February 2023 Catalogue of Free Programs for all ages!

The City of Toronto’s Libraries provide free vital support and opportunities for members of the community. This month’s programs, York Centre’s very own libraries provide great programs for children, teens, adults and seniors, including financial literacy; computer literacy; English language practice; arts and crafts; and story time.

Please see the catalogue below of York Centre’s Library free Programs for the Month of February.

Centennial Library

Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop
Learn how to alter and retouch images using Adobe Photoshop CC, an industry standard software for PC & Mac. In this hands-on class, you will learn to work with basic tools to resize, crop, modify colour, filter and add text to an image. Ages 15+

Video Editing with iMovie
Learn basic video editing techniques through iMovie; you will create a video by cutting and splicing, manipulating audio, and adding transitions, titles, and a soundtrack. Ages 15+

Snap Circuits Rovers & 3D Illuminations for Kids
Learn the basics of circuitry and electricity with Snap Circuits! You could build a functioning rover, create a colourful light display, or discover many more projects our kits have to offer. Ages 9-12

Logo Design with Adobe Illustrator
Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator CC by creating a logo with some commonly used tools. The tutorial will cover shape manipulation, colour selection, and text layout. Age 15+

Introduction to 3D Printing
Learn what 3D Printers are, what they can do, how they work, and how to use the ones available at the library! Ages 9+

3D Design with Tinkercad for Kids
Tinkercad is a browser based software that can be used by designers of all ages. In this class we will explore how to go from simple
shapes to complex 3D designs. Ages 9-12

3D Design with Fusion 360
Using Autodesk Fusion 360, we will explore the basics of navigating through a 3D design software, build an understanding of common
terms and practices, and create basic 3D models through a series of exercises. Ages 15+

Dash Robotics for Kids
Bring coding to life with Wonder Workshop’s Dash robot. Customize your experience with Dash by changing its features, and a simple drag and drop to code and operate this robot. Ages 9-12
To register, visit tpl.ca/popuplearning

Please note that online registration for all programs opens TWO WEEKS before the date of the program. For more information, visit Centennial : Toronto Public Library webpage or contact the branch by phone 416-395-5490 or by email cestaf@tpl.ca.

Downsview Library

Volunteers Needed 

If you are a high school student looking for volunteering hours to meet the community service graduation requirement for Ontario High Schools, then these opportunities are for you! 

The Personal Care Bank 

The Personal Care Bank is looking for volunteers to support the Downsview Library Care Bank. This cabinet will provide barrier-free access to personal care products for those in our community who are having challenges securing personal care products. 

For more information about The Personal Care Bank visit tpcb.ca/volunteer website or @tpcb.ca on Instagram and DM your volunteer interest. 

Leading to Reading 

Join Leading to Reading: a literacy-based service that assists children in Grades 1-6 who are struggling with reading. For more information call 416-395-5720 or visit Downsview Library

February highlights: 

Financial Empowerment sessions    

Patrons can book an appointment to get one-on-one help to learn how to improve their financial health and well-being.  Our in-branch advisors and community partners can help with:   

  • Tax filing   
  • Accessing government benefits   
  • Saving with limited cash flow   
  • Planning for the future and much more 

Scam- Fraud Information Session Friday February 3 5:30-6:30: (Adults. Location: Program room. *Registration required) 

Learn to identify and avoid common scams and fraud in this information session. Learn about how to protect your identity, how to prevent scams, and more. 

GO-VAX CLINIC – Saturday Feb 18, 10-4 PM 

Mobile indoor vaccine clinic will be providing COVID‑19 vaccines. For more information visit ontario.ca/page/go-vaxx-and-mobile-indoor-covid-19-vaccine-clinics#section-1 .

Computer Classes and Digital Innovation Hub Programs  *Registration required 

February 3, 10 – Excel Basics Part 1, 2 (Adults) (Basic keyboarding and mouse skills required) 

An introductory class on Microsoft Excel 2019 for absolute beginners with little or no Excel experience. 

February 7: Computers for Beginners: Use the Mouse (Adults) 

A class on how to use a mouse for absolute beginners with little or no computer experience.  

Feb 6: Introduction to 3D-Design: Tinkercad (Ages 15+. Digital Innovation Hub) 

You will learn how to find 3-D models online, and how to prepare them for printing using a slicing software. 

Feb 8, 22: Introduction to Python 1, 2 (Ages 15+. Digital Innovation Hub) 

An introductory course to learn how code works all around you from that phone in your pocket to that TV in your living room and get started coding yourself! No coding experience is necessary. 

February 13: Introduction to 3D-Design: Autodesk Fusion 360 (Ages 15+. Digital Innovation Hub) 

Explore Autodesk Fusion 360 and learn to make simple 3D objects and prepare them for printing. 

February 14: Computers for Beginners: Use the Keyboard (Adults) 

A class on basic keyboard functions for absolute beginners with little or no computer experience. 

February 16, 23: PowerPoint Basics 1, 2: (Adults) (Basic keyboarding and mouse skills required) 

An introductory class on Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 for absolute beginners with little or no experience. 

Feb 16: Introduction to 3D-Printing (Ages 9+) 

In this workshop, you will learn how to find, prepare and print models, found online, using an FDM printer.  

Feb 27: Photoshop 1 (Ages 15+) 

Learn about layers, selections, transformations, healing tools, and much more. 

February 28: Email Made Easy: Gmail (Adults) (Basic keyboarding and mouse skills required)  

Practice basic email functions: send, read, reply, forward, delete email, and attach files. 

Children’s ProgramsDrop in 

Feb 3, 17: Sphero Fun Day, Ages 6+ (Program room) – Join us for some fun challenges with Sphero SPRK+ robots!   

Feb 4, 18: STEAM Club, Ages 6+ (Auditorium) – Explore and collaborate with friends during fun STEAM based activities!  

Feb 6, 13, 27: Perler Beads, Ages 6+ (Program room) 

Meet some new friends & challenge your creative skills with these bright & colourful beads!  

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28- Family Time, Ages 2 – 5 years (Auditorium) – Join us for a staff-led story time with stories, songs, & rhymes followed by a craft or stay & play with friends. For children with their parents or caregivers.  

Feb 9: Valentine’s Day Craft, Ages 5+ (Program room) – Join us in making Valentine’s Day Cards for friends and family!  

Feb 10, 24: Lego Mindstorm Robotics 1, Ages 6+ (Program room) – Play and Learn with Lego EV3 robots. Write blocks of code and give commands to your robot to bring it to life and complete missions 

Feb 11, 25: BINGO, Ages 6+ (Auditorium) – Join us for a fun time playing BINGO! Prizes for everyone!  

Feb 17: PA Day BINGO, Ages 6+ (Program room) – Join us on your day off from school to play BINGO! Prizes for everyone!  

Feb 23: Cuban and Brazilian Drumming Workshop & Craft, Ages 6+ years (Program room, *Registration required) 

Join us in celebrating Black History Month with Joaquin Hidalgo. Workshop followed by a craft, DIY Hand Drums! For children with their parents or caregivers. 

Leading To ReadingA free service for children who are reading and writing below their grade level. Children are encouraged to learn and practice their skills in a fun environment. It is open to children in Grades 1 to 6 who can communicate in English. *Registration required. For more information call 416-395-5720 or visit Downsview Library 

Youth Programs (Ages 13-17. Location: Auditorium. Drop in) 

Weekly Activities 

Homework Help – If you need help with your homework or just a place to study, our hub is the place to come! Mondays are our dedicated days for study space. 

Video Games – Tuesdays and Thursdays are for video gaming, so invite your friends and come play! 

Crafts – Join us for a chill, midweek craft session, where we will bring out our inner creativity through origami, mindful colouring, and more! 

Special Programs 

DIY Tote Bag Printmaking Workshop: DIY a tote bag with your own unique design. Learn print making techniques and take home a finished canvas bag. Hosted by Rob Matejka. Program will be drop-in, with limited space.  

Paint Night: Join us as we follow a video painting tutorial to create a painted masterpiece! Drop in program, materials will be provided while supplies last.  

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop: Looking to get a part time job? Need someone to look over your resume or cover letter? Come to the youth hub to get tips on how to land a job. 

Other Programs 

February 3: Scam- Fraud Information Session (Adults. Location: Program room. *Registration required) 

Learn to identify and avoid common scams and fraud in this information session. Learn about how to protect your identity, how to prevent scams, and more. 

February 3, 10, 17, 24:  Senior Social Events (Older Adults. Location: Auditorium. Drop in) 

Downsview Senior Social is a series of activities for older adults focusing on social interaction and various activities. Drop in. 

February 6, 13, 20, 27: English Conversation Circle (Adults. Location: Program room. Drop in) 

English Conversation Circles (ECCs) offer a comfortable place to practice English conversation skills in an informal group setting with other language learners as well as native English speakers.  

February 25: Navigating Post Secondary Pathways (Older adults, Adults, Teens. Program room. *Registration required) 

Learn about how to access postsecondary studies with your international credentials as well as how to finance your education (OSAP, Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards). 

For more information, visit Downsview : Toronto Public Library webpage or contact the branch by phone 416-395-5720.

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