Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Reg Erhadt Library Website

Today the Library website was updated and moved to a new content management system.

As part of that update we've switched to a new, better integrated system for sharing news and events. You can see our news and announcements on our home page at http://www.sait.ca/library.

We will no longer be providing news via http://saitlibrary.blogspot.ca/ and soon the news archived here will be removed.

Please update your links, subscriptions and bookmarks.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Art Exhibition at the Reg Erhardt Library

“No earthly act escapes its eternal echoes, echoes more substantial than the acts themselves.”
-Geoffrey Wood

Echo Chamber is an art exhibition featuring works from Brenda Kim Christiansen, Patrick Higgins, and Paddy Lamb. It is presented by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program. These works explore the concepts of reality and illusions, as well as memories and how they are constructed. While all of these works began with in-situ sketches or photographs, the process each artist takes to construct their art results in unique interpretations of reality.

These works are intended to engage the viewer and encourage active interpretation. Here are some questions provided by the AFA Travelling Exhibition Program to consider while viewing the exhibition:
  • What is your initial reaction to the work? What do you see and what do you think about it?
  • What shapes and objects do you notice the most? Why?
  • How would you describe the mood of this work?
  • What do you think the artist’s purpose was in creating this work? What story might they be telling?
  • Has your initial opinion of the work changed after you’ve had more time to view and think about it?
The Echo Chamber Exhibition will be at the Reg Erhardt Library until the end of August.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stampede Parade Day Hours Update

The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede will celebrate the Greatest Show on Earth from July 7th to July 16th, 2017. It is always a spectacular celebration of western Canadian heritage featuring rodeo competitions, chuckwagon races, a midway carnival, live music, and so much more!

The official kick-off to the Calgary Stampede is the annual Stampede Parade!

The Reg Erhardt Library will closed Friday, July 7th in the morning from 8 am to 1 pm for the Stampede Parade. We will re-open again from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Canada Day 150

Canada Day celebrations are always fun no matter where in Canada you are. This year, as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, the festivities promise to be something special. If you are staying in the city for the long weekend, Calgary has a massive day planned with events happening at several different locations across the city culminating with a concert on Riverfront Ave and a fireworks display over the Center Street Bridge. 

Check out all the different festivities on the City of Calgary webpage

For additional information on events in Calgary, and for events in neighboring communities check out the To Do Canada website

And don’t forget to come into the Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT during the month of July to check out our “Made in Canada” display on Level 0 which features Canadian books and authors; and our “Canada 150 Day Timeline” on Level 1 that highlights milestones in Canada, Calgary and SAIT’s history over the past 150 years.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Volunteer and Make a World of Difference!

Is volunteering on your "To Do List" this summer? Are you considering fundraising or volunteering for a cause that is near and dear to your heart?

Your actions, big or small, can make for an unforgettable experience and change someone else's life for the better. Learning about another person’s daily struggles, their culture or their day-to-day lives can make a huge difference in your life as well.

Here is a very interesting article titled: Have a heart for volunteering: helping yourself by helping others. This short article briefly outlines the benefits that volunteering has on others and your own health and well-being.

Medford, A. (February 1, 2017). HAVE A HEART FOR VOLUNTEERING. 
Alive: Canada’s Natural Health & Wellness Magazine, (412), 113-118.

Some other resources that I found in our collection are:

Four twenty-something Canadians guys packed up a motor home and
embarked upon a three month nonprofit marathon known coast to coast
as The Extreme Kindness Tour. Their mission was to perform as many
 random acts of kindness in as many communities as possible. This e-Book
documents their heartwarming stories of friendship and kindness.

In this book, Gerald Hankins examines the escalating problems
of the homeless and street people in Calgary. Whoever they are
and whatever their plight, the Mustard Seed opens its doors to them
and offers food, a warm place to stay, and sometimes even a fresh start.

In Charity Case, Pallotta offers a visionary solution to
 transform the way people think about charity. This e-Resource
is a thought provoking wake-up call about a culture that
restricts the ability of many charities to make real change.

Susan Scott interviewed more than 60 women facing
homelessness across Canada. With uncompromising
 honesty and a deep sense of empathy, she recounts their stories
while highlighting the many underlying problems they face.

Volunteering can provide you with new opportunities to meet other people, allow you to embrace other cultural traditions and perhaps go on a new adventure. And it might even give you a new perspective about the quality of your own life too.