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At the Library - Trecia Schell

This coming week and next, we have a cornucopia of interesting programs at the library – for the heart, mind, and soul - from silly putty WordPlay, to an anything-but-tepid talk on teas, and a Living Library Experience.

Preparing for National Poetry Month

From verse to villanelle, how do we use our poet hearts? Words are the building blocks of all genres; plays, poetry, fiction. Our final few writing workshops with Sheree Fitch, our Writer-in-Residence at the library are wrapping with two workshops on poetry at the Westville Library (396-5022). We have Silly Putty Serious Stuff! on Thursday, March 20 from 6-7:30 p.m.

This is a workshop for adults who want to play with, work with and meditate on the power of The Word! Followed by a poetry workshop for all levels, Poetry - Pure & Simple! on Thursday March 27 from 6-7:30p.m.

A Cuppa?

Tea retailer and aficionado, Fred Baines, will host a relaxing evening of chatting about our love of tea, on Tuesday, March 25 (7 p.m.) at the New Glasgow Library. As an importer of fine teas, he will touch on his work and travels as a tea importer, a brief history of tea trading between the Far East and England, the many types of tea, how to brew the perfect cup and of course, there will be plenty of free samples of his finest blends for everyone before, during and after his talk.

What did you learn today? …Learning is for life

The week of March 29–April 6, 2014 is Nova Scotia Adult Learners Week. Adult learning impacts our economies, our communities and our future. This week, across the province we are taking the time to honour the people, the partners and the opportunities that are helping to make a world of difference, starting right here at home! The NS Adult Learners’ Week Committee is a grassroots collaboration of volunteers and member organizations throughout the province.

Our activities are inspired by UNESCO International Adult Learners’ Week, in the spirit of events worldwide to enable learners to express views, describe challenges and document successes. Check our website for information on events, learner stories and to find out more about our partners (www.nsalw.ca). In Pictou County, we have two special events to highlight that week.

A Yearning and a Burning, to keep on Learning: keynote address by Sheree Fitch for the Launch of Adult Learners Week 2014 in Pictou County.

Join us to celebrate the launch of NS Adult Learners Week 2014 in Pictou County on Tuesday, April 1 (7 p.m.) at the NSCC Pictou Campus (Library) in Stellarton. This year we are graciously hosted by the NSCC Pictou Campus, who is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary… 50 years of Learning.

We welcome Donald Norris, an adult learner and member of the PiCCOLA board (Pictou County Continuous Learning Association) to share his story, followed by a keynote address by Sheree Fitch, a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, a passionate literacy advocate and our current Writer-in-Residence at Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. Weaving story and poetry throughout her presentation, Sheree Fitch, will share what she has learned as an adult learner herself, as, an educator working with adult learners. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

Check it out! …Experience a Living Library

To celebrate Adult Learner's week, we're hosting a Living Library event at the New Glasgow Library. Drop by and join us on Thursday, April 3, on your way home from work or later on (from 3-8 p.m.) – and check out a really big book, a living book! We invite you to have an experience with an interesting person from our community, who will share their story, talent, skill, energy, expertise - with you. To name a few - A poet, a writer, a juggler, an artist, a chief librarian, a LGBT activist, a nutritionist, a pianist, an environmentalist, a ukulele enthusiast, community garden gardeners, or have a conversation in Spanish and Russian. And all part of the learning experience too, deliciously healthy food provided by BaKED Café.

For more information on upcoming library programs, special events and services, please drop by your local library branch, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, or visit us online at www.parl.ns.ca.

Organizations: New Glasgow Library, Living Library Experience, Westville Library NS Adult Learners’Week Committee UNESCO Launch of Adult Learners Week 2014 NS Adult Learners Week 2014 PiCCOLA board Pictou County Continuous Learning Association UNICEF Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Geographic location: Pictou County, Far East, England Stellarton

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