News from Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Regional Library
Tara MacNeil

Living Mannequins Fundraiser

This spring, the Baddeck Library was transformed as 12 literary scenes were brought to life by costumed animators. Guests enjoyed a tour of the 12 scenes, listened to readings and interpretations, and feasted on gourmet canapés inspired by each literary work. CBRL staff member Cora-Lee Eisses Smith masterminded the event, which was based on the monthly literary feasts that she and her husband George host at the Dancing River Sprite in Middle River. 

The two showings raised money for the Victoria County library branches, and was such a success that plans are underway to re-stage the event in Sydney, this September. Not only did the event raise much-needed funds, it garnered excellent publicity for CBRL – and provided an opportunity for an uber-creative employee to flex some of her creative muscle! (Kate Oland)







Author Visit

Historian and author, A.J.B (John) Johnston launched his book Louisbourg: Past, Present, Future to a full house at the McConnell Library in June. Louisbourg is celebrating it’s 300th anniversary in 2013 and the audience who attended the book launch were proud to have the Fortress and its history in our own backyard. Johnston, who worked for many years as a Parks Canada historian at the Fortress of Louisbourg, gave a wonderful talk on what he calls “Louisbourg’s Top 10”, accompanied by great visual images of Louisbourg. The launch was kicked off with Les Troubadours de Louisbourg, a young group of animators and musicians who will be traveling over the summer to promote Louisbourg 300 and help to bring history alive! They will be visiting some of our library branches in their summer travels.









Science Fun at the Library

Our Cape Breton Regional Library branches are presenting science programs for children ages 5+ this summer. The programs are organized and facilitated by Lacey Bursey, a 3rd year science student at CBU who was hired by the library as our Science Fun Navigator thanks to a Young Canada Works Grant. The science programs run for an hour and are filled with fun experiments and explanations to help children understand the science behind the variety of activities. Lacey explains her approach to sharing science this way, “I love hands-on learning and the idea that we can expand our knowledge of science and have lots of fun doing it!”



Cumberland Public Libraries
Denise Corey

Author Steve Vernon came to Cumberland County to meet with kids and talk about his Hackmatack nominated book, Sinking Deeper.  He visited two libraries and two schools and over 300 children got to see his fantastic presentation.  If you’ve never seen Steve talk to a group of kids then you are missing out because they LOVE him.  We were also fortunate enough to have him do a reading for adults in our Amherst branch (if you’re counting that’s five readings in two days!)

The Four Fathers Library in Amherst piloted a new program in the spring: free Community Classes led by volunteers.  The five-week classes were very successful and included classes on sock knitting, financial planning, and drawing. Attendance was great and we’re hoping to run them again in the fall in both Amherst and Springhill.

Our new 3D Printer has been garnering a lot of attention.  At this point we’re primarily doing demonstrations but we’re hoping that people will be interested in making their own 3D creations soon. 

South Shore Public Libraries
Teresa Workman

SSPL Introduces 3D Printing x3

We were thrilled to open the South Shore’s first Shape Space at the Thomas H. Raddall Library in Liverpool on May 31. The space houses not one but three, 3D printers. The open house drew a lively gathering, keen on seeing the process in action.

The Z-Printer 150 by 3DSystems prints using a high-performance composite material that makes strong, high-definition parts.  The second printer is a CubeX, also from 3D systems. Although it uses the same design technology as the Z-Printer, the printed product is made from plastic and prints in a variety of colours, offering a wide variety of uses for those with creative minds. The third printer, supplied by Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSCAP) is a Makerbot Replicator 2 printer. The Makerbot is portable, and can be moved easily from branch to branch, or other locations for training.

The Shape Space is open to the public. Training in use of the printers and associated design software is also available.

And we are open; Christina Pottie, Outreach Coordinator SSPL, Brian Fraelic, Councillor Region of Queens, Susan MacLeod, Councillor Region of Queens and SSPL Board Member, Pat Hirtle, SSPL Board Chair, Jennifer MacDonald, Councillor Town of Bridgewater and SSPL Board Member and Troy Myers SSPL CEO. — at Shape Space, Liverpool, NS.

SSPL Anticipates New Library Opening

We are all anticipating the fall opening of our new Margaret Hennigar Public Library. The Library is on course to open in September and will be a key component of the Lunenburg County Lifestyles Centre. The LCLC will also contain a pool and ice surface and will become a beacon for sporting and lifestyle events on the South Shore. SSPL’s headquarters space will also make the move to the LCLC.