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At the Library - Trecia Schell

Did you know, that the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library also hosts the innovative, online (easy to access, fully searchable) database of local historical documents and ephemera, called NovaStory? A visitor to can choose to search by a county in Nova Scotia, or all materials all at once. The search request information that is returned can also be easily georeferenced and layered through time using historical maps over current maps, so you can see the changes in a community over time. For example under Pictou County, there are five collection areas -

•Pictou County Books, Documents and Pamphlets, which includes collections of digitized unique historical holdings regarding Pictou County.

•Pictou County Cemeteries includes collection of images of headstones in Pictou County cemeteries. (Each item contains the names of those inscribed on the headstone as well as the location of the stone within each cemetery.)

•Pictou County Photos and Images, is a collection of historical photos and images of Pictou County.

•Pictou County Maps is a collection of historical maps relating to Pictou County.

•Pictou Historical Photograph Society's collection of photographs of Pictou and surrounding area.

New collections are being added regularly at, for example, following are several of the new documents that have been added over the past few weeks –- “The Pictou Book: stories of our past” by George MacLaren, “Memorial Service: The Great War Dec. 18, 1921”, “The Town of Pictou Annual Report for 1949, 1954, 1956-58”, “Tram Cars in East Pictou” by James Cameron, “Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co. Ltd. Annual Report 1913”, "History of Stellarton" by Aubrey Dorrington, "Celebrating our Heritage: the History of Westville" by the Westville Heritage Group, "About Pictonians" and "More About Pictonians" by James Cameron. As well, the Methodist Cemetery, River John has been added to the Pictou County Cemetery collection.

NovaStory is a partnership between Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, Nova Scotia public libraries, the Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSC@P) and our communities. 

Movies at the library

Next week on Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m., the New Glasgow Library is showing “Hoodwinked” (2005), starring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Red Puckett, Glenn Close and James Belushi. Saturday’s Movie matinee at the Pictou Library on Aug. 3 at 1 p.m., is “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (2011), starring the voices of Jason Lee, David Cross and Amy Poehler.


Holiday hours, Natal Day Monday

Please note, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Headquarters and all library branches are closed for the Natal Day holiday on Aug. 5, 2013. Our virtual library services are available online at, and the library book return drops are always open.  

For more information on upcoming library programs, special events and services, please drop by your local library branch, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, or visit us online at


Organizations: Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Headquarters, Pictou Historical Photograph Society, Westville Heritage Group Methodist Cemetery Pictou County Cemetery New Glasgow Library Pictou Library

Geographic location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Stellarton Westville River John

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