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Getting Started in the Garden

by Stephen - 1 Comment(s)

This year I’ve decided to get serious about gardening. Usually I just plant a random assortment of nice looking flowers and then pretend that the results were intentional. Most years those results are... unfortunate. So before I break ground I’ll be spending the month of May educating myself with some of the useful resources the Calgary Public Library has to offer.

Before I even check out a book, I’m going to head to the E-Library’s Gale Courses to enroll in one of their many instructor-led online courses called Start Your Own Edible Garden. This course focuses on selecting climate-appropriate crops and cultivating them in a garden which suits my available time, amount of sunshine and vegetable needs.

The first book I’ll be borrowing is Jim Fox’s How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies. This book helps readers navigate the garden store, ensuring that you buy quality tools and the right-sized plants while offering advice about where to start when you get all that stuff home.

I live in a small house wiPlantifulth very limited garden space, so thankfully there’s Urban Gardening for Dummies which provides a comprehensive guide to growing plants in the tightest of living conditions. Whether it’s on your rooftop, your balcony, or your windowsill this guide will help you make the best use of the space you have. It also includes tips on gardening in basement apartments!

Finally, I want to make sure that the plants I buy will survive our umm…. very unique… Canadian weather so I’ll make sure to check out both the Canadian Encyclopedia of Gardening and the Great Canadian Plant Guide before I plant anything in the garden. I wonder which plants like hail?

To keep myself inspired I’ll also be checking out Jane Goodall’s Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants. In this volume Goodall travels the planet to explore the critical role plants play in both our survival and that of the natural world as a whole. She also pays a visit to the Millennium Seed Bank which contains over a billion seeds!

If after all of this my garden ends up well… like it usually does, I can always pay a visit to one of the many community gardens in the city, including those found at the Forest Lawn and Southwood libraries!

eMagazines

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

You may already be familiar with Zinio, which gives users access to over 350 digital magazine subscriptions and you may also be familiar with the National Geographic Virtual Library and the Vogue Archive, which provide access to the full runs of both magazines, but did you know that there are a number of other great resources for reading eMagazines available in our E-Library? Here are a few more great sources for eMagazines that you may not be familiar with, but should check out.

Smithsonian Smithsonian Smithsonian magazine was first published in 1970 and since then has garnered a repuation for being a great resource for articles and photography in the areas of science, history, art, popular culture and innovation. Through the Smithsonian Collections Online, users have access to the full run of the magazine, from the very first issue right up to the present April 2014 issue. Also avaialble is the full run of Air & Space magazine, which covers topics such and aviation and space travel. Magazines are full color and searchable.

Consumer ReportsConsumer ReportsIf you are looking to buy almost anything, but unsure how to make the right choice, check out Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Cars Best Deals Plus. Much like the physical magazine the eMagazine has reviews and ratings for over a thousand different products, reviews, expert advice, and product comparisons. If you are looking at buying a new vehicle the Consumer Reports Cars Best Deals Plus will help guide you through the world of new and used cars, including informatoin on test drives, model comparisons, and negotiation advice.

Qikan Chinese MagazinesQikan Chinese Magazines

Qikan Chinese eMagazine For readers of Chinese, Qikan Chinese eMagazines provide readers with access to a number of full text, full color and fully searchable Chinese language magazines.

MasterFile CompleteMasterFile Complete

MasterFile Complete offers a wide range of full-text magazine articles covering all subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports, finance, science, fashion and more. MasterFile is great because it includes both popular as well as more scholarly content. Titles available in MasterFile Complete includes titles such as: O, The Oprah Magazine; Library Journal; Jack & Jill; and Scientific America.

All of our E-library resources are available to residents of Calgary with a valid library card.

Need Volunteer Hours? We Can Help!

by Katie R - 0 Comment(s)

Feeling the graduation stress? Still need volunteer hours? Looking for something to pad out that resume? We can help you with that!

We're looking for volunteers for our Reading Buddies and Computer Buddies programs! Come hang out with younger kids, take part in awesome activities and projects and help your little buddy practice their reading or computer technology skills in a fun-filled environment.

If you’re in grades 7-12, we would love to have you take part in this program! We still have openings at the following locations:

Reading Buddies:

Bowness: Mondays, April 28th - June 9th from 4:30-5:45 pm

Forest Lawn: Tuesdays, April 22nd - May 27th from 4:00-5:15 pm

Glenmore Square: Tuesdays, April 22nd - May 27th from 4:30-5:15 pm

Shaganappi: Tuesdays, April 22nd - May 27th from 4:30-5:15 pm

To register, please contact Brin Bugo (403-260-2709 or brin.bugo@calgarypubliclibrary.com) or Jody Watson (403-221-2062 or jody.watson@calgarypubliclibrary.com).

Computer Buddies:

Bowness: Mondays, April 28th - June 9th from 6:30-7:30 pm

Fish Creek: Thursdays, April 24th - May 29th from 4:30-5:15 pm

To register, please contact Katie Radke (403-221-2036 or katie.radke@calgarypubliclibrary.com).

 

We’re looking forward to having you join our awesome team of teen volunteers!

22 Books in a Single Bound

by Katie R - 1 Comment(s)

Gisela has been volunteering with the Libraries in Residence program for over 10 years and is well known by staff from the Central Library all the way up to the Nosehill Library. Through the Libraries in Residence Program, library staff select and deliver “mini libraries” to continuing care centres and seniors’ residences. Volunteers host the in-residence libraries or provide “room service” via book trolleys. Volunteers have an opportunity to meet and discuss reading with seniors and people with disabilities who share a passion for reading. Volunteers may be residents of the facility, or individuals who visit the facility on a regular basis.

Library staff remark that Gisela is a regular visitor, ordering books for Bethany residents and has been known to deliver as many as 22 large print books to a single person! Gisela doesn’t volunteer for the glory or the recognition. “If it makes people’s lives a little better, it’s a worthwhile endeavor" is how Gisela puts it.

One Bethany resident said that if Gisela ever left, she would have to follow her, wherever that may be. Fellow Bethany volunteers describe Gisela as unforgettable and Library staff would certainly agree. Thank you Gisela!

Travel Day 2014

by Pat - 0 Comment(s)

I am really looking forward to our Travel Day this year. We have a wonderful day of programs lined up.

The Face of Adventure 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Does it surprise you that the average age of adventure Travellers is 59: discover why adventure travel isn't just for 18 - 35 year olds. Presented by the Adventure Centre.

Do You Love to Learn? 11:00 a.m. - noon

Join Lois Kokoski, Director of the University of Calgary's Travel Study program, as she and others share this wonderful way to experience the world.

Volunteer Abroad 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Travel with purpose, leave a positive impact on the world and immerse yourself in the local culture through Me to We. Presented by Travel CUTS.

Icefield Skiing with Ben Gadd 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join Ben Gadd, Rockies naturalist, author and mountaineer, as he takes you on a skiing tour of the Wapta Icefield.

Top Adventure Destinations 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Having difficulty picking your next adventure travel trip? Join The Adventure Travel Company to discover the top five adventure travel destinations as chosen by their passengers.

Our day kicks off at 10:00 a.m. in the John Dutton Theatre on the 2nd Floor of the Central Library.

You can register in person online, in person at any of our branches, by phone at 403-260-2620.

The Taschen Collection

by Jasna - 0 Comment(s)

It was 1980 when eighteen-year old Benedikt Taschen opened a comic book shop in Köln to sell and trade from his collection. Within a year he was publishing catalogues to promote his business pursuits. Driven by the notion that cultural enlightenment should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthy, four years later Benedikt Taschen made a daring move: he purchased 40,000 remaining copies of a Rene Magritte book and resold them for only a fraction of the original price.

Soon Taschen started reprinting books under his own name for budget prices. The first Taschen original art book, Picasso, was published the next year.

Taschen’s company quickly established a reputation as a unique publisher of lavishly designed art books, soon branching out into architecture, film, design, photography, life style and classics and often testing the waters with potentially controversial subjects and taboos.

Taschen has challenged the physical aspect of books as well. In 1999 the company published Helmut Newton’s Sumo in a limited edition of 10,000 copies, each signed and numbered by the author. True to its name, Newton’s book comes in ‘sumo-size’ measuring 20 x 27.5 inches and weighing 66 lbs. It is so large that it comes with a small folding stand to display it.

Calgary Public Library holds about 240 Taschen books on art and artists, architecture, film, pop art, etc. in our Taschen collection.

Here is just a tiny fraction of our Taschens.

Influenced by his contemporaries Michelangelo and Leonardo, Raphael Santi (1483-1520) became, in his own right, one of the most important artists of the High Renaissance. Though Raphael painted many important works in his Florence period, including his famous Madonnas, it was his mature work in Rome that cemented his place in history, most notably the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican featuring his School of Athens and Triumph of Religion murals.

 

A person’s clothing, whether it’s a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. In A Fashion history of the 20th Century, the Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically. Founded in 1978, the KCI holds one of the world’s most extensive clothing collections and has curated many exhibitions worldwide. With an emphasis on Western women’s clothing, the KCI has amassed a wide range of 20th century historical garments, underwear, shoes, and fashion accessories.

~From the publisher's website.

 

“She is more vivid on the screen than others. She has more energy, more humor, more commitment to the part and to the playing – she plays the rose, she gives off the happiness that she is acting…” writes Norman Mailer in the monograph about Marilyn Monroe, creating, together with Beth Stern, an intimate tribute to one or the most famous icons of the 20th century.

~From the publisher's website.

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