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Wendy
North York Central Library
Opinionated librarian; v. avid eReader.
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Do you know: The best food to stock your bird-feeder with if you want to attract cardinals? Which two species of owl regularly nest in Toronto? Why burdock plants are dangerous to songbirds? How to make Indigo Buntings feel safe? How you can become a bird rescue volunteer? If the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
I hope you like it this time! I was just talking to another friend who read it on my recommendation, and didn't like it at all... you just never know.
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We hope you'll enjoy it!
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Charlotte's Web is so, so good.
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Oh, good ones! I blush to admit I've never read Watership Down (I think I started when I was too young and was traumatized out of it...)
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You never know what squid might be getting up to. Best to keep a close eye on them.
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Our lead selector of adult books, Valerie, and her team have been hard at work again, combing through the hundreds of new books coming out this fall and placing them in library branches. (To hear more about how they work, listen to this podcast). Here are the new titles Valerie... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Do you have a kid who’s learning to read? Or one who can't read yet, but loves to hear a good story? We have a fun new format for them to try: All-in-One Read-Alongs. All-in-one Read-Alongs are picture books with a built-in audio player, so kids can listen to the... Continue reading
I feel like "Anne vs. Emily" could be a personality test question on the Myers-Briggs or something.
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Right?!! So many memories!! Did you encounter John Bellairs (The House with the Clock in its Walls, etc.)? And Susan B. Cooper? I feel like those would also fit on this list. Reading as a kid was the best.
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My mom used to read me these! I loved them, too. "I wonder WHAT will happen tomorrow?"
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Hi Janet, Wendy here again. You're right - I looked at the Ontario Author Project page, and it does say May 31st. The contest is not organized by the library, so there must have been some crossed wires about the dates. The good news is, there's still time to sort this out! I'm currently on vacation, but I recognize how frustrating this must be for you, so I'm trying to help. As I said I would in my email, I have forwarded your questions to the organizers of the contest, and am awaiting their reply. I will get back to you as soon as I hear from them. Thanks for your patience.
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This Indigenous History Month, from June 3 to 30th, readers all across Canada are invited to read Glass Beads: Stories by Dawn Dumont as part of the One eRead Canada campaign. Along with other urban libraries across Canada, Toronto Public Library will make the ebook and eaudiobook editions of Glass... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Valerie has every book-lover's dream job: she coordinates the selection of print books for adults at Toronto Public Library. In other words, she and her team of selectors investigate nearly every book that we order. (It's a lot of work - you can hear her talk about how they do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Dublin City Council has just announced the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award. This award is particularly exciting for a couple of reasons: The prize consists of 100,000 euros, or nearly 150,000 Canadian dollars, making it one of the richer literary awards in the world. To put it in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Hi Joey, I just heard back from the Collections Specialist, and unfortunately we don't offer access to the Replica edition of the NYT through either NYTimes.com or Pressreader. Sorry about that! Wendy
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Good to know - thanks! For what it's worth, I'm getting the same result as you. I suspect it's because we don't have access to the NYT via the library's PressReader account, but I'll try to confirm that with the specialist. If I learn more, I'll let you know!
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Hi Joey, I'll pass your question on to the specialist who works with the Times. Quick question - are you logging on with your personal, paid PressReader account, or the one you access with your library card? thanks, Wendy
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The people in line after you send their thanks!
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How frustrating! I'll check in with our OverDrive person and see if I can find out what was going on there. I've never heard of it presenting that behaviour before.
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Hi AC, Sorry, you can't - you have to stop it manually.
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This looks incredible.
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Hi Terry, You can! In http://tpl.ca/overdrive , 1. Search for a title. If we don't have it: 2. In the left-hand navigation menu under Availability, select Recommend To Library. 3. Browse the list of suggested matches. If you find the book you're looking for, select "Recommend" underneath the book. (You may have to log in with your library card to complete the transaction.) 4. A purchase request will be sent to library staff, and you'll be notified by email if the book is acquired. If the book you want to recommend doesn't appear in that list, it means that it's not available through OverDrive. You can recommend one new title per month.
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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. In honour of Freedom to Read Week, we decided to ask them about their favourite books for the category, "A book that has been banned or challenged". About Freedom to Read Week Freedom to Read... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books