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At the Library - Trecia Schell

To welcome in spring, April is Amnesty Month at the library, no overdue fees will be charged.

It’s time to check under the beds, the bottom of drawers, behind the desk and in the back corner of the closet for those long lost library books and bring them back to the library. If a lost library item is returned to the library at any time, your lost item fees are refunded.

And, if overdue fees weighing you down we have a great solution for that too. The library is also offering our fantastic Food for Fines program from April 1 to 30. For each good quality, non-perishable food item (a can, box, or package) that is donated at the library, the library will forgive $3 of your overdue library fees. It’s time to clean up those overdue library fees and help make a difference in our community too.


Learning is for life

Adult learning impacts our economies, our communities and our future. This week is Adult Learners Week and 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(www.nsalw.ca). In Pictou County, we have several special events to highlight that week. We invite you to drop by, participate, and ask yourself, “what did you learn today?”


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

This year we are graciously hosted by the NSCC Pictou Campus, who is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Join us to celebrate the launch of NSALW on Tuesday, April 1 (7 p.m.) at the NSCC Pictou Campus (Library) in Stellarton. 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. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.


Discover your Roots

Karen MacLeod, our reference clerk and resident genealogy expert will give an evening session on Wednesday, April 2 (7 p.m.) at the New Glasgow Library on how to use the free library edition of Ancestry.ca to research your family history.


Check it out! …Experience a living library

We are hosting a living library event at the New Glasgow Library to celebrate Adult Learners Week. Drop by and join us on Thursday, April 3 on your way home from work or later on (from 3 to 8 p.m.) – and check out a really big book, a living book. Each hour we will have three different people present - an artist, a juggler, an activist, a nutritionist, a musician, a travelling librarian, a poet, an environmentalist and more.

We invite you to have an experience with an interesting person from our community, who will share their story, talent, skill, energy and expertise - with you. All are welcome, and deliciously healthy light refreshments provided by BaKED Food 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, Launch of Nova Scotia Adult Learners Week 2014, PiCCoLA board Pictou County Continuous Learning Association UNICEF Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Geographic location: Pictou County, Stellarton

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