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At The Library by Trecia Schell

Published on July 16, 2017

Congratulations to all our June winners for our Big Book Club @Library monthly prize draw, and thank you for sharing with us (and our library patrons) the books you’ve read.

June was a busy month with well over 200 entries. Let’s keep those book recommendations flowing!  “Couldn’t put it down until I finished it” or “…couldn’t pay me to read past page 2” – we’d love to know.

Drop on by and check out a book on our ‘Readers Recommend’ shelves today! The lucky winners in June include Eunice Kunst, Jocelyn Cruickshank, Tara Gillis, Rosalie Briggs and Debbie Benteau. The next draw will be at the end of July, and the grand prize draws (for an adult bike, and two weekend stays at the Holiday Inn Express – Stellarton) will happen at the end of August. Many thanks to our program sponsor, the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program and community partner, the Holiday Inn Express – Stellarton.

Vacation reads

Forgot to bring a book with you on vacation? Oh no! Sadly, we know that happens sometimes. To prevent that tragedy, the library has donated some awesome beach reads (and car trip entertainment materials for all ages) to locations at several of our local provincial parks and tourism information centres.

Nestled in a quiet corner of the registration office at Caribou Provincial Park and the canteen/kiosk shelter at Melmerby Provincial Park, you may have noticed a small, shelf of books or a box of books. During the summer months, the library re-gifts some extra copies of good, newish books that have been donated to the library (that we do not need). They are free and happy to travel with visitors to the area. Little Library-in-a-boxes may also be found at the Visitors Centre at the Pictou Rotary, the Northumberland Ferries Visitors Centre in Caribou, the Arisaig Lighthouse & Lobster Interpretive Centre and the Tuna Interpretive Centre in Ballantyne’s Cove.

Seasonal programs

Summer reading club programs for the tall and the small continue at the library this week, with lots of drop-in as you wish programs – from Storytime in the Park, Engineering Challenges with LittleBots kits, to the ever popular LEGOS and funtastic puppet shows. Drop by your local library for more information, or visit us online at www.parl.ns.ca.

Author visit

And to wrap up the week, we have a special treat for local book clubbers. Author Lesley Crewe will be in town to share her books with us and behind the scenes stories on Friday, July 21, 7 p.m. at the New Glasgow library (and Saturday, July 22 at the Antigonish Town & County library at 2 p.m.).

Some of the books she'll be reading from include Relative Happiness, Mary Mary and Amazing Grace. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing.  

This reading is sponsored by the Libraries150 project, 150 Books of Influence: a booklist to commemorate Nova Scotia's literary heritage, and a grant by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage. For more information about the 150 NS Books List project (and to submit your recommendations in 150 words or less!), please visit www.150booksns.​ca.

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.

 

Trecia Schell is the community services librarian and branch librarian for Books-by-Mail, River John, Stellarton & Trenton Public Libraries.