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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KAIROS Blanket Exercise

In fall of 2017, Calgary Public Library staff had the opportunity to participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The interactive learning experience covers more than 500 years of history in a one-and-a-half-hour workshop, followed by a talking circle. The blanket exercise is designed to build understanding and empathy, and to raise awareness of the historical…
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It started as a one-time, two day party. The rest is Stampede history.

Every July, Calgary sees a massive influx of people clad in cowboy hats and boots, oversized belt buckles, and, yes, bolo ties. They’re here for the Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day shindig that typically draws more than one million people to the Stampede grounds in Victoria Park. In fact, the event temporarily transforms the entire…
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Happy 106th City Hall!

Calgary’s old City Hall is currently undergoing a massive rehabilitation. The 106-year-old storied sandstone building is shrouded behind scaffolding and a protective enclosure, covered with an image of the original City Hall. That building was officially opened June 26, 1911 by Sir Robert Borden, the leader of the federal opposition party, who became prime minister…
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