Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sunday May 8th, 2016 Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a way of celebrating the mother in the family, motherhood and all the good things that mothers do every day. Mother's Day in Canada is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and typically involves small celebrations and gift-giving to one's mother, grandmother, or any important female figure in the family. This year Mother’s Day falls on the eighth of May, which coincidentally is today!

The Thunder Bay Public Library helped celebrate Mother’s Day one day ahead of time by hosting a fun Mother’s Day tea on Saturday in the Waverley Auditorium. There was a special Mommy and me story time and a teatime craft.  The library has a variety of other resources and books to do with mothers and motherhood.

The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Lady Colin Campbell is a captivating book about the amazing life of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, the smiling duchess.

Another great book is Her Mother’s Daughter...The Lessons Are Everywhere, in Each Day, in Each Conversation, in Each Entry...Listen, Learn, Love by Sandi Boucher. The author not only writes books but is a motivational speaker, born and raised in a small Northern Ontario town. A proud member of the Seine River First Nation, she introduces the world to the Ojibwe teachings of her mother and uses these lessons to illustrate how best to find and enjoy individual strengths and gifts.
In My Mother’s Kitchen: Three Generations of Simple, Delicious Family Food by Trish Magwood, photography by Brandon Barre. This book describes mother’s kitchen as a place where both memories and meals are shared. The author’s mother cooked simple, delicious daily meals for her six children. The author’s grandmother did the same. The book contains classic recipes as well as new favourites. Included also are photographs of the family’s kitchen garden which enables the children to learn where their food comes from. 

The Mother of All Baby Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Baby's First Year by Ann Douglas is a hands-on guide to caring for your new baby. Providing a fresh, fun approach to a baby's exciting first year and based on advice from over one hundred Canadian parents, the book offers comprehensive answers to many of your baby-related questions. 

And for our children and the child in all of us, there is The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time by Jan Peck and David Davis, where the traditional Mother Goose rhymes have gone green. Using recycled paper, this book has all of our favorite characters teach us things we can do to take care of our Earth.

If you’re looking for something to watch, the American sitcom series, How I Met Your Mother, is available to borrow. The show follows the main character, Ted Mosby and his group of friends in Manhattan. Ted, in the projected year 2030, recounts to his children how he met their mother.

So come and take advantage of all that the Thunder Bay Public Library has to offer, and enjoy today and every day to the fullest. Happy Mother’s Day!    

Caron E. Naysmith

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