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Sneak Peek: Sustainable Living Book Club, January – April, 2011

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I was just flipping through our new program guide, and the titles for our Sustainable Living Book Club caught my eye. Starting in January 2011, the club will meet once per month, and will discuss the following books:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Spirit Level, by Richard Wilkinson
  • A Short History of Progress, by Ronald Wright
  • The Nature of Design, by David Orr

All meetings take place on Wednesday evenings, and are great opportunities to meet new friends and folks who are interested in environmental issues and green living. Call 260-2600 for more information, and to register for any of our free programs.

Community Learning in the Humanities

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I am a Humanities graduate, and throughout my time on campus, I heard all too often: “What are you going to do with that?!”, when I mentioned that I was studying philosophy, or religion.

In fact, an education in the Humanities has been one of the best choices I’ve made. I’ve learned about the world and my place in it; learned to think and reflect critically; learned to read and write and think and argue. I’ve learned about history and ideas and people – the stuff that makes the world turn, and the perennial questions with which we all struggle.

If you’re interested in culture, history, religion, philosophy and “big ideas”, then you’ll be excited to know about a unique new program:

Community Learning in the Humanities

In this free program, university lecturers will lead interdisciplinary discussions on a new topic each month.

The first class will take place on January 5th, so register today, either online, in the branch of your choice, or by calling 260-2600. For more information about the program, contact: CLHprogram@gmail.com.

Jesus is a Twin!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Or, at least, he is in Philip Pullman's enthralling novel, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. I’ve recently finished reading this alternative version of the New Testament story, and I loved it! It was un-put-down-able, if I may coin a phrase.

As a student of religious studies, I was made aware that before the Bible was assembled as the book we now know, there were all sorts of different myths and stories about Jesus. Some of these stories claim that Jesus was a twin; others claim that Jesus escaped to Egypt while an unsuspecting dupe was crucified in his place. How fascinating to consider the alternatives...

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a story (repeat: story!) about Jesus and his twin brother, Christ. All the familiar players are involved: Mary, John the Baptist, Barabbas, and a flock of uptight Pharisees. But, this is a story unlike the one you may have read in Sunday school.

Pullman’s writing style is effortless and spare and yet he creates such wonderfully rich characters and atmospheres.

Check this book out over the Christ(s)mas holidays! I especially recommend it for those who are interested in religious studies, Bible studies, history and spirituality, and storytelling.

The Honor Code, by Kwame Anthony Appiah

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I listen to podcasts from BBC radio, and I recently heard philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah discussing the role of honour in the 21st century. Appiah’s interests lie primarily in moral progress, and how that progress is made.

The Chinese tradition of footbinding had existed for centuries, but within a generation, it was completely eradicated. How did this happen? Appiah argues that reason, morality and religion are not enough to spur moral revolutions. Morally repugnant practices are changed only when they come into conflict with honour.

I can't wait to delve into it! Yes, I’m going to spend my “down time” reading about footbinding, the Atlantic slave trade, and the aristocratic custom of duelling. That’s just how I roll.

The next time you hear about a great new book, go online and place a hold through our website. That way, you’ll beat me to the punch!

Blu, Blu Christmas

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

If you’ve got some holidays over the Christmas season, why not borrow some movies from your local library? Borrow up to 30 movies at one time, including documentaries, TV shows, exercise and cooking instruction, and lots more! Did you know that we have DVD and Blu-Ray? Check out our collections!

Christmas can be expensive, even for those who vow to keep things under control; there’s something about this season that makes cash slipperier than usual. So rather than purchasing something to watch, borrow from us, instead.

And from all of us at the library (well, those of us who relish a good pun), have yourself a Blu, Blu Christmas!

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International Volunteer Day December 5th, 2010

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

The Calgary Public Library is proud to celebrate International Volunteer Day on Dec 5th.

We thank all the volunteers around the world for their contribution of valuable time and skills!

If you are interested in volunteering with the Calgary Public Library feel free to explore the rest of our website including our FAQ's and Volunteer Program Descriptions.

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