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A regular monthly newsletter providing information on what is going on at 3 of our larger branch libraries.
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Movies & NFB Films
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Reading with Linda Little from her book "Grist"
Join us May 13th at 7:00pm at the New Glasgow Library
About the book: “This is the story of how you were loved,” Penelope MacLaughlin whispers to her granddaughter. Penelope MacLaughlin marries a miller and gradually discovers he is not as she imagined. Nonetheless she remains determined to make the best of life at the lonely mill up the Gunn Brook as she struggles to build a home around her husband’s eccentricities. His increasing absence leaves Penelope to run the mill herself, providing her with a living but also destroying the people she loves most. Penelope struggles with loss and isolation, and suffers the gradual erosion of her sense of self. A series of betrayals leaves her with nothing but the mill and her determination to save her grandchildren from their disturbed father. While she can prepare her grandsons for independence, her granddaughter is too young and so receives the greater gift: the story that made them all. Linda Little’s novels include Scotch River (2006), which won the Raddall Atlantic Fiction
Prize, and Strong Hollow (2001), which was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She has published short stories in The Penguin Book of Short Stories by Canadian Women, among others. She lives in River John, Nova Scotia. All welcome! For more information call 902-752-8233.
Friends by the Sea Artists’ Association Art Show Gala and Library Fundraiser
Saturday, May 2nd from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the New Glasgow Library MC for the evening will be John Ashton. Admission: $5 at the door.
About the Friends by the Sea Artists’ Association: Led by local artist Cathy Leeming, this group meets weekly at the New Glasgow Library to express their creativity on canvas.
Join us as Friends by the Sea Artists’ Association holds their 8th annual Art Show Gala. Food and light refreshments will be provided. Art pieces will be on display and for sale, ranging in price. Proceeds from art sales and admission fees from the association’s event will be generously donated to the library for collection development.
Tickets for a door prize (a donated painting) will also be available for purchase. Show your support for local art and talent! For more information, please call (902) 755-6031
Wed, May 13, 9am – 10am @ the Westville Public Library. Join us this morning at the library, with Sally O'Neill (from Westville Recreation) and a local walking group for the first of our community Walkabouts from the library for NS Walk Day. Light refreshments will be served after the walk. Wed, May 13, 11:30am – 12:30pm @ the Pictou Public Library. Join us for a waterfront Walkabout, with Rae Gunn (Active Pictou County) & Michelle Young (Pictou Recreation)for family-friendly stroll along the waterfront for the second of our community Walkabouts from the library for NS Walk Day. Light refreshments will be served after the walk. Wed, May 13, 3pm – 4pm @ the Stellarton Public Library. Join us this afternoon after school at the library, for a StoryWalk with journalist & local historian, Monica Graham, poet & author, Sheree Fitch and Paul Corbin (Stellarton Recreation) for the third of our community Walkabouts from the library for NS Walk Day. Light refreshments will be served after the walk. Wed, May 13, 6:30pm – 7:30pm @ the River John Public Library. Join us at the library this early evening for a sunset stroll along the River John with two of our favorite local wordsmiths, Monica Graham and Sheree Fitch for the last of our community Walkabouts from the library for NS Walk Day. Also joining us this evening are local EHS paramedics who will offer a mini-CPR community course from 5:45 pm until 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served after the walk.
Book Clubs @ the Library
Check with the hosting library for the book club selection of the month.
River John - 1st Thurs of the month at 6:00pm Phone: 902 351-2599
Westville - 2nd Thurs of the month at 6:30pm Phone: 902 396-5022
Pictou - 2nd Thurs and 3rd Tues of the month at 7:00pm Phone: 902 485-5021
New Glasgow - 3rd Tues at 7:00pm & 3rd Thurs at 6:30pm Phone: 902 752-8233
Antigonish - 3rd Wed at 7:30pm & 4th Tues at 6:30pm Phone: 902 863-4276
Stellarton - Every 4th Tues at 6:30pm Phone: 902 755-1638
NEW! Book-to-Movie Night in Pictou - last Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm Phone: 902 485-5021
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program will be running each Thursday afternoon (and select Tuesdays) from 1pm - 4pm until April 30th at the New Glasgow library. Community volunteers trained by the Canada Revenue Agency will provide a free income tax return assistance program for seniors and low income Canadians to file their annual returns. Please bring all income tax papers and receipts for income and deductions. To register for an appointment or for more information, please contact our Regional Library Headquarters office at 902 755-6031.
In Antigonish County call the People's Place Library 902 863-4276 to book an appointment. A qualified volunteer is available March 18th, 25th April 1st, 8th, 15th or 29th from 11:00-2:30.
Seniors Cafe @ the Westville Library Wed., May 6 @ 2:30-4:00pm Seniors Cafe @ the Antigonish Library Wed., May 6 @ 2:00-3:30pm Seniors Cafe @ the New Glasgow Library Thurs., May 7 @ 1:30-3:00pm Seniors Cafe @ the Pictou Library Mon. May 11 @ 10:00-Noon Seniors Now! @ the New Glasgow Library Thurs., May 14 @ 1:30-3:00pm
Seniors Café @ the Westville Library Wed. May 6, 2:30 - 4:00pm presents "Container Gardening with Angie vanKessel". Join us as Angie Van Kessel from West River Greenhouses gives some handy hints on container gardening, and what you need to do to get your garden ready for the growing season! For speaker suggestions please contact Holly at 902-755-6031. For more information please call 902 396-5022. Seniors Cafe @ the Antigonish LibraryWed. May 6, 2:00 - 3:30pm presents 'Mother's Day celebration with musician Ann Wells'. This Month's Seniors Cafe will be a Mother’s Day-themed event with musical entertainment from Ann Wells. There will be a variety of instruments played in excellent company. Join us for some refreshments and talks from a variety of speakers about various entertaining subjects. Light refreshments are provided. For more information, or speaker suggestions, please contact 902-863-4276. Seniors Cafe @ the New Glasgow Library Thurs. May 7, 1:30 - 3:00pm presents an author talk and reading - ‘Run Benny, Run' with Gary Chisholm, local author of ‘One Eyed Gunner’. Join us as local author Gary Chisholm talks about his new book ‘Run Benny, Run,’ the biography of locally-known Benedikt (Ben) Lagundzija. About the author: His first published book was the non-fiction war memory called, The One Eyed Gunner telling the story of his uncle’s wartime experience. In addition to recently releasing ‘Run Benny, Run,’ Gary spent a month in Southeast Asia gathering background for two action-packed fictional novels, The Last Flicker and Send the Message. Both novels remain works in progress. The book takes readers on a personal journey, from Ben’s life as a boy in Belgrade to a man who overcomes many obstacles to build a new life in Canada. Copies of Gary’s book will be available to purchase. For more information please call 902-755-6031. Light refreshments will be provided.
Seniors Cafe @ the Pictou Library Mon. May 11, 10:00 - noon. Join author and journalist Monica Graham as she reads from her new book 'In the Spirit.' Taken from the best of the Chronicle-Herald column of the same name, 'In the Spirit' explores with wit and wonder our human relationship with spirituality and religion. With a journalist’s curiosity, Graham asks the tough questions on a variety of subjects, from the implications of declining church membership, to Sunday shopping, to the merits of curiosity and acceptance in faith, but urges readers gently to come to their own conclusions. Whether we pray out loud or in silence, at the pub or the pew, this collection boldly holds each of us accountable to and responsible for our own spirituality, however we may choose to practice. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, or for speaker suggestions, please contact 902-485-5021. Seniors Now! @ the New Glasgow LibraryThursday May 14, 1:30 - 3:00pm presents "Mental Health & Ageing, with Mary Anne Johnstone, RN". Join us during Mental Health Awareness Week as our speaker talks about additional mental health challenges that come with aging like brain development; dementia; ageism; and more. About the speaker: Mary Anne Johnston, RN, Seniors Mental Health, Challenging Behavioural Resource Consultant. She joined the Mental Health Team at Pictou County District Health Authority in 2008, as a Challenging Behaviour Resource Consultant. Mary Anne graduated from the Aberdeen Hospital School of Nursing in 1992, completed the Mental Health Nursing Program at the Nova Scotia Hospital 1992-1993 and has worked at a number of places including the Nova Scotia Hospital and the Riverview Home Corporation. For more information please call 902-755-6031.
Lego's @ the Library
Drop in at the Westville Library Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. For more information call 902 396-5022.
Drop in at the Stellarton Library Tuesdays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. For more information call 902 755-1638.
Drop in at the Antigonish Town & County Library Thursdays at 9:30am and 3:00pm. For more information call 902 863-4276.
Drop in at the New Glasgow Library Thursdays at 3:00pm. For more information call 902 752-8233.
Drop in at the Pictou Library Saturdays 10:30am - noon. For more information call 902 485-5021.
Don't miss "Lego Robotics Club" for children ages 8 - 12 Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30pm at the Antigonish Town & County Library. This program will run from Jan. 21 to March 18. Registration is required. Please call 902 863-4276 to reserve your spot.