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Fun Fit Pass
Starting Friday March 9, 2018
Active Pictou County and the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library are pleased to announce the new Fun Fit Pass – a fitness and activity membership card that can be signed out of the library, just like a book. There are 3 pass cards available for the YMCA of Pictou County, plus a card for the Pictou Fisheries Pool, and one for True Potential Fitness in Pictou. The cards are valid for either an individual or a family, and give the user full access to the facility, including most programming, for a two week period.
Fun Fit Passes for the YMCA of Pictou County will be held at New Glasgow, Westville and Stellarton Libraries. Passes for the Pictou Fisheries Pool and True Potential Fitness will be held at the Pictou Library. Any adult with a Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library card can borrow the pass for up to two weeks. A hold for the pass can be placed online through the library catalogue or by calling any of the library branches. You will be able to pick up the pass at your local library branch.
The program is made possible by the Facility Access program of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Fun Fit passes should be available for borrowing from any PARL library branch, starting Friday March 9, 2018.
LGBTQ+ Pride Events at PARL!
Rainbow Story Hour for Kids!
Sat, July 7, 1pm – 2pm, Antigonish Town & County Library
Please join us at the library for Rainbow Story Hour for children, with songs and stories celebrating LGBTQ+ pride, inclusion and diversity - during LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Please note the venue is wheelchair accessible, and gender neutral washrooms are on site. For more information, please contact the Antigonish Town & County Library: the Peoples' Place Library (902-863-4276).
The New Glasgow Library will be hosting events put on by the Pictou County Rainbow Community all week! These events are open to everyone!
Tue, July 10, 1pm - This workshop will touch on sexual violence towards the LGBTQ2+ population.
"How to be a Good Ally" presentation and panel discussion
Tue, July 10, 4pm - We will explore the role of allies in the community. This workshop will consist of an interactive presentation and discussion. A panel consisting of members of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies will share experience and field audience questions.
Art Show and Book Presentation
Wed, July 11, 1pm - The Pictou County Rainbow Community will make a public presentation of donated books for the library surrounded by artwork on display from LGBTQ2+ and ally artists!
Sharing our Stories Wed, July 11, 4pm - Members of the LBGTQ2+ Community are invited to share personal stories, poetry and prose.
"Supporting my LGBTQ2+ Child
Thu, July 12, 1pm - Drop - in social for LGBTQ2+ Youth and their family! A panel of LGBTQ2+ youth and parents will share experience and field questions. For more information, call (902) 752-8233.
Understanding Gender Identity and Expression
Thu, July 12, 4pm - Information will be presented from: www.thegenderbook.com. This is a valuable resource for educators and others interested in understanding gender.
Growing Up Queer (ages 9-12, pre-registration required)
Thu, July 12, 6:30pm - Parents! Check out our parent/child workshop on July 12th at 6:30pm at the New Glasgow Library! Growing Up LGBTQ talks about Puberty, Self Esteem and Healthy relationships from the perspective of members of the LGBTQ community. Special topics will include Gender and Pronouns, Gender Identity and Sexuality. Recommended ages: 9-13. To register: email- firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902 867 7097.
"Consent"- Presented by the Women's Resource Centre
Fri, July 13, 1pm - Join us during Pride Week as we host an information session on consent presented by the Pictou County Women’s Resource Centre.
"Last Chance" - NFB Film Club @Library
Sat, July 14, 10:00am - All welcome to join us for a special screening of the NFB documentary film, "Last Chance" (2012 | 1 h 24 min) for Pictou County Pride Week. This feature documentary tells the stories of 5 asylum seekers who flee their native countries to escape homophobic violence. They face hurdles integrating into Canada, fear deportation and anxiously await a decision that will change their lives forever. To view several film clips, please visit: https://www.nfb.ca/film/last-chance/
Summer Performers Tour
Summer Performer Tour presents 'Classical Munchkins' (ages 0-12)
Tue, July 10, 10am – 11am, Antigonish Town and County Library
Interactive & fun! Learn from musicians who show off their instruments while playing some tunes! Classical Munchkins offers children up close and personal learning with symphony musicians. Symphony Nova Scotia partners with various libraries and museums to deliver this wonderfully engaging program. Two of our musicians will “show off” their instruments and explain how they work while playing familiar, delightful tunes. For more information, or to pre-register, please call (902) 863-4276.
Summer Performer Tour presents 'SuperNova Computer Science workshop' (ages 8-12, registration required)
Fri, July 20, 2pm – 3pm, Westville Library. Call (902) 396-5022 to register in advance.
Join us for some summer fun with these interactive & high-energy STEM workshops, featuring exciting demonstrations, interactive experiments & fun hands-on activities. learn about robotics by programming mini, colour-sensing robots called ozobots to follow maps we draw for them! To register, call (902) 396-5022. SuperNOVA is a not-for-profit initiative that promotes science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) to youth from 5 to 18 years of age.
Workshops are delivered by highly-trained Dalhousie University science and engineering undergraduate students, who share their curiosity and enthusiasm with young people across the province. A special thanks to Nova Scotia Public Libraries, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, and other community partners for sponsoring this tour! Ages: 8-12. Space is limited; contact the Westville Library to register.
Summer Performer Tour presents Mi'kmaw Dancer and Singer Trevor Gould (drop-in, all ages)
• Fri, July 27, 10:30am, River John Library
• Tues. August 7, 2:00pm, Trenton Park
Join us as this year's Summer Performer Tour presents a variety of performers and artists in various public libraries and locations this summer. Today's session is with Trevor Gould, a Mi'kmaw Dancer and Singer. For more information, please call (902) 351-2599. Learn about Mi’kmaw culture. Dancing, singing, drumming & more!
Trevor Gould is an experienced powwow dancer and singer, who has been performing for more than 20 years. He will be speaking to audiences about Mi’kmaw culture, and share some singing, dancing and drumming. Trevor Gould is the Key Stories Curatorial Assistant at Mikmawey Debert Cultural Centre. He was in the musical “DRUM!” for ten years, and did family shows with Symphony Nova Scotia. He presently sings with the Eastern Eagle Singers from Indian Brook in Nova Scotia. A special thanks to Nova Scotia Public Libraries, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, and other community partners for sponsoring this tour!
Summer Performer Tour presents 'A Drawing Workshop with Artist, Author & Traveler Emma Fitzgerald' (ages 10-16, registration required)
• Wed, August 8, 2:30pm, Stellarton Library. Call (902) 755-1638 to register in advance.
• Thurs. August 9, 10:00am, Pictou Library. Call (902) 485-5021 to register in advance.
Join us as this year's Summer Performer Tour presents a variety of performers and artists in various public libraries and locations this summer. Today's drawing workshop is with Emma Fitzgerald! For more information and to register, please call (902) 755-1638. Drawing is fun! We can also learn about ourselves & the world around us by doing it. Drawing can be intimidating; all that space on a white page. This workshop 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 new ways of 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. About the artist: Emma FitzGerald is the Author of "Hand Drawn Halifax", "Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia's South Shore" and illustrated "EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street" by Sheree Fitch. A special thanks to Nova Scotia Public Libraries, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, and other community partners for sponsoring this tour!
Summer Performer Tour presents 'Adventures in Moon Land' with Rhys Bevan-John (drop in, all ages)
Tue, August 14, 10:30am, New Glasgow Public Library
Join us as the Summer Performer Tour presents 'Adventures in Moon Land' with Rhys Bevan-John. A special thanks to Nova Scotia Public Libraries, Nova Scotia Provincial Library and other community partners for sponsoring this performance.
This is a one-man theatre show about how we use our imaginations, using mime, masks, puppets & more! Rhys Bevan-John's one-man theatre show about how we use our imagination for play, and how playing can help us grow. Using mime, masks, puppets and good old-fashioned tom-foolery, The Happy Hobo 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.
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
the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:00pm at the Westville Library
Community Cafes for June
Wednesday, June 6th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Antigonish Library
'Realism in Art' video by Peter Murphy with commentary by Anna Syperek - Join us monthly for Community Cafe, where speakers come to chat or give a demonstration about various topics. Tea, coffee and light snacks are served - all are welcome! This month, Join us for a talk on Realism in Art, a video by Peter Murphy with commentary by Anna Syperek.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm @ Westville Library
'A Safari in Botswana' with speaker Kelley Cavan - Ever wonder what happens on a safari? Join this month's speaker Kelley Cavan as she talks about the safari she went on, animals she saw, and her experience traveling to Botswana! Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods and is home to numerous animals including giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served, all are welcome!
Wednesday, June 13th, 1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Pictou Library
Heather DeVouge from Whole Home Organizing - Joining us this month is Heather DeVouge from Whole Home Organizing. She's coming to help us with the way we look at space in our homes and it is all about making our lives easier with the way we look at space in our homes, and making our lives easier in a home that is organized and functioning well. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served, all are welcome!
Death Café hosted by the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society
Friday, May 11th, 6:30-8:30pm at the New Glasgow Library (pre-registration required)
Can we talk about death and dying?
Join the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society as they host a Death Café at the New Glasgow Library on Friday, May 11, 2018, starting at 6:30pm. This is an opportunity to discuss everything surrounding death and dying as attendees engage in courageous conversations over coffee, tea and cake. Our goal is to demystify death and dispel fears bout dying, so that we can all reaffirm our need to live more fully.
What is a death café?
At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death with an objective 'to increase awareness of death with a view tohelping people make the most of their (finite) lives.' A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Death Cafés have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. To date, approximately 5141 Death Cafés have been offered in 51 countries since September 2011. The Death Café model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. To learn more, visit www.deathcafe.com.
How do I take part?
Pre-registration is required, as space and supplies are limited. To register, you can stop into the New Glasgow Library or call (902) 752-8233. Tea, coffee and cake included!
‘Flourish' - A Collection opening and reception with artist Sheila Green (art on display starting June 5 for the month of June)
Fri, June 8, 7pm – 8pm, New Glasgow Public Library
Meet Sheila Green and admire the beauty of New Glasgow through the artist's eyes! Explore the 18 paintings she created over a seven month period who show her love of New Glasgow and its everyday charm! Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided, so drop in, enjoy a cup of tea and a snack, and talk to the artist!
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!