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It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this time of year. Looking back on past holidays, the memories I cherish are not the ones of standing in long lineups at checkout counters or circling parking lots hoping for a spot to appear but rather the times when our family stopped rushing and slowed down to enjoy the season. We've planned many holiday events at your Library this December. Why not slow down and drop by?

The holiday season is upon us again, and this year I'm really looking forward to it. My son is just old enough now that he wants to be involved in the preparations, and I don't want to discourage his enthusiastic help! We have started working on our Christmas crafts nice and early (for a change) and I have discovered some wonderful books and websites.

When is a visit from the Blessed Virgin Mary considered genuine?

The R.E.A.D. (Reading for Enjoyment And Development) program provides one-on-one free tutoring for children between the ages of 7 and 12 years needing assistance with basic literacy skills. Tutoring is provided by volunteers.

60% of adult Canadians lack the capacity to obtain, understand and act upon health information and services and to make appropriate health decisions on their own(Health Literacy in Canada: Initial Results form the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALLS)).

Autumn is when I get into some serious cooking again. It's the season for the comfort food most people enjoy: soups, stews, braised dishes, roasts and hearty, earthy vegetables. I can spend hours in the kitchen on a chilly day preparing the harvest bounty available at this time of year while I listen to CDs or CBC radio. It's the season for carrots, rutabagas, cabbages of all kinds, leeks, kale, beets and potatoes -- to name a few good things.

 

Uh-oh, here it comes... the weather that keeps us indoors. Being cooped up all weekend coupled with being a kid can lead to boredom, which in turn, can lead to the driving parents crazy syndrome! Don't worry, help is on the way. Did you know that our website has some great suggestions for how to keep your kids busy, and happy?

Sue Grafton's new novel T is for Trespass, due out the beginning of December has over 200 holds on it already -- and you're sitting at number 170. What are you going to read in the meantime? Fear not book lovers -- NoveList is there to save the day!

Want to know why 9000 Anglicans gathered at the John Labatt Centre, recently? It is the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Huron. Explore the rich history of the diocese, from Bishop Benjamin Cronyn to today, with Dr. Douglas Leighton of Huron University College.  Questions and answers to follow.

Date: December 12 (Wednesday), 2-4.00 p.m.
Location: Stevenson & Hunt Room B, Central branch (Citi Plaza).
Admission: Free
2 hours validated parking during Citi Plaza hours.

There was exciting news in the world of Canadian publishing last night as the winner of the 2007 Scotiabank Giller prize was announced at a gala dinner in Toronto.  I thought this year's shortlist was particularly strong and that all the nominees were worthy of the prize.  I was rooting for Elizabeth Hay and her novel Late Nights on Air, and was delighted when her name was announced. I have been an admirer of her beautiful writing since I read A Student of Weather

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