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Remembering Anne Rudiak

by Katie R - 0 Comment(s)

Anne volunteered for several years with the library’s Story Pals program with her faithful canine companion, Cheyenne.

Anne always had a warm and welcoming smile and truly enjoyed reading with the children, gently encouraging their progress. She was friendly and wonderful with all of the children and volunteers and it was always a pleasure to see her. She will be missed and fondly remembered.

Read more about Anne's legacy here.

'Grow A Reader' Wins Award

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Grow A Reader on an iPad and iPhoneThe Calgary Public Library was recently named a 2013 Top Innovator (Customer Experience) by the Urban Libraries Council for our Grow A Reader early literacy app.

The app takes the fun, interactive songs, rhymes and finger plays from our popular early literacy programs and makes them available in video format to mobile users. In the first two months the app was downloaded 1,200 times.

Grow A Reader provides parents and caregivers another tool to foster kids' language skills and get them ready for reading. It also includes lists of recommended books and tips for developing the five key early literacy skill sets.

“This initiative is a great example of how the Calgary Public Library strives to innovate and adapt to expand opportunities for people of all ages,” says Cathy Freer-Leszcynski, Director of Customer Services for the Calgary Public Library. “This prestigious award recognizes this, and our continued commitment to our customers.”

The awards were announced during the ULC Annual Forum in Chicago. The winning libraries were chosen by a panel of expert judges who considered more than 140 applications.

“These innovations continue to represent the leadership and value of high-performing public libraries,” said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. “From helping parents access information about early childhood literacy skills through a mobile App to creating a library presence at an international airport to helping their community after a natural disaster, public libraries are continuing to broaden and deepen their roles as vital community resources.”

Grow A Reader was produced with videography by Crescendo Productions and app devleopment by local start-up Decoder. Thank you both!

 

Listen Up! Great E-Audiobooks for Kids

by Pam - 0 Comment(s)

 

Imagine you've packed the car and are just about ready to take the family to your favourite summer vacation spot. You suddenly realize that you've forgotten to borrow Book CD's to keep the kids entertained on the long drive. What are you going to do?

Here's an easy solution. Take a couple of minutes to download some of Calgary Public Library's children's e-audiobooks to your portable device. From Clifford stories to well loved tales by Beverly Clearly, the Library has downloadable audiobooks for children of all ages.

 Cover of Pinkalicious:The Pinkamazing Storybook CollectionIf dragons are popular with your children, then discover classic dragon stories in the audio collection " Dragon Tales". Delightfully fun, this collection contains the "Reluctant Dragon" by Kenneth Grahame and "The Island of the Nine Whirpools", "The Fiery Dragon" and "The Last Dragon" by Edith Nesbit.

Young girls will want to listen to "Pinkalicious: The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection" by Victoria Kahn. They'll discover all the great fun that Pinkalicious has in the four "I Can Read" books — "The Pinkerrific Playdate". "Pinkalicious:the Princess of Pink Slumber Party", and "Pinkalicious : Soccer Star". In addition, this audio collection contains two extra storybooks - "Pinkalicious and the Pink Hat Parade" and "Pinkalicious: Flower Girl". Wow! That's a lot of pink!

These are just a few of the great audiobook titles for children to listen to that Calgary Public Library carries in its OverDrive audiobook collection. Whether your children are fans of Harry Potter or Fancy Nancy, you're bound to find something that will entertain them this summer.

You can find audiobooks through the OverDrive link on Calgary Public Library's website. Did you know that you can filter your search to your device by clicking on Device Type and selecting what you use. The results will bring up the audiobooks that are compatible with that device. Remember that to use audiobooks you have to download OverDrive Media Console first. You'll find lots of excellent help available in downloading audiobooks at OverdDrive Help.

I hope your family has fun listening to some great children's stories this summer. No kids in the car? Enjoy listening to our e-audiobooks for adults. There's lots to choose from.

More National Geographic Online!

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Find even more National Geographic in our E-Library! The National Geographic Virtual Library features all the issues of the National Geographic Magazine Archive, from 1888 to1994, the current issues of National Geographic Magazine from 1995 to the present, issues of National Geographic Traveller magazine from 2010 to the present and full-text books to read online and available 24/7 with your library card. More downloadable images and full-colour maps have also been added. Travel and explore the culture and geography of the world without ever leaving your armchair, with streaming book titles like the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada or The Golden King: The World of Tutankhamun or Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Most Spectacular Trips.

An added bonus in the Kids section of the Calgary Public Library E-Library is the e-resource called NGKids with its own magazines, e-books and images, all aimed at kids. So, there is even more to explore with National Geographic!

Mango Languages

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I have been enamoured with French culture ever since my first trip to Paris two autumns ago. During that trip, I spent most of my time wandering through the many wide tree-lined avenues and gardens of Paris. This May, I returned to Paris hoping to re-visit my favourite spots and to explore things that I had missed two years ago.

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Before leaving for Paris I had the goal of brushing up on my basic French, but sadly, due to procrastination it never happened. If like me, you find it difficult to labour over a textbook to study a foreign language, and want a quick way to learn important phrases, then the Calgary Public Library can help you towards that goal. The Library’s website in our E-Library offers a resource called Mango Languages that teaches you a foreign language at the beginner level. It can be found in both the World Languages and Travel & Geography sections of the E-Library. Learners can choose from 49 languages including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, French, Portuguese, and even Pirate!

Some neat features of Mango Languages:

  • You can choose from either the Basic course where you learn simple skills for common, everyday situations in a few hours, or the more in-depth Complete 2.0 course for those wanting to learn more language and grammar skills.
  • Includes a translation tool to translate conversations from one language to another.
  • Focuses on teaching useful phrases for everyday, real-life use. This is especially helpful for those wanting to learn survival phrases to use while traveling abroad.
  • Each lesson includes cultural notes to help learners understand the cultural expectations and etiquette of the people they plan on communicating with.

Mango Languages is also accessible as a free mobile app through the E-Library. To get started all you need is a library account and a Mango account (set up through the Library's website).

Prevent Summer Learning Loss

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Why is it important for your child to keep reading over the summer? Well, beyond the fact they have been working hard for the last 10 months at school, studies have shown that those students who stop reading over the summer will start the next year well behind their peers that keep reading over the summer months; this is called summer learning loss. Not only that, but that loss will be cumulative, giving the child who keeps reading each summer a distinct advantage over the child who doesn’t read, meaning that by sixth grade the child who doesn’t read will be as much as two grades behind the child who does. This makes the “Library Habit” a great one for the summer. While Summer Learning Loss affects all non-reading children, it is seen most profoundly in children in lower socio-economic backgrounds, as shown in this video, posted by the American Library Association.

The TD Summer Reading Club is open to all children in Calgary, who can keep track of either the time they spend reading or the books that they read on a passport or activity booklet. The SRC's official Kick-Off date is Saturday, June 15th, (with scavenger hunts held at every branch!) This is a program designed to keep children reading all summer – with weekly ballots and prize drawings at every branch, and a grand prize draw to be done at the end of the summer.

This year's theme is Go! How can you participate? Go! to the Library! Think about where you've Gone!, where you would you like to Go! and let staff at your local Library find you and your child some great books to read to, listen to, or just let your imagination do the work while the library helps you Go! wherever you want this summer with the TD Summer Reading Club. Here are a few suggestions to get you started (don't forget to check for electronic resources, too.)

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