The Jack Layton Book Club Series

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The second annual Jack Layton Book Club Series is coming to the Ryerson University Library and Archives this March and April. Join distinguished guest speakers and faculty as they discuss the books that influenced the late Jack Layton. Former professor of politics at Ryerson University, Jack Layton’s collection of books was donated to the Library and Archives in 2011, and his collection informs this book club series. All book club meetings will be held on a Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the archives on the 3rd floor of the library building.

March 18th join visiting practitioner, nurse, and social activist, Cathy Crowe as she discusses Layton’s work Homelessness : How to End the National Crisis 

March 25th join associate professor Dr. Doreen Fumia as she addresses the AIDS epidemic and Randy Shilts’ film, And the Band Played On

April 1st join associate professor Dr. Henry Parada as he discusses social injustices and victim blaming in William Ryan’s book, Blaming the Victim

Whether or not you have read the book, you are most welcome to attend!

Freedom to Read Week

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Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Get involved by considering some of the titles that have been challenged or banned in Canada, and the reasons why.

The Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council has created a list of 100 books, magazine, and other written works that have been challenged in Canada in the past decades. Ryerson Library holds several of these titles in our collection including: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Alice Munro’s The Lives of Girls and Women, Timothy Findley’s The Wars, David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars, and J.K. Rowling’s The Harry Potter Series. Check out a banned book today, and celebrate our freedom to read!

Aboriginal Awareness Day

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On Tuesday February 25th, Ryerson will be celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Day! Visit the Snack Stop (Upper HUB Cafeteria) between 11am-3pm where you can learn more about what it means to be Aboriginal at Ryerson.  There will be a traditional opening with Dr. Joanne Dallaire, a gallery walk with images and quotes, guest speakers, a selection of titles by Aboriginal authors available at Ryerson Library on display, and there will be some great food catered by Ryerson Eats!

Ryerson Library holds titles by many Aboriginal authors in our collection, such as works by award-winning novelists Thomas King, Joseph Boyden, and Eden Robinson. Check out some of their titles at the library today, and join this event hosted by the Cultural Awareness Committee from 11am-3pm on Tuesday February 25th!

Jack Layton Lecture and Display

Ryerson University is pleased to invite you to the inaugural Jack Layton Lecture, with noted philosopher Charles Taylor speaking on ‘Reimagining, Restoring and Reclaiming Democracy’. The lecture will take place on Thursday, September 20th at at 6:30 p.m. in the Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard Street East.  This lecture will be an annual event organized by the Jack Layton Chair, which will advance Jack’s legacy of political and humanitarian leadership at the university.

This special evening also features the opening of a display in the Ryerson Archives (350 Victoria Street, Library 3rd floor) that includes some of Jack’s books, personal artefacts and other memorabilia that have been donated to the Ryerson Library. All of these materials will be supported by a dedicated website to be unveiled on the same day. The display opens at 5 p.m. on September 20th and will remain open until 9 p.m.

Keep Toronto Reading: Author Reading in the Library

In celebration of the Keep Toronto Reading Festival, the library is pleased to host Susan Siddeley for a reading from her memoir, Home First: A Memoir in Voices.

From the Introductory and Cover Sheet:

“In Home First: A Memoir in Voices, Susan Siddeley traces her life; growing up in Yorkshire, falling in love with Foreign, emigrating to Canada and travelling to further-flung postings to which her husband’s job takes her and their family. In all these places, unexpected connecters crop up: lakes in Ontario, violins in Jamaica, boats in Bolivia and cowboys in Chile. With pinafores, picnics, blackberries, tea, sea, books and babies everywhere. She wonders then, if these are just co-incidences or because everyone’s existence is an amalgam of their ancestral landscapes and life experiences.

During a trip home to see her aging mother and tickled by a chance remark of her aunt, Susan seeks out the burial plot of her older sister, Pauline, unmentioned until then, who died the night she was born. After her mother’s death, remembering the revelation, Susan ventures into the local Registry Office and discovers a second shocking death, one which helps explain aspects of her early life.

Sitting under an ancient chestnut tree in a lovely old cemetery, talking and telling tales to a person she never knew with tongue-in-cheek humour, and a crossword craving to solve and explain things, Susan pieces together the forces at work beneath the lives of a family of women, spanning four generations and three continents.”

The reading will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in LIB489B, with refreshments being served at 5:15 p.m. All are welcome!

Aboriginal Graduate Students Showcase

In collaboration with Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, the library is pleased to host the 3rd Annual Aboriginal Graduate Students Showcase! This will be a wonderful opportunity to see a selection of graduate and senior student projects and to talk with the students about their creative works. The Showcase will take place on Friday, March 30 from 10 a.m. until noon in LIB489B. Refreshments will be available.

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Additional Search Everything Workshops!

Still working on those papers and assignments, but struggling with the new Search Everything tool? We’ve got you covered! Starting on November 15, there will be several workshops over two weeks so you can get some tips on using the Search Everything function.

Dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, November 15, 5:30-6:30
Wednesday, November 16, 11-12
Thursday, November 17, 2-3
Monday, November 21, 2-3
Wednesday, November 23, 5:30-6:30
Friday, November 25, 11-12

All workshops will take place in LIB393A.

Join us for a refresher or to learn some new searching tips!

Ryerson Library’s Writers Series, April 28th, 2011

Canadian Aboriginal Writers: a Conversation with Drew Hayden Taylor, Lee Maracle and Melissa Compton

Description:  Canadian Aboriginal authors, Drew Hayden Taylor (CBC Bookie award winner) , Lee Maracle, and Melissa Compton will be in conversation with Ryerson English professor, and White Wall Review editor, Anne-Marie Lee-Loy.This is a collaborative event with RASS, Department Of English and The Library. Refreshments will be available. Reading and booking signing.

Thursday, April 28 2011 @ 5:30PM

Location:  Ryerson University Library,  4th Floor North side

350 Victoria St. Toronto

contact: j2willie@ryerson.ca or zmurphy@ryerson.ca