At the Library - Trecia Schell
Summer is just peeking around the corner, with all its possibilities. From family vacations, beach reads, hiking trails to backyard projects – and the library can help you will all of that, from 100’s of books and magazines, to lots of online resources too.
The library’s a great spot to go on rainy days, to borrow a movie, or play with some LEGO; and on sunny days to escape the heat. Our branches in River John, New Glasgow and Trenton are air-conditioned.
Another great information resource on family activities to do in Pictou (and Antigonish, and Guysborough counties) is the Highland Connect website, www.highlandconnect.ca. The website has recently been redesigned, and has a great listing (with maps!) of all our local trails. You can also call your local recreation department or Active Pictou County for information, or visit the library and use one of our public access computers to surf the site. Highland Connect is an online directory of information about over 1,000+ Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough County community physical activity, sport and recreation activities, programs, opportunities and facilities … from children’s programs, community organizations to competitive sports leagues, and more. The website can be searched by many facets - such as community name, county or region; or age, or through a quick list of sports activity keywords.
And not to forget, this week is Bike Week in Pictou County. From June 6-15, if you ride your bike to the library and show us your bike helmet, we have prizes to give away - from lights, bells, reflective bands and more. For more information on the schedule of weeklong events being held around the county visit www.activepictoucounty. ca.
If you happen to have visited one of our local provincial parks in Caribou and Melmerby, the N.S. tourist information centre at the rotary in Pictou or the visitors centre at the Northumberland Ferries Terminal in the past two years, you may have noticed a small crate of books perched on a counter with a “Library-in-a-box” sign. The box contains ‘extra’ books from the public library. During the summer months, these are books that we have repurposed (or re-gifted) from donations received that we do not need.
The library sorts through all book donations received, and if we already have copies of that book, then we will then donate these books again - often to the YMCA Book Sale and other organizations. So, if you find yourself travelling, and in a pinch without a book – please take one, enjoy reading, and pass it along to family and friends.
The Library-in-a-box is already in place at the N.S. tourist information centre and the visitors centre at the ferry. It will soon return to the Caribou and Melmerby Provincial Parks as they open for the season.
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.