Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ February, 2018 Edition


Welcome to the January issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Christopher Reeve

Over the years Professor Owl’s book corner has been for and about boys, girls and adults who have succeeded in following their dreams in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Many of the participant’s in the Special Olympics have been training a Variety Village and throughout the year we will be following them and reporting on their successes.


A powerful message ~(Via did you know)


If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:



Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link ~

Books for reluctant teen readers ~

NB: Check out our Wise Picks for some new websites to help with your reading.



The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4)

by Genevieve Cogman

Release date: January 9th, 2018


The Lost Plot Cover

I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #4) from NetGalley in order to read and give an honest review.

This is the fourth book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series and I have to say it was perhaps my favourite.  Travelling through time and dimensions librarian Irene along with her assistant Kai find themselves in New York City during the 1920’s a time of prohibition, gangsters, and guns.  This time they face their toughest assignment yet, walking a fine line between dragon and fae politics.  When the Minister of the dragons dies a contest to fill the spot requires them to find a rare book. The challenge issued will give the winner power over the land and the contenders both approach Irene for assistance. Dragon politics is contentious at best, and the library has always maintained a neutral stance but when evidence points to the involvement of a librarian breaching that rule, Irene and Kai must find this rogue librarian. They are given carte blanche to investigate but must do so covertly and without the official backing of the library. If they are discovered, the library will deny all knowledge of the mission, leaving Irene and Kai alone to suffer the consequences. When murder and mayhem ensue, raising tensions place Irene and Kai right in the middle as well as putting the library in jeopardy.

I really enjoyed this entry in the Invisible Library series and would highly recommend it. In my opinion, it had it all, wonderful character development, intriguing plot lines and fast-paced action.  My one complaint was a lack of one of my favorite characters, Vale, hoping to see more of him in the next installment.  The Lost Plot also ended with a game-changing situation that has me curious as to where the next book in the series will go.😊


We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them


Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

Using the prompt “The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was…” write 200 words about something nice someone has done for you.

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!

Gratitude Journal

Living with gratitude is so important in developing a positive outlook on life. We are all bombarded with negativity, life happens, sometimes we have no control over events or other people but we can control how we react. We often see all our friends pictures on social media and compare our lives to theirs. We notice what we want more than what we have and become so miserable feeling that we’re missing out.  What if I told you that by focusing on all of the positive things in your life you change the way you think and that you can see those positive things do in fact happen for you. I used to be the same way. I began making a list of things I should be thankful for, at first I’m not going to lie, it was difficult but the more I did it the easier it became and the more good things seemed to come into my life.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it…Start a gratitude journal, write daily about all of the positive things that you are thankful for. Even on a difficult day, just by looking for the positive you make yourself feel better. Whether you use an inexpensive notebook from a dollar store, a fancy journal or an app on your phone, try to make a list of at least ten things that you feel grateful for.  Can’t think of anything…try to picture not having something in your life, no food on the table, no roof over your head, no one to talk to, no school that will help you learn….what would you miss if it wasn’t there tomorrow? The more things you are grateful for, the better you will see your life and the happier you will become.

“Be thankful for what you have you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey 

Gratitude Journal Picture

A little more inspiration?

There is a story cited as an old Cherokee tale that has an important message that goes like this…

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”



Variety Village

 Variety Village2

Upcoming events
for February 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will host over 700 children from schools across the GTA, Variety Village staff, and high school volunteers. Children with special needs from across the city to come together for an afternoon of what can only be described as pure, unmitigated fun.
The games hosts youngsters of varied abilities participate in adapted co-operative and competitive high energy activities and games in the Variety Village fieldhouse. This one-day event is an introduction to sport and physical activity for youngsters with physical, developmental, learning, and socio-economic needs. At the end, each and every one received a medal from The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor.

For more information please contact:
Archie Allison
416 699 7167 extension 236

If you would like to hear about what’s happening at Variety and be first in line for special offers, join our eNewsletter. Click here!

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.


March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities

EVENTS ~ February 2018


Opening Doors for Accessibility

Windsor – February 16, 2018
Vancouver – February 22, 2018

Rock for Dimes
Rock for Dimes

Calgary – February 3, 2018
Windsor – February 16, 2018
Vancouver – February 23, 2018

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >

wise-picks ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

Please note: To access the courses on our Training Post, if you don’t already have an account, you will need to set one up for free. See the instructions at the bottom of the page.

The Training Post is LLO’s online classroom. Course offerings for tutors and trainers include:
• Integrating Essential Skills into Tutor Training
• Learning Styles
• Introduction to Learning Disabilities
• Introduction to ESL Tutoring
• Understanding the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF)
• Problem Solving in the 21st Century
The LLO Training Post also offers courses for learners:
• Budgeting in the 21st Century
• Fire Safety
• Understanding Government and the Legal System
• Understanding Health Care
• Laubach Way To Reading Level 1 (Time tested method that has taught millions of adults how to read.)

To access LLO Training Post visit
If you don’t already have an account you can set one up for free. Instructions to access Training Post below:
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RHL School – Free Worksheets and More:
Your place to get free ready to use quality worksheets for teaching, reinforcement, and review. Worksheets that are truly unique! Many of these free worksheets can serve as the basis for lesson plans.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience. ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more. ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.






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