Here is a selection of humorous books of fiction and nonfiction for your enjoyment! Click on the image to enlarge! Continue reading Humorous Reads
Read about extraordinary friendships between humans and animals, from a pig, horse, parrot and hawk to a magpie, a blind cat and dogs. In these true stories the animals have taught their human companions about love and how to embrace the … Continue reading True Stories of Human-Animal Friendships
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Thank-you Diane for the answer to question #4: Which characters in ‘A Christmas Carol’ are drawn from Dickens’ own life experience? The Cratchits. Like the Cratchits, the family in which Dickens grew up were always on the edge of poverty. … Continue reading The answer to the last question
The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge’s two children. What were their names? The boy’s name was Ignorance and the girl’s was Want. Dickens, who had suffered great privation in his childhood, had an abiding interest in the welfare of the children of the poor, and used his writing talent to bring attention to the dreadful conditions in which they lived and worked. He supported financially the Ragged Schools movement, along with Lord Shaftsbury and other Victorian philanthropists. The Ragged Schools were so-called because the children who attended them were wretchedly clothed, coming as they did from the slums. The … Continue reading Christmas quiz: The answer and the next question
Question 2: In 1867 a Chicago manufacturer did something unusual after attending a reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ given by Dickens on his American tour. What was it? Mr. Fairbanks, a Chicago man who manufactured scales, was so moved by Dickens’ book (or perhaps by Dickens’ reading of it) that he voluntarily closed his factory on Christmas Day and gave his employees the day off with pay. Moreover, he gave each employee a turkey! _______________________________________________________ Question 3: The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge’s two children. What were their names? Indifference and Need Degradation and Despair Ignorance and … Continue reading Christmas Quiz: The answer and the next question
Answer to Question #1 When did Dickens write ‘A Christmas Carol’? ‘A Christmas Carol’ was Dickens’ response to a government report on the dreadful conditions experienced by child labourers in mines and factories. After reading the report, published in the autumn of 1843, Dickens set aside ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, which was the current novel-in-progress, to deliver what he referred to as “a hammer blow on behalf of the poor man’s child”. Dickens began the book in October, 1843 and it took him about six weeks to write it. It was published in time for Christmas that year. Question #2: In 1867 a … Continue reading Christmas quiz : The answer and the next question.
We’ve noticed there are some errors in our community cookbook. Please take note of the following corrections: Nous avons remarqué quelques erreurs dans notre livre de recettes communautaire. Prière de noter les corrections suivantes: Apple Cranberry Sauce (page 64) In the Ingredients, include a 12 oz. package of fresh cranberries. Salmon and spinach in puff pastry (page 79) Here is the rest of the recipe that follows the line: Place skinless salmon along the width of the puff pastry, leaving a ½ – ¾ inch border on the sides and at the edge closest to you. Distribute … Continue reading Corrections to the community cookbook
Here’s you chance to test your Christmas Carol knowledge. The answer to each question in the quiz will be provided on the following day. When did Dickens write ‘A Christmas Carol’? 1850 1842 1843 1845 Continue reading A Christmas Quiz: When did Dickens write ‘A Christmas Carol’?
This is an edited version of Neil Gaiman‘s lecture for the Reading Agency, delivered on Monday October 14 at the Barbican in London. The Reading Agency’s annual lecture series was initiated in 2012 as a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share original, challenging ideas about reading and libraries. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming Continue reading Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming