Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day this week

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At the Library - Steve MacLean

To support anti-bullying activities, all branches of the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library will hold a Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Awareness of bullying in all of its forms and locations are well-know due to recent, well –publicized events. To help confront this social problem, on this date our libraries encourage staff and visiting patrons to wear something pink to symbolize our united zero tolerance stance against bullying.

In addition, our branches will have displays of some helpful anti-bullying resources.


Creative Spark at Library

With a long history of supporting the arts in many of its forms, the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library has invited mixed visual artist, M.E. Sparks to present a talk to share her work and creative methods.

Sparks is one of the three current artists taking part in the NSCAD/New Glasgow Community Residency Program and will be at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. 

Sparks invites artists of all types to join her as she reflects on what she has learned about art while studying at NSCAD and the opportunities and challenges she has encountered after graduating. She will give a brief overview of art history, interspersing her own abstract work as an example of how an artist’s vision can evolve while being informed and inspired at an institution such as NSCAD.  She will also take this opportunity to open the art worlds’ ongoing debate concerning abstract art versus representational art.

Primarily a painter in oil and acrylics, she does do some drawing and is always exploring alternative methods of painting, a mix of which will be on display for viewing. 

Keeping busy since graduating, she is recently took part in a show in Halifax and has images in the Margaret George Galley at the Celtic Circle and at Eventide Art Hub.  Following her presentation there will be time to ask questions, talk more about art, and enjoy a hot chocolate. 


Picture this

Photographer and amateur historian, Philip MacKenzie, will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Westville Public Library Seniors’ Café on Wednesday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. as he talks about his recent work on the Downtown New Glasgow Business Photo project and shares his other collections of Pictou County images.

A joint effort with his partner in community projects, Judge Clyde Macdonald Ret., the photo project is sponsored by the Pictou County Roots Society and features fascinating images of Pictou County’s past.   

For anyone planning to attend, please note this program is now in the new time slot of each first Wednesday of the month (occasionally on the second Wednesday). There will be door prizes of two books donated by Macdonald. 


Income tax return a bit easier

Appointments for income tax assistance is back each Thursday at the Regional Library Headquarters office as members of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program sharpen their pencils for another season of tax return help. Each year at this time, the volunteers offer free income tax return assistance for low income as well as seniors in filing tax returns. Appointments can be made by calling our Regional Library headquarters at 755-6031.

If you plan to attend, don’t forget to bring all of your income papers and receipts. As time is limited and demand is high for this free service, please note this program is offered only from 1 to 4 p.m. with the last available appointment of the day at 3:30 p.m.


March Break

As in past years, all of our library branches are planning a host of engaging activities for our younger patrons during the March Break week of Monday, March 10 to Saturday, March 15. Keep an eye on local listings, our online calendar (, our Facebook page and Twitter for dates, details and times.

Organizations: Pictou Antigonish Regional Library, Westville Public Library Seniors, Pictou County Roots Society Regional Library Headquarters

Geographic location: Pictou County, Halifax

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