Summer Reading Week 3: Tales from Turtle Island

Summer Reading Week 3: Tales from Turtle Island

Week three, where to be? Well, at your local library for the Summer Reading Program, of course! This week we will learn some stories of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (Indigenous peoples of what most now commonly call North America). These tales are very diverse, just like the different Indigenous cultures and peoples to which they belong, so we hope you find many that you enjoy! To learn more, download this week’s related colouring sheet and check out this week’s reading list.

COUNTY OF HURON LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT

We acknowledge that the land we stand upon today is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral peoples. We recognize the First Peoples’ continued stewardship of the land and water, and that this territory was subject to the Dish with One Spoon wampum, under which multiple nations agreed to care for the land and resources by the Great Lakes in peace.

We would also like to acknowledge and recognize the Upper Canada Treaties signed in regards to this land, which include Treaty #29 and Treaty #45 1/2, and our roles as treaty people, committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation, gratitude, and respect with all First Nation, Métis and Inuit people.

WEEKLY THEMES & ACTIVITIES:

TD Summer Reading – Colouring Pages

TD Summer Reading – Colouring Pages

Hey everybody! We are Gwyneth and Olivia, your Huron County Library TD Summer Reading coordinators and we are really excited to lead this year’s program! The fun starts at a branch near you the week of July 4 and we are looking forward to a summer filled with adventure, play, social connection, and lots of reading, of course!

We are super excited to visit each one of Huron County’s amazing elementary schools over the next few weeks to talk to you about our summer reading club! And we hope you are just as excited as us for the TD Summer Reading Club this year, because we have planned a jam-packed summer built around this year’s theme, Once Upon a Time; Myths and Legends.

Registration opens online on Monday, June 13, but we wanted to give you a little sneak peak of just one of our awesome activities that you can enjoy on this PD Day! You can download and print these magical colouring pages and design them in any way you like!

Enjoy! 

 

Top Picks for Pride Month

Top Picks for Pride Month

In honor of Pride month, we’ve selected some standout LGBTQIA2S+ books representing a wide cross section of queer experiences. There’s something to appeal to all audiences and tastes from memoir to romance to edge of your seat thriller and everything in between. Feel free to browse the catalogue or ask your local branch staff for more recommendations.

book cover of The Gunkle

General fiction – The Guncle by Steven Rowley

A favorite from last summer, this is a heartwarming and hilarious story about a washed up gay television actor hiding out in Palm Springs who becomes guardian for his niece and nephew in the face of a family tragedy. Full of humor, healing and the power of family to help overcome grief.

Place a hold online…

 

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Romance – The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann

A fun and flirty fake dating summer romance featuring Joy, a Black, asexual main character. The perfect beach read with important conversations about asexuality and what being on the ACE spectrum is like. Highly recommended!

Place a hold online…

 

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Mystery/Thriller – Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

An unputdownable story about two fathers who come together when their gay sons are brutally murdered. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see how things are going to play out!

Content warning: some scenes of graphic violence

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Non-Fiction/Memoir – Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox (Canadian Author)

This is a beautifully written must read story about one Canadian family’s experience as two of their members ‘come out’ as trans. Told from Amanda’s perspective, she shares how both her daughter and partner transitioned to their true gender identities.

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YA/Graphic Novel – The Girl From the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

A tender, queer coming of age graphic novel about finding the courage to be your authentic self and not being afraid to share who you are with your friends and family. Perfect for fans of the Heartstopper series & Netflix show.

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Middle Grade – Obie is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar

A powerfully moving middle grade story about Obie, a transgender, biracial Korean American boy who just wants to swim. The book tackles important topics like bullying, transphobia, self-acceptance and the complexities of being a transgender athlete.

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Book cover for Pride Puppy

Children – Pride Puppy by Robin Stevenson (Canadian Author)

This alphabet book is Canadian, colorful, full of diversity and has lots of FUN and REAL moments! The perfect book to start important conversations with young children.

Place a hold online…

 

Afternoon tea for the Queen’s Jubilee

Afternoon tea for the Queen’s Jubilee

This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Platinum Jubilee (the first British Monarch to do so), recognizing 70 years of service to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. As we get closer to the Jubilee Weekend (June 2 – 5), many people around the world will be celebrating and you may think ‘What can I do for the occasion?’. Why not invite your family, friends and neighbors for a traditional Afternoon Tea?

A SHORT ORIGIN STORY

You may think of Afternoon Tea as the epitome of British tradition, but it is actually a fairly “new” concept. While tea was first introduced to England in the 1660s, Afternoon Tea was not part of British culture until the mid-19th Century. It was first introduced by Anna, seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840. At that time, the evening meal was not served until 8 or 9 o’clock in the evening – a long wait in between meals. The Duchess would always get hungry in the late afternoon, so she started asking for something to eat. She would request a tray of tea, bread and butter, scones, and cakes to be served. As this became routine, she began inviting friends to join her. Soon, other people in society took note and started to do the same. Thus, becoming what we know as Afternoon Tea.

Traditionally, Tea is served around 4 pm with little sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, and an assortment of cakes and pastries. But if you wish to make it simple, a nice mug of tea and cookies will do.

HOSTING THE PERFECT AFTERNOON TEA PARTY

  • Set the Scene – Create a nice atmosphere for your Afternoon Tea. Bring out the nice tablecloths, fancy tea cups and plates, and fresh flower arrangements. If it’s a beautiful day, take the party outside!
  • Tea! Tea! And more tea! – There’s no party without tea! Favorite teas include black teas like Earl Grey, English breakfast, and Darjeeling. But there are many, many more varieties out there, especially for those who prefer caffeine free. Varieties such as chai, peppermint, chamomile, fruit, and herbal. Not a fan of hot drinks? Try iced tea or a fruit drink as an alternative. If you are unsure of what tea to get, local bulk food shops often have loose leaf teas that you can smell. This is a great way to see if the tea appeals to you.
  • The Spread – Don’t forget the food! Having a spread of various finger foods that pair perfectly with your tea is always a delight.

What to serve:

  • Little sandwiches. Traditional flavors include: cucumber, egg salad, smoked salmon, chicken, ham and cheese, and cheese.
  • Scones with clotted cream and jam or marmalade.
  • Cakes and pastries such as macarons, fruit tarts, sponge cakes, cupcakes, sausage rolls, and for a modern twist – mini cheesecakes!

Voila! Now time to invite your guests, don your party attire and hat, and enjoy your Afternoon Tea!

JUBILEE SCONES

Recipe from Central Team Branch Assistant Nancy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 2 beaten eggs (reserve a little for brushing on the top)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ½ cup dried currants (optional)

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 425 F
  • Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt.
  • In another bowl, combine butter, eggs, and milk.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix until well combined.
  • On a baking sheet covered with parchment, pat dough into a 10” circle, cut into 8 wedges and separate slightly.
  • Brush with the reserved egg mixed with a little water.
  • Bake 15 minutes until golden on top, testing with a toothpick to make sure they are completely cooked through.

INSPIRATION FOR A CELEBRATION

  • Looking for inspiration, ideas and recipes for the party? Check out a number of resources from the Huron County Library.
  • Don’t have time to host your own Afternoon Tea? Join the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Tea, hosted by the Clinton United Church, on June 2.
  • The Huron County Museum currently has a small exhibit on display featuring artifacts related to the Royal Family and the Queen’s Coronation. Available during regular hours of operation. Admission is FREE with a Huron County Library card!

 

Reading…A Love Story

Reading…A Love Story

What book inspired Huron County Library staff to fall head over heels with reading? Here is a selection of the some of the books that left their impression and kick-started a love of reading.

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The Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey and Marcia T. Jones

“I am convinced that I read nothing but The Bailey School Kids books during the course of Grade 3. My classmates and I would always race one another to our school library to grab them before anyone else could. We would also challenge one another to see how many a month we could read. I credit these books for making me into the voracious reader I was when I got older.” – Avery, West Team Branch Assistant

Check out these Bailey School Kids books from our collection.

Charlotte's Web book cover

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

“The first book I can recall falling in love with is Charlotte’s Web. A simple book about friendship and how it can overcome the odds. My Mom read it to me, I read it to my children, and for 12 years I read it to my kindergarten class (who would “remind” me if I forgot to bring it out each day). The magic lives on!” – Joy, North Team Branch Assistant

Check out Charlotte’s Web

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Classics Illustrated: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

“I thought it would be impossible to pick a single book that sparked my love of reading but then I remembered that when I was a child my grandmother kept a pile of comic books for us. My favourite was Classics Illustrated #87 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I would pore over this comic for hours. I truly believe it sparked my appreciation for graphic storytelling, plays and the magic of slipping into another world through the written word. ” – Michelle, Central Team Branch Manager

While this book is not available from the Huron County Library, check out other Classics Illustrated such as Wuthering Heights, Ivanhoe, and Hamlet.

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Guests of War Trilogy by Kit Pearson

“Reading Kit Pearson’s Guests of War Trilogy is when I fell in love with reading. Thank goodness it was a series! It was the first time I remember being truly transported by a story. I immediately wanted to see the places that Nora and her brother Gavin traveled to. Even more than that, the books had the powerful ability to make me feel what the characters were experiencing. Being a similar age to the characters at the time, it opened my eyes to the complete range of experiences others can have in this world.” – Beth, County Librarian and Director of Cultural Services

Check out The Sky is Falling, Looking at the Moon, and The Lights Go on Again

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“From the moment I checked out this book from my small elementary school library, I was hooked! I quickly fell in love with Anne’s antics, her imagination, the beautiful relationships that develop, and the language! As a young reader, this book exposed me to language I had never read in books before and I credit this book for making me the reader I am today.” – Amy, Cultural Services Marketing & Branding Coordinator

Check out Anne of Green Gables