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Book 'n Worms Garden Guild Open House

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Garden Open House

Who Needs Words?

Who Needs Words?

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Wordless picture books not only have beautiful illustrations, they also show kids(and adults) that you don't neccessarily need to know how to read words, to read books! Telling stories purely through illustrations, wordless books can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what language is spoken or what reading level someone is at! These books can be enjoyed by the whole family and encourage a healthy imagination! Here are some of the wordless picture books you can find at the Calgary Public Library!

'The Lion and Mouse' by Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney illustrates a classic tale from Aesop about kindness.

'The Tree House' by Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman

A tree house becomes a gathering place for an exciting assortment of animals!

'The Snowman' by Raymond Briggs

A little boy has an adventure when the snowman he builds comes to life!

'The Island' by Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman

A polar bear travels to islands in clouds and sea meeting all sorts of colourful animals.

'Wave' by Suzy Lee

A little girl plays in a wave-and the wave plays back!

'Flotsam' by David Wiesner

A boy finds a camera on the beach that leads to exciting discoveries!

'Chalk' by Bill Thomson

What happens when the chalk drawings you make come to life?!

'Bluebird' by Bob Staake

A lonely boy is befriended by a bluebird in this beautiful story of friendship!

'Fossil' by Bill Thomson

A boy discovers fossils in rocks, but they don't stay fossils for long!

A wordless picture book even made it into the Top 5 picture books of 2013, as awarded by one of Calgary Public Library's Children, Teens and Families Librarians!

Do you have any wordless picture books that you love? Please share! We'd love to hear what books are cherished by your family!

Teen Afterschool Presents: Mortal Instruments — City of Bones!

Teen Afterschool Presents: Mortal Instruments — City of Bones!

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City of Bones

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Book 1)

Author: Cassandra Clare (2007)

What if you could see things that other people can’t see? What if you witnessed a murder, but no one else would believe you because the dead body just disappeared into thin air?


Who can you tell? Who can you trust?

 Clary Fray is a fifteen year old teenager living a normal life, just like any ordinary teen in New York City. However, she did not expect that a night out at the Pandemonium Club would change her life forever. What Clary doesn’t know all these years may have been keeping her safe from the unknown.


Catch the series here at the library!

Book Six: City of Heavenly Fire Comes out May 27, 2014!

Book Five: City of Lost Souls

Book Four: City of Fallen Angels

Book Three: City of Glass

Book Two: City of Ashes (Movie coming out!)

Join us at the Forest Lawn Library during Youth Week for our Mortal Instruments: City of Bones party!!

Get ready to train like a shadowhunter, design and make your own temporary runes, and how can we forget about some trivia!

**Prizes will be available**

Date: April 23, 2014

Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Forest Lawn Library

*Don't forget to dress up as your favorite Shadowhunter*

We are looking for teens who are interested in decorating our space to portray the "Pandemonium Club." If you are interested, please send us an email!

Any questions can be sent to us via:

Youth Week: City of Bones

Earn a FREE bike!

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Bike Club

Teens will participate in an 8 week course held once a week at the Forest Lawn Library where they will develop leadership and teamwork skills as well as bike mechanics!

Open to all teens between ages 11-17

Teens will meet on Mondays where they will receive a healthy snack, play games and discuss daily lessons (community, leadership, self-esteem) and bike mechanics (fixing a tire, gear adjustments, chains, brakes, etc)

All the tools and bikes will be provided

Teens that attend all 8 sessions will receive a FREE BIKE, a brand new LOCK and HELMET!

April 28

May 5, 12, 26

June 2, 9, 16 and 23

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Forest Lawn Library

Register at the library or email us your name and number

Get Into Our Beds!

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The birds are chirping and spring is on the horizon! Do you dig it? So, where are you digging? Is it at the Forest Lawn Book 'n Worms Community Garden?

You may not have access to your own yard or garden bed. Let the Forest Lawn Book 'n Worms Community Garden help! Gardening at the library can take on many forms. You may be interested in growing vegetables, flowers or your favorite herb. Your imagination is your only limit!

With 25 plots, join in and meet new people, get your family involved, exchange gardening tips and be in touch with nature.

Plots are currently available! To book your plot, contact Tracy at Follow them on Facebook: Book 'n Worms Garden Guild

Stay tuned here or check the Spring/Summer Program guide to hear about future events happening in the garden!

International Women's Day 2014

International Women's Day 2014

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Beyond Present

The first International Women's Day was held in 1911 (that's 103 years ago in case you were wondering). The 1900s was the time of revolution, women were fed up with their role in society and demanded for a change. A lot of major events have happened since that time, and the women's role were slowly making their presence in history. They pushed for shorter working hours, better pay, and their right to vote. Their political and social achievements in the past have leaded us to the new era where equality exists between men and women. However, there are still some small biases that still remain in today's society. If you look around at some professions, are women represented in equal numbers to men?

Each year the United Nation has a theme for International Women's Day. This year's theme is "Inspiring Change." Women have voiced their opinions in the past to promote a change in history. Using their inspiration from the past, let them inspire you to challenge our society in bringing new ideas for women's equality!

Now that we've packed you with some knowledge and facts, come and celebrate International Women's Day with us at the Forest Lawn Library on March 8th from 11:00-2:00 p.m.

Many events will be happening throughout the library including, photo booth, games and activities for all ages, an egg race and much more for the family to enjoy!

Prom Dress Extravaganza!

Prom Dress Extravaganza!

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Great Books for 2014!

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Happy New Year! As we look to the year ahead, many of us are making resolutions! The library is a great resource for attaining your 2014 goals! Perhaps you want to get in shape or make a beautiful quilt. You could want to master the guitar or cook a great meal! Here are some books you can check out!

You want to exercise more but can't seem to get to the gym? This book may be for you! With 120 personalized workouts, you can mix and match to suit your fitness level! Full of step-by-step exercises, this book is a definite asset to your get fit goals this year!

Quilting Happiness is perfect for quilters of various skill levels. With gorgeous photos, Creative Activities and Tools for Happiness, this gem is sure to nurture a quilter's heart!

Quilting Happiness
totally guitar

Maybe you received a guitar for Christmas and would really like to understand your instrument. Totally Guitar is your definitive guide to everything guitar. A comprehensive book that will help you learn more about guitars and improve your skills!

The author of Deceptively Delicious is back to bring you more than 100 recipes for those of us who fear the kitchen! Seinfeld recommends essential kitchen gear, from pepper mills to mixing bowls. From main dishes to desserts, this book has it all in a straightforward manner that novices will appreciate!


Don't see your goal represented here? Give us a call, browse our online catalgoue or come on into the library and we'll help you on your way to a great 2014!

Festive Holiday Baking

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I love the smell of fresh bake bread. Something about it just makes me feel so warm inside. I'm no professional baker, but I quite enjoy the process. I like the fact that the ingredients are precise and unlike cooking, no fancy knife skills are required. Baking is a way for me to escape and go to my little happy place. Although sometimes I want to pull my hair out because I overbaked or it just didn't turn out the way it does in the picture. Through my times of experimenting, I found one receipe that always seem to work and as an added bonus it's a crowd pleaser!

Here's the receipe that never seems to fail. These cupcakes are so moist even if you still have a few sitting around a couple days later (which never seems the case).

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed)
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 1 medium sized banana)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) warm water
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) canola, corn, or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. Line 12 regular-sized muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the egg, mashed banana, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir, or whisk, until combined. (The batter is quite thin)
  5. Pour or scoop the batter into the muffin cups, about 3/4 full, and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Frost with your favorite buttercream frosting.

(You can check out for more information)

There's always a recipe that I fall back to in situations of parties and potlucks. Do you have one to share? If so, please leave it in the comments, I would love to try it!

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Did you know that we also have books for Gluten free baking? (I wouldn't forget about you guys!)

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The last week of Teen Afterschool: Dec 16-19

The last week of Teen Afterschool: Dec 16-19

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Teen Afterschool

Hi guys, Here’s what we are doing for the week of December 16th to December 19th. Stop by Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30pm. Study space (and snacks) are available as well.

Monday December 16th – Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament and Video Gaming

Yu-Gi-Oh – Special Announcement: Since this is the last tournament of the year, everyone who participates will automatically get a FREE BOSTER PACK


Don’t have a Yu-Gi-Oh deck ? Don’t worry about it, we have 3 loaners you can sign out. Don’t know how to play? Someone can teach you.

*Be there at 4:00 sharp if you want to enter


Video Gaming – I know you guys will be on break soon and will probably be glued to your gaming systems (I know I will when I’m on vacation) but until then, we’ve got your gaming fix. Fifa 13, Halo 4, Super Smash Bros., Just Dance, Wipeout, and tons of other games await you today. If you have 2 broken thumbs or couldn’t care less about video games, we have computers and board games as well.

Tuesday December 17th – Two Wheel View Bike Club

Bike Repair

This will be the sixth week of our bike club and the final week before your winter break. Don’t worry, we’ll pick up again in January once your back in school. If you’re not registered in the program, you’re out of luck for this time. We are taking registration for the next session which starts in February however. If you’re tired of walking everywhere and want to earn a FREE BIKE (possibly even an armored quadricycle) to ride around on in style, let Liz or Trevor know and we can add you to the list.


Wednesday December 18th –Giant Jenga and Video Games


Giant Jenga – The Jenga set in this picture is actually 100% to scale. Yes, it is really that big! The man in the picture however, is only 3 feet tall. On a normal person, our Giant Jenga comes up to your waist (which is still pretty impressive). And while it hasn’t outright attacked anyone like in the picture above, it has come down hard a few times though and nearly taken kids out. Bring your hard hats and steel toe boots if you’ll be participating.

Video gaming Here’s your second dose of video games for the week. Xbox, Wii, boardgames, and computers are all available for those afraid of falling Jenga blocks.

Thursday December 19th – HOLIDAY PARTY!!!!

Tis’ the season to be jolly. And what’s jollier than some FREE PIZZA and FREE GIFTS? If you’re feeling in the festive mood, come by the library for our wrap-up Holiday Party. We’ll have crafts to get crafty with and an Xmas movie (Xmas not X-Men) to watch while you chow down on your pizza. We will also have a gift-exchange for the first 20 or so of you who arrive.


Sure there are some goofy joke gifts but there will also be some pretty great stuff to open (or steal) including EBgames and Cineplex giftcards.


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