Summer is here and Professor Owl’s Newsletter
is taking a holiday for a month
We will be back on August 15th.2017 with our back to school issue and our usual book and literacy corners and our community boards.
We will still be doing our weekly book reviews over the holidays watch for them every Saturday, in the meantime have a great safe and fun summer.
Pool Safety by Joanna Murray
This summer my family and I embarked on a new fun outdoor activity, we added a pool to our backyard. Summer time is such a wonderful time of year, with this new season comes many outdoor fun enjoyments. One of the adventurous activities we all can participate in is swimming. No matter what stage of life you are in this is one of the universal sports we can all enjoy. As with any sport, there are some rules and precautions that everyone should consider and keep in mind.
With three children, for my family safety was a priority. The first thing we did was invest in a gate around the pool that you may attach and un-attach, when you are having a party etc.. Secondly, we installed alarms on the doors throughout the house to forewarn us if anyone goes outside. Third was to install reverse side gate latches so you have to be inside the gate to open them.
First and foremost, no matter what you do, you should always watch your children when they are in or near the pool.
As a precaution, the more safety tips and rules that will help facilitate a safe environment.
- Teach your children safety rules around the pool.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
- Have a phone close by at all times.
- If child is missing, always look in pool or spa first.
- Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim.
- Share safety tips with family and friends who visit.
- Learn CPR and update your skills regularly
- Understand basic life-saving skills
The best thing a family with a pool can do is ultimately invest in swimming lessons for your child. If money allows check local community centres such as the YMCA to see if affordable courses are available. As you would teach a child to put on a seatbelt when in a car, teaching your child basic water safety skills is essential
Originally published 7th June 2011
Ghosts of Manitowish Waters
by G.M. Moore (Author)
“Powerful. Clever. A solid … a choice for both girls and boys.” —Publishers Weekly
Fifteen-year-old Tess O’Brien finds her life inexplicably intertwined with the rebellious teen Cain Mathews and the conflicted Wesley Thayer as they search the vast Wisconsin woodlands for a mystical albino deer herd.
An ominous curse, a mysterious fog, and villainous poachers plague their journeys as the three struggle to come to terms with their lives, their parents and the wilderness they love.
Filled with page-turning action and suspense, Ghosts of Manitowish Waters is a coming of age story about finding your own path and following it. It’s a lesson in knowing when to obey your parents and when to have the courage to defy them.The book has an interesting opening hook that kept me reading. In fact, once I started reading the book, I could not put it down until I had finished. The story moved along at a nice pace and leads the reader through a coming of age story mixed with some Indian lore and some action. This book is suitable for all ages fifteen and
The book has an interesting opening hook that kept me reading. In fact, once I started the book, I could not put it down until I had finished. The story moved along at a nice pace and leads the reader through a coming of age story mixed with some Indian lore and some action. This book is suitable for all ages fifteen and up.
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The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization that represents an international network of people who are committed to bringing children and books together. One project, the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities, is located at North York Central Library and includes:
- Outstanding examples of books for and about young people with disabilities
- 4,000 titles in over 40 languages
- Specialized formats such as Braille, PCS and Sign Language
- Tactile and textile books
Read about the 2017 IBBY selections and more on our blog.
Location and Access
*The IBBY Collection is currently unavailable due to renovations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance and other options.
The collection is located on the main floor in the Children’s Department at the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario.
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