Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Children's Services
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Children's Services

This is an overview of our services for children. Go to Upcoming Events for specific dates, times and locations of events.

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has seven library branches where children’s books and materials may be borrowed for free by library card holders.

Getting a Library Card

Kids library cardGetting a library card is very simple, and the best part is that it is FREE. With a library card children may access all of the library’s books, movies, magazines, tapes and information available on our website. Library cards are available at all library branches. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have a signed registration form in order to obtain a card.

Check out the Children's Services brochure to see all the great free services we offer for Kids.

This website features links to World Book Online, Homework Help, children’s book reviews, and basic library information, including a guideline to properly locating books within the library catalogue. The children’s website also features information on special programs, such as the WOW Reading Challenge and the Summer Reading Club. Visit PARLKids
Library Outreach to Children in Rural Areas
Books by Mail is a free mail-order library for rural residents of Pictou and Antigonish Counties. Families may select materials, such as books, magazines, audio books, DVDs, and videos from the online catalogue. This service is ideal for families unable to regularly commute to library branches and children who are home schooled. This is a free service, as all postage is paid by the Library.

To learn more about the program and if you are eligible, please contact:

  • Books by Mail
    Toll-free: 1-866-779-7761
  • Antigonish Outreach Services
    (902) 863-4276

Rural Access Sites
PARL has Rural Access Sites in Monastery, Lakevale, Pictou Island, and Scotsburn. For more information on the services provided at these sites, please call: (902)863-2486

Children's & Youth Programs at the Library Branches

All Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library branches offer children's and youth programs, while the selection of programs varies by library branch (largely due to space).
All programs are offered free of charge, and registration is required for all programs due to the limited seating space (with the exception of the Family Movies at Pictou, Antigonish & New Glasgow libraries, and LEGOs at the Antigonish Library - these are all 'drop-in as you wish' programs).
The following list of library programs usually start in September, with a pause over Christmas holidays, and finish in May/June. In the summer months, some drop-in programs may be offered as well as Summer Reading Clubs, and Family Movies.
For more information, and to register - please contact your local library branch for details.
  • ABC for Babies (for babies from birth to 18 months)
    Tuesdays - New Glasgow at 10:15 am
    Wednesdays - Westville at 10:00 am, & Stellarton at 10:45 am
    Thursdays - Pictou at 10:30 am
    Fridays - Antigonish at 10:00 am

  • Toddle Time (for children from 18 months to 3 years)
    Tuesdays - Pictou at 10:30 am
    Wednesdays - Antigonish at 10:00 am, & New Glasgow 10:15 am
    Thursdays - Stellarton at 6:15 pm
    Fridays - Westville at 10:00 am, & Stellarton at 10:45 am

  • Preschool Storytime (for children aged 3 to 5 years)
    Mondays - Antigonish at 10:00 am
    Wednesdays - River John at 9:30, Pictou at 10:30 am & New Glasgow at 1:30 pm
    Thursdays - New Glasgow at 10:15 am, Stellarton at 1:00 pm & Westville at 1:15 pm

  • Afterschool @ Library (for children ages 5-8/9)
    Stellarton - Wednesdays at 3:00pm

  • Lego Club for children
    Antigonish - Thursdays at 9:30 am & 3:00 pm
    New Glasgow - Thursdays at 3:00 pm
    Pictou - 1st Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm

  • Children's Scrapbooking Club
    Stellarton - 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm

  • Crafty Saturdays
    Trenton - 2nd Saturday of the month (& special occasions) at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Young Reader's Club (for children ages 9-12)
    Stellarton - 1st Tuesday of the month at 3:00 pm
    Antigonish - 2nd Monday of the month at 3:00 pm
    New Glasgow – 3rd Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm

  • Tween Readers Club (for tweens)
    Stellarton - 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00 pm

  • Teen Readers Club (for teens, ages 13+)
    Antigonish - 1st Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm
    Stellarton – 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm

  • Family Movies! (for the whole family, … & you can bring your own snacks too – nut-free please!)
    New Glasgow – usually the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month, at 6:30 pm
    Antigonish – usually the 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, at 6:00 pm
The WOW Reading Challenge

The Reading Challenge is part of a larger crime prevention program called the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program. It is a partnership of police and public libraries and advocates literacy thereby ensuring children and youth have high self esteem and feel in control of their lives. By taking part in the Reading Challenge children can improve their reading skills and learn to work together towards a common goal by competing against other schools in a friendly and positive way. They are also rewarded for their reading efforts by library staff and police who visit the participating schools to “catch” them reading. Visit the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program website.

PARL staff has selected a list of the 100 Best Children's Picture Books - Visit the 100 Best Children's Picture Books or print off the list for your own use

Contact or visit your local Library Branch for more Information on our services for children.

Monday 9 - 5 pm
Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday 9 - 5 pm
283 Main St.,
Antigonish, NS
B2G 2C3
Phone: 863-4276
E-mail: antigoni@nsngp.library.ns.ca
New Glasgow
Tuesday-Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday (September-May only) 2pm-5pm
182 Dalhousie Street
P.O. Box 276
New Glasgow, NS
Phone: 752-8233
E-mail: newglasg@nsngp.library.ns.ca
Tuesday & Thursday 10am-9pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm
PO Box 622
40 Water Street (2nd floor)
Pictou, NS
B0K 1H0
Phone: 485-5021
E-mail: pictou@nsngp.library.ns.ca
River John
Tueday & Thursday 2pm - 5pm & 6pm - 8pm
Wednesday & Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
PO Box 104
2725 West Branch Road
River John, NS
B0K 1N0
Phone: 351-2599
E-mail: riverjoh@nsngp.library.ns.ca
Tuesday & Thursday Noon-8pm
Wednesday & Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
248 Foord Street
PO Box 1372
Stellarton, NS
B0K 1S0
Phone: 755-1638
E-mail: stellart@nsngp.library.ns.ca
Tuesday & Thursday 2pm - 5pm and 6pm - 8pm
Wednesday & Friday 9am - Noon & 2pm - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday & Monday closed
PO Box 612
Main Street
Trenton, NS
B0X 1X0
Phone: 752-5181
E-mail: trenton@nsngp.library.ns.ca
Tuesday & Thursday 2pm-9pm
Wednesday & Friday 9am-Noon & 2pm-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
2042 Queen Street, Unit #3, RR 3
Westville, NS
B0K 2A0
Phone: 396-5022
E-mail: westvill@nsngp.library.ns.ca
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Headquarters
E-mail: info@parl.ns.ca