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Teen After School Program

Last Friday, Elizabeth and I got a chance to promote Forest Lawn Library's Teen After School program at the Calgary After School Info Fair in the Marlborough Mall. It was my first time on an outreach so I was nervous with excitement not knowing what to expect. After entering the mall and unloading our two packed trolleys, we were greeted by the few organizations that were already at the long row of white tables, and by the retired men who were sitting on the nearby bench watching us set up as they mingled in their native language. A steady of shoppers were strolling in and out of the mall, and a long line of hungry people were waiting for sweet nourishment at Tim Horton’s.

Teen After School Program

Teen After School Program

The atmosphere reminded me of an open market from a foreign land: we had the aroma of sweet fried dough and strong coffee lingering in the air, and voices of children, men, and women, in different languages, overlapping each other as groups of people rushed to their destinations while others strolled by and watched.

We were not even finished setting up when a lady stopped and asked, "What is happening?" so Elizabeth jumped right in, and shared who we are and what we have to offer. She even got the retired men to come by and sign up. Inspired by her energy, I too also greeted potential customers with enthusiasm. They were suspicious and reluctant to stop, at first, until we told them about our one-time offer of a free membership and a free eco bag. By two o’clock, Elizabeth and I were parched from having to shout over the noises and from speaking nonstop as more people were streaming in. When we tallied up our numbers at three o’clock, we had talked to about 1000 people, had signed up about 300 memberships, and had way too much fun.

Teen After School Program

The Room

The Room

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Room Book Cover

By Emma Donoghue, Published By HarperCollins, 2010.

This book was recommended by the librarian from one our local schools and I reluctantly placed the book on hold. I say reluctantly as the topic of the book frightened me. Sure enough, I started reading in the evening and had difficulty putting it down but I also trouble sleeping!

The book is narrated by 5 year old Jack who has spend is whole life living inside a small room where he and his mother are held prisoner. There is a frequent night visitor named "Old Nick". Jack and his Ma live in "Room" where is she tries to protect and entertain him from the realities of their situation. This is a quick read that keeps you turning the pages.

WARNING: DO NOT START THIS BOOK AT NIGHT!

Teen Afterschool: Come and hang out with us!

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  • Monday March 12th- Think you can Act? Come hang with us!

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday March 13th- Fashion Design

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday March 14th - Youth Toast Masters

4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Thursday March 15th – Board Games: What's old is now NEW!

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

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The movie "Hunger Games" is going to be in Theaters March 23rd!! We are so excited to see how the book will be made into real life.

If you haven't read the Hunger Games, you are so missing out. The story is set in a futuristic world, where people are divided into districts. There are a total of 12 districts, and one ruler, the Capitol. Each year, each district draws out one boy and one girl to represent them in the Hunger Games. The winner of the game wins a years worth of luxury goods for their district. However, there is a catch... Only one person can survive.

I won't go into the details of the book and ruin the suspense. But there are 3 books in the series, and the plot just thickens after another. I just couldn't put them down!

Hunger GamesCatching Fire Mockingjay

Staff Picks: A Mother's Spirit

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By Anne Bennett, Published Long Preston : Magna,2008

A MotherGloria and Joe were the golden couple, until tragedy left them with nothing. Yet even poverty could not spoil the joy when their son is born. World War 11 rages and Joe labours on the docks by day and fights fires by night. When Joe is terribly injured, Gloria decides to take him home to his brother's farm in Ireland hoping that we will recover there. But in the remote countryside she faces her greatest challeng yet ....

Check-out our catalogue for information!

Staff Picks: The Cat's Table

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Cat

Author: Michael Ondaatje, Published by McClelland and Stewart, 2011

In the early 1950's, 11 year old Mynah is on board a liner travelling from Ceylon to London. At mealtimes he is sat at the lowly cat’s table with two other boys his age and an eccentric group of adults. Left unsupervised the boys become involved in the world and stories of the adults and move from one adventure to another. If the story doesn’t amaze you, Ondaatje prose certainly will.

To find out more about this novel, check out our Catalogue!

It that time again...!

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The Teen Afterschool Program is starting up again! First day is January 30th. Come join us every Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for some little excitement. We are offering drama and drawing workshop, robotics, fashion design, xbox, wii and much much more!

Teen Afterschool

Check our blog weekly to see what's happening.

What's Happening This week:

  • Janurary 30th: Movie
  • Janurary 31: Board Games
  • February 1: Youth Toastmaster
  • February 2: Gaming

Chinese New Year

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Gung Hey Fat Choy ... and Happy New Year!

Chinese DragonThis colorful lion will chase away evil spirits

Forest Lawn Library is celebrating Chinese New Year!

A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on New Year’s day. The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change ... out with the old and in with the new! On January 23 the Chinese will ring in the Year of the Dragon.Chinese LanternsChinese laterns will bring us happiness and good luck

In the Far East, this is also the end of winter and the beginning of spring when farmers plant the new harvest. Therefore it is also called the Spring Festival. To ensure a prosperous and healthy year, you should enhance and stimulate positive energy flow.

On January 23 do this:

  • Greet others with "Gung Hey Fat Choy" which means "Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth"
  • Wear brand new clothes - preferably in red

But don’t do this:

  • Don’t wash your hair
  • Don’t sweep the floor
  • Don’t drop your chopsticks
  • Don’t say the number ‘four’ (Chinese homonym for death) or mention death
  • Don’t borrow or lend moneyInflatable Chinese Dragon2012 is the Year of the Dragon!

Come in and see our great decorations!Chinese new year

Adventures in urban food growing!

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City Farmer by Lorraine JohnsonCity Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing

Author: Lorraine Johnson. Published by Greystone Books, 2010

In big cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, ubran farming is a pretty hot trend and Calgary is jumping onto that farm-fresh wagon! With community gardens already in place and farmers' markets popping up throughout the city, it's pretty evident that as Calgarians we want a new relationship with our food. While the economic benefits of growing our own produce is a definite plus to starting your own edible garden, I think there's a much bigger issue taking place. We all want to get closer to our food.

In anticipation of the 2012 opening of Forest Lawn's own community garden located at Forest Lawn Library, I thought it's time we start thinking (and talking!) about growing food in our city. City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing is a recent non-fiction book from Canadian author Lorraine Johnson and gives excellent personal insight to the role urban farming has within a uniquely North American context. Johnson, based in Toronto, is a huge advocat of getting in "close contact" with food and believes that while we may not be the ones growing the produce we eat, it's really important to learn more about all the hows, wheres, whys, whats and whens about our food so we can "make informed decisions about how we sustain ourselves". And having a connection with food can't get any closer than putting our hands elbow-deep in dirt!

Johnson's book is much more than a celebration of eating locally - writes about the role of the community garden outside of food sustenance. Community gardens are "less about food production and more about social interaction and growth". Whether it is teaching kids the responsibility of starting and caring for a vegetable garden, or coming together as a community in a form of "socially supportive gardening", starting up a community garden is all about growing and maintaining relationships with each other - the good and the bad.

This book is filled with great personal and historical anecdotes, and is an excellent introduction to urban farming - whether you're planning on being a farmer or just the consumer.

How do you feel about urban farming? And what about starting a garden in your own community? Let's start the discussion!

Staff Pick: The Little Women Letters

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Author: Gabrille Donnelly. Published by Simon & Schuster, 2010

The Little Women LettersThis novel will remind you of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but with a modern twist. The story of The Little Women Letters is situated around the life of Lulu Atwater who accidently stumbles upon her great-great-grandmother Joshephine March’s long lost letters. Lulu is the middle daughter of the Atwater’s family and deeply cares for her older sister, Emma and younger sister, Sophie. Both her siblings are living lives that she greatly admires and adores, while she works day and night wondering if she’ll ever find romance. As Lulu begins to read through Great-great-grandma Jo’s letters she realizes the similarity between the Atwater’s sisters and the March’s sisters. Can the three Atwater sisters use the words left behind by Great-great-grandma Jo to guide them through their sisterhood in the new modern world?

-Reviewed by June

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