’Tis the sea­son — the hol­i­day sea­son!

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - Tre­cia Schell

It is the per­fect time to drop by the li­brary, learn some­thing new, meet your neigh­bours — the more the mer­rier! — re­lax in a comfy chair, read a great book or au­dio­book, design a Christ­mas or­na­ment and 3-D print it, or bor­row some movies or a TV se­ries box set for the week­end. The li­brary can even help with your hol­i­day shop­ping, for the booklover or movie fan on your gift list, with our an­nual Gift-a-Book fundraiser.

The re­gional li­brary is thank­ful to be a com­mu­nity part­ner with the Spread­ing the Christ­mas Cheer in Pic­tou County cam­paign. Each li­brary lo­ca­tion in Pic­tou County has sev­eral boxes of blank Christ­mas cards, kindly do­nated to Adopt-a-Li­brary Lit­er­acy Pro­gram by COLES High­land Square New Glas­gow, just wait­ing to be filled out with warm hol­i­day wishes. Or, if you are feel­ing par­tic­u­larly crafty, we also have a small stack of craft­ing sup­plies at our Arts ta­bles, and you can make a unique hol­i­day card to give, too.

Do­na­tions of com­pleted cards are wel­come at each of our li­brary branches in Pic­tou County, to be dropped off into a big Christ­mas stock­ing that’s been hung with care. The com­pleted Christ­mas cards will be picked up by the crew of help­ful elves with the Christ­mas Cheer pro­gram by Dec. 6, and hand-de­liv­ered to res­i­dents of the lo­cal res­i­den­tial care homes in Pic­tou County. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Christ­mas Cheer cam­paign, visit their Facebook page Spread­ing Christ­mas Cheer in Pic­tou County!

The Stel­lar­ton Li­brary is home to a Mit­ten Tree again this year. If you have spare warm mit­tens, hats and scarves at home, please con­sider dec­o­rat­ing our hol­i­day tree at the li­brary. All the items col­lected, will be re-gifted to lo­cal com­mu­nity groups in need of such items.

Is the grey, gloomy weather get­ting you down? If so, then it is all the more rea­son to pop into the li­brary — and en­joy a few min­utes of “sun­shine” light ther­apy with one of our Light Ther­apy Lamps. The li­brary re­ceived a small grant from each of our lo­cal Com­mu­nity Health Boards in Pic­tou and Antigo­nish Coun­ties, and sup­port from two lo­cal phar­ma­cies, Maclean and Poulain Phar­macy First in Stel­lar­ton, and MacKin­nons Phar­masave in Antigo­nish. For more in­for­ma­tion about the light ther­apy lamps at the li­brary, and how to use them safely, read the in­for­ma­tional poster lo­cated next to each lamp in the li­brary, and visit the in­for­ma­tional web­page, www.parl.ns.ca/ser­vices/ther­a­py­lamps.php .

As the year comes to a close, the li­brary has lots of fun pro­grams on the go, for all ages and abil­i­ties, for the young and young-at-heart. Most pro­grams and spe­cial events are drop-in as you wish, with a few re­quir­ing pre-regis­tra­tion, due to lim­ited ma­te­ri­als or space. From Santa’s vis­its, to mak­ing rein­deer food, scav­enger hunts (for all ages) for Christ­mas elves and Santa’s miss­ing rein­deer, to LEGO Chal­lenges, mak­ing Christ­mas cards, colour­ing con­tests and a Se­cret Santa Read­ing Chal­lenge. For the full list of pro­grams on the go, visit our PARLevents cal­en­dar at www.parl.ns.ca/events/in­dex. php.

For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing li­brary pro­grams, spe­cial events and ser­vices, drop by your lo­cal li­brary branch, fol­low us on Twitter, find us on Facebook or visit us on­line at www.parl.ns.ca.

Tre­cia Schell is Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Li­brar­ian and Branch Li­brar­ian — Books-by-Mail, River John, Stel­lar­ton and Tren­ton pub­lic li­braries.

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