October is Library Month
Over 21 million people in Canada hold a public library card, making libraries the most popular cultural institution in this country. From major metropolitan areas to rural communities, from research‐intensive universities to colleges of art and design, libraries add vitality to the communities they serve and endeavour to offer everyone equal access to valuable resources.
In recognition of the contributions libraries make to our day-to-day lives, Canadians of all ages are encouraged to connect with their local library, and each other, by taking part in Canadian Library Month this October.
Sponsored by the Canadian Library Association, the theme of this year’s month-long celebration is Libraries Connect, which allows Canadians to connect with each other on a personal and social level. No matter who someone is, where they are from, or what they want to know, libraries are a place where all citizens can connect as they explore ideas, thoughts and facts.
Here in Nova Scotia, many local libraries are offering their patrons fun and interesting ways to engage, learn and, of course, connect during the month of October. Some highlights of the scheduled programming include:
One Book Nova Scotia
Launched in September and taking place throughout October, One Book Nova Scotia is a community reading program that encourages Nova Scotians to read the same book and share a similar reading experience. This year, the program’s book selection is Fauna, by Canadian author Alissa York. Described as a contemporary human fable, the novel draws together a diverse cast of characters who are learning to put their lives back together while taking care of each other and their city’s fauna.
Events such as author readings and book discussions will take place at various libraries across Nova Scotia. For more information about One Book events in your area, visit the program’s listing of events.
October 1 to 7 is Seniors Week at Nova Scotia public libraries. From sessions on medication safety, storytelling, genealogy, and crafts, to travel, technology and trivia, come and be reminded that learning is a lifelong pursuit. Check with your local library for their offerings, or consult the Department of Seniors webpage for a complete list.
Programs for Kids
Bring your youngster to the library to laugh and learn during the month of October. Programs for kids include story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers; LEGO building and afterschool clubs; movie nights; board game nights and author readings. Check with your local library to learn more about scheduled activities.
This October, head to a library near you and make a connection during Canadian Library Month!