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    Summer. Read. Week 7 — Learn

    Summer. Read. Week 7 — Learn

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    “If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.” ~Mark Twain

    Whatever or however you go about it, there are many less painful ways to learn through the Library.  From the Adirondacks to zebras, medicine to music, languages to life skills, it is easy to learn something new every day. 

    Even better, there are so many different ways you can learn with the Library.  Listen to an audio-book or an e-audio  book.  Read a book or e-book. Watch a movie (Blu-Ray or DVD).  Do a course online.  Here are some suggestions to get you started.

    Audio-Books

    With Family Financial Freedom: How to Balance Your Budget and Drive Away Debt by Brian Tracy, learn how to set and achieve million-dollar goals.  (Also available in Talking Book MP3 format for persons with special needs and as a Windows Media file on Overdrive.).

    Books

    From Adirondack chairs, patio bars and picnic tables to Victorian trellises and planters, the experts at American Woodworker provide complete plans and instructions for building great-looking pieces that will beautify your outdoor space in

    E-Books

    Combining fresh and pithy life lessons, often with just a sentence or two and deceptively simple diagrams and graphs, How to be Interesting (In 10 Easy steps) by Jessica Hagy is an inspiring guide that shows you how to lead a richer life.  Electronic Resource – available through Overdrive. Overdrive items can be accessed through the Library catalogue or through the E-Library link on the Library web site (select the Reading and eBooks category).

    Movies

    Learn valuable lessons about conquering fear in pursuit of your dreams in Chasing Mavericks, starring Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, and Elisabeth Shue.

    Online Courses

    Learn4Life, one of our newest databases, has an awesome collection of interactive courses that you can do from home.  You can learn how to write that novel and then how to publish it.  You can also take courses on MS-Office software, various photo editing software, web technology, and much, much more. 

     

    About Summer. Read.

    Discover new books that will keep you reading all summer in our Summer. Read. contest for adults!

    To enter:

    1. Check the weekly theme every Wednesday, either at your local branch or right here online

    2. Borrow a new (to you!) book, DVD or CD from the Library that fits that theme.

    3. Fill in the online ballot to tell us what you're reading (or watching, or listening to) and enter to win one of five 32 GB Google Nexus 7 Tablets, and weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and Calgary Public Library tote bags. You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local branch. Good luck!

    Read, Laugh and WIN

    Read, Laugh and WIN

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    “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die."
    ~Mel Brooks

    Ask 10 people what makes them laugh and you will probably get 10 different answers. But whether your taste in comedy runs to Mel Brooks or Monty Python movies, Dilbert or Garfield cartoons, or classic recordings by Bill Cosby or Bob Newhart, you will find a wealth of humourous material at the Calgary Public Library. From DVDs to Book CDs, cartoon collections to funny fiction and memoirs, we have a wide variety of items to tickle your funny bone.

          

     

    “Question: How do you get 200 drunken Canadians out of a swimming pool?
    Answer: You say, ‘Excuse me, could you please get out of the pool?’”
    ~Will Ferguson

    Even when we’re laughing at ourselves, Canadians love a good joke (or a bad one!) Check out the wit and wisdom of Canadian humourists next time you are at the library.

        

    About Summer. Read.

    Discover new books that will keep you reading all summer in our Summer. Read. contest for adults!

    To enter:

    1. Check the weekly theme every Wednesday, either at your local branch or right here online

    2. Borrow a new (to you!) book, DVD or CD from the Library that fits that theme.

    3. Fill in the online ballot to tell us what you're reading (or watching, or listening to) and enter to win one of five 32 GB Google Nexus 7 Tablets, and weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and Calgary Public Library tote bags. You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local branch. Good luck!

    Summer. Read. Week 5 — Live

    Summer. Read. Week 5 — Live

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    “My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning

    and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.” ~Cary Grant

    Cary Grant had an interesting philosophy on living. Here are three books by people who created their own formula for living and which provide some ideas for good living.

    For a summer read full of spiritual guidance and meaning try: Fear: Essential Wisdom For Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh. Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet and scholar who has published a number of books on peaceful living. 

    This book extolls the practice of living in the present to embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and thereby render them powerless. His book is short but powerfully written, in beautifully clear prose.

    The word ‘Live’ has different connotations for blogger Hugh MacLeod. In his third book Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear, he argues that real  happiness isn’t power or money: it is freedom to pursue your passion in life. MacLeod was a struggling cartoonist waiting for a big break to become syndicated in newspapers.

    He stopped waiting and started acting by establishing his own blog to showcase his cartoons. It was a huge success, and his dream was fulfilled. His book is funny and light but with the ever-present message that thinking outside the box in your pursuit of a dream can have some hilarious and satisfying consequences.

    To live well sometimes is more of a challenge for some people than others. Answering life’s challenges with laughter is the path Sara Benincasa takes in Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom.  Podcast host and award-winning comedian Benincasa recounts her struggles with agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder where the sufferer perceives the environment as being difficult to escape or get help.

    Her first response to her disorder was to freak out and hide—her bed became her refuge, and she was too afraid to even go to her own bathroom. She charts her path to acceptance and happiness with therapy, homemade smoothies, shopping for vintage clothes, and the timely intervention of friends and family.

    This book never falls into whiney mush but keeps the tone light and fun, resulting in a positive and uplifting read.         

                                                                     

    Discover new books that will keep you reading all summer in our Summer. Read. contest for adults!

    To enter:

    1. Check the weekly theme every Wednesday, either at your local branch or right here online

    2. Borrow a new (to you!) book, DVD or CD from the Library that fits that theme.

    3. Fill in the online ballot to tell us what you're reading (or watching, or listening to) and enter to win one of five 32 GB Google Nexus 7 Tablets, and weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and Calgary Public Library tote bags. You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local branch. Good luck!

    Summer. Read. Week 4 — Create

    Summer. Read. Week 4 — Create

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    Our Summer. Read. contest is finally here!

    With the Central Library closed and our website down due to the recent flood, the online portion of Summer. Read. is a few weeks behind schedule. We're now back up and running with a few changes: the online contest will now be seven weeks long instead of 10 and we have more weekly prizes to give away in a shorter time period! So without further delay...


    It's easy to be inspired in the summer!

    With new books, DVDs, and magazines coming into the library all the time, you can always find new ways to be creative.  How can you be creative this week?  How about starting that novel you’ve wanted to write?  Could you learn to play an instrument or get involved in a new hobby? 

    Visit any of our 17 branches and discover all the new and exciting ways to express your creativity!  Then fill in an online ballot (or a paper version at your branch) to tell us which books, CDs, or DVDs are stoking your creative fire and you will be entered to win a 32 GB Google Nexus 7 tablet and great weekly prizes.

    About Summer. Read.

    Discover new books that will keep you reading all summer in our Summer. Read. contest for adults!

    Summer. Read. is a summer-long reading adventure! Every week we'll feature a new theme in our Readers’ Nook blog to inspire you to borrow a new book, DVD or CD from the Library. Fill out an online ballot to tell us what you're reading (or watching, or listening to) and enter to win one of five 32 GB Google Nexus 7 Tablets, and weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and Calgary Public Library tote bags. You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local branch. Good luck!