Don Mills Library

Address: 888 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, ON, M3C 1P6
Phone: 416-395-5710

Don Mills Library – Winter 2018 Evening Programs

Celebrate Teen Summer Reading! Participate in fun programs for ages 12-19

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 – 5 pm

OperaTalks: Rigoletto

Wednesday Jan. 31, 7 pm

Join eminent opera authority Wayne Gooding for an interactive, multi-media exploration of Rigoletto.  When Rigoletto’s only joy, his daughter Gilda, is seduced by his amoral employer, anger and passion drive him to murder. But Gilda, blinded by a powerful and innocent love, places herself in the path of her father’s revenge, with heartrending consequences.

Rigoletto is the second opera talk in the series First Loves & Fatal Attractions which will be followed by Anna Bolena in April 2018.


Run, Don’t Walk:  Exercise and Brain Health in

Mid-life & Beyond

Wednesday February 7, 7 pm

The number one thing we can do to maintain and improve brain health and emotional well-being is to exercise. Come and learn how an active lifestyle is part of living smart today to age well tomorrow. Presented by Dr. Nasreen Khatri, Clinical Psychologist, Gerontologist, Neuroscientist and Educator, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto.


Law at the Library:  Wills and Powers of Attorney

Wednesday February 21, 6:30 pm

A well-organized estate plan is the best gift one can leave to his or her family at death. Learn about wills and powers of attorney from experienced estates lawyer Elizabeth Bozek.


Soul Music: A Brief History & “A Little Tenderness”

Wednesday February 28, 7 pm

Otis Redding’s late 1966 recording of “Try a Little Tenderness” is one of the greatest recordings in the history of soul music. Musicologist, Professor and Grammy Award winner Rob Bowman will situate Redding and Stax Records within the context of the history of soul music and engage in an analysis of Redding’s recording of “Try a Little Tenderness.” In the process, the notion of where meaning is located in music will be investigated as will Western notions of intellectual property and copyright.


Straight Talk on Your Money with Author Doug Hoyes

Wednesday March 7, 7 pm

In his new book, Straight Talk on Your Money, Doug Hoyes, CA, CPA, skewers 22 of the financial myths that, when followed, lead to financial disaster. Most financial mistakes people make are the result of following conventional wisdom: the generally accepted advice about money that is handed down from our parents, friends, and even financial advisors.

Doug will offer practical and implementable solutions to avoid common financial mistakes and improve financial well-being, using real-life examples of financial catastrophes drawn from personally advising over 10,000 people during his 30-year career.


Victory Lap Retirement

Wednesday March 28, 7pm

The rules of retirement have changed – people are living longer and have to finance as many years in retirement as they had in their entire working career. So what will thirty or forty years, or more, in retirement look like for you? The old idea of full-stop retirement going from 100 per cent work mode to 100 per cent leisure mode is now neither sustainable nor desirable.

Author Mike Drak will share tips from his book Victory Lap Retirement, co-authored with veteran financial columnist Jon Chevreau. He will help you rethink retirement and discuss how to live your life to the fullest during the post-employment stage of your life!.

Poetry Circle

January 3, 17, February 7, 21, March 7, 21

6 – 8pm

Do you write poetry?  Want to meet other poets in the community in a friendly, supportive environment to air your work? Drop-in to the Poetry Circle and share feedback, encouragement and inspiration on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone welcome.

Job Search in Toronto

January 8, February 5, March 5,

5 – 6:30 pm

Maximize your job search potential and uncover the hidden job market. Learn effective techniques to connect with employers, expand your professional network, and access hidden jobs. Presented by the Centre for Education and Training.

Resume Makeover

Mondays:  Jan. 22 & 29

Feb. 26, Mar. 19

4:30 – 7 pm by appointment

An employment specialist from the Centre for Education and Training will give you one on one resume advice. Learn to use keywords effectively, update your resume and receive constructive feedback.  Call 416-395-5710 to book an appointment.

Winter 2018 Afternoon Programs

Tea And Movies

Join us on Friday afternoons at 2:00 pm for a series of classic films! No registration required. Tea and coffee will be served before the movies.

January 12:  Funny Face (1957) (103 min.)

February 9:  The Great Dictator (1940) (125 min.)

March 9:  Laura (1944) (88 min.)

Ball Workshop for Functional Mobility

Friday January 26, 2 pm

Join an instructor certified by the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) to learn to how to use a small exercise ball to improve posture, upper-lower body strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will receive a small ball. Registration is limited.

Achieve “Shelf” Control

Friday February 23, 2 pm

Learn the basics of home organization and decluttering. Topics covered include getting started, how to do it and how to stay organized. Presented by Professional Organizer Cherri Hurst, who has thirteen years in the business.

Fraud Prevention

Friday March 2, 2 pm

Examines the top forms of financial fraud and outlines five questions to ask if you are uncertain. Learn nine ways to prevent fraud and how to protect yourself from title fraud. Get smart tips about your PIN. Presented by the Canadian Bankers Association.


Dear Sadie: Love, Lives, and Remembrance from Ontario’s

First World War

Friday March 23, 2 pm

Join Jay Young, PhD, for a presentation commemorating this year’s centennial of the First World War. The Archives of Ontario’s “Dear Sadie” exhibit is based on a series of letters between Harry Mason, a Canadian soldier fighting overseas, and Sadie Arbuckle, his sweetheart back home, highlighting the personal stories underlying the war.