Good things really do come in small packages: in praise of short fiction

May 25, 2012 | Maureen

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Novel reading is one of my favourite things to do. But I have a question for my fellow fiction aficionados: have you ever read a very long novel that you can barely remember? Years ago I tackled Dhalgren, an acclaimed science fiction novel a friend raved about whenever the subject...

Dead Batteries are Free Of Charge

May 17, 2012 | Grace

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Technology. Just a word. For some of us. A frustrating one at that. For others it’s a whole new world. The two worlds combined can be pretty funny sometimes. Because I support the willingness to learn new things, I will assure all of you who think you know little about...

Life as Queen Victoria

May 15, 2012 | Ann

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Monday, May 21, 2012 is Victoria Day to celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday and observed by Canadians as the unofficial day to welcome in the summer season. Toronto events for this long weekend are updated regularly on Toronto Hogspot, Toronto.com, and About.com. For history buffs wanting to read up on Queen...

Happy 25th Birthday, North York Central Library!

May 11, 2012 | Muriel

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On May 13, 1987, North York Central Library opened for the first time. At that time, 25 years ago, Art Eggleton was Mayor of Toronto, David Peterson was Premier of Ontario, Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister of Canada, Jeanne Sauvé was Governor General of Canada, Ronald Reagan was the President...

Discover Toronto's Neighbourhoods - One Click at a Time!

May 8, 2012 | Ashley

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The Beautiful Downtown Toronto illuminated at night The City of Toronto (aka, Hogtown, "The City of Neighbourhoods" or "The City that works") is the largest city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario and part of Southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe. It is a city known for its diversity, abundance of...

The Life and Death of Maurice Sendak: June 10, 1928 to May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012 | Deb

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Hello Everyone, I'm Not Quite Miss Rumphius and this is the blog for the Children's Department at North York Central Library. Welcome back. Maurice Sendak, acclaimed author of Where the Wild Things Are, Outside Over There, and many other children's books died earlier today. He was 83 years old. It's...

What is a Browsery?

May 7, 2012 | Kelli

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When you walk into the North York Central Library, you may notice that the area just inside the main entrance is called the Browsery. You may wonder, what is a Browsery? Browsery is not a word you'll find in any dictionary. We made it up to describe what we want...

Out of the Blue: Jan Wong to launch new book at the North York Central Library

May 4, 2012 | Carolyn

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Journalist and author Jan Wong will be launching her new book Out of the Blue: a memoir of workplace depression, recovery, redemption and, yes, happiness on Monday May 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the North York Central Library. At the height of her professional life, Jan Wong’s career came crashing...

From Maypoles to Gasmasks: the curious evolution of a holiday

Cast your imagination back to Chicago, 1886. The date is May 1st, a day previously declared as the beginning of a national standard eight-hour workday. Working people across the country set to strike in support of “Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will.”...