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Homework Helper Hours Expanding!

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This April we will be expanding Homework Helper Hours! Homework Helper will now be available seven days a week during business hours, which means that you don't have to wait until after school to log on and ask a question!

If you've never used this service before, Homework Helper is an instant messaging service which allows you to chat with a librarian. We can help you find the information you need to complete your homework assignment, whether it be a book in our catalogue or an online resource. To use Homework Helper you will only need two things: a Calgary Public Library card and a question.

Talk to you soon!

You + Tube = Fun!

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For awhile it seemed that when something became available on the internet we would just put an "e" in front of the word. Examples include: e-mail, e-commerce, e-library, ummm... did I use e-mail already? O.k. well maybe it was just those three things. Well my point is that over the years a LOT of things we used to have to go somewhere for, or mail something to or wait in line in order to pay are now available to us online with the click of a mouse (number of mouse clicks may vary). Some feel this makes life easier and more socially connected; others feel it makes us lazy and isolated. Regardless of how you feel, there is one important factor to consider... there are awesome shows on the internet!!!

E-book! That’s another one. online

Ok, so if you don't know already, there is this site called YouTube where you can watch videos and upload your own videos for others to watch. If you're thinking wow, this would have been informative...5 years ago!! Bear with me. YouTube was launched (e-launched?) in 2005 with the idea that people would be interested in sharing their own home videos. Turns out they were! In less than a year people were watching more than 100 million videos a day and the number of videos being uploaded was increasing. That's a lot of "cutest cat moments" uggghh.....


In addition to "cat meows at baby" and "cat doesn't meow... at umm.. baby?" YouTube has seen the emergence of several popular video series. Web based shows such as The Guild, Homestar Runner and the continuing efforts of online duo Smosh have developed strong followings, proving that in today's e-environment popular entertainment is no longer dependant on large studios and executive say-so.


Every conversation I have with someone about YouTube or shows online usually leads to a long list of people's favourites. Do you have one? If so, let us know!

Still Gaming On!

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If you have never been to one of our Game On programs then what are you waiting for? If you're waiting for me to tell you what Game on is... then your wait is over!

Game On!

Game On is your chance to come to the library and compete with other teens at games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Super Smash brothers and more! The events run at Calgary Public Library branches all over the city, so be sure to check out the dates and times here.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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“Racism starts with the belief that people can be divided into groups called races,” states Anne Marie Aikins in Racism : Deal with it before it gets under your skin. "Racism is the idea that some races are superior to others and should have more power than others. It is a form of prejudice, or pre-judging a person based on the group they belong to.”Season of Rage

Many people throughout history have faced discrimination. Fortunately, due to civil rights movements in the past century, a lot of things have improved and yet that doesn’t mean that racism still doesn’t exist. You may find that you or your friends may still encounter racist remarks at school, at work, or elsewhere. Some people might tell inappropriate jokes, or call names, or might not even be aware that they are making racist comments or singling someone out based on what makes them different. This can hurt a lot, but there are ways you can deal with it.

Racism – How to stop it

There are many ways to help stop racism, including educating yourself. It is important to be a good example to others and treat everyone with respect, but also to examine your own attitudes and behavior towards people who are different from you. That includes questioning images you see in the media. Even today, movies and TV shows can stereotype people and promote negative assumptions about others.

LetSpeaking up against racism is important, as keeping silent can say that racism is OK. Don’t copy the discrimination, get help instead: a teacher, supervisor, neighbor or older friend might be able to help you out. And getting involved in a cause can help create positive change, like being involved in a culture club.

There are many ideas online (here are a few):

The Alberta Human Rights Commission has a website

Amnesty International’s website has a youth section dedicated to human rights

The Media Awareness Network has an online website dealing with media issues and specifically a section on negative stereotyping in the media:

Get involved

Did you know: March 21 is the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination. The Government of Canada has a campaign called “Racism – Stop It” – which includes a national video competition. You can check out the entries here.

That’s a lot of history (and spandex!)

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Born in the late 1930’s and early 40’s Superman, Batman, The Flash, The Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman are some of DC Comics most recognizable and beloved super heroes.

You might already know that Superman is “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” or that Batman is often referred to as the “Caped Crusader” and that The Flash is “the fastest man alive.” You may be aware that Wonder Woman owes her power to Aphrodite, or that The Green Lantern can’t defend himself against the colour yellow (that’s my favourite too!). There might even be a few of you who could name all of Batman’s enemies, all of the characters who’ve been The Flash, or how many costume changes Wonder Woman has had.

And then there are the rest of us…

If you’re curious about these characters but don’t know much about the last 70 years of superhero comics, it’s a daunting task to pick a place to start. My suggestion: Start from the beginning! Check out DC’s compilations -- the stories of their most famous superheroes in chronological order.

Batman Chronicles Flash Chronicles Green Lantern Chronicles Superman Chronicles Wonder Woman Chronicles

Prom Dress Extravaganza!

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Prom Dress

Looking for Fresh Ideas for Your Prom Dress?

Are you worrying about what to wear to your grad?

Worry no more! Come to the Village Square Library (2623-56st. NE) for our Prom Dress Extravaganza! Skilled seamstresses will share ideas about re-making, updating, and tailoring dresses to suit your image. Try on our dress donations or bring your own dress and ask our seamstress to add a bit of ‘shazam!’ to your outfit.

Bonus: Demo dresses will be given away to some lucky participants at the end of the event!

Ages 15-18. Friday, March 12 from 1:30-3:00pm. Register online at:, by phone 403-260-2620 or stop by the library!

Freedom to Read Essay Winners!

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Every year we have an essay contest to celebrate Freedom to Read Week. Check out this link to read our 2010 winners!

We'd like to thank all of this year's participants, we hope you'll take part in Freedom to Read Week 2011!!