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At the Library - Steve MacLean

If at some time over the past few years you have been greeted on a town boulevard by an enthusiastic gentleman with a camera who asks you to smile, chances are that you are now a part of a Philip MacKenzie photo collection that resides in five of our library branches.

Together with his partner in research, Clyde MacDonald, the pair has given their time and energy to create a series of binders containing photos of people that reside in Pictou County.

Reminiscent of the MacGarva Photo Collection of the early 1950’s, which also can be found in our online digital collection, this project provides an updated, more inclusive look at the citizens our community. Consisting of thousands of snapshots by the shutter- man, MacKenzie, each image has a caption explaining the subject and location.

Each MacKenzie Photo Collection binder at the libraries is dedicated to a prominent person from each of the towns in which it rests, who have demonstrated in their lifetime the importance of conserving our past. These individuals and their respective branches are Dr. Howard Locke at New Glasgow, Dan Thompson in Westville, Don MacIsaac for Pictou, Ralph Cameron at Trenton and in Stellarton, Jack Kerr. 

MacKenzie and MacDonald invite the public to drop by one of these libraries over the Christmas holidays to view the collection and reflect on memories of old friends. If former residents are unable to visit the county this season, they can always view the collection online at

The Pictou – Antigonish Regional Library would recognize MacDonald and MacKenzie for their dedication, hard word and foresight in placing these photos in our libraries for future patrons to enjoy.  


Writer in residence returns in new year

Our 10th writer in residence, Sheree Fitch, will be on a little break over the holidays from mentoring and workshops. She will return in the new year with her contagious creative energy on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Pictou Public Library with the workshop, “If you want to Write for Children.” 

To reserve your seat in this free program, please call the library at 485-5021. Sheree will offer two more stand-alone workshops at this location on Jan. 23 and 30. To register for a free mentoring session with the author, please contact the regional library headquarters at 755-6031.


Christmas activities

For patrons looking for a family activity before Christmas, a few programs remain on our calendar as 2014 approaches, including the movie matinee, "It's A Wonderful Life" at the New Glasgow Library on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. The puppet show, “A Merry Musical Christmas" will be at the Pictou Library on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m., also on Thursday at Stellarton on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m., the staff will make an edible Christmas tree with green frosting and Skittles.

On Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Santa will read “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” and serve up lots of hot chocolate at the Pictou Library and at 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Marion will have holiday crafts for children ages four to nine at the New Glasgow Public Library (752-8233 to register). 


Holiday hours

Just a quick reminder that the library will be closing early at noon on Christmas Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 24), and will be closed all day on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Thursday, Dec. 26).

The library will also be closing early at noon on New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 31) and will be closed all day on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1.

As always our book drops never close and you can always visit us online at

Organizations: Pictou Library, New Glasgow Library, Antigonish Regional Library

Geographic location: Stellarton, Pictou County, New Glasgow Westville Trenton

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