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Welcome guest author, Sahar Delijani

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This Friday, the Library welcomes guest author Sahar Delijani to speak about her experiences and her writing.

“Sahar Delijani was born in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran in 1983, the same year both her parents were arrested due to their political activism against the Islamic regime. In 1996, when she was 12 years old, her parents decided to move to Northern California to join her mother’s family. Delijani was registered in a middle school, starting from 7th grade” (

Please note that the library will be closed period 1 on Friday Mar. 1st for this guest lecture.

Persian-American Author visits this Friday

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Persian-American author, Anita Amirrezvani will visit this Friday, Oct. 19th in the library at Period 3.  If you are interested, be sure to tell your Day 4, Per 3 teacher and come join us for this great opportunity to meet a renowned  writer.

Please note:  the library will be closed for this special event.

Anita Amirrezvani is the author of the novel Blood of Flowers which has been published in more than twenty-five languages and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She teaches at the California College of the Arts and Sonoma State University.” (  Her latest book is Equal of the Sun.  

Read more about Amirrezvani in our Biography in Context database (PW in agenda p22):  click here.

Click on the covers to sample her work.







Leslie Anne Cowan visits Haig

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On Wed. Mar. 7th, the Library is pleased to welcome Lesley Anne Cowan, White Pine nominee for her book, Something Wicked.  Ms. Cowan will be joining us for Period 5.  If you have read this book and would like to participate in this session, see a teacher-librarian.

Check out our White Pine wiki for more information on this and all the White Pine nominees.









EHSS Library presents TEDx Earl Haig Secondary School Live 2012

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On Wednesday February 29th, the Library will be featuring a simulcast of the TED conference 2012.  We will be open to attendees of this event only.
What is TED? Click here.  Below, 
Dave Eggers, American author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius speaks on education.

Author Visit: Martha Schabas – Mon. Dec. 5th

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Haiger alumnus, Martha Schabas, author of Various Positions will be visiting Earl Haig Secondary Library on Monday Dec. 5th, 2011 during periods 1 and 2 in the new Window Lab.  If you are not in a class that has been asked to attend, please see a teacher-librarian to get permission for period 1 or 2 that day.

◙From the Toronto Star Review of Schabas’ novel (click here):

“At 14, Georgia, our narrator, is at a perilous age. Friendless,

frightened by her schoolmates’ party game — “chicken,” a nasty advance on spin the bottle — she is saved one March day by a letter from the prestigious Royal Toronto Ballet Academy. A successful audition promises escape from her parents’ war of attrition — her physician father mostly absent, her teacher mother mostly sad — and, ideally, from puberty itself.”

**This novel is recommended for senior students.






CareerMash is coming to Haig!

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This Tuesday, Oct. 18th, the library will be hosting a Guest Panel forum to discuss Technology integration into today’s careers: Career Mashup Role Model Program.  

Speakers include:

Martha Garriock, Cisco

Martha began at Cisco in a tech support role and muscled her way up through sheer awesomeness and hard work. She now wears two hats. Cisco has a customer-facing support website, and another role in innovation.

Vijay Saxena, Xerox

Vijay is versed in both technology and marketing. At Xerox he blends them together. Sales teams seek his help to articulate Xerox software and publishing solutions for their customers.

 Jonathan Bluks, Clear

Jonathan began with Clear Canvas, a medical software firm (specializing in radiology) and key vendor to the University Health Network, as a software developer specializing in from-scratch user interface design. He took it upon himself to steer his role into a more customer-facing direction.

Find out more about careermash by clicking ◙here.

**During the panel discussions, we ask that people study in the library quietly so as not to disturb the guest speakers.


Author reading at North York Library

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Johanna SkibsrudMeet Johanna Skibsrud, author of The Sentimentalists (Winner of the 2010 ◙Giller Prize)

Lyrical and riveting, The Sentimentalists explores secrets forged among comrades in the Vietnam war; secrets which are seen dimly, through the dark waters of alcohol, anxiety and escape from the world. This powerful
first novel by Nova Scotia author Johanna Skibsrud is the 2010 winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Saturday May 28, 2:00 p.m.
North York Central Library – Auditorium

The Sentimentalists

Please call Language, Literature, and Fine Arts Departmentat 416 395 5639 to REGISTER. Free. Seating is limited.

Johanna Skibsrud

The Sentimentalists
Gaspereau Press

Lunchtime Feature & All-Day Event: Civics & TEDx

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Library lunchtime features and all-day events this week:

Monday Feb. 28th:  Period 2
Tuesday Mar. 1st:  Period 2
Wednesday Mar. 2nd:  Period 1, 2, 4, 5
(individuals with signed permission form or with a class)
Wednesday Mar. 2nd:  Period 3 (limited computer use)
Friday Mar. 4th:  Period 2

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Library will be featuring its first event, simulcasting the TED conference 2011. Click here to see the agenda and a list of the speakers.  See our ◙previous post on TED.

To sign up for the event, click on the image above or click here.

Ponder this statement:  it is primarily a school’s responsibility to end cyberbullying.

Is this fact or opinion?  What aspects of the issue are not considered in this statement? In our lunchtime feature, the Earl Haig Library staff will take you through the basics of deciphering widely accepted fact from biased opinion.

Watch as we take you on a tour of some of our most insightful databases that cover the most topical (current) issues (e.g., EBSCO’s Canadian Points of View, SIRS).

Guest Author Susan Juby “Getting the Girl” visiting May 11th

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I’ve always thought of Susan Juby as a light-hearted, humourous author of teen fiction (Alice I Think, Miss Smithers, Another Kind of Cowboy, Getting the Girl). What I didn’t realize is that she spent most of her teen years coping with life by abusing drugs and alcohol. She talks quite frankly about what happened to her in her latest book, an autobiography entitled Nice Recovery. Hear her interview on CBC Radio here (if you don’t want to listen to the whole show you can advance the scroll bar to get into the segment on Juby – about 3/4 of the way along)

Check out this CBC podcast: Susan Juby

Guest Speaker – Holocaust survivor

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Today during Period 1 the library was closed for a guest speaker. Mrs. Yermus’ mom, a survivor of the Holocaust came to share her stories with students from Ms. Lenchak and Ms. Lue’s classes. One student said to me, “I’ve heard Holocaust survivor speak before, but I was in grade 6 then, I understand it a lot more now.”

If you want to hear more stories, consider borrowing one of the survivor memoirs published by the Azreli Foundation. They tell the stories of survivors living in Canada. Listen to Paul Henri Rips reading from his book by clicking on the title of his book  E/96: Fate Undecided