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DSF Birth Story Winner – Dear Diary: October 1979

For the third year, the Birth Story Writing Contest held by the Doula Support Foundation (DSF) brought a wealth of moving birth stories. By sharing birth stories, DSF offers a realistic view of what giving birth really is, to generate solidarity among birthers and maternity care professionals and create a positive culture

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Lyme disease: as cases rise, author details prevention, diagnosis and treatment

Cases of Lyme disease have grown exponentially in Ontario in the last decade, especially in the Kingston and Thousand Islands region. In 2010, only 88 cases were reported in all of Ontario, but that increased to 1159 reported cases in 2019 (the last year for which data is available), with 285

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Kingston poet launches new book ‘Footsteps in the Garden’ with international publisher

Bob MacKenzie has been in the creative writing, poetry, and teaching arena since 1965. He has published nine poetry books and has contributed to various anthologies worldwide. He also owns two publishing labels, namely Poet Pourri Entertainment and Dark Matter Press, and ran publication The Sarnia Entertainer from 1972 to

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Kingston WritersFest continues digital format for 2021

Kingston WritersFest is presenting their week-long festival online for the second year in a row. Running from September 22-26, 2021 the festival brings a fresh and diverse lineup to the literary festival. The 13th annual festival is offering a mix of free and paid events on the Zoom platform over

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Local Indigenous archives and language revitalization underway at KFPL

An initiative to create and digitize an archive of local Indigenous history is in full steam at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL). Danycka Pereault, an Indigenous woman from the Kingston area, has recently joined the team responsible for the work, thanks to a grant from Young Canada Works going

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Ruthy’s Reading Room builds a culture of acceptance one book at a time

Michelle McDonald wants kids to love to read and to recognize themselves in the stories, so she created ‘Ruthy’s Reading Room.’ The weekly YouTube channel shares McDonald’s love of reading and celebrates Black authors from across North America. The idea for Ruthy’s Reading Room came to McDonald about four years

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Doula Support Foundation’s 2021 Birth Story Contest open for submissions

The third edition of the Doula Support Foundation’s Birth Story Contest is now open for submissions. The purpose of the contest to cultivate a positive and supportive birth culture in our communities through inspiring birth stories. The Doula Support Foundation (DSF) started the contest to shine a light on doula

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KFPL hosts Haudenosaunee author Alicia Elliott to speak about her memoir

As we approach National Indigenous Peoples Day and Canada Day, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is hosting an author talk with Haudenosaunee author Alicia Elliott. She will speak about subjects explored in her memoir A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, which analyses her upbringing amidst institutional oppression. “Understanding lived

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King Con returns in virtual format for 2021

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL), along with Minotaur Games and Gift and Kingston Nexus are excited to announce the return of King Con in a virtual format for 2021. King Con 2021, Kingston’s preeminent festival of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, gaming, cosplay, and other pop culture fandoms, is happening June

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KFPL Live: Iona Whishaw to read from new book A Lethal Lesson

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is hosting a Zoom presentation by Iona Whishaw, in which she will read from her newest Lane Winslow Mystery, A Lethal Lesson. “If you’re one of our region’s many fans of British Columbia writer Iona Whishaw and her Lane Winslow mysteries, mark your calendar for

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Grandma Bee’s Hats by Napanee natives is perfect gift for mum

In case you need a reminder, Mother’s day is Sunday, May 9, 2021. After a year that seems endless, this is the perfect time to celebrate our mother figures by showering them with attention and love. Whether near or far, whether we get to visit or not, tokens of our

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Grownup Storytime Online at KFPL returns this spring

A new round of Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s Grownup Storytime Online will run through the month of May, still in a socially distanced form until in-person programs resume.   “Listening to audiobooks has long been popular among adults, but there’s something special about listening to someone read to you, live

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