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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Falling Leaves

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Falling Leaves By Melanie Priesnitz “I asked the leaf if it was scared because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, no. During the whole spring and summer I was very alive. I worked hard and helped nourish the tree, and much of me is in the tree.” – Thich Nhat Hanh There are many lessons to be learned from the forest. It is a remarkable ecosystem where plants, animals, and micro-organisms work together in accord. The forest is filled with symbiotic relationships where all…
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Trick or Read? By Angela Reynolds

Trick or Read? By Angela Reynolds Annapolis Valley Regional Library Community Engagement Coordinator This Halloween, you can add stories to the candy haul. Some of you may know about Neil Gaiman’s Halloween book initiative, All Hallows Read (www.allhallowsread.com). Mr. Gaiman encourages people to give away scary books on October 31. This is a great idea, and if you have scary books to give away, join in the fun. For instance, local authors Christy Ann Conlin and Ami McKay both have new books out that would fit the bill for your adult pals. But if you cannot afford to give a…
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“Small Beauty” Book Launch at the Box of Delights, Wolfville

“Small Beauty” Book Launch at the Box of Delights, Wolfville Thursday, October 27 Making its first East Coast appearance later this month, “Small Beauty” will launch at Venus Envy in Halifax on Wednesday, October 26 and at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville on Thursday, October 27. While trans identity gains increasing public attention in North America, be it through celebrity coming-out stories or legislative changes, there remains a dearth of trans stories not explicitly about transitioning. “Small Beauty” is just that. A novel by emerging author and long-time musician jia qing wilson-yang, “Small Beauty” explores the protagonist’s transness…
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Mike Uncorked: To Learn or Not to Learn

Mike Uncorked: To Learn or Not to Learn By Mike Butler It’s October and school is officially underway. I hope everyone had a summer filled with terrific adventures and experiences. Acadia University and the town of Wolfville are buzzing with the returning students asking directions; chatting at the coffee shops; forming lines at the liquor store, drug store, grocery store, and the bank; and hopefully embracing this wonderful town and what it has to offer – including their education! I follow many guidelines in my life, like: always be polite, think positive thoughts, give of yourself when you can, make…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Groundnut

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Groundnut Melanie Priesnitz “I dug some groundnuts with my hands in the railroad sand bank, just at the bottom of the high embankment on the edge of the meadow. These were nearly as large as hen’s eggs. I had them roasted and boiled at supper time. The skins came off readily, like a potato’s. Roasted they had an agreeable taste, very much like a common potato, though they were somewhat fibrous in texture. With my eyes shut I should not have known but I was eating a somewhat soggy potato. Boiled…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

 Kaelyn’s Book Club Regan Alford Wee Ones: “Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!” by Anne Sibley O’Brien & Susan Gal (Abrams Appleseed, recommended reading age 3-5) “Leaves on trees are green and bright. Abracadabra! What a Sight!” Eleven gatefolds open to re-create the excitement and surprise of fall’s arrival, revealing what happens when the leaves turn. Little Ones: “The Maple Festival” (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse #5) by Poppy Green & Jennifer A. Bell (Little Simon, recommended reading ages 5-9)  It’s finally fall in Silverlake Forest, and that means it’s time for the annual Maple Festival with games, rides and, of course,…
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Active and Healthy Living: This is Not a Solo Trip By Lee-Ann Cudmore

Active and Healthy Living: This is Not a Solo Trip Lee-Ann Cudmore Registered Acupuncturist | Call/text 902-300-5100 | valleyacu.ca My friends, this is not an express route, there will be stops along the way – probably a few stops that you may not want to make. Life is a ride, or maybe a highway, but remember, this is not a solo trip. We are in this together. I have gotten to an age and stage where, at any given time, there are several people in my life that are dealing with traumas. This may be due to the sheer volume…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

Kaelyn’s Book Club Regan Alford   Wee Ones Selection – Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing Co., Recommended reading ages 4 and Under)  The amazing Bob! The amazing Boynton! Because who else but Sandra Boynton could imagine 15 Bobs in one book? Actually, that’s 14 Bobs, and one Simon James Alexander Ragsdale the Third (he’s a turtle), which gives Fifteen Animals! the added dimension of being a unique counting book ― count the Bobs, count the pets, count the bunnies, count the fish.   Little Ones Selection – The Ladybug Race by Amy Nielander (Pomegranate Communications, Recommended reading ages…
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Perseverance At The Box Of Delights Bookshop

Perseverance At The Box Of Delights Bookshop By Benjamin Bush Anderson As thousands of students drag their heels back through school halls, we prepare for the inevitable wave of young folk flocking our shelves for the books being forced upon them. Pluck up, dear despondent scholar, for our books don’t bite and only long ago possessed bark. One such a book that may be assigned to such a student is Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Now a classroom staple, the Pulitzer Prize winning novella was first published in Life Magazine on September 1, 1952. For all you students looking…
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The Dome Chronicles: The Dam

The Dome Chronicles: The Dam By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and…
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