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Do You Want to Change Lives?

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Reading with Child

Do you need some volunteer hours for school? Do you want to help cute littlies learn how to read? You can do that at the Library!

We need:

Reading Buddies volunteers for Bowness Library

  • Mondays 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • October 5 to December 7

Reading Buddies volunteers for Forest Lawn Library

  • Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30 pm
  • October 8 to December 10

Interested? Fill out the Youth Volunteer Application here, or contact us. Talk to Samuel (403-260-2709) or Tammy (403-221-2062).

And for the tech-savvy, try Computer Buddies. In this program, you will help students in Grades 1 to 6 learn to safely navigate the Internet and get creative with Microsoft Office.

We need:

Computer Buddies volunteers for Bowness Library

  • Mondays 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • October 19 to December 7

Computer Buddies volunteers for Forest Lawn Library

  • Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • October 21 to December 9

To volunteer for Computer Buddies, contact Jessica Hagel at 403-221-2036, or at jessica.hagel@calgarypubliclibrary.com.

Write and Win

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

If you're 15 or younger, you can enter the Children's Fiction Writing Awards - and get published!

Winning stories will be published in an anthology. Your biography and photo will be in there too, so start practicing your Top Model smile. But hurry - the deadline is October 10th.

In the 12-15 year old category, stories need to be at least 3000 words (about 6 pages).

The stories must fall within one of the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Mystery. So if your story has vampires, spaceships, or secrets, you're good.

Check out the Calgary Book Fair site for details.

Writer's block? Check out these collections to get some ideas:

Lay-ups and Long Shots cover

Lay-Ups and Long Shots: an Anthology of Short Stories

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher

The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows (includes stories by Scott Westerfeld and Neil Gaiman)

Firebirds Rising (includes stories from Tamora Pierce and Diana Wyne Jones)

Prom Nights from Hell (includes stories by Stephenie Meyer and Meg Cabot)

Me and the Media

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

The media is, was, might be, will be, has been blamed for, has been praised for, can do, can’t do, provides, causes and influences a lot of things. We are exposed to it in one form or another every day, if not every minute. Sometimes we choose to participate (like when you read this awesome blog) and sometimes a bus just happens to go by (how did it know I needed more mayonnaise in my life?!).

Yet, whether you choose to be exposed to commercials / films / sitcoms / news / books (have you ever read a book by accident?) / websites / posters, or not, odds are it’s going to happen. The only choice you have is what you do with this information.

I’m sure your teachers have stressed the importance of using reliable, authentic sources when writing reports and essays in school, and the information you use in your day-to-day life is no different. Although I’m sure many of us aren’t fooled by the purported pros of solar powered broom racks (they’re environmentally friendly!), things aren't always so obvious.

Can a picture lie?

Can you determine the difference between fact and opinion?

Who publishes websites?

Do you decide what is attractive to you? Is it biological, or is it something you learn?

There are many great resources dedicated to media awareness. Media-Awareness.ca is a non-profit organization with a great website which covers everything from surfing the web (should you fill out that online survey???) to the portrayal of men and women in the media. Did you know that the average model weights 20% less than the average woman? If you fit the dimensions of a Barbie doll, you would have to remove half of your liver and most of your bowels. Gross.

Although the “media” comes in many forms, the common factor is information. Make sure you know who put that information there and why, especially if it is information that you are basing your decisions or opinions on. For reliable online sources you can check out our E-Library collection of magazine articles, encyclopedias, business directories and other databases. You can also browse our catalogue online to search for books, movies, magazines, music… media.

There is a wealth of truly wonderful / awful / informative / ridiculous / strange / and fascinating information out there, but remember to use your ?’s as often as possible.