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Yee Haw!

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Here at the Calgary Public Library, we’ve got everything you need to get into the Stampede spirit!

Music! Bluegrass, Country and Western, Folk and more!

History! Our Local History Room is a wonderful resource for all things related to Calgary’s history – including the Stampede!

Food! Tons of cookbooks to inspire your grilling and BBQ-ing!

Stories! Bring your little ones to a Stampede Storytime, or join an author reading for adults.

There’s always something going on at your local library branch. Check us out today!

Go Dutch!

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If you’ve been cheering for the Orange team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then make a trip to your local library branch and learn more about Holland and all things Dutch.

We’ve got resources about Dutch people, history, food, culture, and language.

What percentage of Dutch women ride their bikes to work? What are some common Dutch greetings? Is it true that pot is legal in Holland? Where does the expression “go Dutch” come from? Answer these and other pressing questions by asking any one of our friendly reference staff!

Hup! Hup!

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Stampede 2010

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Every year, our fair city plays host to the Calgary Stampede.

While most folks are familiar with the rodeo, rides, and pancake breakfasts, there’s still a lot to uncover about this local tradition.

Who started the Stampede, and why? When was the first one held? What’s the connection between the Stampede and Calgary’s “western” image?

Find out all about the Calgary Stampede by visiting our Local History Room, on the 4th floor of the Central Library. We’ve got articles, documents and pictures, ready to satisfy your curiosity!

Yee Haw!

Want to read about the Stampede, day by day? With a Calgary Public Library card, you can read both the Herald and the Sun online. Ask our staff about Newspaper Direct Press Display, available through our e-library!

Ya Hoo!

Aboriginal Awareness Week

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A good friend of mine is native, and sometimes blames his lack of punctuality on his “running on native time”. Even though this remark is just a joke, it’s an example of cultural difference. There are significant differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures, and as Canadians, it’s important that we recognize and celebrate those differences.

In fact, ask any Canadian – Aboriginal or not – about Aboriginal politics and you’re sure to get an impassioned response. Should Aboriginals receive funding from the government? If so, how much? What type of programs ought to be put in place on reserves, and who should administer them? What damage has the residential school system caused to Aboriginal communities, and if we can reconcile, what’s the best way?

Aboriginals have unique medicinal, spiritual and cultural beliefs and practices. Find out more about them during Aboriginal Awareness Week.

Visit your local branch for information about Aboriginals. We’ve got everything from government documents, to biographies, to information about Aboriginal beliefs, myths and stories. Also, join us for an introduction and explanation of human rights from an Aboriginal perspective, presented by the Native Counseling Services of Alberta.

Happy Mother's Day!

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A mother is quite possibly the most influential person in one’s life.

Long before we learn to identify with friends, peers, colleagues, or anyone else, we learn to relate with mom. Indeed, the ways that our mothers manage our homes, families, and environments leave indelible marks on our personalities (and in some cases, huge lump sums in the hands of psychologists!).

Come to your local branch of the Calgary Public Library and find all sorts of resources about mothering. From pregnancy, to child development, to the teenage years and well beyond, we’ve got all sorts of materials by and for mothers, and the children who love them. Check out books and magazines about parenting. Read about the latest theories on child development through our e-library. Clap, sing, read and rhyme your way to literacy in our free storytime programs.

I’m convinced that my mother is responsible for my career at the library. Where else could I have possibly ended up working, given that she read to me while I was still in the womb!?

“A home for a bunny, a home of his own. Where would a bunny find a home? Under a rock, under a stone?”

Thanks, mom, and Happy Mother’s Day!

Six Feet Under at CPL!

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When the series Six Feet Under was on TV, I watched each week. I loved the drama, and was fascinated by the corpses. What’s not to love about a series that takes place in a funeral home? In fact, Six Feet Under deserves a lot of credit for bringing death and the funeral industry into a prominent position within mainstream entertainment, and for making this taboo subject a little less so. The series is full of brilliant performances from an amazing ensemble cast, and the storylines (refreshingly!) don’t pander to the audience. Get out your Kleenex for one of the most memorable series finales on record.

If you’ve never watched Six Feet Under, then stop whatever it is you’re doing and run to your local library branch!

It’s not just TV. It’s HBO!

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