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Western Counties Regional Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 with displays, fun trivia contests, and other activities highlighting the vast changes that have taken place in library services between 1969 and 2019.
All 10 branches will mark the official anniversary date of Oct. 29, 1969 on Oct. 29 by serving cake and offering library tours.
One of the youngest regional library systems in Nova Scotia, the formation of the regional library in 1969 brought public library services for the first time to many communities throughout Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties. In those days, noise was frowned upon, card catalogues were how we accessed the world, and food in the library was strictly forbidden.
“Things have changed a great deal over 50 years,” says regional library director Erin Comeau. “Shushing librarians are a thing of the past and libraries are now a place where people gather to learn and be engaged. Computers and the Internet have replaced the card catalogue. Chess clubs, knitting circles and groups of people coming together for a The library is asking people to help with the celebrations by sharing old photographs or newspaper clippings they may have of events or activities held at any of the library’s 10 branches or now retired bookmobile.
coffee and to socialize is the new norm.”
To mark the golden anniversary, old newspaper articles chronicling the challenges to bring the regional library into existence and a variety of photo- graphs are on display at all 10 branches.
The library is asking people to help with the celebrations by sharing any old photographs or newspaper clippings they may have of events or activities held at any of the library’s 10 branches or now retired bookmobile.
“We hope to engage library users throughout the anniversary year by challenging them with a little library trivia and by providing people with opportunities to share their memories and love for their libraries,” says Comeau.
The bookmobile is a thing of the past for Western Counties Regional Library, but it is being remembered as the library celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019.
ABOVE and BELOW: The library makes technology such as the mobile robots Ollies and videogame Minecraft available at the library branches. These additions are part of the many changes at the library over the past 50 years.