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Blessed is he that readeth

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The Calgary Public Library gives cardholders access to so much! If you’ve never checked out our e-library, take the time to noodle around and see how much is there!

From the e-library, choose a subject that interests you. Then, start exploring databases. You can find newspapers, magazine articles, academic journals, car repair information, a variety of dictionaries and encyclopedias, health information and more!

Recently, I found that we’ve got a King James Version of the Bible in our e-library. I thought that I’d check it out so I could write a witty post, peppered with words like “hath” and “ye” and “giveth”. I was skimming through the Revelation of Saint John the Divine, and what should stand out, but the following line: “Blessed is he that readeth…”.

From our e-library, I chose dictionaries and encyclopedias, and then CREDO, which is one of my favourite collections of reference materials. The screen opens to a basic search, but by selecting “find a book” at the top right, I was able to see a comprehensive list of all of the books in the database. Under “religion” I found the King James Version of the Bible. But if the Bible’s not the book for you, why not check out the Qur’an? Both sacred texts are easily accessible and organized by book or surah.

Imagine: For thousands of years, sacred books were read by only a few, and typically, only by candlelight or natural light. Aren’t you fortunate that you can read them any time you like, on a back-lit screen?

Who's your MP?

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Do you know who your MP is? How about your MLA? (Do you know what those acronyms stand for?)

Online government information is easy to access – if you know where to look! On December 8, from 12:15 – 12:45 PM, let our Government Documents librarian give you a brief overview of the sites we use most often. We’ll show you how to find information about civic, provincial and federal governments, and we’ll highlight websites that are timely, authoritative and comprehensive.

Join us on the third floor of the Central library. Bring your lunch, watch demonstrations, and have your questions answered!

Can’t attend the session? From our homepage, click on e-library, and then "Best Websites". Our list of frequently used websites is stored on Delicious, so you can easily find the sites that we use and recommend.

Calling All Centaurs!

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If your birthday falls between November 23rd and December 21st, you are a Sagittarius. You are a fire sign, and your ruling planet is Jupiter. Being born in the ninth house of the zodiac predisposes you to interests in travel and philosophy. Does this sound like you?

The zodiac has a long, interesting and somewhat obscure history. The twelve signs that were developed in the Western world were remarkably similar to those developed in ancient India. The Chinese, who have a different sign from year to year, rather than month to month, still employed the number twelve in their scheme.

I regard the zodiac as equal parts astronomy, psychology and art. Enjoy it for the guidance it offers, its beautiful imagery and intriguing symbols, or just appreciate how the ancients could have discovered the constellations and mapped their movements, all without telescopes or even Bic pens!

To find out more about astrology, browse our catalogue.

Also, if you read your daily horoscope, why not green this habit by reading it online? Your library card is your subscription the the Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail and hundreds of other daily newspapers. Check out the database Newspaper Direct Press Display, in our e-library.

Join CPL at the Career Show!

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The job hunt. It’s a challenging, competitive world, and these are especially trying times. Are you doing all you can, to ensure success in your search?

If you’re searching for a job, be sure to visit the Calgary Public Library booth (among a huge range of others) at the Career Show, coming up this Friday and Saturday. Sure, you’ve got Halloween on the brain, but this is an excellent opportunity to find a huge range of employers, and services / agencies that assist in job hunting, all under one roof! The Calgary Public Library looks forward to attending this event each year, and it always sends its expert staff. This year, five staff members will be on-hand to answer your questions.

Whether you’re concerned about formulating a resume and cover letter, or you need advice about networking and job hunting, Calgary Public Library has resources and materials to assist you. There’s no question too strange, no question too complex! We regularly host Career Tours and Career Coaching sessions, and we have the largest collection of career-related materials in the city! Let us show you the wealth of resources that are accessible either in your branch, or through our e-library.

We wish you all the very best, in your search!

Small Business Fair

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If you’ve ever considered establishing your own small business, take the opportunity to visit the Central Library on October 20th. We’ll be hosting a Small Business Fair, and you’ll have the opportunity to network with small business owners, and attend a lunch and learn session.

The road to small business ownership begins with a good idea, and plenty of resources. On our website is an e-library, through which you can access (among many other resources) sample business plans and reputable, comprehensive business directories. Additionally, our Best Websites, stored on delicious, can provide you with all sorts of information from Statistics Canada, Industry Canada, and the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Our reference collections in the Business, Sciences and Social Sciences department are sure to either answer your questions, or help you think of new ones. So, let our staff show you the wealth of information that is available to you! Assisting you in your search for information is our business!

We'll help you answer questions like:

  • Which Calgarian companies do business with China?
  • Can I get a list of all the catering companies in Calgary?
  • How much money do Canadians usually spend per year, on fast food?
  • What kind of business license do I need to have?

For more information about the Small Business Fair, please contact Evette Berry at Evette.berry@calgarypubliclibrary.com.

CPL is "Greening" your Magazining!

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Every now and then, despite working at a library, I’ll yield to temptation and purchase some magazines. I’ll read only parts of them, before they inevitably languish in a dusty stack – not being used, read or appreciated. I could recycle or donate them, but I refrain, for fear that when I really need to re-read or refer to a certain article, it won’t be available.

The truth is that most of the content in magazines, I will never use. Some articles are of no interest to me whatsoever, and a huge portion of magazines consists of advertisements. Even if I were searching for an article that I knew I had, I probably wouldn’t remember which magazine contained it.

A more efficient, inexpensive and environmental alternative to buying magazines is to use our e-library. A Calgary Public Library card is your subscription to hundreds of different magazines! Here’s how to find popular ones:

From our website, select e-library and then “Research Databases from EBSCO” (have your library card handy!).

At the top of the EBSCO search screen, there is a blue “Publications” tab. Use its drop-down menu to select MasterFILE Premier. Here, you’ll find an alphabetized list of the magazines to which you have access, and a bibliographic record for each, indicating how many past volumes are available.

Some stops of note:

  • Consumer Reports
  • Vanity Fair
  • Maclean’s
  • Vegetarian Times
  • Art in America
  • Smithsonian

Take the time to explore this database - its scope is enormous!

Then, start sorting your old magazines! Keep the ones you absolutely love, and donate the rest to a children’s school, an artist, or your local thrift store.

Still not convinced about getting rid of your old magazines? Does it help if I tell you that the Central library keeps its magazines and has them bound into books? Don’t fret – they’re always here if you need them!

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