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Calgary Public Library Archives: Our Story in Pictures was launched as part of 2012 Calgary Public Library celebrations of 100 years of service to Calgarians. With a generous grant from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, a collection of over 3,000 photographs from the Calgary Public Library Archives have been digitized and are now accessible to all Calgarians. The Library has been an integral part of the historical fabric of Calgary because of the remarkable efforts of individuals such as first chief librarian Alexander Calhoun, authors and librarians Louise Riley and Georgina Thomson, photographer and librarian Alison Jackson as well as members of city council, such as R.B. Bennett, who have served over the years on the Calgary Public Library Board. This centennial legacy allows Calgarians to explore another aspect of our rich history and evoke memories and stories of the past of our communities and branches.  Another exciting aspect of this collection is that many of the photos you will see are included in another legacy. Local author, Brian Brennan, has used his exceptional storytelling skills and research into the the Calgary Public Library Archives to tell the story of the Calgary Public Library in our centennial book, Calgary Public Library: Inspiring Life Stories Since 1912, published in 2012.

 
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