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Meet a Library Mascot Volunteer

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Before... ...And After, with Mayor Nenshi!

Ever wonder who is hiding underneath our Mascot, Curious the Chameleon?


Since Curious’ arrival, we’ve had a team of volunteers bring our mascot to Library and Community events all across the city. So it hasn’t just been one person, it’s been many wonderful volunteers willing to don the sometimes heavy and warm costume.

Chief among our volunteer team for Curious is Sherina. Sherina has been working with Curious since the very beginning, in fact she was the first volunteer to dress up as Curious at it’s debut during Saddletowne Library’s opening day in January 2012!

Staff and customers are always commenting about how much energy, fun, and enthusiasm she has for the character. She makes Curious come alive for Calgary's children and has made many a storytime and public event more lively through her charcterization.

“She was flexible, went with the flow, kept up high energy the whole time – playing with kids, getting the crowd excited, etc. She had a smile on her face the whole time and she really pulled the group together!”

Thank you, Sherina, for all that you put into your volunteer work!

If you are interested in volunteering as the Library’s Mascot or Mascot "Handler", click here for more information. Our Mascot Handlers support our Mascot, assisting them to meet and greet the public, looking after physical and safety needs and escorting them at all times.

Thank you to Library Volunteers

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Congratulations to Calgary Public Library for winning the CCVO’s Innovation Awards

To learn more, please read this article by Charity Village about the awards.

Thank you to all the library volunteers who helped be part of our ‘Welcome to the Library DVD’!

Library volunteer awarded Council of the Federation Award

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Congratulations Lisa O’Blenis!

Lisa has been selected to receive the Council of the Federation Award for her work as a Literacy volunteer in the Learning Advantage program at the Calgary Public Library.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practices, and excellence in literacy and is awarded to one person in each province. We are so pleased that Lisa is representing the Calgary Public Library and Alberta!

Learning Advantage pairs volunteers with adult literacy learners to assist them in achieving their goals in reading, writing, and numeracy.

If you are interested in our Learning Advantage program, click here.

Also, September 8th is International Literacy Day! What better way to celebrate your skills than to donate your time to help others in their reading, writing, and numeracy!

Bonding Over Books

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Patient, kind, warm, calm. These are examples of words that have been used to describe Safina Sachedina, a volunteer with the Calgary Public Library’s ‘TD Read With Me’ program since 2009. Safina’s been working and reading with her young buddy, Shenise, for an hour a week at a library branch since October 2009. Shenise will graduate from the program later in Summer 2012, as she’s completed Gr. 6, and she credits Safina with helping her a lot over the almost three years they’ve worked together:

‘It’s been really, really good working with Safina. I feel really confident in my reading now. She’s really, really nice and doesn’t get frustrated if I don’t understand. I feel comfortable with Safina and she really understands when I have rough days…I don’t have to read then, we can play games instead. We’ve become friends.’

Michelle, Shenise’s mom, elaborates on the help that Safina has provided to her daughter through the program:

‘It’s been wonderful. We couldn’t have asked for a better fit than we got with Safina. She’s the most patient person I’ve ever met. She’s been able to break-down the barriers that Shenise puts up on bad days. They’re very in-tune with each other and have developed a real friendship. Safina has not only helped to develop Shenise’s reading skills but has also helped to raise her self-esteem and has been more like a mentor to her.’

According to Safina, the feeling goes both ways. ‘It’s been really good, working with Shenise and her family. I’ve really gotten to know her well and she’s a good girl and so fun. We’ve bonded really well and I’ve seen her grow a lot in confidence in general across the years. I see her going far in life. She’ll have to work hard (don’t we all! J) but she’ll get there!’

Thank you, Safina, for all your dedication to the program over the past 3 years! And best of luck to you, Shenise, in junior high in the fall!

The Library Celebrates Two Teen Volunteers

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We would like to congratulate two of our library volunteers, Sarena Dharshi and Alisha Ebrahim!

Sarena was the recipient of the City of Calgary’s prestigious 2012 Calgary Awards in the youth category. Volunteer Resources nominated Sarena for her outstanding commitment to the community and her contributions to the Calgary Public Library’s youth volunteer programs. Sarena is a long-time library volunteer, having been with us since 2008, and has volunteered for five different programs as well as serving as co-chair to our Youth Advisory Council. To see all of the City of Calgary’s Calgary Awards recipients click here.

Alisha entered the Imperial Oil Foundation Famous 5 Middle School Contest and was one of five lucky recipients of an Apple Macbook laptop! Alisha has only been a Calgary Public Library volunteer for 7 months but has already contributed a great deal to our programs and we are very grateful to have her as part of our team of youth volunteers! To learn more about the Famous 5 Foundation’s youth awards program click here.

Congratulations Sarena and Alisha!

Sarena Dharshi and Azmin Poonja

Sarena Dharshi, Calgary Awards winner, and Azmin Poonja, Manager of Volunteer Resources at the Library.

Sushila

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The Spanish Conversation Club is a free class offered to members of the public who wish to increase their oral language skills and gain confidence in speaking. It is facilitated by volunteers who guide participants in their Spanish conversations, answer questions, and ensure the group runs smoothly and has fun!

Sushila is one of our cherished volunteers with the Spanish Conversation Club at the Memorial Park Library, where she has been volunteering for the last year and a half.

Originally from Venezuela, Sushila is pursuing a career in the field of child care but enjoys teaching Spanish for fun on the side. All of the volunteers who work with Sushila say how friendly and organized she is. She is great at communicating with all the staff and volunteers, and has been affectionately called ‘the boss’ by a fellow volunteer. The participants of the club thoroughly enjoy having Sushila as a teacher, comments such as this one are commonplace for Sushila; “I really enjoyed the friendliness of the instructors and their sense of humour. They made us feel very at ease thereby making it easy to speak."

Sushila says that volunteering has positively impacted her life: “The staff at the library are so friendly. When I first came here I didn’t know any Canadians, but I have met many new people through the Spanish Conversation Club.”

Thank you Sushila for all of your dedication teaching Spanish to your fellow Calgarians!

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