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Ideacity on DVD!

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Fancy yourself an “ideas” person? Interested in the ideas and people that influence culture, business, technology and society as a whole? IdeaCity is an annual conference held in Toronto. It brings together a variety of thinkers and the public, for lectures, discussion and networking. If you've enjoyed TED talks, IdeaCity is probably right up your alley!

Sam Harris, Margaret Atwood, Ray Kurzweil, Andrew Nikiforuk, Richard Dawkins, Conrad Black and Ezra Levant are just some of the many notable speakers who have given talks over the last few years.

One doesn’t need to be a specialist in order to be intrigued by these lectures. The topics are highly interesting for a broad audience, and the speakers are accessible and engaging. Each lecture is about half an hour in length, so they’re just enough to get you really curious about a topic, without being overwhelming.

Calgary Public Library has IdeaCity on DVD! Check it out today!

So Fresh and so Clean!

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I have vivid memories of summers spent on the absolutely unique treasure known as Prince Edward Island. One memory stands out in particular: I was taken to an organic farm, where I was able to tour fields of potatoes and other vegetables, and see how a single horse could contribute so much to a small farming operation. My host was an older gentleman who, when we were finished the tour, reached down to the ground, pulled out a single carrot, and after wiping the dirt on the front of his pant leg, handed it to me. I took the small, crooked carrot and found that it was delicious! It was one of the best pieces of produce I’ve ever had.

Some time ago, I completed (OK, “tried to complete”) a master cleanse which called for lemons, and so I purchased organic Meyer lemons from Community Natural Foods. Again, I was stunned at how much better organic tastes than non-organic. These lemons were so sweet that you could almost eat them as candy. Unbelievable!

I love the taste of organic food, and I don’t mind paying extra to ensure that the food I eat tastes great and is free of pesticides and preservatives. However, organic food is about much more than taste and price.

One film that highlights some of the issues related to organic food is called Fresh. Fresh illustrates how farmers who operate outside of the industrial complex are able to produce healthy, robust animals, without the use of antibiotics, hormones, and the like. It shows how shared gardens can be a nexus for community revival and food security, while at the same time, offering a sensible response to energy shortage. It reveals that traditional, responsible methods of small scale animal husbandry can actually be more productive than the industrial model of factory-farms.

What resounded in me most strongly after watching this film is the following line: “There is no such thing as cheap food”. Some farmer, wage laborer, animal, river, or internal organ will surely “pay” for the low prices we currently enjoy.

Join us on September 26th, in the John Dutton theatre, to watch Fresh. This is an award winning, inspiring, and approachable film. You’ll leave wanting to be a gardener, a hog farmer, an activist, or at the very least: someone bound for the farmer’s market.

For more information:

Fresh

I Love I Love Lucy!

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If you haven’t ever watched an episode of I love Lucy, then you’ve “got some ‘splaining to do!”

This show is an absolute classic! Lucille Ball’s comic genius shines in slapstick scenes, and her ability to manipulate her facial expressions and body language never fails to delight. Zany and unpredictable, Lucy is the perfect foil for Ricky, her uptight husband. In nearly every episode, Lucy has some sort of scheme that inevitably goes awry. The comedic tension is a result of her trying to either remedy or lie about the situation, while Ricky investigates.

I love Lucy is harmless, and a welcome reprieve from the sometimes vulgar comedies that air these days. I have shown episodes to the ESL students whom I teach, and the inmates at the Calgary Remand Centre, where I sometimes visit to promote the library and its resources. Among both groups, I Love Lucy was universally enjoyed.

Why not mix up your regular routine and borrow an I Love Lucy DVD today?

If You Type It, It Will Come

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Recently, a friend and I were chatting about the TV series Dexter. Admittedly, the show may not appeal to everyone. The protagonist is Dexter Morgan, who works as a blood spatter expert in the Miami Metro Police Department, but moonlights as a serial killer. Dexter lives by a strict code: he doesn’t kill innocent people. Rather, just the murderers who slip through the legal cracks, and deserve to have swift justice meted out. I’d seen season 1 and 2, but none of season three. My friend suggested that I Google:

“Watch Dexter Season Three Online”

Presto! Truly, it seems that in the world according to Google, if you type it, it will come. But, although Googling is a fast and efficient way of searching (and spell checking, incidentally), it does not always generate reputable sources of information. When you want to ensure that the information you have is reliable, use your library card instead.

Start from our homepage and select e-library. The content that you will find in our e-library has been reviewed by human editors, and selected for accuracy, currency and relevancy. Access literally hundreds (!) of encyclopedias and full length reference books, and thousands of peer-reviewed academic articles. Articles from the e-library can be saved and e-mailed. There are even tools that will format citations for you!

Want to know which websites we use when we help to answer your questions? Check out our list of Best Websites. Our librarians have edited this “go-to” collection so that the information you receive is from reputable and current sources. No Wikis here!

The idea that you can either visit the library or use the internet for your research is a false choice. Use our e-library to access all kinds of library material from home, and your research will be timely, relevant and Google-free!

Now…back to the blood spatters…

If you type it, it will come...

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Recently, a friend and I were chatting about the TV series Dexter. Admittedly, the show may not appeal to everyone. The protagonist is Dexter Morgan, who works as a blood spatter expert in the Miami Metro Police Department, but moonlights as a serial killer. Dexter lives by a strict code: he doesn’t kill innocent people. Rather, just the murderers who slip through the legal cracks, and deserve to have swift justice meted out. I’d seen season 1 and 2, but none of season three. My friend suggested that I Google:

“Watch Dexter Season Three Online”

Presto! Truly, it seems that in the world of Google, if you type it, it will come. If there’s anything you want to learn about, purchase, or see an image of, Google will likely be able to find it for you within seconds. But, although googling is a fast and efficient way of searching, it does not always generate reputable sources of information.

When you want to ensure that the information you have is reliable, use your library card instead.

Start from our homepage and select e-library. The content that you will find in our e-library has been reviewed by human editors, and selected for accuracy, currency and relevancy. Access literally hundreds(!) of encyclopedias and full length reference books, and thousands of peer-reviewed academic articles. Articles from the e-library can be saved and e-mailed. There are even tools that will format citations for you!

Want to know which websites we use when we help to answer your questions? Check out our list of Best Websites, now on Delicious. Our librarians have edited this “go-to” collection so that the information you receive is from reputable and current sources. No Wikis here!

The idea that you can either visit the library or use the internet for your research is a false choice. Use our e-library to access all kinds of library material from home, and your research will be timely, relevant and Google-free!

Now…back to the blood spatters…

(...and did I mention that we also have Dexter on DVD?)

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