At the Library - Steve MacLean
The Pictou Antigonish Regional Library will reach a milestone this fall as we welcome Sheree Fitch as our 10th Writer in Residence. To introduce Fitch to our patrons, she will be at the Stellarton Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. for a special Preschool Storytime. Fans young and old of the nationally recognized writer are encouraged to join us as she gives a reading and helps with a craft. WIR writing workshops are set to begin in November.
Minding your business
The vital link between a thriving community and the success of its small businesses can’t be stressed enough in today’s global economy. To do our part, the New Glasgow Public Library has invited local entrepreneur, Jim Fitt, to deliver his talk, "How to Out Market your Competition (and Make More Money) on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. With Oct. 20-26 being BDC Small Business Week across Canada, members of this business community of all types and levels of experience are invited to take in Fitt’s presentation of his formulas to reach a global audience and join in the Question and answer period to follow.
Nova Story updates
New this week at Nova Story Digital Collections (www.novastory.ca) we have "Account Book, New Glasgow Auxiliary 1896 -1905" and “A Complete Work of Robert Murdoch Containing His Poems, Songs, Toasts, Epigrams". Both can be enjoyed within the Pictou County Books, Documents and Pamphlets collection.
Halloween at the Pictou Library
Young fans of All Hallows Eve in Pictou have lots of programs to keep in mind during the week leading up to the annual celebration of haunting, costumes and trick or treating. Activities at the library include a movie, crafts, free books, a puppet show, a scavenger hunt and more. To see full details, times and dates, parents can visit our home page online at www.parl.ns.ca.
Halloween Eve Author Reading
One of Nova Scotia’s most infamous and enduring accounts of the supernatural concerns a series of unexplained events that occurred on an isolated farm in Guysborough County owned by a MacDonald family at the time. Considering our love for a good ghost story in Nova Scotia, the stories naturally generated much talk, rumors, newspaper stories and a few books over the years.
Ever on the look-out for a good story that needs to be told, local writer, journalist and history sleuth, Monica Graham, applied her talents to consolidating the facts and the result is another title in the Nimbus Publishing series, Stories of Our Past, “Fire Spook: the Mysterious Nova Scotia Haunting.” With over 60 images, the new book explores the history behind the events using new evidence, testimonies to ask – was it a real poltergeist or a hoax perpetrated by the young woman at the center of the mystery – Mary Ellen Macdonald.
You can find out what Graham found during one of two readings she will be giving: the first will be at the Antigonish Library on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., followed by a reading at the New Glasgow Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Copies of the new book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.