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Autumn Cooking and Food Shopping

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.

 

driving parents crazy syndrome

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?

How to find your next great read!

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!

Not Angels, but Anglicans ...

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.

Elizabeth Hay wins the Scotiabank Giller prize!

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

London Reads at LPL

Modeled after CBC Radio’s hugely popular “Canada Reads” London Public Library , The University of Western Ontario, the City of London and the Bookstore at Western invite you to join our own version of this great tribute to Canadian literature “London Reads.” For the fifth edition in a row London readers will be celebrating five great Canadian books.

Armchair Travel: A Great Way to Go

As the weather starts to cool and we look toward frosty dark evenings to entertain ourselves, there are some great books you might like to cuddle up with. They will take you to warm and sunny places and let you travel the world without leaving your living room. I recommend you cuddle into a cosy chair, bring along a drink, and start your adventure. Enjoy!

Professional Development

On Friday, November 9th, all library locations will be closed and all library staff will be gathering for a professional development day. This annual day is an opportunity for us to learn new skills and build on previous knowledge. With locations spread throughout London and staff working shifts, this one day of workshops is so important to ensure everyone is enabled with skills and information to provide better service to you!

For Your Listening Pleasure

St. Catharines screamers Alexisonfire play the John Labatt Centre on Wedneday, December 12. Check out their 2006 release, "Crisis", and play it loud! My favourite track is Boiled Frogs, simply because the song title and lyrics are not connected in any way all. (Feel free to add any insight you may have about a possible connection.)

Do It Yourself disaster

Many home renovation shows currently popular on television feature do-it-yourself disasters. Many of these start as a simple project that escalates into something bigger because, once a wall is opened or  floor is lifted, often unpleasant surprises appear that need to be repaired or replaced. We all know someone (and maybe it's you!) who has found themselves in this situation. A friend of mine set out on a simple weekend project to replace a few loose tiles around the bathtub and ended up uncovering extensive rot from water damage.