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Your Benefits: Learn about the services & benefits available to you from the Government of Canada – for Youth, Seniors Newcomers, and families
With Craig Graham, Citizen Service Specialist – Service Canada Thursday February 25 4:00pm - 5:00pm
What is Service Canada?
Service Canada is an organisation that provides a “one stop shop” for government programs and services for Citizens whether they are Seniors, Youth, Newcomers to Canada, or from the Aboriginal Community. Service Canada is about serving you better by bringing together information on most Government of Canada programs and services under one umbrella. Service Canada gives you one website to visit, one main phone number to call and a network of Service Canada Offices and Outreach sites where employees are trained to help you find the information you need. This presentation will highlight the many service offerings, Service Canada has for you, including how to navigate the website ‘canadabenefits.gc.ca’.
All are welcome! (Pre-registration is not required.)
Please call 902 752-8233 for more information or to pre-register.
Zinio digital magazines available on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
About the collection
The digital magazine collection is being shared between 4 library regions (PARL, AVRL, WCRL, ECRL). Each issue has unlimited borrowing and access, meaning multiple people can have the same issue of a magazine checked out at the same time. There are no restrictions, as is the case with Overdrive, as to how many users and can have an item checked out.
Users will need their library card number to gain access to the Zinio site no matter where they access from, library branches included, however a PIN number will not be required. You are not forced to enter your card number until you try to checkout a magazine or make an account. Once you have accessed the site you will then have to create an account. This is separate from your library account, similar to creating an Adobe or Overdrive ID.
You will have access to one year’s worth of back issues.
The collection can be accessed through a web browser from any device, there is also an app that can be downloaded and used with mobile devices. The app is free and available in most app stores.
Chair Yoga with Rachael MacLean Thursday February 25 and March 3 2:00pm - 3:00pm @ the New Glasgow Library
Join us for a gentle demonstration of Chair Yoga, with certified yoga instructor Rachael MalLean, from True Nature Studio. Chair Yoga is a wonderful way to start a practice, and is accessible to all ages, levels and abilities. If you are breathing, you are capable of this uplifting, enjoyable experience. You will discover the power of breath and movement connecting. This sesson is sponsored by New Glasgow Recreation.
About the instructor:
Rachael completed her 200 hour teacher training in the Kripalu tradition in June 2009. She has since continued her education and self development with workshops and experiences through yoga, meditation and Well-Systems programs. She is also certified in Senior's Yoga, Chair Yoga and Children's Yoga. Rachael has been a practitioner of the healing arts Reiki and Therapeutic Touch for over ten years.
All are welcome, seating is limited! For more information, please call 902-752-8233.
Seniors Cafe for month of December
Seniors Cafe at the Antigonish Library Wednesday, February 3, 2:00pm - 3:00pm presents Mary Beth Carty Rwanda & Democratic Republic of the Congo Mary Beth Carty will share stories and pictures of her trip to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the music and dance she learned there. Fun, informal sessions. Fun, informal sessions. Full access to library services & light refreshments served! For more information please call 902 863-4276.
Seniors Cafe at the Westville Library Wednesday, February 3rd, 2:30pm presents ‘Tablet Basics’with Emily Woodcock from the Nova Scotia Community Access Program (C@P) Join Emily as she covers the basics of tablets (android and apple) that might have been gifts this year under the Christmas tree! Bring your tablet along, or try one of ours – join us to learn more. 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, February 11 at 1:30pm presents ‘Travel Trip Tips – Things to keep in mind before you travel’. This month, Sherry from Travel Our Way will be in to talk travel tips. Questions before travelling abroad? Join Cheri as she talks about things to keep in mind when travelling, ranging from insurance and currency to being ‘out and about’ in a different country. About the speaker: Cheri Hallam is a 10 year veteran of the travel industry joining Travel Our Way in the autumn of 2015. She holds a diploma in Travel & Tourism and worked in Alberta for a number of years before returning to her Nova Scotia roots. She is experienced in both leisure travel and business travel. Her favourite destination, so far, is Mexico City where she enjoyed taking in the ruins, enjoying the history and climbing the Pyramid of the Sun! All are welcome! For more information please call 902 752-8233.
Seniors Cafe at the Pictou Library Monday, February 22nd 10:00 - 11:30am presents 'Challenged Books and why they were challenged'. This month, in honour of Freedom to Read week, join us as we talk about challenged books and why they were considered 'banned.' Light refreshments are provided. All are welcome! For more information please call 902 485-5021.
'The Ship Favourite, The Ship Lulan and the history behind the voyages' with guest speaker Clyde MacDonald Wed, November 25, 7pm – 8pm at the New Glasgow Library
Join guest speaker and retired judge, Clyde MacDonald, as he gives a talk about the Ship Favourite and Ship Lulan, and the history behind the voyages. James Carmichael (1788 - 1860) and his brother Captain George McKenzie (1798-1876) were at Fisher's Grant (later known as Pictou Landing) and became joint owners of the Ship Lulan in 1848 at New Glasgow. The speaker will talk about the research and history behind these figures.
The ship Favourite transported 501 emigrants from Scotland to Pictou in 1803. The ship Lulan transported 167 emigrants from Scotland to Pictou in 1848.
For more information please call (902) 752-6737
International Book Giving Day
International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th of February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.
14th February is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday
International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.
Most children in developing countries do not own books.
In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.
International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to
gift a book to a friend or family member
leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.
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.
Academic & Public Libraries working together
The Cal Best Project, touring exhibit. The exhibit will be featured January 8-14 at the Trenton Library, January 15-21 at the Stellarton Library, January 22-28 at the Westville Library, January 29 - February 4 at the Pictou Library, February 5-10 at the Antigonish Town & County Library, February 11-18 at the New Glasgow Library, and 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.
Join us for the film screening 'Simply the Best: Cal Best' as we celebrate African Heritage Month. All are welcome! Wed. Feburary 10, 7pm at the Antigonish Library, Wed. Feburary 17, 7pm at the New Glasgow Library and Thur. February 25, 6:15pm at the River John Library.