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At the Library - Steve MacLean

Fans of the 2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games can catch all the action and cheer on the Canadian athletes at New Glasgow and Pictou Libraries over the next two weeks as screens have been set up for viewing.

Patrons and fans alike are invited to stop by and watch the action as it unfolds, thanks to live Internet feeds from Sochi, Russia. 


Family time

There will be a Valentines’ Day Puppet show for families at the Pictou Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. when children can meet Flossie, Edith and finally find out what it's like to be a frog in love. 


We love our library...

The Stellarton Public Library is holding a special contest for the month of February to give patrons an opportunity to say why they appreciate their library. To take part in the “We love our Library because…” contest just visit the library to fill out a heart-note. At the end of the month, several draws will be made for prizes donated by the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program.


A potion for Valentines’ Day: Herbs and tinctures

The New Glasgow Public Library will host the talk, “Herbs: Mother Nature's Medicines” with Cindy Hemphill on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Hemphill will offer advice on the general uses of herbs and how their natural properties can help with simple health remedies. A life-long advocate of herbal medicine, Hemphill will also look at making herbal tinctures and briefly talk about the many uses of herbs including, cooking with them, the benefits of growing your own, preservation and storage and pest control in the garden.

Alternative medicine and herbal remedies (the use of plants for medicinal purposed) draws on the belief that the use of plants is a natural approach for medical ailments without the typical additives found in modern medicine.  With the rise of alternative medicine in recent years, books on the topic remain very popular with our patrons. 

A few of the titles on herbs and related topics in our collection include the following: 

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: a beginner's guide; Rosemary Gladstar

Jekka's Herb Cookbook; Jekka McVicar

Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 teas, tonics, oils, salves, tinctures, and other natural remedies for the entire family; Rosemary Gladstar

Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief; David Winston

Lexicon of Herbal Remedies: ingredients, medical effects, application; Anne Iburg

Secret herbal cures to combat sickness; David Juan

The Sacred Herbs; Theresa Meuse


Next chess move

A new date has been arranged for the cancelled chess program of Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the New Glasgow Library that was cancelled due to a winter storm. For those interested patrons that contacted our office regarding this program, we thank you for your continued interest and can say the guest speaker, Don Bidgood, will be in our New Glasgow Library community room on Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. Bidgood will give an informal talk on chess and offer advice on how those attending can establish a new chess club. 

The initial announcement of this program in early January garnered a surprising level of interest from chess players within the county. In response, Bidgood, a long-time chess organizer, player and community volunteer agreed to journey to Pictou County from his home in Dartmouth to offer guidance. For more information on this program, you can call our Regional Library headquarters at 755-6031.

Organizations: New Glasgow Library, Pictou Public Library, Stellarton Public Library Regional Library

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Sochi, Russia Pictou County Dartmouth

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