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Calling All Brainiacs!

Calling All Brainiacs!

by Leanne - 0 Comment(s)

A common sight at Village Square are groups of students huddled around text books, papers strewn across the table, quietly explaining math equations or chemistry problems to one another. It’s inspiring to see people diligently working to understand the world around them. But I wonder how many of them understand how their own brain functions? Have you ever wondered? Our brains are complex and scientists continue to delve into how the human brain works and develops. Why not join them?

We’re calling all Brainiacs ages 8-10 for a braintastic event this Saturday to explore the secrets of the senses, neurons, and brain anatomy with fun games and activities.

Join us this Saturday, November 8th from 2-3pm. For more information and to register click here.

If you can’t make it out this Saturday try one or two of these brainy titles instead!

Career Development and Counselling at Village Square

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Career Road Signs

Whether you are graduating from high school, considering further education or looking for a career Calgary Public Library can help you achieve your goals. Join us at Village Square for our career programs this fall.

You can register for any of these programs by coming into our library, online at, or by calling 403-260-2620

Sunday, Oct. 5 1-4pm From ESL to Employment
Lean helpful tips on writing post-secondary exams, and how to get a career in Canada. For those with ESL Level 6 or higher.

Saturday, Nov. 8 1-3pm Career Basics: Resume Development
Learn to create a professional resume. The workshop is led by Bow Valley College’s Career Connection professionals.

Village Square also has Career Coaching every Thursday from 6-8pm. Our professional Human Resources volunteer will work one-on-one with you on job searching skills or revamping your resume and cover letter. No registration is required for this program.

Judge Way Explains Recent Changes To Canadian Immigration Law

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Judge Way shares info about changes to Canadian Immigration laws

Our last Coffee and Conversation ESL of the summer was special at Village Square. We were pleased to have Immigration Judge Way, who spoke on new information and changes on the immigration and citizenship policies and laws in Canada. We had over 30 newcomers attend this session on vital and important changes, including on to how to apply for citizenship and sections of the immigration policies will affect them. Judge Way was a gentle and relaxed speaker, and made it relevant to the audience. She also asked the audience questions about their own immigration journeys, and emphasized their importance to their new home. To participants she said:

"The diversity you bring is a treasure to Canada."

"You will help us in the Canadian economy to compete in the global economy."

A wonderful moment happened when Judge Way asked for help demonstrating a citizenship ceremony. Our Library Assistant Leanne volunteered and re-affirmed her commitment to being a Canadian citizen! Our manager, Sara House, presented Judge Way with a thank you gift and thanked everyone for attending this amazing and informative session. For more information regarding these changes please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Calling All Tweens!

by Leanne - 0 Comment(s)

Are you aged 10, 11, or 12?

Did you know that there's a specific word used to describe your age group? What is that word, you ask? Well, my friend, you are often referred to as a...


I promise I'm not making this up. The Oxford English Dictionary describes a tween as "a person who is nearly, or has only just become, a teenager."

And now Tween friends - I have another question...

Are you looking for a little reading inspiration now that Summer Reading Club is over for another year?

Look no further than our Tween Bookclub!

Once a month we'll hang out and chat about what we're currently reading, share what we like or don't like about it, do some fun activities, and explore several other books that you might want to take home to read for next time.

Sound like fun? I thought so! Please register here if you'd like to join us. You can also call (403-260-2620) or stop by to register.

And in the meantime - tell us what you're reading! Leave a comment below if there are any books you'd like to see at the bookclub. And, if you just can't wait until September 15th to get started, pop by Village Square for a book recommendation. If the library is closed then check out our Teen Blog or the Tween book section at The Guardian!

We look forward to seeing you on September 15th! Don't forget to bring a friend!

Ready! Set! Register!

by Leanne - 0 Comment(s)

Is it just me or have our long, lovely summer days made it easy to forget that September is just around the corner? I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but the cold hard truth is that Fall is coming - ready or not. But there's no need to panic! The Calgary Public Library Fall program guides are now available and are full of programs that are fun and informative for the whole family!

Take a look and let us know what programs you're most excited about! And then register for them!

At Village Square a lot of our programs open for registration on August 18th, 19th, and 20th. Don't miss out! Pop a reminder in your calendar or on your phone to register online, by phone (403-260-2620), or with us as early as 10am on those days!

At Village Square we're pretty excited to offer the following Fall programs... and many more!

Tween Book Club - Read some of the latest and greatest teen fiction and then come along for a chat about what you loved, liked, or didn't like at all. Part of the fun of reading is sharing your opinions about what you've read with others!

Story PALS - Do you like to read? Do you like dogs? Put these two together and you've got Story PALS - a chance for children to read aloud to faithful doggy companions who are sure to be all ears.

EEK! A Mouse! - Learn the absolute basics of computer use!

From ESL to Employment - For those with ESL level 6 or higher join us for an afternoon of helpful tips on growing your Canadian career.

And, of course, back by popular demand...

Drop In Family Story Time - the fun continues every Thursday morning from 10:30-11am in the Story Corner as we share stories, songs, and finger plays with parents and children.

Feature Fridays - join us every Friday from 1-2:30pm for interesting talks by fantastic speakers on a variety of topics including Making Traditional Teas, Cowtown to Chowtown, Creative Caregiving, and Discovering Mongolia. As always - we'll serve the coffee!

Bringing the Library to You

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Did you know that libraries have a long history of venturing beyond their four walls to bring stories and books to people in their communities? Back in the 1930s a rural Illinois school teacher shared this insight about mobile libraries.

"you cannot measure the value of the bookmobile in dollars and cents, any more than you can measure the value of a new scientific discovery..." (you can find the full quote here).

Cover image of Waiting for the Biblioburro

The picture book Waiting for the BiblioBurro gives a brilliant introduction to the tradition of mobile libraries. In this story, Ana has memorized her one and only book and wishes she had more books to read but there is no library in her rural Columbian village. One day she wakes up to the clip - clop of hooves and discovers a traveling librarian has come to her village with many books to share. Not only does Ana receive a new book to read, but the traveling librarian encourages her to write stories of her own.

Here at Village Square we love bringing the library to our community. This summer we are bringing stories, crafts, songs, and stretches to Calgary Recreation Park & Play and Stay & Play events throughout the North East. If you're out at one of these events this summer please come by and say 'hi!' and join us for a story or two!

Thanks for Making the Prom Dress Extravaganza a Smashing Success!

by Jenna LaMarre - 0 Comment(s)

Village Square Library was buzzing this past Saturday, March 15th, as more than 40 brilliant young girls came out to find their perfect prom dress at Prom Dress Extravaganza.

Each girl received a small gift at the door and a ballot to win fantastic door prizes. After a brief introduction the library became a flurry of activity as girls tried on dresses, had their hair done by stylists from MC College, and had their dream dresses altered by our fantastic seamstress Marsina.

Many girls walked away with a gorgeous gown thanks to the generous donations from organizations like Ethos Bridal Group and individuals like Alice Tong. Alice brought in 4 gently used dresses in support of the program! We would like to thank all of our wonderful supporters who donated dresses, shoes, accessories, and prizes. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Sneak Peek at Dresses for the 5th Annual Prom Dress Extravaganza

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Ethos Bridal just dropped off their generous donation of dresses for our 5th Annual Prom Dress Extravaganza and we thought we’d share a sneak peek!

On Saturday, March 15th from 1-3:30pm Village Square Library will become a hub of activity for teen girls preparing for prom. Thanks to generous donations from people in the community as well as our sponsors Ethos Bridal, Sephora, and MC College it’s going to be a great day!

If you’re a teen girl heading to prom this year and you want to celebrate your achievements in style please register online, by phone (403-260-2620), or drop by Village Square Library and register in person. We look forward to seeing you on March 15th!

Village Square Library Celebrates Freedom to Read Week

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Village Square Library Celebrates Freedom to Read Week February 23 – March 1, 2014

“Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” (

This past week we celebrated our right to freedom of expression and intellectual freedom here at Village Square Library.

To kick off the week our very own Sara House presented Mayor Naheed Nenshi with a copy of the Calgary Freedom to Read Week committee’s challenged book Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. This novel was challenged for its language, which was described by challengers as “vile profanity”, The novel was ultimately supported as a realistic depiction of teenage life.

In the library our Freedom to Read Week display showcased several challenged books such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Pick up one of these challenged books on your next visit and celebrate your freedom to read!

The many faces of South Sudan

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The many faces of South Sudan

On March 7th(Friday) from 1:00 to 2:30 at Village Square Library, We will be hosting a great program called The Many faces of South Sudan. The photographer Robert Scott will be presenting his experience in the South of Sudan through pictures. Come and see the faces and hear the stories of the photographer's visit to Sudan.

For registration call 403-260-5927

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