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Community Cafes for January
Community Cafe presents: Music with Bill Grover, Penny Grover and Ron Hull
Wed, January 2, 2pm – 3pm, Antigonish Town & County Library
Join us for a variety of speakers along with some tea, coffee and light snacks! All are welcome. This month we are joined by Bill, Penny and Ron - for afternoon of music and song! For more information or to suggest a speaker, please call the Antigonish library at (902) 863-4276.
Community Cafe presents: Who let the dogs out? ... with Sarah LeBlanc & Bo
Wed, January 9, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Westville Library**
All welcome to join us, & light refreshments served! Join us as we host this monthly program with a variety of speakers talking about various topics!
This month, Sarah LeBlanc will join us and share some tales of the adventurous paths her dogs have led her down! ... And meet Bo - the ‘Star of the Show’ whose agility training has taken him to competitions in England, Italy, Spain and Holland. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served, for more information or for speaker suggestions call (902) 396-5022. All are welcome!
**Please note, Westville's January Community Cafe has been rescheduled to the second Wednesday of the month, due to the New Year's Day holiday festivities. Usually, our Community Cafes are held the 1st Wednesday of the month.
Family Literacy Day
January 27th is Family Literacy Day!
Check out some Family Literacy programs at your local library, beginning on Saturday, January 26th, and continuing throughout the week of January 27th-February 2nd.
Check our Events Calendar for more information, stop by one of our branches, or give us a call!
Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. January 27, 2019 is the 20th Anniversary of Family Literacy Day!
Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. - ABC Life Literacy Canada website
Programs for Our Littlest Patrons!
These weekly programs begin in mid-September. Contact your local branch or check our online Events Calendar for more details.
ABCs for Babies
Join us for a weekly program for babies (0-18 months) and parents/caregivers. Join us for stories, songs and fun activities.
Join us for a weekly program for toddlers (18 months - 3 yrs) that include stories, songs, games and crafts!
A weekly library program for children ages 3-5 years. Join us for stories, crafts, games and more!
Knitting Circles at your library
Join us at the library. Beginners welcome!
Wednesdays at 2:00pm at the Antigonish People's Place Library
Thursdays at 3:00pm at the Pictou Library
Fridays at 10:00am at the River John Library
Fridays at 1:00pm at the Stellarton Library
Every 2nd Saturday at 2:30pm at the New Glasgow Library
And For kids ages 7+
the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the Stellarton Library
POSSIBLE DELAYS: Impact of Postal Backlog on Library Services
Interlibrary materials currently on loan must be returned by the due date indicated on the ILLO book band.
As always, there will be no fines on overdue Borrow by Mail items.
Sensory, Visual, & Fidget kits now available to borrow from your local library!
A new addition to our collection are Visual, Sensory and Fidget Tool Bags for those who are autistic, and their families and caregivers.
The bags, originally developed by Halifax Public Libraries and Autism Nova Scotia, are available in library regions throughout Nova Scotia. They contain items that can be used if an individual is overwhelmed by their environment and needs a quiet activity. The bags can also provide an opportunity to try out items from various vendors to see if they are helpful before purchasing them.
There are three bags available to borrow:
The Visual Bag contains a Time Timer MOD Clock and Dry Erase Board, a one and ten minute Sand Timer, a Gro Clock, Dual Power timers, a Daily Schedule example, and a First Then Sample.
The Sensory Bag has Harmony Rollers, Sensory Bubbles, a Spiral Tube, noise-cancelling headphones, an Exersit Air Cushion and a 3D Art Pin Pad.
The Fidget Bag contains a Loopeez, Gyrobi, Tangle Therapy Jr. with texture, Atomic Stress ball, a DNA Sensory Ball, Hand Fidget, Zipper Bandz and Wood Fidget Puzzle.
For those interested in borrowing these items, you can find them in our online catalogue or drop into your preferred library location to request them.
Notable Goals, Dedicated Doctors: the story of the Dalhousie Medical School - an author reading with Dr. Jock Murray
Wednesday, September 12th, 7:00 – 8:00pm at the deCoste Entertainment Centre, Pictou
All are welcome to join us for a presentation of "Noble Goals, Dedicated Doctors: the story of the Dalhousie Medical School", by local author, Dr. Jock Murray.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
About the book:
Dalhousie Medical School celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018. This is the story of the noble goals of a handful of dedicated doctors who came together at a physician’s office to plan a medical school. They outlined a curriculum, assigned teaching roles, successfully applied to be a medical faculty of Dalhousie College, and began teaching the first class of twelve students. It was not an easy journey, one complicated over the years by war, politics, and natural disaster. In this richly detailed book, Dr. Jock Murray, a former dean of the medical school, looks at the struggles and errors, as well as the triumphs of the school. Filled with over 75 historic photos and dozens of informative sidebars, though aimed primarily at former students and faculty, Noble Goals, Dedicated Doctors is an accessible narrative that will appeal to anyone interested in the storied institution’s vast history.
About the author:
Dr. Jock Murray is the former Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University. He was a founder of the Dalhousie MS Research unit. He received many awards for contributions to MS, medical education, medical humanities and medical history, and awarded five honorary degrees. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and received the Order of Nova Scotia. He has been inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Dr. Murray is a graduate of Pictou Academy.
Women on Wheels in partnership with Pictou Recreation
Fridays in June @ the Pictou Library
Join us for information sessions on the Women on Wheels program, including a healthy snack and a ride. In partnership with Pictou Recreation. Connect with other women through this group, enjoy short bike rides on local trails and roads, and learn new skills!