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Calgary libraries celebrate a century with synchronized block parties

Calgary’s getting older — the city is celebrating several milestones, including the centennial of the public library system.

While the library has marked birthday celebrations in the past, this is the first time every branch will be holding synchronized celebrations this Saturday.

“This is very much a forward thinking thing,” said April Ganger, assistant marketing manager for the CPL.

“We’re a foundational institution in the founding of Calgary and Calgary’s development, but we’ve evolved from an institution where information was scarce, now it’s abundant, even via less so much a collection of printed materials more into e-content and different forms of media.”

She pointed out no women or children used to be allowed in libraries, but today they’re buzzing with life, a hub for families and leisure.

Each branch is having their own “block party” with entertainment and other activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the official cake cutting will take place at the Signal Hill branch at 1 p.m., with all levels of government in attendance.

Being the centennial, Ganger said they’re tipping their hat to the past, but looking forward to what the future holds.

“We’ve hit a crest in where we’re going and we’re really looking forward to our next century of service.”

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