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Fernando Botero at the Glenbow Museum

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This weekend, visit the Glenbow Museum for the launch of its Fernando Botero exhibit. This event is pay-what-you-can, and is a great opportunity to enjoy the exhibition on a night with music, performance, refreshments, and festivity.

September is Arts and Culture Month, so if you’re looking for information about events throughout the city, then contact our Arts & Recreation department. Also, check out some of the arts events happening at your local library branch!

Fernando Botero Launch Party

Arts and Culture Month at your library


Plane Talk

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If I had to have a job that was totally different from the one I currently have, I would be a carpenter. I love the smell of wood, and I think I would really enjoy designing my own creations, and seeing them through to completion. Carpentry seems like a contemplative job, too.

If you’re interested in woodworking, then visit the Fish Creek Library on September 11th for “plane talk”. Connect with other wood workers and learn about various products and techniques. Register online, in the branch of your choice, or by calling 260-2600.

Also, browse our catalogue for carpentry and woodworking. We have a ton of books, magazines and DVDs to get you inspired!

Start your saws!

Sound Off!

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“Artists shouldn’t receive any money from the government – especially if what they produce is offensive”.

“If museums are serious about being places for culture to thrive and grow, then they shouldn’t charge for admission”.

“When I look at modern art, I can’t help but think that my kids could produce something just as good”.

“Where is Calgary’s art scene?!”

Do you have something to say about the arts? Get off of your soapbox and onto ours!

That’s right! For one night only, the Central Library will be turned into an artist free-for-all! Join Kris Demeanor, David Swann, Will Ferguson and many others for an evening of music, art, and inspiration.

Join us on September 18th, to meet and mingle, rant and rave! We supply the soapbox, you supply your views. Go ahead – get “lathered up” about the arts, and let your voice be heard!

Small Business Fair 2010

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Are you a small business owner? Would you like to participate in our Small Business Fair?

The Calgary Public Library is excited to host our annual Small Business Fair at the Central Library on Thursday October 21st. Small Business owners are invited to contact Business Librarian Kristen Holm, for information about how to participate.

We are proud to showcase a variety of local small businesses in addition to agencies and companies that offer business owners mentorship and support.

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Visit the Central Library and check out our business resources! We’ve got everything from sample business plans, to information about how to register and incorporate your business. We can generate lists of competitors and help you with basic market research. We’ve even got a fee-for-service research department!

All you need is a good idea, a library card, and a whole lot of hard work!

See you at the Small Business Fair!

A Stellar Volunteer!

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

“Ella is so kind.”

“Ella is super-positive.”

“She is soooo nice.”

These are a few of the rave reviews that youth volunteer Ella Li has received lately. Animated and light-hearted, Ella has an easy laugh that brightens the room.

In Summer 2009 Ella joined the Calgary Public Library volunteer team and she’s been brightening up program rooms and computer labs ever since! Ella heard about the Library’s volunteer programs from her friend Zoey and thought it would be “a very good chance to experience something new”. As a Computer Buddy, Ella helps younger buddies develop computer skills. Through fun projects and activities, they practice safe Internet searching and Microsoft Office programs like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Ella says, “I love to be around children, especially the energetic ones. Watching them laugh makes me really fulfilled.”

In Summer 2010 Ella tried out another program. “I really enjoy the ESL Teen Talk program. I met lots of new people, they are really fun and nice to be around. Once we played a game [that] involved earning points. I remember my group was scared to answer the hard questions at first, but after half an hour we were all in a really hyper mood. Even the most quiet people raised their hands to answer. We couldn't wait to answer the next question. Everybody was so involved, because we all worked together.” All that teamwork was for the best – her team won the game, and became better friends too.

Ella has many interests, including badminton, tennis, art, calligraphy, and guitar. Besides volunteering with the Calgary Public Library she has also volunteered helping young children at Chinese school.

Thank you, Ella, for bringing laughter and fun to the Library’s youth volunteer programs!

Baking for Special Diets

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There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread. Except, of course, eating the bread! But for hundreds of thousands of Canadians, noshing on the nearest loaf isn’t always an option. Gluten intolerance requires many people to give up bread, baked goods, pasta, and a host of other (why-even-get-out-of-bed-if-I-can’t-have-them?) foods.

If you’re someone who has to avoid gluten, then take heart - we’ve got a special treat for you! In fact, this program is for diabetics and vegetarians, too! Come one, come all!

On September 25th, from 11 - 12 PM, join Brian Hinton of Lakeview Bakery, as he shares tips and tricks to help you bake for celiacs, diabetics, and vegetarians.

Discover a new "flour power" and a whole lot more at our Food is Life Weekend!

Register for programs online, by calling (403)260-2600, or by visiting your nearest branch.

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