MAP Winter Exceptions: Nov 2015-Jan 2016

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Please note the following partner venues will not accept MAP passes on these dates:

Aga Khan Museum
December 25, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Art Gallery of Ontario:
December 25, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Black Creek Pioneer Village:
December 1, 2015 to May 2016

City of Toronto Historic Sites:
November 16, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Ontario Science Centre:
December 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016 

Royal Ontario Museum:
December 26, 2015 to January 3, 2016


       

 

MAP Family Saturdays - Fall 2015

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MAP Family SaturdaysGet ready for another exciting series of MAP Family Saturday programs this fall!

If you haven't had the opportunity to experience what our Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass partners have to offer, here's your chance! On Saturdays in October and November, visit library branches around the city for crafts, games, artifacts, and activities from Toronto's top attractions.

Programs last one hour and is suitable for kids ages 5-12 years and their caregivers.

 

Create Aga Khan inspired artLearn about the beautiful objects from the Aga Khan Museum at Eglinton Square, Downsview and Don Mills branches.

 

 

Be inspired to create your own piece of art

 




 

Have fun with unique footwear

Visit Parkdale, Bloor/Gladstone and Fairview branches where the Bata Shoe Museum staff show and tell stories behind unique footwear from their collection. Also, make your own shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home!

 


Have fun with unique footwear
from the Bata Shoe Museum

 

 

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Join us at Sanderson, Weston and Barbara Frum branches, where Black Creek Pioneer Village shows you how to tease, card, and spin wool. Take home your own woollen bracelet!

 

 

 

Carding wool with Black Creek Pioneer Village

 

 

 

Gardiner

Did you know that clay is actually a type of soil?

Work with the Gardiner Museum's professional ceramic artists at Maria A. Shchuka and York Woods branches and create your own animal out of clay!


Working with clay at the Gardiner Museum

 

 

Museum of Inuit Art

Curious about the Inuit?

Join Museum of Inuit Art at Brentwood, Runnymede and Pleasant View branches to touch museum artifacts, play traditional Inuit games, and make your own piece of Inuit inspired art.

Create Inuit inspired art

 

 
ROM PompeiiROM presents: Pompeii!

The Royal Ontario Museum will be at Cedarbrae, Woodview Park and Amesbury Park branches.  Hear about the lives of ordinary people in this ancient Roman city which suddenly disappeared under volcanic ash nearly 2000 years ago.

Make a mosaic craft to take home




Textile
Join the Textile Museum at Parliament Street and Annette Street branches and discover how cloth is made. Weave your own bookmark to take home with you!

Weave your own bookmark with the Textile Museum staff

 

 

 

Historic toys and games

Join costumed interpreters from the Gibson House Museum at Evelyn Gregory, Wychwood, and Maryvale branches. Discover historic toys and games and create a small toy to take home!

 

 

Mackenzie house printing press

Join Mackenzie House at Yorkville and High Park branches and learn how newspapers, books and images were created in the 19th century.  Print your own souvenir on the Mackenzie House printing press!

 

Experience the Mackenzie House printing press

 

 

 

Scarborough Museum

Scarborough Museum presents The Early Settler Experience.
Enjoy discovery boxes, games, reproduction 19th century toys, and stories at McGregor Park, Agincourt, and Scarborough Civic Centre branches as you discover Scarborough's past.

 

 

Learn how kids played 100 years ago


Ever wondered how kids lived and played 100 years ago?

Come to Palmerston, Beaches, and Thorncliffe branches and explore the amusements of the past with Todmorden Mills Heritage Site. Try historic toys and create your own 19th century plaything to take home!

Playing with artifacts from 100 years ago

LionWild for cats!

Tigers, lions, leopards and jaguars are some of the large wild cats found at the Toronto Zoo. Come to Morningside, Dawes Road, and Victoria Village branches and learn how they eat and hunt.  Also find out about what features they share with your favourite fluffy pet kitty and what it takes to be a wild cat.

Photo by K. Ardill, Toronto Zoo.

 

 


* Some branches require pre-registration. Call or visit the branch for more information.

MAP Fall Exceptions: Sept-Oct 2015

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Please note the following partner venues will not accept MAP passes on these dates:

Black Creek Pioneer Village
September 7 (Labour Day)
September 19, 20 (Pioneer Harvest Festival)
October 13 (Thanksgiving at the Village)
October 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 (Halloween Programs)


Toronto Zoo
September 7 (Labour Day)
October 12 (Thanksgiving)

     

 

Celebrate the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games with MAP

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The 2015 Pan Am Games are in full swing as athletes from all over the Americas come to Toronto to compete for gold.

I find it fascinating and exciting to watch as athletes use not only their athletic skills to compete, but also use various techniques and strategies based on scientific principles.

For instance, one of the sporting events I am personally looking forward to at the Pan Am games are the Cycling events. Cyclists use techniques like drafting or slipstreaming in the course of the race. When cyclists align themselves in a close group they reduce the overall effect of drag and therefore expend less energy. The higher their speed, the more energy is conserved. Also, when a group of riders are bunched together, they call this a peloton. Riders in the middle of this peloton can reduce their drag by as much as 40%. As you can imagine, in a long race, the more energy a rider can conserve the better.

     

Another event I find fascinating is the Synchronized swimming events. It is of course artistically fun to watch, but the training required is interesting as well. For instance, a typical synchronized performance will last about 4 minutes, with around 3 minutes underwater. While underwater, swimmers perform their intricate acrobatics and routines with just a single breath. They train for this by swimming laps underwater without coming up.

 


Families can learn more about the science behind the Pan Am games events by checking out a Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) to the Ontario Science Centre and experience their Sports Science Arena Exhibition. Test your lung capacity and push your body to its limit by experiencing their To The Limit-Biology exhibit. Take part in their Wind Tunnel-Aerodynamics exhibit and see how cycling teams use drafting strategies to lower their energy output and much more.

To further celebrate the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, why not also check out a MAP pass to the City of Toronto Historic Sites and visit the Gibson House Museum. (Don't forget that MAP passes to a different venue can be checked out once a week-every 7 days). The Gibson House Museum will be celebrating the games with a sports display in their discover Gallery.

The Textile Museum will also be presenting Watercolour. This special exhibit will celebrate the culture and artistry of Pan American nations by featuring artwork by one artist from each participating country on one of 41 sails. The flotillas of sails will be sent out daily over 4 days starting today (Tues, July 14) until Friday, July 17. More information is available from the Textile Museum.

Watercolour Sails
Watercolour Sails from Textile Museum of Canada


The Toronto Public Library also has various programs and events throughout our branches to help celebrate the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Be sure to check them out and enjoy the celebrations!

MAP Summer Exceptions: July-Sept 2015

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Please note the following partner venues will not accept MAP passes on these dates:

 

Summer FlowerBlack Creek Pioneer Village
July 1, 2015 (Canada Day)
July 5, 2015 (Maplelea Meet Up)
July 18, 19, 2015 (Quilts at the Creek)
August 3, 2015 (Civic Holiday)
September 7, 2015 (Labour Day) 


Toronto Zoo
July 1, 2015 (Canada Day)
August 3, 2015 (Civic Holiday)
September 7, 2015 (Labour Day)



Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with the Museum of Inuit Art!

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National Aboriginal DayNational Aboriginal Day recognizes and celebrates the cultures and rich contributions that Aboriginal people have made to Canada.

The history of the day can be traced back to 1982. The National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) launched a national campaign to have June 21 recognized as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day.  Eight years later the Quebec legislature recognized June 21 as a day to celebrate Aboriginal culture.

In 1995, participants of the Sacred Assembly in Hull, Quebec (a national meeting of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people), also called for a national day to recognize the contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canada.

Finally in 1996, the former Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, officially declared June 21 as National Aboriginal Day.

Throughout the month of June, come celebrate Aboriginal culture with your family by checking out a Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts pass (MAP) and visiting our MAP partner, the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA). The MIA will be showcasing special film screenings for free with a MAP pass. These films showcase Aboriginal culture and touch upon Aboriginal themes and its people.

After the film, enjoy a tour of the Museum with one of the MIA docents. The whole family can learn all about the MIA permanent collection, different Inuit regions, art styles and materials used to create the works on display.

Museum of Inuit Art

Enjoy a docent tour at the Museum of Inuit Art.  Photo courtesy of the Museum of Inuit Art.

Children can learn more about Aboriginal people and their culture with these books from the library:

    The Aboriginal Alphabet for Children  The Inuitcover

        

Toronto Public Library is also celebrating Aboriginal culture throughout the month of June. Be sure to check out all the different events happening throughout library branches across the city.

Happy National Aboriginal Day!

Bata Shoe Museum Turns 20!

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Bata Shoe MuseumJoin our Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) program partner, the Bata Shoe Museum, as they celebrate their 20th Birthday!

 

 

The Bata Shoe Museum's current building opened its doors to the public on May 6, 1995. It was designed by Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama and evokes an image of an opening shoebox. In designing the building, Moriyama was asked to create a "small gem of a museum" by Sonja Bata (whose shoe collection started in the 1940s, would eventually become the Bata Shoe Museum). Moriyama wanted to create a museum that would endure time and inspire its visitors.

Bata Shoe Museum Exterior
Bata Shoe Museum Exterior from Bata Shoe Museum

As a museum, it is one of North America's unique institutions and holds a collection of over 13,500 shoe-related artifacts from every corner of the globe.

Come celebrate 20 years with the Bata Shoe Museum on Sat. May 9 and Sun, May 10 from 10am-4pm and enjoy FREE GENERAL ADMISSION, family friendly entertainment, as well as arts and crafts. Families can customize their own sneaker key chain, paint-a-clog, and create their own jigsaw puzzle.

A Museum + Arts Pass is not required.

To prepare your family for a weekend of free Bata Museum fun, check out these books from the library:

       

     

Learn more about the Bata Shoe Museum and the history of shoes with these books for adults:

Sonja Bata's Vision, Raymond Moriyama's Design    Icons of Elegance-The Most Influential Shoe Designers of the 20th Century 

     

And don't forget, the Bata Shoe Museum will be coming into the branches for MAP Family Saturdays this May. Children can listen to stories behind unique footwear from the collection and make their own shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home.

The Bata Shoe Museum will also be coming to North York Central Library this June to discuss Native American Footwear.

New Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) Program Partner: Aga Khan Museum

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Aga Khan MuseumThe Aga Khan Museum has recently joined Toronto Public Library’s Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) program.


The Aga Khan Museum highlights Islamic arts and culture with a permanent collection of over 1,000 artifacts spanning from Spain to Southeast Asia, dating from the 8th century up to the 19th century.


These pieces include manuscripts, drawings, paintings, decorated ceramics, metalwork and architectural ornamentation, meant to inform, educate and inspire audiences about the arts of Islamic civilizations.

Aga Khan Museum Interior
Aga Khan Museum Interior-Photo by Gary Otte

"The Aga Khan Museum has an international outlook,” observes Henry Kim, Director of the Museum.  "Home to a collection of astonishingly beautiful works of art, it will showcase the artistic creativity and achievements of Muslim civilizations from Spain to China. I think local and international visitors will be greatly surprised when they discover just how much the arts of Muslim civilizations are a part of our shared global cultural heritage."

The building itself was designed by Pritzker Prize winner architect Fumihiko Maki. The 10,000 square-meter structure is located just north-east of Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E. and is set within formal gardens and surrounded by a landscaped park.

Aga Khan Museum Exterior
Aga Khan Museum Exterior-Photo by Janet Kimber

One of the featured exhibits of the Museum is The Lost Dhow Exhibition. This exhibition features rare 9th century artifacts from a shipwrecked Arabian dhow. The shipwrecked Arabian dhow had sailed a route from Africa to China around 830 AD but sank approximately 1.6 km off the coast of Belitung Island, Indonesia.

The 1,200 year old shipwreck was discovered in 1998, and would prove to be the earliest and most important marine archaeological discovery of the 20th century. The shipwreck was laden with gold, silver, and bronze objects, in addition to 57,000 Chinese ceramic artifacts. It was identified as an Arab dhow and provided the first hard evidence of a Maritime Silk Route.

Approximately 300 artifacts from this cargo are now featured in this special exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum. "This exhibition beautifully shows that creative exchanges between China and the Islamic world were fully under way one thousand years ago", notes Alan Chong, Director of Singapore's Asian Civilizations Museum. Henry Kim adds, "The Lost Dhow exhibition is a natural fit with the Aga Khan Museum. The cross-cultural exchange exemplified by the dhow's cargo is exactly what our collection and programming both celebrate and explore."

Experience this special exhibit and more by checking out a MAP pass to the Aga Khan Museum- now available from 50 Toronto Public Library branches. The pass grants admission for two adults and up to three children to the Museum-perfect for families!

To prepare your family for a trip to the Aga Khan Museum, be sure to check out these books from the library first:

       

For more information on the Aga Khan Museum, it's collections and on the Lost Dhow Exhibition, check out these items from the library:

   

  Aga Khan Museum, the Road to Toronto 

MAP Passes-Great for Families!

April 14, 2015 | Marc | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Museum of Inuit ArtAre you looking for something FUN and FREE to do with the family during the weekend?

Why not check out a Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass (MAP)?

Did you know that one MAP pass allows a family of two adults and up to five children* free access to not only the Museum but also to many free family programs as well?**

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Inuit Art.

*Exact conditions vary by venue and are listed on the back of each pass.

**Some venues have MAP exceptions during certain holidays.  Please refer to the back of each pass for more information.


Check out some of these FREE family friendly programs from our Museum partners:

 

Aga Khan MuseumThe Aga Khan Museum has family days every Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and are free with a MAP pass.  Children can participate in art games, solve puzzles, or make a fantastic animal mask.  For ages 5-12.

 

AGOThe Art Gallery of Ontario has family days every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and are free with a MAP pass.  Children can Scratch, Sample, Yarn Bomb, Knit and more.

 

Bata Shoe MuseumThe Bata Shoe Museum has free family activities available every weekend with a MAP pass.  Drop-in with the kids until 4pm every Saturday and Sunday and take part in a shoe-themed arts and crafts activity.  Also try on a pair of funky shoes and a play a game of iSpy in the gallery.

 

Gardiner MuseumThe Gardiner Museum has family days every Sunday from 11am to 4pm and are free with a MAP pass. Children can decorate their own tiles, make figures out of clay, and discover the many possibilities of mixing clay with seeds.

 

MIA The Museum of Inuit Art has art days every Friday and Saturday and are free with a MAP pass.  Children can try out Delta Braiding - a style of trim that is used to decorate parkas in the Western Arctic.

 

ROMThe Royal Ontario Museum has family activities every weekend!  Check out their Top 10 ROM Family Favourites (PDF).

 

 

MAP Family Saturdays

 

For more free family activities, don't forget that every Saturday this May, many of our Museum partners are coming into the branches for MAP Family Saturdays.  Kids can learn about artifacts and take part in crafts, games, and activities from Toronto's top attractions.

 

 

 

MAP Family Saturdays this Spring

April 9, 2015 | Marc | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

MAP Family SaturdaysGet ready for another exciting series of MAP Family Saturday programs this spring!

If you haven't had the opportunity to experience what our Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass partners have to offer, here's your chance! On Saturdays in May, visit library branches around the city for crafts, games, artifacts, and activities from Toronto's top attractions.

Programs last one hour and suit kids ages 5-12 years and their caregivers.

Have fun with unique footwear

Visit Victoria Village,Thorncliffe, Annette Street, and St. James Town branches where staff from the Bata Shoe Museum will show and tell stories behind unique footwear from their collection. Also, make your own shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home!

 

 
Have fun with unique footwear
from the Bata Shoe Museum

 

 

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Join us at Steeles, Goldhawk Park, Black Creek, and Centennial branches, where Black Creek Pioneer Village will show you how to tease, card, and spin wool. Take home your own woollen bracelet!

 

 

 

 

Carding wool with Black Creek Pioneer Village

 

 

Gardiner

In many cultures, the dragon is a symbol of luck and prosperity.

Work with the Gardiner Museum's professional ceramic artists at Parliament Street, Sanderson, Brentwood and Pleasant View branches and learn how to create your own dragon out of clay!

Working with clay with the Gardiner Museum

 

 

Museum of Inuit Art

Curious about the Inuit?

Join Museum of Inuit Art at Bloor/Gladstone, Maryvale, Fairview, and Pape/Danforth branches to touch museum artifacts, play traditional Inuit games, and make your own piece of Inuit inspired art.

Create Inuit inspired art

 

 ROM rocks
ROM Rocks!  Fossils, Meteorites, and Gems!

The Royal Ontario Museum will be at Humber SummitBurrows Hall, Evelyn Gregory, and Weston branches.  Learn about the collections at the ROM and make a craft to take home.

 

 

 



Textile
Join the Textile Museum at Long Branch and Mount Dennis branches and discover how cloth is made. Weave your own bookmark to take home with you!

Weave your own bookmark with the Textile Museum

 

 

Fun with toys from 150 years ago

Travel back in time with Colborne Lodge.

Visit Spadina and Palmerston branches and enjoy games and toys from more than 150 years ago.  Share your favourite riddle and listen to a story or two.  Fun for the whole family!

Experience toys and games from 150 years ago

 

 

Historic toys and games

Join costumed interpreters from the Gibson House Museum at Locke, Downsview,and North York Central branch. Discover historic toys and games and create a small toy to take home!

 

 

Mackenzie house printing press

Join Mackenzie House at Dufferin/St. Clair and St. Lawrence branches and learn how newspapers, books and images were created in the 19th century.  Print your own souvenir on the Mackenzie House printing press!

 

Experience the Mackenzie House printing press

 

 

 

Scarborough Museum

Scarborough Museum presents The Early Settler Experience.
Enjoy discovery boxes, games, reproduction 19th century toys, and stories at Cedarbrae, Highland Creek, and Kennedy/Eglinton branches as you discover Scarborough's past.

 

 

Learn how kids played 100 years ago


Ever wondered how kids lived and played 100 years ago?

Come to S. Walter Stewart, Main Street, and Jones branches and explore the amusements of the past with Todmorden Mills Heritage Site. Try historic toys and create your own 19th century plaything to take home!

Playing with artifacts from 100 years ago

LionWild for cats!

Tigers, lions, leopards and jaguars are some of the large wild cats found at the Toronto Zoo. Come to McGregor Park, Agincourt, and Malvern branches and learn how they eat and hunt.  Also find out about what features they share with your favourite fluffy pet kitty and what it takes to be a wild cat.

Photo by K. Ardill, Toronto Zoo.


* Some branches require pre-registration. Call or visit the branch for more information.

Your journey through arts and culture in Toronto starts at the Library.
The Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) lets you and your family explore the best of Toronto's arts and cultural treasures for free.
With your valid adult Toronto Public Library card, you can take out a pass for your family at any Toronto Public Library branch.

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