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300! Already?!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Time flies when you’re writing over 300 blog posts. WOW!

It was springtime in 2009 when I sat (actually, “jittered” is a more accurate description) in my boss’s office, elated to hear that my request to write a blog had been accepted and that, best of all, I would be able to maintain exclusive responsibility over it. How exciting!

300 posts later and I haven’t suffered writer’s block, yet. I’m really fortunate to work in an environment that offers constant stimulation, and an endless array of topics. It’s true that the Calgary Public Library has everything you’re into, as you may have read on various ads throughout our city.

So, this is just a quick note to say thank you for reading Slice of Calgary. I hope you’ll continue to check back for book reviews, information about library programs, and lots more.


"Friending" my Dad

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Something completely unexpected happened a while ago. A “friend request” appeared on my facebook page, from my father. Really?! My dad is on facebook?! I’ll have to rethink just how candid my online persona is going to be...

There are hundreds of millions of facebook users throughout the world, and facebook is only one of many social media tools. Find out more about them by joining us at our weekly TechKnow Tuesdays sessions. Every Tuesday at the Central Library, from 12:15 – 12:45, we provide brief overviews of these tools. Use them to find friends and likeminded individuals, or to play games, plan events, share news and photos, and lots more. The power of social media is now indisputable; children will grow up with these tools and never be able to imagine why, in days gone by, people would ever have limited themselves to a pathetic home phone. In fact, proficiency with these social media tools will soon become a necessity, and failure to use them (or at least understand how they are used) will be regarded as a type of illiteracy. So, drop in and learn more!

Today, June 21st, we’ll be featuring twitter. Check out some others, too:

Facebook, July 19

LinkedIn, August 2

Twitter, August 30

Click here for a complete list of our programs!


by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

When I took on the project of writing a blog for the Calgary Public Library, I wondered whether I would ever succumb to writer’s block. Well, this is my 250th post, and it hasn’t happened yet.

In fact, it seems like the library is an endless repository for creative minds – I don’t know if I’ll ever exhaust all of the topics that are available. On any given day, I can write about an interesting new book, a cool program, or an event in which the library is participating.

If you haven’t visited your library lately, I really encourage you to make the trip. Am I biased in favour of libraries? Of course I am! But I have lots of reasons to be:

  • We’re getting new DVDs all the time. HBO, documentary, instructional, foreign language, and more.
  • We have ongoing free programs for all ages. Meet someone new, share your ideas, learn or refine a skill, have your mind opened.
  • We’re accessible. You can call, e-mail or chat online with our staff. We’ll arrange a tour of the library for your group or agency, too!

Find your own reason to love your library! A yearly adult membership costs only $12 and allows you to access books, CDs, DVDs, MP3s, e-books, online newspapers (including the Herald and the Sun), free programs, and more. Find surprising items here, like sheet music, kill-a-watt meters, and postcards from the past. We're so much more than paperback novels (even though we've got a huge range of those, too!).

OK, there's my library love song.

Now, what will I write about for the 251st?


Blah, Blah Blog!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Everyone can be his or her own press these days. Blogs make it incredibly easy to tell the world about your passions, your business, or the underwhelming fruit cup that came with your breakfast. Ranging from essential reading to utterly trivial, there are blogs for every kind of person, and for every interest.

The wonderful thing about blogs is that they can act as a hub from which to operate your business. They serve as repositories of your musings (or expert advice!) while they can also provide pictures, links, calendars, and your contact information. Include the url to your blog on your business card or link it to your Facebook profile!

There are tons of new books coming out about blogging. Whether you’re looking to establish yourself as an online expert, or you’re solely interested in making money, there are tons of creative ways to make it happen.

Check out our collection today! And while you're at it, check out some of our blogs!

Worth Your Salt - dedicated to food, recipes, tips, and cookbooks.

Eco-Action - read about Calgary Public Library's green initiatives.

Movie Maniacs - a blog for film buffs and all things cinematic.


Blog Fodder!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

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!

Ignore Everybody, by Hugh MacLeod

by Katherine - 1 Comment(s)

Note: the actual title of this book is Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Success, but the blogging software that I'm using limits the length of my titles. We library types like to be precise!

While I think that the glowing and gushing praise adorning the cover of this neat little book is a touch too complimentary, I did enjoy reading it. It certainly wasn’t a dense or challenging read, but why should a book on creativity be dense and challenging? In this case, the medium suits the message.

Essentially, Ignore Everybody is a series of common-sense maxims for those who hear a stifled little voice inside themselves, yearning to burst out and be expressive. However, even though the advice itself is simple and sensible, there is humor, candor and even a bit of dirty language throughout. One reviewer noted that the book will “change your life”, although this reviewer certainly wouldn’t go that far. Really, there’s nothing terribly radical in these keys to success. However, if you have a creative impulse but need some motivation to get started on a project, this may be just the book for you.

However, do be sure to check it out if you have an interest in either cartooning or blogging!