Flourishing Knitting Circle at Kennedy/Eglinton

I dropped into my home branch, Kennedy/Eglinton, this evening to pick up a book on hold (Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler). As I passed the open door of the program room, a jolly sight met my eyes. Members of the Tuesday evening knitting circle were closely gathered around several tables. Deeply engaged in conversation and …

“Duppies, Jumbies, and Old Time Tales” at Weston Library

Due to a series of unfortunate transit events, I arrived late for this Black History Month event at Weston Library. When I came into the program room, a group of three adults and five children were watching an animated film called Mind Me Good Now! (2005) in attentive silence. I was soon absorbed in the …

Informative Event for Artists

A few evenings ago, I attended “Calling All Artists!” at Northern District Library. The massive turnout filled a huge meeting room and had staff scrambling to add rows of chairs to accommodate all the Toronto artists eager to learn more about exhibiting their work at the Toronto Public Library. Four speakers talked us through the …

“My Personal Testimony” by Holocaust Survivor Hedy Bohm

This morning I went to Mount Pleasant Library to hear Hedy Bohm tell her story of survival. A quietly charismatic woman with a vivid orange scarf, Hedy didn’t waste a moment of the pre-talk waiting time. She greeted the two classes of grade 7 and 8 students and passed around large photos of Auschwitz, Birkenau …

Today’s Program at Deer Park Library: Personal Testimony of Holocaust Survivor Helen Schwartz

November 1-9 is the 30th Annual Holocaust Education Week, and I was grateful to attend an unforgettable afternoon talk as part of this educational program. In the upstairs room at the Deer Park Library, 85 year-old Helen Schwartz testified to the loss of her entire family and “everything that was dear to me.” In the …

Blog Talk at Kennedy/Eglinton Library

I’m blogging live from Kennedy/Eglinton branch with Joan, Raymon, and a few others.  I’ve been talking about my library blog and details like the window seats and tall grasses! I’ve just asked the participants at today’s event what they like about the library. Joan likes the smell and the feel of books, the printed page. …