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Don't Be an Idiot!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Although we typically think that “idiots” are individuals who suffer from an excess of stupidity, the original meaning of the term was a bit different. In ancient Greece, an idiot was a person who failed to involve himself in civic affairs.

With Calgary’s civic election on the not-too-distant horizon, it’s more important now than ever to avoid being an idiot. And your Calgary Public Library is here to help!

  • Let our information desk staff help you determine which ward you live within.
  • Attend an All Candidates Forum at a branch near you (stay tuned for details…).
  • Gather information about your fair city. The 3rd floor of the Central Library is chock full of current statistics and government documents.
  • Read Calgary’s daily newspapers online! Your CPL card is your subscription to both the Herald and the Sun, so there’s no excuse for not knowing your candidates’ platforms.
  • Check out our Best Websites for links to our favourite online sources of information.

In terms of protecting democratic societies, the public library is a crucial institution. We’re affordable and egalitarian. We celebrate diversity in both people and ideas. We invite you to use your library and to vote for the mayoral candidate of your choice.

Run for Office!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Calgary – like any large urban centre – has its share of challenges. Public transit, budget cuts, suburban expansion, community concerns; the list goes on and on. Think you could do a better job of resolving these issues, than our current elected officials do? It’s so much easier to criticize than to offer solutions; easier to find fault than to engineer a remedy. Hindsight is 20/20, too. Still, if you’re fed up with decisions that are (or aren’t!) being made at City Hall, then the obvious question is: Why don’t you run for office?

Join us on Wednesday May 26, for a free information session about running for elected office. Learn about the democratic process by hearing local stories from politicians, campaign managers, and the Chief Electoral Officer for Alberta.

For more information, see this link.


by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I wouldn’t wish Barack Obama’s fate on my worst enemy. The sheer enormity of pressure he must feel!

How does he choose what to tackle each day? What should be the priority among a failing domestic economy, ancient and modern feuds in the Middle East, environmental sustainability, and health care reforms?

Obama is a fascinating figure, and one about whom it seems there are endless articles being written. If you’re interested in newspaper and magazine coverage about Obama, read on:

To find Canadian articles about Obama, use the database Canadian Newsstand. Here you can find a variety of articles from newspapers and magazines, like the Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and many more! Start from our e-library, and then click on Newspapers and Magazines. Select Canadian Newsstand, search “Obama”, and you’re off and running! If you wish to receive updates from a particular source, or updates about a particular subject, check out the RSS features within this database.

If you're near the Central library, why not browse the magazines on the 3rd floor? We have literally hundreds of magazines, and many of them - from Men's Health to Ms. have published articles about Obama.

Also, be sure to browse our catalogue for books by and about Obama.

Rex and the City

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

In the landscape of Canadian voices, one stands out as particularly unique.

Rex Murphy’s writing is a formidable combination of sarcasm, wit and insight. His “Point of View” is not to be missed, as each one is contemplative, unabashed, and delivered in his trademark no-nonsense style. This Oxford educated Newfoundlander can usually be found on the CBC webpage, or in the Globe and Mail, but for one night only, you can find him here in Calgary!

Join us at the Central Library on October 27th to celebrate Murphy’s new book, Canada and Other Matters of Opinion.

It’s not every day that we have such high caliber thinkers in our John Dutton theatre! Let this national treasure inspire and challenge you! It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

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