By Trecia Schell
Summer is a great time, to sit back, relax, enjoy a book, movie or try an adventure. And the library’s the perfect place to start.
We offer over 70 programs every week, all free, and over the summer, most programs are drop-in “as you wish” programs, for all ages. There are Wii Days, CampOUT Thursdays and Fun Fridays at the Westville Library; Mad Science, Storytime Singalongs with Rainbow Express, and Drop-in Tuesdays at the New Glasgow Library; Drop-in Playtimes and Nordic Walking at the Pictou Library; Drop-in Thursdays and Stay & Play Storytimes at the Stellarton Library; and Imagination Saturdays at the Trenton and River John libraries. All library programs are listed in our PARLevents calendar online, www.parl.ns.ca , and you can drop by or call your local library for more information, too.
The library has comfy chairs and tables, public computers, copies of local maps and newspapers, printers, and LEGOs, along with colouring sheets and crayons. There are always jigsaw puzzles available, that you can try your hand at in the library, or borrow a few and take home. And remember, if the summer’s heat is too much for you, our libraries in Westville, Stellarton, New Glasgow, Trenton and River John are air-conditioned.
Our Summer Reading Clubs are in full swing, and we will be doing our monthly draw for our awesome Big Summer Book Club prizes later this week. Read it, love it, return it – and tell us why (or why not)! We’d love to hear what you have to say about what you’re reading this summer, #PARLreads. Many thanks to all our awesome community sponsors, the prizes this summer include bikes to some very cool book socks, and more. The Children’s’ summer reading club will wrap up Aug. 17, while the Book Club for adults will end on Aug. 31.
Want to check out a show, and listen to some great music – for free? All you need is your Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library card.
Thanks to a great partnership with the deCoste Performing Arts & Entertainment Centre in Pictou, you can borrow an Arts are for Everyone pass with your PARL card to redeem for a pair of tickets to select shows coming up at the deCoste Centre.
In August, there will be seven pairs of tickets for the following two shows: Opry Gold (Aug. 19); and Across the Pond, the British Invasion (Aug. 26). The deCoste passes will be made available to borrow from the library, two weeks prior to the show. For more information about the Arts are for Everyone program, visit http://www.parl.ns.ca/services/artspass.php, and for more information about each show visit the deCoste Centre’s website, https://decostecentre.ca/ .
Trecia Schell is Community Services Librarian, and Branch Librarian - Books-by-Mail, River John, Stellarton and Trenton Public Libraries. 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 .