Library celebrating N.S. Walk Day

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At the Library - Trecia Schell

Pictou County it’s time to head out for a community stroll with the milder temperatures in May.

Once again, the library is the gathering point for several community walks on Wednesday, May 14 to celebrate Heart & Stroke Walkabout’s N.S. Walk Day. So far, Nova Scotians have logged nearly 2 billion steps and it is time to celebrate. Grab your friends, your colleagues, your neighbour, or your dog and enjoy a walk.

At the moment, library-destined walks are currently being planned for Westville, (9 a.m.), Pictou (11:30 a.m.), Stellarton (3 p.m.) and River John (5 p.m.). All are welcome to join us, and light refreshments will be served post-walk at the library. For more information, please drop by the library, or visit us online at or


What’s new in NovaStory?

This week, two new digital projects have been added to the Nova Scotia Books, Documents and Pamphlets section of the collection. “Nova Scotia's Part in the Great War” by M. S. Hunt is a compilation, which provides a review of military units mobilized or organized in Nova Scotia for service in the Great War. The information was obtained from war records available at the time, as well as personal war diaries and interviews. The chapters contain extensive personnel lists and a number of portraits of Nova Scotians who contributed to the war effort. 


And the second new project addition is the “Paris Leave Map.” Originally published in 1945 by the Canadian Forces Hospitality and Information Bureau, this unique map of Parisian resources provided Canadian troops with a guide to the sights and entertainments of "La Ville-Lumière" ("The City of Light"). 


A big thank you!

Karen MacLeod, our Reference and Heritage Clerk, will be retiring from her position on May 30.

Karen has been an integral member of the regional library staff providing genealogy and research services to the public, the municipalities and various other organizations in our community. She has also been an ambassador for the library and our region, providing these services to researchers across North America and the globe and inviting them to come to our area to continue their research.

For many of these visitors their first stop when they arrived would often be to see Karen at the New Glasgow Library. Over the years Karen also worked closely with the Pictou County Roots Society, helping to foster a great collection of local history and genealogy resources that will continue to be available to help serve the public in these areas of interest.

Karen has been an employee with the regional library for almost 25 years, but she has pointed out that more importantly she has been a patron of the library system for over 60 years. While she will be missed in her current role we are sure that she will continue to be a committed user and ambassador of library services wherever her travels take her.


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

Organizations: Canadian Forces Hospitality and Information Bureau, New Glasgow Library, Pictou County Roots Society

Geographic location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Westville Stellarton River John Light North America

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