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Oh, Canada!

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What a country! We’ve got water and wood and diamonds, and people from every corner of the earth.

We’re liberal and friendly and funny and free!

Make a trip to your local library and learn about all that surrounds you, here at home.

Borrow a guidebook and plan a hike in glorious Kananaskis country.

Join a free program about Canada’s immigration law.

Get lost in great Canadian fiction.

Check out the Canadian content on our e-library.

There’s so much to discover about our country! Start at the Calgary Public Library!

Show Me the Way!

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Browse through the “religion” section of a big box bookstore, and you’ll find that the majority of titles are about Christianity and Jesus. There may be a few about Buddhism, but I’m willing to bet there’ll be practically nothing about Hinduism, Jainism, cults, Paganism and those “other” belief systems.

The library can be superior to bookstores because we have a mandate to stock what the public wants to read about, not to stock what sells.

Browse our “religion” section, and you’ll find books about every belief system under the sun. Eastern and Western, old and new, popular and fringe movements – they’re all here! We’ve got sacred books like the Bible, Koran, and Upanishads, and we’ve got a wide range of scholarly commentary about each one. We’ve got lots about atheism, too – published long before the days of “Dawkins-Dennett-Harris-Hitchens” mania. Some of our textbooks are the same ones used in introductory university classes.

If you’re looking for “the way”, then walk right past that bookstore, and come on in to your local library branch!

Stampede 2010

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Every year, our fair city plays host to the Calgary Stampede.

While most folks are familiar with the rodeo, rides, and pancake breakfasts, there’s still a lot to uncover about this local tradition.

Who started the Stampede, and why? When was the first one held? What’s the connection between the Stampede and Calgary’s “western” image?

Find out all about the Calgary Stampede by visiting our Local History Room, on the 4th floor of the Central Library. We’ve got articles, documents and pictures, ready to satisfy your curiosity!

Yee Haw!

Want to read about the Stampede, day by day? With a Calgary Public Library card, you can read both the Herald and the Sun online. Ask our staff about Newspaper Direct Press Display, available through our e-library!

Ya Hoo!

World Cup Inspiration

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If the 2010 FIFA World Cup has inspired you, then come to your local library branch, and get better acquainted with the culture of your favourite team.

Borrow a Brazilian cookbook, or a book about Korean folktales. Listen to French music, or watch a Spanish DVD. Learn a few German words with bilingual dictionaries, or check out a guidebook of South Africa, and plan your dream vacation.

Your Calgary Public Library brings the world to you! Check it out!

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Do You Have a TAL Card?

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If you have a Calgary Public Library card, you can get an additional card (for no extra charge!) called a TAL card. TAL is an acronym for The Alberta Library. A TAL card enables you to borrow books from post secondary institutions like the University of Calgary, and other public library systems, like the Edmonton Public Library.

If I may say so, I think that the Calgary Public Library has an excellent collection, and usually we can find any book that our customers request. However, sometimes customers request a textbook, or an older book, or something more academic or obscure. If we don’t have the item in our collection, then we search the TAL catalogue online.

If you’re a Calgary Public Library cardholder, and you’d like to use materials from other library systems, then ask for a TAL card the next time you’re in your local branch.

Reference USA: Canadian Businesses

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The third floor of the Central Library houses the Business, Science & Social Sciences collections. Nearly every day, we use a tool called Reference USA: Canadian Businesses, and we always highlight this database in our Career and Business Tours.

We use this tool because we’re constantly being asked questions like:

  • How can I get a list of my competitors?
  • How do I find out how many dentists (or language schools, or residential architects, or commercial bakeries) there are in Calgary?
  • I’m an engineer. How can I find out which engineering companies have more than 50 employees?

If you need information about a business, or you need to generate lists of businesses within a certain field or industry, then Reference USA is for you.

Don’t be fooled by the name! This powerful database can help you find all sorts of businesses within Calgary, and across Canada.

From our e-library, select Business, Directories, Investment & Careers and then Reference USA. Admittedly, the database can seem a bit tricky for those who aren’t familiar with it. But 3rd floor staff are always willing to walk you through a few searches. So, don’t be afraid to drop by, call, or chat online with us!

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