Family Literacy Day activities upcoming

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At the Library - Steve MacLean

The Pictou – Antigonsh Regional Library will mark the national literacy initiative, Family Literacy Day (Monday, Jan. 27), with a week of events and activities at our branches based on this year’s theme, “15 Minutes of Fun.”

To date, the following programs for young readers are set to go: Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Trenton Library invites kids to drop by for a game, craft, and a WordSearch puzzle. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m., the Pictou Library will host author Sheree Fitch as she reads stories and shares her joy for reading.

Watch for more events to be announced next week.


UFO talk to set down at library

One of the greatest, ongoing mysteries of the modern age are UFOs. While most sightings can be explained by conventional means, a small minority of cases persist, remaining unexplained for decades. One of these stories occurred right in our own province the evening of Oct. 4, 1967 on the south shore of Nova Scotia in the fishing village of Shag Harbour when a large number of witnesses saw an object crash into the sea near Barrington Passage. 

Nearly 50 years later, what fell from the sky that night is still a mystery and is the subject of the new book, "Impact to Contact: the Shag Harbour” by Chris Styles and Graham Simms.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., the pair will be at the New Glasgow Library to share the compelling evidence gathered from Styles’ twenty years of investigating the alleged crash. The authors welcome personal stories of UFO encounters from the audience.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Chess knight at the library

Looking to learn a new skill in the New Year? 

On Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. the New Glasgow Public Library invites chess players of all levels of play and ages to join Don Bidgood, chess organizer, life-long chess player and community volunteer, as he gives an informal, introductory talk on chess.

The meeting is open to anyone that is currently playing or used to play and would like explore the possibility of taking part in organizing or attending a new chess club that would meet at the library as a regular program. 


Public info session for new correction facility

The public are invited to a presentation about the new Northeast Nova Scotia Correction Facility (NNSCF) being constructed near Priestville on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the New Glasgow Public Library Community Room.

Superintendent Tim Carroll, NNSCF and Deputy Superintendent Steve MacDonald, Antigonish Correctional Facility will provide a brief overview of the facility including job opportunities, construction timelines and security features. There will be time for some questions following the presentation. For more information, please contact the library at 752-8233 or visit us online at


NovaStory updates

The latest addition to our NovaStory online digital collection, “Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia” will appeal to anyone a musical inclination while providing a good example of our ancestors ability to preserve words and music in non-technical age. 

Published in 1928, this amazing collection of traditional folk songs covering generations of musical history was compiled by William Roy Mackenzie after over many years of research. 

After much work by our diligent staff, all 470 pages of the item has been digitized, and is now live on NovaStory. It can be found online at under the Pictou County Books, Documents and Pamphlets section.

For ease of use, pages within the text can be printed or downloaded as a computer file for emailing. The actual copy of the book rests on a shelf behind protective glass doors at the New Glasgow Library as part of our historical collection.

Organizations: Antigonsh Regional Library, Trenton Library, New Glasgow Library Pictou Library New Glasgow Public Library Community Room Antigonish Correctional Facility Pictou County Books

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Northeast Nova Scotia Correction Facility, Barrington Passage New Glasgow

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