Professor Owl’s Book Corner, October 2019 ~ Fall/Autumn Issue.

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Welcome to the October 19th, 2019. Fall /Autumn  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 this month’s 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.

Since it is back to school again ~ which could mean a new computer, tablet or phone, we are therefore publishing the Online Safety tips to keep you safe this coming year.

Gathering Leaves

by Robert Frost

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Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

Fall (Autumn) Facts for Kids:

Autumn is one of four seasons that occurs from roughly September 21 through December 21. It is more commonly known as “fall” because the leaves fall-off of deciduous trees during the season. Here are some more autumn facts for kids.

Leaf Facts:

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Think you know everything there is to know about leaves? You may be surprised to learn the following facts:
Leaves require sunlight, water, chlorophyll and carbon dioxide to make food for themselves.
As winter approaches, leaves make a coating for themselves which blocks their water source; in the absence of water, the leaves no longer produce chlorophyll (chlorophyll is what makes leaves green).
When the leaves turn colors in the fall, they are returning to their normal colors. During the summer months, the chlorophyll present in the leaves causes the leaves to turn green, blocking the leaves’ actual colors.
Along with chlorophyll, leaves contain two other chemicals that cause coloring. The first is called xanthophyll, which is yellow in color. The other is carotene, which is orange in color.
Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves.
Once the leaves have turned brown, they are dead and no longer receive any nutrient

Halloween is a big part of autumn. 

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Although last month we had our Halloween issue, here are some more fun facts about this celebration:
Halloween Facts
The traditional Halloween colors of orange and black come from two different sources. First, orange is the color of autumn leaves and pumpkins, which have come to symbolize Halloween. Black is the color of darkness and mystery, which matches the theme of ghosts and other spooky creatures at Halloween.
There is no scientific proof that ghosts exist; however, there is a field of study called parapsychology that is dedicated to studying spooky phenomena like ghosts and psychic powers. Parapsychologists use scientific method to explore strange phenomena and learn more about things like ghosts.
Halloween was originally a pagan holiday to honor the dead, and the holiday was known as All Hallows Eve. The date, October 31, is the last day of the Celtic calendar.
Wearing masks on Halloween is an ancient Celtic tradition. Ancient Celts believed that ghosts roamed on Halloween, and they wore masks to hide from the spirits.
Vampire folklore comes from Romania. Romanians in the 18th century believed that the dead could rise after death by suicide or other suspicious circumstances and feed on the blood of the living.

Another holiday associated with autumn is Thanksgiving.:

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In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
The first pilgrims arrived in North America in December of 1620.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth in the fall of 1621.
The Native American tribe invited to the first Thanksgiving dinner were the Wampanoag Indians.
The first Thanksgiving feast lasted for three full days.
Thanksgiving was not recognized as an official holiday until 1941, when Congress decided that the holiday should be observed officially on the fourth Thursday in November every single year. The date was chosen by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to make the Christmas shopping season longer to aid in the country’s financial recovery from the Great Depression. Prior to the date being set in 1941, it was up to the president to set the date for Thanksgiving each year.

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Book of the Week: #NetGalley #BookReview Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay #Fantasy #YA via BelindaWitzenhausen.com

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Ever Alice

by H.J. Ramsay

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Published: August 1st, 2019


I received a complimentary ARC copy of Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay from NetGalley and Red Rogue Press

…a wonderfully whimsical and fun story inspired by Alice and Wonderland …

The author has created a brilliant and unique take on Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland. A unique plotline, quirky characters and an interesting interpretation of the characters Carroll is famous for. Ramsay creates a humourous story about 15-year-old Alice whose parents are concerned with her rantings about her friend “the white rabbit”. Her parents fear that after a near-drowning, the trauma has caused her to lose her mind and as a result commit her to an insane asylum for treatment.  Alice endures the asylum and after a while, when just on the verge of being released home, a nasty nurse exposes Alice by sharing her journal filled with rants about the white rabbit and a place called Wonderland. At a loss, the asylum staff decide to take her to see a doctor famous for curing individuals with a surgical procedure.  After seeing other patients Alice realizes this procedure isn’t going to be as easy as she is told, luckily at the direst moment, her friend the “white rabbit” appears and whisks her away to Wonderland where her adventure begins.

Filled with humour, this is a wonderfully whimsical and fun story inspired by Alice in Wonderland and although a YA novel  I would recommend to young and old alike.

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Book of the week. July 27 2019

Sali and the Five Kingdoms

Oumar Dieng

Sali and the five kingdoms

A civilization is threatened, and she may hold the key to the world’s survival…
As a child, Sali watched her mother vanish into thin air. Despite knowing what she saw, no one believed her—including her family and the police.

Years later, she receives an anonymous note, hinting at her mother’s whereabouts. Unexpectedly, Sali is pulled into a dying world where she meets Yakhar, a young man who is next in line to rule over Centaura, a world of five kingdoms. A world that seems strangely familiar to Sali.

But the looming death of the planet has unleashed a dormant threat. Together, Sali and Yakhar must convince the council of elders to change a centuries-old law to defeat a race of powerful beings, or Centaura, and Sali’s mom, may be lost forever.

A little bit jerky at the beginning, but on the whole a great read that I recommend for younger fans and any one older who enjoys an good book. It has a great ambience and characters, easy to get involved in the plot. Once into the storyline, it was hard to put the book down until it was finished.  Looking forward to reading any other books written by Oumar.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

About the Author

Oumar Dieng

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Oumar Dieng is an emerging American author. He writes young adult fiction as well as non-fiction. His books tell stories that evoke vivid imagery and stimulate the imagination. He is also the host of the Motivational Voice Podcast, a podcast that focuses on creating positive habits. Sali and the Five Kingdoms is his debut novel.

Oumar Dieng started out writing short fictional stories and poetry at the age of 11 to cope with his father’s sudden passing. Five years later, he was finalist at a national poetry award. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, kids, and cats.

Oumar’s Official Blog:  ~ http://oumardieng.com

This book is available at www.amazon.ca,   www.amazon.com,  www.kobo.com  and other fine book stores.

 

 

Let’s change the way we think about disability | Joel Dembe | TEDxMississaug#WATWB

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The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are: Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk Lizbeth Hartz Damyanti Biswas, Eric Lahti

 Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives. For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here]

Let’s change the way we think about disability | Joel Dembe | TEDxMississauga

Making an accessible Canada for people with disabilities …
https://www.canada.ca/…/programs/accessible-people-disabilities.html
The Government of Canada is building on this legacy to improve accessibility and promote inclusion for everyone in Canada. The Accessible Canada Act With the adoption of An Act to Ensure a Barrier-free Canada (Accessible Canada Act) , the Government of Canada is fulfilling its mandate promise to introduce new accessibility legislation.

 

EXTRA: #BookReview The Book Knights, An Arthurian Fantasy by J.G. McKenney (@jgmckenney) #Fantasy #YA #NetGalley

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The Book Knights

An Arthurian Fantasy

by J.G. McKenney

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Published: July 5th 2017


I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Book Knights by J.G. McKenney from NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op.

…a wonderfully unique plotline, compelling characters and an interesting and terrifying (reading and books are outlawed *shudders*) world! …

I absolutely loved this book! The author has created a brilliant and unique take on Arthurian legend. Filled with a wonderfully unique plotline, compelling characters and an interesting and terrifying world (where reading & books are outlawed *shudders*😲)!

The story begins with Arti, our protagonist, on the run after her parents are arrested for being readers and having a hidden library brimming with books in their home.   A neighbour has reported them and their home is raided. Hiding behind a shelf Arti barely escapes the destruction of her home and is on the run for her freedom.  Morgan Fay, the head of “The Corporation” is an acting government of sorts and has banned reading and books throughout the land. Arti is being hunted by The Flames (Fay’s enforcement officers) who will stop at nothing until they bring readers to justice. Scared, lost and on the run Arti meets a young street smart girl named Gal who helps her navigate her new life on the run.  Gal unable to read is moved and they bond when Arti introduces her to the beauty of reading.

With her world in danger and at risk of having any readers annihilated, Arti teams up with some interesting characters along the way.  She meets Merl at an abandoned Garage called “Camel-Lot” when they stumble upon his motor home hidden in one of the Bays.  Peeking in the window they notice him reading an ancient looking tome. Arti knowing he is one of “them” decides to talk to him and their lives change forever.  Merl who has been looking for the “chosen one” who can read the hidden text in the tome and is elated when he realizes there is hope for the world. One by one her knights are drawn to her. Along with Merl, Gal and Arti, Lance and Gwen join them on a crusade to restore reading to their world.

A fun fast-paced and interesting take on a classic story that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.

via http://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~Book of the Week~ June 28th.2019

No Fences in Alaska

By Glen Sobey

“A love letter to family relationships and Alaskan life, No Fences in Alaska is a gratifying young adult novel.”Foreword Reviews
“All told, readers will find No Fences in Alaska impossible to put down.” –BlueInk Starred Review

Their worlds are about to come crashing down…

At sixteen years old, Harper Lyon’s life is spinning out of control. She threatens her parents with suicide unless she can meet her drug-dealing boyfriend, a college student who doesn’t know she’s pregnant. Cooper Lyons, her estranged grandfather, lives in rural Alaska with only his dog and cat for company. He has just been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and he doesn’t plan on letting the disease run its course. Harper needs to escape her parents and decide what to do about the baby. She and her grandpa are worlds apart, but they may be exactly what the other needs. When Harper calls her grandfather, he welcomes the opportunity to help her and redeem his previous failure with his daughter Heather, who died from a drug overdose years ago.

I really loved this book, I was simply drawn into the story and went from thinking Harper was going to be a maybe “wayward”, alcoholic teen but the more I read into the book I realised that she is rather misunderstood. The characters and story line were very well done it explores family relationships and character development. The book is on the mature side, dealing with some intense themes. It does, however, induce a sense of joy that happens when one is part of a complete family, chosen or biological.

This the first book I have read from author Glen Sobey and certainly look for his other books.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of receiving an advance copy of this book for reviewing.

Book is available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca http://www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores.

About the author

Glen Sobey.

Glen Sobey lives in rural Alaska with his wife, three dogs, and a forest cat. He plays several musical instruments, hikes, kayaks, catches fish (sometimes), builds things, repairs more things, gardens, shovels lots of snow, splits too much wood, enjoys his family, and writes as often as he can.

 

 

 

 

 

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Julia Hawkins has a lot of passions in life.#WATWB


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The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:

Sylvia McGrath,
Susan Scott,
Shilpa Garg,
Eric Lahti,
and Belinda Witzenhausen

The story below is very relevant to me at present, it  shows one that you are never to old to begin again and follow your dreams.

At age 102, Julia Hawkins has a lot of passions in life, but none more thrilling than running. She broke a world record for the 100-meter dash by female competitors 100 years and older and she shows no signs of stopping.

 

For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ June 18, 2019

City of the Falling Sky

(The Seckry Sequence Book 1)

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By Joseph Evans

When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.

Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date.

Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist the revenge he promised himself.
The book is full of plot twists some that are so page turning I just lost track of the time completely as I didn’t want to put the book down.
A remarkably good read it kept my attention all the way through. Great characters and plot, story was great, a well put together book, great story telling. I will be reading more from this author, looking forward also to other books in the series.
Books are available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

About Author

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Joseph Evans

Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent a lot of his childhood playing video games and watching anime. His love of books originated from his love of the fantastic stories and narratives he found in both of these. He is still a big video games fan and his favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII. He has a 1st class degree in Interactive Media and alongside writing he is a freelance motion graphics designer as well as a bookseller in the Cardiff branch of Waterstones. If you’re ever in the area, drop by and say hello!

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Community Board ~ Access Expo! June 2019

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Join us for the Access Expo!
Connecting consumers of all abilities; their families and friends, organizations and healthcare professionals to products and services for any individual interested in accessibility, inclusion, mobility, sport, fitness and healthy living.

For more information on the event please visit the website below.

www.accessexpo.ca

We are excited to introduce the new transformation from the People in Motion show to the Access Expo, presented by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario. Please read below for important event information.

Join us for the Opening Ceremonies!

To celebrate the official opening, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us on Thursday, June 6 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. In addition to a ceremonial opening we will be honoring this year’s award winners for their contributions to accessibility and inclusion in Ontario.

Reception: Thursday, June 6 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Court 2 Demo Area
Awards Presentation: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

AWARDEES
Theme: Innovation in Accessibility

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Lifetime Achievement for Innovation in Accessibility: David Onley
Innovation for Accessibility in Sport: Arron Barberian & Linda Rodeck
Innovation in Adaptive Sport/Parasport: Zack Copplestone
ParaSport® Ontario Community Impact Award: Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers

SPEAKER SERIES

The Access Expo is excited to welcome an exciting speaker series to promote inclusive healthy active living opportunities and experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

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SPEAKER SCHEDULE: Friday June 7, 2019

10:00 – 10:45am – JaimeLynn Nowbari – High Five Training
11:00 – 11:45am – Alf Spencer – Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
12:00 – 12:45pm – Marianne Kozinets, Anu Banerjee, Kristan Francis of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
1:00 – 1:45pm – Michelle Haney – Euro-Peds
2:00 – 2:45pm – Chris Power – Power Transitions
3:00 – 3:45pm – Jeff Tiessen – ParaSport Ontario
4:00 – 4:45pm – Karen Stintz – Variety Village/Variety Ontario
5:00 – 5:45pm – Valeria Alvia – World Financial Group

Click below to visit our website to learn more about the full list of speakers.

CAREER & EDUCATION FAIR
Booth #901 Accenture
Booth #902 Canadian Council of Rehab and Work
Booth #903 HSBC
Booth #904 BGIS
Booth #905 CNE
Booth #906 TD Bank
Booth #907 Nielsen
Booth #908 The Career Foundation
Booth #909 U of T Scarborough
Booth #910 Ryerson
Booth #911 York University
Booth #912 University of Western
Booth #913 OCAD
Booth #914 Public Service Commission
Visit the TTC bus on-site to learn about accessible features. Located outside next to the BBQ and Beer Tent area.

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EVENT DETAILS
Location:
Variety Ontario (Variety Village)
3701 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough Ontario
M1N 2G2
Hours: 2-day Expo
Thursday, June 6
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, June 7
8:00am – 8:00pm

Save the date in your calendar!

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Download the complete show guide and floor map below.

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FOOD & REFRESHMENTS

Variety Cafe: Lobby and front reception area
Food Booth: Court 3
Items will include bagels, sandwiches, wraps, salads, baked goods and more! Please note: all sandwiches and salads are made fresh daily.

BBQ
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Thursday, June 6 – Not available
Friday, June 7 – 11:00am – 6:30pm
Brock Street Brewing Company
Beer Tent
Keep an eye out for the Brock Street Beer tent featuring a fully -accessible bar. ID required. Please drink responsibly.

                      On Draft at the Tent:

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Brock Street ~ Brewing Company.

Blonde Lagered Ale
Bohemian Pilsner
Amber Lagered Ale

Cash, debit and credit will be available at all locations.

PARKING

Parking will be not be available in the Variety Village parking lot on both days.

June 6th: Parking will be available at Birchmount High School (which is directly beside Variety Village) after 3:00pm. As well, parking is available on Danforth Avenue.

June 7th: Valet parking will be available. Your car can be dropped off and picked up at the valet station in the Variety parking lot. Parking will be available on Danforth Avenue as well as Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Birchmount Rd. and Danforth Ave.).

Shuttles

There will be two accessible shuttle golf carts during the entirety of the event if people choose to park their own vehicles, but need assistance getting back. Parking will be available at Birchmount High School after 3:00pm.
PERSONAL SUPPORT ASSISTANCE

The Access Expo is excited to have paired with the Personal Support Workers and will be providing free support to anyone who needs it. The Personal Support Workers booths is located at Booth #802.

FIRST AID

Toronto Paramedics will be on-site to provide first aid services, located at Booth #804.

Connect with us & Share your experience!

FACILITY CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS
Event Day

Thursday, June 6
Parking lot: closed to all members and public.
Only accessible parking remains open.
Fieldhouse: closed
Information for members
All fitness classes and fieldhouse One to One’s cancelled with the exception of the classes noted below:
Chairfit 11:00 am-12:00 noon – moved to Cafeteria.
Aquatic programs will still run except for Aquafit 11:00 am–2:00 noon
Red Cross and Aquatic One to One’s – still running.
Friday, June 7 – Access Expo Event 8:00am – 8:00pm
Parking lot: closed to all members and public.
Only accessible parking remains open.
Fieldhouse: closed
Information for Event Attendees: Valet parking (Friday, June 7)
Valet parking begins at 8:30am. Please drop you vehicle at Lobby entrance doors.
Information for Camp pick up and drop off:
Please drop campers off at Cafeteria entrance before 9:15am – camp day trip.

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The Inspirational Story Of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:

Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives.
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here