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New Themed Displays

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

The Saddletowne Library now has themed book displays in the children’s area! These themed displays are excellent for finding a book quickly on a particular theme that you enjoy reading with your child. The themes are:

ABC and 123

Sleepy Time



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Summer Reading for the Whole Family!

Summer Reading for the Whole Family!

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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.

Feeding Your Baby

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Do you have a baby at home and are unsure what you should be feeding them at a certain stage of their life? This program might interest you then!

Feeding Your Baby

A registered dietitian addresses questions about feeding your baby in the first 12 months. Presented by Alberta Health Services.

Monday, March 18 from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm.

Register online at

Papa Time

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Here is a chance for fathers and their babies to share books, learn new skills, and enjoy fun language activities together with a male staff member!
Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver.

Thursdays, Feb 21 to Mar 07 from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Register in person, by phone, or online.

Super Cool Fun Activities

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Here are some super cool fun programs at the Saddletowne library that might interest you!!!

Word Games for Families
Mon Jan 28
7 - 8:00 p.m.
Find out how well you know the English language through an exciting and fast-paced word games! Parents are ancouraged to attend and participate. Ages 9 to 12.

Toastmasters International
Saturdays, Feb 2 to Mar 23
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Develop speaking and presentation skills, self-confidence and strong leaership skills. Ages 13-17

Papa Time
Thursdays, Feb 21 to Mar 7
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Here's a chance for fathers and their babies to share books, learn new skills and enjoy fun language activities together. Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/cargiver.

You can register in person, online, or by calling 403-260-2620