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Over 4000 Free Ringtones

by Laura C - 0 Comment(s)

Do you like to change the ringtones on your mobile device? Do you like to assign a different song or sound effect for each of your contacts?

Then Freegal Music is for you! Freegal Music is one of the newest resources in our e-library, it offers Calgary resident Library Card holders:

  • 3 hours of free music streaming a day
  • and, 3 free song downloads a week

 

The Freegal Music database, which boasts a collection of over 7 million songs, also contains over 4 thousand ringtones for you to choose from. Ringtones include: pop, rock, R&B, latin, TV and movie themes, and seasonal songs. Plus you can find basic chimes, sound effects and more!

With so much to choose from, you should be able to find the perfect sound to personalize your mobile phone.

Click the album covers below to take you directly to the Freegal Music database. And remember, you will need to sign-in with your Calgary Public Library card to stream or download your free songs.

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There are hundreds of fun sound effect and chime ringtones available for download, including things like: "popcorn", "coffee grinder", "seagulls", and "dentist in action" (eek)

You can find thousands of ringtones of your favourite songs like: "Girls just want to have fun", "Welcome to the jungle" or, "Poker face"

TV and Movie themes make great ringtones! You can find TV show themes like, "Knight Rider", "East Enders", "NCIS" or, even, "The Littlest Hobo"

There are a number of "speaking" ringtones on Freegal, but this album of Jonathan Winters ringtones is probably the funniest, even if you don't know who Jonathan Winters is.

Change your ringtone to suit the season. Get ready for Halloween with spooky and paranormal songs like, "Dr. Who theme song", "Witch Doctor" and, of course, "Monster Mash"

Want to find more ringtones on Freegal?

The best way to find ringtones on Freegal Music is to type the term "ringtone" into the search box, click "search", and then refine the search by clicking the "songs" tab. You can browse the songs at the bottom of the screen, and listen to them before you download.

If you find there are more than 3 ringtones on Freegal that you want to download, save the songs to your "wishlist" to download next week!

Take the Library on your Summer Vacation

by Lorrie - 0 Comment(s)

Travelling with your family by plane, train or car is always an adventure. I have always relied on the library for travelling material whether it’s a book or e-book to read in the airport or music and books on CD to pass the time in my car.

When my two boys were small we often rented a cabin in B.C. and to pass the eight hours to get there we would load up on book CDs like Robin Hood Crusader or Giants a Colossal Collection of tales and tunes, it was preferable to have a story with giants but really any adventure story would do. That was more than a few years ago but the library still has the tools to make an eight hour trip not feel like 16 hours. The kids e-library has loads of stories, games and activities to keep kids occupied and they might just learn a few things.

If you have more than one child it may require multiple devices or a little bit of compromise. It is nice when you can find a story, game or activity that the whole family can enjoy. The classic folk and fairy tales are always a good start, Jack the Giant Killer was always a favorite.

If your child is enrolled in an immersion program at school the kids e-library has Muzzy Online an animated language learning course for children in seven languages plus English. Encyclopedie Decouverte World Book kids en francais and Enciclopedia estudiantil Hallazagos World Book Online kids in Spanish both are excellent resources to help kids learn a second or third language or just keep their current skills sharp.

When kids are first learning to read it can be a struggle to keep them reading over the summer. The e-library has lots of games and activities to help the most reluctant of readers stay engaged. Bookflix and Pebble Go will keep them happily reading and playing vocabulary games. Of course some parents will have the opposite problem trying to keep their kids supplied with enough books because they have an avid reader. Luckily the library has books and e-books for the whole family including Mom and Dad.

While at the cottage we quite often found the need for some good nonfiction books like a good birding book, Birds of North America Western Region and the kids always needed a book on insects to identify all the creepy crawlies they find in the woods or on the beach.

Fishing is another popular activity summer activity and it is usually a good idea to identify that fish you just caught. Some fish can only be caught at certain times of the year so it maybe handy to have a book on identifying fish such as Fish of Alberta by Amanda Joynt.

Zinio will keep you supplied with the latest magazines and Hoopla will keep you supplied with music and movies. It is going to be a very busy summer at Calgary Public Library!

 

Getting Started in the Garden

by Stephen - 1 Comment(s)

This year I’ve decided to get serious about gardening. Usually I just plant a random assortment of nice looking flowers and then pretend that the results were intentional. Most years those results are... unfortunate. So before I break ground I’ll be spending the month of May educating myself with some of the useful resources the Calgary Public Library has to offer.

Before I even check out a book, I’m going to head to the E-Library’s Gale Courses to enroll in one of their many instructor-led online courses called Start Your Own Edible Garden. This course focuses on selecting climate-appropriate crops and cultivating them in a garden which suits my available time, amount of sunshine and vegetable needs.

The first book I’ll be borrowing is Jim Fox’s How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies. This book helps readers navigate the garden store, ensuring that you buy quality tools and the right-sized plants while offering advice about where to start when you get all that stuff home.

I live in a small house wiPlantifulth very limited garden space, so thankfully there’s Urban Gardening for Dummies which provides a comprehensive guide to growing plants in the tightest of living conditions. Whether it’s on your rooftop, your balcony, or your windowsill this guide will help you make the best use of the space you have. It also includes tips on gardening in basement apartments!

Finally, I want to make sure that the plants I buy will survive our umm…. very unique… Canadian weather so I’ll make sure to check out both the Canadian Encyclopedia of Gardening and the Great Canadian Plant Guide before I plant anything in the garden. I wonder which plants like hail?

To keep myself inspired I’ll also be checking out Jane Goodall’s Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants. In this volume Goodall travels the planet to explore the critical role plants play in both our survival and that of the natural world as a whole. She also pays a visit to the Millennium Seed Bank which contains over a billion seeds!

If after all of this my garden ends up well… like it usually does, I can always pay a visit to one of the many community gardens in the city, including those found at the Forest Lawn and Southwood libraries!

eMagazines

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

You may already be familiar with Zinio, which gives users access to over 350 digital magazine subscriptions and you may also be familiar with the National Geographic Virtual Library and the Vogue Archive, which provide access to the full runs of both magazines, but did you know that there are a number of other great resources for reading eMagazines available in our E-Library? Here are a few more great sources for eMagazines that you may not be familiar with, but should check out.

Smithsonian Smithsonian Smithsonian magazine was first published in 1970 and since then has garnered a repuation for being a great resource for articles and photography in the areas of science, history, art, popular culture and innovation. Through the Smithsonian Collections Online, users have access to the full run of the magazine, from the very first issue right up to the present April 2014 issue. Also avaialble is the full run of Air & Space magazine, which covers topics such and aviation and space travel. Magazines are full color and searchable.

Consumer ReportsConsumer ReportsIf you are looking to buy almost anything, but unsure how to make the right choice, check out Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Cars Best Deals Plus. Much like the physical magazine the eMagazine has reviews and ratings for over a thousand different products, reviews, expert advice, and product comparisons. If you are looking at buying a new vehicle the Consumer Reports Cars Best Deals Plus will help guide you through the world of new and used cars, including informatoin on test drives, model comparisons, and negotiation advice.

Qikan Chinese MagazinesQikan Chinese Magazines

Qikan Chinese eMagazine For readers of Chinese, Qikan Chinese eMagazines provide readers with access to a number of full text, full color and fully searchable Chinese language magazines.

MasterFile CompleteMasterFile Complete

MasterFile Complete offers a wide range of full-text magazine articles covering all subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports, finance, science, fashion and more. MasterFile is great because it includes both popular as well as more scholarly content. Titles available in MasterFile Complete includes titles such as: O, The Oprah Magazine; Library Journal; Jack & Jill; and Scientific America.

All of our E-library resources are available to residents of Calgary with a valid library card.

Keep Your New Year's Resolutions!

by Laura C - 0 Comment(s)

Did you set New Year's Resolutions for 2014? How are you doing with them? Are you struggling? Still in the planning stages? Or are you already going strong?

No matter what stage you are in, we have some great resources in our E-Library that will help you accomplish your goals.

Not only will these resources help you make concrete plans for your year, but you can do it RIGHT NOW from the comfort of your own home! You don't even have to change out of your pajamas (unless you've made a resolution to stop wearing your pajamas all the time).

HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER

This resource can help you with your health related resolutions. This is an easy-to-use, all-encompassing health resource which even includes articles on setting and keeping goals.

You can also search for articles on weight loss, fitness, managing your stress or quitting smoking. Learn more about your prescription medications or, even do some supplementary research on managing an illness or disease you've been diagnosed with.

LEARN4LIFE

This is a dynamite resource to help you succeed with nearly every New Year's Resolution you can dream up.

LEARN4LIFE features instructor-led online classes in subjects, including: Weight Loss, Personal Finance, Writing, Drawing, Job Search Help, Personal Enrichment, Starting a Business, Gardening, and Technology (to name a few).

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

"Read more" is often on my list of yearly resolutions, I hope it's on yours as well. If it is, you should try this fun reading-suggestion generator.

If you know you like a particular author or genre, this database will give you lists of similar titles that you might like. You can even search for books by character, topic, setting location, and time period.

FREADING

Allows you to download Ebooks and pdfs to read on your computer or mobile device. This resource includes a number of interesting non-fiction titles to help you be more creative, to get organized, to start a business, to be more "green", to become more socially conscious and more.

Try searching the words "How To" and see how much you can do this year, and maybe even get ideas for next year!

 

What are you resolved to accomplish this year?

Lose Weight
Quit Smoking
Get a Better Job

Get Organized
Read More

 

Learn Something New
Be Creative
Travel
Get Out of Debt
Save Money

Manage Stress
Start Writing My Novel
Get Fit

 Our E-Library can help you with that!

 

Welcome to Zinio

by Laura C - 9 Comment(s)

Calgary Public Library cardholders now have access to over 350 digital magazine subscriptions with Zinio.

NO check out limits! NO loan periods! NO waiting for holds! NO fines!

FREE with your library card!

Read the magazine on your PC or download the app to your Mobile Device or Tablet. Checkout and Keep as many digital magazines as you want for as long as you want. Share interesting articles with your Facebook following. Bookmark articles to read later or, Print off articles, pictures, recipes, or crafts from special interest magazines.

Getting Started in 5 Steps:

 To use Zinio you need two Zinio accounts.

 

  1. Log into CPL's Zinio collection with your library card number and password.
  2. Create a CPL Zinio account by clicking Create New Account and fill in all the fields.
  3. Select a magazine by cliking on its cover. Click Checkout. Click Start Reading.
  4. A Zinio.com screen will open. Click Create a Zinio.com account.
  5. Fill in the fields, using the SAME email address and password as before. Click Register.
Check out digital magazines at Calgary Public Library

Getting more out of it!

  • Browse and checkout magazines from the CPL Zinio collection. You can choose from 350+ magazine subscription titles offered free from the Calgary Public Library.
  • Once you've checked out a magazine, you use the Zinio.com website, or mobile app to download and read the magazines. Make sure that you use the SAME email address for both yourCPL Zinio and Zinio.com accounts.
  • If you are leaving the city and want to bring a digital magazine with you, download the magazine to your mobile device before you travel to ensure you have continued access to them.
  • Talk to a Library staff member to find out more!

We hope you're as excited as we are about this product! Please, give it a try and let us know what you think!

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