Fabulous Fathers and Dynamic Dads

June 19, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

On Sunday, we celebrate Father’s Day: a day to appreciate, relax with, and celebrate our Dads. Whether it’s in person or a video chat, it’s a day to just let him know you care. Why not share a great story or two?  We have lots of dad-themed materials:

Reading together with Dad:

Books to Netflix

June 12, 2020

From Orange is the New Black to The Haunting of Hill House, many of Netflix's greatest hits have been adapted from books. It is a hobby of many a bookworm to read the book and then watch the movie (or television show) adaptation to see what the producers got right or wrong and inevitably comment "the book was better than the movie." So we should all rejoice in the fact that there is a seemingly endless succession of 'book to Netflix' offerings to stream and dissect.

“Lilliputian” Weddings

June 10, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

The 2020 wedding season will now have a new look – if you choose to go ahead with your ceremony it will be a “Lilliputian” affair to be within the new smaller groups required under our emergency measures. Although you have the option of delaying, an intimate affair may be a workable solution.  Whether you are revamping your wedding or taking another year to reconsider your options, we have a variety of resources to help you decide!

Season Up The BBQ

June 8, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Grilling, barbeque, smoking or an old fashioned cookout – the season has finally arrived and with it, an excuse to be outside and support your local farmers at the same time.  Whichever ingredients or method you use, we have the resources to help you with basic instruction, seasoning, marinating or attempting a new technique:

Journaling for Mental Health

June 5, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

During this stressful time, a great habit to begin is journaling – it can either set the tone for your day ahead or settle a restless mind at night.  Caring for our mental health is as important as our physical health, during this time when we need to self-isolate, and limit our contact with others. Setting a future goal, stating your feelings or simply reflecting on your day, will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you identify stressors.

Canadian Armed Forces Day

June 4, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

“Today, on Canadian Armed Forces Day, we pay tribute to our brave women and men in uniform for their service to Canada, and thank them for the dedication, skill, and humanity they demonstrate when keeping Canadians safe here at home, and around the world.

Entertaining a Short Story

May 26, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

If you are in a reading slump, overwhelmed with chaotic news stories, but wanting a quick escape from it all, try selecting a short story for your next read. It helps me get back into my reading grove by giving me a feeling of accomplishment -- when you finish the first story in the anthology, you want to move to the next. Author of both novels and short stories, Lorrie Moore has said “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage.

Literary Departures

May 25, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Do you have a sense of wanderlust, anxiously awaiting a post-COVID-19 world? Try a literary departure – download our Mango Languages app, a travel memoir, and prepare for some comfortable armchair travel!

Books for Babies

May 15, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Although the focus may be on teaching our school aged children, reading to our younger children is vital to their development. Take the time to focus one-on-one, by reading a story to them.

Thank you, Nurses!

May 14, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Now more than ever, we need to give our thanks and appreciation to all nurses.

We're currently in the midst of celebrating National Nurses Week (May 11-17) and the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Here's a quote from ICN President Annette Kennedy: