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Best Friend Day falls on June 8, 2017. Though the day is still unofficial and not extensively celebrated everywhere, it serves as a suitable opportunity for us to share our favourite stories about having a best friend. We can make a best friend early on in life and sometimes, quite... Continue reading
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You may have seen or at least heard about Donald Trump's now infamous tweet. If you haven't, here it is, in all its glory: Inspired by the U.S. President’s use of a nonsense word, I’d like to share my favourite children’s books that employ the same strategy. In these books,... Continue reading
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It is my turn to share ten of my favourite picture books written by Canadian authors. Of the chosen titles, you will recognize a few notable classics. These have stood the test of time, and I am young enough to remember my parents, teachers, and librarians reading them to me... Continue reading
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The wide theatrical release of The BFG movie is set for July 1, 2016. Based on the popular children’s book written by Roald Dahl, The BFG tells the story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall,... Continue reading
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All children can benefit from an increased understanding of concepts from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, commonly referred to as STEM. Schools are preparing children for an increasingly STEM-driven workforce. Additionally, STEM is everywhere; its core concepts run through all of our everyday lives. As a parent or educator of... Continue reading
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Andrew Luck, the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, has launched an online book club. Among his teammates and the media, Andrew is recognized for his passion for reading. He is often referred to as the “NFL’s unofficial librarian”. The mission of the new book club is simple: to share... Continue reading
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It’s important to show young readers that reading can be a lot of fun. Children will show more interest in reading when they see that books are fun. When interest in reading grows, reading skills will improve through increased exposure and practice. Is there anything sillier and more fun to... Continue reading
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As a student, I did research in the field of reading development. One of my favourite studies involved an examination of narrative skills (the ability to describe events and tell stories) in young children. In order to measure differences in narrative ability, we asked children to tell us a story... Continue reading
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Like many kids, I spent a good deal of my childhood playing sports in my backyard. When it was too cold, I settled for the basement. When I wasn’t accidently knocking down the fruit on the backyard trees or shooting tennis balls against the basement furnace – much to my... Continue reading
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I’m not embarrassed to admit this: I can’t carry a tune. I generally avoid singing whenever possible, but when it comes to reading with kids, I’ll make an exception. Children have a natural love for music and singing and whenever I sing – no matter how poorly – I usually... Continue reading
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On Friday August 14, 2015, staff at the Main Street Branch found this note pinned to an Asterix book in the book drop: Staff were touched with the gesture and found the note adorable. The next day, on a whim, I decided to send the note to our social media... Continue reading
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Convincing pre-readers to sit for a story can oftentimes be a tough sell. You may find that with toddlers, energy levels are high, interest in stories is low, or, as I sometimes find when reading to a new group of kids, they just aren’t comfortable enough with me to sit... Continue reading
Thanks for the suggestions, Maureen and Claire. I'll be sure to check out Artemis Fowl and Vordak the Incomprehensible. I'm always looking for new ideas for the club.
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It’s amazing how vivid our memory can be for experiences we had in our youth. I remember being in fourth grade and reading Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet. I thought it was fantastic; I couldn’t put it down, and I even remember waking up early on a Saturday morning (which was completely... Continue reading
Thanks for this post and the recommended titles. I'd also recommend "Among the Truthers" by Jonathan Kay, a book I really enjoyed: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2749091&R=2749091
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With the school year winding down, it’s a great time to think about coming to the library for some of our wonderful programs. Here is a list of the programs we will be offering for children and tweens in July and August. Pyjama Time: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Barbara Frum District Blog
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As a children’s librarian, I live in a world of picture books. The glossy pages, great illustrations, and simple text found in picture books are great for young readers, and even better for parents to read to children at bedtime. But how about after your child has gone to bed?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Barbara Frum District Blog
Did you know...? ...that this Tuesday, March 20, 2012 is Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! Written by Eric Carle, the book follows a caterpillar as it eats through a variety of food items on its way to becoming a butterfly. The book has won numerous children's literature awards and has sold... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
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He’s Hip! He’s Hoppin’! He’s Happenin’ at the York Woods branch on Friday January 27, 2012. Join us as former Treehouse TV star Lenny Graf brings his music to our theatre from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. for Family Literacy Day. This fun-filled, energetic performance will have you singing along to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
Feeling bored over the Holidays? Itching to get out of the house? Come join us for free movies at the York Woods Theatre! On Wednesday December 28, we are showing Disney's "A Christmas Carol", an animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at York Woods District Blog
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With the NBA season all set to kick off on Christmas Day, it is a fitting time to present some of the Toronto Public Library's best bets for basketball (click on the book covers for direct access to our library catalogue): Shaq Uncut: My Story In this candid new autobiography,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at York Woods District Blog
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The York Woods Branch is pleased to announce a variety of programs for children over the holidays. Family Movies: Join us in the York Woods Theatre for a FREE screening of these movies: Please pick up tickets 30 minutes before the show at 12:30 p.m. at the box office. For... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at York Woods District Blog
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