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:

August 26, 2015
Atlantic Canadian ebooks for Public Library Users

Public library users looking for local titles on their electronic devices now have hundreds of new choices.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Library, Halifax Public Libraries, and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association have collaborated to provide greater access to the region's ebooks through a project called Read Local.

June 22, 2015
Summer Reading Clubs Inspire Kids

School is winding down, but public libraries across the province are gearing up for another summer of programs and activities designed to engage youth.

Nova Scotia's public libraries offer a variety of reading programs to help children explore their interests and foster a love of reading, all summer long.

May 11, 2015

Joy Kogawa

May is Asian Heritage Month.

April 16, 2015

Canadian Children’s Book Week – May 2-9, 2015

April 8, 2015

George Elliot Clarke

April is National Poetry Month

March 10, 2015

As schools close and go quiet over the March Break holidays (March 16-20), public libraries across Nova Scotia come alive with programs, events and activities for families, teens and kids of all ages.

Listed below are just some of the hundreds of programs that are happening in public libraries across Nova Scotia during March Break: