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The Business of Bikini Boot Camp

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I operate a (very!) small business, and so I’m always interested in what other entrepreneurs are doing. Although no job is perfect, the idea of self-employment is appealing for so many, because it typically allows for lots of flexibility and freedom. You can be master of your own destiny; you can pursue a dream; you can sleep in.

As part of our upcoming Small Business Fair, we’ve got a special treat for you: A lecture by Lindsay Nealon and Dawn Koloski, of Bikini Boot Camp.

Bikini Boot Camp began in the spring of 2004 with 1 program and 8 registrants. It currently boasts over 70 programs, in 9 cities and 4 provinces!

Join us at 6 PM on Wednesday October 20th, and find out how this local small business became so successful! Don’t worry – no bikinis required!

Register for this program and tons of others in the branch of your choice, online, or by calling 260-2600. Then, drop and give me 20!

Burka-ing Up is Hard to Do!

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Freedom. Liberty. Choice. Religion. Power. Feminism. Exploitation.

Mention burkas, and these words won’t be far behind!

A burka is a garment worn by women – typically, but not exclusively Middle Eastern Muslims. This garment covers the entire body, and only the eyes are revealed – if anything is revealed at all.

It seems everyone has something to say about the burka. Men and women, religious folks and atheists, the well informed and the naive. Everyone wants to tell you why the burka ought to be banned, or not.

Your library is a wealth of information about religion and religious rites, festivals and garments! Use our encyclopedias (in your branch and online), search for news and magazine articles, gather statistics, find images, watch documentaries, and more! In a recent Living Library event, the Muslim “book” was one of our most popular; everyone had questions for her!

Wearing a burka is not easy – certainly not in a culture where most women don’t wear it. Before you decide whether a French-style ban is the answer, find out more about burkas, Muslims and Islam.

Where to start? My pick-of-the-moment is Sea of Faith, by Stephen O’Shea.

Headphones: Carol King

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One word: Tapestry.

Stop everything you’re doing and listen to this album!

I grew up listening to it, although it didn’t make much of an impression on me while I was young. But, whenever I return to it, I appreciate the awesome power of the singer/songwriter.

Visit your local library branch for a ton of CDs. Jazz, Pop, Classical, International, and much more! We’re guaranteed to have something you’ve never heard of!


Headphones: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

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One of the reasons I love working at a library is that I get exposure to musicians I may never otherwise have listened to. Here’s what’s on my iPod these days:

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ I Learned the Hard Way.

I love this album! You can hardly tell which decade it was produced in! Give it a listen if you love Motown, soul, or anything that sounds like Mark Ronson produced it.

Never heard of the Dap Kings? Well, you’ve probably already heard their music! They played on Amy Winehouse’s Rehab.

Check out the Dap Kings and tons of other artists at your local library branch!


I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

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Although I typically don’t read biographies, there was something about the title of this book that made me very curious. After all, how many 10 year old divorcees do you know?

I read the book (with teary eyes) in only a few short hours, and I was riveted.

Right off the hop, I’ll admit that I was skeptical about the authorship. While reading, I continually wondered which words, thoughts and ideas actually sprang from the heart of little Nujood, and which were the creations or recreations of co-author Delphine Minoui. However, the truth is that for me, it ultimately didn’t matter.

Nujood’s is a wrenching, heartbreaking story. Although the divorce that she so badly wants is eventually granted, there is no justice in this story’s end. How could there be? Though Nujood has been hailed as a hero, and has won international acclaim since her ordeal, I can’t help but think that children like her may never wholly recover from the traumas that they suffer - no matter whether they eventually claim to be happy or not.

Nevertheless, Nujood is a reminder of all that can be achieved with steadfast determination. What an impression this little girl has made on me!

For a tale you won’t soon forget, I recommend I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced.

Happy Mother's Day!

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A mother is quite possibly the most influential person in one’s life.

Long before we learn to identify with friends, peers, colleagues, or anyone else, we learn to relate with mom. Indeed, the ways that our mothers manage our homes, families, and environments leave indelible marks on our personalities (and in some cases, huge lump sums in the hands of psychologists!).

Come to your local branch of the Calgary Public Library and find all sorts of resources about mothering. From pregnancy, to child development, to the teenage years and well beyond, we’ve got all sorts of materials by and for mothers, and the children who love them. Check out books and magazines about parenting. Read about the latest theories on child development through our e-library. Clap, sing, read and rhyme your way to literacy in our free storytime programs.

I’m convinced that my mother is responsible for my career at the library. Where else could I have possibly ended up working, given that she read to me while I was still in the womb!?

“A home for a bunny, a home of his own. Where would a bunny find a home? Under a rock, under a stone?”

Thanks, mom, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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