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Royal Fever!

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Have you caught the bug? I’ll admit that I have. Initially, I wasn’t interested in anything that transpires at Buckingham Palace, but now that William and Kate have wed, and her dress has finally been revealed to the world, I find that I’m getting swept up in the royal excitement. I even curtsied to my lunch date today!

If the “wedding of the century” has got you curious about the royal family and its history, then make a stop at your local library branch. We’ve got lots of books about British history and the monarchy. You can even use Encyclopedia Britannica (online) to gather information about who’s related to whom, and browse pictures of the crown jewels.

Whether or not you care about Kate’s dress, the fact is that today, we’ve had the opportunity to witness history. Find out more about it, and about everything else you’re into, here at the Calgary Public Library.

Come All Ye Foodies!

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The Calgary Public Library is a great place to find inspiration for your next meal. We’ve got tons of cookbooks and we subscribe to a large range of cooking magazines, too. Check out some of my faves:

  • Everyday (Rachel Ray)
  • Donna Hay magazine
  • Clean Eating
  • Cooking Light

We have a blog dedicated to food, and we frequently host free programs about food, nutrition, etc. If you’re thinking of making changes to your diet, then browse for books on vegetarianism and veganism, weight loss (or gain), natural health and allergies. Be sure to use the e-library for information on food science and nutrition, too!

No matter what you’re into – or what you’re about to put into you! – The Calgary Public Library is sure to have something that’ll inspire you.

No BBQ sauce on the books, though, OK?

It Gets Better, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

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It Gets Better is a collection of short letters and testimonials written by gays, lesbians, transgendered people, and their allies. I’ve been waiting to get my hands on a copy, because I’ve heard a lot about it already, and because so many of my friends and loved ones are gay.

It Gets Better is a response to a series of troubling incidents (mainly in the United States) wherein young gay individuals have taken their own lives, or been killed, as a result of being gay.

When I was a high school student, the occasional utterance of “hey, faggot!” was as severe as it got, but these days, we hear of disturbing amounts of taunting, bullying and even torture of gay individuals – many of them in their tender teenage years.

If you know a gay teen who may be struggling to overcome self-doubt, anguish, loneliness, or isolation, then recommend this book to him or her. It’s not a catch-all solution to bullying, but it just may offer a bit of comfort to a young person who doubts that things can or will get better.

Cycling at Central

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Cycling is great for your body, your mind, and your city. Come to the Central Library and learn more about this healthy, efficient and enjoyable alternative to driving. We’ve got a variety of programs lined up, so whether you ride an electric bike, or an “old fashioned” one, you’ll be able to get helpful advice on how to maintain and care for it. We’ve even got programs about urban bike use and bicycle activism!

Check out this link for details about program dates and times.

Shaking up my Reading Routines

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I’m a hopelessly devoted non-fiction reader, but a recent post on our Reader’s Nook blog encouraged me to read something that for me is atypical.

I’ve just started reading A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, on the recommendation of one of our Reader’s Nook posts. I’ve only just begun reading it, but already I’m enthralled. My protagonist has arrived in London, from China, and she’s made her way from a hostel to a room in the home of a Cantonese family. She’s registered for English classes and is working on understanding the present progressive tense. Just a few pages ago, my protagonist met a man nearly twice her age, and they’ve begun a romantic relationship. In fact, the protagonist now has a lover whose body “cries” for hers, and she’s discovering how to use birth control that her own family was too ashamed to talk about.

Non-fiction is certainly interesting and gives me plenty to mull over, but it seldom stimulates my senses. Now that I’ve delved into this story, I can enjoy the rich sensory experience that lives within well written fiction. I can feel the damp London streets. I, like the protagonist herself, can smell the sweaty skin of the lover. My olfactory lobe is working overtime, and I like it!

Bust out of your reading rut and pick up something entirely different. Let our staff make suggestions, and show you where to find a huge range of reviews and recommendations. We’ve got databases in our e-library that will make suggestions to you, based on what you already like, or the characters or themes you’d like to explore.

Here in Calgary, a stack of non-fiction books languishes on my desk. I’ll get to it, but for now, I’m busy wandering the streets near Tottenham Court Road...

Picks of the Litter(ati), April 12, 2011

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What’s wrong with eating soy products and drinking green tea? Find out by reading The Beauty Detox Solution, by Kimberly Snyder.

How are the Olmec civilization and Atlantis related? Check out Atlantis and 2012, by Frank Joseph.

Your library has new books arriving all the time! Check them out today!

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