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Not Quite Adults, by Richard Settersten and Barbara E. Ray

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Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why it’s Good For Everyone

I’m excited to read this new book! Of course I am – I’m the 20-something that lived at home, saved money, and delayed (actually, I’m still delaying!) marriage and childbearing. So, it feels great that I can read a book that argues against the stereotype of lazy, entitled children and the helicopter parents who allow them to mooch.

My own mother gave me unconditional love and support, and that’s because she recognized that attending university while working a part time job required me to be diligent and responsible. And I was! (Well…most of the time…)

Check out this book and gain insight into how living at home affects the financial, familial, social, and economic futures of grown children.

If you can’t make it to the library, put the book on hold and have your mom pick it up for you!

Valentines, Schmalentines!

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To be single on Valentine’s there a worse fate?

Actually, I’m not feeling too badly this year. I have good friends and family, and I know that they love me. And a colleague brought in a big bucket of red, white and pink jellybeans. So who cares if I don’t receive a big bouquet of something-or-other? Incidentally, if you, dear reader, are my secret admirer, I prefer bouquets of cookies over bouquets of flowers. Cookies don’t make me sneeze.

Whether you’re the admirer or the admired, the Calgary Public Library has something for you! Here’s a short list of some of our resources:

  • New books! Pick up something like this: The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips are Telling Us, by Sheril Kirshenbaum
  • Romantic music: we’ve got jazz, classical, and several other collections.
  • Love stories: ask your librarian to recommend something to you. I once tested one of our fiction databases, Novelist, by searching for the following plot line:”cloned alien finds love” and guess what? I got a result!
  • Poems: the 4th floor of the Central Library contains tons of love poems. Inspirational and poignant!
  • Cookbooks: is the way to a man’s heart really through his stomach? Find out for yourself with our extensive range of cookbooks. French, Italian, Chinese, Indian, and lots more!
  • Databases: use World Folklore and Folklife or the Encyclopedia Britannica (both online!) and find out who Saint Valentine was, why he’s famous, and how he’s managed to fill your February 14th with undue angst. Err...I mean, “fill your heart with love”.
  • Craft books: make your own cards with inspiration from our collections! We’ve got resources for both adults and children.

Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in an unusual way? Write a letter to your alderman and tell her or him why you LOVE your library.


Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People, by Ken Watanabe

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I read this neat little book in about 2 hours. What a treat!

Ken Watanabe left his job as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and wrote a book for Japanese children, about problem solving and critical thinking skills. The book became wildly popular among adults in the business community and is now an international bestseller.

Full of illustrations, diagrams and charts, this is a book that is clearly written and widely applicable. We all solve problems in our daily lives, but not many of us are equipped with the tools that will allow us to do it most effectively.

Watanabe presents readers with instructions for creating logic trees, methods for working with a pros/cons list, and strategies for closing the gap between where we are now, and the goal we’d like to achieve. It may sound strange that something called a “logic tree” is incorporated into a book for children, but don’t be intimidated! These tools are very, very simple.

Check out Problem Solving 101 today! Here’s the last paragraph:

If you make problem solving a habit, you’ll be able to make the most of your talents and take control of your life. You can solve not only your own problems, but the problems of your school, your business, and your community – and maybe even the world.

Sounds hopeful, doesn’t it?

Hey, Stoner!

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It’s no secret that in Canada, marijuana is an enormous industry. It’s suspected to be British Columbia’s largest industry - although it’s hard to measure what people try to keep hidden – and there is no shortage of Calgary news stories featuring grow-ops and the police task forces who try to combat them. From the Trailer Park Boys series to the immensely popular comedy Weeds, it seems that dope and those who love it have come out of the closet (a good place to grow it, apparently!) and into the mainstream.

People who use marijuana are typically thought of as lazy, unmotivated, and above all: hungry! The stereotypical stoner is a forgetful, slow minded Bob Marley fan. But does this widespread stereotype reflect the truth about those who relish a toke? I doubt it.

This week, The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis: Its Role in Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture is one of the titles on our shelf of new books. It is edited by Julie Holland, M.D., and there are contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, and several other MDs and PhDs.

Check out this book and learn about medical risks, toxicology, arrest statistics, botany, compassion clubs, and more!

This is the kind of book that will make you reconsider...wait...what was I saying?

(For information about drugs, health and pharmacology, visit your local library or use our online databases!)

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