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Looking for a new book?

Looking for a new book?

by Alyssa Bradac - 0 Comment(s)

We've all experienced it - the disappointing, empty void after finishing a really, really great book. How do we move on? How do we recover? Where will our next book fix come from? And most importantly, how will we find the time?

If you've ever found yourself asking these questions, worry no more! There is a new display at the Saddletowne Library featuring Quick & Easy reading recommendations from our diverse and helpful staff. Featuring everything from quirky graphic novels to short classics, check out our picks for you! Best of all, our recommendations truly do focus on the words "Quick" and "Easy", so you won't feel the need to over-commit (we all know how exhausting that can be!).

Remember that according to the CBC, only six minutes of reading a day can improve your stress levels and over-all health!

If you're looking to blaze your own book trail, here are some other recommendations:
Goodreads' choice picks of 2013
2013 International Book Awards
2013 National Book Awards

The Benefits of Reading Fiction ... Children's Edition!

The Benefits of Reading Fiction ... Children's Edition!

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Reading is a cornerstone of education. But did you know that by the time children reach grade 8, their interest in reading outside of school diminishes by more than 60%? In a culture of increased gadgetry and electronics, how can we help boost our children's educational experience while combating an over-zealous obsession with media?

  • Children's interest in reading a book outside of school:
    - Kindergarten: 100%
    - Grade 4: 54%
    - Grade 8: 30%
    - Grade 12: 19%
    *The major decrease in Grade 4 is thought to be directly related to parents no longer reading outloud to their children...

  • Too much time spent with screen media is associated with:
    - Childhood obesity
    - Sleep disturbances
    - Attention span issues

  • Children who have at least 100 pieces of printed material in their homes have higher reading scores than those with less...

  • The three best places to leave books for your children to read:
    - Bedroom
    - Bathroom
    - Kitchen (at the breakfast table)

Here are some articles about the benefits of reading with your children:
10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids
5 Hidden Benefits of Reading For Kids (And Their Parents!)
The Brainy Benefits of Bedtime Stories

Boredom Busters

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Join us at the Library for an afternoon of fun activities and games.

When: Wednesday March 26 and Wednesday April 2.

Time: 2 PM to 3 PM

Where: Saddletowne Library

The Benefits of Reading Fiction

The Benefits of Reading Fiction

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We know that reading fiction has been proven to increase ingenuity and imagination. However, according to the CBC, reading fiction can also help reduce stress and benefit our over-all daily health. Here are some statistics for adults:

  • On average, people who read fiction have better:
    - Physical health
    - Empathy
    - Mental health

  • Reading for JUST 6 MINUTES can:
    - Reduce stress by 60%
    - Slow your heart beat
    - Ease muscle tension
    - Alter your state of mind

  • Reading reduces stress:
    - 68% MORE than listening to music
    - 100% MORE than drinking tea
    - 300% MORE than going for a walk
    - 600% MORE than playing a video game

More articles about the benefits of reading fiction:
Reading Fiction Improves Brain Connectivity and Function
7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Be Reading Books
Brain Function 'Boosted for Days After Reading a Novel'

Job Interview Skills Workshop

Job Interview Skills Workshop

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

You have applied for your dream job, and you have made it to the next step in the hiring proccess: the interview.

Get ready and improve your interview skills by learning about different types of questions and how to answer them. This workshop is led by professional career practitioners from Bow Valley College's Career Connection.

When: Wednesday, March 19.

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Saddletowne Library

Register today!

Law at Your Library: Wills and Estates

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In the Law at Your Library Program you can learn how to plan your will, including types of wills, what to include, choosing an executor, and power of attorney. This is a program presented in partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

When: Monday, Mar. 17

Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Saddletowne Library

Register today!


Freedom to Read Display

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To celebrate the Freedom to Read Week, we have set up a special display with books that have been challenged. Feel free to sign out a book from the birdcage.

For more information about the Freedom to Read Week, please visit:

Freedom to Read Week 2014

Freedom to Read Week 2014

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Freedom to Read Week —from Feb. 23 to Mar. 1— is an annual event to remind Canadians about intellectual freedom. Believe it or not, great books are challenged or banned every year in Canada and across the world.

Some books that have been challenged in Canada:

Book: Challenge:

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

By Mark Twain.

1991—With Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, this classic novel was targeted by a parent group for removal from recommended reading lists in the Saint John (NB) School District 20.

Objection—Racism in characterization and language.

The Harry Potter Series.

By J.K. Rowling.

In 2000, a religious parent in Corner Book, Nfld., complained about the presence of these popular fantasy novels in an elementary school. The parent objected to the depiction of wizardry and magic, and the school principal ordered the books’ removal. The parent and the principal had not bothered to read the novels.

And Tango Makes Three.

By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.

2006—A parent complained about this picture book for small children in the Calgary Catholic School District. The book tells the story of two male penguins raising a baby penguin in a zoo.
Objection—On religious grounds, the parent objected to the theme of homosexual parenting.

Update—The library asked the central office of the Religious Education Department to review the book. Later, the library removed the book from its collection.

Different Seasons.

By Stephen King.

1995—The Lanark County (ON) School Board refused to include this collection of four novellas chosen by teachers for senior students at Carleton Place High School.

Objection—Board members, one of whom had not read the book, said it was unsuitable because of language and sexual content.

Update—A Lanark County bookseller co-operated with King’s publisher to distribute 600 free copies of the book in three communities. The board decided that in future it would not make arbitrary decisions about book choices but would establish a consultative process with teachers and members of the community.

For more information about the Freedom to Read Week, and the full list of challenged books and magazines, visit:

Learn How to Support Victims of Family Violence and Abuse

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Free community workshop to learn how to support victim of family violence.

74% of Albertans report they know someone who has been abused. But many of us don’t know what to say or do to help someone who is living with family violence and abuse. Family, friends, neighbours and co-workers can be a hugely important support to victims of abuse if they feel confident in their skills to support a victim and comfortable bringing the subject up.

This two-hour workshop will build your skills to:


All types of abuse, harmful myths and stereotypes, and your role in ending family violence.


What to say and do to help, what not to say and do so you don't make it worse, how you can be supportive and non-judgmental, how you can stay safe while you help.


Know the local services and programs that can support your friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker. Connect them to those who can help.

Two dates available:

Thurs. March 13 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.


Sat. April 26 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

To register for one of the dates please contact sarah@cwes. or 403-539-5315.

Limited spots available, please book ahead.

10 tips to encourage early literacy

10 tips to encourage early literacy

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1. Share books from infancy. Introduce books to your child and they will grow up loving them.

2. Show your child how a book works. Point out the front cover, and teach your child to turn pages.

3. Let your children see you read. They will want to do what you do.

4. Make book-sharing fun, whether you cuddle up together at bedtime or read for a few moments during playtime.

5. Talk about what you see in a book. Look at the pictures and let your child describe what they see.

6. Have fun with language. Say nursery rhymes and repeat them often.

7. Sing together. Music encourages an understanding of the sounds in words.

8. Talk about your day and ask about your child's day.

9. Read longer stories or tell imaginative stories to your children. Choose stories that have a beginning, middle, and an end to encourage reading comprehension.

10. Point out print all around us. Show your child the text in the books, on sings, and on cereal boxes.

BONUS TIP: Remember to get a FREE Library card for your child today.

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