At the Library - Steve MacLean
Looking for a new brain exercise activity for the New Year?
The New Glasgow Public Library is looking for people interested in playing chess at the library and possibly forming a club to meet on a regular basis. If response is good, a meeting will be arranged for interested parties to drop by for an evening of chess in our friendly environment.
Players of all ability levels and ages are welcome, from the experienced looking to improve their skills, to those just learning how to play. If you are interested in taking part, please call the regional library headquarters at 755-6031.
In the meantime, to keep your playing skills sharp and learn winning strategies, the following books on the subject are available in our collection:
• Chess: From First Moves to Checkmate, Daniel King
• Chess for Dummies, James Eade
• The Everything Chess Basics Book, Peter Kurzdorfer
• Chess Openings, Michael Basman
• Nigel Short's Chess Skills, Nigel Short
• An Introduction to Chess, Shaun Taulbut
• First Steps in Chess, J.N. Walker
• The Easiest Way to Learn Chess, Fred Reinfeld
With the new year comes a new season of children’s programming, featuring a variety of activities and times for children and their parents. Starting the second week of January our youngest patrons can participate in Storytimes, Toddle Time, ABC’s for Babies and more at all of our library branches.
A full list of times, locations and details can be found online at www.parl.ns.ca under upcoming events. As in the past, programs have limited space, so watch for registration requirements.
Pictou Library writing workshops
Our Writer in Residence, Sheree Fitch is back among the stacks in 2014 as she leads three creative writing workshops at the Pictou Public Library this month. The first will be “If you Want to Write for Children”, on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. This session for adults will look at the high level of skill that actually goes into writing those deceptively simple children’s books and how everyone has a story in them worth telling.
The next workshop, “What a Character” will be on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. followed by “The Joy of Writing” on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. All workshops are free but due to limited space, you will have to visit the Pictou Library in person or dial 485-5021 to secure a seat to be motivated by Fitch’s contagious enthusiasm.
New date and time for Westville Seniors’ Café
Is genealogical research on your list of things to do for 2014?
To help begin your search, the Westville Public Library Seniors’ Café has invited Karen MacLeod, the Research and Reference Clerk at the New Glasgow Library, to offer her advice on how to get started on your quest. Her in-depth knowledge of our extensive collection of print material and online resources such Ancestry.com makes our library system the logical place to delve into your family tree.
MacLeod will be at the library on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 2:30 p.m., which will be the first occasion for this program’s new day and time each first Wednesday of the month.