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My First Grow Op

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When I was a child, my family didn’t have a garden; several failed and tearful attempts at forcing petunias to grow, and my mother swore off gardening forever.

But, I’ve recently become a new homeowner and I can’t wait to get growing! I have a 93 square foot, west-facing deck. Let the games begin!

Now, I don’t know anything about gardening, so where do you suppose I looked for information and instruction? The Calgary Public Library, of course! We have an enormous collection of gardening books. Whether you’re growing indoors or out, herbs, shrubs or flowers, it’s all here!

After perusing for a few weeks, I found the perfect book for me: Tomatoes, garlic, basil: the simple pleasures of growing and cooking your garden's most versatile vegetables, by Doug Oster.

Check out your local library branch for more information about herb gardens, composting, landscaping, local plants and trees, and more!


We Should Know Each Other!

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I met Mark Hopkins at the Glenbow Museum a few months ago.

After a noon-hour talk about face-to-face meetings and what they can help us accomplish, the speaker asked whether the audience had any questions, comments, or general feedback.

Mark stood up and talked briefly about his “We Should Know Each Other” parties. They’re events that are open to anyone, hosted by Mark Hopkins himself, a self described community builder.

This Saturday, Mark will host his 50th such gathering. All are welcome, and you can expect to meet a huge array of Calgarians – activists, politicians, artists, and everyone else! It’s your chance to get out there, broaden your social circle, make new connections and flex the social muscles that wither with too much screen time.

Join the party and meet your newest friends! Check out the links for more information!

We Should Know Each Other (Facebook event)

We Should Know Each Other (article from FFWD)


New Spring Programs!

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In a few weeks, the Calgary Public Library will release our new program guides. Check them out for a huge range of free programs in a branch near you!

Our Computer Literacy programs are perennially popular, as are our ESL and Business and Career programs. Register early for these ones!

Registration can be done in person, over the phone, or online.

Quirks & Quarks and Calgary!

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If you’re a fan of CBC’s “Quirks & Quarks”, then be sure to attend Ecopalooza, on April 17th! Ecopalooza is a one-day festival of all things green, and the keynote speaker will be none other than Bob McDonald!

For more information about Ecopalooza, please visit our homepage. Also, check out the information we’ve posted on Facebook.


Ecopalooza (Art show and contest)

Countdown to Ecopalooza!

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Join us at the Central library on Saturday April 17th, for a festival of all things green. We’ll have retailers, businesses and non-profits. We’ll have artists, poets, and green “improv”! We’ll have an art show (with cash prizes) and a keynote speaker – CBC’s Bob McDonald. If it’s green, it’ll be at Ecopalooza! Join free programs and workshops throughout the day and be inspired by local groups and organizations, making a difference here in Calgary.

For more information about Ecopalooza, check out our event on Facebook.

Or, contact Katherine Anderson or Patrick Mealey, for more information. (403) 260-2782 (403) 221-2091

Have a Nietzsche Day!

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Frederic Nietzsche is one of the most famous and important 19th century philosophers. He is concerned with objectivity and truth, morality and Christianity, freedom and power, and much more. Are you ready to cast off the “slave morality” that binds you? Can you conceive of a world wherein tragedy is an affirmative power?

Browse the philosophy section of your local library branch, and have a Nietzsche day!

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