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NSLA Newsletter ISSN 1182-0209

Summer 2017 No Time To Read OR

A Crazy Busy Summer in Libraries Winter/Spring 2016

Winter/Spring 2016

Vol. 44 No. 3 (Summer 2017)


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No time! Crazy Busy! A Message from the President


150 Library Makers


150 Books of Influence


Library News


NSLA Treasurer’s Report


Past Presidents of NSLA




NSLA / LBANS Conference 2017


Rosalind Morrison Newsletter Convenor c/o NS Provincial Library 6016 University Ave., 5th Floor Halifax, NS B3H 1W4 E-mail:

Deadlines for submissions are: October 15, March 15, and June 15

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Message from our NSLA President Dear NSLA Members,

Libraries 150: 150 Books of Influence is fully underway

Summer has finally arrived, and with it hectic days of summer reading clubs and library programs, vacation schedules and, yes, Fall planning. With summer the NSLA Board heads into the last quarter of its current term, and for several of the members, it’s their final few months on the Board. At our September Board meeting half of the Board members will retire. So we as plan for 1 the Fall, concentrating efforts to find new people join the Board is a priority.

Since March, much of the attention and energy of the Board has been on Membership, Spring Workshops and the Libraries 150 project. Dale MacMillan, Membership Convener, working with other Board members, has spent countless hours on our membership records and recruitment. The diligent efforts have paid off with modest gains in renewals and new memberships.

and as of this writing, has received more than 100 author/title nominations, mostly through the website. In lead-up to the public launch of the project, ads were created and placed in Atlantic Books Today and Saltscapes Magazine, creating media attention and interest in the booklist campaign. Looking toward the August 12 submission deadline, attention is turning to the selection process for the 150 final titles. 2

The 150 Books of Influence will be presented to the public by The Honourable Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage on Saturday, September 16 at Word on The Street in Halifax. The booklist launch will be accompanied by a panel discussion on Nova Scotia’s literary heritage and literary future at 10:00 a.m. Following our session, One Book Nova Scotia will reveal the 2017 selection and host the author reading. 3

We look forward to gathering for the fantastic Professional development is a key benefit of belonging to NSLA, and the Education Institute and the Partnership’s Continuing Education Certificate program offered many and diverse webinars and learning opportunities throughout the late winter and spring. Our own Spring Workshop in Antigonish in early May offered library staff a Readers’ Advisory on the diversity of Nova Scotian literature as part of the Libraries 150 reader engagement project. 4

Libraries 150: A Celebration Conference on September 29, 30 and October 1 in Cornwallis. Conference hosts, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, the Conference Conveners, Charlotte Janes and Wendy Trimper, and the Conference Planning Committee are to be commended in advance for the unique and innovative program that awaits us. We hope to see you there.


In closing, I want to thank the 2016/2017 NSLA Board members for their hard work and efforts over this past year. To each Board member – your commitment of time and energy, and attention to detail and quality are greatly appreciated. For those leaving the Board this fall, a heartfelt "thank you" on behalf of the Association’s members for your [often] many years of service. And to those members continuing on, thank you in advance for your commitment to NSLA for another year.

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Have a great summer everyone! Cindy Cindy Lelliott NSLA President 2016/2017

Let’s Make Something! Photos submitted by Cindy Lelliott

Public libraries are hosting a series of free, hands-on workshops where Nova Scotians will learn about the cultural diversity and accomplishments of the artists, artisans, crafts people and makers in their communities.

Works generated by Nova Scotians of all ages will be curated into a collection of "150 Things Made @ The Library".

Many people enjoyed the launch of the 150 Library Makers project held at the Truro Library in early June.

What will you make this summer?

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Libraries 150: 150 Books of Influence is a project of NSLA and Nova Scotia’s Regional Public Library systems. 150 Books of Influence will be a commemorative list of 150 books that Nova Scotians believe have influenced or defined them as a people.


YOUR BOOK! The project is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and cooperation throughout Nova Scotia’s library community.


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A Sizzling Summer at Cape Breton’s Libraries! Article and photos submitted by Tara MacNeil & Chris Thomson, CBRL


to Canada 150 funding, local sponsors, and

initiatives supported by the Province of NS and Nova Scotia Public Libraries, our Cape Breton Regional libraries are hosting a fantastic line-up of summer events. This list includes the talented performers in our Children’s Performers’ Tour, Summer Reading Programs for all ages, science and technology handson programs, a Dungeons and Dragons series for youth, and family programs in partnership with Parks Canada and the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP-CB). For adults, we are also offering 150 Library Makers workshops, a Canada 150 Trivia contest, an LGBTQ Living Library, and an author reading.

Parachute fun!

CBRL followed the great Be Fit Kits idea started in other regions and we are now lending kits for outdoor family fun, along with tennis rackets and hiking poles, for one week check outs! We launched them on June 17 along with the Summer Reading Program, with a parking lot party at our neighbouring Sydney Credit Union in Sydney.

A Be Fit Kit

The Be Fit Kits include items designed to develop sports and movement skills such as throwing, kicking, hopping, jumping, catching, and balancing. Quite simply, they are a whole day of active family play in a bag with a parachute, jump ropes, washer toss and tic tac toe toss games, several balls for kicking and throwing, paddle toss, a Frisbee, and a booklet with activity ideas. Thanks to our local partner Sydney Credit Union and also Sport Nova Scotia, and the Province of Nova Scotia for supporting this project!

Limbo Challenge!

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Big Book Club back at it again! Article and photos submitted by Holly MacLean, PARL

It's back!!! Written recommendations, post-its and lots of reading in store this summer. Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library's Big Book Club began June 1, and one lucky reader will be driving off in a cool adult bike as well as prizes courtesy of the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program.

Patrons return their books to the library desk and let the library staff know what they thought about the book (with title and author noted) on a colourful sticky note (anonymously) so they can showcase it on the library’s special shelf! Then they fill out a ballot for a chance to win a prize in monthly draws.

The end result? Besides the experience of reading a great book, people can win prizes too including the grand prize of an adult bike, as well as two gift certificates for a weekend stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Stellarton, courtesy of the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program.

Janice Fralic-Brown was the lucky winner of a 1 year NSLA membership in our Spring Membership Drive. ARE YOU A MEMBER?


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Tastes Like Home Article and photos submitted by Kasia Morrison, HPL

Canada 150 celebrations presented Halifax Public Libraries with new ways of creating summertime fun. With Tastes Like Home, we went universal. Food was chosen as the theme, creating a large gateway to various kinds of conversations with our diverse community members: cooking, tasting, learning, and heritage.

At the start of Tastes Like Home, we asked an essential question: What is the best legacy a library can create involving food and reaching as many people as possible? Our answer took on many forms: strike up partnerships that can strengthen food security and culinary literacy in our region; build a community-created Tastes Like Home recipe collection on; set-up library pop-ups at markets and food banks; and purchase cooking equipment that can transform any space into a pop-up kitchen—now and long after the project is over. Top Photo: A wall of shelves bursting with utensils, pans, and appliances ready for creating a customized kitchen kit suitable for any food program for any age.

Photo on Left: Tatjana Samardzic wears a Tastes Like Home apron at one of her Immigrant Services programs— Blueberry Pancake Breakfast. They were delicious, easy to make, and fun to share.

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Library Survey Will Help Improve Services Article submitted by Ian White, WCRL

The results of a survey conducted by Western

another 100 said it was good.

Counties Regional Library last fall demonstrate adequate funding for library materials, such as books and movies, and technology are key to it being able to meet the needs of the people in Southwest Nova Scotia. “The purpose of the survey was to discover how the public perceived the library, why the public used or didn’t use the library, and where and how the library can improve its services,” says Regional Library Director Erin Comeau.

In the area of technology, most respondents

Launched in November 2016, the survey was conducted for a month, seeking input from library users and non-users. There were 779 people who responded to the survey, surpassing the library’s expectations. “We would have liked to see more non-library users respond,” adds Comeau.

The majority of respondents use the library to borrow materials. The second greatest use was to conduct research. The third greatest use was by people using computers and wireless Internet access. The fourth most popular response was to attend library programs. The majority of respondents (581) said library service was excellent while


believed the library needs to update its technology, particularly its computers. “We are reviewing public computer use in all of our library branches,” Comeau says. “Given the state of funding, we will have to downsize in order to provide adequate technology upgrades to the public computers.”

The goal is for the library to be more in tune with public need, she says. In order to do so, the library requires reliable funding.

Despite overall satisfaction with library service, respondents noted that there could be improvements in customer service. “This means more training for staff is required to ensure the staff is able to keep up with trends in libraries and research and is capable of helping people with information questions,” says Comeau.

Overall, the survey provided valuable information to be used to improve services, but Comeau believes the results of the survey also demonstrate the value of public libraries and the important role they play in their community.


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NSLA TREASURER’S REPORT As a Board we have strived to continue the efforts of previous Boards to be fiscally responsible. It is my pleasure as your treasurer to inform the membership that

NSLA is in great financial standing. As of June 10, 2017, NSLA is showing a balance of $90,334.39. Of this amount, $42,000 is a grant to be deferred to the Libraries 150 project. Actual monies available to NSLA are $32,331.86 in banked funds plus $16,002.53 in GICs for a total of $48,334.39. It has been my pleasure to serve on your behalf over the past four years. As a member of NSLA’s Board , my personal highlights were the implementation of the Professional Development Fund, the move to electronic bookkeeping and Libraries 150. As my term comes to an end, I thank past and present Board members for their patience, support and friendship. I wish the incoming Board continued success and urge all members to consider serving. I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2017 NSLA conference as we celebrate libraries and Canada 150.

Respectfully submitted by Tim Jackson Treasurer 2016-2017

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Cobequid Past & Future Article and photo submitted by Kasia Morrison, HPL Cobequid Past & Future is a big project at Halifax Public Libraries. It is deeply local. Stories are being captured in audio format and photos are being collected from community members. Two branches, one in Bedford and one in Sackville, are collaborating and thus demonstrating the connections people of the area share. The result will be an online portal to the individual histories of a diverse community and a colourful sonic portrait of the community as a whole. The Sackville River, a symbol of the timeless connection shared by each of the communities it runs through. (c.1986, Lucasville Falls)

Tall Ships at the Library! Article and photo submitted by Holly MacLean, PARL

A display fit for the Tall Ships celebrates their arrival in the Pictou Library, thanks to the creativity of staff and the local municipal Recreation Department. The Tall Ships was in Pictou from June 30 to July 2!

If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. ~ Benjamin Franklin


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ARE YOU A BUSY PERSON? NSLA WANTS YOU! Yes, you! We are looking for new board members

Why volunteer with the NSLA board?

for 2017-18. We are a group of library-loving, enthusiastic, motivated individuals in search of likeminded people to join our board.

Meet new people. New to libraries or to Nova Scotia? Serving on the board is a great way to grow your professional network.

The following positions are available for 2017-18: Vice-President Treasurer

Add to your resumĂŠ. No board experience, no problem! Serving on the board is a great way to develop skills that will assist you in your future endeavors. Put your talents to good use. Are you a math genius, a web wizard, or a marketing maven or want to learn these skills? Submit your name for the board position that best complements your skills and interests.

Nominations Newsletter Convener Bylaws Convener Public Relations and Promotions Website Convener

Note: All board positions are for 2-year terms

Learn about and advocate for libraries of all types. Gain insight into the work that other libraries are doing across the province and speak out about issues threatening the success of libraries in NS and across the country.

Curious? Have questions? Contact Jennifer Atkinson, Nominations Convener, at or any board member currently in a position that will be available this fall for more information. See for more details.

Busy as a ‌ well yes, it is a groundhog, but you get the idea! NSLA WANTS YOU!

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Trivia, Stories, a Circus Performer and More! Article submitted by Jeff Mercer, SSPL

This summer at South Shore Public Libraries plans

In August, we will feature a documentary from the

to be action packed: TD Summer Reading Club, ‘Tech Essentials’ classes, story times in the park, ‘Reading with Mara’ (safe reading with a golden retriever), life-size board games, Pokemon club, community art projects, a kite-making workshop, singer Jamie Junger, circus performer Mike Hirshbach, visits to beaches/farm markets/ festivals, Gaelic singer Mary Beth Carty, robotics camp, outdoor adventure club for babies and toddlers, sculpture creation, homeopathic help, a talk on stained glass and diplomacy, flag-making, a community journal, and so much more – I’m exhausted just writing about it!

National Film Board: An Idea of Canada will play at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library, Lunenburg Library, and Thomas H. Raddall Library. Finally, we will be participating in and promoting the 150 Books of Influence and 150 Library Makers projects. As makers we will be working on a collaborative community quilt, which we’re very excited to see when it is ready in the fall.

South Shore Public Libraries will be celebrating Canada 150 during the summer in addition to our programming (which will feature Canada prominently as well). In July, we will have a Canadian Trivia Night to test your national knowledge. We also have guest author Naomi Myrvaagnes hosting a series discussing the human relationships in authorial choices in shorts stories. Alice Munro’s Family Furnishing will be one story getting a full analysis.

In both July and August, we will be hosting Classic Canadian Reads – each of these ‘mini-book clubs’ will concentrate on a specific classic Canadian book. In July, we’ll be discussing the implications of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for society today, and in August we will talk about the historical relevance of Thomas H. Raddall’s The Nymph and the Lamp.

Photo by R. Morrison

NSLA/ LBANS 2017 Conference Sept 29—Oct 1, 2017 Libraries 150: a celebration


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New Board, Great Stats, and an Evil Genius Club! Article and photos submitted by Denise Corey, CPL

The October 2016 municipal election had quite an

We will be touring our Evil Genius Club this

impact on our Cumberland Public Libraries Board membership. Six of the 9 board members are new and a new chair, vice-chair and treasurer had to be elected. Due to the amalgamation of two communities into the Municipality of Cumberland County, we now have 5 citizen appointees (including the Provincial appointees) serving on the Board. We now have 3 municipalities rather than the 5 we had just a few years ago.

summer. It’s a program aimed at ages 9-14 with emphasis on STEM activities. For the 4th year in a row, CPL has selected a winning Hackmatack author to tour our region. Author of Haunted Canada 5, Joel Sutherland, gave 4 readings to 272 people. We’ve had an excellent year for independent programs. Our scavenger hunts have had over 600 participants and all those who took part got to select a book from our Adopt-a-Library stock.

2016/17 was our best program year ever! We had

The one-time provincial

over 11,700 people of all ages take part in programs. We also had a 4% increase in circulation in 2016/17. We have purchased people counters for two of our locations and have been pleasantly surprised at the actual numbers of patrons. We will be purchasing more.

government grant of $52,667 has meant that CPL did not have to make any cuts this year. I will be talking to the Board about what will potentially need to be eliminated in the coming years. We’re encouraging patrons to “Donate to Morris Haugg receives Celebrate” in honour of a bookplate. our 50th anniversary. Each donation of $25 gets a bookplate in a new book and a tax receipt.

We will have a new library in Pugwash in the next few years. The Municipality of Cumberland County has purchased land for a new multipurpose centre which will house the library in addition to providing meeting space, and offices. This is part of an overarching plan for revitalizing the whole village.

Three students have been hired for the summer with grants from YCW, SKILLS, and the Christie Foundation. Chantelle Taylor presented at the APLA conference with Kristel Fleuren-Hunter from PARL about misconceptions of the romance genre. Joel Sutherland giving a reading.

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Nordic Walking Club Article by Elizabeth Glinz (PARL) and photos by Holly MacLean (PARL)

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is taking library programming to the streets! (Also, to the track, the sidewalk, and community nature trails). Following a how-to session with Nordic Walking NS instructors Bill and Esther VanGorder, staff of the Antigonish branch have formed a Nordic Walking Club for interested patrons.

Thanks to grant money from NS Heart & Stroke Walkability, each library in the region has two sets of Nordic Walking poles, which may be borrowed for free with a PARL library card. The Town of Antigonish’s Recreation Department has a further 30 poles to lend as well to help everyone get engaged with this exciting, fast-growing fitness activity.

Nordic Walking is an effective low-impact physical activity, with proven benefits for overall fitness, weight loss & rehabilitation. The group is meeting every 2nd Tuesday to learn how to safely use the poles, and to put that knowledge into practice with guided walks by library staff.

No time is the right time. The Board needs YOU now!


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Enjoy the Children’s Performers Tour this Summer! Article and photo submitted by Ray Fernandes, NSPL

Five Nova Scotian children’s performers will be touring NS this summer, performing 71 shows in public libraries across the province. Nova Scotian arts and culture will be on display and celebrated as children’s performers travel and perform throughout the province.

celebrating Canada’s 150th, NS public libraries will present the tour to both highlight our identity and diverse ethnic communities, and to represent the different artistic and performing arts communities within Nova Scotia.

The tour is organized by the Council of Youth The Children’s Performer Tour is part of the public libraries summer reading campaign, to engage kids with library programs and activities all summer long.

Nova Scotian culture is deeply intertwined with the arts. Music, dance, storytelling and the arts are a big part of who we are as a province. As part of

Services (COYS), which includes youth services staff from all nine NS public library regions. NS public libraries recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources. COYS is also grateful to NSLA for supporting previous children’s performers tours including a puppeteer in 2015, and storyteller in 2016.

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Library board saddened by loss of ‘Lonnie’ Townsend Article and photo submitted by Ian White, WCRL

Western Counties Regional Library board member Alzono ‘Lonnie’ Townsend died on his birthday, May 22, 2017 at the age of 74. He represented the Town of Lockeport on the board since late 2012.

Born in West Head, he spent 25 years in the news business as a reporter and editor of the Shelburne Coast Guard and as a reporter with CKBW Radio. He retired in 2002, the same year he was elected as a councillor for the Town of Lockeport. Most of his time on council was as deputy mayor until his death.

in various gospel groups, most notably Shepherd’s Joy. He loved news and politics. He loved photography, all sports, especially golf, hockey and baseball. He loved his community and served on various committees.

Alzono ‘Lonnie’ Townsend

Lonnie believed in the regional library system, According to his obituary, he was the son of the late Darius and Caroline (Stuart) Townsend. He was a devout Christian man. Lonnie graduated from Zion Bible Institute in Rhode Island, and was a Pentecostal Pastor for many years. His ministry also included singing and playing guitar, solo, and

Games In Public Libraries

saying: “It serves the area well. I’d like to be part of that.”

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Marie ( Hank Roy); step-grandsons, Chris and Brandon; brothers, Milford (Linda); Burnley; Tim (nephew).

Every Game its Player and Every Player their Game: A Survey of Games in Canadian Public Libraries is a project being conducted by McGill Information Studies student Kayley McLeod. The survey builds on the work of Dr. Scott Nicholson, a librarian and Professor of Game Design and Development at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, and hopes to gauge the saturation of games in libraries from diverse Canadian public libraries to provide data about library gaming protocols and best practices to benefit all public libraries. The survey asks about game collections and programs as well as computer policies at your library. The survey can be found at: and should take around 5-10 minutes. All library workers are invited and encouraged to participate!" Thanks for your help! Kayley McLeod MISt II, McGill University TAG Research Center member, Concordia University


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Painting, Laughing, and Learning Together! Article by Jeff Mercer, SSPL

What a busy spring at South Shore Public Libraries! Monthly art displays continue to be a big hit at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library. This spring we featured work by students from the South Shore Waldorf School, Peter Matyas, members of the Bridgewater Photographic Society, and Wesley Lowe.

We’ve introduced knitting circles to the Library, which are going strong in Lunenburg and Greenfield. They’ve already brought in someone to share their knowledge of smocking, and plans are underway for others to come and share their expertise in other handcrafts.

Authors Jill Martin Bouteillier and Sky Curtis visited March Break this year was vibrant, exciting, and full of energy, with programs including presentations from Green Schools Nova Scotia, workshops on building your own PC, classes on interactive writing, Math Madness (featuring the Rice Up Against Hunger program), needle felting workshops, coding classes, and art projects!

the Thomas H. Raddall Library in May and June for readings to very engaged audiences. Sky has promised to return when she is writing her next book, and Jill won the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing for her book Sable Island in Black and White just a week after our reading!

Three Hackmatack authors visited schools in our area, courtesy of the Library. The kids had a great time meeting Susan White, Joann Hamilton-Barry, and James Leck, and kept them on their toes with lots of enthusiastic questions!

We’ve begun a new Books for Babies program at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library, and it is a lot of fun in the library when children from infant to 3 months to 3 years and their moms are all singing, laughing, and sharing stories.

We held a very successful Paint Nite fundraising event at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library at the end of March, with 47 people painting, laughing, and learning together while supporting the library. And not a drop on the carpet!

Lots to do! No time to be bored! Photo by Chris Thomson & Tara MacNeil, CBRL

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Celebrating One Step at a Time …. Article and photos by Holly MacLean, PARL

They came, they walked and they won! Yes, we celebrated Nova Scotia Walk Day on Wednesday, May 10 in library locations throughout Pictou and Antigonish Counties! Thanks to a NS Heart and Stroke Walkability grant we were able to host some Nordic Walking ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions with Bill and Esther VanGorder from Nordic Walking Nova Scotia in Antigonish and Pictou, fund the purchase of Nordic Walking poles to add to our collection, and have some snacks too with support from local Community Health Boards.

Westville Walk Day

A special thanks also goes out to Walk Day ambassadors, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library staff and municipal Recreation Departments for celebrating Walk Day with us!

Trenton Walk Day

Pictou Walk Day

Time flies when you’re having fun!


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Celebrate the world of information with NSLA ! Become a member today… be part of an engaged library community!

Why join?... There are many reasons! •

Savings – registration at annual conference, professional development workshops, the Partnership courses, Education Institute webinars, Perkopolis and The Library Marketplace, joint NSLA/APLA memberships

Professional development – annual NSLA workshops, the Partnership courses, EI webinars, PD fund/grant opportunities, access to the Continuing Education Certificate program

Participation – full voting privileges, NSLA email discussion list, volunteering at the conference, submitting articles to the newsletter, opportunities to serve on the executive

Join now! Take advantage of preferred membership registration rates for the 2017 NSLA conference, Sept 29 - Oct 1 at the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, in picturesque Cornwallis, Annapolis County.

Visit for more information or contact the Membership Convener at

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Canada 150 Letter Writing Article and picture by Ian White, WCRL Yarmouth staff of Western Counties Regional Library created a mailbox for the Canada 150 library letter share. People are encouraged to participate in the nationwide letter-sharing program celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday. At various library branches, people can send and receive letters from libraries across Canada. People can drop in and write a letter or write it ahead of time and mail it at the branches. Editor’s note: The East Gwillimbury Public Library in Ontario originated the project to coincide with Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Library clerk Carol Wing mailing a card.

NSLA Conference Bursary The NSLA Conference Bursary provides financial assistance to a library staff person who is in need of assistance to attend the NSLA annual conference. Requirements: • • • •

Applicant must not have attended the conference in the last two years Applicant must send a letter outlining his/her need Applicant must be a library staff person and a current member of NSLA All applications must be received by August 1 of any given year

The chosen applicant will be notified by August 30 For more information, contact: NSLA Secretary Yvette Frost 405 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS B5A 1G3


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Super Staff at SSPL Article by Jeff Mercer, SSPL

We keep everyone at South Shore Public Libraries

Five staff members are celebrating service

current with first aid training; the latest certification course was held this spring, so we are once again completely up-to-date.

milestones with us this year: Simone Karsten and Karren Geddes-Selig have been working with SSPL for five years; Sheena Masson has been here ten years; Christina Pottie has been part of the Library for 15 years now (and has had almost as many job titles); and Lynn Robart has seen SSPL struggle, change, grow, and thrive for 35 years! There might not be an SSPL if Lynn didn’t keep us all pointed in the right direction. Congratulations everyone, and thanks for all of your hard work!

We are happy to announce that new MLIS graduate, Eric Pottie, has joined us for a two-year term, which was possible through a “Graduate to Opportunity” grant from Labour and Advanced Education. His primary role will be as Librarian for the Thomas H. Raddall Library in Liverpool, but he will also supervise staff at the Alean Freeman Library in Greenfield, and be part of the regional programming and PR teams (plus other duties as required, of course!).

And Super Staff at WCRL! Article and photos submitted by Ian White, WCRL

Regional Library Director Erin Comeau, left, and Deputy Director Joanne Head, right, present Automation Trainer Verna DeViller with a retirement certificate and cake celebrating her retirement after 39 years of service to WCRL. Her last day at work was May 11, but her official retirement date was June 23.

Systems administrator Ryan McKenzie receives his 10-year work certificate from WCRL Director Erin Comeau and the headquarters staff.

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In Praise of Those Who Served: NSLA Presidents 1973/74 – Barbara Kincaid

1995/96 – Frances Newman

1974/75 – Heather Harbord

1996/97 – Heather MacKenzie

1975/76 – David Witherly

1997/98 – Sarah Hainsworth

1976/77 – David Witherly

1998/99 – Lynda Marsh

1977/78 – Emile Theriault

1999/2000 – Ronald Bulmer

1978/79 – Corinne Frantel

2000/01 – Peggy Hiscock

1979/80 – Corinne Frantel

2001/02 – Peggy Hiscock

1980/81 – Jean Morgan

2002/03 – Erica Smith

1981/82 – Jean Morgan

2003/04 – Erica Smith

1982/83 – Bill Mitchell

2004/05 - Trudy Amirault

1983/84 – Janet Pelley

2005/06 – Mary Landry

1984/85 – Heather MacKenzie

2006/07 – Charlotte Janes

1985/86 – Heather MacKenzie

2007/08 – Lynn Somers

1986/87 – Don Goss

2008/09 – Yvette Frost

1987/88 – Mary MacRury

2009/10 – Lynn Lavoie

1988/89 – Hope Bridgewater

2010/11 – Faye MacDougall

1989/90 – Hope Bridgewater

2011/12 – Denise Corey

1990/91 – Martha Langille

2012/13 – Laura Emery

1991/92 – Fred Popowich

2013/14 – Jeff Mercer

1992/93 – Kevin Crick

2014/15 – Trecia Schell

1993/94 – Donna Bourne-Tyson

2015/16 – Cindy Lelliott

1994/95 – Michael Colborne

2016/17 – Cindy Lelliott

Thanks for the time you gave NSLA! Photo by R. Morrison, NSPL


Congratulations! NSLA Award Winners!

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Congratulations are extended to Guy LeLievre who received the NSLA prize at NSCC. This award recognizes the great achievements and contributions of a graduating student to the overall NSCC Library and Technology Program.

Congratulations are extended to Katie Gallant who received the NSLA prize at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University. Her award acknowledges her high GPA and her demonstrated interest in public library work.

For more information on NSLA awards, visit awards/

Katie Gallant (center) receiving award from Cindy Lelliott, NSLA President, on the left, with Dr. Louise Spiteri (SIM Faculty) on the right. Photo by Nick Pearce.

The time is

NOW! Photo by Kaisa Morrison, HPL

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ALA Trip Enabled by NSLA Article and photos by Angela Reynolds, AVRL

Thanks to a Professional Development Award from NSLA, I was able to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23-27. Joining 20,000 librarians in one city is always inspiring. This year, I got really inspired by Chicago Public Library’s Summer Learning Challenge. In a session on how they worked with the Museum of Science and Industry to create a super summer program, I heard some pretty amazing statistics—including the fact that participants in the summer library program not only mitigate the “summer slide”, but also gain academic skills in math and reading. It is nice when Science proves what Youth Librarians have always known.

Social Justice is the big buzz in the US, which is understandable. Several sessions focused on how to be more inclusive, how to create diverse displays, how to talk about race in storytime, and the rebellious actions librarians are taking to stand up for the underserved members of their communities. One librarian said, “the least served by the community are the most served by us”; another said of social justice actions “You might have to get uncomfortable.” The closing speaker was Hillary Clinton who said that libraries were important now more than ever, stressing the necessity for early literacy and the freedom to read and find facts. There’s an idea that reading is power, and libraries are in a position to give that power to people.



what good their services do, and changes that individuals perceive as a result of library initiatives. It is free for all libraries, but you must register first in order to use the tool. With several topic areas, the measurement tool looks fairly easy to use and implement. I might give it a try this summer!

I powered though hundreds of exhibits, looking at books and furniture and resources. I’m amazed at the beautiful, functional furnishings that libraries can add to their spaces these days. If you’ve been looking at those “rocker” stools and wondering if they are really comfy, the answer is yes. Yes they are.

I’ll be sharing more of the Summer Reading inspiration at the NSLA conference in September, so plan to join us for a rousing discussion! And thanks,

Hillary Clinton

At a session sponsored by PLA (Public Library Association), I heard about, a free resource for libraries looking to do outcomes measurement. The tool helps libraries figure out


Angela and friends


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NSLA Enables Conference Attendance Article by Rosalie Gillis, CBRL


As the Coordinator of Community Support for the Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL), I have a nontraditional job within the public library. This job includes many areas, such as fundraising, project development, partnership development, marketing, communications and public relations, and a variety of other duties, as they arise. I have been working in this position for 22 years and have seen the need for all these functions within public libraries grow. The need for public libraries to get outside their doors and partner within their communities has never been greater, both for raising their profile and for raising funds.

develop for seniors through library programs. This impact is real and it makes a great difference in our communities. Libraries need to find ways to measure and share this impact with our community, our funders, and with media in a way that illustrates that impact. When looking through the fundraising lens, knowledge of the impact an organization has on its community makes donors more likely to give.

Storytelling is a theme that came up over and over

NSLA, and support from CBRL, I was able to attend the 2017 Maritime Fundraising Conference held in Halifax in June. My hope when attending this conference was to learn what is new in the world of fundraising, to network with others who are doing similar work, and to get inspiration for more creativity moving forward in my job.

during the conference. Although statistics are important, the best way to tell people about the impact you have on a community is by telling your story in a simple, honest way that will elicit emotion. Emotion inspires action. Donors want to feel connected to the cause they are supporting, and storytelling is an effective way to merge meaning and emotions. In making a case for why your library should be supported, you need to tell a clear, simple story about how the library has had an effect on a person or group. This is much more likely to be remembered than statistics.

The conference had delegates from all Atlantic

We need to take time from our busy schedules to

Provinces and from many non-profit organizations from across the region. Universities and hospitals were well represented, as well as many smaller health and service organizations. A number of themes were explored during the two days, including the need to reflect on your organization’s impact on the community it serves, the importance of storytelling in communicating that impact, and the need to celebrate success when it happens.

celebrate the things that go right, small and big. This often gets overlooked when you are very busy, and the next challenge is coming on the heels of the last success. Taking the time to celebrate your success helps you to reflect on your impact and gives you energy to take on the next challenge.

Thanks to a professional development grant from

Libraries have a great impact on our communities. We in the library world know this. We see it every day, from the excitement a child experiences when they find a book they love, to the friendships that

Overall, this was a good professional development experience and I would recommend others take advantage of this opportunity from NSLA.

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The Education Institute I Am Myself Too Busy to Read Words by Saint Augustine of Hippo [c390CA]

I am myself too busy to read. And in any event, where can I find the books? Who has them, or when can I procure them? Can I borrow them from anyone? I must appoint set times, set aside certain hours for the health of my soul. ‌

rest? Why not do this? But if I do, when shall I have time to visit powerful friends of whose influence I stand in need, or when prepare the lessons I sell to my pupils, or when refresh myself by relaxing my mind from too close preoccupation with my heavy concerns?

My pupils occupy the morning hours, but what do I do with the

Confessions VI, xi, 19. (as cited by Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo: A biography, c1967, p86)


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NSLA/LBANS Conference 2017 Submitted by Wendy Trimper & Charlotte Janes, Conference Co-convenors

Plan to attend the NSLA/LBANS Library Conference:

The Friday night opening reception is not to be

Libraries 150: a celebration on the weekend of Sept 29—Oct 1. The 2017 conference is hosted by Annapolis Valley Regional Library and will be held at the scenic Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, Cornwallis, Annapolis County. There will be something for everyone!

missed. Author Ami McKay will read from her haunting book The Witches of New York and, then, Ami sits down for a spell-binding conversation with Angela Reynolds (AVRL’s own researcher of dark tales). The talented and inspiring women who make up the musical group Cuckoo Moon will charm us through the early evening and officially start their set at 8:30pm. Complete your evening with a visit to Lady Mabigouia’s table for Tarot and Crystal Ball Readings ($ 10 per session). Cash bar available.

Pre-conference workshops will include: Reinventing Interior Space – Use and Design (5 very different perspectives); SRC Reboot: Round Table Redux; Borrow by Mail Service in NS – Roundtable discussion; Treaty Education.

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The keynote will be delivered by author Gloria Ann

An additional workshop stream of author

Wesley. The workshop lineup for the weekend includes:  Library Board Trustees: What Role, What Future?  Maker Space: What’s your WOW? (includes Lego Robotics (NSCC) Maker Space (PARL) Creative Lab (HPL)  The Better to See You With, presented by Angela Reynolds who spent a month at the University of Florida researching Little Red Riding Hood  Advocacy Now! How Can Library Boards be More Effective in Advocacy and Development  Running a Successful Writers’ Club in Your Library  Promoting Mi’kmaw Culture in Your Library  Culture Action Plan: Overview and Next Steps  Publishing Culturally Diverse Books in Canada (Groundwood Books, Nimbus Publishing, and author Gloria Ann Wesley)  Programming for Seniors (includes Chair Yoga and Death Café)  Supporting International and Immigrant Populations in Your Community  Fundraising  Girls Who Code  What does the Building Code and the Accessibility Act Mean to Libraries?  Libraries and 21st Century Workplace Literacy Skills  Do Puppets Sing at Storytime? with “storytime guerrilla” Dana Horrocks

readings, open to the public, will include Ami McKay (Friday night), Gloria Ann Wesley (keynote), Jon Tattrie, Wade White, and Lance Woolaver (all on Saturday). This is made possible thanks to the Libraries 150 grant.

Saturday evening will feature a Conference Banquet Dinner with an Acadian flair, awards, and a showing of the movie Maudie in the Conference Centre’s theatre, complete with popcorn!

This is sure to be a weekend of inspiring professional development opportunities and plenty of fun.


See you at the conference! LIBRARIES 150: a celebration Sept 29—Oct 1 Annapolis Basin Conference Centre

Nova Scotia Library Association Newsletter Summer 2017  

Newsletter of the NS Library Association, Nova Scotia, Canada

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