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...

Using Filters when Searching for Books for Research Projects

October 1, 2019 | Laura

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Ever been told by a teacher that for your next assignment you need to use books as sources? A REAL BOOK! Not websites, or articles from webpages or even a research database, but an actual book. While I’m hopeful you’ve searched our website for books or resources in the past,...

It Happened Here: Macrame Club

September 25, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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A participant learns Macrame techniques at Malvern Branch. Program review and photography by members of the Youth Advisory Group at Malvern Branch. Macrame Club: Macrame and 3D printing The club was hosted by two lovely presenters, Sophie and Vicky, who work at Toronto Public Library and at the S.P.O.T. Vicky...

Our Top 10 Tips for Writing a High School English Essay

September 10, 2019 | Laura

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When you read a work of literature in an English class, you’re being asked not just to read but to perform literary analysis. This means thinking critically, examining and evaluating different parts of the text including – but not limited to – character traits, plot, and use of literary devices...

Youth Advisory Group Profile: Malvern Branch

July 29, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a group of teenagers who volunteer and attend meetings to discuss the development of teen spaces and services at the library. The Malvern Branch YAG recently let us know all about some of their favourite things. Top 3 TV Recommendations Big Bang Theory Friends...

It Happened Here: Speak with Confidence

July 24, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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On Monday May 6, 2019, Barbara Frum Branch hosted a workshop for youth, "Speak with Confidence: Overcome your fear of Public Speaking through Improv and Comedy". Let by Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao, award-winning comedians, public speaking coaches, and TEDx Speakers, the workshop aimed to provide tips and techniques to...

It Happened Here: Robotics Petting Zoo

July 22, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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On May 28, 2019, Malvern Branch hosted a robotics petting zoo with Sphero, Dot and Dash. A member of the Malvern Branch Youth Advisory Group, Janneza, went to the program and shared their experience with us. What happened? At the program, the youth were invited to experiment and complete challenges...

Our 10 Favourite Young Adult Fantasy Reads

July 17, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Submitted by: Sameen Y and Nudrut M., members of Leaside Branch Youth Advisory Group. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor This is the first book in a duology that will whisk you away to a world so beautiful and fine, you'll wish to stay there forever. The sequel is Muse...

Youth Advisory Group Profile: Leaside Branch

July 4, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Youth Advisory Group volunteers attend a session on 3D Design at Leaside Branch. The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a group of teenagers who volunteer and attend meetings to discuss the development of teen spaces at the library. This blog post explains a little bit about what happens at Leaside...

Top 10: Exam Study Tips

June 14, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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The library is a great place to study for exams. Pictured: Toronto Reference Library. Teen volunteer Ryan G. from the Leaside Branch Youth Advisory Group pulled together these top 10 tips to help you prepare for exams. Make an exam review and test yourself on the materials. By testing yourself...

Our Library: North York Central

June 7, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) at North York Central Library pose in the stacks. The newly renovated North York Central Library is a great place for teens – whether you're studying, using the Digital Innovation Hub to edit a photo, sewing in the Fabrication Studio or just hanging out –...

Top 10: Humberwood Eats

May 15, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Post by: Humberwood Branch Youth Advisory Group Teen volunteers at Humberwood Branch bonded by coming up with a list of local fast food recommendations. Our Youth Advisory Group was in a bit of a dilemma. Although we’ve been meeting since September, new members would hop in and out of the...

Teen Review: Avengers: Endgame

May 11, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Avengers Endgame has to be one the greatest movies ever produced by Marvel. The Universes population cut in half and there seems to be way of ever undoing what Thanos has done. Even thinking about it sends butterflies to my stomach. Now, before I continue praising this movie you should...

Top 10: Spring Activites

April 26, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Centennial Branch has a Youth Advisory Group and a Youth Hub for after school activities. Toronto is getting ready to enjoy spring and the Centennial Branch Youth Advisory Group volunteers have a lot of tips for you! Read on for spring activity suggestions as well as cool inventions, fruits that...

Youth Advisory Group Profile: Northern District

April 11, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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We have 19 volunteers in our Youth Advisory Group (YAG) at Northern District, and most of us have joined in the past six months. It was a good way to get to know each other as we debated and negotiated to come up with these excellent recommendations. Our top book...

Top 10: High School Survival Tips

March 13, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Youth Advisory Group volunteers at Fairview Branch brainstorm high school survival tips. Teen volunteers in the Fairview Branch Youth Advisory Group have some experience with making the best of high school and are offering their advice about how to get through the challenging parts. Here are their top 10 tips...

Top 10: Favourite March Break Moments

March 5, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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The library is a great place to hang out during March Break. This is Bloor/Gladstone branch. Teen volunteers in the Bloor/Gladstone branch Youth Advisory Group recently reflected on their favourite March Break moments from the past. They've made this list to give you some things to do, look forward to...

Teen Review: Strange the Dreamer

February 25, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha, age 17, Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group member This duology is nothing short of incredible and finishing it has rendered me speechless. I love high fantasy so much and the world in Strange the Dreamer is truly so different from the others I’ve encountered. I'm in awe...

Top 10: Lawrence and Bathurst Eats

February 7, 2019 | Teen Blogger

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Teen volunteers in the Barbara Frum Youth Advisory Group really know their neighbourhood – and they know good food with great value. They've rounded up their top ten places to go if you're in the area. United Bakers (try the pea soup, fries, massive cookie!). Pizza Hut (a Ledbury Park...

Meet the Coaches: Poetry Saved Our Lives

January 16, 2019 | Debbie

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Poetry Saved Our Lives (PSOL) is back at eight Toronto Public Library branches this January. These hands-on workshops provide an amazing opportunity to work directly with a coach to develop your writing, poetry or stories, so we recently caught up with the coaches to ask a few questions. Participants at...