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Throw Mama ON the Train!

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A recent article in the Calgary Herald noted that many Calgary seniors are concerned about public transportation. They’re not the only ones! Plenty of Calgarians, young and old, want to see more frequent bus service, improved safety, and so on.

Sure, Calgary’s public transportation system isn’t perfect. We don’t have LRT service to our airport, and lengthening our existing LRT lines is a time-consuming, expensive and sometimes controversial undertaking.

But, while the city makes long-range plans, we can at least use what we’ve got.

First, tell the seniors in your life about our free programs. We’ve got a variety of programs for all ages, as well as programs specifically for seniors. Visit our Seniors Resource Fair, join a book club, or meet other seniors for coffee and conversation. Learn how to plan for retirement or play with a Wii! Register online, by calling 260-2600, or by visiting the branch of your choice. Then, throw mama on the C-train!

Our Shawnessy branch is at the end of the Somerset line. It’s only a 5 minute walk from the Somerset station.

Our Louise Riley branch is just across the street from the Lion’s Park station.

Our Central library is only minutes from both Olympic Plaza and City Hall stations.

Visit our website for a complete list of our branches and the bus routes that serve them.

For program information, click here.

Plane Talk

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If I had to have a job that was totally different from the one I currently have, I would be a carpenter. I love the smell of wood, and I think I would really enjoy designing my own creations, and seeing them through to completion. Carpentry seems like a contemplative job, too.

If you’re interested in woodworking, then visit the Fish Creek Library on September 11th for “plane talk”. Connect with other wood workers and learn about various products and techniques. Register online, in the branch of your choice, or by calling 260-2600.

Also, browse our catalogue for carpentry and woodworking. We have a ton of books, magazines and DVDs to get you inspired!

Start your saws!

Sound Off!

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“Artists shouldn’t receive any money from the government – especially if what they produce is offensive”.

“If museums are serious about being places for culture to thrive and grow, then they shouldn’t charge for admission”.

“When I look at modern art, I can’t help but think that my kids could produce something just as good”.

“Where is Calgary’s art scene?!”

Do you have something to say about the arts? Get off of your soapbox and onto ours!

That’s right! For one night only, the Central Library will be turned into an artist free-for-all! Join Kris Demeanor, David Swann, Will Ferguson and many others for an evening of music, art, and inspiration.

Join us on September 18th, to meet and mingle, rant and rave! We supply the soapbox, you supply your views. Go ahead – get “lathered up” about the arts, and let your voice be heard!

Small Business Fair 2010

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Are you a small business owner? Would you like to participate in our Small Business Fair?

The Calgary Public Library is excited to host our annual Small Business Fair at the Central Library on Thursday October 21st. Small Business owners are invited to contact Business Librarian Kristen Holm, for information about how to participate.

We are proud to showcase a variety of local small businesses in addition to agencies and companies that offer business owners mentorship and support.

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Visit the Central Library and check out our business resources! We’ve got everything from sample business plans, to information about how to register and incorporate your business. We can generate lists of competitors and help you with basic market research. We’ve even got a fee-for-service research department!

All you need is a good idea, a library card, and a whole lot of hard work!

See you at the Small Business Fair!

Baking for Special Diets

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There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread. Except, of course, eating the bread! But for hundreds of thousands of Canadians, noshing on the nearest loaf isn’t always an option. Gluten intolerance requires many people to give up bread, baked goods, pasta, and a host of other (why-even-get-out-of-bed-if-I-can’t-have-them?) foods.

If you’re someone who has to avoid gluten, then take heart - we’ve got a special treat for you! In fact, this program is for diabetics and vegetarians, too! Come one, come all!

On September 25th, from 11 - 12 PM, join Brian Hinton of Lakeview Bakery, as he shares tips and tricks to help you bake for celiacs, diabetics, and vegetarians.

Discover a new "flour power" and a whole lot more at our Food is Life Weekend!

Register for programs online, by calling (403)260-2600, or by visiting your nearest branch.

Ten Habits of Successful Writers

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Shortly after I volunteered to write the Slice of Calgary blog, I had a momentary flash of self-doubt. What if I run out of ideas? Well, one year and over 190 posts later, I’m happy to say that I never (well…hardly ever) suffer writer’s block - how could I, when there’s always something happening in the library?

But writing my personal blog is different. I don’t have as many fresh ideas as I thought I might. Or if I do, I don’t like the way they sound, once I've made a first draft. Sometimes I’m not a very dedicated writer – and the proof is in the pathetic prose.

That’s why I’ll be attending Ten Habits of Successful Writers, with CPL’s new Writer in Residence, Gail Bowen.

All are welcome to join Gail on Monday November 1, as she gives tips and advice for successful writing strategies.

Register online, in the branch nearest you, or by calling (403)260-2600.

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