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Berg Fashion Library

by Dieu

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Barbie doll?

Or where the phrase “blondes have more fun” came from?

Are you curious about the history of Soviet Russian clothing or want to read about Japanese street and youth fashion?

Any of these questions and more can be explored in the Berg Fashion Library, a new award-winning online resource now available in the Calgary Public Library’s E-Library. Access is available with your Calgary Public Library card in the Arts & Music, Encyclopedias and History & Geneology pages of the E-library.

The Berg Fashion Library contains in-depth content spanning several disciplines from anthropology, art history, fashion, cultural criticism, history and sociology.

Images from the Berg Fashion Library image bank:

Traditional Japanese bridal clothingTraditional Japanese bridal clothing Japanese street fashionJapanese street fashion

Content includes:

  • Lesson plans for teachers and lecturers free of charge
  • Full text collection of Berg Fashion E-books
  • Links to E-journals
  • Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress & Fashion which includes articles and over 2000 searchable images
  • Extensive colour image bank
  • Classic and modern writings on fashion
  • Browse feature to search by themes, period, place, textiles and materials and much more.

What you can do:

  • Save articles, images and searches
  • Print and email content
  • Share via social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google.

You can also view selections of vintage clothing patterns taken from the Commercial Pattern Archive (CoPA). The Commercial Pattern Archive database contains patterns from 1868 to 2000, and although the Berg Fashion Library only highlights a small selection of images from this database, it is a good place to start for those of you who want to recreate that 1960s Mad Men inspired outfit you've always dreamed of.

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Summertime Barbecue with E-Books

by Pam - 0 Comment(s)

Ah, the sun is shining. There is no better way to celebrate the short summer than with a backyard barbecue for family and friends. Are you looking for some new recipes to explore? Are you tired of trying to turn cookbook pages with gooey fingers? Why not download some of Calgary Public Library's great e-books on grilling to your favourite device.

Whether you are a beginner or just want to improve your skills, you'll find everything you need to know in "How to Grill" by Steven Raichlen, author of the Barbecue Bible. You'll learn exactly how grilling is done with 100 step-by-step techniques. Not only will you learn to grill the standards like steak, hamburger and chicken, but you'll quickly expand your horizon with information on grilling foods like tofu and fruit.Cover of The Garden and The Grill

There's nothing better than combining the two summertime passions of gardening and grilling. Karen Adler does exactly that in her wonderful book "Gardener and the Grill: the beauty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill". Imagine taking your freshly harvested vegetables straight to the barbecue and grilling them to perfection. Absolute deliciousness! Included in this great e-book are tips on grilling, a griller's pantry of sauces and rubs and one hundred vegetarian recipes. Enjoy!

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.

A Match Made in Canada

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'I really liked working with Sharon because she helped me a lot if I had trouble and helped me sound words out. She’s nice.’

Strong praise from Brian, a Grade 6 student and recent graduate of the TD Read With Me program. He was speaking of Sharon Dun, the volunteer with whom he has worked in the program since December 2009. As of his graduation date in mid-June, Sharon and Brian comprised the 4th longest-standing match in the program. Matches in the TD Read With Me program meet one-on-one in a Library branch for an hour per week, so the participants can receive support around building their literacy skills from the volunteers, and it is a rare (and kindred) match that stays together for 3.5 years!

Sharon started with the program in February 2009 and worked for about six months with another young reader before she met Brian and his family. She is a kind, caring and fun individual with a wonderful sense of humour and she works hard to connect with and engage her young students in their sessions together each week.

Sharon relates:‘It’s been a great experience for me…I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been very rewarding, in many aspects. Brian’s family has been so involved, supportive and encouraging of Brian. I’ve felt really appreciated. I’m impressed with how much Brian has improved with his reading and self-confidence. It’s been really neat to watch him grow and learn.’

Inju and Kang Chul, Brian’s parents, wanted to voice their esteem for Sharon as well:‘We really appreciate Sharon coming every week and helping Brian. He enjoys the Library sessions with her because she makes things fun. We feel it’s really great that Sharon volunteers her time- it’s not the case as much [that people volunteer] in Korea, where we’re from, so it’s really incredible and we’re thankful.’

Thank you, Sharon, for all the amazing help you’ve provided to Brian in the TD Read With Me program! Best of luck to you in junior high, Brian!

Pictured above: Volunteer Sharon Dun, Learner Brian, and parents Inju and Kang Chul

Remembering Anne Rudiak

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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

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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.

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