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Vintage suitcases
Kathleen, Queen's Square | May 24, 2016
My first experience of literary tourism was early in my teens. It was our second trip to the East Coast, towing a trailer behind our van. We stopped... Read More»
Baseball diamond at night
Phil, Queen's Square | May 4, 2016
It’s springtime and if you’re like me you’re looking to get outside and pick up your level of activity. So what can the Toronto Blue Jays do for you... Read More»
Play Works Youth Friendly Community designation
Megan, Queen's Square | May 3, 2016
“A youth friendly community is one that actively supports and provides opportunities for the growth and development of youth (ages 13 to 19) through... Read More»
Boy holding his head looking stressed
Megan, Queen's Square | May 3, 2016
It’s Children’s Mental Health Week from May 1 to 7, 2016 which reminds us that anyone can be affected by mental health and stress, even kids. You can... Read More»
May the 4th be with You Cubee Craft Display
Brooke, Clemens Mill & Preston | May 2, 2016
Our Preston branch is embracing National Star Wars Day this May the Fourth with a display that includes some of our coolest Star Wars materials like... Read More»
Ruby by Cynthia Bond book cover, Image courtesy of Syndetics, 2016
Susan, Hespeler | May 2, 2016
Some of my favourite authors have been shortlisted for the Orange Prize, now known as the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and debut novels are... Read More»
Phineas with his winter coat on, ready for a walk
Loretta, Queen's Square | May 2, 2016
I recently acquired a new dog. A Humane Society rescue. Not a puppy, but a 2 or 3 year old poodle mix, with a few issues. He can be very sweet, but... Read More»
Celebrating Success with the VLS!
Shannon, Queen's Square | May 2, 2016
It was a day to celebrate the contribution of our volunteers. The 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Reception brought together the committed adult... Read More»
Sign Language
Jessica, Queen's Square | May 2, 2016
I’ve always wanted to learn sign language but it seemed like such a daunting task.  Sure I could look up videos on the Internet and learn signs that... Read More»
Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD cover, Image courtesy of Syndetics, 2016
Sarah R. | April 28, 2016
May 4th is Official Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you... get it?!) Take a chance this day to explore the amazing world of Star Wars -- jedi... Read More»