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Libraries partner with community organizations to offer services, presentations


Libraries – hives buzzing with activity

As the start of spring in Pictou County seems to be buried under snow, it’s hard to imagine a world where flowers are blooming and the grass is green.

While we wait for the first signs of spring to come, people can envision their libraries as hives buzzing with activity. For many, libraries are shared community spaces where people gather, exchange thoughts and discussion, and grow.

Libraries and community partners working together

Located within our libraries are Nova Scotia Community Access Program (C@P) sites, and in New Glasgow, Pictou and River John libraries, youth interns will be staffed on a part-time basis until mid-April. C@P interns are a valuable resource for all ages, offering cyber camps and workshops for youth along with one-on-one mentoring opportunities for those needing help accessing technology.

At the River John Public Library’s C@P site every Wednesday after school at 2:30 p.m. until April 15, they will be holding a LEGO robotics and 3D printing club. For those interested in attending, they can register by calling 902-351-2599.

Tax time is here again, and the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is holding tax preparation clinics above the New Glasgow Library on Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. until the end of April for eligible individuals who are considered to have a modest income and a simple tax situation.

The CVITP is a collaboration between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and community organizations that host and arrange for volunteers to prepare income tax returns. Appointments can be made for the CVITP tax clinic at the library location only by calling (902) 755-6031. Tax clinics are also being held at other locations throughout Pictou County. For more information, go to

On Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the New Glasgow Library, speaker Deanna Mohamed will be giving a presentation on Islam.

Presented in partnership with the Town of New Glasgow and New Glasgow’s UNESCO Race Relations & Anti-Discrimination Committee, this talk will help participants develop a greater knowledge and sensitivity about other cultures and religions to inform one’s professional and personal practice in working with diverse populations.

Deanna Mohamed is the Coordinator of African Canadian Students Services for the Pictou, Truro and Cumberland NSCC campuses. She works with students of African descent at the college and in shared learning.

Light refreshments will be provided – all are welcome.

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Holly MacLean is a community outreach assistant for Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) locations.

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