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Kids at home? Keep them reading! The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program and an initiative of the Ontario Library Association. This annual celebration of Canadian literature features ten awards with ten nominated books for each award. The Forest is usually a paid program, but it's now... Continue reading
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Children are natural wonderers. They ask questions to understand themselves and the world around them. What better place than the library to find answers to these questions. Toronto Public Library offers Summer Wonder programs and activities in all branches. There's still time to visit your local branch and have your... Continue reading
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Phones – we spend so much time on them these days. If we’re not calling someone, we’re texting, playing games, or searching online. Why not add Toronto Public Library’s Dial-a-Story to the list of possibilities and bring wonderful stories into your home? Dial-a-Story is a free service, easily reached by... Continue reading
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No plans for March Break? There's plenty to do at Toronto Public Library. All branches have at least one special event to add some excitement to your week. Look through the March Break program listings on the website. There are STEM-themed programs, Magic, Music, Puppetry & Theatre, Camps, French programs,... Continue reading
Thanks, Katherine. On Sunday, November 11 at sunset, bells across Canada will ring 100 times to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. In Toronto, these Bells of Peace will ring at 4:56 p.m. https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/toronto-remembers-the-wars/remembrance-day/bells-of-peace-participants/
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Thank you for your comment, Marilena. Mr. Garnet shared his wartime experiences with children at Toronto Public Library and he was also a frequent speaker at schools through The Memory Project. In 2012, Sam Garnet was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for this contribution.
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My grandfather served in the British Army and was evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk during the Second World War. Like so many veterans, he never spoke of those years. He died when I was too young to know about war, or to have any questions to ask. My questions... Continue reading
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Do you find yourself thinking about the fall? Are you stressed about sending your kids back to school - the morning rush - all of those lunches, backpacks and water bottles to fill? Shelve those thoughts! Summer Wonder continues at TPL! There’s still time to soak up the sun, and... Continue reading
Excellent suggestions! Thanks, Katherine.
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Jessica, thanks for sharing the post and maybe you will be inspired to share some cookies, too! :)
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Thanks, Katherine. Happy gingerbread baking!
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Thanks for sharing, Muriel! The children of Bergen crafted such a stunning replica of their city. Definitely worth a look.
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Type “gingerbread” into the Toronto Public Library's search box and you will find many stories about delicious little cookies that like to run – and boast about it. “Run, run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me! I’m the Gingerbread Man.” This familiar childhood character has been... Continue reading
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The Forest of Reading is ready to rock reading for 2018. The lists of nominated titles have been announced and you and your children can be part of the excitement. What is the Forest of Reading? The Forest of Reading, run by the Ontario Library Association (OLA), is Canada’s largest... Continue reading
I agree, Jessica, that Bernice Thurman Hunter’s series has wide appeal. Children, teens and adults will enjoy Booky's story as she matures from a ten-year-old girl into a young woman working at Eaton’s department store. I read the series as a young adult and then had the pleasure of meeting Bernice Thurman Hunter at a library author visit. She was as spunky and as delightful as her main character.
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They certainly are, Muriel. In his foreward to O Canada, Harrison writes that "each illustration in this book has been a labour of love to portray the country for which I feel such a great affection." Ted Harrison died in 2015, but his exceptional art lives on. Thank you for your comment.
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The celebration of Canadian children's literature continues with 10 books that range from the humorous to the thoughtful, from the classic to the new favourite. They celebrate our landscape, our history, and our talented Canadian writers and illustrators. O Canada by Ted Harrison (ages 7-12) With a glowing heart, Ted... Continue reading
Hi Judy. I looked Go to Sleepy, Little Sheepy up online and it does look sweet. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Alana, thanks for the suggestion. I have placed a hold on "How to Put Your Parents to Bed" and will share it with Little One :)
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Thank you for your comment, Katherine.
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Bedtime – sshhhh, or should I shout it out gleefully – BEDTIME! That long-awaited break at the end of every child-filled day. Little One has asked her final “I want to know everything” question and is rubbing her eyes. Jammies are on, teeth are brushed, stuffed toy is tucked in... Continue reading
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