahl Day
Short Story Contest,
celebrating the 25th anniversary 
of Dahl's novel Matilda!


Craft a short tale (1500 words MAX) about what you, a middle grade student in Toronto, would do if you woke up on a school day and realized you had incredible telekinetic powers just like Matilda.

Send your story to [email protected] by 
Sept. 27, 2013.

And on Saturday October 19th at 2:00 pm, an all-star panel of judges will award cool prizes to the top stories!

So come in and celebrate contest participants and winners!



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