Young readers aged three to 12 can now go online to read their favourite books in a new, animated format. The TumbleBook Library is up and running on the Red Deer Public Library’s website and has dozens of electronic books that anyone with a library card can access. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book, which a child can either read or have read to them. Visit either a library branch or www.rdpl.org/kids for more.
Sylvan Lake’s yoga community was “wildly generous” during this year’s Christmas Karma Yoga Week and donated 264 items of food for the food bank. According to Carol Foy, the owner of Studio Upstairs Yoga and Wellness, 56 people participated last week, when yoga classes were free, with a donation of two items to the food bank, although many people came with bags of 10 or 12 items. The event is now in its second year and Foy says with the response this year, it will definitely be back for a third. To donate to the Sylvan Lake food bank, call 403-887-4534.
The deadline for eligible charitable organizations to apply for a Community Spirit grant is Dec. 31. The Community Spirit Program is designed to give Alberta residents more power over where their money goes. As a result, only organizations that have already been given a minimum of $1,000 from individual Albertans are allowed to apply. The program has $16 million to give away in 2011. Past recipients have included library boards, child care groups, arts organizations and recreation leagues. For more information or to apply, visit
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