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2013?

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The Forest Lawn Blog has been up and running since October 2011, we've been live for about a year and few months! Wooo Hoo!

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When people ask me "What happened in 2012?", I usually answer "It was all a blur..." However, now that we have this little blog, I thought I might take this opportunity to highlight some of the events that has happened in the past year.

  • Community Garden: The Books 'n Worms Community Garden was officially launched on June 21st. With our ground breaking celebration, there is now a Community Garden in the Forest Lawn area. By mid-July people had a chance to harvest some zucchini, lettuce, beans and radishes. I can't wait till Summer 2013 to be able to walk through the garden again! This will be THE MEETING PLACE in Forest Lawn!

  • Teen Afterschool: A program geared towards teens between the ages of 13-17 to explore, learn, and have fun outside of school hours. The program has been a great success in attracting teens of all different ages and skill levels. The library has offered programs from Yoga, Zumba, Cookie Decorating, Wii, Xbox, Drawing, and Drama just to name a few.

  • First Ever Hunger Games Challenge: Our teens were starving for a hunger games challenge, and we did just that to meet their needs! We made our own little cornucopia challenge incorporating themes and resources from the novel. Since the Hunger Games was a great success, we came up with Hunger Games Part 2! In this challenge the teens had to reenact a scene from Catching Fire in along with learning how to write a script, design costumes and much more!

  • Taste of Cultures: Every year the Taste of Culture has attracted over hundreds of people throughout the community. This was a great opportunity for everyone to learn about the diverse culture we have within this neighborhood. It was by far my favorite event to look forward to each year. I loved trying all different types of ethic food, and their outfits were amazing!

  • Refugee Experience Series: The Refugee Experience Series has really taught the teens what it's like to be a Refugee. Our biggest event was a simulation of a Refugee Camp. Even now when I see the teens they talk about how they really enjoyed that process and that they gained so much from the program. We even had the honor to have Carol Huynh share her own personal Refugee Experience.

We hope you all had a chance to participate in some of these events. If you have a story about the library in 2012 and would like to share, we would love to hear it in the comments!

Our Community Chain is Back!

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Back by popular demand! After one short week, the Forest Lawn Library Winter Community Chain is already half-way around the branch. Last year, it started at the entrance to the branch and reached the fish tank, so our goal this year is to complete the circle. We’re already half-way there!

This is a wonderful way for you to add to your community spirit. Just come into the branch and ask one of us to see how you can be a "link" to the communtiy!

Might there be a way to continue this interactive activity throughout the year, with a different spin?

Community Chain

If you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comment area!

Wrestling on what to do...?

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Teen Read Week (Oct. 14 – 20) was celebrated with the launch of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and a visit from WWE wrestler, Lance Storm!

Thirty-seven teens visited the Forest Lawn Library to meet Lance, ask questions, line up for autographs on some of the many freebees that he brought along.

Our Librarian Liz conducted the interview!

Storm with our Librarian

Carol and Liz

The Forest Lawn Library had the honour to host the Refugee Experience Series with Carol Huynh as our guest speaker on November 19.

Carol Huynh is an Olympic Champion who won Canada's first gold medal in the female division at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Carol spoke with 45 teens about growing up as a child of refugee parents, her Olympic experience, and how she went on to earn a Masters degree in psychology. She also did a wrestling demonstration, using Liz, as her dummy.

Our Librarian, Liz, was brave enough to go up against Carol!

After a few headlocks, flips and turns, the teens had an up close look at Carol's Olympic medals!

Medal

Sugar Treats!

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The Forest Lawn Teen Afterschool program

held a Cookie Decorating event as one

of their many afterschool programs.

Before the program started all the

teens were patiently waiting to get

messy. Who wouldn't want to

decorate some cookies and then enjoy their

scrumptious treat?

Check out some of their decorations!

More Cookies!
Cookies Decorating Cookies

After a few rounds of cookies, our Teens needed to burn off their energy. Why not play a game of Twister?

Can you say "ouch" ? How flexible are you?
Left hand yellow Can you say ouch?

Since the weather is getting chillier these days, why not host your own Cookie Decorating event? You can start by browsing through our baking books to fulfill all your baking needs and more! Also, if you have an awesome Cookie receipe you would like to share, feel free to post it in the comments!

5th Annual Taste of Cultures

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Over 400 people gathered at the Forest Lawn Library to enjoy our 5th annual Taste of Cultures on October 20th. Displays from the 15 ethnic groups were supplemented this year by displays from CPL’s Diversity Services and the Calgary Police Service’s Diversity Unit.

The participants were once again treated to a variety of ethnic food, and more performers than in previous years. For the first time, we offered some light opera (courtesy of the International Avenue Arts & Culture Centre, a new partner on the planning team) and a thunderous performance by a Japanese drumming troupe.

Display Performer
Dancer Drummer

Welcome to the Forest Lawn Teen's Haunted House!

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This year's Halloween was a little different at the Forest Lawn Library. We teamed up with the Teens to decorate the basement for our own little scarefest. Those who were brave enough walked through the doors of doom.

Nail WallWebSpiderMask

Teen AfterSchool programs for the month of November also included a Fear Factor Challenge, a zumba class, a cupcake decorating class, weekly meetings of the Hunger Games Club and the Knitting Club, and a First Aid Certification course funded by the Bob Bahan Pool.

Exercise at the Library?

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Library. What is the first thing that comes to mind? Books? People? Computers?

Now try to wrap your head around this...

Now you can exercise at the yogaLibrary. We aren't talking about mental exercises or finger exercises you do the computer.

The Forest Lawn Library has partnered up with Bob Bahan Pool in providing Youth Yoga and Youth Zumba.

Never done Yoga or Zumba before? No worries, all levels are welcomed.

Here are the dates:

October 4th

October 11th

October 25th

November 14th

November 22nd

December 6th

Hunger Games Part 2!!!!

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We listened, we planned, we got it together, now here it is... HUNGER GAMES CLUB!!

So instead of having a one day event (since you guys complained last time that one day was not enough!), we now launched our Hunger Games Club. Joining the club is easy, just come into the Forest Lawn Library to sign up. Also, if you do so now, you have a chance to win a moive poster prize by submitting your name as tribute. Do you dare...?

The club will meet every Monday from October 1st until December. I won't spill any information on here, so you must come into the Library to ask for details. But I can tell you one thing, this will definatetly put your skills to the test!!

"May the odds be ever in your favor..."

Catching Fire

What's going on in Forest Lawn?

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Teen Afterschool is starting up again! This time we're putting a different spin on things. If you liked what we had in store from our previous sessions, wait Party Time!till you see what we have planned.

Come join us on September 27th for the Forest Lawn Afterschool Kick-off and September Birthdays Celebrations!

Location: Forest Lawn Library

Time: Afterschool

See you then! Laughing

Trivia Time

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Did you know?

Did you know…?

-The first Forest Lawn Library was originally located at 33rd Street and 17th Avenue S.E

-On July 16 1973, the new Forest Lawn Library opened their doors to its beautiful new building and location at 4807-8th Avenue S.E., which is also the location in which the current library resides

-As of October 1, 1975 the Forest Lawn Library had 25,000 books on the shelves. That’s like 1/6 of our collection today!!!

-Over 933,000 customer transactions at Forest Lawn Library in 2008

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