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    The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

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    “The narrator, to be honest, has often found it difficult finding his own way around, but feels a competent reader need not become lost in the detail and should enjoy the story just the same.”

    -from an afterword titled ‘Useless Learned Explanations’

    As a semiotician, philosopher, essayist, literary critic and former Harvard professor, we can be sure that Umberto Eco is a smart, well-read man. If he creates a narrator who has difficulty navigating his own creation, what chance do we readers possibly have at it?

    None.

    If you need to know exactly what’s going on in a story as you read it, do not go anywhere near this book. But if, as the narrator suggests, you are a ‘competent reader’ who doesn’t get ‘lost in the detail’ you are likely to enjoy The Prague Cemetery immensely. The narrative takes place all over the second half of the nineteenth century, featuring spies, counter-spies, secret service agents, literary giants, and Simonini, our dual-personality protagonist who has the world in his palm thanks to unusual talents as a forger of documents. There is no natural space in this plot for anything resembling ‘clarity’.

    Most novels can’t pull this off, but for the author of such historical masterpieces as The Name of the Rose and The Island of the Day Before, readers know they are in good hands and Eco proves it by pushing the novel forward at a dizzying, schizophrenic pace. It helps that every 4 - 5 pages the author’s own ink-drawn illustrations are added to animate the endless barrage of characters. And food. It’s hard to get to know any characters in this world, but they are always eating, always hungry, and maybe that’s how Eco made this impossible novel work so well.

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    Summer. Read. Week 9

    Summer. Read. Week 9

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    We’re on the final theme for Summer Read! For the last two weeks of the program we’ll be focusing on “Be” – have you borrowed anything recently that helped you with an issue or made you think of your life in different way? This theme is all about that. If you’re thinking about your spiritual self, thinking about a change in career, want to expand your interests by trying out a new hobby, drop into a branch and find something to quench that thirst for books!


    We also have a lot of fiction that is applicable for the “Be” theme. Classics like “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” newer best-sellers like “Life of Pi” and “the Shack,” and newer fiction like “the Opposite of Art” and “House of Secrets” would all be perfect for “Be” and might give you something to ponder.

    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow, and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page.

    When you comment on our Summer. Read. Facebook posts, telling us what books or DVDs or CDs you’ve been enjoying, you’ll be entered to win great prizes. There are weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and CPL tote bags, as well as ten grand prize Kobo eReaders! You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local library.

    Summer. Read. Week 8

    Summer. Read. Week 8

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    Grow

    Summertime is the time for growth at the Calgary Public Library. Have more success growing a variety of plants with our extensive gardening collection, help your children grow with our hundreds of parenting titles and help your community grow by reading about urban planning.

    Maybe you would like to do the growing with our wonderful self-help books, CDs and DVDs or maybe you'd like to grow your own business with a book on small business creation.

    Pour your heart into it


    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow, and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page.

    When you comment on our Summer. Read. Facebook posts, telling us what books or DVDs or CDs you’ve been enjoying, you’ll be entered to win great prizes. There are weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and CPL tote bags, as well as ten grand prize Kobo eReaders! You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local library.

    Summer. Read. Week 7

    Summer. Read. Week 7

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    Learn

    What have you always wanted to learn? To speak another language? To repair your own car? How about yoga? Or world history? Well, the library can help you learn how to do all these things and more! The problem will be deciding what to do first. Every time I walk through the library, I discover something else I would love to learn about. Check out books, CDs, DVDs and the E-library for all kinds of learning opportunities!


    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow, and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page.

    When you comment on our Summer. Read. Facebook posts, telling us what books or DVDs or CDs you’ve been enjoying, you’ll be entered to win great prizes. There are weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and CPL tote bags, as well as ten grand prize Kobo eReaders! You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local library.

    Summer. Read. Week 6

    Summer. Read. Week 6

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    Knock knock! Who’s there? The Calgary Public Library with books, CDs, and DVDs that will leave you in stitches!

    Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you snort while you laugh.

    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow, and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page.

    When you comment on our Summer. Read. Facebook posts, telling us what books or DVDs or CDs you’ve been enjoying, you’ll be entered to win great prizes. There are weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and CPL tote bags, as well as ten grand prize Kobo eReaders! You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local library.

    Summer. Read. Week 5

    Summer. Read. Week 5

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    Do you have a bucket list like Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman’s characters in the 2007 film The Bucket List?

    With so many things to do and see in Calgary and around the world, I am inspired to add new items to my bucket list every time I visit the library.

         

    And there are lots of books, audiobooks, and DVDs on healthy living for me borrow, so that I can accomplish all my goals before I kick the bucket.

     

         

    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow, and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page.

    When you comment on our Summer.Read. Facebook posts, telling us what books or DVDs or CDs you’ve been enjoying, you’ll be entered to win great prizes. There are weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and CPL tote bags, as well as ten grand prize Kobo eReaders! You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local library.

    Summer. Read. Week 4

    Summer. Read. Week 4

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    Create banner

    Summer is here and the time is right for… being creative! The library has books, CDs, and DVDs to help you start all your creative endeavors. In addition, Freading, our newest eBook service, has lots of great cooking, crafts & hobbies, and gardening titles! Why not challenge yourself to take better photos, make delicious preserves, or create music with your iPad this week?

    Or take a moment to appreciate the creativity of authors like David Weber, who dramatically creates the world of Safehold in his series of the same name, or Michael Crichton, who crafted compelling plotlines in which regular people struggled against unfavorable odds.

    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow, and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page. When you comment on our Summer.Read. Facebook event page, telling us what books or DVDs or CDs you’ve been enjoying, you’ll be entered to win great prizes. There are weekly prizes of leather-bound journals and CPL tote bags, as well as ten grand prize Kobo eReaders! You can also enter by filling out a paper ballot at your local library.

    Summer. Read. Week Three!

    Summer. Read. Week Three!

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    Imagine


    Let your imagination run wild at the Calgary Public Library with an abundance of titles to help you kick start your brain during the dog days of summer!

    Imagine distant worlds and alien races with our extensive science fiction collection. Look at alternative histories, historical fiction and virtually any fiction title to have yourself dreaming of complex characters living in faraway places. Whether your heart’s pounding to the dystopian future put forth by Suzanne Collins in The Hunger Games or you’re imagining a boy stuck on a lifeboat with a ferocious tiger in The Life of Pi, using your imagination while you read is great exercise for staying mentally sharp. Why let Peter Jackson tell you what the shire looks like in The Lord of the Rings when you can imagine it all on your own?

    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page. When you comment on our Summer.Read. Facebook posts, and tell us what books or DVDs or CDs (etc!) you’ve been enjoying, you’ll also be entered to win great prizes. (CPL tote bags and Kobo Readers!) You can also enter by picking up a paper ballot at your local library.

    The Hunger Games

    Life of Pi

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    The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    The Hunger Games

    by Suzanne Collins

    Life of Pi

    by Yann Martel

    SS-GB

    by Len Deighton

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    by Michael Chabon

    Summer. Read. Week Two!

    Summer. Read. Week Two!

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    Play

    Most adults think of play as something only children do, but it’s important to recognize that we all play in some way or another!

    What does play mean to you? Whether it’s throwing a frisbee to your dog, kayaking down the Bow or playing chess at the Central library downtown, playing is an important part of everyone’s life and it can provide much needed physical and mental exercise. Isn’t exercise more fun when you’re playing? The Calgary Public library has as many books about play as there are games to play, so come on in or peruse our website for a variety of options.

    Get your hands dirty and play in one of our new Encana sponsored community gardens at the Southwood and Forest Lawn libraries. If gardening is your thing, the library has hundreds of books and resources to help you plant and maintain a healthy looking garden all summer.

    Others like to play in the kitchen. Take a look at the thousands of cookbooks to suit all levels from novice to master chef.

    To some, the world is their playground, take a look at our travel collection for guidebooks and travel stories for your next “playcation”.

    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page. When you comment on our Summer.Read. Facebook posts, and tell us what books or DVDs or CDs (etc!) you’ve been enjoying, you’ll also be entered to win great prizes. (CPL tote bags and Kobo Readers!) You can also enter by picking up a paper ballot at your local library.

    Basketball

    Zen Gardening

    Discover India

    Leiths Simple Cookery

    Basketball: Steps to Success

    by Hal Wissel

    Zen Gardening

    by Sunniva Harte

    Lonely Planet's: Discover India

    Leiths Simple Cookery

    by Viv Pidgeon & Jenny Stringer

    Summer. Read. 2012...Week 1!

    Summer. Read. 2012...Week 1!

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    This week's theme is: Explore

    ... and there’s no better place to do that than at your library in the summer! Come and check out our resources on exploring Calgary! Or maybe you’re more interested in exploring further afield and we can hook you up with a guidebook to Tuscany or even Mars!

    We like a challenge, so we’re willing to bet that no matter what your area of exploration, we’ll be able to find you something at the Library. Because not only do we have great physical collections, but you can also check our E-Library for e-books and read today’s newspapers from around the world. Or explore a world of music by borrowing a CD from our rich music collection…Explore and enjoy!

    So join the Calgary Public Library for a 9-week summer reading adventure. Each week we're diving into a new theme: explore, play, imagine, create, live, laugh, learn, grow and… be. Together we’ll discover new books that will keep you reading all summer. We’ll post information about the weekly theme every Wednesday here and on our Readers’ Nook blog and on our Facebook page. When you comment on our Summer.Read. Facebook posts, and tell us what books or DVDs or CDs (etc!) you’ve been enjoying, you’ll also be entered to win great prizes!

    Grazing : a healthier approach to snacks and finger foods / Julie Van Rosendaal.

    Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    Insight Guides: Tuscany

    Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

     

     

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