The Calgary Board of Education has a long standing, enduring partnership with the Calgary Public Library. This partnership continues to expand and diversify over time. The Calgary Public Library has an array of resources, programs and services that support CBE students, staff and families.
Many schools engage in CPL at Your School, or Visit the Library with Your School programs. For those that cannot visit the library, the CPL Book Truck brings books, audio/visual resources and services to the school community. In addition to face-to-face opportunities, many online resources provide support for CBE students. With their free library card, CBE students have anytime access to digital and curriculum connected eResources. Older students have access to online courses, language learning tools, supports for job search and career planning. Support Your Teen with Career Exploration is just one example to the many programs available. Teachers also have access to specialised resources for educators and there are a variety of services and supports for newcomers.
Students can visit their local library after school to access the internet, borrow a laptop or Chromebook and print out homework assignments. To meet the needs of a diverse population, the CPL provides Special Services tools and resources, including ALEX (Accessible Library Experience) workstations, equipped with assistive technologies.
With the opening of the New Central Library on Nov. 1, many new features and programs will provide expanded opportunities for all CBE students. Over 30 bookable meeting rooms are available for student groups, plus new innovative spaces including a Teen Centre, a Maker Space filled with emerging technologies and Indigenous Placemaking Centres. The new Campus Calgary Library School will engage in a diversity of programs inspired by week-long immersive library experiences in the new central location.
CBE students, staff and families can explore and celebrate the opening of the New Central Library on the Family Fun Weekend – November 3 and 4, 2018.