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Ya Hooo~!

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It's that time of year again...the sun is shining, birds are signing...bacon, sausage and pancakes fills the air! I hope you are all enjoying the many festivities that are going on around the city. Don't forget that the Annual International BRZ Stampede Breakfast is happening on July 12 along 17 Avenue SE. Come stop by and visit our booth and along with other vendors. Every year the Forest Lawn Library looks forward to this great opportunity to engage with its community!

On July 6th, some of the Forest Lawn staff participated in the once and a life time Centannial Stampede Parade! Some of us got up at 5AM, while others were too excited to even sleep the night before. When we arrived we all got dressed in our western gear, and got our face painted by a super duper costume/makeup personel. As the time started to countdown to the 9 O'Clock opening of the parade, we all got the little butterflies. Standing there in the bright sun with all of us in formation, it was finally our time to shine. The whole experience was full of laughters, cheers, and of course sweat!

-Happy Stampede from the Staff at Forest Lawn Library! Yahoooooo!

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Book N' Worms Community Garden

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Encana Garden Sign

On June 21st Forest Lawn Library officially open it's first ever Book N' Worms Community Garden.

The focus of the Forest Lawn Community garden has always been on “community”, and this was evident when over 70 people gathered to celebrate its official launch!

Several of the residents from the neighbouring Clifton Manor Seniors’ Residence were on hand, having made their way in their wheelchairs earlier in the day to plant their rented plot.

Garden Party
Ground Breaking

Master of Ceremony Ellen Humphrey eloquently congratulated the team for their hard work and introduced the speaker: Calgary East MLA Moe Amery, Encana representative Lois Wozney and Garden Guild rep Mark Labinowicz. Ellen noted how the team not only worked to build a garden, but also undertook to beautify the whole property, cleaning up and adding flowers to the existing tree beds and shrubberies, and adding mulch to help keep them tidy.

One of the volunteers is a young Mom who worked out an arrangement for some of her friends to regularly escort and push the wheelchair-bound seniors over to the Library so they can tend their plot while enjoying the company of young children. What a wonderful cross-generational and therapeutic idea!

Garden Time!

ENCANA Community Garden – Official ground breaking

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World Refugee Day 2012

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The Teen After School event on Refugee Camps attracted 40 youth who fully immersed themselves in the experiential program, going through the various stations of food, water, health, shelter and education, trying to collect enough beads to barter their way into the final asylum station. They were assigned to family groups, working together when cholera and other health concerns, contaminated water, destroyed shelters, famine, drought and other impediments delayed their turn at the asylum station. During the debriefing over pizza, many of them expressed frustration at their struggles, but a clear dedication towards working as a family unit to leave the camp together. This program was planned by several agencies in recognition of World Refugee Day.

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Before I Fall

Before I Fall

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Before I Fall

By Lauren Oliver, published by HarperCollins, 2010

Sam and her friends rule the school. They have it all – looks, popularity, boyfriends, and they don’t hesitate to lord it over everyone. They are bullies, mean girls, and won’t have anyone stand in their way. After a night of hard drinking and partying, Sam gets into the car of a drunk driver. With a blinding crash, she loses her life. Instead of being permanently dead, Sam wakes up on the morning of her last day. She proceeds to relive her last day over and over. Each day is the same, but only Sam has the power to change what happens…

Written by Lauren Oliver, who is better known for the debut novel in her dystopian trilogy, “Delirium”, “Before I Fall” was chosen as the YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2010. Combining elements of fantasy with the very real concept of teenage bullying in a fast-paced, introspective, and engrossing story, this novel causes readers to question what they know. Oliver writes about familiar themes in a fascinating, original way. Prepare to be left wanting more!

-Reviewed by Liz

Interested in Drawing Manga Comic?

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Manga CoverManga comics are becoming overly popular among the teens. However, I've noticed that some adults are starting to appreciate the artwork and storyline behind these books. Unlike regular books that reads from left to right, Manga comics are read from right to left and they start at the back of the book. It may seem strange at first, but after a few manga books, it becomes second nature.

One of the things that fascinate me about Manga are the drawings. A little change in the character eyes or hair can change their overall look from being happy to mad. I've attempted to recreate some of my favorite characters on paper...but...I'll just end it here. Embarassed

Now here's a chance for you teens out there to learn from a professional artist. They will show you the tips and tricks that you will need to know to recreate or even create your own Manga character. This will be a two day session on May 23rd and 30th from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The AVENGERS is finally assembled!!

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We've all been waiting for this hot new movie release for far too long! Finally it's here...Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor. I just can't wait to see this in theaters. I've seen all the movies, except for Captain America (so I better see this before I head to the theaters). But I enjoyed all the other ones very much. One word... ACTION!

I can't soley pick one superhero as my favorite. But I do love how Robert Downey Jr. portrays Iron Man.

Do you have a favorite superhero? Let us know in the comment!

If you need a little refresher of the Marvel characters, why not check-out the DVDs and Graphic novels at the public library?

Captain America Thor Incredible Hulk Iron Man
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Community Garden Stepping Stones

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Got some creative juices in you? Now is the time to let your imagination soar and become a memorable part of our garden. The stepping stones to paint for theArt fun Community Garden will be on sale for $50. All the supplies will be provided, so you don't need to worry about that! All we ask of you is to bring in the donation and your artistic talent.

Come join us on these dates:

Thursday April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, May 17th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday April 29th, May 6th
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Stepping Stone Painting

Hunger Games Challenge

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The Forest Lawn Library just hosted their first

Hunger Games Challenge!!

It was an overwhelming great success.

A total of 25 people attended the program, but we only had room for 20 participants. The rest of them cheered from the sidelines as they watched each team battle to the end.

The Game started with our very own Effie Trinket annoucing the two tributes for each district and the rules.

Effie

As usual, "may the odds be ever in your favor" she said...

Cornucopia

Round 1: Survival of the fittest!

This was our attempt at recreating the Cornucopia.

We loaded it up with all the neccessary items that each team needed to survive. It was up to the individual to choose wisely.

We started the battle with the Cornucopia challenge. This round involved each individual selecting essential items that will help them in surviving the game arenea. They also had to choose wisely, as some items were worth more points than others, and some can be detrimental.

Bracelet Making

Round 2: Battle of the knots!

Each tribute had to use their 'knot' skills to create a bracelet that will dazzle the Capital judges.

Archery

Round 3: Aim for the Target!

Think you can be the next Katniss Everdeen? Each tribute was put through the test, the player with the most accuracy points won the challenge.

Community Garden on it's way...!

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Garden

Our community garden group is officially a society, known as the Book ‘N Worms Garden Guild. Planning is well underway as our teams are busy buzzing away.

The first fund-raising initiative took place on the March 29th and attracted 22 residents. The event included a presentation by the Calgary Horticultural Society’s Community Garden staff, and a sale of cement stepping stones that the buyer can paint and decorate, then add to the garden path. So far, 9 have been sold and painting sessions are being organized for families who prefer decorating their stones in a community environment.

Another fundraiser took place on March 30th, with international best-selling author Toby Hemenway speaking on home-scale permaculture.

If you would like more information or like to get involved, feel free to leave us a comment below.

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