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Jen
Toronto Public Library
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In order to protect Earth and mankind from a hostile alien race, known as “Buggers," the government institutes a breeding program to engineer children to become the perfect soldiers, capable of fighting and vanquishing the impending second wave of Bugger attacks. Andrew “Ender” Wiggins is one of these children. Taken... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at TPL Teens
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It’s that time of year again! The First and Best Booklist of 2013 has just been unveiled and features the year’s absolute best in Canadian children’s literature from birth to age five. The First and Best Booklist is part of our Ready for Reading initiative. For those unfamiliar with Ready... Continue reading
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Another school year has begun, and for those children who struggle with reading, surviving another year may seem a daunting task. Leading to Reading is a free, literacy-based program that assists children in Grades 1-6 who struggle with reading. Through the assistance of volunteers, the program strives to turn reading... Continue reading
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Summer reading isn’t just for kids! On June 24, the fifth Word Out: Teen Summer Reading was officially launched and will run until Labour Day. Word Out, is funded by the TD Bank Group, and features events and workshops in Toronto Public Library branches over the course of the summer.... Continue reading
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The year is 1918 and America is a strange and dangerous place to be living. The Great War is raging in Europe and young men are being shipped in large numbers to fight on the front lines. Meanwhile, the Spanish Influenza is waging its own war on America. The atmosphere... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at TPL Teens
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Did you know that children can hear the sound of a letter most easily when it is at the beginning of a word? Learning about different shapes, and recognizing them, helps your child learn how letters are formed and prepares them to learn the alphabet. To read, children must understand... Continue reading
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Being familiar with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and reading. Noticing that print is all around, that it carries a message and has meaning, is a very important connection your child will make. So, how do we help them make this connection? It’s simple really, and you... Continue reading
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What happens first, next and last? As you read with your child, take time to talk together about the book. Don’t feel the need to read the book straight through to the end without stopping before you can have these discussions. It is perfectly alright to stop on a page... Continue reading
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Did you know that by playing “I Spy” with your child you actually encourage vocabulary building? “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” by asking your child to find something according to the category, shape, colour and size that you have described to them, you teach them how... Continue reading
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Enjoying books often and together on a daily basis is the first step towards developing a love of reading in your child. Making reading time a fun and enjoyable experience demonstrates to your child that reading is a good thing. The question we as librarians get asked most often by... Continue reading
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This is the sequel to I Hunt Killers…which I liked, despite having figured out who the killer was by the midway point of the book. Barry Lyga’s style reminds me of Lynda LaPlante and Minette Walters, two British adult fiction mystery writers who I absolutely love, mainly because they are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at TPL Teens
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Let's get Ready for Reading: A fun and easy guide to help kids become readers, was launched on March 26, 2013. It’s been out for a month now, and we’ve received great response. The guide was developed as a fun, research-based booklet for parents, caregivers and educators of children from... Continue reading
Check out Tribute Magazine's interview with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The authors of Beautiful Creatures discuss the inspiration for the series and also the movie. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at TPL Teens
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The movie, which came out on February 14, was panned on Rotten Tomatoe and also on the IMDB ...which is a bummer as there are some pretty big name actors in it. I've yet to see the film, the plan is to go this weekend, so I'll have to update... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at TPL Teens
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