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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.

Anatomy of a Career Tour

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The Business, Science & Social Sciences department of the Calgary Public Library is pleased to offer Career Tours to groups and individuals. We’ve been hosting them for years, and consistently receive positive feedback about how valuable this program is. What is a Career Tour, and why should you participate?

A Career Tour is a 75 – 90 minute presentation about the key resources and services that the Calgary Public Library provides to those who are seeking employment, or refining their workplace skills.

In a tour, participants will learn about print sources (books, newspapers, magazines, etc), electronic databases, recommended websites, online directories, CPL's e-library and much more! Experienced facilitators will highlight our favourite resources, and gladly answer your questions. We will tailor the presentation to suit the backgrounds and interests of the participants. Teens, small business owners, newcomers and ESL students, engineers with foreign credentials; no matter what the group profile, we’ll customize a tour!

Go beyond Google, to make your job search thorough, efficient and effective.

The Calgary Public Library has Calgary’s largest collection of career related materials, and we offer free programs ranging from workplace skills to computer literacy.

If you’re interested in a Career Tour, contact the Business, Science & Social Sciences department at (403) 260-2782.

On Diabetes

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A recent CBC news article caught my attention, because of this staggering, sobering statistic: every hour, for the forseeable future, 20 people will be diagnosed with diabetes.

Whether you’re concerned about preventing or managing diabetes, check out the Calgary Public Library’s collections – both print and digital. Our cookery section has a huge range of books; our health and wellness section has information about the body, fitness, medications, and treatments. From home, access our e-library for a huge range of articles from encyclopedias, magazines, and authoritative medical journals.

Your doctor is not your only source of information! Empower yourself by making a trip to your local library!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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At my favourite thrift store last year, I was beckoned by a T-Shirt featuring a shamrock and boldly declaring: “Kiss me, I’m Irish”. I knew that I had to have it! I also knew that it would lay in wait for almost a year, until March 17th, whereupon I could unearth it and wear it proudly – if only for a few short hours.

But, what is the significance of the shamrock? Who is St. Patrick and why is he celebrated? For the answers to these questions, I turned to one of my favourite databases, World Folklore and Folklife Today.

Is there a custom, festival, mythological character, celebration or folktale that you’d like to know more about? Would you like to impress your friends with your extensive knowledge of Irish history and lore – (over a pint of green beer, of course)?

Use this wonderfully comprehensive database to find out more!

From our e-library, select Social Sciences and Education. From there, select World Folklore and Folklife Today. Browse by subject, geographical region or folktale and you’ll find that you’ve got access to hundreds of full length books!

Cheers!

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