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BOOKS PLUS: From Chinese opera to internet info at Tri-City libraries

Books Plus runs in The Tri-City News each Friday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities' three libraries: Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam.

COLUMN: Shabnam's experiment is her

My life is an experiment that started two years ago in Grade 7, when I had just arrived in Canada from Russia. I was asked to write my first paragraph.

A GOOD READ: War and peace and getting to know the locals

Counterinsurgency is not a new idea - the Romans were fighting indigenous rebellions 2,000 years ago.

GREEN SCENE: Hate the rain, sure, but love the rainforest

The arrival of spring has us all eagerly awaiting an abundance of sunshine. But rainy weather is the default mode around here. That's because we live in a rainforest.

YOUR HISTORY: Hear ye! Hear ye! From town criers to tweets

The popularity of social media services such as Twitter is rooted in our fundamental human need to hear the news and make sense of its significance. This desire is not new, however, even though how we feed it has changed over the years.

MINTER: Mmm, blueberries - good and good for you

If you love blueberries for their wonderful flavour, eat lots and keep eating them because they are one of the best natural health foods we have.

COLUMN: Quest for roots leads to his father

People are like trees. They have roots. They get used to their home soil. And sometimes, they are transplanted. If the soil is good, they do well, continuing to grow and flourish.

A GOOD READ: Adults, check out these (very) graphic novels

Let me first say that there's nothing wrong with capes and tights. But if you want graphic novels with a little more oomph, try scanning the shelves for a different fashion statement. Trench coats. Wrinkled suits. Sleeveless shirts.

BUZZA: Contentment can't be found in toys

How many toys did you have as a kid? When I travel, especially to Third World countries, I love to go for walks and watch people. I like to see how people interact and how children play.

MINTER: Moisture and acidity are keys in fighting moss

Moss moss and more moss. It is in lawns everywhere this year, spreading vigourously and choking out those poor lawn grasses. In spite of all the lime and moss control applied, it seems to get worse.