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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.
Easter Programming @ Your Library, Saturday, March 31st
There will be Easter Eggs hidden here, there, & everywhere on library shelves! Drop by and join us for an Easter Egg Hunt, and win a prize from Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program. All welcome!
Imagination/MakerSpace Saturday - Stop into the library and let your imagination run wild! Create something cool to take home - all are welcome!
Pictou Library - 10:00am-4:30pm
Westville Library - 10:00am-3:00pm
River John Library - 10:00am-2:30pm
Stellarton Library - 11:00am-4:00pm
Check our Events Calendar for more programming & events @ your local library!
Please note: All library branches & Library Headquarters will be closed Good Friday & Easter Monday, March 30th & April 2nd
Wed. March 21, 2:30pm in the Westville Library - Internet Safety with speaker Barb Smith from Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association
Join us as our speaker Barb talks about safeguards and things to keep in mind when using the internet for communicating, and other tasks. They will also provide tips to keep your personal and financial information secure.
Wed. April 18, 2:30pm in the Westville Library - Creating a document in Microsoft Word and similar document-editing software
Join us as we give a beginner session on how to create, edit and customize a document in Microsoft Word or similar document-editing software.
For more information, please contact the library at (902) 396-5022.
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
Bird watching, with David Johnston - On April 4 at 2 pm, David Johnston will give a talk on birdwatching. He'll speak about the importance of sound, and the attention to detail and patience needed for bird watching. 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!
'From Rags to Bags - transforming t-shirts into bags and the 3Rs!' with Marla from Pictou County Solid Waste - Join us at the Westville Library as we listen to various topics with a variety of speakers! During Earth Month, Marla from Pictou County Solid Waste will be in to show us how to transform old t-shirts into a market bag. By learning how to do this, along with other recycling initiatives, people can play an active role in finding other uses for fabric and avoid tossing their clothing into the landfill. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served, all are welcome! T-shirts will be provided.
'Gardening Tips' with speaker Angie Van Kessel (Pre-Registration Required) - Join us this month as Angie VanKessel talks about chemical free gardening, garden trends and what's new in 2018, new plants, styles and pest control methods. Light refreshments will be served, to register please call (902) 485-5021.
April is Amnesty Month @Library! Food for Fines!
Join us as we give thanks this month, and give back to our communities.
The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is 'fine-free for overdue library materials' during April, and we're also accepting donations of non-perishable items for the local Food Bank, in return for fine-forgiveness of overdue library fines of 3$ per item (can, jar, box).
Indigenous Collection Launched at PARL
The Mi’kmaq Eight Pointed Star
Artwork and interpretation by Gerald Gloade, Mi’kmaq First Nations
The Eight Pointed Star is an adaptation of the original Seven Pointed Star which was the emblem historically used to symbolize the Seven Districts of the Mi’kmaq nation. The eighth point was added to represent the Crown, after the signing of treaties with Britain.
The 4 sacred colors and their arrangement, is a much longer story. In summary,
White represents the North, land of ice and snow, where even the animals are white.
Yellow represents the East, the land of the rising sun. Mi’kmaq are the ‘People of the Dawn’.
Red represents the South, the further you travel in Turtle Island (North America) the warmer it becomes.
Black represents the West, which is where the sun must travel to give us night.
The 4 sacred colors also represent the 4 colours of Man - Black, White, Asian, and Natives; and the 4 stages of development – birth, youth, adulthood and senior.
In consultation with First Nations, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has chosen the Mi’kmaq Eight Pointed Star emblem to identify our Indigenous Collection holdings.
As part of regular collection development the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library makes an effort to collect works by Indigenous authors and works with subject matter focusing on Indigenous topics. The library purchases material published in English as well as Indigenous languages. Special emphasis is made to collect works by or about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada and North America.
An Indigenous Collection spine label is applied to highlight works in the regional library collection that meet the following criteria:
Materials that are printed in an Indigenous language.
Any works by Indigenous authors/creators, including books, magazines, movies and so forth.
Works by non-Indigenous authors when the material focuses primarily on Indigenous topics.
April 18th & 19th, join us at the library as we celebrate great Canadian films! All are welcome!
"Maudie" - An award-winning film featuring the life story of the inspiring Nova Scotian painter, Maude Lewis. Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.
Antigonish Library, April 18th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
River John Library, April 19th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
"The Breadwinner" - An award-winning film, based on the book written by Canadian author, Deborah Ellis. Director Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner breathes life into the extraordinary story of 11-year-old Afghan girl Parvana, born into an ever-changing world of conflict and oppression, who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling.
New Glasgow Library, April 18th, 7:00pm-8:30pm
National Canadian Film Day has always been about encouraging all Canadians to celebrate the incredible achievements of our nation’s filmmakers.
Last year, NCFD 150 was an event of unprecedented size and scope, which reached an astonishing number of people across the country and around the world. This year, you have the opportunity to join other Canadians in helping NCFD take root as an annual tradition.
We want Canadians everywhere to watch a great Canadian film on April 18, 2018.