Ward 8

Karla Charest

Website: karlacharest.com

Facebook: @vote4charest

Twitter: @vote4charest

Instagram: TBA

Q. Which Library do you use most?

A. My Local Library – Alexander Calhoun Library - South Calgary Branch on 14th Street SW would be the physical “bricks and mortar” library I have used the most. But I have to admit that I am a very big fan of online library services. While it is not a Calgary Public Library branch, I have to give kudo’s to MRU’s new library also.

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

A.  I love books. I love reading. I love research. And Calgary Public Library allows me to pursue those things. When I look how Calgary Public Library strengthens Ward 8, I can’t help but look back at a lecture given by Neil Gaiman that was very aptly titled “Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming”. Throughout its entirety, he touches on so many of my thoughts that I have about libraries and how libraries strengthen our city. But there is one excerpt that I would like to share as it talks about libraries so expressively: “…libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.” That’s what Calgary Public Library is and that’s how Calgary Public Library strengthens my ward and all of Calgary.

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 is a bookmobile. It always showed up on Wednesdays and, living in Halifax, it was always rainy; a perfect day to get some books. I loved feeling the excitement of having access to hundreds and hundreds of books. I loved how all the books smelled; it was like the fragrance of knowledge. I remember just getting lost in reading and exploring. And I remember that I could only take two books out (hardly enough)!

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

A. My favorite resource at Calgary Public Library are the e-papers and e-magazines that are part of the online services. I really enjoy reading international newspapers and seeing how the rest of the world interacts globally, how foreign nations resolve their issues and problems and how Canada is viewed through the eyes of the world.

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

A.  I am currently reading “The HUDNET YEARS in Indianapolis, 1979-1991”, by William H. Hudnut III. It is allowing me to gain some valuable insight into the challenges of revitalizing and transforming a large city that has been hollowed out as a result of a collapsed/lost industry. It is so applicable to the opportunities I see for Calgary!

If there is one book I would recommend, it would be a recent read that I thoroughly enjoyed, “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A.Paris. It was a book I could not put down and I read this psychological thriller in an afternoon because it was so gripping!

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. Drums! I like to make lots of noise, I like to lead and I march to my own beat!

Evan Woolley (Incumbent) 

Website: evan-woolley.ca

Facebook: @E.Woolley.Ward8

Twitter: @EvanWoolleyWard8

Instagram: @evanwoolley

Q. Which Library do you use most?

A. Memorial Park Library

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

A. Our libraries are community gathering places. It’s not just about books - which are of course very important, it’s about having a place to go to meet people, learn and connect. Libraries are a place where new parents can meet other new parents and their kids can socialize. Where teenagers can dive into the newest novel and let their imaginations run free. Where university students can attend lectures and broaden their worldview. Or, simply where the mom/dad picks up a film for family movie night. 

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 earliest memories was sitting in the sun with friends, eating oranges on the grass roof at Alexander Calhoun after a soccer game and then going to take out books with my family. I know without a doubt that our city’s Public Libraries have a role in so many happy memories like this.

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

A. I have two - The meeting spaces at the basement of Memorial Park Library and all the educational events at John Dutton Theatre. I know countless important community organizations and non-profits who have benefitted from Memorial Park Library’s meeting spaces to host strategy sessions or board meetings that are core to their success. At the John Dutton Theatre I have been able to see speakers that range from famous comedian and author Michael Meyers to renown architect and urban planner Peter Calthorpe. A space like John Dutton Theatre brings the world to Calgary so we can continue to learn and grow.

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

A. Right now I’m reading The Responsive City by Stephen Goldsmith & Susan Crawford.  I would recommend that people read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry to have an understanding about the human condition and our innate ability to survive despite everything life can throw at us. 

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 have so many friends who have already accessed the musical instrument library! For me, I would borrow an ukulele as it reminds me of my nana who use to play. As a kid I always wanted to learn but never committed the time. 

Chris Davis

Website: chrisdavis.ca

Facebook: @chrisdavisward8

Twitter: @chrisdavisward8

Carter Thomson

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