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At the Library - Holly MacLean

There is something special about the summer, especially digging your feet in the sand and listening to the sound of waves rolling in. Whether it is a trip to one of the many local beaches, or a relaxing weekend at the cottage, the warm summer weather is also a good opportunity to put up your feet, relax and read. Thankfully, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) with branches throughout Pictou County has plenty of options for a memorable summer reading experience.


Rest, relaxation and reading

Here are a few suggestions for adults to start their summer reading adventure with:

• “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” by Joshua Ferris. This book revolves around character Paul O'Rourke, who loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. Someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and what begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something much more.

• “Maya's Notebook” by Isabel Allende. This novel follows 19-year-old Maya Vidal after the death of her beloved grandfather, and her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life.

• “The Woman Upstairs” by Claire Messud. This is the story of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own. Told with urgency, intimacy and piercing emotion, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill--and the devastating cost--of embracing an authentic life.


Summer fun beyond the books

Summer fun can also be found at PARL’s branches throughout the county. If you’re in the Pictou area for the Lobster Carnival, bring the family to some of the programs and events at the Pictou Public Library. In addition to regular programming, there will be Lego Lobster Building on Friday, July 11 at 3 p.m. The lobster Lego kits were donated by Lego and the Pictou Lobster Carnival Committee.

Once completed, each child can take their crustacean creation home with them. If you’re interested in pre-registering for this event, or for more information on other events at the Pictou branch, please call (902) 485-5021 or visit for more details.

For those craving a creative outlet, the Trenton Public Library will be holding ‘Crafty Saturday,’ July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme for this month’s Crafty Saturday is ‘At the Beach,’ for more information or to register please contact (902) 755-6031.

Also, a reminder that STREAM, PARL’s free summer reading program for children ages 5 and older is starting up at branches throughout Pictou County. The theme of STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, new Experiences, Arts, and 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.

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 Public Library, Pictou Lobster Carnival Committee Trenton Public Library

Geographic location: Pictou County, Chile

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