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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.

Keep Your New Year's Resolutions!

by Laura C - 0 Comment(s)

Did you set New Year's Resolutions for 2014? How are you doing with them? Are you struggling? Still in the planning stages? Or are you already going strong?

No matter what stage you are in, we have some great resources in our E-Library that will help you accomplish your goals.

Not only will these resources help you make concrete plans for your year, but you can do it RIGHT NOW from the comfort of your own home! You don't even have to change out of your pajamas (unless you've made a resolution to stop wearing your pajamas all the time).


This resource can help you with your health related resolutions. This is an easy-to-use, all-encompassing health resource which even includes articles on setting and keeping goals.

You can also search for articles on weight loss, fitness, managing your stress or quitting smoking. Learn more about your prescription medications or, even do some supplementary research on managing an illness or disease you've been diagnosed with.


This is a dynamite resource to help you succeed with nearly every New Year's Resolution you can dream up.

LEARN4LIFE features instructor-led online classes in subjects, including: Weight Loss, Personal Finance, Writing, Drawing, Job Search Help, Personal Enrichment, Starting a Business, Gardening, and Technology (to name a few).


"Read more" is often on my list of yearly resolutions, I hope it's on yours as well. If it is, you should try this fun reading-suggestion generator.

If you know you like a particular author or genre, this database will give you lists of similar titles that you might like. You can even search for books by character, topic, setting location, and time period.


Allows you to download Ebooks and pdfs to read on your computer or mobile device. This resource includes a number of interesting non-fiction titles to help you be more creative, to get organized, to start a business, to be more "green", to become more socially conscious and more.

Try searching the words "How To" and see how much you can do this year, and maybe even get ideas for next year!


What are you resolved to accomplish this year?

Lose Weight
Quit Smoking
Get a Better Job

Get Organized
Read More


Learn Something New
Be Creative
Get Out of Debt
Save Money

Manage Stress
Start Writing My Novel
Get Fit

 Our E-Library can help you with that!


New Youth Award Winners

by Betsy - 0 Comment(s)

The American Library Association announces its Youth Media Awards, hashtagged under #ALAYMA, annually on the Monday morning of its Midwinter meeting. It is a jubilant ceremony, known as the "Oscars of the Children's Literature world," livestreamed to fans who are unable to attend the conference as well as those who can't cram into the actual theatre. I was awarded a prime seat this year, as an appreciative member of one of the selection committees. The winners' books will be added to school and public libraries around the world, in addition to personal shelves. Many are already available in our catalogue in multiple formats, and they represent a wide swath of formats and ages, chosen after much hard work and deliberation on the part of the committees. Some of this year's winners are:

Flora and UlyssesKate DiCamillo. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, winner of the John Newbery Medal. DiCamillo, the newly minted National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, was awarded her second Newbery medal, which is conferred upon "the most distinguished contribution to American Literature" for her engaging, warm fantasy about the unique friendship between a plucky, 10-year-old comic fan and a squirrel named Ulysses.

Brian Floca. Locomotive. Floca's book, with its detailed watercolour, ink, and guache illustrations of a family on a week-long 1861 transcontinental train-trip, is the 2014 winner of the Randolph Caldecott medal for the most distinguished American picture book.

Stephanie Kuehn. Charm & Strange. In this harrowing, involving title, the winner of the William C. Morris Award for the best YA book by a previously unpublished author, a young man must come to terms with the parts of himself that he has spent years trying to bury.

ScowlerDaniel Kraus. Scowler. Reviews for this horror title, which is about a vulnerable nineteen-year-old named Ry Burke who ends up having to protect his family from a threat that comes with a meteor, noted that it could be 'scary and disturbing.' The audio version, the winner of this year's Odyssey award for the best audiobook for children and/or young adults, throws in enough additional sound effects to guarantee that anyone who listens to this late at night should probably sleep with a light on or something furry with which to cuddle.

Greg Pizzoli. The Watermelon Seed. This year's winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel award, awarded to the most distinguished book for beginning readers, is absolutely charming. More than anything, crocodile really LOVES watermelon - but he has one fear, swallowing a seed. Readers will have a lovely time when his imagination takes root about all of the horrible things might happen when crocodile's fears are realized. Will vines sprout from his ears?

Neal Bascomb. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi. This gripping narrative nonfiction title, the winner of this year's Award of Excellence in nonfiction for Young Adults, details the years-long search for the elusive Lieutenant Colonel Adolph Eichmann of the SS, the man behind Hitler's policy "to wipe out the Jews."

More information about the rest of this year's winners and recommended booklists may be found through the Association to Library Services to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Assocation (YALSA.) There will be more lists added over the next several days. Congratulations to all of the winners and honourees!

Volunteer Resources: 2013 Overview

by Katie R

Calgary Public Library is grateful to have outstanding volunteers who donate their time, talents and energies in an effort to help us with our mission and service goals.

As we begin a new year, we would like to take a few moments to highlight some of our achievements in 2013.

  1. Launch of the Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds program
  2. 20,000 Books Under the Bow city-wide book drive
  3. "Curious", our mascot, brought the Library to people throughout the city
  4. We now boast over 2,100 volunteers
  5. Volunteers contributed over 40,000 hours

The Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds program launched in three branches in January 2013. The program provides math support for students in Grades 1 to 6. It has quickly become very popular and is now available in nine Library branches across the city.

We have are very fortunate to have such committed and passionate volunteers who give their time to support 23 programs across our 18 locations. Many of them have been volunteering for the Library for several years. Our records show that 83 volunteers have achieved milestones of over 10 years of volunteering with the Calgary Public Library. Congratulations and thank you for your commitment and enthusiasm!

The city-wide book drive: 20,000 Books Under the Bow in support of the Library’s flood recovery efforts was a tremendous success. Volunteers collected, sorted and boxed over 300,000 books! The proceeds from these books will be used to purchase new library materials.

2014 will bring new volunteer based programs such as Coder Dojo at the Thorn Hill Library and we will continue to grow the Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds program to more Library locations. We are also excited to be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Homebound Readers Program where volunteers take books to Calgarians who are unable to come to the Library due to mobility and or health issues. Volunteer contribution and program anniversaries will be celebrated at our annual Volunteer Recognition Event scheduled for April.

Interested in volunteering at Calgary Public Library? We're always recruiting volunteers for various volunteer roles. Apply and be part of a great story. Happy New Year!

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