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Living Library in the News

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Photo by Jessica Patterson

Photo by Jessica Patterson

Check out this Open File news article about our Living Library program!

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.

To search for upcoming living libraries, click here.

Library Volunteer joins Volunteer Calgary

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One of our current Career Coaching volunteers has joined Volunteer Calgary as their new board member.

Career Coaching is a program where volunteers with HR experience coach people from all walks of life in improving their resumes, creating coverletters and breaking into hidden job markets.

Janeen Scott is a Human Resources Manager by day and by night is committed to helping her Calgary community. Her volunteer experience includes work with the Calgary Public Library, Artemis Foundation, and Students in Free Enterprise.

Congratulations Janeen!

Living Library Volunteers Share their Stories

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Living Book, My Life in Three Cultures, after presenting her story

to a 50+ Coffee and Conversation Club at the Village Square Library

Living Library Volunteers, share their life stories with the public at events, Living Book Clubs, and Living Library programs. If you are interested in sharing your story with others feel free to apply to volunteer today!

To learn more about attending a living library program search our Programs page for 'Living Library'.

Reading Advantage- Volunteer Today!

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In Canada approximately 42% of adults have low literacy skills.

Reading Advantage is a literacy program which pairs volunteers and adults with low literacy skills, for a period of approximately one year. Volunteer coaches help participants develop basic reading and writing skills, experience the joys of reading, and pursue individual goals. A student-centred method is utilized to build upon each individual’s needs, strengths, learning styles and life experiences.

Help a person reach their full potential by volunteering for Reading Advantage!

We are currently looking for volunteers at Country Hills Library, Forest Lawn Library, Thorn Hill Library and Village Square Library.

If you are interested in volunteering for this program please contact Emily Robinson Leclair at 403-260-2729,

To learn more about this program click here.

Buddy Up!

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What happens when you bring together the curiosity of a young student and the enthusiasm of a teen volunteer? Computer Buddies!

Computer Buddies is a long-standing program at the Calgary Public Library. It started in 2002, pairing teen volunteers with students in Grades 1-6. Since then, hundreds of young buddies and just as many teen volunteers have been involved every season.

With an emphasis on safe surfing and fun projects, the Buddies tackle Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as keyboarding, math games, and creating online comics.

Become a big buddy today! Click here to find out more about volunteering with Computer Buddies.

If you are the parent of a younger child (Grades 1–6), you can register your child for Computer Buddies here.

Volunteering in the ESL Conversation Club is rewarding

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Mark volunteers for the Calgary Public Library’s ESL Conversation Club at Village Square Library. He has been dedicated to helping people improve their language skills there for over 5 years. Here’s what Mark has to say about his volunteer experience:

Volunteering in the ESL Conversation Club is rewarding. Not only do you learn about other people’s culture, but you also learn about the spirit of assisting new Canadians.

We have kept our member’s interest alive in the ESL Conversation Club by interacting with them on a personal level, making them feel welcome by holding potlucks and by utilizing library materials for them to take home, while at same time taking them outside their comfort zone and giving them an insight into Canadian culture.”

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