Reading aloud to my kids brings me much joy and thankfully they both enjoy it almost as much as I do. Over the last year or so my eight-year-old and I have found some great book series to enjoy reading together.
I've been geocaching for over ten years now, and have travelled throughout North America seeking those little containers hidden in some truly awesome spots.
I found my first ever geocache right here in Napanee on January 12, 2009. It was called “Paper House” and it was located at N 44° 15.577 W076° 58.257, or for you non-geocachers, near Walmart. Being new to Napanee and not knowing much of the area, I thought it would be a good idea to use geocaching as a way to tour my new home town, and that is just what I did.
Diggin' Downtown Napanee - PHASE 3
Geocachers from across North America and around the world will soon be visiting Lennox & Addington County, Ontario for the Discover L&A MEGA Geocaching Event. The event takes place on Saturday, August 17th. This event is hosted in partnership with the L&A County Geocachers and the Lennox & Addington Economic Development Office.
The Lennox & Addington County boundaries fall within a long and narrow portion of Eastern Ontario. Driving from the most southerly point of Amherst Island north to the hamlet of Denbigh takes well over two hours to complete.
It's a beautiful journey. Southern views are dotted with bustling rural communities and areas of actively farmed land. The northern portion of the County is dominated by the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield and too many lakes & rivers to count.
This summer has been filled with activities for those who love history, science, arts, music, whimsy, nature and those who love to learn! It is no wonder this summer is flying by, we have been a busy spot here at the Macpherson House & Museum. From theatre programs and live concerts with Juno award winning musicians to pottery making and fairy gardens, we have seen lots of excited faces through our doors. We also had a special afternoon tea for the residents of the JMPC, with Barry Lovegrove performing in the gardens.
Reading aloud to children is a great way to create a sense of connection. Research shows that not only do both kids and parents enjoy read-aloud time, it also does wonderful things for a child’s development and literacy skills. Parents of children ages 0-8 recognize that children reap great benefits from the experience of being read aloud to on a regular basis. However, a recent survey by ReadAloud.org found that just 34 percent of respondents read aloud to their children for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. Could it be our busy lives getting in the way?
Kristin Maloney recently enjoyed Things My Son Needs to Know about the World by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Fredrik Backman, a book of humourous yet poignant essays filled with fatherhood insight and advice. Here is her review:
Marg Wood of the Napanee Branch recently enjoyed Ellie and the Harpmaker, a charming debut novel by author Hazel Prior. Here is her review:
True Crime is not for everyone and that is understandable. Naysayers, however, should consider that the genre has been elevated in recent years. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, for example, was one of the most popular and talked-about books of last year. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann was huge in 2017. These books are true crime, but a new breed of true crime; one that is read by a more general audience (not just serial killer buffs), critically acclaimed, and are said to have some literary merit.