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Children's Book Week
Special storytimes during Children’s Book Week! May 7 -14
Library Recurring Programs Guide
Jan. - June 2016
Maritimes Butterfly Atlas
years of surveying have shown us. Tues. May 3, 6:30pm @ New Glasgow Library
Mindful Meditation for Beginners
Wed. May 18, 1:30pm @ Pictou Library; Tues. May 31, 2:30pm @ Westville Library; Wed. June 8, 7:00pm @ New Glasgow Library
FOAL Fundraising Event
Sat. April 30, 10–2:00pm @ Antigonish Library
Seniors Cafe & Seniors Now
Activities and seminar topics of interest. 'Drop-in as you wish' sessions.
Art Show Gala & Library Fundraiser
Sat., May 7, 6:00-8:00pm @ New Glasgow Library
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Mindful Meditation for Beginners with Instructor Michelle Walsh
Wednesday May 18, 1:30pm @ Pictou Library
Tuesday May 31, 2:30pm @ Westville Library
Wednesday June 8, 7:00pm @ New Glasgow Library
Join Certified Meditation Instructor Michelle Walsh as she teaches beginner Insight (or Mindful) Meditation. The workshop includes a talk, instruction and practice and gives the basics for a beginner to get started and be able to practice at home.
About the instructor:
Michelle is a Certified Meditation Instructor, and a recent graduate of Elevated Wellness Academy. Meditation has been proven to help people in all areas of life, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Practicing mindful meditation has helped her improve her life in a positive way, and she would like to help the people of our community achieve this
Dress comfortably, all are welcome! For more information please call 902 755-6031.
Art Show Gala and Library Fundraiser with Friends by the Sea Artists' Association Saturday, May 7, 6:00 - 8:00pm at the New Glasgow Library. Admission: $5 at the door. MC will be John Ashton.
Join us as Friends by the Sea Artists’ Association holds their 9th annual Art Show Gala in the New Glasgow Library. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided along with live music. Upon admission, your name also goes into a draw for the door prize (an unframed 12” x 16” 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, please call (902) 755-6031.
Maritimes Butterfly Atlas - what six years of surveying have shown us with speaker Zoologist John Klymko from the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre. New Glasgow Library Tuesday May 3rd 6:30pm
Join the Pictou County Naturalists Club as they host John Klymko. John's presentation will detail the results of
Maritimes Butterfly Atlas, which had its last field season in 2015. He will discuss how the project has improved the understanding of butterfly conservation in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes, how the project will allow for the monitoring of changes in butterfly distribution in the future, and what's in store for the project in the next few years.
About the speaker: John is a zoologist who specializes in insects. In addition to running the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas John has also conducted surveys for dragonflies, pollinators, and other insects of conservation interest throughout the Maritimes. He grew up in southern Ontario where he attended the University of Guelph to complete his Masters in Science specializing in fly taxonomy. In 2009 he moved to the Maritimes to work as the zoologist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, a not for profit whose mission is to assemble and provide objective and understandable data
and support decision-making, research, and education in Atlantic Canada. All are welcome! For more information please call 902 752-8233
Upcoming Seniors Cafe and Seniors Now!
Seniors Cafe presents 'A Photo Tour of Newfoundland' with Peter Jowett at the Antigonish Library Wednesday, May 4, 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Join the group for Seniors Cafe, where a variety of speakers come to speak or perform. This month, local photographer Peter Jowett will be in to talk about his recent trip to Newfoundland, and the photos he took there. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. For more information or for program suggestions, call (902) 863-4276.
Seniors Cafe at the Westville Library Wednesday, May 4th, 2:30 - 3:30pm presents Fishing & the Great Outdoors, with writer and outdoor enthusiast, Don MacLean. This month, Don will be in to talk about fishing, tall tales and gear you’ll want to have in your tackle box this season. He’ll also be displaying some of his preferred flys. About the speaker: Don MacLean was born in Gabarus Lake on Cape Breton Island. He attended St. Francis Xavier University (BSc., 1976) and Memorial University (MSc., 1985 and worked as a fisheries biologist in Nova Scotia. Enjoying retirement, Don has written on a variety of outdoor related topics as well as traditional crafts from wood carving to canoe building. His articles have appeared in Atlantic Salmon Journal, Saltscapes, Eastern Woods and Waters, Canadian Fly Fisher, Northwood’s Sporting Journal, Outdoor Canada, Atlantic Boating News and Fly Tyer. He is the author of two books. Don's weekly newspaper columns on sport fishing and the outdoors appears in the Cape Breton Post, New Glasgow News, Truro Daily News and the Antigonish Casket. Join us for some tea, coffee and conversation. All are welcome! Fun, informal sessions. Full access to library services & light refreshments served! For more information please call 902 396-5022.
Seniors Now at the New Glasgow Library Thursday, May 12, 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Join us for our 'Seniors Now!' speakers series, where speakers come in to talk about topics of interest to older adults like housing, health and wellness, prevention etc. This speakers series is in partnership with the Ageing Well coalition, Community Links, Seniors Outreach and the Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association. For more information, or to suggest a speaker/topic, please contact (902) 755-6031 or (902) 752-8233. All are welcome!
Seniors Cafe at the Pictou Library Monday, May 16th 10:00 - 12noon. presents 'Gardening Tips' with Angie Van Kessel. Angie will be in to share creative ideas for the home gardener from container gardening to small plots of companion gardening and pest control. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served! For more information please call 902 485-5021.
FOAL ANNUAL BOOK SALE, Saturday, April 30th @ 10:00am – 2:00pm at the People's Place Library Antigonish
Books for the sale can be dropped off at the People’s Place between 1pm and 7pm on Friday April 29th. No books will be accepted after this time. Thank you for your support!.
Upcoming local author readings at our libraries during Children’s Book Week May 7-14
Saturday May 7, 11am - in Pictou – Angus MacCaull
Saturday May 7, 1pm - in River John – Angus MacCaull
Monday May 9, 10:00am - in Antigonish – Angus MacCaull
Wednesday May 11, 1pm - in New Glasgow – Donna Belanger
Thursday May 12, 10:15am - in New Glasgow – Angus MacCaull
Thursday May 12, 1pm - in Stellarton – Donna Belanger
Thursday May 12,1:15pm - in Westville – Angus MacCaull
Lawnteel at the Store This charming book introduces young children to the idea of spending their money wisely. About the author: Angus MacCaull writes about everything from English muffins to the economy. When he’s not writing, he’s most likely taking a
walk or doing yoga. About the Illustrator: Annie Chau illustrates posters and press materials for her work with community groups
as an activist. She enjoys yoga and cooking, as well as the antics of her five nieces and nephews.
Saturday, May 7 11:00am - Pictou Library
1:00pm - River John Library
Monday, May 9 10:00am - Antigonish
Thursday, May 12 10:15am - New Glasgow
1:15pm - Westville
Angus McD and his Adventure at Sea About the book: In 1773, the Ship Hector sailed from Loch Broom Scotland, with 189 passengers aboard. The immigrants were headed for a new life in a new land, in Pictou Nova Scotia. Angus McD was one of those on board, a boy full of energy, curiosity and imagination. … About the Author: Donna Belanger has been a dedicated volunteer tour guide at the Hector heritage Quay in Pictou Nova Scotia, since 2011. Giving tours of the replica of the Ship Hector inspired her to write this story to better explain to children about the difficult journey faced by these Scottish immigrants. Donna is also a long time pre-school educator and loves reading books to children, and her favourite pastime is writing children's' books.
New Glasgow Library: Wednesday May 11, 1:00pm
Stellarton Library: Thursday May 12, 1:00pm
All welcome. Hope you can join us! The authors will have copies of their books available for purchase.
At Your Leisure...
Looking for a way to de-stress? Need something to read over the holidays? Perhaps you could use a little bibliotherapy?
Starting Tuesday, December 1st, check out the new leisure reading collection at the Angus L. Macdonald Library - brought to you in partnership with The People's Place: Antigonish Town and County Library.
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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.