Friday, October 8, 2010

Travel the World Through Your Public Library

Pat Lancaster
Reference Assistant, Calgary Public Library

Anchors Aweigh!! Cruising 101 will be part of a weekend of travel programs at Calgary Public Library in October. To celebrate Canadian Library Month, the Humanities Department is presenting a series of fascinating programs covering destinations from Ethiopia to the Rockies, travelling by foot, by boats big and small, or by plane. We will be using the weekend to showcase our extensive Travel collection and resources.
The Travel Weekend is a fairly new initiative at CPL. We premiered a day of Budget Travel programs last fall, recruiting some of our partner organizations to present. For example, Travel Cuts presented two programs, “Europe on a Budget” and “South Pacific on a Budget”. We also showed a film “A Map for Saturday” about hostelling, followed by a presentation by Hostelling International.

We took advantage of the event to offer a program which highlighted the many resources available through the library for those who are travelling near and far. “Travel Tips for Budget Travellers” has been created by two of our staff members and was presented as part of our Travel Day as well as at other branches of the library.

To build on the success of last year, we have arranged a 2-day event this year. On Saturday, October 23, we will be featuring programs on international travel, beginning with presentations by two of our very own librarians. Rosemary Griebel will be sharing her transformative journey along the Camino de Santiago. Gerry Burger-Martindale will be doing a talk and slide show on her recent trip to Ecuador and the exotic Galapagos. We will also be hosting a program on travelling to Ethiopia, and repeating Travel Cuts’ “Europe on a Budget” program and “Travel Tips for Budget Travellers”.

On Sunday, we will be concentrating on destinations closer to home. We are particularly pleased to have Ben Gadd, noted guide and naturalist, sharing a light-hearted, multi-media presentation on enjoying the natural wonders of the Rockies. We will also host a program on Native Encounters, presented by Creative Adventures, another partner organization. The day will start with a classic travel film, “Headless Valley: Down the Nahanni. Calgarians Mel and Ethel Ross made a funny and charming film about their 1950s voyage down this challenging river.

Watch our Travel Talks blog over the next month as we will be featuring entries by Gerry on her Galapagos trip as a lead-in to her presentation in October. Travel Talk features entries by CPL staff members on destinations near and far.

We would love to have you join us at our Travel Weekend for some or all of these events. To find out more or to register, our programming for Canadian Library Month or call Humanities at 403-260-2785. These events are great fun for both the world and armchair traveler!

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