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Community Café programs for April
Our Senior's Café is now the Community Café! PARL is pleased to continue providing the same quality programming, including music, special guests and speakers, light refreshments, and an inclusive, welcoming space for our community.
Community Café - Wednesday, April 5 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Antigonish Library. Join our Community Cafe, formerly known as Seniors Cafe, as they host speakers who talk about a variety of topics! This month Ann Wells will join us and play the Dulcimer! Snacks and light refreshments will be provided - to learn more or suggest a speaker please call 902-863-4276.
Community Café - Wednesday, April 5 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm at the Westville Library. Join us for our monthly Community Cafe, as speakers come and talk about a variety of topics. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided. Join us this month as Marla Cameron from Pictou County Solid Waste Management (PCSWM) shows us how to re-purpose your old fabric into a beautiful wreath for your door! If you have old t-shirts you like the pattern of, along with a pair of scissors, please bring them with you to use. For program suggestions, please call (902) 396-5022 or (902) 755-6031.
Seniors Now - Thursday, April 13 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the New Glasgow Library. Join us for our monthly Seniors Now! speakers series held at the New Glasgow Library with various topics. This month, join our speaker Michael MacKay from the Clean Foundation as he talks about the HomeWarming program, designed for low income homeowners to benefit from energy efficiency.
Clean Foundation and Efficiency Nova Scotia are working together to offer low-income homeowners free energy efficiency improvements that can help them feel more comfortable while reducing heating and power bills. And these upgrades are provided at no-cost to qualifying homeowners thanks to the generous support of Nova Scotia Power and the Government of Nova Scotia. All are welcome! For more information, or for program suggestions, please call (902) 752-8233 or (902) 755-6031.
Community Café - Wednesday, April 19 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm at the Pictou Library. Join the library as local speakers share their expertise on various topics - tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided. All are welcome! This month join Dorothy Bush as she talks about “Twiddlemuffs.”
What are Twiddlemuffs? Twiddlemuffs are thick hand muffs which have bits and bobs - buttons, ribbons, beads, pom poms - that are attached inside and out. They are designed to provide a stimulation activity for restless hands for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. People with dementia may develop various restless behaviours such as fidgeting. It is believed that giving that person something to occupy their hands can reduce their anxious behaviours. Twiddlemuffs provide a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation at the same time as keeping hands snug and warm. Twiddlemuffs are simple to make and can make a real difference to patients. Light refreshments are served. For program suggestions, please call (902) 485-5021.
Free Comic Book Day!
Every day is Free Comic Book Day @Library! ... join us on Saturday, May 6th at the library, try out a Graphic Novel, or borrow a movie DVD ... and pick up a free comic book, donated by Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program, while supplies last!
NS Walk Day
Destination: Library! ... Join us at the library on May 10th for NS Walk Day!
Whether at your workplace, with your family or by yourself, make a personal commitment to walk at least 10 minutes on May 10 to support your health while discovering the joyful side of walking!
Nova Scotia Walk Day uses the success of Walkabout to bring together communities and individuals from across the province to participate in a walk and celebrate the joyful side of walking.
Take the first step and see where walking will take you!
9:00am – Westville Library, for a family-friendly stroll to Acadia Park , with Clare Steele (Westville Recreation), and library staff!
10:15am – New Glasgow Library, for a Storywalk adventure featuring “The Fire Station” by Robert Munsch, to Laurie Peace Park and the Fire Station, with New Glasgow Recreation, and library staff! (Please note: the story stops will be left all day long, for later, self-guided walks).
11:30am – Pictou Library, for a family-friendly stroll along the Harbour Waterfront, with Michelle Young (Pictou Recreation & Parks), and library staff!
1:30pm – Trenton Library, for a family-friendly stroll downtown to the park, with the Trenton Library Book Club, and library staff!
2:00pm – Antigonish Town & County Library, for a family-friendly stroll about town, with Mayor Laurie Boucher, and library staff!
3:00pm – Stellarton Library, for a family-friendly stroll to Allan Park, with the Afterschool@Library kids, Mayor Danny MacGillivray, Jeanne MacDonald, Kim & David MacLean, and library staff!
6:30pm – River John Library, for a family-friendly sunset stroll along the beautiful Sunrise Trail with Monica Graham, Linda Little, Sheree Fitch and library staff!
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
Art Gala 2017, with Friends by the Sea Artists Association
Saturday, May 6, 6:00 - 8:00pm at the New Glasgow Library. MC for the evening will be John Ashton. Admission: $5 at the door
Join us as Friends by the Sea Artists’ Association holds their 10th annual Art Show Gala and Library Fundraiser. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided along with live musical entertainment. Upon admission, your name also goes into a draw for a door prize (an unframed 16” x 20” acrylic painting donated by Cathy Leeming).
Art pieces will be on display and for sale, ranging in price. Proceeds from some of the art sales, and admission fees from the association’s event, will be generously donated to public libraries in Pictou and Antigonish Counties for collection development. For more information, call (902) 755-6031
Silver Surfers Computer Club 3rd Wednesday of the month 2:00pm at the Westville Public Library
Burning questions about technology? Save them for us as we tackle topics ranging from how to use your new tablet, to taking the perfect photo with your smartphone or electronic device! Questions are welcome, as we learn more about how to use technology to our advantage. Join us
February 15th - Rocket Languages
March 15th - How to listen to music online
April 19th - eBooks, audios, & eMagazines - oh my!
For more information please call 902 396-5022.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation's 'Heart to Heart' event with guest speakers Dr. Angie Kolen from St. FX University & Claire MacLean, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Thu, June 16, 5pm – 7pm at the Antigonish Town & County Library Public Library
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is committed to creating healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Join them for a 'Heart to Heart' to share your stories and learn how the Heart and Stroke Foundation is creating survivors. Guest speakers will be Dr. Angie Kolen, St. Francis Xavier University and Claire MacLean, Heart & Stroke Foundation.
For more information please contact the library at (902) 863-4276.
The Cal Best Project, touring exhibit. The exhibit will be featured February 19-27 at the River John Library.
In honor of African Heritage Month, all are welcome to join us at the library and experience "The Cal Best Project", a touring exhibit on display celebrating a local hero, James Calbert Best (the son of Carrie Best). The exhibit is on display courtesy of the Workers History Museum and the Public Service Alliance of Canada - Atlantic (PSAC).
About the Exhibit:
"The Cal Best Project" celebrates the life and legacy of this extraordinary activist with a travelling exhibition that includes a documentary (Simply the Best), multi-panel bilingual educational display, and panel discussion. From his early days as a reporter covering the controversial Viola Desmond case to his tenure as Canada’s first Black High Commissioner, Best’s efforts are brought to life through interviews, archival footage, and contemporary news accounts. A special focus on Best’s commitment to a more inclusive public service examines his efforts as co-founder and president of the Civil Service Association of Canada (the precursor to today’s Public Service Alliance of Canada) and highlights the debt that thousands of Canadian public servants owe him even today.
The WHM’s explorations into Cal Best’s life started small, using parts of a panel discussion with PSAC Founders to look at the life and career of Cal Best. We soon discovered that what we knew was only the tip of the iceberg. As Arthur Carkner, coordinator of the project, recalls, "We learned about his early struggles with racism, his Nova Scotia achievements, about his mother, Carrie Best. Best’s role in immigration, amateur sport, senior positions in various government departments ending in being Canada’s first Black High Commissioner (ambassador) gradually came to light, and we continue to learn more."
Cal Best’s story is one we should not forget. By bringing "The Cal Best Project" to audiences across the country, we can ensure that more Canadians learn about this remarkable figure in our shared history.