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A 'Living Library' Book Talks

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Living Library gives readers an opportunity to borrow a person or “living book”. Volunteers, who are the living books, share stories about their personal experiences of diversity in a safe and welcoming environment.

Here is one of our book's perspective on why they volunteer at the Library:

I like volunteering simply because it's in the family. I was raised in Winnipeg where my parents set a strong example. They never talked about it; they just did it. In the various places I've lived outside of Canada volunteering has helped me to meet people in need as well as those who help . I learned from each and every one of them.

My favorite part of volunteering in Calgary is meeting so many "new" Canadians; I can sympathize with many of them and the challenges of their new way of life and language. I think the library is an ideal place for them to learn, seek and receive help.

Volunteer as our Mascot Curious

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Curious the Chameleon with his pal, Mayor Nenshi

Have you ever wanted to be a giant chameleon?


We are looking for volunteers to go into costume and become our loveable mascot, Curious the Chameleon.

If dressing up isn't your cup of tea, volunteers are also needed to help the mascot as they walk around, and answer questions about the mascot. No costume necessary!

Volunteers who are flexible and able to travel to multiple Library locations are preferred, as Curious makes public appearances at a variety of special events all around the city! Training is provided and it's a great chance to dress up and make people smile.

To learn more about Curious, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christine Pinkney at 403-260-2632.

Thank you Library Volunteers!

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Birthday cupcakes donated by Crave Cupcakes

Thank you to all the Library volunteers and staff who made our 100th anniversary's Volunteer Recognition Event such a special event!

Food, musicians, and speakers were enjoyed by our 600 volunteers and guests who attended.

To learn a bit more about our event, see our Storify post and watch our Volunteer Blog for photos and award winners information.

Living Library wins Leader in Volunteer Engagement Award

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Congratulations to our Living Library Volunteer Program for winning the Leader in Volunteer Engagement Award from Volunteer Calgary!

The award ceremony was held last night, April 17th, and in preparation for the celebration, Volunteer Calgary visited the Library to film a living library in action and interview some of the volunteers and staff about the impact of the program.

The Living Library is indeed a program that we are very proud of.

We would like to thank all of the Living Library book volunteers, and staff who make this program possible!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

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National Volunteer Week pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy.

This year’s 68th annual celebration takes place the week of April 15 to 21.

It is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.

Check out this great video about volunteerism in Canada to celebrate the achivements of volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Library, take a look at our volunteer programs and apply online.

Thank you to all of our Library volunteers, you inspire life stories!


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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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