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April 2014

Spring is Coming Soon to a Garden Near You!

April 21, 2014 | Winona | Comments (0)

It's time to get ready...spring is coming soon to a garden near you!

Give your garden a great start this year: join us at Albert Campbell branch for a "spring awakening" on Saturday April 26 at 1:30 p.m. An expert from Toronto Master Gardeners will show you how to get your garden growing this spring. Enjoy a photo gallery of beautiful bulbs to motivate you to action! Unravel the mysteries of mulching and pruning! Learn what to plant and when to plant it! From cleaning up to transplanting, learn how to get the most from your garden, from your veggie patch and flower beds to your shrubbery and lawns.

For more "Ask an Expert" gardening programs at different library branches in the city, click here.

Check out these books from the library to help you get your Ontario garden started this spring:

Getting Started on a Great Canadian Garden by Wendy Thomas Best Garden Plants for Ontario by Liz Klose Seasons of My Garden by Marjorie Harris Tree and Shrub Gardening for Ontario by Alison BeckPerennials for Ontario by Alison Beck Canadian Gardener's Guide ed Lorraine Johnson The New Ontario Naturalized Garden by Lorraine Johnson The New Ontario Gardener100 Best Plants for the Ontario Garden by Steve Whysall Annuals for Ontario by Alison Beck Canadian Encyclopedia of Gardening by Christopher Brickell and Trevor Cole Mark Cullen's Ontario Gardening by Mark Cullen

Author Visit: Deborah Ellis!

April 5, 2014 | Winona | Comments (0)

Join us for a visit with award-winning Canadian author and peace activist Deborah Ellis! At Albert Campbell branch on Wednesday April 9, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of many fiction and non-fiction books for children, teens, and adults. She is perhaps best known for her novels about courageous young people in difficult circumstances, such as The Breadwinner Series (The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey, Mud City, and My Name is Parvana), which was inspired by the true story of a young girl who cut off her hair and pretended to be a boy so she could earn money to support her family in war-torn Taliban-era Afghanistan. 

The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young, fictional character who cuts off her hair and poses as a boy so that she can have freedom of movement and support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/authors/profile.cfm?article_id=6395#sthash.VRpbyhoq.dpuf
The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young, fictional character who cuts off her hair and poses as a boy so that she can have freedom of movement and support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/authors/profile.cfm?article_id=6395#sthash.VRpbyhoq.dpuf
The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young, fictional character who cuts off her hair and poses as a boy so that she can have freedom of movement and support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/authors/profile.cfm?article_id=6395#sthash.VRpbyhoq.dand its sequels Parvana's Journey, Mud City, My Name is Parvana.  series set in Afghanistan and Pakistan that has been published in twenty-five languages
The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young, fictional character who cuts off her hair and poses as a boy so that she can have freedom of movement and support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/authors/profile.cfm?article_id=6395#sthash.VRpbyhoq.dpuf

Deborah Ellis has received several awards for her beautiful and challenging books, including the Governor General's Award, the University of California's Middle East Book award, Sweden's Peter Pan Prize, and the Order of Ontario. Her most recent book is Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids, a compelling collection of interviews with Aboriginal and Native American youth aged nine to eighteen.

This program is suitable for teens and adults. For more information or to register please visit the branch or call us at 416-396-8890.

The Breadwinner Series

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis Mud City by Deborah Ellis My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis

  • The Breadwinner - Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in Kabul, Afghanistan. When Parvana's father is arrested for having a foreign education, and conditions in the city become more difficult, Parvana must disguise herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of the family. Translated into 25 languages, with over two million copies sold worldwide.
  • Parvana's Journey - In this sequel to The Breadwinner Parvana sets off from Kabul in search of her missing mother and siblings.
  • Mud City - The third book of the series is the story of Parvana's best friend Shauzia who leaves the refugee camp in Pakistan to join other homeless children on the streets of Peshawar.
  • My Name is Parvana - Parvana, now fifteen, is imprisoned by American authorities on a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan and recalls the past four years of her life.

Selected Novels by Deborah Ellis

  Looking for X by Deborah Ellis No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis I Am A Taxi by Deborah Ellis True Blue by Deborah Ellis    

  • Looking for X - Kyber is a smart, bold, eleven-year-old girl from Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood who sets out to find her friend X, a mysterious homeless woman who has gone missing. Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award.
  • No Ordinary Day - An orphan girl lives on the streets of Calcutta unaware of her leprosy until she meets a doctor who helps her get treatment and find hope for the future. Starred review in Book List Review.
  • I Am a Taxi - Twelve-year-old Diego runs errands and delivers goods to a prison in Bolivia where he lives with his mother who has been wrongly incarcerated for drug trafficking. Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award.
  • True Blue - An eight-year-old girl is murdered and Jess' best friend Casey is accused of the crime. A gripping murder mystery that will appeal to readers age 12 and up.

Selected Non-Fiction by Deborah Ellis

Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis Looks Like Daylight by Deborah Ellis  Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis Our Stories Our Songs by Deborah Ellis

 Biography of Deborah Ellis

 

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