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In Sickness and in Health

by Lorrie - 0 Comment(s)

From time to time some kind of medical issue will come up in our family and a little research on the best path to take is called for. Like many of you, I sometimes turn to the internet for some quick research. Unfortunately, lots of unreliable sites may be found along with legitimate ones. Thankfully there are the E-library resources at Calgary Public Library. The Library carefully chooses authoritative e-resources with the most reliable and up-to-date information. Under Health and Wellness in the E-Library there is an array of easily accessible medical information, ranging from technical academic information in MEDLINE to a more consumer friendly site in the Health and Wellness Resource Center.

These resources are not just about a healthy body: there are sites that cover the mind in the Psychology & Behavioral Science Collection and Consumer Health Complete. There are issues happening in every family and, more times than not, everything happens at once. Dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just as the school psychologist says that Timmy has been diagnosed with ADD. Convenient and private, using the Calgary Public Library's E-Library from home is a great way to dig a little deeper and inform yourself on these issues. It may be helpful to check out the benefits of Yoga or Tai Chi for stress relief for yourself.

Another very helpful e-resource to look at is Consumer Health Complete and its Drug and Herb Information section. This resource gives in-depth information about each drug, its uses, side effects and how it interacts with other medication. This can be very handy if you find yourself dealing with a complex illness that requires multiple medications. If you would prefer alternative sources for drugs it will help explore herbal remedies as well.

Another E-Library resource, the Family Behavior Toolbox can help families with issues that arise with kid’s behavior and socialization. Sometimes it is hard to know if little Sarah’s potty mouth is just a stage kids go through or an indicator of a more serious problem.

With your Calgary Public Library card, access to authoritative sources is free and convenient. Reliable information can be a great remedy for worry. It is stressful enough dealing with a medical issue without trying to sort through misinformation, using the Health and Wellness tools found in the E-library at the Calgary Public Library can help.

Berg Fashion Library

by Dieu

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Barbie doll?

Or where the phrase “blondes have more fun” came from?

Are you curious about the history of Soviet Russian clothing or want to read about Japanese street and youth fashion?

Any of these questions and more can be explored in the Berg Fashion Library, a new award-winning online resource now available in the Calgary Public Library’s E-Library. Access is available with your Calgary Public Library card in the Arts & Music, Encyclopedias and History & Geneology pages of the E-library.

The Berg Fashion Library contains in-depth content spanning several disciplines from anthropology, art history, fashion, cultural criticism, history and sociology.

Images from the Berg Fashion Library image bank:

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Content includes:

  • Lesson plans for teachers and lecturers free of charge
  • Full text collection of Berg Fashion E-books
  • Links to E-journals
  • Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress & Fashion which includes articles and over 2000 searchable images
  • Extensive colour image bank
  • Classic and modern writings on fashion
  • Browse feature to search by themes, period, place, textiles and materials and much more.

What you can do:

  • Save articles, images and searches
  • Print and email content
  • Share via social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google.

You can also view selections of vintage clothing patterns taken from the Commercial Pattern Archive (CoPA). The Commercial Pattern Archive database contains patterns from 1868 to 2000, and although the Berg Fashion Library only highlights a small selection of images from this database, it is a good place to start for those of you who want to recreate that 1960s Mad Men inspired outfit you've always dreamed of.

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More National Geographic Online!

by AnneMarie - 0 Comment(s)
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Find even more National Geographic in our E-Library! The National Geographic Virtual Library features all the issues of the National Geographic Magazine Archive, from 1888 to1994, the current issues of National Geographic Magazine from 1995 to the present, issues of National Geographic Traveller magazine from 2010 to the present and full-text books to read online and available 24/7 with your library card. More downloadable images and full-colour maps have also been added. Travel and explore the culture and geography of the world without ever leaving your armchair, with streaming book titles like the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada or The Golden King: The World of Tutankhamun or Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Most Spectacular Trips.

An added bonus in the Kids section of the Calgary Public Library E-Library is the e-resource called NGKids with its own magazines, e-books and images, all aimed at kids. So, there is even more to explore with National Geographic!

Fresh! National Geographic Magazine

by Lorrie - 0 Comment(s)

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National Geographic Magazine brings back many fond memories. While I was growing up, it was always around the house. My father would sit in the living room after dinner and read the latest issue from cover to cover. When he was finished, it was shelved on a special book shelf that he built himself. We had many shelves filled with that magazine with the classic yellow spine.

As a child, I loved to look at the beautiful photographs of far away people and places. Travelling the world travel was not as common then and National Geographic was a way to visit exotic places. The photographs were also essential for iillustrating our social studies or geography school projects. Now, my own children use Google images to find photos for school assignments and it takes only seconds on their computers. I, on the other hand, would spend hours combing through a stack of National Geographic looking for that perfect picture for my project.

astronautThe golden rule at our house was no clipping out photos until at least the next issue had arrived. Of course, it was usually the current issue that had just what you needed but, we never broke that rule.

Today National Geographic's gorgeous photography continues to be outstanding and I still enjoy the informative and topical articles. And, using your Calgary Public Library card for access to the electronic version, you never need worry about the photos being cut out!

National Geographic in our E-Library is a powerful tool providing the ability to search through 100+ years of beautiful photographs and articles. Browse by issue or do an image search to find that perfect picture quickly. The magazines are indexed from Oct 1888 to the present. Just looking at the covers transports you to dramatic moments in time when scientific discoveries or historical events occurred.

Fresh! Dance in Video

by Dieu - 0 Comment(s)

It was two years ago when I saw the Alberta Ballet company perform George Balanchine’s Serenade, one of the greatest ballet masterpieces of the 20th century. For those of you who are unaware of who Balanchine was, I can say without a doubt that he was the most influential ballet choreographer of the 20th century, whose vision for ballet revolutionized the form in America and beyond. Born January 22, 1904, George Balanchine was the co-founder and ballet master of the New York City ballet, and to this day, his many ballets are performed in cities all over the world including our own. This month marks the 30th anniversary of his death.

Dancer documentaryThe Dancer documentarySince I don’t get many opportunities to watch ballet, I find that I am always looking for other sources to feed my ballet addiction. To my delight, I discovered not too long ago that the Calgary Public Library has a resource called Dance in Video in its E-library.

Dance in Video features hundreds of hours of video performances, documentaries, interviews and instructional footage from influential dancers and companies covering a variety of genres such as ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. Coincidently, I discovered that a Swedish documentary that I had bought on DVD called The Dancer is available for free through Dance in Video! The documentary follows several dancers of the Royal Swedish ballet as they struggle with the stresses and joys of perfecting their craft and rising to the top.

The Calgary Public Library also has a great collection of ballet related DVDs. One excellent film with Canadian content that comes to my mind is Ballet High, a documentary about the graduating class of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division.

Come Out, (COME OUT!) Wherever You Are!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

This post is dedicated to a queer artist whom I love with all my heart - one Beric Manywounds, who continues to challenge my views about men, women, sex, gender, and love. May you revel in your sexuality; may you find a love that makes your heart sing!

The Calgary Public Library is proud to celebrate diversity in our community. Whether that diversity is ethnic, linguistic, cultural, or sexual, we have materials and programs that allow for various views and voices to be heard and understood. This September, like every other, we wish you a very happy PRIDE. Celebrate the fact that families come in a glorious variety of forms, and so do sexual preferences and practices.

Visit your library for books by and about gays, lesbians, transfolk, queers, and all of their many allies. Find materials that might help you come out - or dialogue with a child (or parent!) who just has. Borrow books about planning your gay wedding, or browse some of our gay audience magazines. If you’re writing a paper about sex, sexuality, gender, or gay issues, be sure to check out our e-library databases for academic and peer reviewed journals.

And if you’re free this Sunday, September 2, then head downtown to take part in Calgary’s PRIDE parade.

As for me, I don’t identify as gay. But I’ve got rainbow striped knee-high socks that have been waiting in fashion storage for nearly a year, and I’ll be wearing them with pride, in celebration of all the gays I’ve known and loved (and a few of the lesbians I’ve had crushes on, too).

From drag racing to drag queens, the Calgary Public Library has resources about everything you’re into!

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