‘Invaluable Places in Our Communities’: Frank O’Keeffe’s Library Story

Frank O’Keeffe has lived all over the world, but no matter where he travels one thing never changes — how close he stays to his local library. “I’ve always gone to the library wherever I’ve lived. They are invaluable places in our communities, and have always brought such joy to my family,” he says. “We…
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‘A Friend of the Library’: Esandi’s Library Story

Eleven-year-old Esandi Babaranda loves Calgary’s libraries. She has been visiting libraries weekly for the past four years, ever since her family moved to Calgary from Vancouver. Esandi goes to Crowfoot Library, in the city’s northwest, most often. “It’s beautiful here,” she says. It’s hard for Esandi to pick her favourite thing about Crowfoot Library, because…
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‘There Are So Many Memories’: Saying Goodbye to Central Library

As Calgary Public Library moves into the new Central Library in East Village, we’re also saying goodbye to Central Library, our beloved downtown home for more than 50 years. In this month’s Library Stories, longtime staff, volunteers, and patrons reflect on their favourite memories and spots at Central Library. What’s your favourite memory of Central…
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‘Inclusive as we can to all people’: Michelle Robinson’s Library Story

Two years ago, Michelle Robinson started an Indigenous-focused book club called Chapters & Chat, inspired by the federal government's #IndigenousReads initiative. The book club continues to meet monthly at Forest Lawn Library, where free meeting space is available, to share coffee, snacks, and great conversation.  "This book club has changed my life," Michelle says. "It…
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‘The Perfect Place to Meet Your Neighbours’: Julia’s Library Story

When Calgary mom Mirna Khaled’s young daughter Julia felt she could not relate to picture books because none of the characters were in a wheelchair like her, Mirna helped write Julia her own book. Julia is an eight-year-old who has cerebral palsy. Her mother Mirna wanted people to "see her, not the wheelchair," so she…
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