The Happiest Collection
My name is Kelly and I am a born and raised Calgarian. I am also the owner and face behind The Happiest Collection, a 100% proudly made in Canada apparel line that focuses on happy and positive messaging.
For as long as I can remember I have loved books and reading. As a child, I would beg my parents to stay up just so I could finish an extra chapter or two of whatever current novel I was reading (likely 'Sweet Valley High' or 'The Babysitters Club'). I would then turn my lights out and continue to hide under my covers and read with a flashlight. In elementary school, getting to choose a book or two from the Scholastic Catalogue or bringing money to the Book Fair, were highlights. My love affair with all things books started early, and my parents definitely encouraged and facilitated that passion.
The closest library to me growing up was the Fish Creek Library - the one down south that looks like a giant pyramid. My sister and I would go with our parents and sign out books or just spend time roaming the aisles and looking through all the new titles. Aside from looking really cool, it was also a fun place to go.
When I was a teenager, I worked at Chapters. I can promise you that nearly all my money was "reinvested" in the almost two years that I worked there, as I was constantly buying all the latest books. It was the best job ever! Just being around books and talking about books has always made me smile. It truly is a passion.
Now that we have two little boys, my husband and I are trying to install that love of reading, in them. We both feel strongly that when you enjoy reading, it instills confidence and promotes creativity.
I love that the Calgary Public Library allows people from all socio-economic backgrounds to access reading materials, computers and other resources. Be it for school/continued learning, escapism, a family outing, or quality alone time, the Library is a wonderful venue in which to do these things.
I truly hope that those of you visiting the new Central Public Library (or your closest community library) are Happiest with your Books/Happiest When Reading!
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