A new year, with new dis­cov­er­ies ... that be­gin at the li­brary!

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

Is it part of your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions to cre­ate ad­ven­tures in your own back­yard? Why not try snow­shoe­ing, the gym, go for a swim or take a walk on a snowy trail with some Nordic walk­ing poles! The li­brary is a great place to start — and all you need, is your li­brary card.

Thanks to a great part­ner­ship with Ac­tive Pic­tou County, the li­brary is home to some amaz­ing out­door ac­tiv­ity gear that you can bor­row for free — with your valid Pic­tou-Antigo­nish Re­gional Li­brary card. Start­ing this week, the li­brary will add 20-plus pairs of snow­shoes (for youth and adults) to our lend­able li­brary col­lec­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the Fun Fit Pass ac­cess pro­gram with Ac­tive Pic­tou County also con­tin­ues — and PARL card hold­ers can bor­row a Fun Fit pass to visit three lo­cal com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity venues: the Pic­tou Fish­eries Train­ing Pool, True Po­ten­tial Gym or the YMCA of Pic­tou County. And thanks to the NS Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion’s Walkabout pro­gram, the li­brary has two pairs of Nordic Walk­ing Poles avail­able for pa­trons to bor­row at each of our li­brary branches. A per­fect op­por­tu­nity, for tight house­hold bud­gets af­ter the hol­i­day sea­son, and it’s all free — with your li­brary card. And of course, the li­brary also has many help­ful books and in­struc­tional DVDs on a di­verse ar­ray of top­ics and pro­ject ideas too.

Also start­ing up this week, most of the li­brary’s reg­u­lar weekly and monthly pro­grams are back in the swing of things. The li­brary has lots of fun pro­grams on the go for all ages and abil­i­ties, for the young and young-at-heart. Some pro­grams and spe­cial events are drop-in as you wish, while other pro­grams do re­quire pre-reg­is­tra­tion (due to lim­ited ma­te­ri­als or space).

As well, there is a new, af­ter­noon book club start­ing up at the Stellarton Li­brary this month. The new book club will be meet­ing the fourth Tues­day of the month at 1 p.m. Con­tact the Stellarton Li­brary for de­tails and to reg­is­ter, as space is lim­ited, 902-755-1638. For the full list of pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties at the li­brary, please visit our PARLevents cal­en­dar at www.parl.ns.ca/ events/in­dex.php.

Lit­er­acy be­gins with fam­ily

Lit­er­acy skills are a cru­cial skill in to­day’s work­place, from be­ing able to read as­sem­bly in­struc­tions to road­side di­rec­tions, a cook­ing recipe to a med­i­ca­tion pre­scrip­tion, sign­ing le­gal doc­u­ments to ap­ply­ing for your driver’s li­cence. An­nu­ally, on Jan. 27, we cel­e­brate Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day across Canada to rec­og­nize the im­por­tance that sup­port­ing early child­hood lit­er­acy, and the cru­cial role that strong fam­i­lies play.

From Jan. 22 to 26, the Westville li­brary is host­ing Ele­phant & Pig­gie ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies to en­joy to­gether. Also, Jan. 22 to 26, the Tren­ton Li­brary is also invit­ing folks to drop-in and share their favourite sto­ries, and craft a doo­dle for our doo­dle ta­ble.

The River John li­brary is host­ing a spe­cial Fam­ily Sto­ry­time to cel­e­brate Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 23, at 9:30 a.m.

The Pic­tou li­brary is hav­ing a “Li­brary Mys­tery” pup­pet show also on Jan. 23 start­ing at 10:30 a.m.

The Stellarton li­brary is invit­ing every­one to join them for a PJ party on Thurs­day, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. for a Snug­gle Up & Read! Fam­ily Sto­ry­time.

The Pic­tou li­brary is hav­ing a Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day Sto­ry­time on Satur­day, Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m., with some very spe­cial guest read­ers!

The New Glas­gow li­brary is home to a Pete the Cat Scavenger Hunt all week long, start­ing on Sun­day, Jan. 27, un­til Satur­day, Feb. 2.

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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