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Keep Your New Year's Resolutions!

by Laura C - 0 Comment(s)

Did you set New Year's Resolutions for 2014? How are you doing with them? Are you struggling? Still in the planning stages? Or are you already going strong?

No matter what stage you are in, we have some great resources in our E-Library that will help you accomplish your goals.

Not only will these resources help you make concrete plans for your year, but you can do it RIGHT NOW from the comfort of your own home! You don't even have to change out of your pajamas (unless you've made a resolution to stop wearing your pajamas all the time).

HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER

This resource can help you with your health related resolutions. This is an easy-to-use, all-encompassing health resource which even includes articles on setting and keeping goals.

You can also search for articles on weight loss, fitness, managing your stress or quitting smoking. Learn more about your prescription medications or, even do some supplementary research on managing an illness or disease you've been diagnosed with.

LEARN4LIFE

This is a dynamite resource to help you succeed with nearly every New Year's Resolution you can dream up.

LEARN4LIFE features instructor-led online classes in subjects, including: Weight Loss, Personal Finance, Writing, Drawing, Job Search Help, Personal Enrichment, Starting a Business, Gardening, and Technology (to name a few).

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

"Read more" is often on my list of yearly resolutions, I hope it's on yours as well. If it is, you should try this fun reading-suggestion generator.

If you know you like a particular author or genre, this database will give you lists of similar titles that you might like. You can even search for books by character, topic, setting location, and time period.

FREADING

Allows you to download Ebooks and pdfs to read on your computer or mobile device. This resource includes a number of interesting non-fiction titles to help you be more creative, to get organized, to start a business, to be more "green", to become more socially conscious and more.

Try searching the words "How To" and see how much you can do this year, and maybe even get ideas for next year!

 

What are you resolved to accomplish this year?

Lose Weight
Quit Smoking
Get a Better Job

Get Organized
Read More

 

Learn Something New
Be Creative
Travel
Get Out of Debt
Save Money

Manage Stress
Start Writing My Novel
Get Fit

 Our E-Library can help you with that!

 

Welcome to Zinio

by Laura C - 9 Comment(s)

Calgary Public Library cardholders now have access to over 350 digital magazine subscriptions with Zinio.

NO check out limits! NO loan periods! NO waiting for holds! NO fines!

FREE with your library card!

Read the magazine on your PC or download the app to your Mobile Device or Tablet. Checkout and Keep as many digital magazines as you want for as long as you want. Share interesting articles with your Facebook following. Bookmark articles to read later or, Print off articles, pictures, recipes, or crafts from special interest magazines.

Getting Started in 5 Steps:

 To use Zinio you need two Zinio accounts.

 

  1. Log into CPL's Zinio collection with your library card number and password.
  2. Create a CPL Zinio account by clicking Create New Account and fill in all the fields.
  3. Select a magazine by cliking on its cover. Click Checkout. Click Start Reading.
  4. A Zinio.com screen will open. Click Create a Zinio.com account.
  5. Fill in the fields, using the SAME email address and password as before. Click Register.
Check out digital magazines at Calgary Public Library

Getting more out of it!

  • Browse and checkout magazines from the CPL Zinio collection. You can choose from 350+ magazine subscription titles offered free from the Calgary Public Library.
  • Once you've checked out a magazine, you use the Zinio.com website, or mobile app to download and read the magazines. Make sure that you use the SAME email address for both yourCPL Zinio and Zinio.com accounts.
  • If you are leaving the city and want to bring a digital magazine with you, download the magazine to your mobile device before you travel to ensure you have continued access to them.
  • Talk to a Library staff member to find out more!

We hope you're as excited as we are about this product! Please, give it a try and let us know what you think!

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Questions?

Contact us using Info Chat, call 403-260-2600 or send us an email.

Zinio at Calgary Public Library

Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas

by Betsy - 0 Comment(s)

Have you started thinking about gift ideas for friends or family members and come up with a blank? Here are a few thoughts to get you started, whether you are ordering online or looking for a list to take to your favourite store...

For Children:

  • Moose That Says MooMoose That Says MooA Moose That Says Moo! by Jennifer Hamburg, Illustrated by Sue Truesdell. A little girl imagines a zoo in which animals can do whatever she wants: dance, drive, read, have pillow fights... When things get slightly out of hand, what can possibly calm things down in this hilarious romp?
  • The Little Mermaid It's been 24 years since Ariel first ventured onto land to seek her Prince, enchanting audiences young and old to come along with her "unda da sea." This fall Disney has released her from the vault, in a new Diamond Edition Blu-Ray version sure to enchant both children unfamiliar with her, as well as anyone whose copies are too worn out from repeat viewings.
  • Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Steven Kellogg. This beautiful picture book is the result of a collaboration between a Newbery winning author and the author and illustrator of over 90 books, including some of my personal favorites. It is dedicated to the children of Sandy Hook, and is comprised of a poem celebrating the circle of life and the ephemeral nature of snowflakes, amid doublepage spreads with children playing. It is a book meant to adorn a child's bookshelf and be shared among generations. Keep a kleenex handy when you read it.
  • I am Blop! by Herve Tullet Tullet's last book, Press Here, provided a fun and interactive storytelling experience for children, that resulted in it being chosen in the top 50 of a poll of the top 100 picture books. His new board book, I am Blop!, explores everyday concepts as varied as counting and colours to the animal kingdom and seasons, by introducing them as something as ephemeral as a splotch.

For Teens:

  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson The prolific and award-winning author of adult science fiction and fantasy writes a book for his teenage self. This YA fantasy finds a teen seeking revenge for the untimely death of his father at the hands of a madman with superpowers named Steelheart who has taken over Chicago, now called Newcago, at a time when random people have been granted amazing powers. These Epics have, unfortunately, all fallen into line behind Steelheart. Can anyone stop them?
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein The follow-up to Wein's Printz honour-award winning Code Name Verity packs just as much of an emotional punch. American ATA pilot Rose Justice is captured by the Nazis en route from England to Paris and sent to Ravensbrück. She recounts her stay in this notorious camp in her diary, in another three-hanky read.
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth For all the teens who will have seen Catching Fire more than once by the holidays, the final book in Veronica Roth's trilogy will be a must-read this holiday season (finishing up the series behind Divergent and Insurgent.) The trailer for Divergent, which opens in March, 2014, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet, looks pretty fantastic, too.

For Adults:

  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson. Praise for this book is wide and unstinting: it was Amazon's August "Best Book of the Month", and called "the best work of military history in years" by the New York Times. A readable narrative nonfiction book traces many issues in today's Middle East back to a figure many people only know from an iconic Hollywood film.
  • The Orenda by Joseph Boyden A book for serious bibliophiles and literary fiction lovers, this newest novel by the Scotiabank Giller prize-winner has already been named a finalist for the Governor General's award. Boyden presents a narrative with the stories of three characters in early 17th Century Canada: a Francophone missionary, a kidnapped Iroquois teen, and a warrior named Bird who is mourning the deaths of members of his family at the hands of the Iroquois.
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers Dave Eggers' new dystopian novel has a young woman named Mae Holland getting a job with, and then pretty much turning her life over to the world's hottest Internet company. No prizes for guessing that it may resemble a company with your favourite search engine, maps, lettered email, etc.
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion There's no arguing that Professor Don Tillman is an expert on genetics. That's a good thing, as he has pretty much no awareness of anything else, which is evident to everyone around him, even the twelve-year-olds to whom he presents a lecture on Asperger's. His decision to find a wife comes as a shock to him, as he's never even managed a second date, but he decides to do it the way he has done everything else, by developing a Project using the scientific method, and a 16-page evaluation. It is hardly surprising then, that a bartending, drinking, smoker would be anathema to him, yet when he meets Rosie, she not only needs his help for her own project, she manages to teach him how to experience life.


Don't forget that many of these are likely available in our catalogue in alternate formats (BookCD, Large Print, etc.), or in Overdrive as an e-book or e-audiobook, if you'd like to add them to your own reading lists. If you've found another ideal gift, please feel free to add it to the comments.

A Good Scare!

by Laura C - 0 Comment(s)

Like Graphic Novels? Try out these manga about things that go "bump in the night" from three masters of the genre — and satisfy your seasonal interest in ghosts, monsters, and the paranormal!

You won't have to sleep with the lights on after reading Cowa!, Akira Toriyama's charming series about the trouble-making half vampire/half were-koala Paifu!

Together with his timid ghost friend José, and his nemesis Arpon, Paifu sets off on an adventure to find the medicine needed to save his village from the deadly monster-flu. And, when they enlist the aid of the hermit (a grumpy human named Maruyama) to help them, they get more than they bargained for

Cowa! (pronounced KOE-WAH, as in 'Koa'la!) was the first major work by Akira Toriyama since his completion of Dragon Ball in 1995.

It features the same bold art-style, and likeable characters that made his long-running series Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball so popular -- and such a joy to read. I highly recommend it!

Find it in the Juvenile Graphix collection!

Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro is one of the most famous and influential series in Japanese manga history. Why is it so important? Because, through works like Kitaro, Shigeru Mizuki is responsible for popularizing Japanese folklore, and to some extent, creating it as well.

Kitaro is a compilation of short episodic stories written between 1967 and 1969. It features the hero Kitaro, who along with his father (an anthropomorphized eyeball) is the last member of the ghost tribe. He challenges legendary monsters (or yokai) and does good deeds to fight for peace between monsters and humans.

As fun as the stories are (and they are really fun!), the most interesting bit of this manga to me is the visual "monster" glossary at the end of the book which explains all of the mysterious and bizarre Japanese monsters Mizuki draws. Fascinating!

Find it in the YA Graphix collection!

Junji Ito's Uzumaki is a beautifully drawn manga featuring a twisted and disturbing story. Ito, a master of classic Japanese horror is someone you definitely don't want to miss!

Uzumaki is a story of a town spiralling out of control. The haunting and hypnotic shape of the uzumaki (spiral) swirls madness in everything from staircases to snail shells in the cursed coast town of Kurozu-cho.

Uzumaki begins episodically with seemingly disconnected stories but by the end it pulls these stories together into a mystifying ending. I'm definitely a fan of this work, and so excited about the release of the omnibus edition later this month.

Uzumaki is currently on order for the Adult Graphix collection -- place your hold to read it first!

Must Reads Coming This Fall

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

The fall publishing season is upon us and there are a number of big titles to look forward in the upcoming months. The fall season truly features something for everyone. While it is impossible to list all the exciting titles coming to the Library, these are a few titles that should get lots of buzz.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King This is by far the book I am most excited to read this fall. Doctor Sleep is the long awaited sequel to The Shining, which first came out in 1977. Dan Torrence is still haunted by what happened to his family one winter at the Overlook Hotel. Now an adult, Dan has settled into a simple life in New Hampshire and uses his fading shining ability to provide comfort to the dying. But Dan is forced into a battle for the life of a young girl with a strong shining ability and the ghosts of his past come to a head in what I hope will be a creepy adventure worthy of its predecessor. To gear up for the release, refresh your memory and check out The Shining.

A Great Game by Stephen Harper

A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey by Stephen J. Harper (yes that Stephen Harper). Any hockey fan has seen our Prime Minister at a number of hockey games as he often gets shown on the jumbotron or on TV. It's no secret that he is a big fan of the game and for years he has mentioned that he was writing a hockey book, he even became a member of the Society of International Hockey Research. Well that book is A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey. Don't let the title fool you though the book isn't only for Leaf fans, but is a look at the early history of professional hockey. A must read for any Canadian hockey fan.

Si-Cology 1 by Si Robertson

Si-Cology 1 By Si Robertson I watch a lot of Duck Dynasty, it's hard not to get wrapped up in the antics of the Robertson clan and by far my favorite part of the show is pretty much anything Uncle Si says (Si-isms) or does. The guy is definitely a character and now he can add published author to his list of accomplishments. Si-Cology 1 is various tales from Si that essentially tell his life story. I have just started reading the book and it's interesting to get insight into parts of Si's life that aren't on the show, including his life with his wife and children. Si-Cology 1 joins other Duck Dynasty books including Happy, Happy, Happy and Duck Commander Family both of which are best sellers.

New Books in Favourite Series

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Bridgertons: Happily Ever AfterBridgertons: Happily Ever AfterSum of All KissesSum of All KissesJulia Quinn first introduced readers to the Bridgerton family in a light and humourous 8-book romance series. The books allowed readers to follow the tribulations of eight alphabetically named siblings (Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth), while enjoying the London background and a fairly substantial set of characters around whom the stories came to be told, including the formidable and forthright Lady Danbury, the definitely unmusical Smythe-Smith family, and the mysterious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown. All of these characters eventually take center stage in their own right in other books, and indeed the Smythe-Smith clan eventually does get their own series. This 'easter egg' (or crossover) effect allows readers to catch up with characters with whom they are familiar and have an affinity, while allowing new readers to start up a series. A prime example of this is the use of a particularly horrid romance novel that is either passed around or which all of the characters seem to end up reading and discussing.

This fall Ms. Quinn's two new books will present readers with either a visit back to not only all of the Bridgertons, but their mother, Violet, with an additional epilogue intended to answer potential questions or tie up any possible loose ends from each of the original eight books in The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, and yet another unlikely couple will meet up at a Smyth-Smith wedding (one of the three from The Lady Most Willing), in The Sum of All Kisses, under the stern and amused eye of Lady Danbury. August is ReadaRomance month, and Julia Quinn's post will be added to the R-A-R site, which has posts by 93 contributing authors, on August 25th.


StormbreakerStormbreakerRussian RouletteRussian RouletteYounger readers will be familiar with Anthony Horowitz as the author of the Alex Rider series. We first met Alex in Stormbreaker, when officers came to his school to tell him that his guardian and uncle, Ian, had been killed in an auto accident. Alex initial suspicions about his uncle's death will set him on a chilling and dangerous path as an MI6 operative and into a life of danger, one that eventually spanned nine books and four graphic novels, with Alex as a teenage secret agent dealing with spies and a life that seemed ever more out of his control.

This fall, Mr. Horowitz is set to release a prequel to the series called Russian Roulette: the story of an assassin, in which readers will get the backstory of Yassen Gregorowich, a boy who will grow up to be Alex's mirror image, and become the man who kills Alex's father.

Are there authors that you wish would revisit a character or a series that you really like, or that reintroduce moments from earlier efforts into their books in a particularly enjoyable way?

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