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Picks of the Litter(ati), August 22

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I’ve just returned from a vacation in Las Vegas where I didn’t read a thing. Not a book, magazine, newspaper, or e-mail. My partner and I commented that we felt like we had been on a media fast, and though it felt great at the time, I was immediately drawn to our shelf of new books, upon my return to work. Here’s what caught my eye today:

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs

Who Are We – And Should it Matter in the Twenty-first Century? by Gary Younge

The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, by Rachel Shteir

If your reading habits have gotten lax over the summer, then venture to your local library and check out our new arrivals! If you’re still in summer mode and not quite ready to start a new book, then browse our music or film collections. Or check out our free programs – new fall program guides just arrived today!

Apparently, Idiots Abound

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Check out some of these new titles! Who knew that idiots were involved in so many different hobbies and lines of work?

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crowdsourcing

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Local

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to HTML 5 and CSS3

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Project Management

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Electronics 101

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Android App Development

Whether you’re a complete idiot or an utter genius, the Calgary Public Library has books, CDs, e-books and programs about everything you’re into!

What, by Mark Kurlansky

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A few days ago, I blogged about some new books that caught my eye. I took one of them home and read it in a single evening. It was Mark Kurlansky’s What: Are These the Twenty Most Important Questions in Human History – Or Is This a Game of Twenty Questions? I must admit that by its final chapter, I was starved for an answer rather than another question, but thankfully, I got one.

This book is a novel concept – it’s a book about the big questions, composed entirely of questions. And even though it may sound impossible to achieve, Kurlansky has managed to accomplish this task with elegance. Check out the book if you have an interest in philosophy or history!

I especially love the excerpt from Letters to a Young Poet, which Kurlansky includes after all of his questioning:

You are so young, and have not even started, and I want to beg you, as strongly as I can, dear sir, to be patient with all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked little rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

Beautiful, huh?

For books full of questions and people who can help you find the answers, visit your local library!

Picks of the Litter(ati), August 8

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I love, love, love new books! If my fingertips could, they would salivate like Pavlov’s dog! Here are the titles calling out to me this week:

What, by Mark Kurlansky

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance, by Jim Al-Khalili

The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life, by Kenneth Minogue

Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the New World without Becoming a Bore, by Peter L. Berger

Exploring the e-library

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Whenever I participate in community outreach on behalf of the Calgary Public Library, the one comment I am bound to hear more often than any other is: “I didn’t know you guys had that!”

I wish that more Calgarians knew about the tremendous resources at their fingertips. So, I’m encouraging you to take a tour of our newly designed website. Check out some of these resources:

  • daily newspapers from Calgary and around the world
  • hundreds of digitized magazines and magazine articles
  • business directories
  • encyclopedias
  • language learning software
  • free e-books
  • academic and peer reviewed articles
  • reliable information about health and wellness

What I’ve listed here is just a small sample of all that’s available to you! If you’re not sure how to get started, then strike up a conversation with us, using our online chat feature. Happy browsing!

Mortgage Freedom

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Do you know when you’ll be free of mortgage payments? For me, it’ll be in about 13.9 years - but, who’s counting?

I’m working hard and saving money, because I know that the more I save while I’m young, the more years I’ll be able to collect compound interest. And, if I pay more than the minimum mortgage payment – even just a bit more – I can substantially reduce the number of years I’ll have to pay. Just a few adjustments can make a huge difference to your financial future.

If you’d like to ensure that your mortgage is working for you, instead of vice versa, then check out Mortgage Freedom: Retire House Rich and Cash Rich, by Sandy Aitken. A lot of popular titles are written for American audiences, but this new book is written especially for Canadians. Learn how to use the equity in your home to invest in products that earn you more money.

Whether it’s “Freedom 55”, “Freedom 65” or even “Freedom 35” (hey, it’s free to dream, right?), the Calgary Public Library has resources to help you accomplish your financial goals. Check out your local branch, today!

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