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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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