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Every Vote Counts! 2012

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Join in an All-Party Forum on socio-economic and integration issues for a vibrant and inclusive Alberta.


Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, in The Commons at The Genesis Centre of Community Wellness, 7556 Falconridge Boulevard NE.


And while you're at The Genesis Centre, be sure to visit the Saddletowne Branch, the Calgary Public Library's newest library location.

Election Day - Monday, April 23, 2012

by Jerry - 0 Comment(s)


Welcome to the Calgary Public Library's Civic Literacy blog!


Alberta’s election offers each of us the opportunity to play an active and individual role by participating in the democratic process of choosing our government. The Calgary Public Library can help to inform you about the voting process. We encourage you to become informed, ask questions, have discussions and, most importantly, to vote!


Why is it important to vote?

The right to vote is a fundamental democratic right that is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is the cornerstone of democracy.

  • When we vote, we choose the representatives who will make the laws and policies that govern how we live together.
  • The legitimacy of a government lies in the fact that it is elected. Low voter turnouts may call into question this democratic legitimacy.
  • While democracy involves much more than holding elections every five years, voting is a powerful way to send a message to governments and politicians. The more votes, the more powerful the message is. In other words, every vote counts.
  • Compared to other forms of political participation, voting does not require a lot of time or effort – in other words, it is one of the easiest ways to have a say in how your society is governed.


Here are some useful links:

Voter information, including “Am I registered to vote?” and “Where do I vote?”

Answers to common questions about voting, including “Do I have to be on the list of electors in order to vote?”

Want to know “who are the candidates in my riding? and “which parties do they represent?

Political party websites provide additional information about party leaders, candidates, party platforms and events.


Hear what the leader’s of Alberta’s political parties have to say about election issues. Watch the leader's debate “live” on Global TV, Thursday, April 19, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

Learn more about yourself and where your ideas and beliefs fit into the Alberta political scene. Use CBC’s interactive VOTE COMPASS election tool.

Fatso! Four-eyes! Freak!

by Katherine - 2 Comment(s)

Not long ago, I was insulted. I’ll spare you the details about how, when, where, and by whom, because I’m still a bit touchy, but suffice to say that I’ve thought about the incident repeatedly, as most people with hurt feelings do. And now that I’ve had sufficient time to reflect, the conclusion I’m left with is that today’s insults are entirely without flair.

Most people have only a limited range of nouns and adjectives with which to express their displeasure; why not expand your possibilities? You’re going to encounter all kinds of creatures in your lifetime, and “jerk” just won’t be enough to really capture the tenor of your sentiments. After all, sometimes we’re merely disappointed and other times we’re morally outraged. Sometimes we’re peeved about an apparent character flaw, and other times we’re baffled at stupidity, inconsideration or lack of etiquette. These are different categories of transgression, and warrant different reactions.

So, beef up your put downs, and mystify your foes with insults ranging from classic to obscure. But remember to keep it short and snappy. Brevity is the soul of wit, right?

Here are a few resources, to get you started:

Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insult by Jerome Neu

Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults by Robert Schnackenberg

Central Learning Lab

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

“I was working in the lab, late one night...”

Actually, it was yesterday night.

The Central Library now has a dedicated space for learning and skills development. It’s our 3rd floor learning lab!

Drop in for beginner classes in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Power Point), basic internet searching, career resources and much more. Take advantage of one-on-one help with crafting a resume, writing a business plan, or navigating our e-library.

For more information about class schedules, call us at (403) 260 – 2782.


by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

The Spanish Conversation Club is a free class offered to members of the public who wish to increase their oral language skills and gain confidence in speaking. It is facilitated by volunteers who guide participants in their Spanish conversations, answer questions, and ensure the group runs smoothly and has fun!

Sushila is one of our cherished volunteers with the Spanish Conversation Club at the Memorial Park Library, where she has been volunteering for the last year and a half.

Originally from Venezuela, Sushila is pursuing a career in the field of child care but enjoys teaching Spanish for fun on the side. All of the volunteers who work with Sushila say how friendly and organized she is. She is great at communicating with all the staff and volunteers, and has been affectionately called ‘the boss’ by a fellow volunteer. The participants of the club thoroughly enjoy having Sushila as a teacher, comments such as this one are commonplace for Sushila; “I really enjoyed the friendliness of the instructors and their sense of humour. They made us feel very at ease thereby making it easy to speak."

Sushila says that volunteering has positively impacted her life: “The staff at the library are so friendly. When I first came here I didn’t know any Canadians, but I have met many new people through the Spanish Conversation Club.”

Thank you Sushila for all of your dedication teaching Spanish to your fellow Calgarians!


by Christine P - 7 Comment(s)

Filza is one of the newest additions to our team of youth volunteers and we are very happy to have her! She began volunteering just over a month ago and has since been hooked; in just a short period of time she has been involved with CyberSeniors Connect, Computer Buddies and ESL Teen Talk.

Filza enjoys volunteering because it gives her the opportunity to communicate with members of the community. “The greatest part of volunteering is that you are able to interact with a diverse group of participants and are able to help the community strive to accomplish a goal.”

Over spring break Filza volunteered for ESL Teen Talk, a program where youth English language learners can practice their language skills while enjoying conversation, fun activities and interaction with peer volunteers. She obviously enjoyed her time: “In the ESL Teen Talk program it was amazing how there were people from eleven different countries gathered into one room. Despite our differences we were all able to unite as a collective group and were successfully able to interact and make friends. This program is unlike any other in the sense that a bond was created among the group. My favorite part is that the volunteers and the participants are not only comfortable in sharing one and others ideas, but are also encouraging and appreciating each other.”

If you are interested in learning more about our youth volunteer opportunities click here.

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