January 25, 2017
Adults and children play with a castle in a library

Family Literacy Day (FamilyLiteracyDay.ca) is a national campaign created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999. It is held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging families to "Learn at play, every day." Engaging in literacy activities as a family improves a child’s skills and also helps adults keep their skills sharp.

January 19, 2017

The Nova Scotia government, in partnership with members of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, has recently contributed titles in accessible formats to the NNELS database, highlighting Atlantic Canadian authored and published books.

November 16, 2016

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.

In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books are growing in popularity and importance for their artwork, literary quality, and unique ability to bring children and parents/care-givers closer together as books and stories are shared.

October 21, 2016

We’d like to introduce…Adam Davies.

Adam is a library technician at the headquarters office in Amherst, Nova Scotia.  He performs cataloguing for Cumberland Public Libraries.    

What do you love most about the library?   A library is adaptable and ever-changing.  Libraries always prove themselves to be relevant, even as the interests of library users change, as library collections evolve, and as new technologies and literacies emerge.    

September 28, 2016
Seniors Week in public libraries

From October 1-7, 2016 the focus in libraries will be on seniors. Seniors Week  is a province-wide initiative which focuses on programming, services, books and materials for seniors at the nine public library regions in Nova Scotia. It is one of the many activities taking place in October, Canadian Library Month, and overlaps with the Provincial and Federal Seniors Days on October 1st.

June 22, 2016
Anne Glover from Story string productions

Professional storyteller Anne Glover will be touring across the province during the month of July, performing at 29 public libraries, from Digby to Liverpool and all the way to Sydney.

June 22, 2016
Miqmac students reading a book together

Public libraries across Nova Scotia are inviting kids, teens and families to join them this summer for a series of fun and interactive events guaranteed to keep everyone entertained and happy.

April 25, 2016
Nova Scotia Public Libraries Celebrate Teen Read Week May 1-7 2016

Some of the things happening include: contests, movie screenings, games, art displays, book displays, crafts, teen nights and more. Stop by your local library to find out more.

Teen Read Week allows public libraries to celebrate teens and their contributions as part of the public library community, and for public libraries to highlight the services, collections and programs they offer youth in Nova Scotia.


April 20, 2016
Kids reading

Hackmatack – April 25-28, 2016

The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award is a reading program for children in grades 4 to 6 in Atlantic Canada. In this unique program, kids not only read the books, but also choose the winners.

Nominated authors tour libraries and schools across the Atlantic provinces, the winning author is named at a gala Awards Ceremony, happening this year in Moncton on Friday, April 29.

April 13, 2016
Celebrate Canada by watching a great Canadian film at Your Local Library!

Celebrate Canada by watching a great Canadian film at Your Local Library!

National Canadian Film Day is a celebration of Canadian stories and Canadian film, with free film screenings, events, and discussions that are held across the country every April 20th - http://www.canadianfilmday.ca

April 4, 2016
National Poetry Month 2016

April is National Poetry Month. Established in 1998, this event invites Canadians from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canadian culture.

Nova Scotia has its share of renowned poets who explore, reflect upon, and celebrate our geography, culture, history and imagination.

This year celebrate National Poetry Month by:

March 7, 2016

March 14-18, 2016

The library is a busy place during March Break. Public libraries across the province are getting ready and busy preparing their programs for the thousands of kids and teens who will be visiting them over the March Break holidays.

Contact your local public library to find out what is happening in your area – http://library.novascotia.ca/map

Here’s just a sample of what’s going on:


February 8, 2016

Heritage Day – February 15, 2016

Heritage Day is an annual reminder of our storied past and an opportunity to honour the remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to this province’s unique heritage.

January 28, 2016
African Heritage Month Celebrates No. 2 Construction Battalion

February is African Heritage Month. Public libraries across the province will be celebrating with programs and collections that highlight African heritage and the contributions made to the culture of Nova Scotia.

January 19, 2016
Family Literacy Day is January 27

Family Literacy Day is held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

December 18, 2015

2015 was an exciting time for public libraries in Nova Scotia. In addition to the more than 19,000 programs put on by libraries across the province, more than 4 million library visits, and nearly 7 million items borrowed, there were many successes and milestones to celebrate.


October 19, 2015
Nova Scotia Public Libraries’ Seniors Week

Nova Scotia Public Libraries’ Seniors Week highlights programs, events, collections and services for seniors.  Seniors Week 2015 will take place from Oct. 18-24, with over 100 library programs and events planned across the province.

Seniors who participated in last year’s Seniors Week said the programs offered were fun and informative, engaging and thought provoking. 

October 14, 2015

Did you know that visiting your local public library could help you improve your health and well-being?  Nova Scotia’s public libraries and their partners provide health-related information, programs and activities in communities throughout the province.

September 23, 2015
Hackmatack Back For Its 17th Year


The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award is a literary program especially designed for young readers and is back for its 17th year. This exciting reading program for children in Grades 4, 5 and 6 introduces thousands of young readers from all over Atlantic Canada to great Canadian books and authors.

September 3, 2015
Back To School – Are you Ready?


With the summer winding down, students, children and parents across Nova Scotia are turning their attention to getting ready for the new school year.

Public Libraries can help, check out our Back to School Checklist below to help get you ready: