By working with community partners, the Provincial Library helps the province’s libraries better serve Nova Scotians. From improving library resources to encouraging learning and keeping people informed, there are many examples of the positive impact of community partnerships.
Breast Cancer Resources Collection
Nova Scotians have access to more breast cancer resources at local libraries thanks to a partnership between the Provincial Library, Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
A variety of books and materials were selected and purchased with funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Atlantic Region. The Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Resources Collection now includes 63 print books and 14 eBooks that can be accessed through any of Nova Scotia’s 78 libraries.
It is expected that breast cancer will affect 1 in 9 women in their lifetime. Raising awareness and increasing access to information are vital to creating a future without breast cancer.
Read to Me!
Read to Me! is a province-wide infant reading program that provides a free bag of books and literacy resources to every baby in Nova Scotia. Within 24 hours after birth, representatives visit mother and child in the hospital to deliver a yellow bag containing books, a CD of music and rhymes, baby's first library card, and a message about the importance of reading.
Read to Me! is a starting point in encouraging family reading. It has also been invaluable in creating awareness of free services that public libraries offer to continue life-long learning.
Since the program was introduced in 2002, in partnership with the Provincial Library, more than 80,000 bags containing about 200,000 free books have been distributed.
French Language Services
The Provincial Library works with Office of Acadian Affairs to make library resources and services accessible in French. This includes the translation of library promotional materials and services offered on public library websites as well as assistance with purchasing French copies of books, eBooks and the One Book Nova Scotia selection.
The partnership has helped public libraries better serve the Acadian and francophone community throughout the province.
Learn more about community partnerships with the Provincial Library.