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Libraries build community connections


If you’ve dropped by or passed by a public library lately, during open hours (or even after hours) you might have noticed how busy we’ve become as community centres and centres of community, inside and outside.

Our welcoming presence we hope extends beyond our front door, and down the sidewalk. From community gardens, benches, bike racks and small parks on our doorsteps, to comfy couches in our reading areas. Whether it is online or on foot, by phone or in person, or just strolling by to borrow a Wi-Fi signal to surf the Net and send an email. We do, sincerely, welcome you. 

Our welcoming presence we hope extends beyond our front door, and down the sidewalk. From community gardens, benches, bike racks and small parks on our doorsteps, to comfy couches in our reading areas. Whether it is online or on foot, by phone or in person, or just strolling by to borrow a Wi-Fi signal to surf the Net and send an email. We do, sincerely, welcome you. 

Our libraries are warm places from the cold, and cool places from the heat. They are dry shelters from the rain, and clean public restrooms when you really need them! We’re an accessible phone for an emergency call, and a first aid kit. And sometimes a sheltered location for a lifeline - a public payphone (which are still very well used and yet sadly, have become quite rare and hard to find in working order), and an AED station (a heart defibrillator).

We’re comfy cozy chairs, and a table.  We’re photocopiers, and FAX machines, with spare paper and pencils. We’re a community bulletin board full of fundraising events, prayer worship gatherings and dance classes. We’re coloring books with crayons, LEGOS, and Jigsaw puzzles. We’re large community rooms and a single round table circled with chairs. We’re filled with volunteers gathering together helping other community members, sharing their knowledge and learning together, and making a difference. We’re babies learning to socialize through singing and fingerplay, and preschoolers learning to read and write.

We’re a moment of respite for caregivers.  We’re tweens, teens and young adults discovering technology and new worlds. We’re adults finding escape, new possibilities, and rediscovering our youth. We’re drop-in “as you wish” programs for busy families on weekends. Sometimes we’re the place for a warm cuppa tea and conversation about the weather, to talk to someone about your day. We strive to be inclusive spaces. And above all, we’re a friendly face and we hope to know your name when you come and visit us soon.

This week, we have lots of special programming on at the library for March Break, for the young and the young-at-heart! From creating Cardboard Castles to constructing LEGO challenges, competing in Gigantic Game Olympics, to making backyard bird feeders, crafting mats from t-shirts to upcyling art, oh and a guided walking tour of Ireland! All the programs are listed in the library’s events calendar online at www.parl.ns.ca, and as a printed brochure available at any library branch.

Thanks to an amazing group of dedicated volunteers in Pictou County, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program continues to be offered on Thursdays in the Library Headquarters program room in New Glasgow until April 27. Appointments for filing simple (uncomplicated) tax returns for seniors and persons of low-income may be made by calling the regional library headquarters at (902) 755-6031. Library headquarters is fully accessible, and is located above the New Glasgow Public Library.


 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.

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