Ward 1

Chris Blatch

Websiteblatchward1.ca

Twitter: @chris_blatch

Facebook: @BlatchWard1

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Bowness/Crowfoot Libraries

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. The Calgary Public Library is a vital hub of the communities in Calgary. It brings people together from all walks of life to grow and develop into stronger citizens. When I worked at Calgary Public Library I got to see how important our Library is in Calgary and it’s positive impact it has on so many levels including socially, economically, educationally, and in being a place for families to connect. It is a place where children take their first steps into reading, parents bring their kids to explore the world, students embark on journey’s into finding out who they are and who they want to become, job seekers find the resources they need to better their lives, where neighbours meet and become friends, and where seniors come to share their experience and keep in touch with their friends in the community.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. I was honoured to have worked at the Bowness Library during the 2013 Flood and be part of the Community Rebuilding. Luckily the flood only made it a few blocks away so we were able to stay open to serve the community as a vital resource. The resilience of the community was beautiful to see as all hands worked in rebuilding what was lost. The Library became an oasis of normalcy for so many who had lost so much. The gratitude of patrons for the smallest act, like helping recharge a phone or teaching a senior how to set up an email account, was incredibly humbling and difficult at times. But I am grateful that I was able to be a part of a community emerging into a stronger version of itself, a family really. I will never forget that it is the people that make a city and decide what kind of city we are going to be. I am proud that Calgary is the city we are all lucky enough to call home.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. I have always loved family drop in story time! There is nothing like watching children’s faces light up as you delve into a story with them. Reading and sharing stories as a family has such an impact on how everyone in the family views reading. Plus I will never forget the card a parent brought me that had a photo attached of their child “playing Library” (pretending to be me, according to the parent). The little girl had all of her stuffed animals arranged as her audience as they listened intently to her read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see” aloud. It’s amazing how kids can make every day worth that much more.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. When I’m not reading policy, meeting minutes, or newspapers, I like to find time to clear my head with a good novel. I just started reading “To Have and Have Not” by Ernest Hemingway. I would highly recommend picking up any of Hemingway’s work. As a former journalist, soldier, and adventurer who lived a life as exciting as any of his work, he has a straight forward and clean style of writing. He does more than just write dialogue, he captures a personality and lays it on a page. The characters he creates are so real and vivid. It’s easy to get lost in his writing, as every word he put on the page was absolutely necessary, and not a single word more than he needed.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. If I was to borrow anything I imagine it would be a xylophone. As a School Librarian I often use the Public Library as a resource to augment what we have in the school, and if I were to sign out an instrument it would likely be as something to show students. It’s a great instrument for kids because its easy to start playing and explore music with… and as someone who has absolutely no musical talent, I can appreciate those things too.

Coral Bliss Taylor

Website: votecoral.ca 

Facebook: @votecoral

Twitter: @votecoral

Instagram: @votecoral

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Crowfoot Library

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. It makes each of us as individuals, and our communities, smarter and richer. Calgary Public Library provides a public gathering space, programs, and more potential learning than could be consumed by any one person in a lifetime. Each of these functions is a critical addition to the community.

Places to gather provide residents with places to meet, strengthen relationships, and dream up the projects and activities that build community. Programs allow us to learn from one another, and practice self-improvement in constructive and guided settings. Finally, reading, both fiction and non-fiction, allow us to expand our minds and knowledge. This can produce increased confidence, ability, understanding, empathy, and can drive us onward in more ways than could be counted.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. I’ve had too many positive experiences to count. The comforting atmosphere of the library, either for a visit, or for a great place to work, is one of the highest on my list of (repeated) positive experiences. But, the countless things I’ve learned have enriched my mind and thinking, and would have to top my list.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. My favourite resources are the classics – the fiction and non-fiction books. I’d read them all if I could. For the community’s sake, I’m also a big fan of computer and internet availability, and computer literacy support. Our access to the world, to knowledge, and to employment, increasingly relies on our being able to navigate the computer and internet world. Providing this service is a great support and benefit to the community.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A.What on Earth Happened?” This book is a chronological history of the Earth, including both natural and human history, of all cultures. It’s an amazing, comprehensive work. I especially appreciate how it can put our world into perspective. For example, taking a broad view of history helps us understand current events and politics, and their potential long-term impact. While appreciating the scale of the natural history that precedes us helps to frame our current problems.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. Banjo. Most fun.

Cole Christensen

Website: votecole.ca

Twitter: @ColeforWard1

Facebook: @ColeforWard1

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Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Bowness Public Library 

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

The Calgary Public Library helps to make reading materials and knowledge resources available and accessible to everyone. It is also a meeting place and an integral part of any vibrant community.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

I was an avid participant in the summer reading contests at the former Georgina Thomson Library as a child. As a reward for my voracious reading, I was gifted a bookmark that I still have to this day.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

The Reading Buddies program has a particular spot in my heart, as my wife is a supporter and has volunteered as a mentor for children at the Nose Hill Library. The life-long bonds our family have developed through the friendships we have made make it all worthwhile.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

I am currently reading “Dark Money” by Jane Mayer. A book I would recommend to others is “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. It is a gripping read about the perils of climbing Mount Everest, and a vivid account of one of the most terrifying days on the mountain.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

I would borrow the ukulele because it would be fun to bust out at social gatherings.

Cam Khan

Website: camforcouncillor.ca

Facebook: @camforcouncillor

Twitter: @CAMKHAN1

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Crowfoot Library

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. In my point view, Calgary Public Libraries are playing pivotal role bring all community together, ushering and updating human’s knowledge with latest scientific literatures as well as making human mind ready to accept the scientific truths in all aspects of their life’s in this transitional era, from zero type civilization to type one civilization. Libraries are giving common literary platform for the society. Especially for ward-1, presently we have one public library i.e. Bowness library in the whole ward-1, with approximately population of 88000. Hopefully in 2018 another new public library will open in Rocky Ridge recreation facility, Due to proximity with the ward1 Crowfoot library current accommodating ward-1 community’s library need. I think libraries are providing all basic requirements to the ward1 population at one composed location e.g. quiet study rooms, internet, CDs, meeting rooms, all subjects’ books including magazines, journals and newspapers. Public library in ward-1 not only bringing community population together but also modernizing humans mind.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. I used to go often in the public libraries when I was student in university of Calgary & Sait to complete my assignments, research and studies. Calgary library have an important role in my life, When I was looking for jobs in the beginning of my career, I used to go to Calgary central library for jobs search on internet, as I don’t have computer with me at home at that time. I found my first job in Yukon with help of library’s internet search, hence Calgary Public Library have very positive role in my life, Now I’m a businessman and an employer myself.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. 1-Easily Books return date renewal online and books return facility available outside of library even when library closed,  2- presentation rooms as well as computers/ internet facilities

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. I’m reading Stephen Hawking “The Grand Design” I will recommend others to read “The God Delusion” and “A Universe from Nothing” This will speed up transitional time, as a result truth and peace will prevail. We know our future is in the space.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. Guitars, because I like to play with guitars.

Ward Sutherland

Website: wardsutherland.com

Facebook: @Ward4Ward1

Twitter: @Ward4Ward1

Instagram: @ward4ward1

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Bowness Library

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. I love the vision of the Calgary Public Library: Our vision is the vibrant heart of a great city. Anyone can go into a Calgary Public Library location and feel warm, welcome, and a sense of belonging. I think Calgary Public Library has done an exceptional job at ensuring all Calgarians know that their facilities are open and accessible to everyone. Having a space that is approachable and filled with books and programs to feed the imagination of all age-groups strengthens Ward 1 – and our entire city.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. While it may not be my earliest memory, it is one of the earliest memories of my girls – I loved the first times taking them to the library. Watching your child discover something new is one of the best things – and the smiles on their faces will always be imprinted on my mind when they saw all the books and I let them know they could choose any one they wanted to sign out. The library was an important part of their childhood – and an important part of my role as dad.

I love watching families in Ward 1 experience those memories with their own kids today.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. The library is a gathering place. For communities to become strong and robust we need centers for citizens to gather together, share ideas, and plan for the future. The Calgary Public Library has done a tremendous job at becoming a resource hub for all Calgarians. From meeting rooms for personal meetings to baby rhyme time – I love watching Ward 1 residence meet and become tied together as a community at the Calgary Public Library. 

My favourite initiative right now is teen night at the Bowness Library. I worked with community members and the library to improve the upper level specifically for them to gather.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. Right now, I’m reading Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard.

I do so much reading for Council – so I normally read fiction and action to escape. I would recommend anything by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, or Tom Clancy for anyone needing a little break from their day-to-day. I love reading as a means to relax and interruption from life’s ‘to-do’ list.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. Ward 1 residents know that I am always up for trying something new – whether it be skateboarding at the new skate park or running through the water at one of our new community splash parks – so I’m going to say I’d borrow a ukulele! I don’t think anyone can avoid cracking a smile when they see someone on a ukulele; and it is portable enough that I could pull it out during some of my more contentious meetings.

 

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