Monday, July 30, 2012

"Under Construction" in the Library

It seems almost every part of the SAIT Campus is moving and shaking these days due to construction related issues. This summer, the library is also no exception. Please excuse the noise and confusion. We are installing new rubber flooring in the computer areas and new carpet on the main floor of the library.

We want you to know that we are open for business and most of the services that we regularly offer are available. Our hours of operation currently are:

Monday to Thursday  8 AM to 6:30 PM
Friday   8 AM to 5 PM
Saturday & Sundays  Closed

Our Reference Collection has been relocated to the lower level of the library. The Magazine Colllection will be moved to a different area on the main floor of the library too. Our Fiction Collection is not available though.

There are computers available inside the library and printing is available on the lower level of the library. The Study Rooms (Rooms 5 through 8) on Level 0 are still available and be can booked online from the library's homepage.

If you find the main floor of the library to be too noisy and disruptive to your studies, go downstairs to the lower level of the library. The lower level of the library (Level 0) has always been designated as quiet study so you will find the peace and quiet you need there.

We expect our renovations to be completed by the third week of August. The library will be an even brighter and clear place to complete your studies and do your research when the new Fall semester begins.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on the progress of these renovations!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sizzling Summer Reads!

Summer has finally arrived.

You can read on a plane,
On a C-Train,
On a beach,
While you are eating a peach ...
Just remember to take a reading break,
For goodness sake!
     
Our staff is an interesting collection of people with different hobbies and interests. Here is a very diverse list of some of the books we are currently reading:

Fiction
Series

  • Walking Dead By Robert Kirkland
  • Powers By Brian Michael Bendis
  • Honor Harrington By David Weber
  • Malazan: Book of the Fallen By Steven Erikson
  • The Unwritten By Mike Carey
  • A Dance with Dragons (A Game of Thrones Series) By George R.R. Martin
  • The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare
  • Archangel Series By Nalini Singh
  • Dante Valentine Series By Lilith Saintcrow
Nonfiction

  • Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis By Caroline Kennedy
  • The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Vol. 1: 1889-1910 By L. M. Montgomery
  • The Playful Brain By Richard Restak
If you are interested, many of these titles are available for loan in our Library. Come in and take them home if you would like to.

        

Have a great summer!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Did you know...

A Sait instructor once climbed the Heritage Hall flagpole on a dare?



In 1929 an Automotives student by the name of Nyall Tweedle chose to ascend the Heritage Hall flagpole on a dare from fellow students.  Having survived this dangerous feat, Mr. Tweedle would go onto graduate later that year, and would return several years later in 1946 as an instructor of the Automotives Department.  For the next two decades, this former student and devoted instructor would be involved in events both inside and outside of the classroom before finally choosing to retire in 1965. 
To find out more on Mr. Tweedle and others like him in the history of Sait, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Calgary Stampede turns 100!

The Calgary Stampede celebrates its 100th birthday! This year, from July 6th to July 15th, the entire city will take on a western party atmosphere.

The Stampede has become part of Calgary's identity and symbolizes this city's spirit. The Stampede Parade is the official kickoff of the Stampede. People decorate the streets, store fronts, office spaces and just about any public spaces with western themes. The Library is decorated in a cowboy theme and many of our staff will be dressed in cowboy hats, cowboy boots and western attire too.

There are parties and family events to take in during the Stampede. There is free entertainment at Rope Square (Olympic Plaza) downtown every morning. There are lots of free pancake breakfasts and BBQs all around the city, from shopping malls to radio stations to the Stampede grounds. Try to get out and enjoy these events, if you can.

You can visit other historical western attractions in and around the city as well. Here are some suggestions that might be helpful:

Whatever you decide to do, remember that during the Stampede, Calgary can be described as a place to celebrate dance, shout out yee-haws and generally soak up the cowboy way of life.

To learn more about the Calgary Stampede, the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, go to http://cs.calgarystampede.com/