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    Summer Read Wrap Up

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    We have reached the final week of Summer. Read. 2014. BUT… this is no time to lament the departure of what is, for Albertans, an all-too unfamiliar friend, or to unpack your seasonal fall yoga pants. This simply means you have got one more week to read like mad and get some more ballots in for the Summer. Read. 2014 grand prize draw!

    Calgary Public Library has three iPad Minis to give away, so if you can’t wait to toss aside that ballot-stuffing paperback and boot up the Angry Birds app for 12 consecutive hours, get those ballots in. Remember that ballots can be submitted at any Calgary Public Library location or online.

    I remind you that reading (print books, eBooks, magazines etc.), viewing (DVDs, Blu-Rays etc.), or listening (audiobooks, eAudiobooks, MP3 books), can all count towards Summer. Read. If you haven’t started participating yet, it isn’t too late to get on board; or, if you already have a War & Peace sized stack of ballots in, this is your opportunity to make that final push.

    Not sure what to read now that the pressure’s on? Here are four great titles with which you could do much worse:

    Enjoyed participating in Summer. Read. this year? Have some great ideas for making it even better? Share your feedback by filling out an evaluation at any Calgary Public Library location or completing our online evaluation at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SummerRead_2014_PatronEvaluation. Your suggestions are vital for helping us to improve this program, so please take a minute to share your thoughts.

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Read to Win

    by Robyn L - 0 Comment(s)

    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde

    It’s hard to believe that anyone in the modern, consumer world would even consider for a second not being him or herself, especially considering the constant barrage of marketing and media that carries the message: “Be yourself!!”

    Unfortunately, this individualist message is usually qualified with: “Be yourself … by buying this!! It will let you really be you!!’” – Who would have guessed that being yourself – the one thing that should really be assured from the moment of birth – could be so expensive and require such ostentation?

    Despite growing up in a world that begets cynicism more easily than it begets strength of character, there is still a place for the more optimistic tenets of existentialism, and it is still important that we remember that the quick road to comfort may be conformity, but the long journey to happiness is paved with curiosity, perseverance, and self-actualization.

    That being said, if you are really way too far off the beaten path, you may want to reign in your impulses for the best of yourself and those around you – I’ll let you make the call!

    Anyway, here are some terrific reads that may inspire you toward realizing your potential and breaking those tired, familiar molds:

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Grow Your Brain...

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    “I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to grow up if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.”

    ~Bill Watterson

    As stated above by that prolific sage, Bill Watterson (of Calvin & Hobbes fame, if you didn’t know), being an adult can be a dicey proposition. But just because our bodies have reached their apex – or the bloom is already off the rose – that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t grow in myriad other ways, and I don’t just mean improving your golf game, either.

    Let your library card be the light-saber that allows you to vanquish that evil empire of stagnation; let elegant prose be the over-caffeinated energy drink that topples the drowsy inertia of sedentary and resigned pseudo-satisfaction; and let the self-indulgent verbal posturing of narcissistic authors elevate you to heights you once thought distant and unattainable — or to put it more simply: read some books, yo!

    If you are having trouble getting started, check out any of the titles below and get ready to outgrow those old mind-pants!

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Learn at the Library

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    “The more that you read, the more things you will know.

    The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

    Have you ever wanted to learn something new, but you weren’t sure where to begin? Instead of a random Google search, I highly recommend the Calgary Public Library as a great place to start your learning adventures!

    The Library offers so many ways to learn...You can read a book or read an e-book; listen to audio and e-audiobooks; watch a documentary DVD; take an online course, and more! Here are some digital suggestions to get you started. (Have your library card handy to log in to these tools!)

    Mango Languages has online language learning courses for 61 languages, as well as English language courses for learners new to Canada. You can even learn how to speak Pirate!

    Newspaper Direct Display offers full text digital newspaper articles from around the world.

    Zinio Online Magazines provides popular and current digital magazine publications that you can read on your computer or download to your mobile device. Always available: no checkout periods, no limit on downloads.

    Gale Courses has a great collection of instructor-led interactive courses that are all done online so you can learn from the comfort of your own home. Learn how to write and publish a book, how to have a happy and healthy pregnancy, how to use Microsoft Office products, web technology, and photo editing, and so much more!

    So many possibilities…check them out anytime, anywhere!

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Laugh Your Way Through These...

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    “Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.” – George Carlin

    Most people would agree that laughter is the best form of medicine and if you were to ask them what makes them laugh, you’d get all kinds of different answers. At CPL, we recognize the need for variety, not only in content but in format too. We’ve got books and CDs and books on CD…and whether you like George Carlin, Monty Python, Family Guy or Bill Cosby we’ve got what you want!

    Your Calgary Public Library card also gives you access to HOOPLA, for streaming movies, television shows, music and audiobooks using your browser, smartphone or tablet, or downloading them to your device to enjoy offline…and it has a great comedy section!

    Some titles to tickle your funny bone:

     

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Live Life to the Fullest!

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    “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."

    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Some people choose to play it safe when it comes to life. Others like to live “on the edge.” I always tell myself that life is way too short to worry about being cool, so be who you are! Some have long bucket lists full of things they want to experience like skydiving, traveling to exotic places, or seeing Comicon in San Diego! (That last one is on MY list.) Others prefer to take life one day at a time.

    However you choose to live your life, there are many inspirational reads for you at the library!

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    What Are You Reading?

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    According to Wiktionary, the word create means "to put into existence." What are you going to put into existence this summer? What sparks your creativity? Is it art? Photography? Writing? Reading? Cooking? Singing? Dancing? Join us this week for some great reads that will inspire your creativity!

    Hang out in our 700 section to find a wide selection of drawing, painting, and photography books...


    If writing is more your thing, our 808 section has a great variety of books on writing. Want to write a cookbook, romance novel, poetry, or screenplays? This is the spot for you!

    Don't forget to read biographies of your favourite creative people. This too will help ignite your creative juices.

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Read and Play All Summer...

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    Summer and play go together like peanut butter and jam, or, if you have a slightly more adventurous palate, like pear and blue cheese…YUM!

    Summer play invites a world of possibilities: backyard BBQs, vacations, stay-cations, boating, biking, hiking, engaging in sports of all sorts, taking in an outdoor concert or Shakespeare in the Park…and don’t forget Stampeding! But if you prefer to chill out and relax, there’s always the hammock, the book you just can’t put down, and a lovely libation at your side.

    It’s all play, and it’s all good!

    Check out some of these great titles to kick-start your “play-full” summer!

     

     

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Then fill out a ballot and tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying and enter to win fantastic prizes. Come join the summer fun!

    Enter to Win an iPad Mini

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    Do you like to explore the world around you? See new places? Try new foods? Summer is here: the flowers are out, gardens are lush — the world outside practically begs you to explore!

    There are so many great places to see, both near and far. Explore the world through a book or DVD and plan your next adventure! Why not take some time to think of all the things you would like to explore…

    Explore near…

    Or explore far...

     

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Then fill out a ballot and tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying and enter to win fantastic prizes. Come join the summer fun!