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Navjot Virk exudes warmth, friendliness and intelligence. She and Piyush have been reading partners in the TD Read With Me program for the past two and a half years. They’ve met once a week for an hour over that period at a Calgary Public Library branch to read and enjoy literacy together. Piyush graduated from the program in June 2012, following the completion of his Gr. 6 school year.

According to Shalini, Piyush’s mom, his graduation comes a few years too soon. ‘I would have liked it if he could have stayed in the program through his junior high years. Navjot has really helped him, not only with his reading, but also with personal growth. He sees her as a role model and a ‘big sister’. Their personalities matched very well. You can’t just give him a book and sit and read straight for an hour. Navjot recognized that and made program sessions interactive for him, playing board games and doing different activities with him, and kept him engaged.’

Piyush agrees, stating that working with Navjot over the years has been ‘really good.’ He has improved his reading skills a lot. He elaborates that Navjot ‘helps you with your homework, if you have some. [Our program sessions] were interesting. It was never the same thing…[the activities were] always mixed-up…so it wasn’t just reading all the time but we played games together too. It was fun.’

Navjot concurs. ‘Piyush is awesome and I think I learn more from him than he does from me. The coolest thing has been seeing his self-confidence increase. We’ve been paired together for so long that we’ve really developed a relationship and it’s been neat to see him make progress through the years’.

Shalini has no doubt that the next child paired with Navjot in the program will see similar benefits from her support. The staff at Calgary Public Library could not agree more.

Thank you, Navjot! And best of luck in Junior High in the fall, Piyush!

If you want to learn more about the TD Read With Me program, click here.

A 'Living Library' Book Talks

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Living Library gives readers an opportunity to borrow a person or “living book”. Volunteers, who are the living books, share stories about their personal experiences of diversity in a safe and welcoming environment.

Here is one of our book's perspective on why they volunteer at the Library:

I like volunteering simply because it's in the family. I was raised in Winnipeg where my parents set a strong example. They never talked about it; they just did it. In the various places I've lived outside of Canada volunteering has helped me to meet people in need as well as those who help . I learned from each and every one of them.

My favorite part of volunteering in Calgary is meeting so many "new" Canadians; I can sympathize with many of them and the challenges of their new way of life and language. I think the library is an ideal place for them to learn, seek and receive help.

Volunteer as our Mascot Curious

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Curious the Chameleon with his pal, Mayor Nenshi

Have you ever wanted to be a giant chameleon?

We are looking for volunteers to go into costume and become our loveable mascot, Curious the Chameleon.

If dressing up isn't your cup of tea, volunteers are also needed to help the mascot as they walk around, and answer questions about the mascot. No costume necessary!

Volunteers who are flexible and able to travel to multiple Library locations are preferred, as Curious makes public appearances at a variety of special events all around the city! Training is provided and it's a great chance to dress up and make people smile.

To learn more about Curious, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering, please read more position here: Library Mascot and Handler.

Thank you Library Volunteers!

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Birthday cupcakes donated by Crave Cupcakes


Thank you to all the Library volunteers and staff who made our 100th anniversary's Volunteer Recognition Event such a special event!

Food, musicians, and speakers were enjoyed by our 600 volunteers and guests who attended.

To learn a bit more about our event, see our Storify post and watch our Volunteer Blog for photos and award winners information.

Living Library wins Leader in Volunteer Engagement Award

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Congratulations to our Living Library Volunteer Program for winning the Leader in Volunteer Engagement Award from Volunteer Calgary!

The award ceremony was held last night, April 17th, and in preparation for the celebration, Volunteer Calgary visited the Library to film a living library in action and interview some of the volunteers and staff about the impact of the program.

The Living Library is indeed a program that we are very proud of.

We would like to thank all of the Living Library book volunteers, and staff who make this program possible!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

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National Volunteer Week pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy.

This year’s 68th annual celebration takes place the week of April 15 to 21.

It is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.

Check out this great video about volunteerism in Canada to celebrate the achivements of volunteers.


If you are interested in volunteering at the Library, take a look at our volunteer programs and apply online.

Thank you to all of our Library volunteers, you inspire life stories!

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