A new twist on the traditional

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At the Library - Holly MacLean

The library - a place where learning through books and programs happen. 

While some associate libraries as buildings where books are housed and free programming takes place, there are plenty of opportunities associated with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library that put a new twist on the traditional.


Reading Events + Cyber Camps – free fun for all!

While PARL has a number of book clubs throughout the county starting up in the fall, for those who are on the go and don’t want to commit to a book club, One Book Nova Scotia is a province-wide community reading event for adults.

This initiative, started three years ago by Libraries Nova Scotia, encourages Nova Scotians to read/listen to, discuss and get excited about the same book. The book choice for 2014 is called ‘Roost’ by Ali Bryan, and there will be a reading from her book in the Antigonish Town and County Library, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Copies are available at various libraries throughout Pictou County.

To be a part of the discussion online, follow them on Twitter at @1bookNS and like One Book Nova Scotia on Facebook. For more information on the initiative, visit www.1bns.ca.


The phrase ‘providing stimulating programming for children’ definitely takes on a new meaning as the Nova Scotia Community Access Program (C@P) continues to deliver free cyber camps at libraries throughout Pictou County. New this year, there will be MaKey MaKey cyber camps and drop-in sessions for children five years of age and older.

MaKey MaKey, created by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum of the MIT Media Lab, is a simple invention kit that allows users to turn everyday objects into touchpads, using the MaKey MaKey alligator clips, and a USB cable. With the kits, kids can invent new devices, instruments, and controllers, or remix familiar objects - as long as they are adequately conductive. For example, bananas can become pianos, or Play-D’oh can be shaped into Nintendo controllers. These kits were at C@P sites in the Antigonish area for the past couple of weeks. Now they’re making their way to Pictou County. For more information on C@P cyber camps, go to our events page at www.parl.ns.ca or contact your local library.


A reminder about our “Spot the Books by Mail banner” contest, enter to win a Koboarc 7 eReader donated by the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program. Contest rules are you must be a rural resident of Pictou or Antigonish Counties and have a PARL library card. Entries can only 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 until Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.


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, Events + Cyber Camps, Antigonish Town and County Library MIT Media Lab Nintendo

Geographic location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Antigonish

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