Ward 13

Adam Boechler

Website: voteadamb.com

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Library you use the most: Both Shawnessy and Fish Creek

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

A. The CPL to me means community.  It’s a place where people can access a wealth of resources and knowledge – and it’s usually free!  Our CPL are not only stacks of books, but also a place for our children to learn and play, they offer courses and seminars, provide access to music and now music instruments!   I’m very proud of our CPL and use it often with my one year old daughter!

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 remember as a teen going to the library and being able to access CD’s and borrow from the library – this was before the time of the internet and downloads!  It was a great way to access music!

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

A. These days we visit the library kids zone, where my wife and I bring our one year old daughter to play, interact with other kids and pick a few library books with her very own library card.

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

A. Bylaws, Bylaws and more Bylaws! It’s pretty dry reading, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.  

Honestly, the book on my shelf I’m reading these days is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.  I read it every night to my daughter, she loves it. 

One of my favourite books that I would recommend is Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  I read it while travelling overseas in Egypt, it reminds me of the road less travelled and has a great twist.  It is a great read and reminds us of human resilience and strength through adversity.

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. I would borrow the xylophones – my musical talent is limited but at least I could bang away and join my three year old nephew, who loves music and loves to play on his new set of drums. 

Mark Dyrholm 

Website: vote4drmark.ca

Facebook: @vote4drmark

Twitter: @vote4drmark

Library you use the most: Libby App

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

A. Throughout history education has been the great equalizer.  Our education system provides a base for that, but it is our libraries that are champions for individualized study. The free library card is a great equalizer.  I have seen people use computers and internet that did not have other access. I also see children find their own passions. In this age of internet I don’t want to see our children miss the experience of physical books.  Additionally the library is great for providing coding and other opportunities to children.  Expanding the minds of Calgarians both young and old will let us grow opportunities for all of us. 

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. When I was young our school library taught us how to do research.  The librarian took us through the encyclopaedias, reference books and card catalogues.  At that time information was harder to find.  I was amazed at the vast amount of knowledge that was accessible.  Occasionally I would flip thru a World Atlas or Encyclopedia just looking at different subjects.  At the library, the supply of books was unending and there were always new worlds to explore.  I would not have developed the knowledge base I have without libraries; they were a key part of my discovery process. 

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

A. I have a favorite program for me and one I do with my son.  My favourite is the Libby app.  I enjoy listening to audio books when I commute.  The Libby app is much friendlier than the old Overdrive version.  I find that driving in Calgary traffic is way less frustrating when I am listening to something I enjoy.  It is also great for long road trips where the radio stations keep changing. With my son we enjoy the summer reading program.  A little competition keeps him engaged over the summer. 

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

A. Right now I am going through two books – The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do and The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.  The second book is an example of a book where I am exploring something different that I might not have if I had to buy the book.

The strongest recommendation I can make is not for a specific book but for a process.  Use the fact that library access is free, pick a subject of importance and then read a book that espouses the opposite view. 

I know society would be better if we understood the other side of the issues that matter to us.  With the library it is free.  Use the library to free your mind.

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. My son’s grandfather lives in Hawaii so it would be the ukuleles because it reminds him of visits to his grandfather. 

Kay Adeniyi 

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Facebook:  @votekay17

Twitter: @KayAdeniyi1

Sherrisa Celis 

Website: sherrisa.ca

Facebook: @sherrisa.ca

Twitter: @sherrisacelis

Diane Colley-Urquhart (Incumbent) 

Website: reelectcouncillordiane.ca

Facebook: @dianecu

Twitter: @BigRedYYC

Adam W. Frisch 

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Facebook: @adamwfrisch

Twitter: @AdamWFrisch

Art Johnston 

Website: artjohnstonforward13.com

Facebook: @artjohnstonward13

Twitter: @art4hays

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