Mini Film Fest

Join us at lunch today in the Library.  The Film Dept will be screening their FLOW Week Film productions.  Open to all.

The screenings will not take the entire lunchhour so please eat lunch before or after the event.  Screenings are scheduled to begin at 11:40am.


Passages: Carleton University Creative Writing Contest

The timelines are kind of tight but…  Carleton University is currently accepting entries to it’s Creative Writing Contest.

  • This year’s theme: Passages: Transitions Between Worlds
  • Two age categories:
    18 and under; over 18
    Two writing categories: Poetry and Short Story
    Canadian and International Entries Welcome!
  • Winning entries will be featured in a peer-reviewed anthology of prose and poetry published in spring 2015 by In/Words Magazine and Press. They will also receive a $300 cash prize.
  • Second-prize winners will receive $100. First and second-place winners will receive books donated by House of Anansi Press.
  • Postmark Deadline: February 15, 2015
  • Winners will be announced March 15th, 2015.

Find all the details here.

Writers’ Week: Day Four

WOW!  What a day!  Yet again…  This is getting repetitive!

Two visiting authors in today: Anthony deSa all morning with Grades 9 and 10, and Sharon McKay this afternoon working with Grade 11 and 12 students.

And once again… All very different one from the other – as you’d expect – but all delightfully informative and interesting.  A few teary moments in each of today’s sessions.

This week has been PHENOMENAL.  My cheeks will be hurting for days to come.

Thanks to all of our authors.  And thanks to you, the students, for being such great audiences.  I hope you got as much out of this week as I did.

Back to business as usual in the Library on Monday.

Emerging Voices Creative Writers’ Conference 2015

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This free creative writing conference for youth 17-24 gives young writers a chance to meet and interact with a variety of professionals, students and other young writers, and celebrate the diversity of Toronto’s writing community.

Work with award winning poet, storyteller and writers, including George Elliot Clarke,J. Torres, Trevor Haldenby, Farzana Doctor, Andrew Westoll, Daniel Tysdal, Nino Ricci and Richard Scarsbrook.

Hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough Students of English Literature & Film (SELF) in partnership with the Toronto Public Library.

NFB Canada Day Challenge 2015

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In 2015, Canada celebrates the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, and the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada. Drawing inspiration from these events, youth can participate in the 2015 Canada Day Challenge by submitting their creations in three exciting categories:

  • Draw it!
  • Snap it!
  • Write it!

There will be a total of nine finalists selected, three from each category. Three finalists will also be selected as the National Winners to represent each category as part of winning posters for Celebrate Canada.

Get ready to pack your bags for an unforgettable, all-expenses-paid adventure in the Nation’s Capital Region!
This year, nine grand-prize trips for two to Ottawa will be awarded: finalists and their family members will get the chance to attend Canada Day 2015 celebrations, receive VIP access to exciting places, and meet some of Canada’s most inspiring personalities. They’ll also tour museums, galleries, and so much more!

Lights! Camera! Action!
Finalists will also have the opportunity to work with the NFB’s amazingly talented team of Education Specialists, who will help them create their very own short films about their adventures in Ottawa.

Learn more at the Canada Day Challenge 2015 website.

Writers’ Week: Day Three

WOW!  What a day!  Yet again…

Three visiting authors in today: Eric Walters all morning with Grades 9 and 10, Michelle Berry and Catherine Bush this afternoon working with Grade 11 and 12 students.  And once again… All very different one from the other – as you’d expect – but all delightfully informative and interesting.

It really is a shame that tomorrow is the last day.  I could keep doing this for a lot longer…

Canada Reads 2015

Oh dear!  In all the excitement – and business – of this week I completely missed posting this year’s Canada Reads titles, which were announced on Tuesday.

As indicated in the Graphic below, the books are:

We have the first three books in the Library already.  I’ll post when the others arrive.

Catch all the action, stay tuned to the debate, and get tickets to the tapings at the CBC Canada Reads website.

I had been looking forward to organising a field trip to a taping this year, but unfortunately they are going to take place during the school March Break, and I won’t be in town – nor will you be in school!

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