Quote of the Week~Professor Owl’s Book Corner

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” 

~ Ben Okri


Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week for March 25th., 2013

Bunny Battles: A Very Funny Book for Easter [Kindle Edition]

Aidan Evans (Author)

Price:  CND $O.OO   Kindle Version.Bunny Battles

Written by 8-year-old author Aidan Evans this is a book written by a kid for a kid.  Aiden understands the cutting-edge humor for todays kids. Parents will not get it but your children will be laughing like monkeys in clown-suits.

Alien bunnies have landed on Earth. They have fresh pies, and they aren’t afraid to use them. Oh no, it is a BUNNY BATTLE!

“Bunny Battles” is a bedtime story unlike any other. Perfect for fans of Dr. Seuss, Curious George, and Captain Underpants – but be warned: Looney Tunes-style chaos lurks on every page.

Recommended for readers Kindergarten-4th Grade.

Variety Village News For The Week Of – March 25th., 2013








M E E T I N G S  A R E  H E L D  O N C E  A  M O N T H

F R O M  S E P T E M B E R  U N T I L  J U N E

As a member of YAC you will have the following opportunities:

• Organize social events

• Create skill-building workshops

• Mentor others

• Develop facilitation skills

• Are you a young person between the ages of 15 – 29?

• Do you have ideas about how to involve Variety Village youth?

• Do you enjoy helping others and sharing experiences?

• Do you want to make new friends with people who share similar goals and aspirations?

Contact: Keisha Goberdhan

Youth Advisory Council Chair


or: Danielle Svec

Youth Advisory Council Coordinator





Professor Owl’s Book Of The Week ~~ March, 18th., 2013

Casey and Bella Face Their First Bully

Jane Lovascio (Author), Aija Jasuna (Illustrator)

Kindle Edition CDN $2.99 — —
Hardcover — CDN $7.11

Casey and Bella meet their first bully

After June and Jeff had left for the day, Casey and Bella decided since the weather was so beautiful they would go outside to play.
They peeped over the fence and saw that a moving van had arrived next door and saw their new neighbour a big Doberman. Casey thought he looked very scary but Bella thought perhaps he might be friendly if they took him a bone.
They tried to make friends but no way did he want to play and started bully them. “My name is Roscoe! And no. I do not want to play with you because it wouldn’t be any fun.” Roscoe kept on and on while glaring at Bella and Casey, who quickly ran away. What was wrong with Roscoe? The two decided that a scary dog wasn’t what they needed, but that Frisbee was. That was until it soared over the fence and Roscoe grabbed it.
Their Frisbee was gone so they decided they would go and visit friends. When they started off on their walk, their friend a wise old owl called Opee arrived. They began to tell Opee about Roscoe, and asked is there any way that Opee could help them with Roscoe?

Throughout their journey, Casey and Bella experience three different types of bullying and apply the advice of Opee the Owl to help out their three new friends. Find out how you can help stop bullying by taking the Casey and Bella Pledge to Stop Bullying and Be Nice to One Another!
Opee the Owl, who lives in a “Bully Free Zone,” explains the situation to them and gives them several pointers

This is a brilliant little story about bullying that children can learn from. Of course Casey and Bella really don’t know that Roscoe is nothing but a bully, but soon learn than his behavior is not acceptable.
The artwork is quite charming and is very appealing. This would be a perfect book to read and discuss during circle or story time
For example, Opee tells them “If you are being bullied, make sure you tell an adult right away!” Young children can easily understand or learn what to do about bullying from books like this.

March is Easter Seals Awareness Month by Sylvia McGrath Helping children with disabilities gain greater independence

March is Easter Seals Awareness Month

by Sylvia McGrath

Helping children with disabilities gain greater independence

In 1922 a group of Rotary Clubs formed the The American Easter Seals Programs in the United States of America. The province of Alberta founded the first Canadian Easter Seals program in 1945. Today, 40,000 children and their families across Canada have access to licensed agencies helping children with physical and/or mental disabilities

The most common disabilities that Easter Seals programs help are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida

The best known services are the camp programs. There are twelve camps across Canada providing camp opportunities to over 4600 children. These camps provide programs for disabled children to participate in activities such as:

  • Archery
  • Sledge hockey
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pottery
  • Camping in Tents
  • High Ropes
  • Fun sports
  • Swimming

These Camps are available to children at little or no cost to the families. Easter Seals also provides services such as mobility aids, adaptive computers, communication aids, wheelchair-accessibility, as well as modifications to vehicles and homes.

For more information on Easter Seals in your area, please see the links below:








Our International Affiliates Easter Seals Disability Services

Coming soon:- In Canada

March 16 to April 8, 2012

Help Hatch Great Things for Easter Seals Kids

The 2012 Paper Egg Campaign for Easter Seals Kids arrives at participating retailers across Ontario from March 16 – April 8.

Help support Easter Seals kids by purchasing a colourful paper egg for only $2.00

Write your name on the egg and it will be prominently displayed in the retail store, showing your commitment to Easter Seals kids.

2012 marks the 12th year of our Paper Egg Campaign that has raised over $5.2 million towards helping kids with physical disabilities in Ontario.