At the Library - Trecia Schell
The River John Public Library will host a timely talk on Tuesday Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Paul W. Bennett, (Director, Schoolhouse Consulting and Adjunct Professor of Education, Saint Mary's University) as he gives an overview of the contents of his book, "The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia".
Discussion to follow, with light refreshments and copies of his book will be available for purchase from the author.
In The Last Stand, Bennett responds to the looming crisis with a new, more accountable, efficient and sustainable model of public schooling. “It is time to revitalize rural Nova Scotian communities by reversing the dominant trend toward centralized, bureaucratic school systems.”
As Bennett argues, “schools must be transformed, once again, into vital community hubs. Suspending the divisive school review process will accomplish little, unless it leads to building smaller community schools, supporting innovative local enterprises, modelling sustainable living practices and providing community-based education on a more human scale.”
In May 2012, he and the Nova Scotia Small Schools Initiative produced a lively, visionary report entitled, "Schools at the Centre: A Revitalization Strategy for Rural Communities". This book builds upon the report and is a sequel to "Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities: The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850 -2010" (2011).
One Book Nova Scotia 2013: Read the same book. Share the same story.
Celebrate a culture of reading with the return of this province-wide community reading event for adults. All Nova Scotians are invited to read, discuss and get involved.
This year’s reading selection, “Fauna” by Alissa York was revealed on Sept. 10. “Fauna is a contemporary human fable that taps into the great tenderness and drama at the heart of the animal world. The wide ravine that bisects the city of Toronto is home to countless species of urban wildlife, including human waifs and strays. When Edal Jones can’t cope with the casual cruelty she encounters in her job as a federal wildlife officer, she finds herself drawn to a beacon of solace nestled in the valley under the unlikely banner of an auto-wrecker’s yard.”
York’s fiction has won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award, and has been published in Canada, the U.S., France, Holland and Italy. As part of the One Book N.S. author tour this year, York will be reading at the New Glasgow Library on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to join us, and this reading will be co-hosted by the NSCC Pictou Campus Library. For more information about 1BNS around our province, please visit www.1bns.ca.
Movies @ Library!
This week we have several movies screening for free at the library, and you’re welcome to join us. On Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. we have a midday matinee “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at the Pictou Library. That evening at 7 p.m. at the New Glasgow Library we have the NFB documentary by Sarah Polley “Stories we Tell”, and on Friday at 6:30 p.m. the family favorite film, “Flushed Away”.
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