Library finds new use for county property

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PICTOU – A local library is making good use of some unused county property.

Eric Stackhouse, chief librarian of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, recently asked county councilors for permission to use banner posts in the county to promote its books by mail program.

He said the books by mail program is a success because it allows rural residents to have access to library materials through the mail, free of charge, but like any program, it needs to promoted a little better.

“The library board and staff have been thinking about ways to promote the program in rural areas of the county,” he said.

He said the library is planning to use the usual promotion tools through the media and mail outs, but it also wants to make use of banner posts that once held “We are Working Wonders” banners in rural areas that were once used by the local regional development agency.

Stackhouse said the banner posts are sitting vacant since that campaign ended and now that the local regional development agency has been shut down, the posts are owned by the county.

The library has ordered about 18 banners to be placed on these posts that will promote the books by mail program.  He added that the library will look after installation and maintenance of the banners and their posts so all he needed was permission from council to use them.  The total project will cost the library about $2,000 that was obtained through a grant program.

“I think this is a great idea,” said Coun. Robert Parker. “Congratulations on you and your staff for doing a lot of good work at library. There was time when a lot of people felt do we really need libraries anymore?  But they said that about movie theatres and now you go to movie theatres and they are packed.”

Council granted Stackhouse permission to use banners poles to promote the program and wished him luck with the project. 

Organizations: Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

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  • Paul Veniot
    May 26, 2014 - 06:17

    Eric Stackhouse and his staff have always been innovative in finding new ways to reach out to the public. Congratulations. PARL should be an example to other government agencies on how to deal with the public while staying within their budget constraints.