New OISE Library beta site: Tell us what you think!

The new beta OISE Library site is now live! Tell us what you think!

We’ll be replacing the current site in August, so want to make sure this new site is (relatively) glitch free and easy to use. You’ll find the “Share your feedback” button on the bottom right hand corner of each webpage.

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Possible interruption to online library services May 8th and 11th

On Monday May 8th and Thursday May 11th, between 7:00a – 1:00p, some online library services may become briefly unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. Affected services may include online book renewals and fine payments, off-campus access to library e-resources, and other online library services.

In the event of a service interruption, access to affected services should be restored within fifteen minutes. For questions or concerns, please contact us at 416.978.5555, or

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OISE Lobby Display: Mental Health Week

Mental Health week is from May 1-7 this year. The OISE Library is marking this week with a display in the front lobby on the subject of mental health. The OISE Library strives to be an inclusive and supportive community, and in drawing attention to this week we hope to provide materials for outreach and understanding. For more information about this initiative, please visit the following link:

There are a vast variety of materials available in the OISE Library collections on the subject of mental health and wellness. These include children’s books, monographs, curriculum resource materials and dual-language materials. The materials in the display have been chosen to appeal to readers at almost any level, and will also be helpful for teachers who themselves want to explore the topic of mental health. Outreach and support are key themes within this, and many of the resources offer helpful advice for teachers and administrators in this difficult task.

The Juvenile Fiction materials on display handle the topic of mental health in a way that provides materials for helping children and young adults to understand mental health and to reflect on the lived experiences of others. These materials are sensitive to how difficult it can be for young children to express themselves and offer solutions and examples. The curriculum resource materials provide tips and plans for talking about mental illness, as well as resources for promoting wellness in the classroom. Mental health care professionals working within schools will find the resources from the Stacks and Curriculum Resources collections helpful. There are also materials that represent a recent trend in teaching literature towards a greater awareness of mindfulness practices. The OISE Library has a good collection of such resources.

Remember, if you should see something that you are interested in borrowing, please don’t be shy! Ask one of our staff members at the Circulation Desk to borrow the materials. This display will be in the OISE lobby for the month of May.

Happy reading!

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Statement from President Gertler: Racist slur defaces poster at Hart House

President Gertler has spoken out against an incident of racism at Hart House this week. U of T News reports:

“A student poster associated with an exhibit at Hart House has been defaced with a racial slur against Indigenous peoples.

Campus police are investigating how the slur came to be scrawled across the poster over the weekend – and Toronto Police Services has opened an investigation.

“This is a despicable act of racism against Indigenous peoples that has no place in our community – or anywhere else in this country,” President Meric Gertler said. “I am at a loss to understand how someone could commit such a hateful act.””

UTL is shocked and saddened by this incident and shares President Gertler’s deep concern.

OISE Library is committed to providing a safe space that is culturally responsive to our Indigenous users and will continue its work in collections development, the development of spaces and services as well as relationship building in the spirit of reconciliation.

[Read the Full UofT News Story here]

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New Titles for May: Comic Books and Graphic Novels

We’ve always got new additions to our juvenile literature collection – and this includes comic books and graphic novels!

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, Ben Clanton, 2016

Younger readers will enjoy the adventures of Narwhal and his friend Jelly the jellyfish. This book contains simple, charming stories about friendship and imagination. Balanced by Jelly’s skepticism, Narwhal’s optimism and enthusiasm for life is catching – and involves everything from the excitement of making new friends to the small joys of eating waffles.

Princess Princess Ever After, Kate O’Neill, 2016

Most of us are familiar with the traditional tale of the story of the princess kidnapped by a witch and locked in a dragon-guarded tower, only to be rescued by her prince and live happily ever after… right? Not always! This book features the engaging tale of two very different princesses and their friends, who all get to their happily ever afters in sometimes unexpected ways. In addition to subverting many of the traditional fairy tale tropes, the adventures of Princess Amira and Princess Sadie include lessons about kindness, bravery, and dealing with people’s expectations for your life.

Cave In, Brian Ralph, 2012

Follow the exciting adventures of one individual living in a labyrinthine underground world as he encounters monsters and mystery! This book exhibits a sophisticated mastery of storytelling: both story and emotion are clearly conveyed to the reader through images alone – it is entirely wordless in execution. The tale in this book is told through several story arcs, which are both allowed to flow into one another and yet are clearly defined through use of colour.

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, G. Neri and Randy DuBurke, 2010

More mature readers may be interested in this compelling story about a tragic murder that happened in Chicago in 1994. This book follows a fictional narrator named Roger, a young boy trying to understand what caused eleven-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer to murder fourteen-year-old Shavon Dean. Was Yummy some sort of monster, or just a kid in over his head? This book explores the realities of youth gang life and forces the reader to think critically about truth and question their own understandings of good and bad.

Akissi: Histoires pimentées, Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin, 2014

The OISE Library also has a number of non-English children’s books. This book is a collected edition of the first three volumes of Akissi, a French-language comic. The stories in this book tell the tales of Akissi’s everyday adventures growing up in Africa – adventures such as trying to retrieve a ball from a neighbour’s yard, sneaking into the movies with her friends, finding a mouse in the house, and going on summer holidays with her siblings.

You can find these books and other new additions to the library’s collections on the “New Arrivals” shelf, located near the reference desk on the ground floor of the OISE Library.

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