Taking a bite out of meat

February 25, 2013 | Paula

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"My biggest nightmare would be if the kids ever came to me and said 'Dad, I'm a vegetarian.' Then I would sit them on the fence and electrocute them." Gordon Ramsay has gotten into a lot of trouble for his anti-vegetarian statements like the one above. But unfortunately for Ramsay,...

Free Science Events in Toronto for March 2013

February 23, 2013 | Jeannette

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The Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied science events in Toronto. Applied science includes health, gardening, pets and food; all subjects found in the department's collection. Here is the March calendar. This month's highlights include: March 9: Winter...

Leftover Chocolates?

February 22, 2013 | Jeannette

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Do you have leftover chocolates from Valentine's day? Don't know what to do with them? Why not make it into something even yummier?! The following delicious goodies were taken from the chocolate cookbook Intensely Chocolate. Use some of your leftover dark milk chocolate (38 to 42% cacao content) to make...

It's tax time! Let us help you Solve the Mysteries of Income Tax

February 20, 2013 | Ashley

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The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. -Albert Einstein. Like it or not, it's that time of year again, tax time! As you can see even Albert Einstein, deemed one of the smartest men in history also had a hard time understanding taxes. Not to...

Freedom To Read Week - Youth Forum with Ryan Kerr

February 20, 2013 | Cameron

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Please join us at the North York Central Library (5120 Yonge st) on Wednesday February 27th from 7-8:25 P.M. for a youth forum on censorship and access to materials in honour of Freedom to Read week. The forum will be hosted by local author Ryan Kerr (his first book "On...

For aspiring fiction writers, and those who are amazed by what they do.

February 15, 2013 | Maureen

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Like many of you, I love a good story. I am also intensely curious about how writers create stories. Where do they get their ideas? What do they read? What inspires them? To me, writers are conjurers who perform a kind of magic, creating an imaginary world that seems so...

Family Day Events and Books

February 11, 2013 | Ann

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Monday, February 18, 2013 is Family Day--the library will be closed. For those who have this day off, About.com has some fun outings for families to enjoy. The Toronto Public Library has great resources to read along with these outings. Here are five inspiring places to spend on Family Day....

Science Fair Season

February 8, 2013 | Carolyn

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Does the thought that science fair season is upon us bring out the mad scientist in you? If you're the parent of a school-aged child, you are no doubt familiar with the science project. Whether you have a younger child who needs some help or are watching from the sidelines...

Families: The Good, The Challenging, and 'the meh'

February 4, 2013 | Ann

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February 18th is Family Day and families are interesting groups of related people with different and dynamic personalities. Whether one creates, joins, or is born into a new family, everyday is an emotional adventure. Today, there are many new and different types of families available and a matching number of...

Who Cares if the Pig Goes Dickery Dare? Five Reasons Why Nursery Rhymes Matter

February 3, 2013 | Deb

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I'm Not Quite Miss Rumphius and this is the blog for the Children's Department at North York Central Library. Welcome back. * * * * * * Becoming a new parent means entering the fantastical world of teeny, tiny things. There's your baby, of course, a darling little handful and...