Poetic Advice From Rosemary Griebel, Local Poet And Longtime Writer

Rosemary Griebel, Design Lead for Readers’ Services at the Calgary Public Library, started writing poetry as soon as she could start forming letters on a page. She started practising poetry more seriously 15 years ago, when she took a course with Richard Harrison, a Calgary poet and professor. Harrison won this year’s Governor General’s Literary…
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Reconciliation at the Library: A Photograph’s Journey Home

For years, a gold framed photograph lay in a drawer in Central Library’s Local History workroom.   The black and white photograph shows Chief and Artist Sitting Wind holding his painting, looking at his work with a proud yet reflective gaze. In the painting, people converge outside four teepees that stand tall beneath a mountain backdrop…
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‘There’s Just Something Volunteering Does to You’: Nellie Befus’ Story

Nellie Befus has volunteered with Calgary Public Library for 44 consecutive years. At age 90, she holds the distinction of being the Library’s oldest volunteer, and one of the Library’s longest-serving volunteers. Her dedication to the Library was sparked on a warm fall day in 1974, when Nellie bumped into her brother-in-law on a downtown…
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A Glimpse at Indigenization at Calgary Public Library

Calgary Public Library welcomed its first Indigenous Service Design Lead, Teneya Gwin, in 2017. This new role focuses on Indigenous engagement so that Library programming can be designed around community needs. Community engagement, inclusivity, and relationship building are at the core of Gwin’s approach. She is working to build sustained relationships with Calgary’s urban Indigenous…
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‘The Library Gave Me Hope’: Boban Stojanovic’s Story

After years of discrimination, threats, and violence because of their sexual orientation, Boban Stojanovic and his partner fled Serbia in October 2016 and claimed refugee protection in Canada. As they adjusted to life as newcomers in Calgary, they began to hear a common question. “Everyone kept saying ‘have you been to the library?’ ” says…
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‘My Boys Are Growing up With a Love of Reading’: Rachel Murphy’s Story

My name is Rachel Murphy and I have two boys, Fraser and Anderson, ages three-and-a-half and two. They are growing up with a love of reading and Calgary Public Library is a big reason why. I spent a lot of time at the Library during my maternity leaves. We attended Drop-in Family Storytimes, and signed…
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