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Looking for a unique opportunity?

Enjoy a fun weekend together with friends, explore downtown Toronto, meet new people AND EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS.

For more information visit:

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And don’t forget about the many volunteer opportunities at the library:


Week of Geek Bonus: First look at new Joker! First look at new Rainbow Rowell book! And more!

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Happy weekend Geeklings!  A coupla things to share with ya that are just too good not to post!

Firstly, brace yourselves…we have our first real look at the new film incarnation of the Joker, and it’s just as bonkers as you would expect.

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Yup, that’s Jared Leto, in a pic released online by Suicide Squad director David Ayer in honor of the Joker’s 75th anniversary.  Gotta say, I’m impressed.  It’s classic but still new, and Leto looks completely crazy, which is definitely a prerequisite if you’re going to play Batman’s greatest foil.  We’ll have to wait until next year to see how his performance compares to past on-screen Crown Princes of Crime, but check out The Dark Knight to see Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the character.

And while we’re on the subject of first looks, did you guys read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell?  If you haven’t yet, GO READ IT!  Like, right now!  I’ve got two reasons for you; one, it’s AWESOME!  And two, this October Rowell is releasing a sequel…of sorts.  Okay, bear with me, because this gets a little confusing and a lot meta (from Urban Dictionary: A term, especially in art, used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential. “So I just saw this film about these people making a movie, and the movie they were making was about the film industry…” “Dude, that’s so meta. Stop before my brain explodes.“)

See, in Fangirl, Rowell writes of a girl named Cath, who is really into the books of Simon Snow, which is like their version of Harry Potter.  Throughout Fangirl Cath is writing fanfiction about Simon and his universe.  This new book Rowell will release in October, called Carry On, is set in that magical universe of Simon Snow and is mostly written as if Rowell’s writing the fanfiction…I think.  How’s your brain?  Still intact?  OK, moving on…

Anyway, we just got a look at the cover of the new book.  Ta da!

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Not too shabby.  I admit, I’m super stoked for this book.  Click here for a summary and a bit of an explanation, and click here to place a hold on her previous books.

Happy reading/watching everybody.  Until next time, End of Line

Movie Night!!!

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Heya folks!  For those of you that missed my first post a few days ago, I just wanted to give you a shout out that there is a special, FREE, after-hours movie night that is just for teens coming up!

Let’s use those key words again, shall we?




On Friday, May 1st, starting at 6:30pm, both Bathurst Clark and Maple Library will be hosting a private, after-hours showing of Mockingjay pt. 1.
The movie will be projected on our theatre-style screen, and we’ll even provide some (FREE) snacks and drinks – and feel free to bring your own munchies, too!

As space is limited, you do HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER!!!!

To pre-register, you can either come in person to the Information Desk next time you’re at Maple or Bathurst Clark Resource Library
Or Call us at 905-653-7323 (and tell the operator you want to talk to Maple or Bathurst Clark – Information)
Or Email myself or Alexandra with your name, age, and phone number (so we can give you a reminder call)

Mockingjay pt 1

Week of Geek: Hot on the heels of Star Wars, the movie gods smile with more fresh trailers (Yay!)

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So I know you’ve likely all seen the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer by now (and if you haven’t yet…seriously, why?  Are you adverse to awesome things?)

But if that weren’t mind-blowingly epic enough, we (thanks to a whole kerfluffle about a leaked trailer and director Zak Snyder and Warner Bros deciding, oh to heck with it!  Here it is!) also got a first trailer for next years DC hero-crossover extravaganza Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.  EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

So…much…WOW!  First look of Ben Affleck in action as Batman!  Henry Cavill back in all his flowy-cape glory as Superman!  A souped-up Batsuit!  The Batmobile!  Voice-overs of various people discussing Superman’s place in the world (including actors from the film and someone who may or may not be Neil DeGrasse Tyson).  Just…WOW!  It could hit on some heavy topics like power and blind following and mistrust of beings different from us…or all that could be more reasons to brood.  DC seems to like doing that in their movies.  But we have to wait a little less than a year to see how this goes down.  Make sure to check out one of my all-time favorite comic series, Jeph Loeb’s run on Superman/Batman, before then (place a hold here).  And maybe give Man of Steel another look too.  In the mean time, let’s all bask in that last line, delivered in the rain in that altered voice:  “Tell me; do you bleed?  You will.”


So not only did we have two big-hitter trailers dropped on us these last few days, more quickly emerged.

Such as a new look at June’s Jurassic World.

That new dino, whatever the heck it is…it ain’t good.  Place a hold on parts 1 through 3 here, here and here.

And here’s Marvel and Fox’s Fantastic Four, coming out in August.

Just call for Four…Fantastic Four!  Darn it, it’s in my head again!  Moving on!

And a more action-packed look at Disney’s Tomorrowland, out next month.

*sigh* So much to look forward to; it makes Ali happy smile face icon

What are you guys most excited about in this summer crop of films?  Post your most anticipated films, shows, books, whatevs, in the comments section below.

And since it’s going to be darn hard to top Avengers: Age of Ultron, out in less than TWO WEEKS! *ahem* I’ll leave you with more footage of the team trying to lift that hammer.

Apparently it’s not just physics smile face icon

(FREE) MOCKINGJAY AfterHours Night

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spark of vivacityHey all!!

Sooo, after hearing from some of you guys about what type of programming you’d be interested in seeing happen and after the positive feedback we received from you after the last time we did this, we are bringing back the FREE (teens only!) movie night on
Friday, May 1
starting at 6:30pm

We’ll be watching the latest installment in the Hunger Games trilogy: Mockingjay Part 1
Mockingjay pt 1


Yes, FREE.

(if you’ve never been to a movie at the library before, just letting you know that we have a full theatre-style screen that we’ll be projecting the movie on…we’re talking a proper movie showing here)

Oh, and in case you weren’t aware of the library’s usual hours of operation, you may not have noticed that this is an after-hours event.
That’s right, the library will be closed to the public as of 6pm that day, so we’ll be bringing you guys in after we’ve already kicked ever else out!!!

And for the rules portion of this little bit of advertising–

So, in order to do that, you can either come in person to the Information Desk next time you’re at Maple or Bathurst Clark Resource Library
Or Call us at 905-653-7323 (and tell the operator you want to talk to Maple or Bathurst Clark – Information)
Or Email myself or Alexandra with your name, age, and phone number (so we can give you a reminder call)

So that’s it – I hope to see you guys there.

Please feel free to invite friends along – the only rule is that they have to be a teen!!

There is limited space due to fire-emergency restrictions on how many people we’re allowed to have in the room, so sign up ASAP!!!!!!!!