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Stampede 2010

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Every year, our fair city plays host to the Calgary Stampede.

While most folks are familiar with the rodeo, rides, and pancake breakfasts, there’s still a lot to uncover about this local tradition.

Who started the Stampede, and why? When was the first one held? What’s the connection between the Stampede and Calgary’s “western” image?

Find out all about the Calgary Stampede by visiting our Local History Room, on the 4th floor of the Central Library. We’ve got articles, documents and pictures, ready to satisfy your curiosity!

Yee Haw!

Want to read about the Stampede, day by day? With a Calgary Public Library card, you can read both the Herald and the Sun online. Ask our staff about Newspaper Direct Press Display, available through our e-library!

Ya Hoo!

Reference USA: Canadian Businesses

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The third floor of the Central Library houses the Business, Science & Social Sciences collections. Nearly every day, we use a tool called Reference USA: Canadian Businesses, and we always highlight this database in our Career and Business Tours.

We use this tool because we’re constantly being asked questions like:

  • How can I get a list of my competitors?
  • How do I find out how many dentists (or language schools, or residential architects, or commercial bakeries) there are in Calgary?
  • I’m an engineer. How can I find out which engineering companies have more than 50 employees?

If you need information about a business, or you need to generate lists of businesses within a certain field or industry, then Reference USA is for you.

Don’t be fooled by the name! This powerful database can help you find all sorts of businesses within Calgary, and across Canada.

From our e-library, select Business, Directories, Investment & Careers and then Reference USA. Admittedly, the database can seem a bit tricky for those who aren’t familiar with it. But 3rd floor staff are always willing to walk you through a few searches. So, don’t be afraid to drop by, call, or chat online with us!

How Do You Say "Spleen" in Russian?

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Well, I can’t answer that. But I know where to look!

Calgary Public Library’s e-library has multi-language health databases that you can use in any branch, or from home. Check them out!

From our homepage, select e-library, and then Health and Wellness. You’ll find easy to read articles in a variety of world languages.

Stay healthy!

Blog Fodder!

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I love to blog!

I’ve been blogging for Slice of Calgary for almost a year now, and I’ve also established some of my own personal blogs. Technology like Blogspot, and Wordpress make it easy for anyone to write and distribute editorial content, pictures and video clips. Blogs are also a great way for job seekers and professionals to market their skills, and for students and colleagues to complete collaborative projects.

Once you’ve established your blog, you’ll want to make sure that you’re posting frequently and giving readers reasons to return. How can you ensure that you won't get "blogger's block"? That’s where a Calgary Public Library membership really comes in handy!

If you’re blogging about food, then check out our massive collection of cookbooks. We’ve got instructional DVDs, too. Or, join free programs about cooking, food, and gardening - and then blog about your program! Check out CPL's food blog, too!

If you’re blogging about business, check out our e-library. You’ll have access to hundreds of daily newspapers (including the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, and several editions of the Globe and Mail), databases like FP Infomart, and Reference USA (Canadian Businesses), and all sorts of full length business books. Establish RSS feeds about the topics that interest you.

If you’re blogging about travelling, then check out our guidebooks and maps! We’ve got information about locations near and far, and expert staff to help you find online resources. We’ve got books about photography, too, so you can learn to take the best shots possible.

No matter what the topic, the Calgary Public Library will have materials to inspire you! Come in and browse!

Also, staff from the Central Library’s Business, Science and Social Sciences department host programs every Tuesday, called TechKnow Tuesdays. These programs run from 12:15 – 12:45, and feature brief overviews of the technology you can use to support your blogging, and lots of other pursuits.

Learn about Delicious, LinkedIn, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Google and more!

Have you read this far, still uncertain about what a blog is? Visit us today!

News to Me (and YOU)!

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Whenever I deliver Career Tours, I always make sure to tell participants that a Calgary Public Library card allows them to read both the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun – every day, and online.

From our homepage, choose e-library and then Newspaper Direct Press Display. Long name, amazing tool!

Newspaper Direct Press Display is a database that’s full of daily newspapers from around the world. Best of all: it’s very(!) interactive. If you read an article that you think you might want to return to, you’ve got the option to print or e-mail the article, post it on your Facebook profile or in your blog, or add it to your Delicious account. Articles can be read aloud, or translated into other languages. You can even read the paper from up to one month ago!

Are you still paying for newspaper subscriptions? Newsflash: you need to check out the Calgary Public Library!

If you’re having trouble accessing these papers, don't be afraid to call us at 260-2782, or use the new online chat feature on our website!

To Spank or not to Spank?

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From the very beginning, parents are faced with countless decisions.

What to eat when pregnant? What to name the bundle of joy? How to discipline with love?

When I was a grade 7 student, I was sent home from school with a survey for my parents to fill out. The school was interested in knowing which methods of discipline were being used at home. Interestingly enough, my mother left the survey blank. At that point in our household, there wasn’t any discipline to speak of, really. I was lucky, insofar as we simply “talked it out” whenever there was a problem. For some parents, however, the question is how to win the war without beating (literally!) the kids.

The next time you’re at your library, browse our collection for resources about parenting.

We’ve got hundreds of books, an enormous range of magazines, new DVDs, and an e-library filled with thousands of academic articles. We’ve even got free programs for your wee ones!

So, will you spank? Take away privileges? Impose a curfew? Talk things through? The way that you discipline your children could influence their mental and emotional health for years. Visit your library and make informed decisions about parenting.

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