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Black History Month: The Big O

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

No, not that Big O. I mean Obama. As in Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America.

With only about 10 months remaining until the next American presidential election, it’s time to put Obama’s accomplishments into perspective. Has he managed to clean up Bush’s messes, or has he only exacerbated existing problems? Will his contentious health care reforms prove to be beneficial for the average American, or not? Is the world safer with Obama at the helm, or is Obama merely a pawn in corporate America's game? No matter where you stand on the political issues, it’s undeniable that Obama is a groundbreaking, historic figure.

Imagine: it was only decades before Obama ascended to presidency that Rosa Parks was being asked to move to the back of that fateful bus. Now, read that sentence again.

Check out some of these titles and learn more about America's first black president:

Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of a President, by Justin A. Frank

Obama and the Middle East, by Fawaz Gerges

Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves and Letters of the First Postmodern President, by Jack Cashill

The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad, by Tariq Ali

And don't forget that Obama is an author, too! Check out The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father.

February is Black History Month. Learn more at your local library branch!

Our Volunteers are Award-worthy

by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

Every April Volunteer Calgary celebrates the best in volunteerism in Calgary with their annual Leadership Awards.

The Library is happy to nominate some of our innovative programs and amazing volunteers for their hard work and dedication to changing the lives of Calgarians.

Congratulations to all of our nominees:

  • Maureen Proctor for the Heart of Calgary Award
  • Arlie Ring for the Volunteer in Profile Award
  • Lori and Mika Jarratt for the Volunteer Animal Award
  • Denise Justino, representing the Living Library program, for the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category
  • Karen Lam for the Leaders of Tomorrow Award (Not pictured)

Best of luck to all the nominees and thank you for volunteering at the Library!

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