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Download Our New Early Literacy App!

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Grow A Reader app

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Acka backa soda cracker
Acka backa boo
Acka backa soda cracker
I love you!

Singing songs and reciting rhymes with your child is not only fun, it’s an excellent way to develop his or her early literacy skills.

If you're having trouble recalling songs or rhymes from your childhood, don’t worry — we have an app for that!

Grow A Reader is Calgary Public Library’s free early literacy app for iPads and iPhones. The app features videos of Calgary Public Library storytellers performing over 25 traditional songs and rhymes from our popular early literacy programs.

Use the app to learn the words, tunes and actions of fun songs and rhymes and then perform them with your child, as a way to develop a range of skills, from fine motor skills to language comprehension.

The Grow A Reader app includes tips for fostering early literacy and a list of our favourite board and picture books, focusing on five key early literacy practices: sing, talk, play, read and write.

Download the app today for free from the App Store!

Free MS Office Classes

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Your Calgary Public Library card allows you to access free, self-paced MS Office courses. Here’s how:

  • Start at our homepage, and then choose the link to e-library.
  • Choose the category Job Search, Careers & Courses.
  • Choose Learning Express. Once you do, I suggest that you register, so that you can start downloading content immediately.
  • Choose Popular Software Tutorials and you’re off to the races!

Complete these courses at the Calgary Public Library branch of your choice, or from the comfort of your couch or kitchen table. If you still need assistance, remember you can access free computer programs and one-on-one volunteers at various library branches throughout the city. Call 260-2600 for more information!

Meet Ram!

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Ram has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and taught for many years at the University of Calgary. He joined our volunteer team on January 6th 2011 as a Computer Technology Coach at the Louise Riley Library. Ram is very popular with customers attending the drop-in coaching sessions every Monday afternoon. He hit a system record one afternoon, helping 20 customers in one session!

Ram has also volunteered for a number of special events at both the Central Library and the Louise Riley location and was a Library ambassador during our New Central Library engagement process. We also see Ram regularly here at the Memorial Park Library where he has been assisting the Calgary Public Library Foundation by processing donations. Ram has a kind manner and a delightful sense of humour. He is a real asset to our volunteer team.

Thank you Ram for all you do for Calgary Public Library!

June 30th is Social Media Day!

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Social media is still in its infancy and already we’re sharing pictures, videos, links, music and more - with just a few clicks. Increasingly, the ability to use these tools and platforms will be regarded as a type of literacy - not unlike the ability to read, write and perform numerical calculations.

If you haven’t yet delved into the world of social media, drop into your local library and check out books about smartphones and tablets, blogging, podcasting, and lots more. If you’re downtown, stop by Central Library’s 3rd floor Learning Lab and learn about LinkedIn, twitter, facebook, Google Reader and other such sites. We’ll even spend time with you one-on-one, to make sure that you’re up and running.

For more information about library resources and programs, please call (403) 260-2782.

Check out this link for more information about Social Media Day.  And while you're at it, check us out (and follow us!) on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

Central Learning Lab

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“I was working in the lab, late one night...”

Actually, it was yesterday night.

The Central Library now has a dedicated space for learning and skills development. It’s our 3rd floor learning lab!

Drop in for beginner classes in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Power Point), basic internet searching, career resources and much more. Take advantage of one-on-one help with crafting a resume, writing a business plan, or navigating our e-library.

For more information about class schedules, call us at (403) 260 – 2782.

On Linkedin?

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Do you have a LinkedIn profile, yet? I’ll admit that when I received my first invitation to join this social networking site, I rolled my eyes. I was already on facebook, so why did I need another profile elsewhere? But LinkedIn is definitely not another facebook. It’s a social networking site that allows you to post your professional credentials, search for jobs, network through contacts and club memberships, and expand your ability to secure employment. Learn who works where, get updates about industries you’re involved with and find college alumni, too. There’ll be no pictures from your most recent drunken escapade – LinkedIn is for professional purposes!

The Calgary Public Library regularly works with career coaches and counselors. The feedback we’ve been receiving is that LinkedIn is an essential tool for job hunters, and that its importance will only continue to grow as companies and recruiters use it to find new employees.

If you’d like to learn more about LinkedIn, then be sure to register in our free programs, or check out our collections. Here are some new titles:

LinkedIn for Dummies by Joel Elad

The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals and Change the way you do Business using LinkedIn by Dave Gowel

The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-Start your Business, Brand and Job Search by Wayne Breitbarth

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