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Help kids fall in love with reading

by Amy Roby

Meneley Elementary is looking to add new volunteers to their school literacy team. Volunteers work with students on reading skills and comprehension. The school provides training (no experience necessary) and they ask that volunteers be able to commit to several hours per week on a consistent basis.This is an excellent opportunity to make a significant difference in a child’s life. For more information, contact Reading Specialist Lisa Bytheway at or call 265-3154.Library newsThe Douglas County Public Library invites everyone to a special appearance by storyteller Indiana Bones in Genoa’s Town Hall on Saturday.As performed by Emmy Award winning writer and performing artist Mike McCartney, Indiana Bones weaves education and entertainment through the themes of archaeology, adventure, and folklore. Employing artifacts, puppets and an occasional crack of his whip, Indiana Bones takes participants on a journey through time. “Open a book, open your mind, open your imagination,” he says.The program begins at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Genoa Town Hall is located on Main Street in the town of Genoa.Toddler and preschool story time has returned to the castle at the Minden Library, and will continue on Tuesday mornings through Dec. 11. Toddler stories for 18 months to 3 years start at 10:30 a.m.; preschool stories for 3-to-4-year-olds start at 11:15 a.m. Felt-board stories, music or crafts may be presented, and all events are free.You can find out more about these and other programs at the library by following them on Facebook, visiting, or calling 782-9841.Harvesting goodnessIt’s been a great year for growing things. Earlier this last summer, the peach tree in my backyard went nuts, and now it’s the apple tree’s turn. There is so much fruit that a few of the taller branches I couldn’t reach broke under the strain of all the weight. My stepmom came for a visit last weekend and harvested literally hundreds of pounds of apples for me. Bags have been given to neighbors and I’m still left with enough to feed this family of four for a good long while.I came up with this recipe after seeing something similar pictured in a magazine. It’s quick, easy, and puts a sweet fall spin on a classic ice cream treat.Caramelized Apple Sundae2 small apples – peeled, cored and sliced1 Tablespoon of butter1/8 Cup brown sugarDash each of cinnamon and nutmeg2 scoops vanilla ice creamCaramel sauce (I used store-bought)Whipping creamToasted pecans for garnishMelt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add apples and toss to coat. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; toss again. Allow apples to soften and caramelize, watching closely to prevent sugar from scorching (about three-four minutes). Remove from heat.Once apples have cooled, arrange over ice cream. Drizzle caramel sauce on top, add a dollop of whipped cream, and top with pecans. Amy Roby can be reached at

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