Wel­come to your pub­lic li­brary

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - Greg Hay­ward Greg Hay­ward is the tech­ni­cal ser­vices li­brar­ian and branch li­brar­ian for the New Glas­gow Li­brary.

Mov­ing to a new com­mu­nity can be dif­fi­cult, and one of the big­gest chal­lenges can be just get­ting to know your new home. This can be even more of a chal­lenge for new­com­ers to Canada who may face other bar­ri­ers like learn­ing a new lan­guage or lo­cal cus­toms. Luck­ily, the li­brary has many re­sources to help!

In Novem­ber, we will be of­fer­ing fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy work­shops for new­com­ers at the Antigo­nish Town and County Li­brary and the New Glas­gow Li­brary. Whether you are won­der­ing about “bank­ing stuff,” “gov­ern­ment ben­e­fits” or “in­come tax” — or maybe you have ques­tions about buy­ing a home, stu­dent loans, credit and credit cards, bud­get­ing, so­cial ben­e­fits, tax cred­its or loans to sup­port a small busi­ness? Then this ses­sion will be the right place for you. All are wel­come to join us for a one-hour fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy work­shop at the li­brary. It will be of­fered in both Ara­bic and English. The pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion will be fol­lowed up by one-onone ap­point­ments. These work­shops have been made pos­si­ble through the part­ner­ship and sup­port from the Nova Sco­tia Of­fice of Im­mi­gra­tion, YREACH, Antigo­nish Women’s Re­source Cen­tre and RBC.

The two Antigo­nish Town and County Li­brary work­shops will take place on Nov. 14. The first work­shop starts at 11:30 a.m.; the sec­ond work­shop starts at 5 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, please email jubanti@awrc­sasa.ca.

The two New Glas­gow Li­brary work­shops will take place on Nov. 15. The first work­shop starts at noon; the sec­ond work­shop starts at 5 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter please email wendy.hughes@hal­i­fax.ymca.ca.

Here at the li­brary, we be­lieve all new­com­ers are vi­tal to the growth of our com­mu­ni­ties, whether you are from an­other prov­ince or an­other coun­try. Each of our li­brary branches acts as a New­comer Wel­come Cen­tre where you can find in­for­ma­tion and in-per­son help to get to know your new com­mu­nity. We also pro­vide 24/7 ac­cess to many on­line re­sources on our New­comer Wel­come Cen­tre home­page, which you can find on our web­site www.parl.ns.ca. Two ex­am­ples of great lo­cal re­sources in­cluded on that page are the Pic­tou County Set­tle­ment Guide, a great guide for any­one new to the area with in­for­ma­tion on hous­ing, health­care, ed­u­ca­tion, faith com­mu­ni­ties and more; and Pic­tou County 150 (+1): 151 Great Things About the Place We Call Home, a guide to the many won­der­ful things Pic­tou County has to of­fer and in­cludes ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages and abil­i­ties.

Rocket Lan­guages is an­other re­source avail­able to any­one with a li­brary card. This on­line lan­guage learn­ing pro­gram al­lows users to learn conversational lan­guage at their own pace and, with down­load­able lessons, you can be learn­ing a lan­guage any­where. Rocket Lan­guages is also avail­able as a free app for An­droid and iOS de­vices — just search your favourite app store. All you need is your li­brary card to start learn­ing a new lan­guage.

At your lo­cal li­brary, you will also find many print ma­te­ri­als that help sup­port new­com­ers to our area. We have ev­ery­thing from li­brary wel­come brochures in four dif­fer­ent lan­guages (English, French, Ara­bic and Ta­ga­log) to dual lan­guage books in a va­ri­ety of lan­guages, lan­guage learn­ing kits and books that cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of our com­mu­ni­ties. Our 100 Books to Cel­e­brate Di­ver­sity col­lec­tion of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one and re­flects the di­ver­sity and strength that new­com­ers bring to our com­mu­nity. The full list of books in that col­lec­tion is avail­able at www.parl.ns.ca or you can visit your lo­cal li­brary to speak with our staff about what books might ap­peal to you.

The li­brary wel­comes ev­ery­one to visit and learn more about our ser­vices and your com­mu­nity.

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