At the Library - Trecia Schell
Join us at the library today, or any day - to celebrate libraries across Canada and the important contributions they make to Canadian life. This year’s theme, Libraries Connect / Bibliothèques Branchées, speaks to the need that all Canadians have to connect with each other. Libraries provide a place of community where individuals and groups can connect as they explore ideas, thoughts and facts. Libraries help to connect ideas of the past, to those of the present and the future.
The Canadian Urban Libraries Council reports that library use has increased by 45 per cent in the past decade. This shows that from sea to sea-to-sea, libraries provide information and connect people to the resources they need – regardless of who they are, where they are from or what they want to know. (www.cla.ca).
Discover your backyard, and beyond
To dust off your walking shoes, strollers or bike tires, in preparation for next week’s pre-Thanksgiving Walkfest by Active Pictou County (www.activepictoucounty.ca), the library has several great walking and hiking guides that feature local trails and walks. Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia by Michael Haynes is a very popular guidebook.
It is very well written, with great details and helpful hints. The current edition (9th) was just published in 2012, with the latest updated information. (The library has numerous copies, covering a number of the editions published over the years.) For a scenic walk, there is theWaterfalls of Nova Scotia: thirty-six of Nova Scotia’s most attractive waterfall sites and the trails that lead you to them by Allan R. Billard (1997).
Geocaching, GPS & pedometers at your library too!
If a technical twist to your foray is more to your liking, the regional library has six GPS units (from the Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSCAP)) available for borrowing by library patrons. In addition there are several great handbooks to help you learn the tricks of the trade:GPS made easy: using global positioning systems in the outdoors by Lawrence Letham, Geocaching: hike and seek with your GPS by Erik B. Sherman, and The GPS Handbook by Robert I. Egbert.
In partnership with the Heart&Stroke’s Walkabout program and NSCAP, the regional library also has forty-five pedometer walking kits available for library patrons to borrow, and try out. And yes, there is even a book to go with that – Manpo-kei: the art and science of step counting: how to be naturally active and lose weight! by Catrine Tudor-Locke.
Thanksgiving & homecoming
The library also carries over 100 different magazine titles and cookbooks too, covering topics from A to Z – which are great resources for holiday decorating ideas, recipes, crafts and family activities too.
Also new this week, due to the diligent work of our summer NSCAP interns, 100’s of pages of historical documents have been added towww.NovaStory.ca. In particular from the Pictou Academy, the Pictou Academy Course of Study 1898-1899 to the Pictou Academy Course of Study 1937-1938, The Academy (December 1909, January 1914, December 1943) and The Bulletin of the Pictou Academy Scientific Association(1909).
Please note, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, all library branches & Library HQ will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14. Online library services are available at www.parl.ns.ca, and library materials may be returned to library book return-drop boxes.
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