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News on the Cheap

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If you have a library card and a newspaper subscription, you may be paying too much! Do you read the Calgary Herald or Calgary Sun every day? How about the Globe and Mail? These and many others are freely available online, through our e-library.

Starting from our e-library, select Newspapers and Magazines. Then, select “Newspaper Direct Press Display”. This is our most often-used database, by far. Newspapers from around the world are sorted by name, by language, and by country, so it’s easy to find your preferred papers. Additionally, the electronic articles can be saved, printed, e-mailed, translated(!) or even shared on sites like Facebook, and posted to your blog.

When the library participates in community events, and we have the opportunity to show the public this incredible database, we consistently hear that folks “had no idea” how much is available through our website.

Cancel your newspaper subscriptions, and start exploring our e-library! Use the money you’ll save to buy a CPL membership for a friend, and you’ll still have some dough left over. Now, isn’t that good news?

Food is Life!

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When I’m feeling particularly low, I like to treat myself with a little pick-me-up. Typically, that’s cheesecake. Conversely, when I’m celebrating, I like to indulge in…cheesecake. Of course, if it’s unavailable, I’ll settle for a glass of red wine, a big plate of pasta, or applewood smoked cheddar cheese. Food comforts when I’m upset, and celebrates right along with me, in the good times.

Much more importantly, food is medicine. Simply adding more of one kind of food, or omitting another, is often enough to eradicate bothersome health issues – everything from acne and headaches to irritable bowels!

If you love food, and want to learn more about how it relates to your mood, your health, your budget and your body, then join us on October 2 and 3 for a series of programs, aptly named Food is Life.

There will be a huge range of programs, so whether you’re curious about growing your own vegetables, or wondering what to feed your picky eaters, there’ll be something for you.

For more information, please see the following:

Food is Life

A Lama Walks Among Us

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is coming to Calgary! No doubt you could pick this instantly recognizable gentleman out of a line-up, but how much do you know about him and the tradition which he’s inherited?

Who or what is a Lama? Where is he from, and what does he believe? What is the relationship between the Dalai Lama and China? For that matter, what is the relationship between the Dalai Lama and Richard Geere? Visit the library to explore and learn more!

Browse our catalogue for “Dalai Lama” or “Buddhism”.

Use our e-library to access encyclopedias such as Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism, and a huge range of popular and academic journal articles about Buddhism.

Join a library program about Buddhism!

Also, don’t miss out on the activities that are happening throughout the city, during His Holiness’s visit. For more information:

The Dalai Lama presented by the University of Calgary

Free public lecture: The Dalai Lamas: A Cultural Heritage of Embodied Compassion

Calgary Buddhist (Jodo Shinshu) Temple

Did You Hear that Noise?

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In my mind, vehicles are investments that offer only diminishing returns. Sure, they make life convenient, but they are expensive to operate, insure, park, fill with gas, etc. Not to mention the fact that as soon as you drive off the lot, the car is worth thousands less than what you’ve just paid.

If you’ve got an old clunker, the federal government and even local dealerships may offer cash incentives to persuade you to switch to a newer model, and undoubtedly there are strong environmental reasons to trade in an inefficient car. But, if you decide to keep your aging vehicle, at some point you will likely need to repair it. If you’re handy, (or you operate under the bold delusion of handiness) then you’ll want to explore our electronic databases.

Starting from our e-library, select “Auto, Home and Consumer”. Here, you’ll find a list of databases including Alldata Online and Auto Repair Reference Centre.

These databases are not “exhaustive” (pardon the pun!), but they are very comprehensive. They include information on how to install and repair various parts, as well as electrical schematics and detailed diagrams.

The next time you find yourself wondering about that strange rattling, clicking, or blinking, why not try using these databases? Save time, save money, save your clunker!

Who's Who in the Old Testament?

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The Old Testament is the book of the Western world, and no serious study of history, religion or literature could be complete without at least a cursory examination of this immensely important text. The Old Testament is so many things: obscure but imaginative, honest but challenging, and strange but all-too-human. There are so many interesting characters in the Old Testament; in terms of complexity, some of them rival even Shakespearean characters. If Adam and Eve are the only ones you’ve heard of, read on:

Who’s Who in the Old Testament is a comprehensive encyclopedia that you can access online, with your library card. Use it for your university research, your Bible study, as a promt for creative writing, or just for your own interest.

From our e-library, select Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. Next, select Credo Reference, and have your library card handy.

When CREDO opens, select “find a book” at the top left corner, and then scroll down to “Religion”. Here you’ll find Who’s Who in the Old Testament, and many others.

Print, save, e-mail, and even post to Facebook the articles that you find, and use auto-formatting features to complete your bibliography. Your library card allows you to access all sorts of academic information, from home. We make it easy; you don't need "the patience of Job" to do your research!

Consumer Reports

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Before you make your next big purchase, take the time to do some research. Is the product efficient and reasonably priced? Is it designed poorly or thoughtfully? Are there features that you didn’t know about? Above all, is the product safe for you and your family?

Make those determinations from the comfort of your own home! Your library card is your subscription to Consumer Reports magazine. In fact, you can read digitized full text articles all the way back to 1991!

Start from our e-library. Select “Research Databases from EBSCO” and be prepared to enter your library card number, and PIN.

When the EBSCO search screen opens, use the drop-down menu under the “Publications” tab, to find “MasterFILE Premiere”. There you’ll find an alphabetical listing of available publications.

Once you’ve located “Consumer Reports”, you have the option of either browsing or searching the magazine.

I did a search for slow cookers, before I invested in one. Needless to say, I’m satisfied with the product, and my chili is delicious!

If you need assistance, don’t be afraid to ask our staff! Drop in or call us – we can walk you through the process!

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