Calgary Women’s Literary Club Celebrates 110th Birthday!


CTV’s crew did our Calgary Women’s Literary Club proud, with Ina Sidhu’s fine report aired Tuesday.

We have some “film naturals” in our midst! Check out the interviews with Dorothy Little, Lillian Tickles, Margaret Sparkes and author Clem Martini.

Many guests joined us for this celebration, including our speaker, author Clem Martini, and representatives from the Calgary Public Library and the Glenbow Museum.

What’s a birthday party without a cake? This one was (almost) too beautiful to eat! Thanks, Doloris! As March 1st is also St. David’s Day, we were treated to Welsh Cakes from Janet Samber.


MARCH 1st starts at 1:30!

A warm “hello” to everyone.

As February unfolds, I’m beginning to anticipate our CWLC program and the opening meeting for 2016.


As usual, we will gather at the Memorial Park Library on Tuesday, March 1st. We’ve scheduled this meeting to begin at 1:30pm thus allowing time to celebrate the 110th anniversary of our club which began in 1906.

As listed in the program, Clem Martini from the U of C will be our guest speaker. A Calgarian by birth, he is an award winning playwright and novelist. You can find out more about him by clicking here.

Following his presentation, we will enjoy tea/coffee and birthday cake from 2:30-3:00pm and hear a brief overview of our club’s history given by Ruth Hilland.

I hope you have reserved the date to be with us. Bring a guest and/or just come and be part of getting 2016 off to an auspicious start.




Looking Ahead to 2015-16 in CWLC

Photograph of Annie Davidson

Annie Davidson

Coming up, we will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the inception of the Calgary Public Library and the CWLC. We are proud to carry forward the work of Annie Davidson and her group of literary enthusiasts who successfully campaigned in 1906 for the establishment of public libraries in our city. Now, in 2015-16, having access to an abundance of resources, our reading club activities get underway with an exciting program.  Our theme this year centers on recognizing local authors whose works have distinguished them. We begin on October 6 with a visit to the Taylor Family Digital Library  at the U of C and an exploration of the archival collection of W.O. Mitchell . Each Tuesday thereafter, in October/November, March/April our members will present their individual research on a local author of their choice. The program promises presentations on writers who have been our “reading for pleasure” companions.

If you are interested in becoming a member of CWLC, we invite you to contact us for details via email or telephone. Our membership chairperson is:

Ruth Hilland:



1958 photo for a Calgary Herald article shows Sue Carscallen’s Grandmother

1958 Photo of Calgary Women's Literary Club members

50 Years Ago members of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club petitioned for Calgary’s first Library

To put our Calgary Women’s Literary Club’s longevity into perspective, current member Sue Carscallen shared this 1958 photo from her Grandmother’s collection. On the back are these words:

Members of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club which 50 years ago sent its members out to petition for a library met for the last time Tuesday in the Lecture Hall of the Memorial Park Library after 46 years of weekly sessions in the Library they founded. Pictured are long time members Mrs. S.N. Carscallen (Honorary Life Member), Mrs. Olmstead (President) and Mrs. Mayhood. They are holding a plaque which is inscribed in memory of Annie Davidson who was instrumental in founding the Carnegie Library in Calgary.

From Calgary Herald