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Last week, the world of children’s literature lost another great creator: E.L. Konigsburg. Known mainly for her thoughtfully written middle grade and young adult fiction, Konigsburg was also an accomplished illustrator of picture books. She was one of only five authors who have won two Newbery Medal awards. In an... Continue reading
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Before any major holiday, library customers raid each branch’s seasonal picture book shelves, clearing them almost entirely for weeks. With St. Patrick’s Day arriving early next week, it might be difficult to find books on this holiday. Luckily, St. Patrick’s Day celebrates all things Irish and is a perfect opportunity... Continue reading
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I love discovering lost or hidden gems in my branch’s huge picture book collection. I’ve since started building piles of books for thematic displays, books for storytime I haven’t used before and books that haven’t circulated but deserve another kick at the can to get them in the hands of... Continue reading
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Every January, Toronto Public Library celebrates Family Literacy Day. This year’s theme, '15 Minutes of Fun', promotes the concept that taking 15 minutes each day to read or try out an activity can greatly improve a child’s literacy skills. This year, Family Literacy Day takes place on January 27th, but... Continue reading
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As librarians, we see first-hand what materials kids are actually reading and getting excited about. Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of anticipation in children’s books with new trends bubbling up to the surface each year. But what does the future hold for children's literature? Scholastic Book... Continue reading
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When December arrives our city is decorated in lights marking the beginning of the Christmas season. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto is home to people with various ethnic backgrounds including those who celebrate holidays other than Christmas and specific to their cultural heritage. One... Continue reading
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“Do you have any Diary of a Wimpy Kid books?” I’m asked this question at least once a day, if not more, when working the children’s reference desk. My answer to them is the same every time: “These books are so popular, they’re never on the shelf. I’ll have to... Continue reading
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Librarians love when kids’ books, especially books in a series, are adapted into movies. We all hope that a good adaptation will spark an interest in reading, whether it’s the original material, other books in a series, other books by the author or even featured nonfiction subject matter. But there’s... Continue reading
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The North York Central Library will host an annual youth event that focuses on the artistic and creative talents of youth within the city of Toronto. The Young Voices Conference is organized by the Toronto Public Library with a focus on creating space for youth to get a chance to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Cedarbrae Blog
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For children, the back-to-school season can be a time of real stress and anxiety. Picture books and beginning readers tend to ease the anxiety that many children face and focus on the positive elements of school including meeting new friends, learning new things, friendly teachers and lots of play. For... Continue reading
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The TD Summer Reading Club is underway at your local library and continues to be a great way to keep your children reading, all summer long. Children who read over the summer maintain their reading skills when they return to school in the Fall. The key to keeping the enthusiasm... Continue reading
One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Cedarbrae Branch is how to print a document from one of our free public access computers. It may seem a bit complicated at first, but once you know the steps, you’ll be printing in no time. Print stations at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Cedarbrae Blog
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A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (a pen name for writer Daniel Handler) introduced readers to the Baudelaire children and their evil uncle Count Olaf over 13 popular volumes. Throughout the series Snicket acts as the narrator, stepping in, here and there, with hilarious comments about what’s happening... Continue reading
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Looking for something to do with your kids this weekend? Something that will Instantly transform you into parental superstars? The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is happening this weekend (May 5-6) at the Toronto Reference Library and this year hosts some of the biggest names in comics and graphic novels for... Continue reading
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Booklists are great. With the huge number of books that are published every year it’s hard to keep track. Booklists help me find the best books that are being published each year and give me ideas on books to recommend to kids in the library. One such booklist is the... Continue reading
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I was browsing my Google Reader the other day and noticed that a friend of mine shared a post from PBS on Steampunk. The video clip focuses mainly on the artistic aspects of Steampunk but is also a decent introduction to what the genre is all about. Steampunk is a... Continue reading
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And now I love these guys! The Elephant & Piggie series was devised by creator Mo Willems. Willems began his career writing and working in animation for Sesame Street that earned him six Emmy awards. He then went on to write for other animated series until he began a successful... Continue reading
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One graphic novel series parents might recognize from hearing excited requests and seeing their kids devour volume after volume is Bone by Jeff Smith. Bone is truly one of the best children’s graphic novels available because of its wide appeal across age groups, gender and genres. Imagine a trio of... Continue reading
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Neil Gaiman writes books for adults and children; he writes graphic novels, picture books and fantasy novels. He also says very wise, timely things including this quote, woven into the carpet at the new Gungahlin Public Library in Canberra, Australia. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Cedarbrae Blog
The North York Central Library host an annual youth event that focuses on the artistic and creative talents of the youth within the city of Toronto. The Young Voices Conference is organized by the Toronto Public Library with a focus on creating space for youth to get a chance to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at Cedarbrae Blog
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Parents’ natural instinct to protect their children from harm is completely understandable. But what about shielding them from potentially disturbing images or scenes in books? An article in today’s Boston Globe explores this phenomenon—how some parents skip over violent, scary or things they feel are inappropriate when reading to their... Continue reading
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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being an adult who is excited for a children’s book to arrive in stores or at the library. For me, that book is Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Invention of Hugo Cabret arriving mid-September. Wonderstruck tells two stories of two children,... Continue reading
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Over the past few years, I’ve discovered Toronto’s amazing beaches across the lake on Toronto Island. No need to hop on a plane south to enjoy some sand, sun and surf (well, at least between June and August) The beach is a great place to relax and unwind—build sandcastles, take... Continue reading
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Summer reading is a great time for kids to relax and read stories they enjoy. More often than not, I’ve seen kids with their noses buried in their favourite graphic novel or comic book. Now before you start saying that comics aren’t real reading or that they’re often inappropriate for... Continue reading
We know that teens need community service hours in order to graduate from high school. Toronto Public Library’s Youth Advisory Groups are a great place to fulfil those hours but they offer so much more. I’m honoured to be the facilitator for Cedarbrae’s developing Youth Advisory Group. We are the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Cedarbrae Blog