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There was a dark side to the story of John James Audubon. To draw the beautiful birds that he was obsessed with painting and cataloguing, he killed many of the birds. Sometimes he killed more than one of the same species to be able to capture the detail that he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
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I was reading Willa Cather’s wonderful novel, O Pioneers!, and musing about a world that I have no direct experience of . . . farming. Without such prompts, city folk like me perhaps don’t think much about farming. I fall into lazy notions of a bucolic world where adorable cows... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at North York Central Library Blog
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Tim Falconer, who is among the statistically tiny percentage of people who are completely tone deaf, loves music. This puts him into an even tinier percentage of that tiny group. One of the things that sets Falconer apart, again, is that he's chosen to address his musical shortcomings by trying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me -- like food or water." -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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Let’s grapple for a moment with another of the universe’s eternal puzzles. Is there life elsewhere, besides here on earth? Neil deGrasse Tyson at NASA says that “most astrophysicists accept a high probability of there being life elsewhere in the universe, if not on other planets or on moons within... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
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Mr. Stephen Biggs is a self-described fig pig. He seems to have been born to the role, suited as his name is to his vocation (at least if you like rhymes). But what is it that draws a man to a fruit tree with such passion and commitment? He isn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
Thanks for this Carolyn. A useful package of information for delightful small packages of joy.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2016 on My Grand Plans at North York Central Library Blog
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The Human Genome Project finished mapping the three billion-or-so chemical base pairs that make the how-to-build-a-human instructions code in 2003. It was a monumental step. But of course each human’s code is unique, and the difficulty of “reading” the genomic map means that in some sense this was just the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at North York Central Library Blog
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Canada is a country that thrives on immigration. So there are systems in place to help immigrants move into their new lives in Canada as easily as possible. In fact, new changes in immigration processes (some of them controversial) allow skilled and highly educated immigrants to be “fast-tracked” into Canada... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at North York Central Library Blog
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Sometimes, it is just what you pay attention to. Ever wondered, for example, how people saw the constellations – shapes of bears, hunters, scorpions, while we see undifferentiated masses of stars? That is if we’re lucky enough, here in the well-lighted city, to see the stars at all? photo credit:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at North York Central Library Blog
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As baby boomers approach old age, and as we’re living longer, topics like brain health and prevention of age-related cognitive decline are making headlines, but also a matter we come across in our personal lives. The brain is at the centre of everything we do, who we are, what we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at North York Central Library Blog
The happy appointment of William Robins to the Victoria University (UofT) presidency had me thinking about the value of storytelling in different kinds of settings. For Robins, storytelling and humanities are the subject of his medieval studies research, and how he sees his mandate as a champion of the cultural... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at North York Central Library Blog
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...whether intricately prepared or straight from the freezer, whether from the backyard garden or shiny supermarket. The dudes at my dog park talk pork recipes, my sister has inordinate pride in her pie crusts. Tomorrow (Feb. 12), is the last day of Winterlicious, the Toronto festival that allows us all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at North York Central Library Blog
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Running Into the Eye of History: The Girl in the Picture Denise Chong, author of The Girl in the Picture, will present a slide show and discuss how the photograph of Kim Phuc came to be - its power and effect on the subject herself, and on the war in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Agincourt District Libraries Blog
A public artwork by Canadian artist Peter Powning is under way, but he needs your help to ensure it's a true reflection of your community. The bronze sculptures, in the form of two towering pinnacles, will be located on the site of Cranbrooke Village, the condominium being built at Bathurst... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Barbara Frum District Blog
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During World War II the Japanese Army forced more than 200,000 women from across Asia into a sexual slavery system; the victims are euphemisticaly known as "Comfort Women". Without receiving an official apology, survivors are still waiting for justice. Join us in solidarity and conversation. Panel Discussion Tuesday Oct. 22,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Barbara Frum District Blog
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When people select books on CD, they usually are planning for a long car trip, or they have a vision impairment, or they are trying to learn a language and want to hear it spoken well. Otherwise, stories heard instead of read are something of a novelty, I think. How... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at Barbara Frum District Blog
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Vanishing Point Directed by Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs “NAVARANA is an Inughuit elder, a Polar Eskimo from the most remote corner of the planet: the northwest tip of Greenland. Thanks to her ancestor, an Inuit shaman who led an epic journey across the High Arctic in the 1860s,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Agincourt District Libraries Blog
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Agincourt Library and the National Film Board present director Rosie Dransfeld's new documentary, Who Cares?, about the "gritty and dangerous world of Edmonton's sex trade workers' heartbreaking cycle of addiction, violence and prostitution." Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 6-8 pm. There will be a short discussion after the film. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Agincourt District Libraries Blog
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Agincourt Library is participating in the National Film Board's program to screen recent, NFB-developed documentaries and short films in public libraries. The four-film series kicks off on Monday, Sept. 17 at 6:15 pm with Pink Ribbons, Inc. Directed by Lea Pool, the film challenges the accepted narrative about pink ribbon... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Agincourt District Libraries Blog
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Thrilling Tales (A Story Time for Adults) Agincourt Library Program Room Thurs. June 28, 2-3 pm (tea and cookies too!) Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Agincourt District Libraries Blog
Thanks LC. In some sense, it appears they always were. Just that science is catching up with intuition?
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When I was a child I had a doll whose factory name was Sweet Tears. My grandfather, apprised of the doll's special talents (Sweet Tears could "drink," and pee, and as her name suggests, cry) was flummoxed. Why, even if you liked dolls, would you want it to do those... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Agincourt District Libraries Blog
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. . . to Tea and Books @ Agincourt Library. Hope to see you on Tuesday, March 20, 2:00 pm (Agincourt is at 155 Bonis Ave., Scarborough)! Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2012 at Agincourt District Libraries Blog
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Could be the strange, mild weather here in Toronto that accounts for a strange, as yet unidentified bird in my front yard this morning. Could also be that I don’t know enough about birds. This one was brown, utterly fearless, something like a pigeon or dove in colour but closer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Agincourt District Libraries Blog