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    Learn at the Library

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    “The more that you read, the more things you will know.

    The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

    Have you ever wanted to learn something new, but you weren’t sure where to begin? Instead of a random Google search, I highly recommend the Calgary Public Library as a great place to start your learning adventures!

    The Library offers so many ways to learn...You can read a book or read an e-book; listen to audio and e-audiobooks; watch a documentary DVD; take an online course, and more! Here are some digital suggestions to get you started. (Have your library card handy to log in to these tools!)

    Mango Languages has online language learning courses for 61 languages, as well as English language courses for learners new to Canada. You can even learn how to speak Pirate!

    Newspaper Direct Display offers full text digital newspaper articles from around the world.

    Zinio Online Magazines provides popular and current digital magazine publications that you can read on your computer or download to your mobile device. Always available: no checkout periods, no limit on downloads.

    Gale Courses has a great collection of instructor-led interactive courses that are all done online so you can learn from the comfort of your own home. Learn how to write and publish a book, how to have a happy and healthy pregnancy, how to use Microsoft Office products, web technology, and photo editing, and so much more!

    So many possibilities…check them out anytime, anywhere!

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Laugh Your Way Through These...

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    “Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.” – George Carlin

    Most people would agree that laughter is the best form of medicine and if you were to ask them what makes them laugh, you’d get all kinds of different answers. At CPL, we recognize the need for variety, not only in content but in format too. We’ve got books and CDs and books on CD…and whether you like George Carlin, Monty Python, Family Guy or Bill Cosby we’ve got what you want!

    Your Calgary Public Library card also gives you access to HOOPLA, for streaming movies, television shows, music and audiobooks using your browser, smartphone or tablet, or downloading them to your device to enjoy offline…and it has a great comedy section!

    Some titles to tickle your funny bone:

     

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Live Life to the Fullest!

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    “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."

    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Some people choose to play it safe when it comes to life. Others like to live “on the edge.” I always tell myself that life is way too short to worry about being cool, so be who you are! Some have long bucket lists full of things they want to experience like skydiving, traveling to exotic places, or seeing Comicon in San Diego! (That last one is on MY list.) Others prefer to take life one day at a time.

    However you choose to live your life, there are many inspirational reads for you at the library!

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    What Are You Reading?

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    According to Wiktionary, the word create means "to put into existence." What are you going to put into existence this summer? What sparks your creativity? Is it art? Photography? Writing? Reading? Cooking? Singing? Dancing? Join us this week for some great reads that will inspire your creativity!

    Hang out in our 700 section to find a wide selection of drawing, painting, and photography books...


    If writing is more your thing, our 808 section has a great variety of books on writing. Want to write a cookbook, romance novel, poetry, or screenplays? This is the spot for you!

    Don't forget to read biographies of your favourite creative people. This too will help ignite your creative juices.

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Imagine Winning an iPad Mini...

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    Sometimes we think that imagination is just for children. But we all imagine how things could be different, whether we're eight or eighty.

    What do you imagine? That you're in Paris rather than mowing the lawn? That you're taller? Shorter? That you've won the lottery? That you're having Italian for lunch rather than a tuna sandwich? That you've landed your dream job? Or that you're as witty as the main character from your favourite novel?

    This week, celebrate the theme 'Imagine' by checking out something that stirs your imagination...whatever that may be!

     

    Paris in Love book jacket

     

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

     

     

     

     

    Read and Play All Summer...

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    Summer and play go together like peanut butter and jam, or, if you have a slightly more adventurous palate, like pear and blue cheese…YUM!

    Summer play invites a world of possibilities: backyard BBQs, vacations, stay-cations, boating, biking, hiking, engaging in sports of all sorts, taking in an outdoor concert or Shakespeare in the Park…and don’t forget Stampeding! But if you prefer to chill out and relax, there’s always the hammock, the book you just can’t put down, and a lovely libation at your side.

    It’s all play, and it’s all good!

    Check out some of these great titles to kick-start your “play-full” summer!

     

     

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Then fill out a ballot and tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying and enter to win fantastic prizes. Come join the summer fun!

    Enter to Win an iPad Mini

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    Do you like to explore the world around you? See new places? Try new foods? Summer is here: the flowers are out, gardens are lush — the world outside practically begs you to explore!

    There are so many great places to see, both near and far. Explore the world through a book or DVD and plan your next adventure! Why not take some time to think of all the things you would like to explore…

    Explore near…

    Or explore far...

     

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Then fill out a ballot and tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying and enter to win fantastic prizes. Come join the summer fun!

    Houdini, History and More

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    Each title in the list below offers a bit of history, a bit of fantasy, or perhaps a combination of both. And if you're interested in Houdini and historical fiction, don't miss your chance to hear Steven Galloway read from his new book, The Confabulist, this Thursday evening!

    The Confabulist by Steven Galloway

    Themes: Historical fiction, Historical figures, Illusion, Memory, Spectacle, Spies

     

     

     

    The Tiger Claw by Shauna Singh Baldwin

    Themes: Historical fiction, Historical figures, Spies

     

     

     

    The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

    Themes: Historians, Spies, Romance

     

     

     

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    Themes: Magic, Spectacle, Historical fiction, Romance

     

     

     

    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

    Themes: Historians, Historical fantasy, Magic, Romance, Ancient texts, Alchemy

     

     

     

    The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

    Themes: Historical fiction, Romance, Spectacle

    It's a Cat's World

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    It seems to me that in recent times cats have become the internet celebrities of the animal kingdom. Obvious examples like the famous Grumpy Cat, aka, Tardar Sauce, with his own line of books, t-shirts and plush toys, the video of a cat saving a little boy from a dog attack that quickly went viral, and whole blogs devoted to the weird and cute world of cats have proven that most of us have gone officially cat crazy.

    I admit, I am also one of those guilty of ailurophilia (a love of cats). If like me, you can’t get enough of anything cat related, why not peel yourself away from the infnite scroll of the internet and dip into some literary fiction about these lovely creatures?

    I Am a Cat book cover

    I always think of cats as mysterious creatures who tend to treat us humans with some aloofness. Soseki Natsume’s novel, I Am a Cat, hilariously imagines what exactly cats think about us. Set in Meiji era Japan, the novel follows a cat who spends most of his time observing human nature, making wisecracks on what he sees as the clear inferiority and silliness of humans, and in general providing amusing stories of the activities going on around him. One of the more humorous bits in the novel:

    This must have been the very first time that ever I set eyes on a human being. The impression of oddity, which I then received, still remains today. First of all, the face that should be decorated with hair is as bald as a kettle. Since that day I have met many a cat but never have I come across such deformity.

    I consider The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide, a book recently added to the Library’s collection, as a little gem of a novel. A New York Times bestseller, and a bestseller in France, The Guest Cat is about two writers, a young couple, who become friends with a neighbor’s cat. One day, the cat they name Chibi, visits them. Eventually, she makes their little cottage a second home and over time Chibi tints their lives with happiness and light. Like a cat, Hiraide’s novel has a relaxing charm and grace to it in its quietness. A novel about love and loss, and the everyday brief lovely moments of life, The Guest Cat is one of those rare books that stay with you over time.

    Other great reads for cat lovers:

    The Guest Cat book cover

    Before I Go to Sleep [I] Die For You, Gone Girl

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    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has been in high demand since its release a couple years ago. If you haven't read it (I haven't), here's a bit of the book's summary from the catalogue to get you interested:

    Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

    If you're already a fan of the smash hit, you might enjoy:

    Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

    What would you do if you woke up each morning with no memory of the strange man in your bed, and no spark of recognition for the middle-aged face looking back at you in the mirror? This is the life of Christine Lucas. Every morning she is newly disoriented, distraught, and the man named Ben she wakes with tells her that he is her husband and that she has suffered memory loss due to a vague accident in her past. But when she receives a call from her doctor, a neurologist she is apparently seeing without Ben's knowledge, she is directed to a journal she's been keeping about her life. And inside the journal she finds the words: Don't trust Ben written in her own handwriting. The suspense builds as Christine realizes nothing is as it seems.

    NoveList* also recommends:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Before I Go to Sleep, so I will be picking up Gone Girl the next time I'm looking for a page-turner! For avid readers, there can never be too many recommended titles... Check out the 10 Dark & Twisty Books for 'Gone Girl' Fans on flavorwire, and leave us your recommendation in the comments!

    *Find NoveList Plus content, including read-alike recommendations and reviews, in the catalogue, and don't miss out on the full NoveList Plus database in your E-Library under Reading & eBooks.

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