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Career Basics

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If you’re searching for a job, then make sure to come to the Calgary Public Library. What does the library have to do with job searching?

  • We’ve got an enormous range of specialized directories, to help you find companies you didn’t even know existed.
  • We have databases that can provide you with information about jobs, salaries, educational requirements, job outlooks and lots more.
  • Our career collection is the largest of its kind, in Calgary. We’ve got books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and all sorts of programs, dedicated to helping you find that perfect job.

And speaking of programs, make a note of these three:

Career Basics: Resume Development, Saturday May 29th

Career Basics: Interview Skills, Saturday June 5th

Career Basics: Networking and Work Strategies, Saturday June 12th

All three programs will be led by professional career practitioners from Bow Valley College’s Career Connection.

Register online, in your nearest library branch, or by calling 260-2782.

Immigration Law

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Imagine the challenge of immigrating to a new country! Different languages, customs, economic conditions, and so much more! I work with immigrants and newcomers every day, and I am constantly impressed by their courage, and inspired by their tenacity.

If you’d like to have an overview of some of the legal aspects of immigration, then join us on Monday May 31st, at 6 PM, for Law at your Library: Immigration Law.

This program, presented by Calgary Legal Guidance, will help you to learn more about Canada's Immigration and Citizenship law as it pertains to sponsorship, temporary visas, and delays.

Register online, in any library branch, or by calling (403) 260-2782.

Epilogue: why you ought to live in Canada

A friend and former ESL student recently visited my house. When she was ready to leave, she fumbled for her keys, but could not find them in her purse. She went to look in her vehicle, found that the keys were indeed inside, and that the doors had been unlocked for a number of hours. She couldn’t believe that such a situation was possible. “This is Canada!” she exclaimed. She is set to become immigrate in June, and I wish her all the very best of luck.

Soyez Inspire!

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Make your way to the Glenbow museum on the evening of May 15th for the opening of some very interesting new exhibits. How else will you get the chance to hang out with local musician Kris Demeanor, see gorgeous works by both impressionists and modernists, and drink on site?!

The jazz inspired event is pay-what-you-can, so take advantage!

For more information, visit the Glenbow Museum’s website.

If you’re interested in art and music, then be sure to check out our collection, too! Borrow 99 items at a time! That’s a whole lot of inspiration!

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Road Map to Success

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Toastmasters is a club for those who wish to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. In a supportive environment, participants will learn to craft and deliver speeches, and provide constructive feedback about others’ speeches. They will also learn to speak “on the spot” about a topic for which they have had no preparation.

Involvement in Toastmasters is a great way to increase one’s confidence and self esteem. It’s a way of improving real-world skills, too. Whether you’re giving your best “elevator speech” to someone you’ve just met, or you’re toasting your daughter and son-in-law at their wedding, a background in Toastmasters will ensure you communicate with style, and confidence.

If you’d like to see how the club operates, then check out a special event - "Road Map to Success" - taking place on Saturday May 15th. The event will run from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Mosaic Learning Institute (400, 736 – 8 Ave SW) and will feature a wide range of sessions for members of the general public and current members of Toastmasters.

Now, get up there and chair that board meeting! Toast that happy couple! Give your best speech!

Run for Office!

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Calgary – like any large urban centre – has its share of challenges. Public transit, budget cuts, suburban expansion, community concerns; the list goes on and on. Think you could do a better job of resolving these issues, than our current elected officials do? It’s so much easier to criticize than to offer solutions; easier to find fault than to engineer a remedy. Hindsight is 20/20, too. Still, if you’re fed up with decisions that are (or aren’t!) being made at City Hall, then the obvious question is: Why don’t you run for office?

Join us on Wednesday May 26, for a free information session about running for elected office. Learn about the democratic process by hearing local stories from politicians, campaign managers, and the Chief Electoral Officer for Alberta.

For more information, see this link.

Happy Mother's Day!

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A mother is quite possibly the most influential person in one’s life.

Long before we learn to identify with friends, peers, colleagues, or anyone else, we learn to relate with mom. Indeed, the ways that our mothers manage our homes, families, and environments leave indelible marks on our personalities (and in some cases, huge lump sums in the hands of psychologists!).

Come to your local branch of the Calgary Public Library and find all sorts of resources about mothering. From pregnancy, to child development, to the teenage years and well beyond, we’ve got all sorts of materials by and for mothers, and the children who love them. Check out books and magazines about parenting. Read about the latest theories on child development through our e-library. Clap, sing, read and rhyme your way to literacy in our free storytime programs.

I’m convinced that my mother is responsible for my career at the library. Where else could I have possibly ended up working, given that she read to me while I was still in the womb!?

“A home for a bunny, a home of his own. Where would a bunny find a home? Under a rock, under a stone?”

Thanks, mom, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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