Professor Owl’s Book Corner, April 2019 ~ Computer Safety Edition


Welcome to the April 2019 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.

Now the March break has now come and gone. Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s computer safety edition! 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.

Online Safety for Tween, Teens and Young Adults.

1. Keep Your Online Identity Secret

• Don’t share or tell anyone your real name, address or neighborhood you live in.

Here are the general rules:

• Do not give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.

1. Even “simple clues” like the name of the school you attend or the name of your sports team is enough for a predator to figure out your identity

2. Your Username and Password Belong to You … Only You

• Do not give or share your username or password with anyone. It is that simple.

• If someone gets hold of them and tries to pull a joke on you by putting something online under your name. It can cause many serious problems that can get you into trouble with your parents, school or even the police. Keep both your username and password “Private.”

3. The Internet has a Great Memory ~ Keep Its Memory of You Clean.

• Since the internet is so huge that does not mean that any embarrassing or rude pictures, nasty comments, or illegal activities will just disappear.

• Be careful what you post about yourself or others. Do not allow your friends to post about you. If not you may have to live with it for a long, long time.

Looking for an interesting book about internet safety check out Belinda’s review:

The All Seeing Digital Eyes

All Seeing Digital Eyes Cover

Release date: September 20th, 2018


I received a complimentary copy of  The All Seeing Digital Eyes
by Neville J Kattakayam from the author and AshNel Inc in order to read and give an honest review.

… the author had done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised…

Whether you are an internet veteran from the days of bulletin boards and WebCrawler (I know dating myself) to a novice just dipping their toes into the cyber water this book is for you. Neville J. Kattkayam’s initial inspiration was to write a book to help his 13-year-old daughter navigate the information age when everyone is utilizing smartphones, smart televisions, tablets and even appliances.  With the advance of technology when most of our lives are controlled by the transmission of electronic information so is our personal information.  The author has done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised.  If you have already experienced problems it’s not too late, Mr Kattkayam also includes a section to get your information secured and tips on how to proceed moving forward.

Even though this book is inspired by a 13-year old I feel this is a great guide for everyone who is on the grid, definitely a five-star in my opinion.




How to Teach Yourself How to  read:

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Web Resources:

Our Web Resources provide students, tutors, and all who are interested in a relevant and organized listing of literacy-related websites. These sites have been found useful to adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math and essential skills and to tutors and trainers who work with these motivated learners. We also provide brief descriptions of each site that is listed. Each site is listed according to the Essential Skill provided.


GCF offers the computer and technology training you need for life – absolutely free! Whether you’re new to the computer, returning for review, or want to use technology to enhance your skills, has something for you, from basic computer skills to Microsoft Office training, free. (skills: RT, DU, TS, CU, CL)





For Teens & YA:

End of the Lie

by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Author)

With her disturbing tale of espionage and near-death experiences finally out in the open, Anastasia Phoenix thought things would be better. That she and her friends had outsmarted Department D, the criminal empire her parents helped create.

She thought wrong.

Former friends have turned to enemies, causing more innocent lives to get swept up into the dangerous world her parents created. Now it’s up to Anastasia to stop the damage before anyone else gets hurt—or worse. She embarks on a treacherous trail from Poland to Prague, and old rivals emerge at every turn. But when the final confrontation occurs, will she be too late to protect the ones she loves…or even herself?

I enjoyed reading this story, from the fast-paced action to the emotions from anguish and grief to friendship and teamwork. The characters are fun to read about, and the story is very well written, the plot thought-provoking and works well. I enjoyed the world travels and most of all I enjoyed how smoothly the story transitions and flows, cliché maybe but this easily reminds me of a movie type set-up.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About the Author

Diana Rodriguez Wallach

  1. Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the “Anastasia Phoenix Series,” three YA spy thrillers. The first book in the trilogy, PROOF OF LIES, was named by Paste Magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Young Adult Books for March 2017. Bustle also listed her as one of the Top Nine Latinx Authors to Read for Women’s History Month 2017. Additionally, she is the author of three award-winning young adult novels: “Amor and Summer Secrets,” “Amigas and School Scandals,” and “Adios to All The Drama”; as well as a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, entitled “Mirror, Mirror”.In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in “Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories”. It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, “Latina Authors and Their Muses”, and she is a blogger for Quirk Books. In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards. She is an advisory …
    All books are available from,,,  other fine book stores, and Public Libraries.



Writing Quote

Keeping a Writer’s Notebook

Most writers can’t control when inspiration hits. Our ideas often come at us at unusual times and often unexpected or inconvenient places. Most of my friends and family have laughed at me for the number of journals, notepads and scraps of paper (post-it’s in particular) I have around me at any given time. While out for coffee or on the subway I would get a great idea for a new story or something to add to one in process, and I would jot it down whether it was on the back of an envelope, in a notebook or even on a coffee-stained napkin which is often disorganized and lets just say it….downright messy.

A while back I started using a traveller’s notebook to capture everything and I am hooked.  They are journal covers with elastics that slip into the centre of smaller notebooks allowing you to carry multiple notebooks at a time so that you can swap them in and out as they are filled. You also can add pockets, folders and dashboards(clear plastic pages for post-it’s) to keep all your notes in one place.  I keep four notebooks in mine, one general all-purpose one for ideas that don’t necessarily have a home just yet, and one for each individual project I am working on at the moment. I place post-its with ideas, to-dos or quotes on the dashboard. I attach interesting pictures, articles or jot down links that I want to research further. I personally love analogue over using my phone, tablet or computer although I do rely on those on occasion I find it easier to keep my ideas organized.  I go all out adding sketches, washi tape, pictures, stamps and postcards relevant to my projects. Traveller’s notebook can be found online or if you’re handy you can make your own. If you run a search on YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest you can find hundreds of tutorials and inspirational ideas on creating a system that works for you.

Traveler's Notebook


Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your young adult’s creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just encourage them to be honest, creative and stretch their imagination!

Writing QuoteWriting Prompt…

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~ James Michener

How does writing make you feel? Do you love it? Do you lose yourself to your story? Does it frustrate you? What inspires you to keep writing?

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒



Have you heard of Every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,000 words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better, is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp runs twice a year in April and July and unlike NaNoWriMo welcomes word-count goals of 30,000 and up. Writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, and short stories. So sign up today!  See you at camp!


Variety Village2

Follow this page every month in Professor Owl’s Book corner to get the most up to date events at Variety Village.

Variety the Children’s Charity and Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction,
empowerment and inclusion. We facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with
disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education for more than 60
years, Variety Ontario has worked with young people with disabilities and those who
face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential. We are a world-recognized
authority providing integrated sports and life skills programs, applied research and
learning programs that change children’s lives and strengthen communities.

We’ve achieved this reputation because of our ongoing work to better the lives of children and young people with disabilities. We are active in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario promoting the inclusion of young people through our three areas of expertise:

Integrated sports and life skills programs:

Children’s programming is delivered at Variety Village and throughout Ontario.

Applied research:

Reflecting on our philosophy, our practical and theoretical work develops equipment, games, and curricula promoting access, awareness and adapted activities.

Learning programs:

Our academic and professional certifications programs draw students and teachers from around the world to learn and study our best practices and approaches, to participate in their applications and to learn how to adapt their own programs and initiatives.

Our hope is to foster a more integrated society, where everyone feels welcome, inspired and hopeful about his or her future.


In the Spotlight
Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Party Image.

Please join us as we toast our past successes and our bright future.
Variety’s “In The Spotlight Cocktail Reception” is a dedicated event that recognizes outstanding community service which has contributed to the success of people with disabilities. These contributions ensure the delivery of vital community services and the promotion of a healthier tomorrow for children with disabilities and their families.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Variety Village
3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough
Dress: Business
Parking on-site

Sponsorship Opportunities
Stay tuned for the 2019 Sponsorship Package.

MORE INFORMATION: Chris Yuccato, Events & Fundraising Coordinator


Police Games

Participants and their siblings are invited to join us for this fun day of inclusive sports and games. This invitation will welcome 200 registrants to join teams

by Toronto Police volunteers. Please complete the Police Games 2019 fillable form below to express your interest in participating before May 1, 2019.
9:00-9:30am – Registration (Fieldhouse)
9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Fieldhouse)
10:00 – Opening Ceremonies
10:30-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games)
12:30pm- Closing Ceremonies/Awards
1:00-2:00pm – Registrant BBQ

Please Complete Registration form by clicking the link below.

Click to access police-games-2019-fillable.pdf

Variety Ontario (Variety Village)
3701 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough, ON M1N 2G2
For more information:
Archie Allison
416 699 7167 ext.236

3701 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M1N 2G2
For more information on these Variety Village Events and Programs, please contact/



About March of Dimes Canada

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across the country.

Events for April, 2019

Rock for Dimes is currently held in 13 cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Sarnia, Windsor, London, Sherkston Shores, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Halifax.

Visit to find out when it is coming to your community!

March of Dimes Canada Head Office
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Tel: 416-425-3463
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463
Fax: 416-425-1920

Accessibility Customer Service Policy Feedback (including feedback for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)
Please send a message to to submit your comments, concerns, questions or suggestions about our Accessible Customer Service Policy.

Media inquiries
Tel: 416-425-3463, ext. 7258
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463
Fax: 416-425-1920

Polio Canada
Tel: 416-425-3463
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463
Fax: 416-425-1920


4 thoughts on “Professor Owl’s Book Corner, April 2019 ~ Computer Safety Edition

  1. Hi Sylvia and Belinda … I’ve noted The all seeing digital eyes by Neville Kattakayam – and hope to read it sometime … looks so sensible and informative – as too for the elderly … cheers and thanks for posting – Hilary

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