I must confess that I actually AM a librarian by profession but it has been many years since I have worked in a library or had much to do with libraries in the past 15 years or so.
Now I am newly in love with libraries having registered and got my library card at the Antigonish Regional Library. I am just thrilled with the range of materials even though the current library has a very tiny collection of books. The selection is well thought out and given the restricted space has some wonderful finds.
Since it is part of the Nova Scotia system – you have access to a much largerpool of books that are brought in on request from other libraries in the province. Now also you can go online and browse, renew your books and look for reviews and descriptions and do searches.
You can even borrow magazines – which will saveyou a PILE of money instead
of purchasing them. Crafters, nature lovers, news hounds, cooks and teens will all find something to interest them. Login using your library card and browse through online magazine articles using specific search terms. This is a terrific resource when researching a topic or looking for more information on your area of interest.
The current Antigonish Library is a tiny 2 room location just behind the Old Town Hall. In a couple of months they will be moving into the new “People’s Place” on Main Street which will house not only the library but also community rooms, meeting places, art exhibits and much more. Everyone is looking forward to the new location and facilities. The community has been very supportive in the “Adopt a Book” for the new collection with over 1000 items being purchased for the new library location.
I recently attended an evening meeting that reviewed different eBook readers and a demonstration of how to download eBooks and Audio Books from the library to your reader or computer. There is a growing collection of materials online available for this popular new format.
The library caters to different interest groups and has activities for seniors, teens, young children, business and naturalists. Check out the online site for details.
Having recently downsized into a smaller apartment but loving to read the library is a great way to read and browse books without having to wonder where to store them.
- Pictou-Antigonish-Regional Library http://www.parl.ns.ca
- Nova Scotia Public Libraries https://www.library.ns.ca/content/nova-scotia-public-libraries
- People’s Place – Antigonish Town & County Library http://www.peoplesplace.ca/
If you live in or near Antigonish be sure to drop in – otherwise check in your own area to visit your local library. Libraries have continued to grow in the services they offer to the community. And the price is right !
For the traveler the library can be a great place to check out local information, what’s happening in the area, and to access the Internet while you are traveling.