What’s your choice? Fiction or non-fiction?

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A common topic of conversation among our staff and patrons is one’s reading preference over fiction or non-fiction?  This month both camps will be pleased as we have two readings of note coming up that are sure to satisfy either taste in reading. 

The first event on our calendar will be a reading by veteran journalist, Dan Leger, as he reads from his controversial, non-fiction book “Duffy: Stardom to Senate to Scandal” at the New Glasgow Public Library Community Room on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Given our love of reading about politics and fallen public figures, the book will likely remain popular as long as the Senate scandal remains unresolved. 

For fiction fans, you can catch up with author Linda Little for a pre-launch reading of her much-anticipated new novel, “Grist,” at the River John Public Library on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. The following evening, April 23 at 7 p.m., she will host its Pictou County launch at the New Glasgow Public Library.

Her third work of fiction, this is a historical novel inspired by Linda’s years of working in the Balmoral Grist Mill Museum. As with her two previous, multiple award winning works, “Strong Hollow” and “Scotch River,” “Grist” is also set amid the rolling hills of Nova Scotia’s north shore.

In this outing the protagonist is Penelope MacLaughlin, a young woman who struggles to build a life with just her stubborn determination and the grist mill she is left to run, located up the lonely Gunn River. Little will introduce the novel, share some of her favorite excerpts and welcome questions and discussion afterward. Copies of the new publication will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments and oak cakes will complete the evening.  


Programs re-appear

Due to a spate of inclement weather cancellations, we have a few programs that are just too important to forget. The first item is the Nova Scotia Adult Learners Week event at the NSCC Pictou Campus (Stellarton) on Tuesday, April 8 at 2 p.m. with Donald Norris, an adult learner and member of the Pictou County Continuous Learning Association, and Sheree Fitch with her keynote address, “A Yearning and a Burning to keep on Learning.”   

Secondly, the PiCCoLA (the Pictou County Continuous Learning Association) will now host ‘The Magic of Reading’ with Mr. J. on Wednesday, April 23 at 2 p.m. 

Lastly, after two cancellations, the program on playing chess has a new date, firmly situated in warm, snow-free weather on Wednesday, May14 at 6 p.m. The program’s host, Don Bidgood has graciously agreed to visit the New Glasgow Library on this new date to host a program for anyone interested in learning about chess and the possibility of forming a club.  


Late or lost book reminder 

Don’t forget Amnesty Month takes place during April so you can return late or lost books and not be charged any fees. Also during April, patrons can take advantage of our Food for Fines program by donating a quality, non-perishable food item (can, box, or package) in lieu of $3 toward of your overdue library fees. For complete details, visit us online atwww.parl.ns.ca.

Organizations: New Glasgow Public Library Community Room, River John Public Library, Pictou County Continuous Learning Association Balmoral Grist Mill Museum Nova Scotia Adult Learners Week PiCCoLA New Glasgow Library

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Gunn River

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