January 20, 2023—We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Button. Jim was a community leader whose positive mindset, kindness and generosity will continue to inspire us all to do our part in making our community an even better place to live. You can hear from Jim and take inspiration from his own words here.

Who is Jim Button?

Connector, Community Builder, Optimist and Friend

Jim Button is undeniably one of the most-recognized names in Calgary; in addition to co-founding Village Brewery and the Event Group, he has fostered community connections and been a leader in experiential marketing in our city. Together with his family, Tracey, Jack and Amanda, they are inviting you to enjoy the beauty, culture and resources provided by the Calgary Public Library.

Chapter One: Buttons is generously supported by Avnish, Bijal and Sørin Mehta and features 101 books selected by community builders, Button’s Buttons, and the Library’s Reading Influencers Display at Central Library. Find more about each of these components below.

101 Books for a Better Calgary

As part of this initiative, we reached out to 101 community connectors, and asked them each which title they felt that Calgarians should read. From Andrew Phung to Naheed Nenshi, The Wonky Donkey to Man’s Search for Meaning, these books will inspire, allow you to reflect and learn about the world (and people) around you, and may earn a spot in your own personal list of favourite books.

Borrow from Calgary Public Library.

Community Connector Book Selection
Aman Adatia & Lyndee Kehler When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Amish Morjaria The Sprightly Carrot's Dream by Jennifer Tremblay
Andrew Mosker Music Lessons by Bob Wiseman
Andrew Phung The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Andy McCreath Forever Terry: A Legacy in Letters by Darrell Fox
Anne Fraleigh The Flood of 2013: A Summer of Angry Rivers in Southern Alberta
Arlene Dickinson The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
Ashish Mehta The Silva Mind Control Method by José Silva
Avnish, Bijal and Sørin Mehta Unicorn (And Horse) by David Miles
Bib Patel From Good to Great by Jim Collins
Bill Brooks Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life by Wayne Dyer
Bill Hunt Obasan by Joy Kogawa
Blaire Lancaster Mitzi's Magic Garden by Beverley Allinson
Bob M Sumner All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
Brad Krusky Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Brad Zumwalt The Innovators by Walter Issacson
Brenda Lieberman Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval
Bret Hart Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Brian French A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Chris & Pam Berry The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
Chris Cran The Big Secret Book: An Intense Guide For Creating Performance Theatre by Denise Clarke
Chris Thrall This I Know: Marketing Lessons From Under the Influence by Terry O'Reilly
Christina Frangou The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Dan & Marie Evans Harvard Business Review: 10 Must Reads on Leadership Lessons from Sports
Darin Fauth Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
Dave & Gene Button A Handful of Buttons: A Children’s book about Family, Diversity, Love and Inclusion, By Carmen Parets Luque
Dave Kelly At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Dave Pierce The Rhythms of Wellness: Follow the Wisdom of the Ancient Sages and Align With Nature's Cycles for Greater Health and Wellbeing by Jaki Daniels
David Brunning The Road Trip That Changed the World by Mark Sayers
David Gray The Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany by Graeme Gibson
Donna Holesworth Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Fraser & Christa Abbott Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places by Peter Kageyama
Fraser Tuff & Christy Farrell Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
Gary & Alison Davies Younger Next Year by Chris Crawley
Glenn & Tara Kayler The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith
Glenn Street How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Gord Gillies Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Greg Curtis The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Hal & Constance Button Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
Jamie Leong-Huxley Friends and Enemies: A Memoir by Barbara Amiel
Janet Henderson The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems by Fritjof Capra
Jann Arden Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
January Kohli Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Jeff Popiel The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Jennifer Allford Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Jil Macdonald (ne:Button) Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Jim Button Family Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Jim Carter & Heather Shaw A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Jim Peplinski The Power of One by Bryce Courtney
John Holt Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up by James Hollis
John MacInnes Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Julie Van Rosendaal Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax
Käthe Lemon A Short Guide to A Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
Karen Ball Alberta Book by George Webber
Kelly Doody An Awesome Book of Love! by Dallas Clayton
Ken Lima-Coelho Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Kenna Burima The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
Laurie Stretch & David Finch Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Leanne Collins What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract for A Better Society by Minouche Shafik
Lesley & Gord Stang Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss
Mahallati-Lazar Family Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Mandy Stobo Harold and The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Mark Kondrat The Top Five Regrets of The Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departed by Bronnie Ware
Marshall Ennis The World's Strongest Dad by Marshall Ennis
Matt Mosteller Deep Woods, Wild Waters by Douglas Wood
Max Gartner & Kerrin Lee Gartner The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Michael Fitzgerald Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Philip K. Knight
Mogens Smed The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Monica Zurowski Dear Life by Alice Munro
Naheed Nenshi How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen
Nancy Knowlton & Pascal Mean Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Nauzer Forbes "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of A Curious Character by Richard Phillips Feynman
Neil Zeller Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Pat & Kathy Button The Snowbears of Lake Louise by David Chesky
Patti Pon Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers by Shaun Hunter
Peggy Garritty The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
Pete & Amanda Graves The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Phil Mittertreiner Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Phillip & Tracy Ndugga The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
Ravi Thaker The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz
Rich Theroux The River Troll by Rich Théroux
Rob Sawchuk Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
Robert & Tana Fooks The Grateful Book by Angela Kohler
Roger Kingkade Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Roger Milley & Karen Rawson Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Russell Broom A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
Sandy O'Conner The Cowboy Hat Book by William Reynolds and Ritch Rand
Sarah Geddes & Steve Mantrop How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields
Sharanpal Ruprai Pourin' Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West by Cheryl Foggo
Sharon Stevens Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats) by Lorna Crozier
Shayne McBride & Christy Caswell Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield
Steve Allan The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
Steve McDonough Cowboy Ethics by James Owen
Stewart McDonough Home from the Vinyl Cafe: A Year of Stories by Stuart McLean
Tanya Koshowski Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Terry & Becky Rock Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Todd Gilbert
Terry & Maria Andryo Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving With Grace by Gordon MacKenzie
Tim Diffin Jake and the Kid by W.O. Mitchell
Tim Tamashiro Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Usman Tahir Jutt Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Zahra Al-Harazi The People We Keep by Allie Larkin

Leave a Message, Take a Button

Spread kindness wherever you go.

Button’s Buttons was a series of five collectible buttons that members could collect when they visited any Library location. The buttons displayed uplifting phrases and were meant to encourage positivity and empathy in our communities. One even featured the Button Family icon!

Calgary Public Library’s Reading Influencers

Each year the Library reaches out to prominent Calgarians and members of our communities to ask for their reading recommendations. Their top three book picks are then placed on display at a location for a few months before being moved to another location. Jim Button selected four books (one for each of his immediate family members) and is highlighted at Central Library during the first quarter of 2022. If you aren’t able to visit Central Library, Jim selected The New Form by Brent Preston, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and are available in the Library’s collection.

Thank you

Chapter One: Buttons is generously supported by Avnish, Bijal and Sørin Mehta