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“...and this is my garden”

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I love documentaries. And I'm suggesting that if you see only one documentary this summer, you make it “...and this is my garden”. It’s not new. It’s not big budget (how many documentaries are, though?). But it’s fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!

Actually, I cried as I watched it. It’s not a sad story at all - on the contrary, it’s about an entire community that benefits when its children are taught to tend their own gardens. This is a film about the earth, community, wisdom sharing, food, and self sufficiency, but I can’t describe how uplifting it truly is. After seeing it, I was energized and hopeful and really overwhelmed by the beauty of what can be accomplished with nothing more than water, sunlight, and care.

You must check it out for yourself! We've got it in our catalogue, and here's the film's website.

REAP the Rewards of Green Living!

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REAP is an acronym for Respect for Earth and All People. Each year REAP organizes a week of events dedicated to sustainability, and the Calgary Public Library (Calgary’s original recycler!) is thrilled to be able to host!

REAP Down to Earth Week is a celebration of sustainable living. The annual event showcases the best in local eating, investing, shopping, and playing. Join us at the Central Library and learn how your daily choices can create a more vibrant and resilient Calgary. Meet a number of people who can give suggestions and answer your questions.

All events at the Down to Earth Week are “bullfrogpowered” with 100% green electricity. How will that work? Well, Bullfrog Power will inject carbon-free green power onto the Alberta grid to match the amount of electricity used by the events. Even better, all of the electricity injected will be sourced exclusively from producers who meet or exceed the federal government's EcoLogoTM standard for renewable energy.

What’s in store this year? Check out these events:

Local Living Lectures take place daily from 12 – 1 PM, on Central Library’s 3rd floor.

Monday, March 28 – Investing locally and the trend toward community capital networks, by Michael Shuman – author of seven books including Going Local: Creating Self Reliant Communities in a Global Age and The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition.

Tuesday, March 29 – Shopping locally and the importance of independent business, by Bob Miller and Bernadette Geronazzo – advisor to all 10 Calgary Business Revitalization Zones (BRZs) and Executive Director of Marda Loop BRZ respectively.

Wednesday, March 30 – Eating locally and the role of the consumer, by Hugo Bonjean – author of In the Eyes of Anahita, Seeds of Germination or Termination, and the newly released book A People's Power.

Thursday, March 31 – Playing locally and the environmental, social and economic impact of FolkFest, by Talia Potter – Volunteer Coordinator for Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Friday, April 1 – Positive impacts of local living economies, by Stephanie Jackman – Founder & President of REAP Business Association.

Also, be sure to join us on Friday April 1st, for the grand finale: a Green Market on Friday April 1st, from 11 AM – 5 PM, Central Library’s main floor.

This will be your chance to meet some of the locally-owned, sustainably operated businesses (and products, services and organizations) that make Calgary unique. Displays will allow the opportunity to shop and interact with independent merchants that care about people and the planet as well as profits.

I’ve met several REAP members and I find them thoughtful and engaging. They truly care about sustainable business here in Calgary, and they’ll surely inspire you to investigate all the ways you can make your life - and commerce - greener!

Sneak Peek: Sustainable Living Book Club, January – April, 2011

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I was just flipping through our new program guide, and the titles for our Sustainable Living Book Club caught my eye. Starting in January 2011, the club will meet once per month, and will discuss the following books:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Spirit Level, by Richard Wilkinson
  • A Short History of Progress, by Ronald Wright
  • The Nature of Design, by David Orr

All meetings take place on Wednesday evenings, and are great opportunities to meet new friends and folks who are interested in environmental issues and green living. Call 260-2600 for more information, and to register for any of our free programs.

Getting Around Calgary by Bike

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The wheels on the bus go round and round. The wheels on the bike do, too!

I participated in Calgary Public Library’s Living Library recently, and met a “book” who has lived in Calgary without an automobile for almost 10 years. Even more amazing: he lives that way by choice. His daily mode of transportation? His bike, of course!

Throughout European cities, you can spot women peddling to work in high heels. In Japan, it’s more common for someone to steal your umbrella than your bicycle. There are hundreds of millions of bicycles on this planet – when was the last time you rode yours?

Join us on Thursday June 3, for a free talk about biking in Calgary. Gary Beaton, bicycling advocate, explores the trials and the joys of bike commuting in a city that’s not recognized as being particularly bike-friendly.

Explore more! We’ve got lots of books about bicycle maintenance, city maps to help you plan your trip, and even cook books to help you plan your perfect post-peddling picnic.

Happy Earth Day!

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Your Calgary Public Library wishes you a very happy Earth Day! Use your library to find out more about your planet of origin!

  • Explore collections on astronomy, animals, geography and everything in between.
  • Borrow BBC’s Planet Earth, on DVD.
  • Investigate environmental issues and read magazines from home, using Greener, a new database on our e-library.
  • Attend free programs on gardening, camping, hiking, and composting.
  • Take home a kill-o-watt meter, and determine how your family can reduce its energy use.
  • Read our Eco-Action blog, dedicated to exploring green initiatives and library resources.

Calgary Public Library is proud of its history as “the original recycler”. Come and explore your local branch! Happy Earth Day, Calgary!

Be here April 17th!

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April 17th will be a big day at the Central Library! Not only will we host a free(!) tax clinic, but we’ll also host Ecopalooza, a one-day festival of all things green. Join us for a full day of eco workshops, art and poetry contests, a fashion show, a movie, and a speech by CBC’s Bob McDonald. All things green, and help with your taxes, too! Who could ask for more?

Mark your calendars and click here for more information about the day’s events.

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