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Blogging about Toronto Public Library's Innovation Hubs, with a focus on its use by children, youth, and families.
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Hitting, yelling, throwing tantrums, biting, not eating, etc. These are some behaviours you may be familiar with if you have a young child in your life. While the reasons for challenging behaviours may be complex and hard to simplify, they are sometimes a result of a child not being able... Continue reading
Do you have party plans yet? We've been planning parties all across the city just for you and your family. We'll be indoors counting down to noon, who wants to be outside with kids at midnight, anyway? Celebrate the beginning of 2017 with us at select library locations across the... Continue reading
The ukulele is a musical instrument that is very accessible to children. Its small size is perfect for little fingers, and it sounds great even if your child (or you!) aren't able to play it perfectly just yet. Live music has the ability to immediately grab a child's attention in... Continue reading
Oh no!! I'm so sad to hear this. Anna was such a great writer, knowing how to tell stories perfectly for little ones. Her Llama Llama books are always a big hit at storytime. So sad to hear.
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Thanks, Katherine! This is so true. STEM for little kids isn't scary at all, in fact I think it is actually really easy since kids are already interested in STEM things like counting, colours, bugs, dinosaurs, animals, etc. Nothing scary about it at all! STEM is just a not so great (in my opinion!) acronym that makes this sound more complicated than it actually is.
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It's never too early to have fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)! Many schools for older children already incorporate these four areas in their curriculum, offering students the opportunity to explore STEM concepts, and also preparing them to be competitive in an increasingly STEM based workforce. But did... Continue reading
Hi Katherine! I love that these kids are taking the time to design what they want! Such a great way to be practical and creative at the same time. My ideal playground probably wouldn't have monkey bars! :P I also love the idea of community action to make your neighbourhood better. Last week I helped re-open Silvercreek Park in Etobicoke, a revitalization that was community driven. It never had a playground, and now it has a beautiful playground for all the kids to play in!
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Parks and playgrounds are a vital part of a growing child's life. They are places where kids can explore the world, meet new friends and have fun! I remember going to the park all the time as a child. My local playground had a really big slide. Climbing the ladder... Continue reading
I'm so excited to see the completed project! Will it be compiled into a book, or online blog, or something else, and then made available publicly? Amazing work, Christina! So glad that the library is supporting your work!
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Being savvy with technology is a key characteristic of the newest generation of kids - more often than not they are seen playing with tablets, smartphones, or some other electronic device. But this isn't always a negative trait. Technology can offer kids a new way to play, and also to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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Are you looking for a space that you can use to practice your photography, filmmaking, or music skills? The Fort York Branch has a bookable room that can be used as an amateur photography and recording studio. The Media Lab, as part of the Digital Innovation Hub, is an enclosed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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Last week the Fort York Branch's Builders' Club, an after school club for builders, designers, creators and innovators who want to learn new skills and explore new technologies began their adventures into the land of video game design with Scratch. Scratch is a free, web-based, visual programming platform created by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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