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Anne of Green Gables
Children's BooksClassics / January 30, 2019

Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L. M. Montgomery). Written for all ages, it has been considered a classic children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century. Set in the late 19th century, the novel recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl, who was mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings; Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, originally intending to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way through life with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

Five Great Reads for your 5th Grader
Article , News / January 30, 2019

Five great reads for your 5th grader!  This is a short stab at trying to pass on the all-elusive skill of list-making from one Father/Educator to the next.  Every parent has a 5th grader at some point, and all the ones that I know are expecting their children to read something.  How will you decide what to allow your child to read?  Do you simply sit in the car and let them run in to the local bookstore? Do you trust Amazon’s top picks?  I believe the parent who can come home to their children at the dinner table with a book in hand (or a loaded Kindle) will accomplish mighty things, such as: Gaining the edge on feeding good thoughts into his/her children Connecting with his/her children Laying a foundation for difficult upcoming conversations Increasing academic success Indirectly teaching morality (alright, that is a lot like #1) The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit is a story of three children whose father is mysteriously sent to prison, forcing them move out to the country and live near a railway.  The narrative is witty, and adventures with these kids are always fun.  The power of the story, however, lies in the good sense…

Weekend at Rugby
News / January 21, 2019

The Literary Club Society held their January meeting in historic Rugby last week. Six members spent the night in Percy Cottage, a historic reconstruction completed in 1977. Friday and Saturday were devoted to exploring the quaint grounds and touring several structures. The highlight was a visit to the Thomas Hughes Library which opened in 1882. It’s unique collection of some 7000 volumes is still almost completely intact dating from its opening. Many of these books are first edition copies. For book lovers, this experience was the equivalent of Elvis fans touring every nook and cranny of Graceland or General Patton crossing the Rhine River. The thirty-foot shelf space given to the complete records of all the communiques and correspondence of both armies in the civil war was truly impressive. This is especially so since this collection constitutes one of only three copies in existence. Our Town The recent by-pass built to re-route the main traffic of highway 52 around the town has resulted in a peace and quiet almost as rustic as the town itself. In spite of the non-tourist season, there were a few hardy volunteers and residents who willingly showed us around and filled in some of the…

Prince Caspian
Children's BooksFantasy / January 11, 2019

Caspian is a treat. It is a window into a bygone era, not only in time, but into the human psyche. The fact that many of us do not, like Caspian, long for the “Old Narnia” is a genuine tragedy. For the river of heroism and nobility which in our day is but a trickle, still gushes strong and clean and pure from the source.

Biography / January 11, 2019

If these men had not had each other to push them and make them better, our most cherished books would either not exist  or would be much poorer works that what we now enjoy.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Children's BooksFantasy / January 9, 2019

This is at once very much a children’s story and at the same time a story for all people at all times. But it is best read through a child-like lens, remembering what it was like to hide in closets or imagine you were a knight or some other sort of hero, saving the day.