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Ways to Beat Mealtime Battles

Ways to Beat Mealtime Battles Laura Churchill Duke, Valley Family Fun Are there ever mealtime battles at your house? Do the kids ever ask you how much more they have to eat before they can leave the table? I have lots of people who have told me how stressful meals can be. It’s no different at our house either! But we have found a few tricks, when used sparingly, that can really work. 1. Kids Help with Meal Planning: We do up a weekly meal plan and I always ask the kids to pick one meal each that they would…
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The Dome Chronicles: The Last Pie Auction

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 fire, triumph and catastrophe, they persevered, unwittingly sowing…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club

Kaelyn’s Book Club Regan Alford Wee Ones – “Yummy Yucky” by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press, recommended reading age 0-3). Spaghetti is yummy, but worms – and blue crayons, and sand, and other things too gross to mention – are definitely yucky when tasted. “Yummy Yucky” stars an obliging, bald, and very expressive toddler who acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect. Little Ones – “More Pies!” by Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko (Scholastic Canada, recommended reading age 3-8). Samuel has woken up hungry and it seems that nothing can satisfy him. Luckily, there’s a pie-eating contest in…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford Wee Ones – “Eek! Halloween!” by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing Co, recommended reading age 0-4) Uh-oh! The chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!” Little Ones – “Mercy Watson-Princess in Disguise” by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press, recommended reading age 6-9) When the Watsons decide to zip their porcine wonder into…
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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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