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Got time? Join our Summer Reading Club...and win prizes!

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We’re giving away $500 in gift certificates as well as a bunch of books.

If you want to win these prizes just join our club, read, and complete some creative challenges.

Check it out at:

Contest runs from June 17th to August 24th

Breathless in Trinidad and Tobago

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Come check out a free film! Breathless in Trinidad & Tobago is a documentary film that demonstrates how youth can connect with their community and their culture.

Trinidad & Tobago is a beautiful twin island located in the Caribbean Sea. It has a total population of 1.3 million people. In the year 2008 over 500 murders took place in the country. The community of Gonzales is at the epicenter of the country’s many social and economic problems.

In 2008, Vincent T. Joachim and Jeff Cruz traveled to Gonzales, Trinidad and set up a free photography program with over 20 marginalized youth. The workshop documented the Carnival, the youth, their community and culture through hope and empowerment. The goal was to change the youth perspective, not just with a camera, but also in their everyday life. The documentary features the videography and photography of the youth.

Central Library—John Dutton Theatre

Tuesday June 8th from 6:30-9pm

Volunteer at the Library!

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The Library is looking for teens to share their time and skills to make a difference! Gain job experience, build new skills, and enjoy the satisfaction of helping others by volunteering with our Reading Buddies and Computer Buddies programs!

Hands up!

Reading Buddies is a fun 7-week program that pairs teen volunteers with young readers in Grades 1-3. Under the supervision of library staff, the trained volunteers meet their little buddy at the library once a week to participate in group literacy activities and one-on-one mentoring.

Volunteer for Computer Buddies and develop your mentoring abilities, meet new people, and help younger students in Grades 1 to 6 improve their computer skills. It’s a great opportunity to help elementary students discover that there is more to computers than just playing games – but we do a little of that too! From Internet Search Techniques to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point, Computer Buddies combines skill-building with fun.

See the Program Guide for dates.

Contact 403-221-2036 (Computer Buddies) or 403-221-2062, 403-260-2709 (Reading Buddies) for more information or to volunteer.

Tell me what your favorite books is

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Reading Outside

This summer we are having a teen summer reading club which means that you will get prizes for reading. We will give you more information about the club in June so stay tuned. In the meantime, I want you to email me your favorite books. As part of the summer reading club we are going to have a book survivor challenge. Basically, we’ll ‘send your books to the island’ and then every two weeks you can vote a book off the island and in the end we’ll know which book is the best. So—send me your favorite teen book! Email the title and author to

Teens Create Contest!

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Feeling creative? Teens Create Button

Be sure to check out our new Teens Create website. From now until May 15 if you submit a piece of writing, photography, art or even a video to the website, we will not only post it online, but enter you into a draw for prizes!

If you have any questions about the contest please feel free to email us at

Still Gaming On!

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If you have never been to one of our Game On programs then what are you waiting for? If you're waiting for me to tell you what Game on is... then your wait is over!

Game On!

Game On is your chance to come to the library and compete with other teens at games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Super Smash brothers and more! The events run at Calgary Public Library branches all over the city, so be sure to check out the dates and times here.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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“Racism starts with the belief that people can be divided into groups called races,” states Anne Marie Aikins in Racism : Deal with it before it gets under your skin. "Racism is the idea that some races are superior to others and should have more power than others. It is a form of prejudice, or pre-judging a person based on the group they belong to.”Season of Rage

Many people throughout history have faced discrimination. Fortunately, due to civil rights movements in the past century, a lot of things have improved and yet that doesn’t mean that racism still doesn’t exist. You may find that you or your friends may still encounter racist remarks at school, at work, or elsewhere. Some people might tell inappropriate jokes, or call names, or might not even be aware that they are making racist comments or singling someone out based on what makes them different. This can hurt a lot, but there are ways you can deal with it.

Racism – How to stop it

There are many ways to help stop racism, including educating yourself. It is important to be a good example to others and treat everyone with respect, but also to examine your own attitudes and behavior towards people who are different from you. That includes questioning images you see in the media. Even today, movies and TV shows can stereotype people and promote negative assumptions about others.

LetSpeaking up against racism is important, as keeping silent can say that racism is OK. Don’t copy the discrimination, get help instead: a teacher, supervisor, neighbor or older friend might be able to help you out. And getting involved in a cause can help create positive change, like being involved in a culture club.

There are many ideas online (here are a few):

The Alberta Human Rights Commission has a website

Amnesty International’s website has a youth section dedicated to human rights

The Media Awareness Network has an online website dealing with media issues and specifically a section on negative stereotyping in the media:

Get involved

Did you know: March 21 is the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination. The Government of Canada has a campaign called “Racism – Stop It” – which includes a national video competition. You can check out the entries here.

Prom Dress Extravaganza!

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Prom Dress

Looking for Fresh Ideas for Your Prom Dress?

Are you worrying about what to wear to your grad?

Worry no more! Come to the Village Square Library (2623-56st. NE) for our Prom Dress Extravaganza! Skilled seamstresses will share ideas about re-making, updating, and tailoring dresses to suit your image. Try on our dress donations or bring your own dress and ask our seamstress to add a bit of ‘shazam!’ to your outfit.

Bonus: Demo dresses will be given away to some lucky participants at the end of the event!

Ages 15-18. Friday, March 12 from 1:30-3:00pm. Register online at:, by phone 403-260-2620 or stop by the library!

Freedom to Read Essay Winners!

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Every year we have an essay contest to celebrate Freedom to Read Week. Check out this link to read our 2010 winners!

We'd like to thank all of this year's participants, we hope you'll take part in Freedom to Read Week 2011!!


Freedom to Read Week Feb 21 - 27

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Freedom to Read Week

It's Freedom to Read week again, and if you're thinking, "so what, I can read whenever I want, I don't need to have a week about it" think again!

Freedom to read week is an annual event which challenges us to think about intellectual freedom in our society. Even in a nation such as Canada books and magazines are pulled from shelves, removed from classrooms, banned or otherwise challenged almost every day. Whether it's The Anarchist's Cookbook or Judy Bloom's Are you there, God? It's Me Margaret, Freedom to Read Week encourages us to take a closer look at the reasons books are banned.

For more on banned books check out this post by one of my favourite bloggers. Be sure to check out Freedom to Read Week's website by clicking the image above.

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