Storytime isn’t just for kids

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At the Library - Holly MacLean

It seems as though Atlantic Canadians know how to tell a story; it’s woven in the fabric of our culture.

Storytime is a staple at many libraries when it comes to children’s programming, however there are plenty of reasons why people of all ages benefit from sharing stories –and the local library is a good place to start.

With the launch of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library’s (PARL) new blog, Life on the Home Front: Antigonish and Pictou Counties during the Great War 1914-1918, people are able to learn more about the impact that the First World War had on our community and the people who lived here. The stories and snippets of articles that were published 100 years ago show that, although the community looked different back then, some key events continue to have a lasting impact and shape the community we live in.

In addition to the blog, PARL has an expanded digital and reference collection related to the First World War available to the public, along with resources for those interested in researching their past. The Heritage Room, located in the New Glasgow Public Library in partnership with the Pictou County Roots Society, has a wealth of print material, information on microfilm, free access to the website and a heritage clerk to guide them. On the PARL website people can also access the province-wide Novastory digital collection.


Sharing stories at the library

For those who are interested in the art of storytelling, the Town of New Glasgow will be having Nova Scotian children’s author Sheree Fitch present ‘Everyone has a story - Writing for your LIFE’ on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in the New Glasgow Public Library Community Room.


For those in the Pictou area, join author Mona MacDonald as she reads from her ‘Anchored in Time’ books for PARL’s Seniors Café speakers’ series on Monday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Pictou Public Library. MacDonald’s ‘Anchored in Time’ books highlight the lives of families in the Seafoam and Toney River area throughout the years.


A reminder about PARL’s ‘Spot the Books by Mail banner’ contest to win a Koboarc 7 eReader, running until Monday, Sept. 15. Entries can only be made by email at or by calling 1-877-779-7761 and disclosing the location of the banner, library card number and your name.

Contest rules are you must be a rural resident of Pictou or Antigonish Counties and have a PARL library card. This service allows library cardholders, 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

Organizations: Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, Pictou County Roots Society, New Glasgow Public Library Community Room Pictou Public Library

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow, Toney River

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