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Write Right!

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Do you finish your sentences with prepositions? Do you wonder where the apostrophe goes, in plural possessives? Do you split infinitives?

And…do you understand what any of these questions mean?

Your writing says volumes about you! Whether you’re penning a cover letter, a letter of complaint, or even a love letter, writing skills are crucial. And despite the fact that texting and twittering are becoming ubiquitous, there remains a great demand for competent communicators - those who can write with precision and clarity.

Visit your local library for books on grammar, essay writing, vocabulary building, and much more.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a writer, why not find out, by submitting your work to a publisher? We’ve got all sorts of books that can offer you direction, whether you’re writing a biography, fiction or non-fiction, or even children’s books or magazine articles.

Also, be sure to attend our Writer’s Weekend, coming in February.

I [heart] Maclean's Magazine!

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I love Maclean’s magazine! That’s not to say that I always agree with its editors, or that its content always aligns with my own views. Rather, I love it because it consistently gives me food for thought. Feature articles are interesting and timely; everything from politics to religion, to Canadian culture is examined. I also enjoy the interviews – candid conversations about every topic under the sun! Even the obituaries are wonderfully written tributes. And that’s all in addition to coverage of Canadian news stories.

If you haven’t read Maclean’s (or haven’t read it lately), why not give it a try? If you’ve got a library card, you’re already a subscriber!

From our e-library, select Newspapers and Magazines. From the list of available databases, choose Canadian Newsstand. The database will open to a search screen, but rather than searching, simply select the “Publications” tab, and then type “Maclean’s”. Notice that you’ve got access to every article since 1992!

Maclean’s magazine and hundreds (!) more are available on our e-library. Check it out today!

Vital Conversations 2010

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If you have something to say about the future of your city, then here’s an event you won’t want to miss:

Vital Conversations 2010

Join us on Friday January 22nd, from 6 – 8 PM, at the Central library. The Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Foundation, with support from the City of Calgary’s Office of Sustainability, will host an evening of discussion and networking, followed by a reception.

Come and talk about Calgary’s 2009 “VitalSigns” Report. What’s working and what could be better?

For more information, and to register for Vital Conversations, please visit

"Smart, Fearless Journalism"

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Does the idea of just that – smart, fearless journalism – appeal to you? Well, such is the promise (and slogan) of Mother Jones magazine. And, if you’ve got a Calgary Public Library card, you’re already a subscriber.

From our e-library, select Science, Technology and Environment. Then, from the list of databases provided, select GREENER. Once GREENER opens, you’ll notice an “advanced search” tab near the top left. Simply type “Mother Jones” and use the drop down menu to indicate that this is the Publication Title. You’ll find the three most recent articles, as well as a list of over 600 earlier ones.

What ype of articles will you find? Check out some of these titles:

Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

Shock and audit: we dissect the Pentagon's budget so you don't have to.

Paying through the hose: why is wasting water so damn cheap?

Out of mind, out of sight: inside the psychiatric hospitals the world forgot.

Class is the new black: how I had to look beyond race and learn to love equality

America's most dangerous librarians: meet the radical bookworms who fought the Patriot Act--and won

Addmittedly, a lot of the content is American, but the topics are timely, and very interesting. If you're a lover of non-fiction and current events, then be sure to check it out! Mother Jones and a huge variety of other popular and academic publications are available on our e-library.

Access Science!

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Access Science is a fabulous tool for high school students and post secondary students alike.

Encompassing encyclopedia entries, information about discoveries and developments, news stories and biographies, this database is comprehensive, current and very easy to use. From agriculture to veterinary medicine, Access Science is sure to help with science projects, term papers, or as a general reference source. I wish I had known about it during my “it’s due tomorrow?!” days.

For instance, if you’re doing a project about cell division, Access Science will provide you with encyclopedia entries, biographies about geneticists, relevant news stories, and even animations of meiosis. It’s a one-stop shop!

Check out Access Science and a wide variety of other scientific databases on our e-library!

From our e-library, select Science, Technology and Environment, and then Access Science from the list of databases.

"I'm in PR"

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Any devoted Sex and the City fan will recall that Samantha, in between flings, works in PR. Although we see her attending parties in various episodes, PR is about much more than socializing. Indeed, in order to be successful in PR, you must have tact, diplomacy, and a way with words.

If you’ve got a Calgary Public Library card, you can access Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations, by John Foster, from home. Here’s how:

From our e-library, select Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. From the list of databases, choose Gale Virtual Reference Library. From the list of topics, choose Business, and you’ll see this book there, among many others.

Whether you need to brush up on your grammar, or you need a bit of direction in determining which style may be appropriate, check out Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations. Take your writing from fine to “fabulous”, as Samantha would say.

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