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Happy Canada Day

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Wow – is it nearly July already?! Happy Canada Day, to one and all!

Have you ever taken the time to browse through the Canadian section of our e-library? Check it out and get access to an encyclopedia about Canadian history, a news archive containing decades’ worth of articles from hundreds of Canadian publications, historical news from the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star, listings of associations and governmental offices, and much more.

Did you know that the Calgary Public Library offers programs (and online resources!) for newcomers and those preparing to write Canadian citizenship exams? We also maintain reference collections of Canadian laws and government documents.

Find out more about your great nation by visiting your local library branch. But not on July 1st or 2nd, when all branches will be closed. See you on July 3rd!

Central Learning Lab

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“I was working in the lab, late one night...”

Actually, it was yesterday night.

The Central Library now has a dedicated space for learning and skills development. It’s our 3rd floor learning lab!

Drop in for beginner classes in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Power Point), basic internet searching, career resources and much more. Take advantage of one-on-one help with crafting a resume, writing a business plan, or navigating our e-library.

For more information about class schedules, call us at (403) 260 – 2782.

At the Risk of Repeating Myself...

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I’ve given countless tours to library customers and by now, I must have mentioned Newspaper Direct Press Display hundreds of times. But, I never tire of mentioning it because customers' reactions are so great – usually something like: “Oh, wow! I didn’t know this even existed!”

If you have a library card, you have access to the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun every day, along with hundreds of other papers from around the world.

I’ve mentioned it in tours, blogged about it, and shown it to customers who approach the information desk. Check it out at your local library, from a smart phone, or at home.

Start at our homepage, and click on the E-library link. Select Newspapers & Magazines, then Newspaper Direct Press Display. Have your library card handy, because you’ll need it to log in.

At the top right corner of the page, there’ll be a link to “select title”. Use this link to find the paper of your choice. Articles can be e-mailed, translated, posted to facebook, “tweeted” and so on. There are even citation tools, in case you’re going to mention the article in an essay or report.

If you need assistance you can call us at (403) 260-2782, or start a chat with us, from our homepage.

Enjoy, news junkies!

Love Your Heart!

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Take a second and consider that throbbing lump of muscle mass at the centre of your chest. Doesn’t it almost seem miraculous? And yet millions of Canadians suffer from heart disease – a phenomenon that is largely preventable. This Valentine’s Day, lay off the chocolate and do something heart healthy.

  • Take a walk with a loved one, and have a long talk.
  • Watch a funny movie with a friend, and laugh till it hurts.
  • Take a quiet moment and do some yoga or meditation.
  • Crank your favourite music and dance like no one’s watching.
  • Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for, and all of the people you’re lucky to be surrounded by.
  • Prepare a great meal composed mainly of vegetables and wholesome grains.
  • Make love! (it's like yoga, but a little more interesting...)

Your local library branch has all sorts of information on cardiac health and wellness. Find out more about dietary practices, food and nutrition, physical activity, medication and side effects, statistics about Canadians’ health, and lots more. Our e-library is full of academic journals detailing scientific trials and experiments, new procedures and so on. Ask your librarian how to access health information in other languages, or about alternative treatments and therapies.

Love your heart! Unlike a boyfriend or husband, you really are stuck with the one you’ve got! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mango Languages

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Ohnul nalshee chocho? Ohnul nalshee chocho? Ohnul nalshee chocho?

That’s the sound of me trying to memorize “The weather is nice today, isn’t it?” in Korean.

Calgary Public Library has all sorts of cool databases, like Mango Languages. Log in and start learning a new language today! From our homepage, select e-library and then Social Sciences & Education.

Whether you want to pick up a bit of new vocabulary, or you’d like to start with a very basic grammar lesson, Mango makes it easy to track your progress and study according to your own schedule.

Choose from over 35 languages, including some less common ones such as Hawaiian and Haitian Creole.

Mango is a great tool for students, travelers, polyglots and educators. Check it out!

Rating the e-Readers

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Kobos and Kindles and Nooks – what’s the best e-reader for you?

Thinking of giving an e-reader for Christmas? Well get on it, man! It’s already December 22nd!

Thinking of buying one on Boxing Day or over the Boxing Week, as it’s now become? OK, you’ve got some time. If you’ve got a library card, you can access Consumer Reports magazine from home, through our e-library.

Start at our homepage, select e-library, and then choose Research Databases from EBSCO (lower left hand side). Once you log in with your card number, you’ll be at a search screen. Choose the Publications tab (top of the screen) and then MasterFILE Premiere. Search for the Publication title “Consumer Reports” and then you’re off to the races. Read issue by issue, or search for a term like “e-readers”. If you’re not quite sure how to do this, then just call us or strike up a chat, through our homepage.

The e-library is a wealth of resources! Ask us how you can read Consumer Reports, The Economist, Maclean's and other popular magazines online.

Good luck in choosing an e-reader, and check out our program guide for upcoming demonstrations on e-books and e-readers.

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