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London Public Library is pleased and proud to be a distributor of the River Project Book, a collection by a group of nineteen London artists who have been creatively exploring the Thames River.

Launched at the Forks of the Thames, the book is a celebration of the tremendous creative, cultural and natural resource that the Thames represents for London. Proceeds of the sale of the book, which is available at all Library locations while supplies last, for $21 per copy, will be directed to London Public Library.

A great tool for developing your career, which is gaining popularity, is the career portfolio. A career portfolio is an evolving collection of documents showing your professional development, work history, qualifications and accomplishments. It can be used both as a self-marketing tool and as a personal reminder of your progress over time.

As the owner of over 50 cookbooks – and reader of as many again, because I like to preview them at the library before I commit to buying – I recently became aware that I have also started reading books about eating as well. And yes, there’s probably something of the obsessive about me but it makes me happy so where’s the harm?

A new take on an old chore.


Feeling sluggish?  Thrilled with spring, but not so thrilled with your winter weight?  Ever consider how much extra "baggage" you might be carrying in the form of environmental toxins, leftover medication residue, heavy metals, pesticides...? 

If you dream of becoming a published author, this is the workshop for you! We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent. Also you’ll learn how to write an opening and a query letter. Find out what makes a book sell and learn all the steps to getting your book published. Bring 4 copies of the opening page of your manuscript (250 words max) or a draft of your query letter for group discussion. The cost is $40 and registration has already begun! Interested?

April 23rd was World Book Day and what better day to find out the winner of the 2008 London Reads competition? 
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Votes from across the city were tallied, and  Three Day Road, by Joseph Boyden,  was chosen by Londoners as their book of the year.  The book was

     The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh is a novel written for children, presumably.  But like any fine children's novel, or indeed any fine novel at all, The Mennyms defies and redefines its genre.  I suspect that its author, a retired British schoolteacher, sat down and wrote her book without any idea of aiming it squarely at a specific audience:  The story is too quirky and compelling for that kind of calculation. 

 I have fond childhood memories of camping in Ontario's provincial parks. I loved it all - campfires, sleeping in the tent, walking in the woods, swimming, semi-tame chipmunks, toasted marshmallows ....... even the lumpy air mattress I had to refill every day. Camping felt like such a break from the daily routine of life at home. Of course now I realize how much work it was for my parents (those were the days of bulky, canvas tents) but they kept it simple and made it a fun getaway.

My daughter has the honour of being born on April 22nd, Earth Day. It is the one day each year when I am reminded that we are all responsible for the care of our great planet and I need to start getting serious about it. Recycling and composting are very much a part of our lives in 2008 and Tryit recycling in London does their part by offering Compost Value Day. For just a few dollars you can purchase mulch for your garden that is made up of city materials composted throughout the year.

A summer wind blew into the Wolf Performance Hall this week. The London Jazz Orchestra delighted concert-goers with many Big Band, Swing and Jazz favourites, including Frank Sinatra's Summer Wind (sung by 18 year old Tony de Luca).  Dont miss their next show! The 18 piece stage band, under the direction of Ralph de Luca, will be performing at the Wortley Roadhouse on Thursday, June 12. Show time is 8 p.m.