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Summer Reading for the Whole Family!

Summer Reading for the Whole Family!

by Alyssa - 0 Comment(s)

Well, it's finally summer. And goodness, has it taken its sweet time in getting here! While it's hard to actually see summer for all of the rain, summer vacations are looming, the end-of-school is nigh, and our fair city is about to take a giant, well-earned, collective sigh of supreme relief. We made it!

We have written about the very real effect of the summer slump, so I won't belabour emphasizing it here. But the Calgary Public Library has a reading program for you and your entire family. Listed below are our programs by age and the details about participation.


Summer Reading Club

0-5 years
6-11 years

What it is: This fun and easy summer program encourages your children to read everyday in increments of either 15 or 20 minutes. Pre-registration is NOT required for this program - simply come to the Saddletowne Library and sign-up at our Summer Reading Club table. We will give you a booklet full of games, your reading notebook, a welcome sticker, and the reading ballot for the week. For children 0-5, we encourage friends and family to read to them, and to help them start to read themselves! For ages 6-11, we encourage them to find books that will challenge them and make them even better readers!

How it works: Return each week throughout the summer to submit a completed ballot, and pick up the ballot for next week. Each time you submit a ballot, you will receive a sticker, and your ballot will be entered into prize drawings for free books and GRAND prizes, like a Mad Science Party!

Yes, it really is that easy!


Youth Read 2014

12-18 years

What it is: A creative program for your teens done through email and on the Calgary Public Library website. While you do need to sign-up for this program (we need to know where to email your challenges), you do NOT need a library card to participate! Go to our Youth Read page here to sign-up, or come to the Saddletowne Library and our staff will assist you!

How it works: Five new challenges are emailed to you every Wednesday throughout the summer. Follow the link to the challenges, and complete each challenge (remember, read the instructions carefully!). Once a challenge is completed, you will be entered into prize drawings for $250.00 gift cards to the Cadillac Malls (Chinook and Market Malls!), $50.00 gift cards to the movies, an autographed John Green box set of books, and many more prizes all summer long!!

Bonus Time: Every Monday night at 6:30 pm, teens can come to the Saddletowne Library and participate in the Challenge Yourself! event. There will be a bonus challenge, and our staff will help you with any other challeneges you want to finish. Don't have a digital camera? Need some glue? Confused about instructions? Challenge nights will help with anything you need. Oh, and we'll also have snacks.

Summer. Read.

18-500 years

What it is: Why should the kids get to win all the prizes?? An easy and communal reading program for adults. There will be new themes each week, and you can come into the Saddletowne Library for a ballot, or go here to find the ballot online. Check back to see what other people around Calgary think about the books you're reading and to get the new themes each Wednesday on the Reader's Nook Blog!

How it works: Fill out the ballot, and return the bottom portion with your information to enter to win one of three iPad Minis, and many other prizes as well!

Oh....and PS. All of these programs are free. And you don't even need a library card to play! Though you do need a library card to take out books.

Books and Blockbusters!

Books and Blockbusters!

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Summer is just around the corner, which means summer blockbuster movie season is almost here! Here is a list of books we love, and can't wait to see on the big screen (and not just superheros, either!):

The Million Dollar Arm by JB Bernstein

The Million Dollar Arm by J.B. Bernstein
In Theatres: May 23
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiC8o7i_ZqE

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
In Theatres: June 6
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss

How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Crowell

How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Crowell
How to Train Your Dragon 2 in Theatres: June 13
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9a4PvzlqoQ

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
In Theatres: July 11
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyhfZZupU7c

Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel Comics

Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel Comics

In Theatres: August 1
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89q_HH-3ghk

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
In Theatres: August 8
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8yVhwNS0i0

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry
In Theatres: August 15
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZxZups06w

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places & Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places In Theatres: September 1
Gone Girl In Theatres: October 3
Gone Girl Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1INjRchY69A

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Maze Runner by James Dashner
In Theatres: September 19th
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjQROqddxiY

Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow

Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
"Boxtrolls" In Theatres: September 26
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDr_ZY37RFg

Come to the Saddletowne Library and check any of these books out!
And while we know The Fault in Our Stars has a hold list the size of North America, you never know what could be lurking in the paperback sections...

To check out more Books-to-Movie gems, check out these links!
EarlyWord: Books to Movies & TV
BuzzFeed: 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theatres

The Benefits of Reading Fiction

The Benefits of Reading Fiction

by Alyssa Bradac - 0 Comment(s)

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'

Free library programs from January to April 2014

Free library programs from January to April 2014

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Here is what you were waiting for! The Winter program guides.

Your library card gives you free access to great programs for children, teens, and adults. Visit us at Saddletowne to pick up a program guide or check them out on our website.

These are some of the most popular programs at Saddletowne:

For kids and teens: For adults:
  • Storytimes
  • Computer buddies
  • Reading buddies
  • Lego contest
  • ESL Teen Talk
  • Chess in the library
  • Career basics: Interview skills
  • Career basics: Resume development
  • CyberSeniors connect
  • ESL conversation club
  • Citizenship preparation workshop

Find programs or register here >>

Program Guides

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Hi everyone!

Program guides are now available online and at any Calgary Public Library branch. Pick up your copy today!

Summer Read

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Hello avid adult readers out there! Do you read over the summer? Do you like to win prizes? Well, the Calgary Public Library has a program for you! It is called Summer read.

How to Enter

Go to your local Calgary Public Library branch and check the Summer. Read. display with books, DVDs and CDs that connect to the weekly theme. In each displayed item you’ll find a ballot. Fill in the ballot by sharing a review of an item you borrowed in that fits with the weekly theme, and return the ballot to the library for your chance to win.

To participate online visit our Readers’ Nook Blog to see the weekly themes, and book suggestions. Read something in the selected theme and leave a comment on our blog post about the book CD or DVD you've been enjoying. Your name will be entered to win weekly prizes and the grand prize draw!

Did we say prizes?!

The weekly prize at every location is a Calgary Public Library bag for all the books, CDs and DVDs you borrow, as well as a journal that you can use to keep track of all the great material you borrow from the Library!

The grand prizes are 5 Google NEXUS 7 (32 GB) Tablets! The grand prize draws will take place on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013. The last day to drop off your ballots for the grand prize draw is Wednesday, August 28.

Program Guides

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Hi Everyone! The new program guides are out today! If you would like a copy of your own stop by any of the branches and pick one up.

Click the link below of a pdf copy of the program guides.

http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/services/programs-events/register-for-programs

Fiction is Stranger than Truth

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For anyone who wonders what staff are faced with at the library here are some funny titles you should look at!

eBooks: A Library on the Go

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Are you curious about eBooks? Are you unsure about how to get ebooks on e-readers, smart phones, and tablets? Come into the library and staff will demonstrate how to download an eBook using OverDrive!!

Saturday, Feb 16 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Register in person, by phone, or online.

Chess Challenge: Stump the Master!

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Looking for a fun way to challenge your brain? Join us on July 7th for a fun afternoon of great chess from 12:30 - 4:30!

We are excited to welcome the Calgary Chess Club (CCC) and The Calgary Junior Chess Club (CJCC) will join us and the chess masters will play up to 20 challengers at one time!

There will also be a five-round blitz tournament run by the CCC and the CJCC.

Come join us for this fun event for every chess player ages 10 all the way to adult! This low-pressure fun afternoon will be something to remember so register in person, online, or by phone today!