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Thank you Conoco Phillips Team

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Read Letter Day

Thank you to Conoco Phillips employees who volunteered for our Read Letter Day program,

hosted by Memorial Park Library, on February 14th, 2012!

Read Letter Day is an adult group volunteering opportunity where a social or employee group volunteer reading stories to children to promote literacy.

To learn more about this program, click here.

A day in the life of a Volunteer

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Volunteers and learners arrive at the Spanish Converastion Club.

Going over some Spanish vocabulary.

Students have mock conversations: results are hilarious!

Playing a learning game with the students

Heading home after a great night!

Our Volunteers are Award-worthy

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Every April Volunteer Calgary celebrates the best in volunteerism in Calgary with their annual Leadership Awards.

The Library is happy to nominate some of our innovative programs and amazing volunteers for their hard work and dedication to changing the lives of Calgarians.

Congratulations to all of our nominees:

  • Maureen Proctor for the Heart of Calgary Award
  • Arlie Ring for the Volunteer in Profile Award
  • Lori and Mika Jarratt for the Volunteer Animal Award
  • Denise Justino, representing the Living Library program, for the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category
  • Karen Lam for the Leaders of Tomorrow Award (Not pictured)

Best of luck to all the nominees and thank you for volunteering at the Library!

Literacy Tutoring

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Peter began volunteering with the Learning Advantage program in 2010. A lifelong volunteer, Peter’s one on one match with Shakila marked his first foray into literacy tutoring: “I have been fortunate in life and it seems that as far back as I can remember I have been a volunteer. It just seems right to give back. I'm getting on and found that some of my volunteer activities were getting a little too strenuous for me, heard about the Reading Advantage program and thought it might be something I could get involved with. It keeps me mentally active.”

The relationship and rapport that have developed between Peter and his learner is truly remarkable. Shakila appreciates his patience, understanding, kindness and encouragement. He marvels at her enthusiasm and commitment to learning. “I feel I get as much or more from the program than my student. Learning about another culture and helping my student to learn about ours. It definitely is a two-way street.”

Thanks Peter!

Be a Reading Buddy

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Bring stories to life for students in Grades 1 to 3!

Photo by: Ted Rhodes, for Calgary Herald Neighbours

Are you a teen who wants to volunteer at the Library?

Reading Buddies encourage children to read, offer a supportive environment to develop strong literacy skills, and most importantly, make reading fun!

We are currently looking for Reading Buddies at the following locations and times:

Alexander Calhoun Library

Thursdays January 26th, to March 22nd; 4:00 to 5:15 pm

Glenmore Square Library

Tuesdays January 24th, to March 20th; 6:15 to 7:30 pm

Memorial Park Library

Tuesdays January 24th, to March 20th; 4:00 to 5:15 pm

Shagnappi Library

Tuesdays January 24th, to March 20th; 4:30 to 5:45 pm

If you are interested in signing up for this program, please contact Tammy at 403-221-2062, or Kim at 403-260-2709 today!

I volunteer because...

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I would like to volunteer because...

“I believe that volunteering for the wonderful Calgary Public Library would serve me and others as well for many reasons. The skills I have acquired over the years, for example my leadership skills from a teen leadership breakthrough course I took, will have use for these perfect volunteer opportunities! I believe that if I serve people by doing them good, they would spread this on to others as well. Also by volunteering, I am hoping to meet new wonderful faces and gain a friendly relationship with them over time, as well as become a part of the Calgary Public Library team!”

Jim Chen, Computer Buddies Youth Volunteer with the Calgary Public Library

To lear more about our Computer Buddies programs click here!

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