Monday, May 29, 2017

Enjoy Calgary's Festival Season

The summer festival season in Calgary is filled with the best music and family entertainment combined with lots of great food and fireworks!

June 1-11, 2017

FunnyFest actively promotes mental and physical well-being through a number of unique comedy shows. This distinctive comedy festival is now celebrating its 17th year and continues to showcase a wide range of outstanding Canadian comedic talent. With over 70 performers in 11 days and nights of comedy, try to take a break and enjoy a few chuckles.

This eBook examines library humour
over the past 200 years. It provides comical 
insights into different aspects of library science
with humourous portrayals of stereotypes such as 
the shushing librarian with a bun.

Fiestaval Latin Festival
June 21-23, 2017
Canada Olympic Plaza

Fiestaval is a free family oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting Calgary's Latin American culture. It takes place in the heart of the downtown and is a terrific opportunity to learn more about our Latin community.

America that recounts the story of the 
entire region with coverage of broad
themes and regional differences.

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
June 21-25, 2017

Sled Island is a 4 day independent music and arts festival that features over 250 artists and bands playing in more than 30 venues throughout the city.

This book attempts to explain the fascinating 
power that music has on our emotional state 
and how it is able to bond or divide entire societies.

Calgary Folk Festival
July 27-30, 2017
Prince Island Park

The Calgary Music Festival, celebrating its 38th anniversary, features musical artists from over 16 countries on 9 stages in 100+ concerts at Prince's Island Park. The site also includes an interactive family area, an international craft market, global culinary delights, a record tent, and tree-shaded beer gardens.

Before you go, brush up on one of folk music's best philosophers:

This book examines different aspects of Dylan's
creative thought through a philosophical lens. 
Everything from his early acoustical folk 
ballads and protest songs to his controversial
 switch to electric guitar to the profound music
 he created in the 1970's and beyond is covered.

Calgary International Blues Festival
July 31-August 6, 2017
Shaw Millennium Park

Bring the family down to the park for some of the finest Blues concerts, workshops, and special events. Check out the colourful arts market, pick up some festival souvenirs, and enjoy the delicious cuisine and beverages offered by the YYC food trucks!

Feeling musically inspired? Check out:

Jeff Todd Titon is a musical aficionado,
who has edited and researched this 
impressive compilation in order to make
music more accessible. The book has
in-depth explorations into various
 musical cultures from around the world.

Taste of Calgary

August 10-13, 2017
200 Barclay Parade SW

For the past, 20 years, Taste of Calgary has presented the best outdoor food and beverage festival in the city. It is a fantastic way to experience the gastronomic offerings of a wide range of restaurants and beverage companies. Add local music, artisans and interactive activities for a not-to-be missed culinary experience!

Create a taste of Calgary in your own kitchen with:

Discover more about Calgary's
outstanding cuisine with this 
collection of recipes from forty
 of the best chefs in the city.

August 15-26, 2017
Elliston Park

GlobalFest is a pyro-musical fireworks extravaganza that celebrates and showcases cultural diversity and the artistic excellence that exists within our city and around the world.

If you have ever wondered how fireworks are created or what makes them sparkle and explode, this video is just what you need!

Chemistry lights up fireworks (video) / American Institute of Physics

Take some time away from your busy schedules and go out to some of these great events.
Have some fun and enjoy yourself!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Planning a Vacation?

Summer will be here soon...
Maybe you are thinking about
getting away for a vacation.

If a warm beach sounds good,
you could check out these hot spots:

If you are California dreaming, maybe think about:

If traveling abroad to Europe is your preference,
you might want to consider these options:

If a trek to the Orient or Asia is more to your liking,
you could try one of these spectacular places:

If you are yearning for a trip to Africa or the Middle East,
perhaps one of these countries will be just the ticket:

Even if you just stay home this year, you can learn
about all of these beautiful places and so many others.

We have books, eBooks and videos on lots of different destinations.

Just ask us!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Art Appreciation on the streets of Calgary

Take some time off to discover some of the community and street art that is on display within our city.

You can definitely get lost in the beauty of the pathways found in many of the public parks we have in Calgary. Whether you are simply on a post-work stroll through some of your neighborhood parks or maybe on your bike ride home, Parks Foundation Calgary provides lots of easily accessible, unique, recreational, and green spaces for you to enjoy.

On weekends, take advantage of our beautiful summer weather and go on a self-guided walking tour to learn more about the city's downtown public art.

You can download the Downtown Public Art Circuit podcast for a fun and educational experience or sign up for a downtown intro walking tour.

Calgary also has a lot of street art that should be acknowledged and appreciated. You'll find a variety  of different painting techniques on the buildings that are adorned with street art projects throughout the downtown core. Some of these community projects are listed below:
Around the SAIT campus, we are very fortunate to have the Alberta College of Design galleries so close to us. During your lunch break, visit their main campus and explore some of their exhibitions.

Most importantly, take advantage of the opportunity to relax and enjoy some of the extraordinary artwork that we have in this beautiful city of ours.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Conversation Club (May 8 to June 29)

Come practice your speaking and listening skills at the Library’s Drop-in Conversation Club in our Community Room (MC008).

Mondays (May 8th to June 26th) 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Thursdays (May 11th to June 29th) 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

* There is no session on Monday, May 22nd - Victoria Day

Learn about Canadian customs and discuss current events happening around the city. Discover some new and useful library and student resources that are available at SAIT. Make new friends, interact with other people, and share some personal experiences.

Have fun! It is a great opportunity to ask questions and make new friends.

No registration is required. Everyone is welcome!

To learn more about this and other library events, check out our events calendar.