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2009 Literacy Alberta Award of Excellence

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

Calgary Public Library is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the 2009 Literacy Alberta "Award of Excellence" in the organizations category.

This award recognizes the oustanding contribution in the advancement of literacy in Alberta and will be presented at the Provincial Literacy Symposium Banquet on October 23rd in Red Deer. Calgary Public Library is receiving the award on the strength of all our literacy programs for adults and children including programs for:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Technology
  • English Skills
  • Cultural Literacy

We would like to thank our volunteers for your hard work and enthusiasm in making our literacy programs so successful, and for sharing your stories of success.

In the words of our learners and their families:

  • "Now, I realize there's no limit to what I can learn. If you want it badly, anything is possible."
  • "My daughter looked forward to going every week and seeing her buddy, learning and reading new materials."
  • "This program has made it easier for me to have confidence in and out of school organized situations."
  • "Now I can see my dreams coming true."

Oil Sands = Clean Energy?

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Though Alberta’s oil sands have been operating for decades, they have recently become the target of a series of well-publicized environmental protests. Activists of all stripes, most notably those from Greenpeace, have been trying to draw attention to what impact the oil sands will have on Alberta, and indeed, on the whole Earth. It’s not an overstatement to claim that at this moment, the eyes of the world are on Alberta.

Even though the debate can sometimes seem polarized between “activists” and “big business”, there are a range of moderate views.

Join us on the evening of Thursday November 12, for a talk by Gordon Kelly. Kelly, an Engineer and Harvard MBA, will discuss his views about how oil sands can become Canada’s path to green energy.

Register online or by calling (403) 260-2600.

Calling All Centaurs!

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If your birthday falls between November 23rd and December 21st, you are a Sagittarius. You are a fire sign, and your ruling planet is Jupiter. Being born in the ninth house of the zodiac predisposes you to interests in travel and philosophy. Does this sound like you?

The zodiac has a long, interesting and somewhat obscure history. The twelve signs that were developed in the Western world were remarkably similar to those developed in ancient India. The Chinese, who have a different sign from year to year, rather than month to month, still employed the number twelve in their scheme.

I regard the zodiac as equal parts astronomy, psychology and art. Enjoy it for the guidance it offers, its beautiful imagery and intriguing symbols, or just appreciate how the ancients could have discovered the constellations and mapped their movements, all without telescopes or even Bic pens!

To find out more about astrology, browse our catalogue.

Also, if you read your daily horoscope, why not green this habit by reading it online? Your library card is your subscription the the Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail and hundreds of other daily newspapers. Check out the database Newspaper Direct Press Display, in our e-library.


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Is there anything more beautiful than a naked man? Perhaps only a naked woman.

Desmond Morris is an Oxford educated writer and filmmaker who has just published a new book, The Naked Man.

Prior to his latest effort, Morris wrote both The Naked Ape and The Naked Woman.

The Naked Man and The Naked Woman are close examinations of the human body – part by part, literally from head to toe. Along the way, readers discover fascinating information pertaining to both biology and culture. In fact, Morris transitions from an anatomical lens to a cultural one so easily, that these titles read as love songs to the human body, rather than text books. If you’ve got an interest in anatomy, art, body modification, gender or biology, check out these interesting, readable books.

Hubba, Hubba!

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Several years into a relationship, the sublime can give way to the mundane. You easily predict your partner’s actions and reactions; a comfortable pattern can soon become a rut. Why not spice things up with a trip to the library? No, I’m not suggesting a little make-out session behind a bookshelf (although you wouldn’t be the first!). Check out our collection. We’ve got all sorts of materials that are sure to keep things interesting!

  • Borrow a romance novel! Theses formulated fantasies are even better when you’re not hiding them from your mother!
  • Borrow a book about relationships! Gather advice about how you can be more caring, patient, compassionate, and thoughtful. Maintaining a successful relationship takes work and creativity, so don’t hesitate to refer to these books, if you need guidance.
  • Borrow some romantic music! Calgary Public Library has a huge range of music, so whether it’s jazz or heavy metal that sets your heart aflutter, set the mood.
  • Borrow a book about sex! Teach the “old dog” in your life a new trick or two!

Want more romance in your life? Visit the Calgary Public Library! We’ve got everything you need, but the candlesticks!


Notable Volunteers

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We would like to recognize both Ana Mullen, a learner in the Reading Advantage Program, and her mentor Reading Advantage volunteer Peter Cutting: Ana was the winner of the Literacy Alberta Stepping Stones Scholarship recognizing outstanding achievement and ongoing efforts of an adult learner; while, Peter was a nominee at the Volunteer Calgary Leadership Awards for the “Heart of Calgary” category for all his work in the Reading Advantage Program. Congratulations to you both!

Norma High, 35-year volunteer in the Libraries in Residence program was recognized as a nominee at the 2009 Outstanding Calgary Seniors Awards hosted by the Calgary Chapter Alberta Association on Gerontology. Congratulations Norma!

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