Combating COVID-19 Misinformation

October 27, 2020 | Melanie L.

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We’ve learned a lot of new buzzwords in 2020 thanks to COVID-19. Social distancing. Flatten the curve. Herd immunity. Here’s another that you may not have heard yet — Infodemic. That’s what the World Health Organization called all the misinformation about COVID-19. Misinformation is another word you may not know,...

Toronto Public Library Support for ESL Students

October 9, 2020 | Laura

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Teens new to Canada or learning English as a secon...

Our Top 7 Tips for Online Learning Success

August 31, 2020 | Laura

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Students will need to adapt to online learning this fall. The school year for high school students is going to look different this year. Online learning is going to be a big part of it, so we’ve pulled together the best tips out there on how to succeed in online...

Online Research Skills for High School Students: Tips and Strategies

May 4, 2020 | Laura

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Online research takes skill. In high school, you need to transition from searching for information to researching a topic. When you have to do research, a simple Google search is no longer enough. This is when Google Scholar and library databases can help. We know this transition is challenging and...

Using Brainfuse for Students and Curriculum Support: Hidden Gems

April 21, 2020 | Laura

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Brainfuse is great for connecting live with Ontario-based tutors and for accessing the Writing Lab for support with your essays. ​Basically, if you need any type of homework help imaginable, they have you covered. If you're new to using Brainfuse, check out our blog post about how to reach live...

It Happened Here: Tech with Teens

December 19, 2019 | Debbie

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Teens attend an Alternative Game Controllers program at Malvern Branch Hand Eye Society is a non-profit Toronto organization that supports the development and display of creative/educational video games. They aim to inspire individuals to think outside the box by providing entertaining, interactive and educational programs to the public. They recently...

It Happened Here: KAIROS Blanket Exercise

November 27, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Members of the Youth Advisory Group meeting at Barbara Frum branch. This fall, volunteers with some of our Youth Advisory Groups took part in a KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators...

Lest We Forget: Learning about WWI with Teens

November 8, 2019 | Debbie

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Laura, a high school outreach librarian, works with a student during a Lest We Forget presentation. Every fall librarians from Toronto Public Library visit high schools across Toronto to deliver the Lest We Forget program, where teens are able to dig into primary resources from the First World War and...

Top 7: An Adventure of Sightseeing in Downtown Toronto

November 6, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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The route of the proposed sightseeing adventure (map). Text and photos by Youth Advisory Group volunteers, John W. and Simon G, members of Leaside Branch's Youth Advisory Group. Downtown Toronto is, without a doubt, full of amazing things to see and it’s fun to spend a day looking at them....

It Happened Here: Learning and Practicing Empathy

October 24, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Empathy bins from an exercise at Malvern Branch's Learning and Practicing Empathy program. Youth Advisory Group volunteers from Malvern Branch recently attended a program for teens called Learning and Practicing Empathy. Here's their recap: What Happened? At the program, the youth were invited to learn and practice empathy. We reviewed...