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This week's list of ten awesome Canadian children's books focuses on two topics: comic books and chilling tales. These books offer a mix of fiction and true stories for the little reader in your life, but beware – most titles are only recommended for ages nine and up. Case Files:... Continue reading
Anytime I teach a class on social networks the conversation always turns to privacy at some point. It doesn't matter if we're talking about Facebook, Google, Twitter or any other site - people are always concerned about how companies may use our personal information. While talking about privacy is very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at Computer and Library Learning
Navigating the world of social networks like Facebook and Twitter can be confusing at the beginning. What exactly are these sites? How safe is your personal information? What's a poke or tweet? We will delve into these questions and more on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at York Woods, from 1:30... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
Sorry about that, it seems there is no way to make a permanent link to the Disney Digital Books. You can access them from the left-hand column on the Overdrive page ( - either in the books for Children or the Disney Digital Book ad.
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The Toronto Public Library's digital book collection has recently expanded with the addition of Disney Digital Books, provided through our OverDrive service. Disney Digital Books can be found in the section for Children or through the ad on the OverDrive page. These books are always available, meaning that there will... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2012 at Computer and Library Learning
If often seems to me that there are only two types of travellers - those who plan every detail and those who let spontaneity rule. It doesn't matter why you travel, if you're a thrill seeker, a shopper or an art lover. Chances are that you will fit into one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
There are still spaces available for the Microsoft Word 2007 computer class beginning tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 11th) at York Woods. The class will run from 6 - 7:30pm in our Learning Centre and continue on April 18th and 25th. Come to learn how to open Word, create a file... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
The Toronto Public Library website allows you to search for books, CDs, DVDs, programs, blog posts and more, all through one handy search box. Below is a video tutorial that will help you search for library materials on the Toronto Public Library website. For more information, see the Help with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Computer and Library Learning
The start of baseball season is great for many reasons. Not only does it mean that the Toronto Blue Jays are back, but that the winter has officially ended and the game will soon be played at ballparks across the city. The snap of the ball hitting a leather glove... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
Are you a Food Network junkie? Do you dream about the dishes you would create on Iron Chef or Chopped? Is it your dream to battle it out on Dinner Party Wars? For serious chefs to the dinner party host, look no further than our amazing collections of cookbooks, including... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
It's late at night (or perhaps early in the morning). That ten-page assignment is due at 9am. The library is closed, leaving you without a librarian to help figure out that pesky online database. What can you do? If you're using a Gale database (such as Canada in Context, Opposing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Computer and Library Learning
Food and literature have long been combined, well before the Internet made every diner a possible critic. From Chaucer to James Joyce, the description of meals has entered written works, showing how people have dined (and what they have dined on) in the past. As time has gone on, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
In 2010 the York Woods branch took on a massive undertaking to create the Black Creek Living History website, which chronicles the changes that have taken place in the Black Creek neighbourhood throughout the past sixty years. The project included a bus tour, speaker series and the recording of interviews... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at York Woods District Blog
There is a chance that you might find yourself unwrapping an eReader in a week and a half. It will be new, shiny and may have lots of buttons (or very few). You will hopefully remember your manners and thank the person who gave you this gift. Then you might... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Computer and Library Learning
At the library I work at we often get people coming in to find the latest technology books. These could be about web design, mobile apps, , project management, new software - an endless line of queries, most that I have not heard about. Luckily the library has a great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at Computer and Library Learning
If you're like most people interested in eReaders, the amount of options in the market today can be a headache. New ereaders come out every couple of months, crowding the vast selection that already exists. Which is right for you? And which devices can be used to read library books?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at York Woods District Blog
Whenever I have tried it always seems to search the whole TPL system. Sorry I can't be of more help!
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Yes, this app should be coming out for the Android platform. According to the SirsiDynix blog (, May 9, 2011), it will be "later this year." Because this app is not made by, or specifically for, the Toronto Public Library, we cannot say when this will happen but will let you know when the Android app is created.
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Library users with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch can now have access to their library account through an app called BookMyne. The BookMyne app is great for reviewing the items you have taken out, checking the status of your holds and locating nearby Toronto Public Library branches. There are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Computer and Library Learning
The York Woods branch is home to many exciting resources, but one that we are particularly proud of is the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection. Started in 1973 at the Parkdale branch, the collection focuses on the history and culture of the Black and Caribbean communities, especially those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at York Woods District Blog
On Monday evening, there is an orientation session for the Business Inc. program happening at the York Woods branch. The Business Inc. program is a nine week workshop that helps entrepreneurs looking to start a small business as they prepare/update a business plan. Staff from the Toronto Public Library, Toronto... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at York Woods District Blog
The York Woods branch is now offering an easy way to get information on what is happening in the branch. We have three email lists that will keep you informed about recent news and upcoming programs. All you have to do is send an email with the subject line "Subscribe"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at York Woods District Blog
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