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Small Business Fair

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If you’ve ever considered establishing your own small business, take the opportunity to visit the Central Library on October 20th. We’ll be hosting a Small Business Fair, and you’ll have the opportunity to network with small business owners, and attend a lunch and learn session.

The road to small business ownership begins with a good idea, and plenty of resources. On our website is an e-library, through which you can access (among many other resources) sample business plans and reputable, comprehensive business directories. Additionally, our Best Websites, stored on delicious, can provide you with all sorts of information from Statistics Canada, Industry Canada, and the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Our reference collections in the Business, Sciences and Social Sciences department are sure to either answer your questions, or help you think of new ones. So, let our staff show you the wealth of information that is available to you! Assisting you in your search for information is our business!

We'll help you answer questions like:

  • Which Calgarian companies do business with China?
  • Can I get a list of all the catering companies in Calgary?
  • How much money do Canadians usually spend per year, on fast food?
  • What kind of business license do I need to have?

For more information about the Small Business Fair, please contact Evette Berry at Evette.berry@calgarypubliclibrary.com.

CPL is "Greening" your Magazining!

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Every now and then, despite working at a library, I’ll yield to temptation and purchase some magazines. I’ll read only parts of them, before they inevitably languish in a dusty stack – not being used, read or appreciated. I could recycle or donate them, but I refrain, for fear that when I really need to re-read or refer to a certain article, it won’t be available.

The truth is that most of the content in magazines, I will never use. Some articles are of no interest to me whatsoever, and a huge portion of magazines consists of advertisements. Even if I were searching for an article that I knew I had, I probably wouldn’t remember which magazine contained it.

A more efficient, inexpensive and environmental alternative to buying magazines is to use our e-library. A Calgary Public Library card is your subscription to hundreds of different magazines! Here’s how to find popular ones:

From our website, select e-library and then “Research Databases from EBSCO” (have your library card handy!).

At the top of the EBSCO search screen, there is a blue “Publications” tab. Use its drop-down menu to select MasterFILE Premier. Here, you’ll find an alphabetized list of the magazines to which you have access, and a bibliographic record for each, indicating how many past volumes are available.

Some stops of note:

  • Consumer Reports
  • Vanity Fair
  • Maclean’s
  • Vegetarian Times
  • Art in America
  • Smithsonian

Take the time to explore this database - its scope is enormous!

Then, start sorting your old magazines! Keep the ones you absolutely love, and donate the rest to a children’s school, an artist, or your local thrift store.

Still not convinced about getting rid of your old magazines? Does it help if I tell you that the Central library keeps its magazines and has them bound into books? Don’t fret – they’re always here if you need them!

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?

by Katherine - 1 Comment(s)

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!

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