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Youth Advisory Council

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

Last Saturday, April 9th, The Calgary Public Library held it's first Youth Advisory Council! We're pretty stoked.

We've established the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) because we want to hear what you want from us. YAC provides a way for you to express your ideas and to help us shape your library service into something that works for you.

So far we've only had one meeting. We will have two more and then break for the summer. However, starting in September 2011 we will establish a permanent YAC that will meet monthly. We are looking for youth volunteers who are interested in expressing their ideas. If you are keen to volunteer and are between 13-18 years old, please email Jilliane at and explain why you'd like to be involved. We look forward to hearing from you!

So you didn't make it to Palm Springs ...

by Jilliane Yawney - 1 Comment(s)

Looking for something to do over Spring Break?

Come to Nose Hill library.

Drop-in gaming from 2 – 4 pm every day Mon – Fri (Mar 28 – Apr 1)

The Wii will be out as well as board games, card games, and life sized checkers.

Oh, and we’ll have some books too.

Prom Dress Extravaganza is Back!

by Jilliane Yawney - 1 Comment(s)

We had such a good time at Prom Dress Extravaganza last year that we are having another one--no wait! We're having another TWO.

If you need a formal dress this spring, or if you are interested in fashion design and want to learn about updating and tailoring dresses, come on down! A designer will be present as well as tons of dresses in all different shapes, sizes, colours, and styles. You will be able to try on dresses and the designer will give you tips on transforming your pre-loved dress into a unique piece!

**BONUS: you will get to take a dress home!**

Come to:

Village Square Library (2623-56 Street NE) March 12, 1:30-3pm

Crowfoot Library (8665 Nose Hill Drive NW) March 19, 1:00-3:30pm

Register online at, or by phone 403-260-2620, or stop by the library!

This program is for youth ages 15-17.

Who Chooses What You Read?

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

Freedom to Read Week happens every year and is a chance for us all to think about our right to choose what we read. Every year our right to read what we want to is challenged in many ways. Books are often banned, reporters lose their jobs because of opinions they are expressing, and often material is not even published or purchased because of its content. So, we are holding a contest to celebrate the freedom to read!

Here are the rules:

Express your thoughts on the freedom to read with words, film or graphic arts.

Choose one of the following methods:

Make a poster: draw, paint, or use photography and other graphic arts (8 ½ x 14” or 11 x 17”)

Write: a poem, short story, or essay (max. 300 words)

Create a film: (3 min. or less)

All content must be original, except for short, cited quotations.

1. Persuade an audience and support your point of view.
2. Use techniques of form effectively to engage an audience.

Contest is open to Calgary students in Grades 7 – 9. Include your name, school, grade, and telephone number with your entry. Enter by email: AND upload to Teens Create (; OR submit your hardcopy to any Calgary Public Library location. One entry per person. Entries must be received no later than Wednesday February 9th 2011.

And of course...there will be prizes!

Presenting...the Central 2nd Saturday SLAM!

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

First of all, let's talk about SLAM!

SLAM is a poetry competition. Poets bring 3 works that are timed to be exactly 3 minutes in length. They recite these works to an audience and a panel of judges, selected from the audience, gives them a 'grade.' There are 3 rounds of recitation and judging, after which a winner is selected!

I know, I know, you're thinking poetry?! Reciting poetry out loud?!! Judging?!!!

Let me promise you, this is not your grandmother's poetry.

A poetry SLAM! brings poetry to a whole new level--a beat-packed, crowd-cheering, performance-based, energy-filled level. A poetry SLAM! is about rhythm and expression. A poetry SLAM! is performance art that is fun for the performer and the audience. Let me repeat: this is not your grandmother's poetry (no offence, grandma).

Now if you're not into competition, no problem. You can come, listen, cheer, and judge. As I said, the audience is integral to the success of SLAM!

But if you do want to compete, here's how:

Bring 3 poems, each of them no longer than 3 minutes. You may not get to perform them all, but bring them just in case...and...get ready to SLAM!

Upcomming Youth SLAM!s

February 12 - 1:00pm - 2nd floor Central Library

March 12, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2nd floor Central Library

Are You Speechless?

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Glossophobia: the fear of public speaking.

A whole lot of people have it. Trouble is, public speaking is involved in many, many different jobs. The good news is, public speaking is something you can learn. I did--when I was little I was ridiculously shy. At about age 12 my brother played The Smiths' song "Ask Me" to me. It goes like this, "Shyness is nice and shyness will stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to." After that, I resolved to get over it, and I did.

Right now the library and Toastmasters International are offering a really great FREE program for teens aged 13-17 to help them with leadership and presentation skills. Call 403-260-2620, or go online to sign up.

Times and places it's offered:

Louise Riley: Wednesdays January 19th--March 9th, 4:30-6pm

Fish Creek: Tuesdays February 1st--March 22nd, 6:30-8pm

Village Square: Saturdays January 8th--Febuary 26th, 10:30am-12pm

Country Hills: Mondays February 7th--April 4th, 4-5:30pm

Write Now!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Upcoming...Open Mic Night

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Open Mic Night

This is your chance to try out your new poem, play your new song, do your stand-up comedy routine, show off your mad dancing skills. You name it. It is open mic night. And it is FREE.

When: November 16 from 7-8 pm

Where:Louise Riley Library - 1904-14 Ave NW

Acoustic Songs & Electric Stories

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Feel like relaxing to some good music this Saturday?

Join Chris Naish for an entertaining hour of songs and stories that tell of travels through India, England, and Mexico.

When: Saturday October 23rd from 2-3pm

Where: 2nd floor of the Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)

So You Think You Can Act?

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Ever felt like trying out some acting?

Act-Out Youth Theatre is providing two FREE seminars on acting for teens!

Fish Creek Library, Sept 25, 2-4pm

Village Square Library, Oct 7, 4:30-6:30pm

Check them out!

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