You can register for programs online, by calling 403.260.2620, or in person at your community library. You’ll need a valid Library card number and PIN for each person attending the program. Both parents/caregivers and children must have valid library memberships to register for all parented children’s programs. Library cards are free; register online or at your community library. Download the March - April 2018  or May - June 2018 issue of Library Connect.

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From: 16/Apr/2018 - To: 18/Sep/2018

#1 Skill for School Success

Explore how self-regulation skills are key to academic, emotional, and social success in an interactive session that blends theory, discussion, exercises, and practice. Led by Mary-Catherine Bailey-McKenna M.ED., M.A.

Audience: Adults

1-2-3: Count With Me

Your toddler will love this introduction to numeracy and have fun with numbers using rhymes, songs, books, and active play.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 3 with a parent/caregiver

50+ Lecture Series

Join us for presentations on a variety of topics along with discussion and time to visit.

Audience: Adults

A-B-C: You and Me

Read, sing, talk, and play together in this interactive circle time.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 3 with a parent/caregiver

Artists Talk: Helena Hadala

Join Alberta Society of Artist’s guest speaker, Helena Hadala as she discusses the theme “Air” in relation to her own creative inquiry and the artwork of participating artists who were asked to address the theme for this exhibition.

Audience: Adults

Ask an Author

Are you an aspiring writer? Bring your questions to this panel of experienced authors. In partnership with the Writers' Guild of Alberta. Note: This WGA Annual Conference 2018 session is free and open to public. However, capacity is limited and seating is first come, first served.

Audience: Adults

Baby Bookworms

Have fun sharing books, rhymes, and songs with your little one.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 13 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Baby Rhyme Time

Welcome your baby to the Library. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories that will make your baby smile.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 12 months with a parent/caregiver

Baby's Big Playdate

Let's play! Join us for a fun and social hour of discovery and exploration.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 12 months with a parent/caregiver

Bat Basics

Discover the world of bats, and bust some bat-phobic myths. In partnership with the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

Beach Ball Babies

Bees buzzing, flowers blooming, sand squishing through toes. Celebrate the hot days of summer with stories, rhymes, and songs.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Better Choices, Better Health ®: Chronic Pain

Learn techniques to control pain and how to make everyday tasks easier. Learn and practice skills such as pacing and planning, problem solving, goal setting, needed to manage your symptoms, especially your day-to-day challenges. Gain confidence and skills to better manage your health and feel better. Register at 403.943.2584

Audience: Adults

Bill's Book Café with Jackie Flanagan

Writer and founding editor of Alberta Views, Jackie Flanagan discusses The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, and the profound effects of inequality in society.

Audience: Adults

Bill's Book Café with Kris Demeanor

Kris Demeanor, maverick musician, writer, and actor, explores The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea, a heart-breaking portrayal of life in this most secretive of countries.

Audience: Adults

Book Discussion Group: Adult

Join other book lovers and discover new or classic titles in facilitated discussions.

Audience: Adults

Bouncing Babies

Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and lots of bouncing.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Brixology: Carnivals

Build a spinning swing ride with LEGO and learn about forces and other mechanical engineering concepts with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Grades 1 to 6

Bugs

Learn about pollination, anatomy, defence systems, and how bugs adapt. Discover an insect's point of view with Mad Science's Insect-A-Vision.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Building Blocks for Social Change: Business Models for Social Enterprise

Explore how to develop a sustainable business model to support the success and scale of your social innovation. In partnership with Calgary+Acumen.

Audience: Adults

Building Wealth in Canada

Join us if you have been in Canada for more than two years and want to understand cash flow and how to create a financial plan. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Canadian Immigration Process

Learn about Canada's immigration policies including citizenship, sponsorship of family members, and applying for a Super Visa. In partnership with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Mid-Life Career Change

Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that come with looking for work mid-life, including resumé strategies. In partnership with Bow Valley College.

Audience: Adults

Career Coaching

Drop in for one-on-one help with job searching skills, take part in practice interviews, revamp your resumé, or craft that all-important cover letter. Sign up on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Audience: Adults

Chess in the Library

Play chess supported by coaching from the Calgary Chess/Junior Chess Clubs. Children under 12 must be with a parent or caregiver.

Audience: Adults & Kids

Choosing Quality Child Care

Learn about different options in child care, how those choices impact your child, access to subsidies, and questions to ask providers. In partnership with Children's Services.

Audience: Adults

Citizenship and Civic Participation Class

Learn about Canada with the purpose of preparing yourself for the Citizenship Exam. In partnership with Immigrant Services Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Citizenship and Civic Participation Workshop

Learn about Canada with the purpose of preparing yourself for the Citizenship Exam in this in-depth workshop. Attendance is required for both sessions. In partnership with Immigrant Services Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Code Club

Learn to code by creating your own game, designing a website, and more.

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

codeTEEN: Intro to Game Design

Find out what makes a good game and develop basic coding skills as you create the games YOU want to play!

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

codeTEEN: Intro to Web Design

Curious about web design? Learn HTML & CSS, which lets you create websites and customize sites like Tumblr, WordPress, and DeviantArt.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Coding Buddies

Learn the basics of coding and create your own game. Designed for beginner coders.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

Colossal Calgary Playdate

Play builds the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Come prepared to play with your baby or toddler at the biggest and best playdate ever.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 3 with a parent/caregiver

Computer Technology Coaching

Drop in for one-on-one volunteer help for all your basic computer questions.

Audience: Adults

ConocoPhillips Reading Buddies

Teen volunteers and Library staff provide one-on-one reading support and fun literacy activities for young readers.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 8

Crack the Code

Bring the whole family for a fun introduction to computer programming.

Audience: All Ages

Create, Share, Store: Using Cloud Technology

Join us for an overview of popular, free online cloud-based storage and applications.

Audience: Adults

Critical Thinking Skills for Success

Help your child develop critical thinking skills to solve problems and make intelligent and creative decisions. Bring examples. In partnership with EducationWise Inc.

Audience: Adults

D-Day: The Canadians at Normandy Part 1

Join military historian Stéphane Guevremont as he presents a multimedia interpretation of this famous battle, focusing on the landing phase.

Audience: Adults

D-Day: The Canadians at Normandy Part 2

Join military historian Stéphane Guevremont as he presents a multimedia interpretation of the Battle of Normandy, highlighting Canada's critical contribution.

Audience: Adults

Dementia Talks

Join us for a fireside chat with experts on Early Onset Dementia. Library will be closed for this special event on World Alzheimer’s Day. In partnership with The Brenda Strafford Foundation.

Audience: Adults

Download and Enjoy: Music, Magazines, and Film

Learn how to download or stream free music, magazines, and films from the eLibrary to your device using RBdigital Magazines, Hoopla, Flipster, and Freegal.

Audience: Adults

Downtown Library Walking Tours

Enjoy walking tours of the East Village and Beltline communities surrounding Central and Memorial Park Libraries, and discover their unique literary and cultural histories.

Audience: Adults

Drop-in Family Storytime

Drop in for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy. *Please note: Drop-in Storytime will run weekly throughout May and June at all locations except Central. Rocky Ridge storytimes at 10:30 am starting Sat May 5 will also run weekly. *

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Drop-In My First Music Lessons

Drop in for an introductory music lesson with a music coach. Lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Instrument provided.

Audience: All Ages - Ages 3 and up

eBooks: A Library On the Go

Curious about eBooks? Library staff demonstrate how to download an eBook using OverDrive.

Audience: Adults

ELL School Success

English Language Learners are paired with teen volunteers to learn new words. Presentations provided for parents on how to support their child's language learning.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 8 with a parent/caregiver

ESL Coffee and Conversation

Practise your English speaking and listening skills in an informal drop-in setting. Coffee is provided.

Audience: Adults

ESL Conversation Club (Intermediate)

Practise your English listening and speaking skills in this six-week program.

Audience: Adults

ESL Writing Club

Practise your English writing skills in this six-week program. Intermediate English language skills are required. Register at 403.774.2544.

Audience: Adults

Explore Trades Training

Discover how a free pre-apprentice program can help you build important skills. Intended for Indigenous people or those born outside of Canada. In partnership with Momentum.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family History Coaching

Drop in for help with genealogy research. In partnership with the Alberta Family Histories Society.

Audience: Adults

Family Law Workshop: Child Custody and Parenting

Learn about the legal arrangements for children when their parents separate in Alberta.Topics include custody, guardianship and parenting agreements, courts, and travelling or moving with children. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Family Law Workshop: Child, Partner, and Spousal Support

Learn about the law and terms of financial support when a marriage or common-law relationship ends. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Family Law Workshop: Property Division

Discover how the law addresses property division when a marriage or common-law relationship ends. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Financial Planning Closer to Retirement

Learn the tools, tips, and resources needed to help you plan for your retirement no matter how close it may be. In partnership with Money Mentors.

Audience: Adults

Fire Truck Storytime

Join us for a special family storytime with Engine 23, our exciting fire truck exhibit.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Game-Changing Books: A Letter Concerning Toleration

John Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) heralded a shift in Western thought towards a vision of a secular society with human rights based in law. Led by Dr. David Clemis, Mount Royal University.

Audience: Adults

Get Started with Technology

Technology can be overwhelming, but we're here to help! This beginner class focuses on basic concepts and skills you need to use any technology successfully.

Audience: Adults

Get Your Resume Past the Gatekeepers

Boost your chances of getting your resumé noticed with tips from Joy Cohen, author and career counsellor.

Audience: Adults

Grant Writing for Writers

Learn how to write a successful grant application. In partnership with Writers' Guild of Alberta and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Note: This WGA Annual Conference 2018 session is free and open to public. However, capacity is limited and seating is first come, first served.

Audience: Adults

Group Ukulele Music Class

Drop in for a free group music lesson for ukulele. Limited library instruments available for those who cannot bring their own.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

This remarkable true story provides an intimate view of the war in Syria and the refugee experience through the eyes of a young boy. A hopeful and heartbreaking book, Homes is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the experience of living in a war zone and how love can bind a family together. Hosted by Anila Lee Yuen.

Audience: Adults

Homeschooling 101

Learn the important points, beginning steps, and rights and responsibilities of providing home education in Alberta.

Audience: Adults

Homework Club for New Canadians

Get help with your homework, practise your English, and improve your grades. Participants must bring homework. In partnership with The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 17

How to Hire a Contractor

Learn the 10 steps to help ensure a surprise-free renovation. In partnership with the Better Business Bureau.

Audience: Adults

I Love Water

Explore how water supports life on our planet through hands-on activities and learn what you can do to help protect this precious resource. In partnership with Green Calgary.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

I'm with the Band: Radiohead

This is what you'll get, when you mess with us… at the I'm with the Band: Radiohead edition. Come ready to play your favourite Radiohead tunes with other fans. Music chords and structure provided by facilitator. All instruments and levels welcome.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

I'm With the Band: The Blues

Feeling bluesy? Been hanging around near the crossroads lately? Join other musicians in exploring the range of the blues genre. Bring any instrument.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

Idea Coaching - Unleash Your Creativity

Need some help coming up with great ideas? Talented community experts will guide you or your team through some great brainstorming activities and provide an introduction to design thinking.

Audience: Adults

Intermediate Microsoft Excel Online

Learn to sort and filter data, apply formulas, and create charts and graphs in your online spreadsheets.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint Online

Enhance your online slideshows with SmartArt graphics, videos, tables, and more.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft Word Online

Create online professional looking documents including tables, bullets, and pictures.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft Excel Online

Learn how to create an online Excel spreadsheet, including entering and formatting data as well as basic functions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint Online

Learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint Online including design templates, transitions, and animations.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft Word Online

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word Online, including creating, formatting, saving, and printing online documents.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

It's Your Money: Budgeting & Saving

Do you know where your money goes? Budgeting will help you keep your savings and spending in balance. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Law at Your Library: Adult Guardianship

Learn about the options available under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act for families and friends of adults who are unable to make personal or financial decisions for themselves. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Learn English Storytime: Arabic

Practise your English with other parents and children who speak Arabic.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Learn English Storytime: Korean

Practise your English with other parents and children who speak Korean.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Learn English Storytime: Spanish

Practise your English with other parents and children who speak Spanish.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Learn Online with the Library

Learn anything you want with great online tools like Lynda.com and Gale Courses. We'll show you how!

Audience: Adults

Learning Lab: Introduction to Business Research

Learn how to conduct simple business research in the Calgary Public Library and beyond.

Audience: Adults

Learning Lab: Introduction to Web-based Email

Learn how to send and receive email messages using Gmail. Basic computer skills required. A valid cell phone number is required to register for this service.

Audience: Adults

LEGO Club

Join us to build, create, and explore! LEGO provided.

Audience: Kids & Teens

Level Up! Gaming Club

If you love video games or tabletop gaming, this club is for you. Drop in to relax, snack, and play games of all kinds.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

LIBIN 101: Engaging Community on Heart Health, Research & Innovation

Join a researcher from the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta (U of C, AHS) for a discussion on the human heart and current research.

Audience: Adults

Live Art with Ian and Samuel

A live art demonstration with Samuel and Ian. Ian will be demonstrating an "acrylic pour" technique in collaboration with Indigenous art technique. Samuel is a Cree artist from Pukatawagan First Nation, Manitoba.

Audience: All Ages

Mastering Workplace Culture

Discover strategies and unspoken rules of the workplace that will help you get a job and keep it for the long run. Led by Matt Adolphe.

Audience: Adults

Math Quest

Embark on a math quest. Explore the library while completing fun numeracy challenges that support what you learn in school. Caregivers are invited to stay & play. All math skill levels welcome.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

My First Music Lesson: Guitar

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may register for one session every two months. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

Audience: All Ages

My First Music Lesson: Piano

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may register for one session every two months. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

Audience: All Ages - Ages 5 and up

My First Music Lesson: Violin

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must bring their own violin. Participants may register for one session every two months. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

Audience: All Ages

New Friends & Neighbourhood Groups for Women

Join other immigrant women to practise English, make friends, and learn about resources. Free childcare provided. In partnership with CIWA.

Audience: Adults

One Big (mini) JAM

Have you ever wanted to jam with a band? Come together with other amateur and experienced musicians to weave a mixture of styles into a one-of-a-kind experience. Bring your own instrument. Some percussion instruments provided and vocalists welcome. Led by One Big JAM.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

pOetrology: Metamorphic Surrealism

Experience the many dimensions of poetry: Sounds, Dance, Music, Visuals and Poetic Play. In partnership with the Calgary Spoken Word Society and curated by Sheri-D Wilson and Shannon Maguire.

Audience: Adults

Pop 'n Tot

It's adventure time for male caregivers and their babies! Features fun games, books, rhymes, and activities.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Read With Engine 23 Supported by Pembina

Join a firefighter from the Calgary Fire Department as we share stories and learn about fire safety.

Audience: All Ages

Reading With Royalty

Spark your imagination and celebrate inclusion and diversity with our new fun and glamourous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag queen and king performers.

Audience: All Ages - Ages up to 5

Reality is Optional Writing Club

Play with your words in this creative writing club for teens. Led by Kim Firmston, Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

School's Out

Unwind and give your brain a break. Take part in fun activities or just hang out and talk. In partnership with Calgary Afterschool. All teens are welcome.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

School's Out All Day

Drop in to the Library anytime on your PD Day for games, crafts, and other fun activities.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

School's Out for Tweens

Join us for fun activities, crafts, and games in this relaxing program for tweens.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

Science of Toys

Toys are more than just fun - they're science. Learn about motors, energy, and the centre of gravity through toy-based activities. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Settlement Services

Meet one-on-one with a settlement worker. Ask questions about language learning, immigration, employment, housing, and much more.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Difficult Customers and Online Reviews

Learn how to deal with complaints professionally and not personally. Keep your customers happy - and coming back!

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Introduction to Business Research

Learn how to conduct simple business research using resources found in the Calgary Public Library and beyond.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Why A Healthy Balance Sheet Matters

Discover more about a healthy balance sheet and how to create one that will appeal to investors, buyers, and lenders, In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Audience: Adults

Songwriting

Curious about how to write a song? Learn how to convey your message in your songwriting.

Audience: Adults - Ages 16 and up

Survive & Thrive After Job Loss

Learn how to move forward after job loss or changes in your career. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Talking Books Group

A monthly review of new titles from the Library's special collections for blind or visually impaired members.

Audience: Adults

TEDxCalgary Meetup

Watch a TED Talk video, share your thoughts with other curious explorers, and hear ideas on related topics. Visit www.MeetUp.com/TEDxCalgary-Community/ for topics.

Audience: Adults

Teens Create

Let your creative side shine! Make and trade buttons, craft with duct tape, and more.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

The Music Lover's How-To Festival

Want to know how to pick a banjo? Restring an instrument? Play a jazz chord? This full-day festival will feature quick,15 to 30-minute workshops to help you pick up new skills and tips. Visit calgarylibrary.ca/music for the schedule of events.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Think Big: Multiple Sclerosis

Join Jay Ingram and experts from the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute, as they look at inspiring and innovative solutions for neurological and mental health disorders.

Audience: Adults

Ukulele Circle

Join other ukulele players of all levels and have fun learning and sharing new tunes.

Audience: Adults

Ukulele Class

Learn basic cords and simple tunes in this beginner class.

Audience: Adults

Ultimate Summer Challenge 2018

Are you up for the challenge? Join us for over 500 FREE programs and awesome prizes for kids, families and teens this summer! Don't forget to pick up your Challenge Map at any Calgary Public Library location. Find out more at calgarylibrary.ca/summer.

Audience: Kids - Ages up to 12

Welcome to Canada: Safety at Home (Tagalog)

Learn about home safety precautions and important tips to keep your family safe. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation. Register by calling 403.990.2931 or 403.777.6074.

Audience: Adults

Welcome to Canada: Summer Camps & Recreation

Learn about summer camps and outdoor activities for the whole family. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation, In School Settlement Program. Register by calling 403.230.7745.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

What's In Your Backyard for Preschoolers?

Discover with fun facts and games how Alberta's animals are anything but average. In partnership with Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Wonderful Worms

Discover how wonderful worms are and how they turn salad into soil in this hands-on program by Green Calgary.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Wordfest Presents: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night

The most fun you'll have in Calgary for five bucks! Prove you're the smartest person in the Library. Win big-league bragging rights and tasty beverages. Join Wordfest for Calgary's most Guilt-Free Trivia Competition, hosted by Richard Kemick. Trivia questions are loosely inspired by each month's featured author. Tickets $5 at wordfest.com.

Audience: Adults

Wordfest Presents: The Power of Kindness with Dr. Brian Goldman

Dr. Brian Goldman from the award-winning CBC Radio Show White Coat, Black Art leaves the comfortable, familiar surroundings of the hospital in search of the most empathic people alive, to hear their stories and learn their secrets. In doing so he takes us far from the theatre of medicine to investigate what kindness truly looks like. Tickets $15 at wordfest.com.

Audience: Adults

Words and Wiggles

Learn new ideas for play with your preschooler in this active program that explores all five senses through movement, play, story, and song.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Worms Love Leftovers

Get a peek into the amazing world of worms and how they turn organic waste into healthy, living soil in this hands-on program. In partnership with Green Calgary.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 12

You and Post-Secondary Studies

Have you ever thought about attending a post-secondary institution and wonder how to make it happen? Get your questions answered. In partnership with the University of Calgary.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 15 and up

Your Investment Road Map

Cut through the confusion surrounding Canada's complex financial industry with Shamez Kassam, author of Your Money's Worth: The Essential Guide to Financial Advice for Canadians.

Audience: Adults

Zara’s Dead with Sharon Butala

From award-winning author, Sharon Butala, a new mystery novel based on the true story of a 1962 Saskatoon murder case. Zara's Dead is the fictional retelling of a riveting story that has captivated the public and eluded answers for decades.

Audience: Adults

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