February 5, 2018
Mona Parsons

February 19, 2018


Born in Middleton, Nova Scotia in 1901, Mona Parsons was a member of the Dutch Resistance in the Netherlands and the only Canadian woman to be imprisoned by the Germans during the Second World War. Her capture and remarkable escape from prison is a remarkable story.

Library Events:

February 1, 2018

Public libraries across the province are celebrating African Heritage Month with programs and events for children and adults, book displays, activities, resources, and more.

You can find these novels and books of fiction, contact your local public library for more information, and find out what’s happening - http://publiclibraries.ns.ca

January 23, 2018
February is African Heritage Month

The theme for African Heritage Month 2018 is “Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community”, to honour and pay homage to African Nova Scotians and their long legacy of uniting a passion that has provided a base to educate and celebrate an important part of Nova Scotia’s culture and Heritage.

January 17, 2018

Saturday, January 27 is Family Literacy Day.

Public Libraries across Nova Scotia are celebrating Family Literacy Day with special programs and activities, and invite you and your families to join them.

Programs and activities include: family storytimes, author readings, puppet shows, music, songs, board games, lego, book displays, group story writing, storytelling, crafts, activity challenges, and more…

Simple and fun activities for all ages.

October 23, 2017


Hackmatack is back!!... Registrations are now being accepted!


The Hackmatack program is back for its 19th year. The program for children in Grades 4, 5 and 6 introduces young readers from Atlantic Canada to great Canadian books and authors.

September 22, 2017
Seniors Week 2017

From October 1 - 7, 2017 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.

April 27, 2017

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.

Public Libraries across Nova Scotia offer a number of opportunities for Teens and young people to get involved!

April 13, 2017
Author reads to people in a library

Hackmatack & Canadian Children’s Book Week Bring Canadian Children’s Authors to Nova Scotia in May

Public libraries bring in and present children’s authors to deliver readings and workshops for children in Nova Scotia throughout the year.

The Hackmatack reading program and Canadian Children’s Book Week event celebrate Canadian children’s books and provide children the opportunity and the thrill of meeting some of their favourite authors.

April 11, 2017
Moose with party hat and film on its antlers celebrating National Canadian Film Day

Celebrate Canada & Canada's 150th 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, this year it is being held April 19th - http://www.canadianfilmday.ca #CanFilmDay

April 6, 2017

In this blog post, we’ve collaborated with Lara Killian, Librarian Educator at the NS Health Authority, for some straight-forward tips on finding health-related information at your library. Welcome Lara!

It can be tough to find good health information when you need it, and even harder to know where to start. Fortunately, there are many free resources to help you get started on your journey of finding the information you need, when it comes to your health.

March 6, 2017
March Break 2017 @ the Library

Public Libraries are busy places during March Break. Public Libraries across the province are planning hundreds of programs to keep you and your families busy over the March Break holidays.

Libraries are planning everything from puppet shows to storytimes, arts activities, craft projects, Lego, video games, scavenger hunts, board games, technology programs, and so much more.

February 7, 2017
Passing the Torch - African Heritage Month 2017

Nova Scotia Provincial Library staff have prepared the following booklist to accompany African Heritage Month 2017, celebrating this year’s theme “Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotians and the Next 150”

Books and other resources are available at public libraries across Nova Scotia, contact your local library to learn more about African Heritage Month programs and resources: www.publiclibraries.ns.ca

February 7, 2017

For Heritage Day 2017, and as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Nova Scotia recognizes Mi’kmaq culture and the many accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people.

A number of activities are being held across the province, including a two-game hockey challenge February 18 in Membertou, and February 20 in Millbrook.

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.