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At the Library - Holly MacLean

At a glance, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) and their branches throughout Pictou County have many options for learning.

In addition to books, libraries offer free programs, talks, films and online forums that can expand your mind. It’s amazing what happens when people talk. At PARL’s branches throughout the county there are opportunities to sit in on free public talks with a range of topics; this week is Pictou County Pride Week.

To celebrate Pictou County Pride Week, there will be a free public forum at the New Glasgow Public Library in the Community Room on June 25, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.


Learning through film

For the more visual, film is a relaxing way to learn more about the world. As a participant in the National Film Board (NFB) Film Club, PARL is able to offer monthly, free screenings at the New Glasgow and River John branches.

The last screening before the NFB Film Club series starts up again in the fall will be in River John on June 26 starting at 6:15 p.m. This month’s documentary is called “Hi-Ho Mistahey!” It tells the story of ‘Shannen’s Dream,’ a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children.


Summer fun for the whole family

This week, PARL is kicking off its summer reading program for children ages five to 12 with registration on Wednesday, June 25. This summer the library has an exciting whole new program, full of hands-on learning experiences and fun for the whole family to participate together. The theme is STREAM, as in ‘S’ for science, ‘T’ for technology, ‘R’ for reading, ‘E’ for new experiences, ‘A’ is for arts, and ‘M’ is for math.

With sessions like ‘Hogwarts Hijinks’ and ‘Creative Fun’ this program gives kids a way to explore their communities and have fun – all at the same time. And as an added bonus, if you register before July 11 your name goes into a draw for a chance to win a Nova Scotia Museums family pass. Contact your nearest library branch for more details, or visit us online at


Also starting in July, we have the return of our summer drop-in programs, including the Family Storytimes at several of our libraries. These are drop-in ‘as you wish’ programs for families with young children (babies to preschoolers). Story times will be on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. at the New Glasgow Library and 10:30 a.m. at the Pictou Library, Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m. at the Stellarton Library, and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Pictou Library.


Summer loan period

Beginning this week at the library, we have started our ‘extended summer loan’ program.  Upon request at the checkout desk, library patrons can ask for an extended borrowing period for their library materials. Please note though, extended summer loans are not available for new books, items with holds, bestsellers or videos.

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: Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, Pictou County Pride Week, New Glasgow Library National Film Board NFB Film Club First Nations Pictou Library Family Storytimes Stellarton Library

Geographic location: River John, Pictou County, New Glasgow

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