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Our community is truly a rich and diverse mosaic of many cultures and histories.

Coming up this month and next there are several special programs happening at a public library near you to help sample, experience and understand a bit more of just who we are, and where we come from.

The Cal Best Project touring exhibit

“The Cal Best Project” celebrates the life and legacy of this extraordinary activist with a travelling exhibition that includes a documentary (Simply the Best), and multi-panel bilingual educational display.

James Calbert Best (1926-2007) is one of Pictou County’s outstanding heroes through his dedication to civil rights, and human rights – locally, nationally and internationally, in the community and in the workplace.

Mr. Best was a native of New Glasgow. Throughout his distinguished career, he held many high-level portfolios, and completed his career in the international diplomatic service as Canada’s first black High Commissioner.

Mr. Best was the co-founder of the Civil Service Association of Canada (which became the Public Service Alliance of Canada, PSAC).

We invite you to visit the library, and learn a bit more about this extraordinary Canadian citizen. The exhibit display tour began at the Trenton library last week, and this week it is at the Stellarton Library. 

The exhibit will be on display at library branches around the county during the months of January and February (Westville Library Jan. 22 - 28, Pictou Library Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, Antigonish Library Feb. 4-11, New Glasgow Library Feb. 12 - 18, and River John Library Feb. 19 - 27).

During the month of February, in ongoing recognition of African Heritage Month, the library will also feature three screenings of the accompanying documentary film “Simply the Best: Cal Best” at our libraries in Antigonish (Feb. 10, 7 p.m.), New Glasgow (Feb. 17, 7 p.m.) and River John (Feb. 25, 6:15 p.m.).

The exhibit is on display courtesy of the Workers History Museum and the Public Service Alliance of Canada – Atlantic Region.

Hijab Day

Building on the success of the recent Hijab Day held at the Central Library in Halifax, volunteers with the Multicultural Association of Pictou County will host a hands-on informative session at the New Glasgow Library on Friday, Jan. 22, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a series of information tables about the hijab, its role in Muslim culture and why women wear it. People can also learn more about the Arabic language and culture, and have their name written in Arabic. They will also have information on the situation in Syria, along with the local and national efforts to help Syrian refugees. To learn more, please email info.mapc@gmail.com.

Counting your steps?

The library has Walkabout Heart & Stroke pedometer kits - free for borrowing, all you need is your library card.

Family Literacy Day week

Because one day is not enough, we celebrate Family Literacy Day all week long from Jan. 26 to 30 at the library. Be sure to join us!

There are special activities happening at each of our library branches across the region, from ‘Share your Favorite Story’ & Doodle Table (Trenton), a LEGO Challenge (River John), a Family PJ Party (Westville), a Family Games Night (New Glasgow), a Games Day (Stellarton), a puppet show and fun activities such as ‘Henry and the Giant Pandas’ and ‘Waist Deep with Snowmen’ (Pictou) and guest story readers at some of our children’s programs throughout the week.  

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.

 

 

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