Share Your Library Story

Calgary Public Library has been inspiring life stories for more than 100 years. We want to know how the Library has made a difference in your life.

  • Did the Library help you find a job or start and grow a business?
  • How has the Library made you feel more connected to your community?
  • What Library books, resources, programs, or services are essential to you?
  • How has the Library brought your family closer together?

Tell us more about how Calgary Public Library has changed your life.

Share Your Library Story

 

Scottie Grinton

Scottie Grinton is a longtime Library member, a voracious reader who upped his visits when he became a father and started bringing his young son. Then in the mid ’90s, with his marriage on the rocks, the Library took on new meaning to him.

“The Library deserves a bunch of credit for contributing to the saving of my sanity and my spirit,” he says. Read more>


 

Nellie Befus

Nellie Befus has volunteered with Calgary Public Library for 44 consecutive years. At age 90, she holds the distinction of being the Library’s oldest volunteer, and one of the Library’s longest-serving volunteers.

Her dedication to the Library was sparked on a warm fall day in 1974, when Nellie bumped into her brother-in-law on a downtown street. “How are things with you?” he asked. Read more>


Norma High

Norma High, a volunteer who joined the Library in 1974, is so passionate about bringing books to people who can not otherwise access them that she got her whole family involved in the cause.

For nearly 44 years, Norma has volunteered with the Libraries in Residence program, delivering books to people in a continuing care facility. Norma, 85, is one of the Library’s longest-serving volunteers. Read more>


Teresa Wong

As a little kid in the 1980s, I had assumed public libraries only existed on television — that they were part of a dream world that was totally unattainable in my own life as a child of Chinese immigrants. But when I was eight-years-old, a friend’s mother suggested we go get some books at the Library. In Calgary? Really? We had more than just school libraries here?

Roaming among shelf after shelf of books, I was hooked . . .  Read more >


Stephanie Mok

Growing up, Stephanie Mok found the Library to be a “safe haven.”

Stephanie, now 27, grew up in southeast Calgary and frequented Fish Creek Library and Southwood Library. She spent most of her time after school and on weekends, from the age of 8 until she was 14, at the Library. To Stephanie, this was “a pretty critical timeline” in her life. Read more>


Rachel Murphy

My name is Rachel Murphy and I have two boys, Fraser and Anderson, ages three-and-a-half and two. They are growing up with a love of reading and Calgary Public Library is a big reason why.

I spent a lot of time at the Library during my maternity leaves. We attended Drop-in Family Storytimes, and signed out each of the six themed Read and Play kits at Quarry Park Library. The Library was a place where I felt very comfortable bringing my boys because kids are encouraged to learn through play. Read more >


Boban Stojanovic

After years of discrimination, threats, and violence because of their sexual orientation, Boban Stojanovic and his partner fled Serbia in October 2016 and claimed refugee protection in Canada. As they adjusted to life as newcomers in Calgary, they began to hear a common question.

“Everyone kept saying ‘have you been to the library?’ ” says Stojanovic, a prominent Serbian human rights activist and key organizer of the Belgrade Pride Parade. “We were like, ‘OK, but why?’   Read more >

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