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Celebrate National Poetry Month!

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Poems are strings of words that rhyme.

(I guess that’s not true all the time.)

Poems have shape and poems have form -

unless you want to flout the norm.

Poems are written; poems are read.

They live on paper and in your head.

What training does a poet need?

She need only love to write and read.

You’re a poet – yes it’s true!

So, let those poems come out of you!

But make yours sound free-flowing and loose.

Or you’ll end up like me:

a little too “Dr. Seuss”.

April is National Poetry Month! Come and celebrate with us! If you love poetry, then maybe you’ll be interested in the following:

  • Our e-library contains a complete collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets (and plays, too!).
  • The fourth floor of the Central Library contains a huge range of poems and corresponding critical analysis.
  • Each branch contains a range of poetry for children.
  • We have a Writer in Residence who can give you critical feedback about your work.
  • We have an Aboriginal Writers' Circle and a Creative Writing Club that is open to all.
  • On April 26th, we'll be hosting readings by three notorious poets, over the noon hour.

And now, for this post, the end has drawn near.

…and you’ll not hear me rhyme until April next year!

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!

International Women's Day Success!

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I was thrilled to attend Calgary Public Library’s celebration of the 100th International Women’s Day, yesterday. Throngs of women (and a few men!) filled Central Library’s John Dutton theatre for a complimentary lunch and a lively discussion with four notable, entrepreneurial panelists.

If you weren’t able to attend our festivities, then check out our panelists’ websites:

Donna Kennedy-Glans, founder of Integrity Bridges Inc.

Nina Rahal-Kharey, designer for House of Nonie

Lesley Scorgie, author of Rich by Thirty

Lynn Donaldson, founder of Lynn Donaldson & Associates Design and Contracting

As I listened (and live “tweeted”!), I was particularly inspired by Leslie Scorgie’s observations about tenacity. Now a well known author, Scorgie noted that prior to becoming published, she had been turned down by publishers 39 times. The 40th time was her breakthrough, and she hasn’t looked back since! What a great reminder that the things we strive for may not always come easily, but are certainly worth the effort.

On the evening of International Women’s Day, I taught an ESL class at a local school. I asked my students to do the following short speaking exercise: for one minute, tell me about an important woman in your life.

My students (of whom the vast majority are men) talked about their mothers, who make enormous sacrifices for them; their sisters who offer moral and financial support; their daughters, who inspire them to be good parents and hard workers. One of the last students to speak talked about his teacher. I felt tears in my eyes, when I realized he was talking about me!

Women are powerful. We are grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters. But we’re more than just our familial roles. We are teachers, authors, advocates, and successful entrepreneurs. We’re agents of change in our communities and beyond!

International Women's Day is March 8th. Find out more about it by visiting your local library!

Mind, Body, Spirit, Success!

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Central Library’s recent Mind, Body, Spirit Weekend was a great success, with each program drawing over 100 participants! With programs on happiness, mindfulness, herbs, spirituality, and more, this was a weekend that inspired a huge number of Calgarians!

Craving more information? Visit your library and stock up on books, CDs, MP3s, or DVDs. Or, download e-books from our e-library! We’ve got a huge range of books, and health and wellness is one of our most popular topics. Browse for books on massage, diet, yoga, exercise, happiness, emotional health, spirituality, alternative health and tons more!

Also, let our information desk staff assist you in finding academic material through our e-library. Locate reputable, current, and peer-reviewed information about chronic conditions, medications, alternative health and medicine, and more.

Some time ago, I watched a TV program about people who were trying to make dramatic improvements to their health. One of the procedures that each person had to endure was colon hydrotherapy. I wondered about whether this could possibly be effective (after all, some variation of it has been practiced since ancient Egyptian days…), and so rather than googling, I searched our e-library for scholarly articles on the subject. I’ll never forget having my research interrupted by a somewhat shocked looking co-worker, who kindly ignored my red face, and pretended as if nothing was out of the ordinary. Note to self: these articles are available from home!

What’s the healthiest response to life in general mortification in particular? Just breathe.

Stay well!

IWD 100!

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This year, it’s the one hundredth annual International Women’s Day! Come and celebrate at the Calgary Public Library!

Our 2011 speakers’ panel includes Lynn Donaldson, interior designer; Donna Kennedy-Glans, founder of Integrity Bridges Inc.; Nina Rahal-Kharey, head designer of House of Nonie, and Lesley Scorgie, author of Rich by Thirty.

As a special treat, all of our registrants will receive a free lunch!

You don’t have to be a woman to attend. You just have to know, respect, or love one.

While you’re here, why not check out our resources? We’ve got print and electronic materials about women’s health and sexuality, the history of feminism, entrepreneurship for moms, and lots more! Come and get inspired!

We are women, hear us roar, in numbers too big to ignore!

Thursdays at Central: All about Careers!

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Join us at the Central Library on Thursday evenings, and you’ll have the opportunity to have your resume critiqued (for free!) by qualified career coaches. You can join our Strategic Networking group, too! Meet new people and have your questions answered. Discuss which methods of job searching are the most successful, and why. Last week, we delivered an impromptu presentation about LinkedIn!

Our resident career “guru” works every Thursday evening, and she’s always eager to answer your questions. Ask about career-related newsletters and magazines, websites, job boards, interview styles, and lots more!

If you’re looking for a job, or you’d like to gather information about Calgary’s labour market, the library is an excellent place to start! We've got the largest collection of career-related materials in Calgary, and we're always happy to make suggestions about which other agencies or service providers may be of use to you.

Drop by the third floor of the Central Library on Thursday nights, starting at 6 PM.

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