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Memory Collection Dementia Friendly Materials

"When you have a book, you're never alone."

A simple phrase, inspiring us to create this special collection of books and materials for Memory-Impaired adults and their caregivers, to share together the joy of reading.

The Memorable Books collection includes Dementia Friendly books for various reading and cognitive abilities, discussion cards, Memory Kits (of interesting items!), and resource books for caregivers.

One of the most difficult aspects of living with memory impairment conditions is the impact that they have on one’s ability to enjoy favorite pastimes, such as reading and sharing books with loved ones.

Dementia Friendly books offer engaging content, just like other books, but they use techniques like special fonts and spacing, navigation cues, and include more pictures to encourage memory retention and make stories easier to follow.

The Dementia Friendly books, and Memory Kits are located near the Large Print sections in all our library branches, and titles may be found in the library’s collection by searching with the topic of “Dementia Friendly”

All books and items may be borrowed as 3-week loans.

The collection was built with guidance from the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, and members of our local Community Links/Ageing Well Together Coalitions in Pictou and Antigonish Counties. In addition, information was gathered from Dementia Friendly collections of the Burlington Public Library, Cambridge Idea Exchange and Waterloo Regional libraries in Ontario.

For more information, Dementia Friendly books and resources are published in Canada by:

Helpful local support resources also include:


The library wishes to gratefully acknowledge the funding to support the Memorable Books collection was received from Community Wellness Grants to the library, from our 3 local Community Health Boards – Antigonish Town & County, Pictou Central & East, and Pictou West CHB.