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Step Up Revolution Contest

by Alexandra - 0 Comment(s)

If you are anywhere near as jacked for Step Up Revolution as we are, you are gonna FLIP for our latest contest!

All you have to do is head over to TeensCreate and submit a dance-related post! A picture of your dancin' feet, a cool costume from a favourite routine, drawn-out steps for the cha-cha, YOU NAME IT! There are only three rules:

1) You must own the content that you post -- you can't just copy and paste a link from YouTube or someone else's work!

2) You cannot show your face in the picture! For FOIP reasons we cannot publish someone's image or likeness on the website -- so don't put it there in the first place! Crop it out, wear a mask, or slap a happy face on top of it... we're sure you're really, incredibly good-looking, but we JUST DON'T WANT TO SEE IT!

3) You must use your library card number as the title of the submission, so we can contact you if you win!

But really, that's it! Prove you're a dance enthusiast and you'll be entered for the contest!

Here's what you could win:

ONE GRAND PRIZE

  • Cineplex ROE passes (two admissions) for Step Up Revolution
  • StreetDance 2 DVD
  • Step Up Revolution ear buds
  • Step Up Revolution sunglasses

FOUR RUNNER-UP PRIZES

  • Cineplex ROE passes (two admissions) for Step Up Revolution
  • Step Up Revolution sunglasses

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to our winners, who will be contacted shortly to pick up their prizes! Be sure to check back for more contests, prizes and other wicked stuff.

We're so OLD!

by Alexandra - 2 Comment(s)

If you haven't been into the library lately you might have missed the fact that we are celebrating our CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY this year. It's a big deal. Between Calgary Parks, Calgary Recreation, the Calgary Stampede and us, this is one helluva year to be Calgarian!

This Saturday all 18 of our branches are having MASSIVE Birthday Parties -- each with a different theme.

Here at Central we're having a 5-floor... wait for it... Circus! There's going to be cake, popcorn, a building-wide Scavenger Hunt (you could win a Kobo and other prizes if you enter) a comedy festival, tons of bands playing, and loads of other fun stuff -- all for free. We DARE you come and not have a good time!

Sustainable Poetry: Write & Perform Poems for Prizes!

by Adrienne - 6 Comment(s)

It's sPRinG!

gEt Outside!

JumP ArOUnd!

Hide in buSHes! (sCare your sister - not TOO mUch ;0)

Ride Down the hill FAST!

Lie dOWn, stare at the sKy, wAtch the birds fly by...

sIt bY a tRee

and WRite a pOEm for this month's Youth SLAM!

In honour of April = International Poetry Month!

Saturday April 14th 2pm in the John Dutton Theatre 2nd Floor + 15 level of the W.R. Central Castell Library. Presented in collaboration with this years Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and the Library's ECOPALOOZA! Poems are to be on the theme of nature (in some broad way). Write a poem on nature/ sustainability - your interpretation - and then perform it in a SLAM competition, competing for $$ prizes! Be inspired by these environmental poets and Kate MacKenzie's WorldViews Project!!

The Winner will also compete in next year's National Slam Competition! Sheri-D Wilson Calgary's original "Mama of Dada" and the CiSWF organizer will be on hand to host the Slam and offer inspirational feedback, advice and tips!

There are 3 prizes:

1st = $70 gift certificate to Shelf Life Books,

2nd = $50 gift certificate to Pages on Kensignton,

3rd = $30 gift certificate to Pages on Kensignton.

Special thank you to Shelf Life, Pages, CiSWF and Ecopalooza!

The SLAM will follow a performance from Voices of Nature Choir (1-2pm).

Families are welcome! It’ll be awesome!

+ We will have a face painter and other activities going on the 2nd floor before and after the slam. Be sure to check out our Verse Novels display and SPEAK Art Show in the teen space! There is also a great Verse Books list on our website

Stumped on where to start? Check out The Spoken Word Cookbook by Sheri-D Wilson, Kris Demeanor's CD's (Calgary's 2012 Poet Laureate) and the following nature / environmental poem books. And at the end of it when you're done, you could also submit it to YouthInkit!, a Calgary magazine published by and for youth. Happy trails!

Name that Chameleon and win!

Name that Chameleon and win!

by Jilliane - 0 Comment(s)

Name that Chameleon and win!As many of you already know, 2012 is going to be a very special year for the Calgary Public Library in more ways than one. First of all it's our centennial, yes it's true we've been serving Calgarians for 100 years and in order to honor this milestone we're throwing all of a Calgary a party. Not only are we opening up a brand new branch in the Northeast (Saddletowne) on January 14th, 2012 but at the grand opening we'll be introducing our brand new mascot! Now you might be thinking, why should I care about any of this, but the really great part is that you have a chance to go down in library history!

That's right Calgary, we're giving you the chance to name our mascot. We have chosen a chameleon to represent us, but we're leaving the name up to you! Need inspiration for your entry? Be sure to visit your nearest library branch and check out some of the great resources we have on chameleons. Something to remember when choosing your name is that the winner will be chosen based not only on the fact that they chose an excellent name, but also on why they think that is the perfect name (yes you need to give us a reason as well as a name). This will not be a random draw. Entries will be carefully judged one by one and the winning entry will ideally be an original and suitable name for a Calgary Public Library mascot. So go ahead and think outside the box on this one. It might be helpful to ask yourselves, what does the library mean to me? We already have lots of great entries so be sure to enter soon. If you need more time, you will have up until 11:59 pm, January 3, 2012. All Calgary Public Library cardholders are encouraged to suggest names. Entry forms are available at all CPL libraries, online using the electronic form, or you can print a form and drop it off at any Calgary Public Library location. Oh and did I mention in addition to choosing the winning name, you'll also win a bag of Calgary Public Library swag. For full contest details please click here. May the best name win!

PD DAY EXTRAVAGANZA

by Alexandra - 0 Comment(s)

Have Monday off?

Pick a branch and come on down for some of the excellent programs and events we have for PD Day!

If it's a movie you feel like, we have fun, feature-length films being shown at Central, Crowfoot, and Fish Creek:

At Central we're showing in the John Dutton Theatre. I can't tell you what movie... it's a secret (unless you call 403-260-2657 right now...) but there ARE going to prizes and activities. 1:30-3:30 on the 2nd floor.

Crowfoot has their's from 2:00-4:00, and it's a secret too...

And Fish Creek's is at 2:00-3:30. I'm not going to tell you the title of that one either -- just call and ask!

Country Hills is showing great flicks for the younger kids from 3:15-4:45, which will have a variety of shorter movies and activities.

If you're looking for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, Crowfoot Libs is hosting the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild (who will be there from 1:00-2:00) teaching kids of all ages how to create Decorative Letters or "Versals". Embrace your inner Medieval Scribe by whipping up one of these bad boys. If your teammates are still sore from that acid pit you dropped them into, give one to them-- Nothing says I'm sorry like an enchanted scroll (except maybe some aloe >__>' )

They'll also be putting on "Gaming for All Ages", where you can play all the classic wii games. Come from 11:00-12:30 for tournies, short competitions, and round robins!

Last but not least, Glenmore Square has a delightful play put on by the Calgary Young People's Theatre Troupe, called "The Man in the Moon" -- if you've missed it at the other branches, check it out from 3:30 - 4:15!


And if you just want to come on down, grab a great book, and cool out for the afternoon, we're always happy to see you. Happy P.D. Day!

Youth Read

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

It’s that time again! That time of year where we Calgarians count ourselves lucky if we can milk a solid 8 weeks of sunshine out of our summer. That time where we laze around Prince’s Island Park trying not to get eaten alive by mosquitoes and geese. That time where we revel in the glory of reading books about… well… ANYTHING … as long as it’s not Polynomial Equations, Chemical Nomenclature, or (horror of horrors) Short Historical Fiction from the Canadian Prairies… Unless, you know, you’re into that sort of thing.

Whatever sort of thing you ARE into, Calgary Public Library is where it’s at. So... Gear up for this summer's YOUTH READ program! Full of challenges created by YOU, we have amped up all our Grand prizes, added new Weekly prizes, as well as ways to intereact with other teens, share your ideas, art, poetry writing and smarts! All this on top of your favourite activity - reading!

We’re running our YOUTH READ program from June 16th until August 31st, with contests, events, and some pretty sick prizes to be won all summer long!

*Go to the About This Contest page to learn how Youth Read works and be sure to check out our prizes. If your stymied about what to read, find out what others are reading. Challenges include: Cook/Invent a fabulous recipe, photograph it and submit it. Pick a celebrity & recommend a book they should read. Make a comic strip of a scene from your favourite book. Write a haiku book review of your favourite book and more!

So kick back, relax, and crack the spine of a new favourite, it’s time to YOUTH READ 2011!

Girl Reading in the Grass

DISCLAIMER: The creators of this site do not, in any way, recommend the cracking of book spines that have been borrowed from the Calgary Public Library. We also don’t recommend you crack the sides of your iPad or your e-Reader either. Or your own spine for that matter -- we can’t afford to pay your chiropractic bills… In fact, let’s just not crack any spines whatsoever. Instead, let’s kick back, relax, and gently-open-the-covers-of-a-well-loved-book or serenely-upload-the-WMA-files-of-an-e-book… it’s time to YOUTH READ 2011! (Yay.)

A "Beast" of a Contest!

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

"Beastly", the new movie starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer was released Friday, ranking 3rd in Box Office Hits for the weekend. If you haven't heard already, it's the modern re-telling of 'Beauty and the Beast', and it's getting some really great reviews. What's more, all our copies (and E-Copies) of the original book keep whizzing off the shelves, so put yours on hold now!

CPL's TeenZone Blog, Movie Maniacs Blog and Interact PR are teaming up to bring you one 'beast' of a contest to celebrate the release of the movie!

To win one of our book prizes, just comment on this blog post with the title of one OTHER novel by 'Beastly' author Alex Flinn, which you can find through the library catalogue. Make sure to leave your full name (the one you use for your Library Card) so we can contact you and get you your prize!

You can also come to Crowfoot Library, Shawnessy Library, or the 2nd Floors at Central and Fish Creek Libraries this weekend (March 11-13), to pick up some cool 'Beastly' swag, including posters, notebooks, and some phenomenal bag charms! Come to the desk and say "BEASTLY" -- prizes will be given out on a first come, first served basis.