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NSLA Newsletter ISSN 1182-0209

Winter/Spring 2016


Vol. 44 No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2017)


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Inside this issue: A Message from the President


Libraries 150


NSLA Membership Drive


150 Library Makers


Library news


Spring Workshops


Conference Info

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CFLA-FCAB Annual Report


Missed an issue? Visit the NSLA Newsletter Archive!

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 the President

Dear Members, Two All evidence to the contrary, as a mix of snow and ice falls outside my window this afternoon, spring is mere days away. Spring is, of course, a time of rejuvenation, and brings with it fresh possibilities and new growth. There are also the busy, hectic days of March Break, and plans, plans and more plans for summer programs and library activities, but, with the warmth of the sun and a mild day or two, we are always reenergized and inspired again in the spring.

A lack of energy hasn’t been evident in the NSLA these past few months. It’s hard to believe, but the NSLA Board is almost at another halfway point. For many of us, the year we had under our belts helped us feel comfortable and be more productive in our positions. Last September NSLA adopted two-year terms for the President and Vice President. Now, after 18 months in this role and feeling far more informed and confident, I can tell you the new length of term definitely is a good idea!

The Board met in November in Wolfville, and met at the end of March at the Sackville Public Library. In November we welcomed Dale MacMillan, Membership Convener, and welcomed back, Yvette Frost, Board Secretary. The final report from the 2016 Conference Committee was presented, and was accepted by the Board. The Board decided to update the NSLA logo, produce a rack card and rework the Membership brochure. Thanks to Jai Soloy at AVRL, we quickly had the new version of the logo. The rework of the brochure is a work-inprogress. Membership in NSLA was promoted to attendees of the Dal SIM IWB 2017 Conference in February.

successful applications to the Professional Support and Development Fund were received last fall. Rosalie Gillis, CBRL, and Angela Reynolds, AVRL, were both given funds to assist with travel and fees for professional conferences.

In late October the NSLA Board agreed to support and lead a special project to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Libraries 150 is 2 a province-wide reader engagement initiative that includes the creation of a booklist called the 150 Books of Influence. Libraries 150 provides a unique opportunity for NSLA to partner with the regional library systems, other library associations, and literary organizations and campaigns to promote books, readers and libraries. With substantial support from the provincial 150 Forward Fund, work began on Libraries 150 in February and will culminate at the 2017 Conference in Cornwallis this fall. More information on Libraries 150 is in this issue. We hope you will enjoy this commemorative project, and look forward to your participation and 3 support – in your workplace, your reading and at the Conference – as we mark this sesquicentennial year.

Photo by Dale MacMillan


In other news, in late January I attended the Winter Retreat of the Partnership in Toronto, and the first Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) on February 1. The AGM, at which I represented NSLA, was well attended. The proceedings were straightforward, with no controversial issues or items, and included the presentation of reports from the Truth and Reconciliation and Copyright Committees.


the AGM, Trecia Schell completed the inaugural term as Board representative for the Atlantic Region. Kathryn Rose, President-elect and VP, APLA, was elected to the Board to represent the Atlantic Region for the next two years, which is the [now] length of the CFLAFCAB Board terms.

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in true March form, the precipitation has stopped, and blue sky now shines from behind the clouds. Warmer, lighter, more energetic days are ahead. New projects and responsibilities excite, and the NSLA Board will continue to work away on matters at hand. If you’re so inclined, please share word of our association with co-workers and other in library communities. We welcome new members, new ideas and input. And as always, if you have any concerns, issues or questions, or news to share, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Happy Spring, everyone! Cindy Lelliott, President 2016-2017


the week following the AGM, at the suggestion of the Partnership, CFLA-FCAB released a statement on behalf of Canadian libraries and library associations, endorsing the ALA Defense of Library Core Values. A link to the statement is on the NSLA website.

NSLA continued its support of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award again this year, and gave funds to the Information Without Borders 2017 Conference at Dal SIM.

Photo by Dale MacMillan

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LIBRARIES 150 In honour of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, NSLA and Nova Scotia’s nine regional library systems are excited to present Libraries 150, a province-wide library project to promote reader engagement in the celebration of Nova Scotia’s writers and citizens, ideas and attitudes, culture and environment, stories and treasures.

150 influential books selected by Nova Scotians

The cornerstone of Libraries 150 is the 150 Books of Influence, a compilation of 150 books that Nova Scotians feel have somehow influenced or defined them as a people. The titles on the list will be those books that have captured Nova Scotians’ hearts and minds; books that tell Nova Scotia’s stories and inspire its citizens.

“Canada’s 150th Anniversary is a perfect opportunity to examine and consider those books which reflect our current state as a people and province, as well as books that mark our progress over the decades since Confederation,” said NSLA President Cynthia Lelliott. “This project will memorialize the literary works of Nova Scotia, and leave a cultural legacy for future generations of readers that will be forever accessible to the public.”

Public readings by authors & actors

Celebratory event: NSLA/LBANS 2017 conference


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This sesquicentennial project is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s 150 Forward Fund, and cooperation throughout Nova Scotia’s library community. One Book Nova Scotia, and the Atlantic Provinces Library Association have agreed to partner with NSLA on the project.

From late May into the summer of 2017, Nova Scotians – including the province’s 320,000 library patrons – will be asked to nominate books for the 150 Books of Influence. The nominated books can include children, youth and adult titles; fiction and non-fiction; scholarly texts; books of diversity; books in French, Gaelic, Mi’kmaq and/or English; and current and historical titles.

Nominations will be compiled and reviewed, and the 150 books selected by a committee of library personnel from across the province. The booklist will be available to the public in libraries across the Province in the fall 2017.

Coincidentally, a bibliography called Nova Scotia in Books: 1752-1967 was printed in 1967 by the Halifax Library Association, in cooperation with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, as a companion guide to a Centennial display of Nova Scotia books. The 150 Books of Influence will no doubt bring forward some of titles included in the 1967 list.

As part of Libraries 150, public author and/or actor readings will be held at public libraries over the summer to promote and generate interest in Nova Scotian works past and present, and to fuel the booklist discussions.


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150 will culminate in displays,

discussions, author readings and special celebrations at the Joint NSLA/LBANS 2017 Conference in Cornwallis in late September.

For more information, contact: Cindy Lelliott, President, NSLA 2016-2017 Laura Emery, Chief Librarian, Eastern Counties Regional Library

Photo by Dale Macmillan

Spread the word! Nominate book titles this summer!


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NSLA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE! We’re having a membership drive! Win a FREE membership! Have you been thinking about joining NSLA or have not yet sent your renewal in...then this is for you! All new and renewal memberships received during April 2017 will be eligible for a draw to win a *1-year membership with NSLA. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today, join NSLA! *1-yr membership to be added onto the winner’s existing membership for an additional 12 months.

To Join or Renew, go to


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Celebrate the world of information with NSLA! Member benefits and perks: Benefits 

FREE memberships for MLIS and Library & Information Technology students

Spring workshops for professional development

Professional development fund/grant

Savings on fees for the Education Institute’s webinars & other training

Savings on registration for our annual conference

Bursaries for conference attendance

Full Voting privileges

Annual professional awards

Connection with other members through the Members-only email discussion list

Savings on joint membership with APLA

Perks 

Access to great discounts on Cineplex movies, VIA train tickets, hotels, attractions, and more via Perkopolis

Access to members-only discounts at the The Library Marketplace

For a viable and strong Nova Scotia Library Association, please join today!

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Community Technology Network of Nova Scotia,

Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Cape Breton Regional Library, Colchester-East Hants Public Library, Cumberland Public Libraries, Eastern Counties Regional Library, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, South Shore Public Libraries and Western Counties Regional Library are pleased to announce 150 Library Makers: Handcrafting Our Future. This is a province-wide Canada 150 project made possible thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s (CCH) 150 Forward Fund.

150 Library Makers will provide Nova Scotians with the opportunity to learn about our diverse artistic, and crafting traditions by making works of their own. Libraries will hold free public workshops taught by artists, artisans, crafts people and makers to inspire and support everyone’s creative efforts. Works generated by Nova Scotians of all ages will be curated into a collection of “150 Things Made @ The Library”. This collection will be available for viewing online at the project’s website, at many Library locations, as well as at the Nova Scotia Library Association’s September 2017 conference. The goal of this special collection is to demonstrate the power of Nova Scotians to handcraft a better future for our Province.


150 days of making, starting in early summer!

Free workshops led by skilled “makers”!

“Maker Faire” events!

public engagement in these workshops and

promotion surrounding them will celebrate the accomplishments of Nova Scotian artists, artisans, crafts people and makers. 150 Library Makers will place special emphasis on promoting how the crafting and artistic practices of diverse ethnic communities have enriched Nova Scotia's cultural heritage. The project will also build on our future by embracing 3D printing and other technology related artistic and crafting practices.

“150 Things Made in the Library” collection!

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Finally 150 Library Makers will hold “Maker Faire” events at strategic locations to link our crafting and artistic practices to the creative economy and further support local creators economically.

The 150 Library Makers project will launch “150 days of making, creating and learning in Nova Scotia” at a special event to be held at the Truro Public Library on a date to be determined in May or June. This launch will include a special guest artist as a keynote speaker, workshops and activities for the public. This event will help to highlight the important role Public Libraries play in helping Nova Scotians to learn. Photo by Dale MacMillan

For front line public library staff this project should help to supplement programming budgets and focus those activities on helping Nova Scotians to make, create and learn. It will be a unique way to commemorate our cultural heritage while generating excitement for its future.


more information contact Laura Emery, Chief

Librarian, Eastern Counties




MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Deadline for submissions for the Summer newsletter is June 15, 2017 Send your articles, updates, and story ideas to the Newsletter convenor at


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Kentville has Success with Fundraising Efforts Photos and article submitted by Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, AVRL

A new library is in the works in Kentville. In October, an online fundraising campaign championed by Canadian author Margaret Atwood raised over $21,000. Ms. Atwood was approached by her cousin Lynn Pulsifer, a Kentville local. “Because Margaret Atwood has family ties to the area, I thought she would be willing to help us raise money for the new Kentville library”, says Pulsifer. And she was right. Margaret Atwood’s grandfather, Dr. Harold Killam, was a county doctor in the Berwick area at the turn of the century.


online fundraiser was held for just over a

month, with a goal of $20,000. The amount raised online, via was $18, 137. Several cheques were sent in totalling $3450. Ms. Atwood put out the word that she would match up to $3000 in donations; this prompted an anonymous donor to contribute the $3000. In total, $21,587 was raised from 190 donations. The money will be used in the new Kentville library to furnish the teen area of the library, which will be known as ‘Killam Corner’.


in Kentville had some tense moments on

November 15 as they waited for the results of the National Trust for Canada’s This Place Matters competition. At 2:00 PM they were in first place in crowd funding, with over $26,000 raised, and in first place with the number of community votes. As the 7:00 PM deadline to vote and donate neared, the community stepped up and put them into the winning category. As the winners of this national competition, the Friends of the Kentville Library will receive $40,000 for the children’s area in the new library.

The Friends of the Kentville Library worked “their guts out” on this project. They distributed handouts all over town; they went to schools, businesses, community events. They held impromptu fundraisers, sent Facebook and email reminders. The Friends coordinated dozens of children asking for donations while trick-ortreating, elementary, middle school, and high school kids voting while at school, college and university students, staff and faculty voting and providing support through bake sale goodies and many other ways, knitting groups donating their time and creations, authors taking time to come out and read at special events. The Friends of the Kentville Library hosted a celebration and banner presentation on December 3, with over 150 people attending. The Kentville library is off to a great start!

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AVRL Librarian receives Fellowship Award Article by Angela Reynolds. Photo submitted by Tim Jackson

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2017 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Angela Reynolds.


Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend a total of four weeks or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, a part of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 85,000 Angela Reynolds, AVRL volumes of children’s literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin and provides a stipend for the period of tale is presented to an audience of children in different study. time periods. Angela will share her findings with Nova Angela is the Community Engagement Coordina- Scotia librarians, and has plans to use her research to tor at Annapolis Valley Regional Library. She will craft the story of Little Red Riding Hood into a felt explore the story of “Little Red Riding Hood,” the story, and possibly a puppet show to share with many different variations published, and how the children in the Valley.

SAVE THE DATE! The 2017 NSLA/LBANS Conference will be hosted by the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, September 29—October 1, 2017 Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, Cornwallis Send your submissions for sessions to by May 15 For more information, contact the conference co-convenors: Charlotte Janes 1-866-922-0229 Wendy Trimper 1-866-922-0229


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Big Changes for Annapolis Valley Regional Library Article and photos submitted by Angela Reynolds, AVRL

On February 1, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library Administration Office was packed and loaded onto a moving truck, headed to Berwick. A new office, located at 236 Commercial Street, awaited. A few weeks later, most everything was unpacked, boxes broken down and recycled, and staff settled in.

The move followed closely on the heels of opening a new branch library in Berwick. The new library opened on January 19, with features such as a community living room, window seats, a vibrant children’s area, a nice space for teens, and lots of light. The library was designed to meet community needs and wishes, and they seem quite pleased with it. Both the branch and the AVRL administration office are located in the new Berwick Town Hall complex, which also houses the Town of Berwick, as well as a gym.

Berwick Branch Book Return

Berwick Branch “Living Room”

Berwick Branch Kids’ Area

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Winter Sports Equipment at Cape Breton Regional Library Article and photos submitted by Tara MacNeil, CBRL


in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) and Victoria County are embracing the outdoors with two new loan programs offered through our branches. Thanks to a grant from the Central Cape Breton Community Health Board, the Library was able to purchase sports equipment that can be loaned out with a library card to individuals and families in CBRM at no cost. Through the same grant we are looking forward to loaning tennis rackets this summer!


Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program offers a wider variety of winter equipment including: snowshoes with poles (children to adult sizes), cross-country skis, boots (children to adult sizes), poles, ice traction cleats and walking poles to library users who visit the Baddeck and Ingonish library branches and the Victoria County Bookmobile.


Victoria County Active Gear Program is in partnership with Naturally Active Victoria County, Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage, and Cape Breton Regional Library. Many comments from library users in Victoria County highlight the positive spin from this program; "[I’ve] always wanted to try skiing or snowshoeing, but had been reluctant to invest in the equipment in case I didn’t end up not liking the sport" and "This has really changed how I feel about winter. I'm loving it. And if this program hadn't existed, I never would have tried skiing."

Check out Cape Breton Regional Library’s new website

Isle of Story Festival This storytelling festival was held in Sydney, March 19 -25, 2017. Check out the festival events at


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KnitFit Community Knit-a-Thon Celebrates 10 Years Article and photo submitted by Tara MacNeil, CBRL


James McConnell Memorial Library in Sydney recently held its 10th annual KnitFit Community Knit-a -Thon charity fundraiser! It is a day for knitters to gather and knit or crochet winter wear for local charities, with yarn donated by the community, and to raise funds for the Regional Library. Many participants collect pledges and/or make a donation themselves to support Cape Breton Regional Library’s children and youth programming. Over the past decade, approximately $13,000 has been raised (averaging $1300 each year), and over 6,500 knitted items (hats, socks, scarves, mitts etc.) have been donated to local charities. It’s a grand achievement and we owe a big thanks to Chris Thomson for her dedication and energy spent towards the Knit-a-Thon event and year round!

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, a talented patron, knitter Barb Landry, has designed a “Library Shawl” pattern that will be sold at branches, local shops, and on, with all proceeds going to support children and teen programs at CBRL. She has ideas for more patterns already, so this could develop into a great long term fundraising project.

The “Library Shawl”

All Fools Night ~ Library Fundraiser Article submitted by Tara MacNeil, CBRL


Breton Regional Library organized an April Fool’s Night evening of comedy in support of the Library. Hosts Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison joined a variety of personalities from the community on stage, to celebrate April Fool’s with music, fun and laughter. Joining the hosts were Jordan Musycsyn, Alicia Penney, Aaron Corbett, Don Munro and Lindsay Thompson.

As it was April Fool’s Day, it was also Books2Eat day. A silent auction with edible book art and altered book art from local artists took place during the evening. There was lots of fun in support of the Library.

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CELEBRATE Teen Read Week, May 1-7,2017 Article and image submitted by Ray Fernandes, NSPL


Scotia public libraries’ second annual Teen Read Week takes place May 1-7. Public libraries across the province organize a number of amazing teen programs throughout the year, and continually focus on building services, collections and relationships with their teens. The campaign offers libraries a chance to highlight existing programs and collections, and to remind teens and the public that they are welcome in public libraries everywhere.

Want a Challenge? Serve on the NSLA Board! Positions coming available in the Fall are: Vice-President Treasurer Nominations Convener Newsletter Convener For more information about the roles, contact current Board members


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Cumberland Public Libraries Turns 50! Article by Denise Corey, Chief Librarian, CPL


our birthday! 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cumberland Regional Library Board. And that means cake! And author readings! And musicians! Keep an eye on our website to see the fun programs we have going on through the year.

We held a public meeting on April 6th at the Four Fathers Library in Amherst with over 100 people in attendance where we discussed funding and the financial situation of public libraries in Nova Scotia.


years of stagnant provincial funding, Cumberland Public Libraries (CPL) was looking at cutting a branch or reducing hours at all branches. A one-time grant of $52,000 from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage means CPL will not be operating on a deficit in 2017/18. However, without a government commitment to sustainable, long-term funding for libraries, we will face a deficit in the 2018/19 fiscal year.

We urge you to continue show your support for public libraries by contacting your MLA. The government needs to hear what your library means to you.

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Select pages from the first Annual Report of Cumberland Public Libraries (formerly Cumberland Regional Library). NS public library annual reports are found in the collection of the Nova Scotia Provincial Library.

Looking for your next challenge? Want to show your creative side? Consider running for the NSLA Newsletter Convener job this Fall! Interested? Contact the current convenor: Ros Morrison at


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Libraries are Newcomer Welcome Centres in Pictou & Antigonish Counties! Article and photos submitted by Holly MacLean, PARL


the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL), along with their libraries in Pictou and Antigonish counties, were recognized as Newcomer Welcome Centres! They, along with community partners, celebrated with an official launch in January at the New Glasgow Library with a large crowd, including dignitaries MP Sean Fraser, Minister Lena Diab, Minister Tony Ince, PARL board members and staff, partners from various levels of municipal government and representatives from the Multicultural Association of Pictou County.

The initiative is a partnership of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce, and PARL, with support from numerous community groups and businesses. It includes a website to provide community information and resources to newcomers, accessed through PARL’s website It includes an online language training tool called Rocket Languages, made possible by a grant from the Municipality of the County of Pictou. With support from Michelin and Northern Pulp, PARL staff were also able to access additional diversity training through the Provincial YREACH program through YMCA Immigration Settlement services.

Welcome packages in various languages will also be available to local businesses and agencies to encourage newcomers to visit their nearest library for referral to services, find out what is going on in the community, and to engage with others. The initiative was a collaborative one, with the Multicultural Association of Pictou County, community contacts in Antigonish, and the NS Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage assisting with advice and translation.

To access the Newcomers section of PARL’s website, visit and click on the multilingual welcome cloud.

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Something Old, Something New at River John Library Article and photos submitted by Holly MacLean, PARL

The year, 1841. The original, prepared by Deputy Surveyor John Gauld and drawn on cotton with ox gall ink, shows the area from Seafoam to Tatamagouche indicating land grants and their owners. The Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity, much like a map, has an interesting story to tell and is now able to share it with others as the community of River John welcomed this important piece of history on Friday, March 24th in the Janice Murray Gill Memorial Library.


to be of interest to genealogists, local historians, and anyone interested in the early settlement of River John and area, The Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity was originally in possession of Clifford Carruthers until his passing, then put up for auction in 1990. Worried this rare piece of Nova Scotian history would end its days in a private collection, community member Janice Murray Gill quickly contacted nine others in the local area, who pooled their funds and purchased the piece for over $1,500.

Derek Andrews, Chair—River John CAP Society, and Karla MacFarlane, MLA—Pictou West ,unveiling the Plan.

After being housed for several years in the local community museum, it was given to the River John Community Access Program (CAP) Society for safekeeping. Working with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, and with River John CAP funds, the Plan was sent to Zwickers Art Gallery in Halifax to be reframed to museum standards. While in Halifax, the Public Archives of Nova Scotia made a digital scan for the library as well.


Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity is now back home and will be permanently displayed in the public library in River John. The River John CAP Society hosted an unveiling, for the general public, where they sold a limited number of reproductions of the Plan, and the electronically

The cake from the celebration was enjoyed by all.

scanned version will be available on the Regional Library’s digital collection website, found at


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New Home for the Nova Scotia Provincial Library Article and photo submitted by Ray Fernandes, NSPL

Our new address is:

NSPL is getting settled in at our

Nova Scotia Provincial Library

new location on the 5th floor of the NS Archives building. We moved here in July 2016, and we’re getting to know the archivists that work here. People often ask us, but no, we don’t have access to the archival materials! It’s great to have ready access to their Reference Desk, and they put on a super Christmas partyl

6016 University Ave., 5th Floor Halifax, NS B3H 1W4

Come and visit!

Culture Action Plan Article and photo submitted by Ray Fernandes, NSPL

The Nova Scotia Provincial Library (NSPL) is part of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The recently announced Culture Action Plan is led by our department and impacts all provincial departments as well as the work of NSPL. There are six themes:

 Promote Mi’kmaw Culture  Promote creativity and innovation  Strengthen education, partnerships, and understanding  Advance cultural diversity  Excellence in cultural stewardship  Drive awareness and economic growth of the Culture Sector For more information, see

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Did You Catch on Fire During Freedom to Read Week 2017? Article and image submitted by Ray Fernandes, NSPL

This year’s Freedom to Read Week took place February 26 – March 4. Nova Scotia public libraries launched the “Freedom to Read Week Challenge”, challenging Nova Scotians to post their favourite banned or challenged book on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtags #FTRWeek and #NSPublicLibs.

The winner Karen Janik, who posted on Facebook her favourite banned or challenged book, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, donated her prize “Bag of Banned Books” to the Dartmouth Learning Network.

Improve Your Mood While You Read! Therapy lights at Antigonish Library Article and photo by Elizabeth Glinz, PARL

A big thank you to the Friends of the Antigonish Library for purchasing two therapy lights for The People's Place: Antigonish Town and County Library. Twenty to thirty minutes of light therapy per day has been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), among other conditions. The lights are available for use in the library, free of charge, on a first come, first serve basis. Also thank you to MacKinnon’s Pharmasave for supporting this purchase.

Pat Smith, library clerk at The People's Place Antigonish Town and County Library, tests out one of the new therapy lights at the library


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Shelburne Library Expansion Complete Article and photos submitted by Ian White, WCRL


McKay Memorial Library expansion is completed, and the use of its new meeting rooms is growing rapidly. “They are filling up,” says Western Counties Regional Library Deputy director Joanne Head. “Word is out in the community and we have many new groups booking the room.” There are an increasing number of non-profit groups hosting workshops at the venue, she says. Existing groups such as the knitting group, adult learning group, and book club still make use of the room, but others such as a health services group, 4-H group, and gardening club are taking advantage of the new facility. While the library continues to offer its regular programming and events, the community room operates independently from library hours. Users can book the room and use it according to their timetable.


community has really embraced our new look,” says senior library clerk Suzanne Grear. “They want to have their meetings in the new community room.” The former program room has been expanded and updated. It has a kitchenette which includes a sink, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, donated by the Friends of the Library. There is a new track system to display the work of local artists and touring exhibits. The local knitting group donated a new laptop and Blu-Ray player for use in the room. The room now includes a ceiling mounted projector and drop-down screen. “I think the new renovations are beautiful,” says Grear. “The community room with the kitchenette and new windows and furniture looks so inviting for meetings.” “

The former reference room has been updated and modified to accommodate meetings. It can be closed off for privacy and has new windows. It also has a projector and screen for presentations and other uses. “The new meeting room (former reference

The renovation created space for one-on-one meetings and reading.

room) for open hour meetings is used a lot by tutoring and other groups when the community room is busy,” Grear says.

The library has been renovated to include space for one-on-one meetings and reading. There have been public computer upgrades, and charging stations for electronics have been added. Staff is in the process of reconfiguring the library shelving to fit into the updated design of the renovated facility, and the clerks kept focused throughout the expansion. “We mostly just went with the flow and didn’t stress over what our next task would be to prepare for the next day,” Grear says of working through the seven-month project. “We knew each step would bring us that much closer to the finished product. We were excited to see the new projects being finished. The carpenters were great always trying to work around some of our important events.”


for the expansion of the community room was announced on July 27, 2016, work began in September and was completed in

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March. The library received an $85,487 grant through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund. The Municipality of the District of Shelburne and the Town of Shelburne each contributed $10,000. The Shelburne Library Building Association fundraised $50,000. At the funding announcement Bob Legere, chair of the Shelburne Building Association, said, “We are grateful to all the donors, funders and everyone who helped transform this idea into a reality.”

The renovation and expansion

comes at a time of growth for the Town of Shelburne. The Canada 2016 Census showed an increase in the town’s population of 3.4 per cent over 2011 as the population grew from 1,686 residents to 1,743.

The new community room at McKay Memorial Library is larger and includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.

YOU CAN PREVENT FIRES! Fire Prevention Week at the Library! Article by Holly MacLean, PARL. Photos by Pictou Library staff.

October 9–15, 2016 marked Fire Prevention Week throughout Nova Scotia, and the kids at the Pictou Library learned a lot about how to prevent fires, what to do when there is a fire…and how those fire trucks really work!


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Mexican Cuisine, Story Mobs, and Mafia & Red Tomatoes! Article submitted by Jeff Mercer, SSPL

At South Shore Public Libraries we’ve been busy expanding the breadth of our programming to cover as much as we can including technology, arts & crafts, health, fun and games, and cooking! Below are just a few of the highlights.

Tapping into the rich well of local talent, we host monthly art displays at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library. Art is on display for the entire month, and features pieces selected by the artists to showcase their work. This allows the greater community to learn about the artistic world that is living and growing right in their own backyard. Artists featured to date include Faye WaltersMossman and Janet Rimmington, Tom Always and Peter Blais, Susan Lilley, and Beverley McInnes. These displays have been met with great interest and appreciation from the public (and several pieces have been sold as a direct result).

serve for better presentation and enjoyment of the meal. Plus, it is all absolutely delicious!

Our series of independent and foreign films continues to be a big hit with cinephiles on the South Shore. This season the series included Mafia & Red Tomatoes, A Day Without a Mexican, Kordavision: The Man Who Shot Che Guevara, and No One Writes to the Colonel.

Of course, the big event of the season was the inaugural Lunenburg Lit Festival! This was an incredible celebration of Atlantic Canadian writing talent as well as the Town of Lunenburg, featuring a children’s story mob on the historic waterfront, a walking tour of the town, and authors representing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction (and some performance art!). Sell-out crowds attended readings and panel sessions

Building on the artistic theme, we offer weekly art classes for children as well as art therapy drop-in sessions for all ages, and have hosted workshops led by some of our local artists on tempera painting, watercolour techniques, rust printing, and collage and image transfer.

A series on how-to-cook contemporary Mexican cuisine has been a runaway success this year! Focusing on a slower, more social style of cooking and enjoying time (and food) with friends and family, chef Carlos Bonilla been leading these hands -on (and taste bud-pleasing) courses. Each session comes complete with recommendations on where to find authentic ingredients, what local substitutions can be made, as well as basic knife-handling skills, ingredient preparation and cooking techniques, and tips on plating what you

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with Kris Bertin, Rebecca Thomas, Dean Jobb, Joan Dawson, Wanda Taylor, Ami McKay, and Colin Campbell. Opening night of the festival concluded with a riveting reading by Wayne Johnston that fully captivated all those in attendance, and Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke closed out the festival with a bombastic tour-de-force that left the audience alternately reeling with laughter or breathless

with awe (and finally on their feet delivering a thunderous standing ovation)! Special thanks go to our partners and/or sponsors Lexicon Books, Lunenburg School of the Arts, Town of Lunenburg, Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, TD Bank (Lunenburg branch), and Nova Scotia Provincial Library. Now we just have to figure out how to top it in 2017!

Dancing to the Beat of a Different Drum Article and logo submitted by Holly MacLean, PARL


February, the Maritime Centre for African

Dance led workshops celebrating African Heritage Month at libraries in New Glasgow and Antigonish. Attendees were treated to a special drumming workshop. Attendees in both locations varied in ages and abilities. They listened intently as instructor (and founder) Chakabuda demonstrated different types of dances, rooted in various countries throughout Africa, accompanied by percussionist Andrew Dahms. There was dancing, instruments (including the djembe), and information. It was a unique, unforgettable experience for attendees.

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NSLA presents …

Spring Workshops May 8, 2017, Berwick & District Library Safety in a Public Workplace Libraries 150: Tips for Readers’ Advisory & Public Engagement

May 15, 2017, Antigonish Public Library Safety in a Public Workplace Libraries 150: Tips for Readers’ Advisory & Public Engagement

Cost: $5 for NSLA members, $30 for non-members For times, more information, and to register, contact: Kristel Fleuren-Hunter NSLA Professional Development Convener (902)863-2486

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March Break Madness! Article & photos submitted by Holly MacLean, PARL

Claymation at New Glasgow

Photo by Stellarton Lilbrary staff


Westville. Photo by Sandria Crosby



gigantic games, Claymation, St. Patrick’s Day-themed activities, bird feeder building and much more! Here are a few photos of the fun stuff going on at libraries in Pictou and Antigonish Counties! Over the March Break, we had a total of over 1,000 visitors to our libraries! A special thanks to visitors and to staff for their ability to deliver creative programming on a VERY limited budget.

Antigonish. Photo by Krystel Fleuren Hunter

Antigonish. Photo by Krystel Fleuren Hunter

Antigonish. Photo by Krystel Fleuren Hunter

Photo by Trenton staff

Antigonish. Photo by Krystel Fleuren Hunter

Westville. Photo by Sandria Crosby

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Dining for a Cause at the Yarmouth Library Article and photo submitted by Ian White, WCRL


inaugural Dining Among the Stacks raised over $12,000 for Western Counties Regional Library’s Literacy Legacy Fund on Oct. 22. “I believe a good time was had by all with people enjoying the entertainment, food, and all around good company,” says regional library director Erin Comeau. The sold-out event offered an evening of fine dining and entertainment in the form of readings by local writers Sandra Phinney, Janice Comeau, Chris Bolger and Anne Sweeney and live music performed by members of the band Zebo at Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Library. There was a live painting auction, silent auction and a book bonanza offering a chance to win a reading nook.

The evening launched the library’s charitable association Literacy Legacy Fund. The library will endeavour to grow the fund over the years to help the library maintain and enhance its collection and services every year. Its initial target is $100,000.

Sponsorship was critical to the evening’s success, says Ian White, public relations manager at the library. “A big difference-maker was when sponsors began to come on board,” White explains. “Scotiabank became the presenting sponsor, provided volunteers to help set up the event, and donated $5,000. Tri-Star Industries, Coastal Financial Credit Union, RBC Royal Bank, and Wheelans White Chartered Professional Accountants became bronze and table sponsors. Atlantic Superstore subsidized the food costs, and Leon’s donated the reading nook.”

Local writer and author Sandra Phinney reads from The Tent Dwellers by Albert Bigelow Paine at Dining Among the Stacks.

and expand the assortment of books that the public wants and needs.” The fundraiser was a learning experience for all involved and is a work in progress, Comeau says, adding there are kinks to be worked out, but, overall, it went very well. “It was wonderful to see people who normally don’t frequent the library supporting literacy,” she says. “We hope they join us again next year.”

Dining Among the Stacks returns Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Library in Yarmouth.


says this type of fundraising is necessary because of the lack of funds for libraries. “We haven’t had a significant funding increase in over seven years,” she says. “Therefore, we are looking to establish a funding source outside of government to help sustain

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Coding, Music and Makerspace – Oh My! Submitted by Melanie Paul, Community Technology Manager, PARL


Pictou Antigonish Regional Library (PARL), through partnership with the Community Technology Network of Nova Scotia, employed a number of Youth Interns for 12 weeks. Many interesting programs were offered by the youth. At Music Series for Adults, Alex MacNeil taught participants how to write and produce music, protect their intellectual property and how to showcase their music. He also provided a Coding for Kids program using GameSalad® where youth could create video games of their own!

Check out our new “how to” videos on PARL’s YouTube channel where we give instruction on how to use our online catalogue, sign up for a library card, using Rocket Languages, Overdrive and Zinio.


MacKenzie provided programs using our Friends of the Library sponsored Makerspace to show youth and adults how to use our newest technology to create their own products. Partnering with Riverview Home, we provided technology training to individuals with differing abilities and also partnering with a local chamber of commerce, we provided technology training to small business owners.

Photo by Dale MacMillan

SAVE THE DATE! The 2017 NSLA/LBANS Conference will be hosted by the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, September 29—October 1, 2017 Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, Cornwallis Send your submissions for sessions to by May 15 For more information, contact the conference co-convenors: Charlotte Janes 1-866-922-0229 Wendy Trimper 1-866-922-0229

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Staff Changes at South Shore Public Libraries Article submitted by Jeff Mercer, SSPL


Moore, Branch Coordinator at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library, retired in October after 30 years with South Shore Public Libraries. Marion began working with us on the Mobile Library, moved to Branch Coordinator at the old Bridgewater library, and helped with the transition to the new space and services in the Margaret Hennigar Public Library. Her passion was community support and engagement, dedicating untold hours to building partnerships and facilitating programming that truly brought the community and the library closer together. We wish Marion all the best for her retirement (and we suspect she’ll be busier than ever)!


have a new Branch Coordinator heading operations at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library in Bridgewater! Katherine Sharp joined us in December, bringing with her great energy and

enthusiasm. Her experience teaching and working in museums is serving her well in her transition to the Library world, and she has a wealth of ideas for new programs and initiatives that we are more than happy to take advantage of/encourage and support!


University student Eric Pottie (MLIS ’17 candidate) completed a work term at the Thomas H. Raddall Library in Liverpool this past fall. Not only did we make the most of his time here, he gave it his full effort and attention, and we’re both better off for it. No matter what it was (regional program planning, running activities, dealing with facility issues, special event ‘gofer’ duties, etc.) he took it all in stride and never let us down. We’re more than confident that Eric will be an excellent addition to the profession once he graduates in spring, and we can’t wait to see what his future holds!

Can’t afford the conference? Apply for a 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


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Norman Horrocks

Emile Theriault

Award for Library Leadership

Library & Information Technology Award

The Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership was established in 2004 to honour leadership in the Nova Scotia Library community and is given by NSLA for distinguished contributions to the promotion and development of library service in Nova Scotia. Further details: awards/

The Emile Theriault Library and Information Technology Award, established in 2006, recognizes the efforts of a library support staff member who has made a major contribution to their library community. Emile Theriault was the first library support staff worker who served as president of NSLA. Further details:

Recognize the work of your colleagues! Nominate them for an award! Deadline May 31 Winners


2016 Janet Pelley

2016 Tara MacNeil

2015 no recipient

2015 Jean Brown

2014 Frances Newman

2014 Verna DeViller

2013 Fred Popowich

2013 Bev McGee

2012 Doug Vaisey

2012 Margaret MacLean

2011 Tracey Jones-Grant

2011 Rachel Crosby

2010 Charlotte Janes

2010 Janet Ness

2009 Gary Archibald

2009 Darlene Barrett

2008 Penny Logan

2008 Peggy Hiscock

2007 Trudy Amirault

2007 Lynne LeGrow

2006 Eric Stackhouse

2006 Award established

2005 Marie DeYoung

2004 Michael Colborne

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SIM Associated Alumni Outstanding Alumni Award The SIM Associated Alumni Outstanding Alumni Award honours a member of the Associated Alumni who has made an outstanding contribution as an information professional. Please help select the next illustrious recipient of this award. Full details are available at: http:// outstanding-alumni-award.html . Winners 

2016 Crystal Rose (2005)

2015 Susan Cleyle (1988)

2014 Lou Duggan (2000)

2013 Barbara Shuh (1976)

2012 Patrick Ellis (1988)

2011 Margaret Murphy (1976)

2010 Terri Tomchyshyn (1981)

2009 Penny Logan (1985)

2008 Ilga Leja (1977)

2007 Donna Bourne-Tyson (1990)

2006 Mark Leggott (1986)

2004 Judy Dunn (1983)

2003 Marie DeYoung (1980)

2002 Catherine Quinlan (1980)

2000 Marilyn Rennick (1976)

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NSLA proudly supports

One Book Nova Scotia Hackmatack Information Without Borders Conference Libraries 150

Looking for a gift for the library lover who has everything? Try the Library Marketplace!

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CFLA-FCAB Annual Report 2016 NSLA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA_FCAB). This national association has released their first annual report. Here are some exerts from the report.

Message from Co-chairs Donna Bourne-Tyson and Paul Takala As we gather for the 1st Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations, we can look back on a number of key accomplishments. There is no question that more work still lies before us than behind us, but the spirit of collaboration that guided our efforts to date has helped us build a strong foundation. As Co-Chairs of the inaugural Board we extend a special thank you to the dedicated Board members and our Senior Project Executive Kevin Brennan. We also want to extend our appreciation for the support we have received from many library associations across the country. The Canadian Library community needs a strong national voice that brings together all sectors and regions. That voice needs to be focused on ensuring we are heard on national policy issues affecting libraries and that Canada remains an important part of the international conversation advancing libraries.

Building CFLA-FCAB Building on the vision articulated in the document Towards a Federation of Library Associations in Canada that was finalized in December 2015, the founding Bylaws of the new federation were developed. The new Federation was formally incorporated in May 2016. Read more!

NSLA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations

NSLA takes turns with APLA and the Newfoundland & Labrador Library Association in sending a representative to the CFLA-FCAB Board.

Last year Trecia Schell of NSLA was the representative on the Board. This year, Kathryn Rose of APLA is the representative.


At the final Canadian Library Association (CLA) conference in Ottawa in June 2016, the Federation held a forum on the work done to date and priorities for the rest of 2016. The Board articulated two top priorities for the Year: advancing work on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action, and copyright. Much of CFLA-FCAB’s attention was also focused on adopting or preserving important CLA initiatives which need to continue in the interest of Canadian libraries. Read more!

Advocacy for the Library Community Advocacy on Copyright Act and the TPP: The Board acknowledges the support of CARL and CULC, in particular Susan Haigh, Executive Director, CARL, who with policy advice from IMPACT Public Affairs have been providing the national voice in this area on behalf of CFLA-FCAB, in advance of the formation of the Copyright Committee. ...

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CFLA-FCAB’s Two Top Priorities in 2016 were 1. Copyright 2. Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action

Canadian Library Workers Day is October 21 CFLA-FCAB

Federal Budget Consultation: Senior Project Executive Kevin Brennan worked with the Board and executive directors from OLA, CARL and CULC to prepare a document for the Federal Government in response to the call for input for the upcoming Federal Budget. ….

is a member of

In 2016, CLA also supported celebrations of the value of Canadian Libraries and Library Workers, distributing materials for libraries to use during Canadian Library Month (with thanks to OLA for their generous efforts in creating this content) and proclaiming October 21 to be Canadian Library Workers Day.

CFLA-FCAB published and translated various CLA position papers


Read more!

International Representation International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA): The Federation is now a member of IFLA. Read more!

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The publishing of RDA, the international standard co-published by ALA/CILIP/CLA has been assumed by CFLA-FCAB. ‌

CFLA-FCAB has taken over the role played by CLA around ALA Accreditation, identifying suitable Canadian professional librarians to serve on ALA accreditation panels. ‌

Guidelines and Position Statements The Guidelines on Library and Information Services for People with Disabilities and the Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians were adopted, endorsed, and translated into French. CFLA-FCAB published and translated various CLA position papers ... The complete report can be found at:

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): observer status was approved for CFLA-FCAB ... Read more!

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MANY THANKS To everyone who submitted articles and photos! A special thanks to Dale MacMillan, NSPL, for providing many beautiful Spring pictures! ...Ros Morrison Newsletter Convener 2016/2017

HAPPY SPRING, EVERYONE! Photo by Dale MacMillan

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