Family fun flourishes at the library

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At the Library - Holly MacLean

Summer is often a time to gather with family, whether it’s to celebrate achievements or catch up on the latest news and stories in each other’s lives.

Regardless of family size and dynamics, the public library has activities the whole family can take part in. People can visit branches throughout Pictou County for family-friendly activities, or they can access PARL services in other ways that may be more convenient for them.


Making a family trip to the local library

There are plenty of opportunities for family-friendly fun at branches throughout Pictou County. To celebrate the start of STREAM, PARL’s Summer Reading Club for children ages five and up, we will be having a Superhero Party, Thursday, July 3 from 1–3 p.m. at our New Glasgow branch. Children are encouraged to dress as their favourite superhero and pick up a logbook to track their learning activities throughout the six-week program. Once their logbook is complete, they are given a chance to win a brand new bicycle.

The theme of STREAM for PARL’s summer reading program stands for ‘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.

Movies can also be a good way to fit in family time while connecting with other families in the area. Starting July 4 at 1 p.m. until the end of August, the Pictou Library will be hosting Family Movie Matinees every Friday afternoon that include classics such as “Free Willy” and “Where the Red Fern Grows,” along with newer releases like “The Lego Movie.”

For families trying to keep in touch long-distance, visit a C@P site located in library branches throughout Pictou County. These computer kiosks with access to the Internet are provided in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community Access Program (C@P).

Staying cool while the heat rises in the summer can be challenging, but our New Glasgow, Trenton and River John branches provide an air-conditioned, cool atmosphere to relax and learn.

Reminder – all library branches, including PARL Headquarters, will be closed on Canada Day, July 1, but our book drop-off box and online services are always available. Have a safe and happy holiday.

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: Reading Club, Superhero Party, Pictou Library

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow, Trenton River John

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