The library can be a sanctuary

At the Library - Trecia Schell

Published on August 4, 2014

Libraries are often a place of refuge and sanctuary by providing shelter from the elements.

Although these days as a busy hub of community activities for all ages, public libraries are rarely quiet for very long periods of time. It can be the open spaces with comfy chairs and wide tables, or an engaging library program to try something new, or maybe it is the public computer access to do research or reach out to family and friends in far-off places.  

Sanctuary can be a community-wide shared experience, or an intensely personal discovery while reading (or listening to) a book.  And we know books are best loved, when read and shared.

At Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL), one of the International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA) core values we actively support is the freedom of access to information and the freedom of expression, as embodied in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The belief that people, communities and organizations need universal and equitable access to information, ideas and works of imagination for their social, educational, cultural, democratic and economic well-being. Everyone is welcome to visit the library, and to become a library member – the only requirement we ask of our library patrons is to respectfully share and enjoy our public library spaces.


“Life on the home front during the Great War”

Our new multimedia project featuring local news vignettes and stories of life here in the county during the time of the Great War officially launches this week. It is easily accessible from the library’s home page at  New online resources and library materials (books and DVDs) are also being added all the time - so please check back frequently, and register for an automatic e-mail notification of the weekly newspaper posts.

And a reminder, that we are very fortunate to have noted historian Dr. Ross Hebb, drop by the New Glasgow Library on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 11:30 a.m. for a reading and presentation of literally - his new ‘hot off the presses’ book, ‘Letters Home.’ The book tells the story of Canadian soldiers, from recruitment to return, in their own words with personal letters gathered from public archives and relatives who fought in the First World War. There will be a local bookseller present if you wish to purchase a personal copy, and the library will have a copy added to our collection.


Please help!

The wonderful Friends of the River John Library have purchased some new library shelving for us and we need your help to clear the shelves! This week, please drop by the River John Public Library and borrow a bag (or more) of books, and help us clear our shelves of adult fiction and large print.  For more information, please contact the library at 351-2599.

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