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AT THE LIBRARY: Just a visit will get you thinking

October is a month of many celebrations, including Canadian Library Month.

We invite you to visit us today, to discover, share, learn and connect – with your community. The library is more than just books, and to be sure, “A visit will get you thinking...”

In October, we also share in celebrations to honor Mi’kmaq Heritage Month and support the recognition of Seniors Week from Oct. 1–7 at public libraries across Nova Scotia, with some special activities for the young to young-at-heart.

Did you know the New Glasgow Library has a 3D printer, a button maker, and a WiiU? The library is offering a special Tech Time on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Drop in and help us celebrate Library Month by experiencing all the library has to offer. All ages are welcome. Come by to try out new-to-you technology available at the library.

Interested in learning Gaelic? The Pictou Library is home to a local Gaelic Discussion group that meets weekly on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 2 p.m. For more information, and to register, contact the Pictou Library at 902-485-5021.

Calling all SKIP-BO players! The Stellarton Library is hosting a fun program, for all ages to join us for the evening on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and play a game or two of SKIP-BO (experts to beginners welcome.)

A Social Tea for sharing stories and discovering your community will be held at the Pictou Library on Friday, Oct. 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. as part of Seniors Week @Library. All are welcome to drop in and join us for a special time with friends and neighbours, for a game of cards, Scrabble, solving a Jigsaw puzzle, and to enjoy a cup of tea with oatcakes.

All are welcome to drop in and join us for an early Halloween treat at the New Glasgow Library on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. for YoPlay yoga for youngsters, with a reading of “Guided by the Light of the Moon,” a children’s yoga book for Halloween by Jen Byers.

Wondering how to take great pictures, with your cellphone? James Smeaton will be offering a four-week Digital Photography course for adults at the New Glasgow library, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. (registration required). For more information, and to register contact the New Glasgow Library at 902-752-8233.

Do you have questions about your benefits? Craig Graham, a Citizen Service Specialist with Service Canada will be giving a presentation about the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) benefits at the Stellarton Library on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. All are welcome to drop by. Questions are welcome, and although Craig may not be able to answer detailed or individual questions, he will be more than happy to provide the appropriate contact information to assist you in getting answers you require.

As we celebrate Mi’kmaq Heritage Month together, all are invited to join us at the Pictou Library to make your own Dream Catcher on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. (drop-in), and learn about Talking Sticks on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. (registration required). For more information, contact the Pictou Library at 902-485-5021.

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.

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

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