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Community Café programs for January
Our Senior's Café is now the Community Café! PARL is pleased to continue providing the same quality programming, including music, special guests and speakers, light refreshments, and an inclusive, welcoming space for our community.
Community Café - Wednesday, January 4 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Antigonish Library. Virtual bowling on the Wii! Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. For more information please call 902-863-4276.
Community Café - Wednesday, January 4 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm at the Westville Library. 'Let's Talk About Reflexology' with speaker Jeanette Gormley. Drop-in, snacks & light refreshments provided. For more information, or to suggest a speaker, please call (902) 396-5022.
Seniors Now - Thursday, January 12 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the New Glasgow Library. This month, join Bonnie McCarron, local Cancer Patient Navigator as she talks about her role and some of the resources available for those living with Cancer. Light refreshments served. For more information, or for program suggestions, please call (902) 752-8233 or (902) 755-6031.
**New day & time!** Community Café - Wednesday, January 18 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm at the Pictou Library. This month, we will be hosting Mystic Mike Thompson who will be giving insight into the year ahead. For more information, or to make a program suggestion, please contact (902) 485-5021.
Conversation Circle with MAPC
New Glasgow Library @ 6:30pm. January 11th & 25th, February 8th & 22nd Do you want to practice your English? Or meet new people in your community? Then join us at the Conversation Circle in the New Glasgow Library. At each gathering a member of the Multicultural Association of Pictou County will host a group conversation to help newcomers improve their language skills. Light refreshments will be available!
Family Literacy Day!
Join us all this week, and today, as we celebrate Family Literacy Day!
Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.
Barbara Reid, award-winning Canadian author and illustrator, is the Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day!
Wednesdays at 2:00pm at the Antigonish People's Place Library
Thursdays at 3:00pm at the Pictou Library
Fridays at 10:00am at the River John Library
Fridays at 1:00pm at the Stellarton Library
Every 2nd Saturday at 2:30pm at the New Glasgow Library
And For kids ages 7+
the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the Stellarton Library
the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:00pm at the Westville Library
Pictou Library, Thursdays @ 6:30pm
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to speak Gaelic? A small group of people with interest in speaking Gaelic are planning a weekly get together every Thursday at 6:30pm to see if there are any others that would like to meet regularly to share their love of the language. For more information, please call (902) 485-5021.
Silver Surfers Computer Club 3rd Wednesday of the month 2:00pm at the Westville Public Library
Burning questions about technology? Save them for us as we tackle topics ranging from how to use your new tablet, to taking the perfect photo with your smartphone or electronic device! Questions are welcome, as we learn more about how to use technology to our advantage. Join us
For more information please call 902 396-5022.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation's 'Heart to Heart' event with guest speakers Dr. Angie Kolen from St. FX University & Claire MacLean, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Thu, June 16, 5pm – 7pm at the Antigonish Town & County Library Public Library
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is committed to creating healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Join them for a 'Heart to Heart' to share your stories and learn how the Heart and Stroke Foundation is creating survivors. Guest speakers will be Dr. Angie Kolen, St. Francis Xavier University and Claire MacLean, Heart & Stroke Foundation.
For more information please contact the library at (902) 863-4276.
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.