Ward 3

Jyoti Gondek 

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Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Country Hills Library

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

A. Because the Country Hills branch has accommodated diversity in programming to match the needs of residents, it has become a gathering place or hub for multiple generations. This is further augmented by its location in Vivo. Enabling learning opportunities and providing a meeting space for community groups has made our library a critical asset to Ward 3. It has played a big role in reducing social isolation across communities.

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. For as long as I can remember, libraries have been a big part of my family’s life. My parents took me to the St. Vital and St. Boniface branches in Winnipeg every weekend when I was a kid. Then I walked to my local libraries in Neepawa, Portage and Brandon. When I moved to Calgary in 1997, Thornhill became my home branch until Country Hills opened in 2004.

At the Thornhill branch, I borrowed 6 of the 7 books in Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” series, purchasing the final book as a treat for myself when my daughter was born. As much as I enjoy having books in my home, I am a sucker for the draw of a library and I love to borrow so I can explore new authors and genres.

My favourite memory of the Country Hills branch in Vivo is the three months I spent with my daughter in 2009 borrowing Uxbridge books that helped her learn to read. Listening to her read “Shark in the Park” aloud in our living room is a memory burned in my mind.

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

A. I love everything the library allows people to do in one place. You can sit and catch upon dailies, take your kids for special events, host community meetings, access computers, and tap into your librarians’ knowledge of collections. All of it as a public service.

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

A. Honestly, I’m spending most of my days reading election bylaws and Google Scholar papers on building strong communities. But in the rare times I have a few minutes to escape, I’m trying to stay awake while re-reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”, something I try to do every year.

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 husband is teaching me how to play the bass guitar right now, so the proper answer is that I need to stay focused on that before I move on to new musical adventures. When I’ve passed my taskmaster’s bass test, I’d love to try out the drums in honour of my buddy Johnny Durr who used to amaze us with his talents during open jams at The Eddy back in the day. 

Connie Hamilton

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Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Country Hills Library

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

A. Gathering place for people and knowledge

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 spent hours at the Library exploring subjects and interests as a child & teenager. I would take out the maximum allowed books every week always wishing I could have a couple more. I became a dedicated reader and still am all these years later.

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

A. Do not have a favorite

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

A. Calgary City Council news articles currently not much time for anything else right now. My one recommendation from the thousands would be; Alex Haley’s Roots 1976 but worth the read. I was 16 when I read it first it taught me much about being human.

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. Guitar, I played when I was young then dropped it. I never should have done that.

Ian McAnerin

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Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Country Hills Library

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

A. The CPL helps strengthen Ward 3 in many ways: creating a community hub for people to meet, providing resources and assistance for new and established residents alike, and fostering a joy of reading in our youth that will serve them well throughout their lives.

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. My earliest library memory as a child was how my whole family would go to the local library with a big box and fill it with books to read. We would then go back the next week, return them, and fill the box again. It was one of the iconic moments of my childhood, and we looked forward to it as a family every week.

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

A. When my kids were younger, it was the children’s section – they loved going there and reading, which also happened to give Leah and I a bit of peace and quiet. Today, I find myself taking advantage of programs held in the meeting rooms, and of course, the books! I read a lot of digital media, but sometimes I just like the look and feel of paper.

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

A. I’m an avid lifelong reader and a member of the Coventry Hills Book Club. Our August book is My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach. Septembers will be Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown, so I’m reading both right now. I like the book club because I end up reading amazing stories that I ordinarily wouldn’t, since my usual fare is SciFi, Fantasy, or History/Biography.

As for one book, that’s hard – I’m not really a one book at a time guy. I’ll avoid recommending a popular classic because books like 1984, the Bible, and the Hobbit are obvious.

One book that made a huge impact on my life and that I think should be required reading for everyone: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. Practicing these habits took me from someone who just complained a lot to someone who actually addresses and fixes the problems he used to complain about.

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 be most likely to borrow a guitar, because I think becoming a rock star is harder on a xylophone.

Jun Lin

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