Quote of the Week~Professor Owl’s Book Corner

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”

~Albert Schweitzer

Professor Owl’s Book Corner~Book Of The Week~ May 25th.,2013

Looking for Alaska [Paperback]

John Green (Author)

 Looking for Alaska

 Price: CDN$ 9.89

Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter’s teenage years had been one long failure – no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what  Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps,” he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, Alabama.

His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school’s rich preppies. Chip’s best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her path falls instantly in love. She is literate, articulate, and beautiful, and she exhibits a reckless combination of adventurous and self-destructive behavior. She and Chip teach Miles to drink, smoke, and plot intricate pranks.

Alaska’s story unfolds in all-night bull sessions, and the depth of her unhappiness becomes obvious. The author’s dialogue is crisp, particularly between Miles and Chip. His descriptions and Miles’s inner monologues can be philosophically dense, but are well within the comprehension of sensitive teen readers.

The chapters of the novel are headed by a number of days “before” and “after” what readers surmise is Alaska’s suicide. These placeholders sustain the mood of possibility and foreboding, and the story moves precisely to its uncertain climax. The language and sexual situations are suitably and realistically drawn, but sophisticated in nature. Miles’s narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability. Like Phineas in John Knowles’s A Separate Peace(S & S, 1960), Green draws Alaska so lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light, that readers mourn her loss along with her friends.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA is mostly the story of growing up, of falling in love, of dealing with loss, and getting through life as best that you can. It has wonderful dialogue, fascinating prose, and characters that are so real you’ll think you know them personally; this is a book well worth reading. This is not just the story of a group of teenagers looking to find their way out of the maze of loss, or just the story of finding our Great Perhaps, LOOKING FOR ALASKA is about living the best life that can be led.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner loved this story, and highly recommends it. Once you read it, you will realize it’s no surprise that it won the “Teen’s Top 10 Award” and the “Michael J. Printz Award.”—We are sure you will agree it probably deserves more.

Available at www.amazon.ca  and www.amazon.com

Variety Village News ~~ For The Week May 27th 2013



On Wednesday, May 29 – Sunday, June 2, 2013 the Variety Village Synchro Club will be off to Ottawa to compete in the Espoir Canadian Championship.  Again this year, our swimmers with disabilities (SWD) will be competing on the National stage to determine the Canadian champions.  Our athletes will also be advocating and performing in the hopes of growing the category and educating othe…r clubs about synchronized swimming for athletes with special needs.
Competing this year in the solo category are the 4 swimmers listed below.  Each athlete has varying levels of synchro experience, but all are ready for the BIG SHOW.  Athletes will compete in the figure competition as well as the solo competition.  The two scores will be added together to decide national ranking.  This year there are 9 solo competitors, which is the highest we have seen at this Championship. Variety Village Competitors: – Nicole Flynn – Grace Lowe – Ruby Stevens – Katy Orpin
Along with the competition, Nicole Flynn will be attending an AWD focus meeting with Synchro Canada officials, Provincial leads, as well Coach Jennifer Koptie.  The meeting will focus on educating, growing and better organizing the AWD category and competition structure.  As Nicole has been an ambassador of synchronized swimming for many years, she will add invaluable ideas and discussion surrounding the growth of our sport. We wish all of these athletes the best of luck and will be following your success throughout the week. Good luck and have a great time!

They are coming back to Variety Village! Saturday, July 20 – Save the Date!

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Quote of the Week~Professor Owl’s Book Corner

“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.” 

~ Maya Angelou

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~~ Book Of The Week ~~ 20th May, 2013

What If Your Best Friend Were Blue?

Vera Kochan (Author), Viviana Garofoli (Illustrator)

What if your best friend was blue

This book shows a lovely way for children to learn colours and at the same time discover that it is what’s inside a person that counts.

What if your best friend were blue? What if your doctor were yellow? Would it change things?

A child imagines what the world would be like if people in his neighbourhood each had a different skin color.

Child-friendly acrylic illustrations and a strong read-aloud text; the book features a yellow doctor, an orange babysitter, a blue best friend and more. Author Vera Kochan has written a sweet and simple big-concept text while Viviana Garofoli’s illustrations makes one’s eyes stretch wide. While her rich and captivating scenes tie together the whimsical atmosphere of color with a powerful theme, “it’s what’s on the inside that matters.”

Kindle Price CDN$ 4.03

Hardcover Price CDN$ 11.54

Available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com

March of Dimes ~~ News for the week May 20, 2013

logo March of Dimes

March of Dimes Event May 30 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013  – 7:00pm

Windsor’s best amateur bands will   take to the stage on May 30, 2013 at Level 3 Vodka Emporium for Rock for   Dimes, a battle of the bands to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and   services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians will   showcase their talents and compete in front of a roster of Canadian music   industry professionals.     What began as an event in Toronto, Ontario has since expanded to become March   of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser and is now held in community’s coast.

March of Dimes Event May 31 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013 – 6:30pm

Live Lounge, 490 Empire Road,   Sherkston Shores

Rock for Dimes is a corporate   battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and   services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete   in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate   band. Bands can showcase their talents.     What began as an event in Toronto, Ontario has since expanded to become March   of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser and is now held in communities coast   to coast. Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised over $500,000 to   support our Conductive Education® and Stroke Recovery Canada® programs.     March of Dimes Canada is thankful for our presenting sponsor Pennzoil, and   our national backline sponsor Long & McQuade. Additional sponsorship   opportunities exist in each location.  Join the fun for a great cause – new bands are always welcome!

For more information please contact:  www.marchofdimes.ca

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~~ Book Of The Week~~May 13th., 2013

I’ll Follow the Moon (Mom’s Choice Award Honoree and Chocolate Lily Award Winner) [Kindle Edition]
Stephanie Lisa Tara (Author), Lee Edward Födi (Illustrator)

Kindle Edition CND$3.92
Paperback Edition CDN$ 13.09


I will follow the moon

The story is gentle with a soothing repetitious verse, the beautiful water colours just compliment the verse describing the baby turtle’s journey from egg to the sea.

On a serene, quiet sandy beach a baby sea turtle breaks free from its egg and begins the journey to find home and mother, all the while saying, “I’m coming, Mama, I’ll see you soon. I know just how…I’ll follow the moon.” And follow the moon to Mama is exactly what the baby sea turtle does.

The simple words and gentle rhythm makes this a wonderful bedtime story. It is soothing and delicately conveys the message that Mother will be there for the child. The watercolor illustrations are solid, yet soft. They beautifully portray the beach and sky in an inviting way that adds to the soothing nature of the book.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca www.amazon.com