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Raising a family is a joyous journey, though for many our daily responsibilities rarely allow us to truly connect with one another.  Finding time to enjoy each other's company can be tricky, especially while we are rushing through morning and evening routines, for instance.  We may all be home together at these times but we are too busy to engage in anything meaningful past exclaiming , "Oh thank goodness it's hot-dog day!" , or "Don't forget to put out the garbage!"  Meeting around the dinner table for a sit-down meal and a good catch-up, regularly comes far and few between. 

 

When we do find some family-time we realize we may not actually get along. 

Rev. George Richardson, my ancestor, landed in Quebec City in the 1820s and, like thousands of others, planted the family tree in Canada. But where did he come from? We're not sure. Since there is a Richardson's Tartan Shop in Markham, however, and the owner is a Mark Richardson, an Irishman, the Emerald Isle is a good bet.

Usually as the days get longer and the light gets stronger my thoughts turn to seed-starting and such.  But this year, with winter showing no signs of backing off, I'm immersed in my favourite indoor past-time, knitting.  What a resurgence knitting has had in the last few years!  I can remember as a teenager learning to knit with Paton's yarn and patterns, and a few treasured pattern books inherited from my mother.   But after discovering Elizabeth Zimmerm

 

This time we bring you a potpourri of book awards, both national and international.

On Thursday, March 27, from 7-8pm award-winning Canadian author Mary Swan is coming to the Central library to do a reading! Mary has won the 2001 O. Henry Award for short fiction. She will be reading from her new book called The Boys in  the Trees. A book sale and signing will follow. The library can provide you with 2 hours of validated parking in the Citi Plaza during library hours.

Check out her new book below!

On Thursday, March 27, from 7-8pm award-winning Canadian author Mary Swan is coming to the Central library to do a reading! Mary has won the 2001 O. Henry Award for short fiction. She will be reading from her new book called The Boys in  the Trees. A book sale and signing will follow. The library can provide you with 2 hours of validated parking in the Citi Plaza during library hours.

Check out her new book below!

"How do I build a suspension bridge?", "How many people paid income tax in Ontario last year" and "Can you recommend other authors who write like Meg Cabot?"

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"How do I build a suspension bridge?", "How many people paid income tax in Ontario last year" and "Can you recommend other authors who write like Meg Cabot?"

These are all questions we've answered through our askON virtual reference service. Quicker than sending an email, you can now ask us a question and we’ll help you with the answer simply by typing in a chat box on our website.

I was raised by parents who were serious gardeners. Each winter we awaited the arrival of the spring seed catalogues when pages and pages of brilliant looking flowers and vegetables were scrutinized and seed packets ordered. While winter raged outside, plants placed inside our makeshift basement greenhouse thrived. As a child, it was fun to watch the seedlings grow into plants which were transplanted into the garden as the weather grew warmer and the days longer.

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