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I used to obsess about my counter tops. The smell of lemons would need to waft off my kitchen floors to prove my competence as a woman and a mother; and should I have gone a day or two without cleaning the toilet with one of those handy flushable wipes, I would be convinced rotavirus and e-coli were threatening the very lives of those I loved.

If you ask your child anything about school, sports or even what they'd like to do on Saturday... Don't you find that the conversation eventually shifts towards friends?  My Preteen is very social and having friends in his life is extremely important to him. My oldest is very comfortable with himself and a  small circle of selected friends. 

Congratulations to author Christopher Paul Curtis, whose book Elijah of Buxton just keeps on winning awards.  

Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, which goes to an outstanding book written for children or young adults.  The book also won the 2008 American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award, is a 2008 Newbery Honor Book, and was chosen as best book of 2007 by Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews

The book tells the story of

That’s it. I have had it with dinnertime. I am tired of coming home after a long day of work to prepare a meal for the ungrateful. I would really like to enjoy a dinner that lasts longer than 3 minutes (including pouring the milk). Well, after hours of toiling over resources, I think I have found some help. Parents of picky eaters unite!

LPL is celebrating Black history Month with a reading from award-winning, Jamaican-Canadian author Horane Smith. Join us at the Central library on Tuesday, Feb.26 at 6:30pm for this event. Horane is the winner of the BURLA award for Outstanding Contribution to African-Canadian and Caribbean Literature. He will be reading from Underground to Freedom and Dawn at Lover's Leap - two of his most popular novels. A book sale and signing will follow. All are welcome and no registration is required.

Have you ever caught something funny on tape and wanted to share it? Are you a budding rock star? Do you have a rant about politics or how bad the Leafs are doing this year? Or maybe you're a student who needs to create a video for a school assignment? Ever thought of posting your video on YouTube?

I have heard that statement a number of times, but only from people 'over 45' who find themselves unexpectedly looking for work.  In the past, it was not unusual to find work from within a network of friends and get hired based on a simple handshake.   Many people have had one primary job and have held it for several years.  Even if they had a resume then, they likely do not have a current up-to-date one now.

Now that the midwinter blahs have descended in earnest I have turned for solace to that time-honoured winter escape (for those of us who cannot actually fly away) of armchair travel. With all the prerequisites checked off: snuggled up in my favourite chair, comforter firmly wrapped around me, fire in the hearth,

Whenever February comes along, I can't help it, I get excited about Valentine's Day.  Maybe I am a kid at heart, but  Valentine's Day can be really special, and a lot of fun for very little cost.  I love to surprise my family, friends and co-workers with "a little something".   It is a great time to recognize the people in our lives that matter to us.  Young and old, we all love to receive a valentine.  Here's one idea that will surprise your valentine.  Consider  stashing  some Comments

What is the short bus? If you're disabled, you know.  Even if you're not, you will be inspired by a new book of the same name.