Ward 7

Brent Alexander 

Website: brentalexander.ca

Facebook: @BrentAlexanderWard7

Twitter: @YYCBrent

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Louise Riley Library

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

A. CPL’s drive to increase early literacy for the very youngest of our citizen’s is how it most positively impacts my ward, my city. Without literacy, it is next to impossible to thrive in today’s society. Any organization that effectively promotes it across socio-economic spectrum, must be promoted and strengthened.

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 always loved going to the library and remember it well as far back as Grade 4 – connecting strongly to the stories I was reading. But it was in Grade 8 when we had to do a book report, that I had my strongest positive memory. Skimming the spines of the books, completely detached from the reason I was there, I came across Wuthering Heights. It was the book that returned fiction to me as more than a child’s escape. 

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

A. Library Month at Your Day Care – it is a program to bring books and libraries services to toddlers and infants in Day Cares through out the city. It is a great way to introduce literacy at an early age.

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

A. Perverse Cities - Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl (a great read for policy wonks on what drives different development in our cities)

But I would recommend “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crokett Johnson – it is a simple yet magical read with your toddler and infant children – particularly as a bed time read. And it is a book you will gladly read with your child over and over again.

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. Fiddle – or more properly, the violin. Not for myself, but rather for my sons. We are introducing them to fiddling as part of their Metis culture, and borrowing an instrument is a great way to dabble in something before you commit. Great program!

Dean Brawn

Website: DeanBrawnForWard7.com

Facebook: @DeanBrawnYYC

Twitter: @DeanBrawnVO

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Louise Riley and/or Calgary Main

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

A. Having the existing and soon to be new Main Branch located in Ward 7, we will have one of the most modern public library spaces which promotes literary and community learning as well as provides public spaces for Calgarians. Anyone can use the library and with the online access, Calgarians can read, learn and access it’s resources from around the world.

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. As a small child, I recall going to the Shaganappi Branch on weekends with friends and signing out Louis L’Amour books. When my kids were small, we would take them to the Louise Riley branch for story time, meeting friends, and providing them with a true appreciation for literature – an appreciation they have to this day!

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

A. Online access to books, periodicals, newspapers, and many other resources.

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

A. This I Know: Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence, by Terry O’Reilly. I love anything by Terry O’Reilly and recommend any of what he does as marketing really does make the world go ‘round! 😉

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 don’t have the dexterity or coordination to play stringed instruments but always thought it would be fun to be able to play the banjo.

Druh Farrell (Incumbent) 

Website: electdruh.ca

Facebook: @DruhFarrellCalgary

Twitter@DruhFarrell

Instagram: @Druh.Farrell

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Central Library

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

A. The Calgary Public Library strengthens not only my ward but all of Calgary. Libraries are about access and diversity and democracy. No matter who you are or your learning style, you are welcome to enter its doors and explore a myriad of resources. I highly value inclusiveness, and I am glad to live in a time when we realize that diversity is a strength. I am delighted to see the CPL offer access to knowledge in a variety of formats. The Library has programming to strengthen literacy and knowledge in more ways than just reading and its group programming brings people together to build community. Ward 7 is particularly lucky to have several branches including the Central Library, and the New Central Library. I will continue to champion the Calgary Public Library.

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. One of my fondest childhood memories was taking part in story time at the Georgina Thomson Library. I loved to check out big stacks of picture books and thought of myself as a great reader. I was crushed when that branch closed, and vowed to work on strengthening the library system and bring back local branches. Since joining the board, I’ve come to learn about the incredible programs the library offers. In this era of “alternative facts”, I see the library’s role as being even more critical.

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

A. There are too many great programs to pick a favourite. The more I learn about the programs the prouder I am. I’m particularly fond of the Story Bus to help improve literacy skills for kids and caregivers.

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

A. Currently I’m re-reading Eucalyptus by Murray Bail. It’s a beautifully written book, and romantic to boot!

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 love this program. Well, if I could play an instrument it would be the cello—but that’s quite large to borrow from a library, isn’t it? So a violin.

Marek Hejduk 

 

Website: votemarek.com

Facebook: @votemarek

Twitter: @votemarek

Instagram: @votemarek

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Nosehill Public Library

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

A. In my ward I like the public library, it's a short 15 minute walk with my kids to pick up books for them to read (My daughter is 4 years old, my son is age 10 months).  The library is a popular place for my children and myself since we use the free programs for kids and used those programs to get my children interested in reading.  Attached is my favorite pick, my daughter age 10 months reading "Newborn" as a newborn, my son is into books the same way but he prefers 'reading' my wine guides.  The library to us is a source of community interaction 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. My earliest public library moment is actually in North Vancouver where I was born.  I used to walk from my house on Adderley street to the North Vancouver Public Library on Lonsdale to pick up Dr.Suess books.  That eventually morphed into Choose Your Own Adventure books which I really liked as well.  In Calgary it's always been a short walk from my house to the Nosehill Library to pick up a great read for the weekend (Or reads, I'm a voracious reader).  I was also pleased to learn of the early child programs to get children engaged in reading, that was a pleasant surprise to learn that I could take my children to reading / singing classes.

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

A. Mother Goose was awesome with my kids.  By far my favorite, my daughter loves singing and reading to this day.

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

A. I recently re-read "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, finishing "The Expanse" series by James A Corey, reading up on politics via "Failed States" by Noam Chomsky, reading up on municipal structure and problems with "Dark Age Ahead" by Jane Jacobs.  I'm also a subscriber to "Mad Magazine" "Scientific American Mind" "Scientific American", and I collect various comic books. 

My favorite books to recommend is "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman 

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'm not likely to borrow an instrument from the library since I have so many at home.  When I still rented I usually rented with musicians and enjoyed picking up various instruments to play when I was bored.  At home we have a kids learning piano, a full keyboard synthesizer, accordion, drums, saxophone, kazoo (which my daughter is in love with at the moment), guitar, bass, tambourine, bells, harmonicas, and always adding to the collection much to the chagrin of my wife who isn't fond of the cacophony we produce some days.

 

Margot Aftergood 

Website: margotforward7.ca

Facebook: @margotaftergoodward7

Twitter: @Margot4Ward7

Instagram: n/a

 

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