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Triple Play

by Katie R - 0 Comment(s)

Liam (center), and his younger twin brothers, Harris and Owen, have been participants in the Read With Me program at Calgary Public Library for three years. They work with their volunteers, Brita Wahl, Senthil Gnanasambandam and Ruth Halford, respectively, for an hour each week at a Library branch to develop their literacy skills.

Ruth and Owen have been a pair since November 2009. The boys’ father, Bryan, states, 'Owen loves Ruth. She’s amazing. She makes it fun for him to learn and he always comes back in a good mood after their sessions.’ Owen confirms this: ‘It’s fun working with Ruth and really educating. Sometimes, we do games and hard mazes and stuff like that. When we have to read, she picks books that I like and that are funny.’

Brita and Liam have worked together since September 2010. In Liam’s words, ‘It’s been good…in lots of ways. We do reading and she’ll play games with me. She’s really nice and she helps me with the words and stuff.’ Bryan adds, ‘Brita has a calm, peaceful personality, which is exactly what Liam needs, especially in his learning. She keeps him engaged and focused.’

Senthil and Harris began their match in January 2012. Bryan shared that since starting work with Senthil, Harris now loves reading and does so independently at home daily. Harris confers, ‘Senthil is really good. I really like him a lot. He really helps me a lot. I’ve improved my reading since I started working with him and now I’m figuring-out more hard words. He’s really nice and lets me pick books I like.’

All three volunteers feel the boys are benefiting from their help in the program and enjoy their sessions together. Brita says she loves working with Liam and ‘It’s been fun getting to learn something new each session…I’ve learned a lot about sharks, scorpions and Star Wars’.

Bryan is unequivocal about the help provided to his children by the volunteers: ‘We are so happy and amazed by the program and so appreciative of all the folks who volunteer.’

Thank you, Ruth, Brita, and Senthil for all your efforts and sharing your love of literacy with these children!

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!

December 5th is International Volunteer Day

by Katie Radke - 0 Comment(s)

Thanks to each and every Calgary Public Library volunteer!

With volunteer support and commitment we are able to bring library materials to those unable to visit the library, computer literacy skills to young children and seniors alike, language support to new Canadians, career support to job seekers, literacy and numeracy skills to children and adults, and so much more.

Thank you volunteers, for your dedication to the Library and for improving the lives of your fellow Calgarians!

Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds

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Our newest volunteer program, Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds is designed to foster confidence in math skills among students in grades one through six. Through fun numeracy activities and with support from adult volunteers, elementary students receive specialized math tutoring services by using JUMP Math material.

Adults with an interest in math and an interest in helping children improve their math skills are encouraged to volunteer. Training will be provided.

Listen to Mayor Nenshi share the importance of math skills and his personal invitation for you to volunteer!

Learn more about the Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds program here and apply to volunteer with library programs here.

Live near Country Hills?

by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

Volunteers are needed at our Country Hills Library for our ESL Conversation Club and TD Read With Me programs.

Help adult English learners practice their speaking skills and gain confidence through games, conversation starters, and group activities with the ESL Conversation Club

OR

Help children improve their reading skills with our TD Read with Me Program.

Volunteers must be over 18, fluent in English, and able to make a one year commitment. To apply, please click here.

Thank you to Library Volunteers

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Congratulations to Calgary Public Library for winning the CCVO’s Innovation Awards

To learn more, please read this article by Charity Village about the awards.

Thank you to all the library volunteers who helped be part of our ‘Welcome to the Library DVD’!

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