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Monday, November 5
 

9:30am PST

Morning Keynote Speaker: Author, Joanne George
While working as a veterinary technician, Joanne George heard about a puppy mill not far from the clinic and embarked on a rescue mission with her coworkers. On that special day Joanne met Smiley for the first time. He had been born without eyes and with dwarfism and because of his time in the puppy mill, Smiley was suffering from serious anxiety. While the other dogs rescued that day were found loving homes, Smiley was going to need some extra special care. Nothing happens without practice and patience and Joanne and Smiley learned both those traits together. Gradually Smiley was able to walk off leash and started greeting Joanne at the back door. She gave Smiley a loving home and he taught her patience, understanding and acceptance. It became evident that Smiley would be a wonderful therapy dog.

Monday November 5, 2018 9:30am - 10:20am PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

3:45pm PST

Teen Services Survey & Prizes!
Cameron Ray from the OPLA Child & Youth Services Committee will tell us all about the super fantastic data that was collected in the most recent OLA Teen Services Survey. We know, we know, data is a super dry topic to end the day, right? WRONG! This data has sparkles, a unicorn horn and a cherry on top. You've got to see it to believe it.

Also, there are prizes. 

Monday November 5, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8
 
Tuesday, November 6
 

9:30am PST

Morning Keynote Speaker: DARK ARTS 101 with Melanie Florence
No, it’s not a class with Professor Lupin or Snape. But it IS a workshop about writing dark subjects for kids and teens. How do authors write a book with a disturbing subject and keep your story accessible? Why is it important to share these stories for kids? What is considered taboo? We’ll look at some popular dark stories and discuss why some people bristle at the idea and why they are absolutely necessary.

MELANIE FLORENCE is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Her most recent picture book, Stolen Words, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and was given a starred review by Kirkus, who listed it as one of the best picture books of 2017 to give readers strength. Her other books include Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway.

In her spare time, Melanie watches Doctor Who and Harry Potter with her daughter, discusses the DC vs Marvel Universes with her son and makes her husband sit through scary movies with her. She shares her home with her family, their two dogs (Henry and Daisy), two cats (Shadow and Oreo) and a backyard that seems to constantly attract wildlife.



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Melanie Florence

MELANIE FLORENCE is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:20am PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

10:45am PST

Drag Queen Storytime!
There are plenty of places in Toronto to catch a drag show. And now the library is one of them in the form of a family-friendly event featuring queens reading picture books, performing lip sync numbers and more. Scott Robins from Toronto Public Library will provide tips on organizing your own drag queen storytimes including scheduling, suggested queens, recommended books and more. Special drag queen guests Fay Slift & Fluffy Souffle will discuss what inspired them to run the first drag queen storytime in Toronto in 2016 and what their message is for queer families and their kids, gender non- conforming people and allies.

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Scott Robins

Children's Services Specialist, Toronto Public Library


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

3:25pm PST

Closing Spotlight: "Funny, You Don't Look Autistic" with Michael McCreary
Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few wellmeaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a diffi cult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain into something empowering— and funny. He scored his first stand-up gig at age 14, and hasn’t looked back.

Michael recently published  a memoir that breaks down what it’s like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Candid scenes from his life are broken up with funny visuals and factual asides. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.

MICHAEL MCCREARY is a stand-up comedian who has performed across North America. He studied at Toronto’s famous Second City Training Centre and uses stand-up to dispel misconceptions about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Tuesday November 6, 2018 3:25pm - 4:15pm PST
Centennial College, Progress Campus 941 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8
 
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