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Where will you be on August 23?

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Ah, biking…

There's nothing else quite like the thigh burning drudgery of an uphill climb, followed by the mellow coast of a gentle decline. Humanity has yet to invent a vehicle that can rival the elegance, fuel efficiency and simplicity of the humble bicycle.

Bike for pleasure, for transportation, or to explore your neighbourhood from a different vantage point. Bike because it’s good for the planet and your waistline. Bike because the wind through your hair is one of life’s simple pleasures, and because ogling spandex-clad race enthusiasts is fun, too!

If you’re free on August 23, and love to cycle, you must check out this event:

Ride the Road Tour and Bike Festival

I'll be there, wind in my hair!

Also, look for the Calgary Public Library tent. We'll be there to tell you about our green initiatives, and answer any questions you may have!

Headphones: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

One of the reasons I love working at a library is that I get exposure to musicians I may never otherwise have listened to. Here’s what’s on my iPod these days:

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ I Learned the Hard Way.

I love this album! You can hardly tell which decade it was produced in! Give it a listen if you love Motown, soul, or anything that sounds like Mark Ronson produced it.

Never heard of the Dap Kings? Well, you’ve probably already heard their music! They played on Amy Winehouse’s Rehab.

Check out the Dap Kings and tons of other artists at your local library branch!


Our Favourites

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Here at the Calgary Public Library, it’s our pleasure to answer millions(!) of your questions every year. Some are easy, and others require a whole lot of collective noodle scratching.

One place that we always make sure we search is our own list of best websites.

Our expert librarians have compiled a list of websites that are reputable, current, authoritative, and free to use. As well, we’ve “tagged” the websites with a number of keyword descriptors, so that you can search the list easily, and intuitively.

If you’ve got a question about business, careers, health, or any other topic, check out the websites that we’ve compiled for you.

From our homepage, select e-library, and then the red hyperlink named “Best Websites”. Search by tag bundles on the right hand side.

If you like what you see, you’ll be glad to know that you can store your own favourites online, just like we do. Check out the website, Delicious, and start storing your favourite websites remotely.

Yee Haw!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Here at the Calgary Public Library, we’ve got everything you need to get into the Stampede spirit!

Music! Bluegrass, Country and Western, Folk and more!

History! Our Local History Room is a wonderful resource for all things related to Calgary’s history – including the Stampede!

Food! Tons of cookbooks to inspire your grilling and BBQ-ing!

Stories! Bring your little ones to a Stampede Storytime, or join an author reading for adults.

There’s always something going on at your local library branch. Check us out today!

I Volunteer Because...

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

"I want to help kids read. I grew up having trouble and now I can't imagine a life without books!"

"I want to enhance my teaching skills."

"I feel like I'm in a fortunate position in life and want to give back

to the community. I like to say 'If not me, then who?' "

"I remember having a reading buddy in elementary school and

how helpful that was. I hope that I am able to have a similar impact

on someone else's life"

"I think it is meaningful to do something good with my spare time."

Why do you volunteer?

Go Dutch!

by Katherine - 1 Comment(s)

If you’ve been cheering for the Orange team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then make a trip to your local library branch and learn more about Holland and all things Dutch.

We’ve got resources about Dutch people, history, food, culture, and language.

What percentage of Dutch women ride their bikes to work? What are some common Dutch greetings? Is it true that pot is legal in Holland? Where does the expression “go Dutch” come from? Answer these and other pressing questions by asking any one of our friendly reference staff!

Hup! Hup!