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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.

In Good Companies

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I lead Career Tours at the Central Library for a variety of groups. Most of the participants are newcomers and immigrants who are highly educated, multilingual and eager to secure meaningful employment in their new land. I show them how to access the newspaper, job ads, print resources and programs. And I also show them how to find information about companies for which they may wish to work.

Here are some of the tools that I always ensure I mention:

Reference USA. This database will allow you to generate lists of companies, using SIC or NAICS codes, or keywords. Find who you’re looking for, even when you’re not sure who you’re looking for. Download financial and contact information into a spreadsheet that you can keep for your reference.

Business Source Complete. Find articles about companies’ histories, SWOT analyses and stock market reports - current and comprehensive information is not typically provided on companies’ own websites. You’ll be amazed at what a single keyword can generate. This is not your grandmother’s Google!

Canadian Newsstand. This archive allows you to search for news and magazine articles about your company. Has it ever been sued? Has it won awards? Has it been listed in any Top-10 type rankings? What are some of its most recently announced projects (or disasters)?

If you need help accessing information about a particular company, then drop by the information desk, give us a call, or strike up a chat through our homepage. We’re happy to help guide you through the electronic jungle, and hopefully, towards bigger and better employment opportunities. Good luck!

TechKnow Tuesdays, fall 2011

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If you’re downtown on Tuesdays over the noon hour, then drop in for TechKnow Tuesdays, our brief introductions to a variety of databases and social media tools. No need to register – just pop in – and bring your lunch, if you like. Here’s the schedule for our upcoming sessions:

11-Oct

Art Databases and Websites

18-Oct

Cool Internet Tools for Genealogists

25-Oct

Introduction to ESL Online Resources

1-Nov

Career and Job Searching Online

8-Nov

Introduction to E-Books

15-Nov

Introduction to ESL Online Resources

22-Nov

Good Reads and Social Media

29-Nov

Movies and Film Online

6-Dec

Introduction to Facebook

13-Dec

Introduction to Twitter

20-Dec

Citizenship Test Resources Online

The Other F Word: Frugality!

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One of my goals is to manage my money more effectively. So I typically browse through basic books or blogs on budgeting (spot the alliteration, kids!). In the reams of top 20 lists and collections of tidbits and tips, one piece of advice resounds again and again: use your library. Libraries allow you to borrow books for free, but it’s much more than that. Here are some more ways that your library allows you to stay frugal:

Libraries might encourage you to cancel your magazine or newspaper subscriptions, because many of these can be read online, with your library card. You might decide to borrow a movie rather than renting one, or perhaps you’ll attend a free screening in the library’s theatre. You might learn a new skill by attending a free program – perhaps one about budgeting – or renting an instructional DVD. You could use library books or databases to learn about fixing a car, bike or appliance, and spare yourself the cost of buying a new one. Explore our collections about cooking and learn to prepare healthy, frugal meals. Home cooking is a huge opportunity to exercise frugality! Attend some of the library’s special programs and speak with a lawyer, doctor, or career coach, for free! Check out the program guide for free concerts, and free access to our Writer in Residence.

Not all of our entertainment and enjoyment need be expensive. In fact, the library is a great place in which to instill a sense of frugality in your children. And children who have a sense of how money can be saved in simple ways will be well on their way to managing money when they’re adults.

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