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Look Beyond the Label and Experience the Living Library

Look Beyond the Label and Experience the Living Library

Living Library

The Living Library works like your local library. However, the books you borrow are “Living Books”,

real people with whom you can have a conversation.

World Wednesdays

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Wednesday, November 26

12 - 2 p.m.

Central Library, Main Floor

No registration required

For more information:

Email: livinglibrary@calgarypubliclibrary.com

Telephone: 403.260.2702

Living Books available for checkout:

Anywhere I Hang My Hat is My Home

Everywhere she lived, Indonesia, USA, Scotland, Australia, Canada, this Living Book felt at home. Having owned a bed and breakfast she learned not only how to make a place feel like home, but also how to make others feel at home too.

Body Language: The Indian Head Wobble

This Living Book tells a story of cultural heritage behind the Indian head wobble, which looks like a cross between a nod and shake. What does it actually mean? Is it a nod of approval or disapproval? This book almost did not get her job because during the interview she was – unconsciously – wobbling her head. This, her boss clarified later, had caused him quite a lot of distress!

Connecting Neighbors, Building Communities

This Living Book describes her efforts to connect an isolated and ethnically diverse neighbourhood (having residents from more than 17 countries) towards building a welcoming and vibrant Calgary community.

French Connection and Fibromyalgia

This Living Book was born and raised in France but made Canada home. She never lost the travel bug or the desire to be helpful. She also talks about Fibromyalgia, what could have been the final frontier.

Globetrotting Retiree

This Living Book has travelled widely and lived abroad in the Czech Republic, China, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia and Russia. Adjusting to life in other cultures provides both challenges and comedy, and this Living Book has experienced and enjoyed both. He has also taught ESL to absolute beginners and advanced speakers.

Walking the World: My Journey to Canada

This Living Book tells an inspiring story of his arduous journey from his home in Afghanistan, through Kazakhstan, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and eventually arriving in Canada, his new home.

Writing from the Hyphen

Writing from the Hyphen

Shyam Selvadurai

Saturday, November 29, 2014

7 p.m.

Central Library, John Dutton Theatre

Sri Lankan-Canadian writer Shyam Selvadurai reads from his new novel The Hungry Ghosts and speaks about diasporic writing and the advantages of writing from the hyphen between Sri Lankan and Canadian.

Shyam Selvadurai is a 2014-15 Distinguished Visiting Writer for the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program at the University of Calgary. His residency runs November 24 to December 1, 2014.

Register in person, by calling 403-260-2620 or online.

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Rockin' Your RRSP With Bruce Sellery

Rockin' Your RRSP With Bruce Sellery

Join us for an entertaining evening of retirement planning with personal financial expert, Bruce Sellery. Sellery has appeared on popular programs such as Cityline, CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange and the Oprah Winfrey Network. He is a columnist for MoneySense Magazine and is the Globe & Mail best-selling author of Moolala: Why smart people do dumb things with their money (and what you can do about it).

The first 100 people will receive a free copy of his latest bestselling book, The Moolala Guide to Rockin’ your RRSP.

Central Library, John Dutton Theatre

Thursday, November 27

7-8 p.m.

Reception and Book Signing, 8-9:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Register in person, by calling 403-260-2620 or online.

WWI Remembered

WWI Remembered

All programs take place at the Central Library.

World War I:The Global Picture

Christmas on the Western Front

Relive the first five months on the Western Front during 1914, culminating in the incredible Christmas truce event. Presented by Military Historian Stéphane Guevremont.

Friday, November 28
7 - 9 p.m.

2nd Floor John Dutton Theatre

Register in person, by calling 403-260-2620 or online.

Be It Resolved! Public Forum Debate: Elder Law

Be It Resolved! Public Forum Debate: Elder Law

Be it resolved!

Register in person, by calling 403-260-2620 or online.