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Travel Day 2014

by Pat - 0 Comment(s)

I am really looking forward to our Travel Day this year. We have a wonderful day of programs lined up.

The Face of Adventure 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Does it surprise you that the average age of adventure Travellers is 59: discover why adventure travel isn't just for 18 - 35 year olds. Presented by the Adventure Centre.

Do You Love to Learn? 11:00 a.m. - noon

Join Lois Kokoski, Director of the University of Calgary's Travel Study program, as she and others share this wonderful way to experience the world.

Volunteer Abroad 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Travel with purpose, leave a positive impact on the world and immerse yourself in the local culture through Me to We. Presented by Travel CUTS.

Icefield Skiing with Ben Gadd 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join Ben Gadd, Rockies naturalist, author and mountaineer, as he takes you on a skiing tour of the Wapta Icefield.

Top Adventure Destinations 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Having difficulty picking your next adventure travel trip? Join The Adventure Travel Company to discover the top five adventure travel destinations as chosen by their passengers.

Our day kicks off at 10:00 a.m. in the John Dutton Theatre on the 2nd Floor of the Central Library.

You can register in person online, in person at any of our branches, by phone at 403-260-2620.

More National Geographic Online!

by AnneMarie - 0 Comment(s)
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Find even more National Geographic in our E-Library! The National Geographic Virtual Library features all the issues of the National Geographic Magazine Archive, from 1888 to1994, the current issues of National Geographic Magazine from 1995 to the present, issues of National Geographic Traveller magazine from 2010 to the present and full-text books to read online and available 24/7 with your library card. More downloadable images and full-colour maps have also been added. Travel and explore the culture and geography of the world without ever leaving your armchair, with streaming book titles like the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada or The Golden King: The World of Tutankhamun or Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Most Spectacular Trips.

An added bonus in the Kids section of the Calgary Public Library E-Library is the e-resource called NGKids with its own magazines, e-books and images, all aimed at kids. So, there is even more to explore with National Geographic!

Mango Languages

by Dieu - 0 Comment(s)

I have been enamoured with French culture ever since my first trip to Paris two autumns ago. During that trip, I spent most of my time wandering through the many wide tree-lined avenues and gardens of Paris. This May, I returned to Paris hoping to re-visit my favourite spots and to explore things that I had missed two years ago.

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Before leaving for Paris I had the goal of brushing up on my basic French, but sadly, due to procrastination it never happened. If like me, you find it difficult to labour over a textbook to study a foreign language, and want a quick way to learn important phrases, then the Calgary Public Library can help you towards that goal. The Library’s website in our E-Library offers a resource called Mango Languages that teaches you a foreign language at the beginner level. It can be found in both the World Languages and Travel & Geography sections of the E-Library. Learners can choose from 49 languages including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, French, Portuguese, and even Pirate!

Some neat features of Mango Languages:

  • You can choose from either the Basic course where you learn simple skills for common, everyday situations in a few hours, or the more in-depth Complete 2.0 course for those wanting to learn more language and grammar skills.
  • Includes a translation tool to translate conversations from one language to another.
  • Focuses on teaching useful phrases for everyday, real-life use. This is especially helpful for those wanting to learn survival phrases to use while traveling abroad.
  • Each lesson includes cultural notes to help learners understand the cultural expectations and etiquette of the people they plan on communicating with.

Mango Languages is also accessible as a free mobile app through the E-Library. To get started all you need is a library account and a Mango account (set up through the Library's website).

Parade Day 2011

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

This year is a very special year for the Calgary Stampede. Unless you’ve been living in another galaxy, you already know that the Royal Newlyweds, Will and Kate, are coming to Calgary. Yee Haw!

If you’re downtown for the parade, then check out the Central Library afterwards (we open at 1 PM on parade day). Make a stop at our Local History department and check out resources about the Stampedes of days gone by. Pick up some DVDs to watch later on, or some new music for your summer road trip. Grab a novel to read on the beach, or a cowboy themed story for your little ones.

There is a world of information here at Central, so come on down and check it out!

I wonder if there’s a chance I’ll catch his Highness in the stacks…

We've got guidebooks

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

If you’re planning to do any hiking, cycling, camping or exploring this summer, make a trip to your local library branch first. We’ve got a huge range of local maps and guidebooks!

Whether exploring some place new, or re-discovering familiar territory, enjoy your experience more by knowing about the location, its history, and its wildlife. From trails to trees, from brooks to beaks; it’s all here!

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Need a bit of guidance in finding the right materials? Call or visit the 4th floor of the Central Library – where our travel and guidebook experts are!

Also, check out our travel programs. Registration is free!