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How Do You Say "Spleen" in Russian?

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Well, I can’t answer that. But I know where to look!

Calgary Public Library’s e-library has multi-language health databases that you can use in any branch, or from home. Check them out!

From our homepage, select e-library, and then Health and Wellness. You’ll find easy to read articles in a variety of world languages.

Stay healthy!

Aboriginal Awareness Week

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A good friend of mine is native, and sometimes blames his lack of punctuality on his “running on native time”. Even though this remark is just a joke, it’s an example of cultural difference. There are significant differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures, and as Canadians, it’s important that we recognize and celebrate those differences.

In fact, ask any Canadian – Aboriginal or not – about Aboriginal politics and you’re sure to get an impassioned response. Should Aboriginals receive funding from the government? If so, how much? What type of programs ought to be put in place on reserves, and who should administer them? What damage has the residential school system caused to Aboriginal communities, and if we can reconcile, what’s the best way?

Aboriginals have unique medicinal, spiritual and cultural beliefs and practices. Find out more about them during Aboriginal Awareness Week.

Visit your local branch for information about Aboriginals. We’ve got everything from government documents, to biographies, to information about Aboriginal beliefs, myths and stories. Also, join us for an introduction and explanation of human rights from an Aboriginal perspective, presented by the Native Counseling Services of Alberta.

Blog Fodder!

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I love to blog!

I’ve been blogging for Slice of Calgary for almost a year now, and I’ve also established some of my own personal blogs. Technology like Blogspot, and Wordpress make it easy for anyone to write and distribute editorial content, pictures and video clips. Blogs are also a great way for job seekers and professionals to market their skills, and for students and colleagues to complete collaborative projects.

Once you’ve established your blog, you’ll want to make sure that you’re posting frequently and giving readers reasons to return. How can you ensure that you won't get "blogger's block"? That’s where a Calgary Public Library membership really comes in handy!

If you’re blogging about food, then check out our massive collection of cookbooks. We’ve got instructional DVDs, too. Or, join free programs about cooking, food, and gardening - and then blog about your program! Check out CPL's food blog, too!

If you’re blogging about business, check out our e-library. You’ll have access to hundreds of daily newspapers (including the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, and several editions of the Globe and Mail), databases like FP Infomart, and Reference USA (Canadian Businesses), and all sorts of full length business books. Establish RSS feeds about the topics that interest you.

If you’re blogging about travelling, then check out our guidebooks and maps! We’ve got information about locations near and far, and expert staff to help you find online resources. We’ve got books about photography, too, so you can learn to take the best shots possible.

No matter what the topic, the Calgary Public Library will have materials to inspire you! Come in and browse!

Also, staff from the Central Library’s Business, Science and Social Sciences department host programs every Tuesday, called TechKnow Tuesdays. These programs run from 12:15 – 12:45, and feature brief overviews of the technology you can use to support your blogging, and lots of other pursuits.

Learn about Delicious, LinkedIn, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Google and more!

Have you read this far, still uncertain about what a blog is? Visit us today!

A Tour of Central Library

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Many folks use their branch library, and don’t know what the Central Library has to offer. Here’s a quick tour, for those who are unfamiliar:

On the 5th floor, you’ll find resources for those with special needs: talking books, an ALEX computer, Braille books, books in large print, and so forth. You’ll also find books in a wide variety of world languages, and materials to support your acquisition of a second or third language.

The 4th floor is a combination of fiction and non-fiction. You’ll find classic, popular, western, sci-fi and other novels (both in print and on CD and MP3). You’ll also find books on history, genealogy, travel, poetry and writing. The Local History Room is a unique wealth of information about Calgary!

The 3rd floor has a very diverse collection. Find resources about Business, Science and Social Sciences, and special collections such as government documents, directories, statistics and law. Calgary’s largest collection of career related materials is here, too. Research Plus, the fee-for-service division of the Calgary Public Library, is located on the 3rd floor.

The 2nd floor is filled with resources for children of all ages, all the way through the teen years. Baby books, graphic novels, and everything in between!

The 1st floor houses materials about arts and recreation, including games and sports. Find our largest range of music, movies, and magazines here, too.

Make a trip to the Central Library and check out what’s beyond your branch! Staff at Central are well trained in their particular subject areas, and we love to answer your questions!

The Adventure Begins!

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Each year the Calgary Public Library has a Summer Reading Adventure for children. As Malcolm Gladwell points out in Outliers, it’s incredibly important for children to read throughout the summer, so that they’re prepared to return to school in the fall. But the adventure is for adults, too!

Here’s a sneak peek at the adults’ Summer Reading Adventure:

Each assignment is a choice between “Inner Child”, “Armchair Travel”, or “Read from your Gut”, which are three categories that are disparate enough to appeal to just about anyone.

For my first assignment, it’s a bit of a toss-up. Do I choose Inner Child: Digging Deep, and read something about archaeology? Or, do I choose Armchair Travel: Europe? I think I’ll try to conquer both!

For Inner Child: Digging Deep, I’ll choose The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt : the Secret Lineage of the Patriarch Joseph, by Ahmed Osman. I read this some time ago, when I had an unyielding obsession with biblical archaeology, and I loved Osman’s alternative account of the relationship between Egypt and the Jews. If you’re interested in Western religious traditions, and / or ancient history, this book is a must!

For Armchair Travel: Europe, I’ll get a guidebook about Paris. I’m hoping to go in the fall time, so perhaps I’ll spend my summer months researching and planning. I particularly like guidebooks that provide maps for walking tours. There’s no better way to see the city than to walk its streets!

Starting June 17th, drop into your library and start tracking your summer reading adventures. You’ll motivate your kids to keep reading throughout the summer, and you may even win a prize! Good luck!

(Or as they say in Paris, “bonne chance!”)

It's Almost Time for the...Summer Reading Adventure!

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Each summer, the Calgary Public Library holds a program called the Summer Reading Adventure. We encourage both children and adults to keep track of their reading, and to collect prizes along the way.

It’s really important for children to read throughout the summer – we know that students who read in the summer months do better when it’s time to return to classes in September. But, summer is also a great time for adults to do some reading, too. Try a new genre, or get caught up on all those titles you’ve been meaning to read!

If you’d like information about either the adults or the kids Summer Reading Adventure, then drop by your local branch, and stay tuned to our website.

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