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At the Library - Trecia Schell

If you’re a regular visitor to our online library services, you may have noticed a few changes this past week. Over the Easter weekend, the provincial library started its upgrading project with the computer programs that manage our library collections.

As a visitor to the library’s online virtual services, you will notice these changes most.  And with the changes there are also some new updated features too. For example, when you log in with your library card, to check your library account – you can choose to suspend your hold requests for library items (i.e. if you will not have time to read that new book you have requested until June 15, you can specify that date).

If you discover some issues, problems, glitches or need some help, please let us know and thank you for your patience.


Amnesty month, for library fines end on April 30

The library’s “Food for Fines” program is only here for a short while until April 30. For each non-perishable Food Bank donation we receive during April, the library will forgive $3 of your overdue fees.


May is Gaelic Awareness Month and Asian Heritage Month

During the month of May, the local Gaelic council Féis na h-Aibhne Móire (Festival of the Big River) will be hosting a series of “Introduction to Gaelic” classes for beginners on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. (May 1, 8 and 15) at the New Glasgow Library. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in on the fun of learning a new old language.

For more information, please call the New Glasgow Library (752-8233) or email abhainnmhor@gmail.com.


In recognition of May being Asian Heritage Month, Dr. Bill Wong will present a three-part series of talks on the history of the Wong family in Canada on Friday evenings in May (7 p.m.) at the New Glasgow Library, beginning Friday May 9, followed by May 23 and 30.

•       Part 1:  "From China To New Glasgow: The Story of My Father's Immigration to Canada in 1919"

•       Part 2:  "Restaurants and Laundries"

•       Part 3:  "The Wong Family in Nova Scotia"


One million steps for Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association in partnership with Senior’s Outreach, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Libraries and through generous sponsorship in part with the United Way, will be hosting a series of activities leading up to a final event planned for June 1. The activities and June 1 event is in support of “WEAAD” - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day originated in Madrid in April 2002 when countries throughout the world adopted the United Nations International Plan of Action on Ageing.

The plan of action identified that mistreatment of older adults was a violation of internationally recognized human rights. We would like to invite you to take part in our WEAAD project by adding your steps to our grand total count. Information registration kits may be picked up (and returned) at your local public library.

For further information, please contact Mary MacLellan at senior’s outreach (752-8406) or Jan Keefe at the Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Office (755-2886, crimeprevention@bellaliant.net ).


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, Food Bank, Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association United Way Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Office

Geographic location: Canada, Big River, China New Glasgow Nova Scotia Madrid

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