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Knapp Chat

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A customer started a chat with me today (you know that you can chat online with us, right?), in order to ask if she could place a hold on a book by Caroline Knapp. Interestingly enough, I’m reading a book by that same author right now.

My customer had read Pack of Two, a title I have yet to read, and Drinking: A Love Story, which I’ve read and reviewed. I told her that I, too, had read Drinking, but that I preferred the title I was reading right now: Appetites: Why Women Want.

Check out Caroline Knapp’s writing, if you haven’t already. She writes beautifully and bravely about her struggles (mainly with alcoholism and anorexia, but family relationships, too) and she is unflinchingly honest about the frightening terrain in the dark realms of her psyche.

I’m really enjoying Appetites: Why Women Want. It’s described as an anorexia memoir, but it’s much more complex than a simple recounting of what was eaten (or not) and how many pounds were shed. Knapp explores desire as it relates to food, cultural zeitgeist, mothering, and body image. I’ve never suffered from an eating disorder (unless “unrelenting nocturnal potato chip addiction” has finally made it into the DSM 4...) but readers don’t have to have any familiarity with eating disorders to enjoy this book. Simply put, if you are a woman and have a body, Appetites: Why Women Want will very likely resonate with you. Place a hold today!

Pack of Two

Drinking: A Love Story

Appetites: Why Women Want

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!

Happy International Women's Day!

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by joining us in our John Dutton theatre for a discussion of how women are creating strong and vibrant communities.

This year, in solidarity with feminists throughout the world (men included!), I give to you a list of some of my recent favourites: writing about women and women’s sexuality.

Self Made Man: One Woman’s Journey into Manhood and Back Again, by Norah Vincent. An interesting examination of the pressures confronting men, from a lesbian point of view. Crass, funny, and insightful, even though the project of chronicling a year as a man was based on deception.

My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies, by Nancy Friday. This book had enormous impact when it was first published, and it’s still popular today. Read it for titillation, of course, but also to realize that you’re perfectly normal and that your fantasies are, too.

The Sexual Life of Catherine M, by Catherine Millet. I included this book here not because of the graphic sexual descriptions it contains, but because it’s a reflection of one woman’s choices. It’s not just sex but choice that’s important to feminism. The choice to marry or not, have children or not, have multiple (and concurrent!) sexual partners or not, and so on. Millet lives life on her own terms.

Our Bodies, Ourselves, by Boston Women's Health Book Collective. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this classic. It's been informing women about their bodies for over 4 decades!

Your local library has all sorts of resources about women’s sexuality: relationships, sexual health, gay/lesbian/trans/queer issues, sexual education and pregnancy, and lots more! Learn to create more safety, intimacy and pleasure in your sexual routines. Learn about who’s doing what to whom, and how.

The Calgary Public Library has resources for everything you’re into!

On Linkedin?

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Do you have a LinkedIn profile, yet? I’ll admit that when I received my first invitation to join this social networking site, I rolled my eyes. I was already on facebook, so why did I need another profile elsewhere? But LinkedIn is definitely not another facebook. It’s a social networking site that allows you to post your professional credentials, search for jobs, network through contacts and club memberships, and expand your ability to secure employment. Learn who works where, get updates about industries you’re involved with and find college alumni, too. There’ll be no pictures from your most recent drunken escapade – LinkedIn is for professional purposes!

The Calgary Public Library regularly works with career coaches and counselors. The feedback we’ve been receiving is that LinkedIn is an essential tool for job hunters, and that its importance will only continue to grow as companies and recruiters use it to find new employees.

If you’d like to learn more about LinkedIn, then be sure to register in our free programs, or check out our collections. Here are some new titles:

LinkedIn for Dummies by Joel Elad

The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals and Change the way you do Business using LinkedIn by Dave Gowel

The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-Start your Business, Brand and Job Search by Wayne Breitbarth

Best Wishes on February 29th!

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February 29th has me thinking about time.

In this world of increasing disparity, there is one thing that everyone is granted in equal measure: time. Everyone on this planet has 24 hours per day – no more, no less. So, how do you best use the time that you’ve got? Check out these books on time management and learn some strategies for making the most of your waking hours.

Successful Time Management for Dummies, by Dirk Zeller

Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft Office to Organize your Work and Personal Life, by Holger Woeltje

The 25 Best Time Management Tools and Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy, by Pamela Dodd and Doug Sundheim

Going Solo, by Eric Klinenberg

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I like living alone. I can do whatever I want, without feeling judged; I can exercise my supreme authority to do everything later; the choice of music is always mine, and there’s never someone else using the bathroom when I’m in the mood for a soak. Yes, I want to watch the same DVDs over and over again, and I don’t want to have to justify it! In this vast universe, there are 613 square feet over which I’m the dictator. And it’s fabulous.

So of course when I was browsing our new books, Going Solo appealed to me. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg is an investigation into why so many adults are choosing to live alone, in cities all over the world. This phenomenon represents a huge shift from just decades ago, when most adults lived with at least one other person. Are singletons isolated weirdoes to be pitied? Klinenberg argues that they may actually be happier and even more engaged in community life than their married counterparts.

I’m only on page 44, but it’s really interesting so far. Perhaps I’ll read some more of it when I get home from work tonight. Or, I’ll opt instead to change into my PJs and dance to 90s pop music, or cook a nice risotto at midnight, or go through everything in my closet and try to create new outfits, until I get bored of that and start listening to podcasts. Or painting my nails. It’s my place and I live alone – we’ll see what this dictator is in the mood for...

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