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Would it Kill You to Stop Doing That? By Henry Alford

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I've been taking a few online courses through the U of C’s continuing education department, so I haven’t had very much time to keep up with my leisure reading, lately. But, one book that I recently read in only a few days (even though I had multiple deadlines looming) was Would It Kill you to Stop Doing That: A Modern Guide to Manners, by Henry Alford.

Pick this book up if you take the C-Train to work or school, or if you find yourself baffled at today’s lack of common decency. It’s what Emily Post might have written had she been born an acerbic gay man, in a different decade. It’s sharp and observant, off-beat, well written, and very, very funny.

Calgary Public Library has everything you’re into!

A 'Living Library' Book Talks

by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

Living Library gives readers an opportunity to borrow a person or “living book”. Volunteers, who are the living books, share stories about their personal experiences of diversity in a safe and welcoming environment.

Here is one of our book's perspective on why they volunteer at the Library:

I like volunteering simply because it's in the family. I was raised in Winnipeg where my parents set a strong example. They never talked about it; they just did it. In the various places I've lived outside of Canada volunteering has helped me to meet people in need as well as those who help . I learned from each and every one of them.

My favorite part of volunteering in Calgary is meeting so many "new" Canadians; I can sympathize with many of them and the challenges of their new way of life and language. I think the library is an ideal place for them to learn, seek and receive help.

Volunteer as our Mascot Curious

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Curious the Chameleon with his pal, Mayor Nenshi

Have you ever wanted to be a giant chameleon?

We are looking for volunteers to go into costume and become our loveable mascot, Curious the Chameleon.

If dressing up isn't your cup of tea, volunteers are also needed to help the mascot as they walk around, and answer questions about the mascot. No costume necessary!

Volunteers who are flexible and able to travel to multiple Library locations are preferred, as Curious makes public appearances at a variety of special events all around the city! Training is provided and it's a great chance to dress up and make people smile.

To learn more about Curious, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering, please read more position here: Library Mascot and Handler.

the thing you think you cannot do

by Katherine - 2 Comment(s)

I just finished reading a great book by American war veteran and psychiatrist, Gordon Livingston. It’s called the thing you think you cannot do: thirty truths about fear and courage. I didn’t pick it up because I’m a particularly fearful person; in fact, I’m not sure why, given its relatively humdrum cover, I picked it up at all. But it spoke to me.

Livingston writes in a clear and accessible way, about some of the most difficult issues we face. How should we live in a world that is manifestly unfair, sometimes violent, and haunted by our impending deaths? What is real courage and who can we identify as heroic? Where do love, humour and hope factor into the equation? This short but very worthwhile read - peppered with quotes from everyone from Hillel to Nietzsche - is sure to make you think.

Here is my favourite quote, by Rumi: Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. It doesn’t represent the tone of the whole book, but there’s something about the imperative to destroy one’s own reputation that I think is fantastic.

Need more suggestions about great books? Ask a librarian, during your next visit!

Thank you Library Volunteers!

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Birthday cupcakes donated by Crave Cupcakes


Thank you to all the Library volunteers and staff who made our 100th anniversary's Volunteer Recognition Event such a special event!

Food, musicians, and speakers were enjoyed by our 600 volunteers and guests who attended.

To learn a bit more about our event, see our Storify post and watch our Volunteer Blog for photos and award winners information.