Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sunday February 23, 2014 Celebrate Family

Last Monday was Family Day. Nearly two-thirds of Canadians reside in a province that observes the third Monday of February, (actually the second Monday in British Columbia), as Family Day. Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan call it Family Day, while Manitoba calls it Louis Riel Day and PEI, Islander Day. A rose by any other name....    

The whole purpose of Family Day is to celebrate the importance of family. Although the actual day has past for this year, it is important to recognize the importance of family every day of the year. Thunder Bay Public Library has just the books and ideas to share this with you.

Kids' Holiday Fun:  Great Family Activities Every Month of the Year by Penny Warner; illustrated by Kathy Rogers is a year-round guide for all months leading up to and following Family Day, providing fresh ideas, month by month for holiday activities the whole family can enjoy together.

The Joy of Family Traditions: A Season-By-Season Companion of 400 Celebrations and Activities by Jennifer Trainer Thompson offers hundreds of ideas and creative approaches to cultivating family traditions that strengthen a family's values and style.   

Do-it-Yourself Family:  Fun and Useful Home Projects the Whole Family Can Make Together, written and illustrated by Eric Stromer, is an ingenious way of showing that do-it-yourself projects are yet another way to bring your family together.

The Good Food Book for Families: With Over 150 Recipes to Please Kids of all Ages, Inspired by the New Canada's Food Guide by Brenda Bradshaw (an elementary school teacher), and Dr. Cheryl Mutch (a respected pediatrician), uncovers over one hundred simple recipes for delicious and healthy family meals and snacks. 

Like many people, you may consider your dog(s) an important part of your family. 101 Dog Tricks: Step-by-Step Activities to Engage, Challenge and Bond with Your Dog by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy (her Weimaraner); photography by Nick Saglimbeni, is a book of trick training that shows you a great way to keep your pup an integral part of the family.
Want to trace where your wonderful family came from? Then take a look at Your Family Tree Online: How to Trace Your Ancestry from your own computer by Graeme Davis. This practical guide will help you create your family tree by showing you how to use online records to trace your family genealogy. Need a little help? Why not sign up for an Ancestry Library Edition class, where you will be introduced to the Library’s online genealogy resource.  The next class is March 10th.  You can register by calling 684-6815 or going online at Involved /Online Calendar.

Enjoy keeping Family Day alive all year long. As Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winner and influential physicist of the 20th century once said, “Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”

Caron E. Naysmith

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