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Looking for Work?

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

Meet Janeen, Career Coaching Volunteer

Volunteering has been important part of my life for many years. I have been coaching through the Career Coaching program at the Central library for over 5 years. As an Human Resource Professional this role allows me to use my talents to support Calgarians in their job search. I have met people from all background, professions and demographics. Continually people show me their resiliency and creativity; reinventing themselves. Often times a client will come to the Career Coaching program having been out of work for many months. It is very gratifying to have that client leave with a fresh perspective on their job search.

Many of the people I help stay with me, however there was one women I think of often. This client was in her early 60's and had moved from the Philippines to Canada a few years ago. She had a very successful career in the Philippines as a social worker; a job she loved. She was torn between going back to school to be a social worker in Canada or if she should pursue her love of cooking and get a job in the culinary field. We talked for a while until until I finally said "Whatever you do next does not define you. It won't take away from your 25 years as a successful social worker". With that the tears streamed down her cheeks. She was afraid to leave behind the career she knew. To step into retirement. I don't know what she decided to do, but I believe I helped her see her next chapter in a different way.

Week after week the two hour drop in session is filled with people looking for support, feedback and guidance. The volunteers in the program find individuals ways to reach each client. I believe this service is invaluable to Calgarians looking for work.


Janeen Scott

If you are a career professional and are interested in helping people job search and build resumes please contact Marian Erb at 403-260-2648, or

Roseanne: THIS is What a Feminist Looks Like!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I’ve been watching Roseanne DVDs lately. I enjoyed the show as a young adult, but now I appreciate it for different reasons. Actually, I’ve come to realize that Roseanne is a feminist, and the show is remarkably progressive – even by today’s standards.

Roseanne clearly rules her home and no one can challenge that. However, she’s not such a tyrant that she’s incapable of apologizing or realizing her mistakes. She’s a responsible(ish) mother, even when making fun of her children, and she’s a devoted wife, though she doesn’t fawn over her husband. Everyone in her family defers to her (when they’re not trying to keep secrets, of course!), but she makes important decisions in concert with her husband. She jests about marriage but maintains a strong partnership. Family is prioritized over working, but Roseanne insists that her daughters are educated before starting families of their own.

I really salute the producers of the show for including gay characters before most other sitcoms would have dared to. Roseanne’s boss (and later business partner), Leon, is a gay man. Roseanne’s girlfriend, Nancy, is a lesbian. However, Leon and Nancy are teased just as much as the straight characters in the show! No one is safe from Roseanne’s comic insights.

Is there another show today that represents middle class suburban life with as much rawness and humour as Roseanne? If there is, I have yet to watch it. Until then, I’ll stay with my mid-nineties re-runs, thank you very much.

Roseanne DVDs cost about $30 per season. But, if you’ve got a library card, then you’re chuckling for free! Borrow them today!

The Best Gift in the City!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Not sure what to give that special someone in your life? Consider a Calgary Public Library card!

A Calgary Public Library card is the best deal in the city! For adults, an annual membership is only $12 and allows members to access books, new DVDs (and Blu-Rays!), a huge range of music and tons of free programs. It’s also a subscription to The Calgary Herald and The Calgary Sun. It’s access to one of the most highly rated language learning software products on the market today, and thousands of e-books and audio-books. It’s two hours of internet access every day, within any branch in the city. It’s the ability to borrow up to 99 items at any given time, and to have them delivered to the branch of your choice.

I could go on and on about the benefits of library membership, but I won’t. I’ll just put it to you this way:

A world of information and ideas...or another vanilla scented candle. You decide!

For the Love of New Books

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

It’s too hard to work when there are shelves and shelves of new books beckoning me with their shiny covers and yet-to-be-cracked spines. Here are some of the new titles that have arrived at the library this week:

Unstuff Your Life!

The Secret History of Consciousness

The Intelligent Entrepreneur

Reduce Your Cancer Risk

High Flavour Low Labor

Health at Every Size

Knock ‘Em Dead Job Search Guide 2011

Slim Calm Sexy Yoga

All of these titles are located in our Business, Sciences and Social Sciences department. I can’t help but wonder what’s new in fiction, history, arts and recreation…

Visit your local library and check out the New and Notable section. We’ve got new arrivals almost every day! Books, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays, too!

The 200th Post!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Slice of Calgary is a blog dedicated to bringing you information about library resources and community events, book reviews and more. Thank you for reading the first 200 posts! I’m already looking forward to the 300th!

Unbearable Lightness, by Portia De Rossi

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

WOW – what a fantastic book! Portia De Rossi is a gay actress, married to well-known talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. In Unbearable Lightness, De Rossi reflects on her past and shares insights into why she developed and eventually overcame both anorexia and bulimia.

This is a wonderful book; I read it in only a few days. De Rossi is insightful, sharp, funny, honest and unflinching about her past. What surprised me most was her skill as a prose writer. I may be judgemental, given that I don’t typically assume former models with long blonde hair are “the literary type”, but De Rossi certainly is. In articulate and poignant descriptions, she reveals how difficult it is to be an actress (let alone a gay actress) in a culture of beauty, thinness and body obsession.

Read this book if you struggle with anorexia or bulimia. Read it if you’ve ever felt too fat or too thin. Read this book if you enjoy biographies. Read this book if you’re a fan of the TV program Arrested Development.

I have a new appreciation for De Rossi’s work, and I’m sure you will, too!

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