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Music in the Air!

by Katherine - 2 Comment(s)

Calgary’s Folk Fest is in full swing, and I can’t wait until tomorrow night, when I’ll finally get to see KD Lang live! What a treat!

If you’re a music lover, then be sure to browse our extensive music collection. We’ve got thousands of CDs! Every genre is represented – from classical to country, and international, too. We’ve also got live concert DVDs. Be sure to check out our New and Notable section for new releases and artists you may not yet have encountered. Did you know that the Calgary Public Library has a collection of sheet music, too? Check it out, if you play the piano or guitar. Also, scan our program guide for free concerts, drumming programs, and more!

Market Share Reporter

by Katherine - 1 Comment(s)

There’s a wealth of really fabulous resources available to Calgary Public Library cardholders, through our e-library. One of my favourites is a digital edition of Market Share Reporter. This comprehensive book has statistics about all sorts of markets, and who (or which product) enjoys the largest share of the market. Check out some of these diverse statistics:

  • Avocado Sales by Type
  • Best-Selling Albums
  • Demand for Pesticides, by Application

Market Share Reporter is an essential tool for entrepreneurs who need current statistics about their market and closest competitors. It’s also fun to simply dig up obscure facts. For instance, did you know that in 2012, China will spend over $260 billion on apparel?

From our homepage, click e-library and then Business, Directories, Investment & Careers. From the list of databases, choose Gale Directory Library Online. Choose “publication” and search using the term “market”. You will find Market Share Reporter and will be able to search for a particular term, or browse all of the topics.

For assistance with this or any of our other online tools, call us at 260-2782, or visit our homepage and use the online chat feature.

Mortgage Freedom

by Katherine - 1 Comment(s)

Do you know when you’ll be free of mortgage payments? For me, it’ll be in about 13.9 years - but, who’s counting?

I’m working hard and saving money, because I know that the more I save while I’m young, the more years I’ll be able to collect compound interest. And, if I pay more than the minimum mortgage payment – even just a bit more – I can substantially reduce the number of years I’ll have to pay. Just a few adjustments can make a huge difference to your financial future.

If you’d like to ensure that your mortgage is working for you, instead of vice versa, then check out Mortgage Freedom: Retire House Rich and Cash Rich, by Sandy Aitken. A lot of popular titles are written for American audiences, but this new book is written especially for Canadians. Learn how to use the equity in your home to invest in products that earn you more money.

Whether it’s “Freedom 55”, “Freedom 65” or even “Freedom 35” (hey, it’s free to dream, right?), the Calgary Public Library has resources to help you accomplish your financial goals. Check out your local branch, today!

Picks of the Litter(ati), July 11, 2011

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Nearly every day, new items arrive at the Central Library. Here are some titles that have grabbed my attention this week:

  • Weird Alberta Laws: Strange, Bizarre Wacky & Absurd, by Lisa Wojna.

  • The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today, by Rob Dunn

  • Mortgage Freedom: Retire House Rich and Cash Rich, by Sandy Aitken

  • Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance, by Richard C. Francis

Check out new titles at a library branch near you. Or, stop in for CDs, DVDs, MP3s, free programs, and more!

Horses are People, Too!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I have to say it: the death of a horse on the first day of this year’s Calgary Stampede has me feeling pretty upset. Why, in this century, must we use animals for entertainment?

And yet even though this vegetarian animal lover typically recoils from the rodeo and all that it entails, I’m wise enough to know that I can’t just stand at the gates of the Stampede grounds and shout something like: Horses are people, too!

In order to sustain discussions about morality and ethics, we need to reason carefully, and with attention to nuance. Exactly what is it that’s wrong with the rodeo?

How are rodeos and circuses different from zoos? Is it acceptable for us to eat animals, or to be entertained by them? What about to hurt them? Where do the differences lie, and what makes those differences important? Do animals have rights? If so, how can we formulate and better understand them? These questions live within the realm of ethics, and if they interest you, you might want to browse our philosophy collection.

In particular, I recommend Peter Singer, a philosopher who’s written countless books about ethical thinking.

Living Library in the News

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

Photo by Jessica Patterson

Photo by Jessica Patterson

Check out this Open File news article about our Living Library program!

Living Library gives readers an opportunity to borrow a person or “living book”. Volunteers, who are the living books, share stories about their personal experiences of diversity in a safe and welcoming environment.

To search for upcoming living libraries, click here.

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