At the Library - Steve MacLean
Music and its related themes have always been popular books with our patrons. Titles on the subject fill an entire section of shelves at our New Glasgow location and fill many more shelves at our other branches.
To help county residents with just one small facet of this art form, the New Glasgow Library will host a free information session with SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) representative, Tim Hardy, on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
His interactive talk, "Earning Royalties For Radio Airplay, Film & TV Placements and Live Performances," will address the basics of earning royalties as a songwriter or composer and getting the most money out of your music. As a veteran of the entertainment industry, Hardy is qualified to address questions regarding SOCAN membership, royalty distribution, copyright, artist funding, and online issues. He will also make time for personal consultations on how to remit live performance notification forms.
In the spirit of creativity, and to provide an opportunity for those attending to get acquainted, anyone can take along an acoustic instrument for a jam session to close out the evening.
Fitch niche pitch
The River John Public Library invites the public to attend a special author reading with Sheree Fitch, the 10th Writer-in-Residence of the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library, on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Fitch will read selected passages from her extensive collection of material as well as offering insight on her career as a successful Canadian writer.
Well known for her love of libraries and reading, Fitch’s contagious enthusiasm for all things literary can still be appreciated during her remaining creative writing workshops with us. Along the north shore, you can catch her at the River John Public Library (351-2599) on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. while at the Westville Public Library (369-5022) she will share writing tips on Thursday, March 20 and Thursday, March 27 (both at 6 p.m.).
If you are interested in attending, please contact the appropriate library to secure a seat, as space is limited.
In December of the past year, the New Glasgow Library held its first installment of the new Seniors’ Now program. The focus of that afternoon session was what concerns seniors living in Pictou County.
Two topics that surfaced will be given further exploration during the upcoming programs: the first will be a talk on public transit at the Westville Seniors’ Café on Wednesday Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. with CHAD executive director, Danny MacGillivray and Steve Kirinich, Social Action Committee for the Pictou County Council of Churches. The second, on housing, will be covered by Jane McMaster, Eastern Mainland Housing Authority Community and Tenant Relations Officer, who will provide guidance on the process and criteria for Senior Citizens Housing.
Sittin’ an’ knitting
If you are a ‘thread head’ looking to meet other knitters, the Knitters Circle of the New Glasgow Public Library will meet Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Knitters of all skill levels are welcome to drop by to spin a yarn or share purls of wisdom.