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Helping people reach their employment goals

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Lidia is a Career Coach at the Calgary Public Library and was awarded the Career Coaching Volunteer award in April of 2011. Here is what she has to say about volunteering at the Library:

“I started volunteering for the Career Coaching program at the Central Public Library just a little over 3 years ago – September 2008. I had been looking for work as an employment counsellor and decided to get experience in the field by volunteering. Shortly after, I was hired by the Centre for Newcomers as a career practitioner but I liked my experience with the Library so much that I continued to volunteer there.

I believe volunteering has been and will continue to be a core value in my life. Volunteering gives me great satisfaction and energy and a sense of worthiness , I feel I am getting so much more than I give.

I have volunteered for several events and organizations but none was I as passionate for as I am about my present role of Career Coach for the Central Library. Besides the personal satisfaction I get from helping customers, the best part for me is meeting people from all walks of life and having the privilege of hearing their stories and encouraging them to continue on their journey to reach their employment goals. If I can inspire an ounce of hope in them, then I will have accomplished much.”

Thank you Lidia!

Volunteering with English Learners

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Ida has been volunteering with the ESL Conversation Club at the Library since Fall of 2008. Her background in adult education and ESL learners makes this opportunity perfect for her to use her skills.

This is what she has to say about volunteering with ESL learners in Calgary: “I enjoy the mixture of cultures and life experiences; learning the nuances of different languages; learning firsthand about various countries; “seeing” the world from their eyes to understand different perspectives and expand my world view; and being the teacher and student at the same time.”

Thank you Ida, for volunteering your time and efforts to help people practice English!

Do you live in the North East?

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Saddletowne Library

Do you live in Castleridge, Falconridge, Saddle Ridge, Martindale, Taradale, Coral Springs, Temple, Whitehorn or Monteray Park?

If so, we are looking for YOU to come volunteer at the brand new Saddletowne Library, opening soon!

Saddletowne Library is located at 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE. Once the library is open there will be a variety of volunteer positions to be filled. Feel free to fill out a volunteer application today on our website, or pick one up at any branch; be sure to list 'Saddletowne' as your Library location of choice.

Reading Advantage

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In the fall of 2010 the Reading Advantage program, one of the Calgary Public Library’s core literacy programs, celebrated ten years of helping adult literacy learners improve their reading and writing.

Using a student centered learning approach, Reading Advantage volunteers work one on one with adult learners to achieve an assortment of goals pertaining to reading and writing – getting a driver’s license, pursuing post-secondary education, improving employability and reading to a child. In addition to the measurable improvements to a Reading Advantage learner’s reading and writing abilities, the relationship and rapport that develops between volunteers and learners is truly immeasurable.

With the help of a Library volunteer, Maryon, has been working on improving her writing skills and is taking a writing class. For her class she has written an essay titled “A Public Library Card” where she talks about the Reading Advantage program at the library, and what it can do for adults looking to improve their reading and writing skills:

If you are interested in helping a learner like Maryon improve his or her literacy skills or know of an adult literacy learner who could benefit from the program, please contact the Reading Advantage program by telephone 403-260-2729 or email readingadvantage@calgarypubliclibrary.com.

To learn more about this program click here.

Reading Buddies

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Photo by: Ted Rhodes, for Calgary Herald Neighbours

Click here to read the Calgary Herald's article featuring our Reading Buddies program.

Dates for our fall programs are listed below and registration for the little buddy participants begins August 30th, 2011.

Alexander Calhoun

Bowness

Central

Country Hills

Crowfoot

Fish Creek

Forest Lawn

Glenmore Square

Nose Hill

Shaganappi

Shawnessy

Signal Hill

Southwood

Thorn-Hill

Village Square

Village Square

Thursdays, Oct 20 to Dec 8

Mondays, Oct 17 to Dec 5 (no class Oct 10)

Saturdays, Oct 22 to Dec 10

Wednesdays, Oct 19 to Dec 7

Thursdays, Oct 20 to Dec 8

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Mondays, Oct 17 to Dec 5 (no class Oct 10)

Wednesdays, Oct 19 to Dec 7

Thursdays, Oct 20 to Dec 8

Saturdays, Oct 22 to Dec 10

Sundays, Oct 16 to Dec 4

Sundays, Oct 16 to Dec 4

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering as a big buddy for Reading Buddies, fill out our volunteer application form.

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

Living Library in the News

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Photo by Jessica Patterson

Photo by Jessica Patterson

Check out this Open File news article about our Living Library program!

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.

To search for upcoming living libraries, click here.

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