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At the Library - Holly MacLean

Knowledge is a powerful thing. 

This summer, the Nova Scotia Community Access Program will be holding workshops at various C@P sites throughout the county – including libraries. These workshops range in topic, from creating comic strips to using computer software and can help users build their electronic resume, use the computer to communicate with friends and family and receive one-on-one training. To learn more about NSCAP workshops being offered, contact a local library or visit PARL’s events calendar online at www.parl.ns.ca.

Another important program Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) is proud to partner with to help young children and families learn together is the ‘Adopt-A-Library’ literacy program (AALLP). Lead by Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. John Kennedy, the mission of this program is to encourage and enable community partners to prevent criminal behaviour through the promotion of literacy among young people. His slogan “Fighting Crime One Book at a Time” epitomizes this approach and this year the AALLP will be celebrating its 14th anniversary.

 

Learning through others

Sometimes libraries set the stage for events and programs that people can learn from. In River John, join Gloria Grandy at the River John Library for ‘Share a Yarn’ on Friday, Aug. 8, 15, and 22 (10-11 a.m.) as she couples her passion for knitting and crocheting with conversation. Please bring your own yarn, needles and hooks.

In the New Glasgow area, learn more about the lasting impact the First World War (1914-1918) had on the Maritimes as Dr. Ross Hebb reads from his book ‘Letters from Home’ at the New Glasgow Public Library, Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 11:30 a.m. With personal letters gathered from public archives and relatives who fought in the First World War, this book tells the story of Canadian soldiers, from recruitment to return, in their own words. The reading will be timely as we approach the 100th anniversary of the First World War (1914-1918), and will signify the launch of PARL’s four-year multimedia project “Life on the Homefront: Life in Pictou and Antigonish Counties during the Great War (1914-1918).”

 

Look up; look way up!

PARL’s beautiful and bright Books by Mail banners are the inspiration for our new contest – the “Spot the Books by Mail banner” (BBM) contest. Enter to win a Koboarc 7 eReader. Contest rules are you must be a rural resident of Pictou or Antigonish Counties and have a PARL library card. Entries can be made by email at BBM@nsngp.library.ns.ca or by calling 1-877-779-7761 and disclosing the location of the banner, library card number and the individual’s name. The contest runs from Monday, July 28 – Monday, Sept. 15.

About Books by Mail – the BBM service allows library card holders, who are rural residents of Pictou County, to borrow books delivered to their mailboxes (with return postage), free of charge.

 

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.

Organizations: Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const., River John Library New Glasgow Public Library

Geographic location: Pictou County, River John, New Glasgow

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