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IWD 100!

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This year, it’s the one hundredth annual International Women’s Day! Come and celebrate at the Calgary Public Library!

Our 2011 speakers’ panel includes Lynn Donaldson, interior designer; Donna Kennedy-Glans, founder of Integrity Bridges Inc.; Nina Rahal-Kharey, head designer of House of Nonie, and Lesley Scorgie, author of Rich by Thirty.

As a special treat, all of our registrants will receive a free lunch!

You don’t have to be a woman to attend. You just have to know, respect, or love one.

While you’re here, why not check out our resources? We’ve got print and electronic materials about women’s health and sexuality, the history of feminism, entrepreneurship for moms, and lots more! Come and get inspired!

We are women, hear us roar, in numbers too big to ignore!

Celebrate Black History Month

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Celebrate Black History month at the Calgary Public Library! Check out this link to see who’ll be performing at the Central Library on February 11th.

And then...

Use your library to find music (CDs and concert DVDs!) by black artists. We’ve got extensive collections of hip hop, soul, jazz, and more! Borrow books by famous black novelists, or read biographies about black activists, politicians, and athletes. Find out about issues that affect black people and black communities, by using our academic research databases. Did you know that the Calgary Public Library has magazines for and about black people and black interests? Check out Essence or Ebony, for example. Ask your librarian how to find these resources! We’re always happy to help!

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

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Do you need another shot at your New Year’s resolutions? Celebrate the new year according to the lunar calendar!

Hundreds of millions of people throughout the world use the lunar calendar. People in the Middle East and in Asia have been using lunar calculations for thousands of years!

Celebrate the year of the rabbit by attending some of these free library programs:

Chinese New Year programs

Be sure to check out our collections, too! We've got cookbooks for a traditional New Year meal, and tons of materials about Chinese astrology, so you can learn more about what a rabbit year means for you. Why not borrow a book of Chinese folk tales, or instructions for making lanterns and other paper crafts? Get into the spirit!

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A Week at the Airport, by Alain de Botton

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I always enjoy Alain de Botton’s work. To me, he’s equal parts psychologist, poet and philosopher.

His latest book is called A Week at the Airport, and though I am afraid of flying (or, perhaps because I am afraid of flying?), I really enjoyed reading it.

De Botton was asked by British Airways to write this book. He was given a week’s accommodation at the airport’s hotel, and access to the behind-the-scenes happenings that most of us have never even imagined. He interviewed both passengers and airline managers, and he even had a photographer present, who captured the amazing images that appear throughout. This book is filled with poignancy – a huge surprise, given that it’s about an airport, of all places. You definitely won’t have read anything like it, before! And after reading it, you won’t ever look at flying the same way again.

Eno!

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What do David Bowie and U2’s Bono have in common? Well, there’s music and stardom, of course. But in addition, both of them have worked with Brian Eno, musician, composer, artist and man of many talents.

Catch Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings at the Glenbow Museum this month. 77 Million Paintings is a constantly evolving sound and imagescape which continues Eno’s exploration into light as an artist's medium and the aesthetic possibilities of "generative software."

I particularly recommend attending the launch party for this exhibit. The Glenbow has recently begun hosting launch parties for its new exhibitions, and they are really quite fun! If you’re not a “museum person”, these parties are a great way to get you in the door. Admission is pay-what-you-can, and there will be music, performances and a cash bar, too!

Now, what to wear to the party? I’ll have to choose from my 77 Million pairs of shoes...

More information about the Glenbow Museum and the launch party here.

Whence the Jack-o-lantern?

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Why the Jack-o-lantern, and how did this custom come to be? Where did Halloween first start to be celebrated, and what’s the connection between Pagan festivals and corny costumes? Your library has the answers!

Borrow books and magazines from our collection and find inspiration for Halloween crafts, parties and costumes. (Hint: Martha Stewart reigns supreme!)

Explore World Folklore and Folklife Today on our e-library. Find comprehensive information about rituals, customs, beliefs and stories. A great source for research papers and class presentations!

Bring your little ones to Babies Go Boo Storytimes. Register here.

I love Halloween! A night of inhibition including risqué costumes, alter-egos, bad clichés, and too much chocolate! What more could you ask for?

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