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AT THE LIBRARY: Reaping the rewards of summer reading

BY HOLLY MACLEAN

With sunshine and warm weather comes the need to read.

Thankfully your public library can keep you supplied with plenty of reading material this summer and, if reading for relaxation isn’t enough of a reward, we also have a variety of reading contests for kids, teens and grown-ups alike that have some fun prizes up for grabs!

PARL’s 2018 Summer Reading and Learning Challenge is on until Aug. 23 in public libraries with PARL. After signing up, participants can take part in fun activities and track their progress through their online account.

Kids can collect a prize for every 100 minutes they read, complete various challenges to win additional prizes that can be picked up at the library, and be entered for a chance to win a bicycle, generously donated by the Adopt-a-Library literacy program.

Teens are rewarded for every five hours of reading – winning fun prizes like Goji’s gift cards, game tickets, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy socks and more.

For grown-ups, the Big Book Club is back this year in public libraries until Aug. 31. After reading a book, let the library know what you thought about it with the title and author on a colourful sticky note to be showcased. After that, your name goes in for a monthly draw to win prizes and a chance to win the grand prize – a bicycle on display in the New Glasgow Library location.

Performers galore on tour!

Thanks to Nova Scotia Public Libraries and Nova Scotia Provincial Library, public libraries and locations in Pictou County will be hosting a variety of performers on tour this summer.

On Friday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the River John Library and Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. in Trenton Park, they will be hosting Trevor Gould. Trevor will be speaking to audiences about Mi’kmaw culture, and sharing singing, dancing and drumming. He is the Key Stories Curatorial Assistant at Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, was in the musical “DRUM!” for many years. He also tours with Symphony Nova Scotia doing family shows and presently sings with the Eastern Eagle Singers from Indian Brook.

Nobody’s perfect

On Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the Stellarton Library and Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Pictou Library, we’ll be hosting drawing workshops with artist, author and traveller Emma FitzGerald. The workshops, aimed at pre-teens and teens, will challenge students to draw with confidence, without reaching for an eraser. It will also open their eyes to new ways to find subject matter to draw and letting go of having the end result be “perfect.”

The overall message is that drawing is fun, and we can learn about ourselves and the world around us by doing it. FitzGerald is the author of Hand Drawn Halifax, Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia's South Shore, and provided artwork for EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street written by Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing, 2018). The workshop in the Stellarton Library is full, but there are still spaces available for the Pictou Library’s workshop. Call 902-485-5021 to register in advance.

To the moon

In the New Glasgow Library on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m., we’ll be welcoming Rhys Bevan-John’s Adventures in Moon Land show. This one-man theatre show is about how we use our imagination for play, and how playing can help us grow. Using mime, masks, puppets and good old-fashioned tomfoolery, Bevan-John creates a land of make-believe and then introduces us to the strange and wonderful inhabitants of “Moon Land” living everyday life in a fantasy world.

For more information on upcoming library programs, special events and services, drop by your local library branch, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, or visit us online at www.parl.ns.ca.

Holly MacLean is community outreach assistant for Pictou County with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.

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