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Ecana Community Garden: Book 'n Worms

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Have you checked out our awesome community garden? Even though fall is just around the corner, we are all busy harvesting our beautiful veggies and herbs that were planted this year. Just this weekend our beautifully painted stepping stones got implanted into the ground. If you have the time, please do check out the wonderful artwork on them.

The Books 'n Worms Garden have made this community a tighter and stronger place. It has really brought people out of their shells to interact with other people in the community. We even had a few 1st time gardeners out here learning from the pros!

FYI: The Books 'n Worms Community Garden was officially launched on June 21st of 2012. It has been slightly over a year since the ground breaking event. Can you believe that?!

Here's a video of the two community garden that the Calgary Public Library has been a part of. Check them out!

Teen's are back in school and we are keeping it cool!

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Teen Afterschool Launch

Teens: Our journey has come to an end...

Teens: Our journey has come to an end...

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I have some sad news... this will be the last week of Teen After School until September. *sniff sniff* Can you believe how time flies?!

So come on down to Forest Lawn and celebrate our last week of Teen After School! We'll end it off with a BANG!

MONDAYHALO GAMING TOURNAMENT – It’s once again time to put your gaming skills to the test. I hope you’ve been training up because I know there are some seriously good Halo players coming. Like last time, there is an EB GAMES GIFT CARD on the line for the winner. If Halo isn’t your thing, we’ll have plenty of other Xbox and Wii games to keep you occupied. And of course, computers will be on too.

Halo

TUESDAY PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT – This one was a blast last time and if you weren’t here for it, you owe it to yourself to come. We’ll give you a scavenger hunt sheet and digital camera. You’ll have to take a photos to answer the scavenger hunt clues. This could be as simple as taking a picture of someone else taking a picture or as awesome as someone Vader-ing (using to force to lift someone off the ground)! There will be prizes for the team that has the most interesting/creative photo answers.

photo

WEDNESDAY WRAP UP PARTY!!! – Like I said earlier, we’re finishing Teen After School for the year. We may as well go out with a bang, right? There will be FREE PIZZA, games, activities, music, and more. Also…PRIZES!!! Everyone gets 1 ticket for the draw just for showing up. Bring a friend, you get an extra ticket. Bring 10 friends…the odds are looking good for you! We’ll be starting early today at 3:30 so if you want first dibs on pizza make sure you’re not late.

pizza

Don’t forget we have a private study room (with cushy chairs!) available for teens during these hours on a first come, first serve basis. We’ll give you a snack and you can shut the door and get down to business.

See you guys next week!

Turning disappointments into opportunities

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Olympic sprinter Seyi Smith inspired 35 teens during one of the Teen AfterSchoo sessions this month. Seyi – one of CPL’s Living Books – was the sprinter who caused his team to be disqualified after winning a medal during the last Olympic because he inadvertently placed his foot on the starting line. He spoke from the heart and with humour about turning disappointments into opportunities.

Seyi-Smith

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What's cool afterschool?

What's cool afterschool?

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Hey teens!

Here's another week of adventures for you after a nice long weekend. Don't let the fun stop! Drop by anytime between the hours of 4:00-5:30 Mon-Wed!

MONDAYVICTORIA DAY – LONG WEEKEND!!! Obviously you guys won't be coming in today but just so you know, NO PROGRAM TODAY. Go outside, enjoy the weather. Get some sun, you're all too pale!

Victoria Day PostCard

TUESDAY JIANT JENGA (yes I know I spelled giant wrong) – We have both of the Jenga sets so there will be two times the madness. I still maintain that we can get it as high as the ceiling but so far you guys have let me down. Bring your brick stacking A-game this time guys!

Giant Jenga

ONE HOUR ART CONTEST

The last one was such a success that we’re once again doing a One Hour Art Contest. We only had the pictures up in the library for 5 days last time and there were over 100 votes. This time around we’ll have a specific theme for you guys to work with (to be revealed on Tuesday). Also, I’ll let you know that there will be two chances to win a prize. You’ll have a chance to win a smaller prize from the library and your piece can also be entered to win a deluxe set of art supplies. Bring your creativity with you and see what you can whip up in the time limit.

One hour art contest

(the winning piece from the last contest)

Also, Deborah from CIWA will be back again with another short interactive activity. This one is about how you can stand up for your ideas. There will be chocolate for those who stay for the presentation.

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WEDNESDAY FOOD DAY AT BOB BAHAN – Once again we’ll be heading over to the pool house for food. If you haven’t been yet you’re really missing out. Leather couches, foosball table, Xbox, and free food. What’s not to love there. Last week we had paninis. Paninis! You can’t beat that! Meet in the library at 3:45 or just head straight over there for 4:00.

Panini

THURSDAYTWO WHEEL VIEW – This bike mechanics course is registration only. If you’ve missed out this time don’t fret, we’ll be having it again in the fall. For those who don’t know, Two Wheel View teaches bike mechanics to youth. Teens who successfully complete the program earn a free bike, lock, and helmet at the end of the program.

Penny-Farthing Bicycle

(In honor of Victoria day, here’s an old school Victorian bike. Fun fact, it’s called a Penny-Farthing. Not fun fact, crashing on that sucker would be rough.)

Don’t forget we have a private study room (with cushy chairs!) available for teens during these hours on a first come, first serve basis. We’ll give you a snack and you can shut the door and get down to business.

Also, for your information, the East Calgary Health Centre now offers a Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic for teens on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 12 and 4:30. Birth control information & low cost supplies, emergency contraception, STI testing & treatment, pregnancy tests & options support, and HIV tests. This is a drop-in clinic and it is completely confidential. Parent permission is not required for you to visit the clinic. The East Calgary Health Centre is located at 4715 8th Avenue SE. 403-955-1431.

Keeping it real at Forest Lawn with the Teen Afterschool!

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MONDAYGAMING–Gaming as usual. Show off your skills and practice up for the Halo tournament which will be coming up in a couple weeks. Also, if you’d like to bring 360 or Wii games from home feel free (must be rated T or under though). If gaming just isn’t your thing, we have some good ol’ board games too. And yes, computers will be on as well for all you Facebook junkies.

HaloHalo Reach: Noble Six commorancy@flickr

TUESDAY DUCT TAPE ART– Listen up all you creative types, Duct Tape Art is back! You can make wallets, flowers, heck…a whole duct tape suit if you put your mind to it (which would be ridiculously uncomfortable when you think about it). Or if you just need some ducts taped, you know, the original purpose that duct tape was designed for, you can bring them in too J. This one is sure to be a blast! Also, Deborah from CIWA will be back again with another short interactive activity on Multiculturalism. These have been pretty cool so far and for those who come at 4:00…PIZZA!!!

Duct Tape FlowerPizza

WEDNESDAY FEAR FACTOR CHALLENGE!!!– This was one of our coolest programs last fall and it’s only gotten better! You’ll have to bring your cast iron stomachs with you as there will be an eating challenge! If you’re the type who gets squeamish at strange “snacks”, fear not as there will be other challenges for you to earn points in (or rather, do fear as that’s sort of the name of the game). We have some great prizes for you to win if you can handle to pressure. Are you brave enough?

Fear Factor

THURSDAYTWO WHEEL VIEW – For those who are registered, make sure you come to our bike mechanics course on Thursday. For those of you who are bummed that you missed a chance to earn a bike, we will be offering this program again in the fall!

Bike

Don’t forget we have a private study room (with cushy chairs!) available for teens during these hours on a first come, first serve basis. We’ll give you a snack and you can shut the door and get down to business.

Hope to see you all next week!

Also, for your information, the East Calgary Health Centre now offers a Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic for teens on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 12 and 4:30. Birth control information & low cost supplies, emergency contraception, STI testing & treatment, pregnancy tests & options support, and HIV tests. This is a drop-in clinic and it is completely confidential. Parent permission is not required for you to visit the clinic. The East Calgary Health Centre is located at 4715 8th Avenue SE. 403-955-1431.

Forest Lawn is the place to be: April 29 - May 2

Forest Lawn is the place to be: April 29 - May 2

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MONDAYGAMING– It’s gaming time! Get your thumbs stretched and limbered up (wouldn’t want to sprain something). We have a ton of games for the Wii and a growing selection of Xbox games as well. Also, if you’d like to bring 360 or Wii games from home feel free (must be rated T or under though). If you couldn’t care less about Master Chiefs or portly Italian plumbers we always have a selection of good ol’ fashioned board games too. And yes, computers will be on as well for all you Facebook junkies.

TUESDAY STRATEGY GAMES– Back by popular demand is Strategy Games! There’s some good ones here including: Bang, Carcassonne, Save Doctor Lucky, Ticket to Ride, Junta Viva El Presidente, and Poo. Yes, there is a card game about monkeys throwing POO! I played it last time and I must say I’ve never had as much fun flinging feces as I did that day. If board games aren’t your thing, we also have the gaming equipment and computers if you just want to chill.

Also, Deborah from CIWA will be back again with another short interactive activity on Multiculturalism. Those who come at 4:00 will get chocolate bars! Chocolate Bar WEDNESDAY FOOD DAY AT BOB BAHAN POOL – So far we’ve made cookies, nachos, smoothies, chocolate fondue and more. What could it be this time? Fillet Mignon? Swordfish? Caviar? If you want to see what’s next, either meet us at the pool, or in the Library lobby at 3:45 if you want to head over with us. I still maintain that free food is the best food.

THURSDAYTWO WHEEL VIEW – For those who are registered, make sure you come to our bike mechanics course on Thursday. For those of you who are bummed that you missed a chance to earn a bike, we will be offering this program again in the fall! Bike Hope to see you all this week!

You Snooze, You Lose!

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Hey teens here’s what you’ve been missing out if you’re not here hanging out with us!

Several weeks back we had our weekly cooking sessions. That time we all made a healthy and yet delicious snack: Fruit Burritos! We filled our lovely tortilla wraps with fresh berries, yogurt, peanut butter and bananas. What more can you ask for?

Fruit burritos

Last week we had a Lego contest. This wasn’t your normal contest … All the teens started off with the basic Lego pieces. However, the twist was that each one of them had to prepare themselves for “special” Lego pieces that I threw into play. If you ever watched “Sweet Genius” or “Iron Chef”, the concept is similar to their “special ingredient.” Some teens were put to the test, but in the end each one of them incorporated the pieces very well. It was so hard to decide on a winner. Which one do you like?

Lego Creations

Teen Afterschool: April 22-25

Teen Afterschool: April 22-25

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Here’s what’s going on the week of April 22-25. Drop by anytime between the hours of 4:00-5:30 Mon-Wed!

Don’t forget we have a private study room (with cushy chairs!) available for teens during these hours on a first come, first serve basis. We’ll give you a snack and you can shut the door and get down to business.

MONDAY – HALO 4 TOURNAMENT – It’s gaming time! Drop by and show off your Halo skills for a chance to win EBGAMES GIFT CARDS. We’ll also have the Wii set up for some casual gaming if Mario Kart is more your speed. If you’d prefer good old-fashioned board games we have a pretty good selection – Cranium, TWISTER, Candyland, and Othello, just to name a few. As usual, computers will be up and running as well for all you Facebook junkies.

Gaming

TUESDAY T-SHIRTS TRANSFORMED – Everyone has at least a few T-Shirts they don’t wear anymore. Rather than sitting unworn, taking up space in you dresser, why don’t you bring them by and jazz them up a bit. Sharpie Tie-Dye will leave it looking sharp (pun intended), or if you don’t mind cutting up the shirt, you can make a T-shirt bag or even a dog toy! Gaming and computers are still available if you’re not the creative type.

T-Shirts

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ART CONTEST – In June, we’re going to be celebrating World Refugee Day at the Forest Lawn Library by having a simulation refugee camp. You’ll get a back story and there will be various challenges to overcome such as finding food and water. We’ll also be welcoming a former refugee to the Library.

To build up to this event we’re having an Art Contest with amazing PRIZES! You’ll find out more when you come to the Library. Before we get into the t-shirts (which will be awesome!) we’ll be welcoming Stephanie from CIWA to chat about multiculturalism. This will be a short talk with

FREE PIZZA provided for those who come!

Pizza

WEDNESDAY Candy Sushi + DJ Kyle Morgan – We’ll be making sushi out of candy, and eating it of course! Let’s see what cool creations we can come up with. On this day we’ll also be welcoming DJ Kyle Morgan for a DJ lesson! For the musically-challenged, gaming and computers will be on hand.

sushi DJ

THURSDAYTwo Wheel View – For those who are registered, make sure you come to our bike mechanics course on Thursday. For those of you who are bummed that you missed a chance to earn a bike, we will be offering this program again in the fall!

Staff Picks: Time Keeper

Staff Picks: Time Keeper

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Time Keeper Novel

By Mitch Albom, Published 2012

Who is the first person to track time? The Time keeper and for his efforts his is banished to a inescapable cave. He has to listen to people’s concerns about time and after centuries alone in “his cave” he is allowed a special opportunity to leave the cave to provide help for two individuals who live in the modern world. A teenage girl who wants to end her life and a senior citizen who wants to live forever. The Timekeeper mission is to teach them the “true meaning of time.” Does he succeed?

-Vicki

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