October is Library Month in Nova Scotia. This is a good time for all of us to visit libraries more often and to join a library to experience the many benefits they offer your community.

Nova Scotia author and columnist John DeMont has declared these times as “the golden age of the library in Nova Scotia.” It is good to see the current revitalization of our libraries. Mr. DeMont puts forward his view that “libraries are emerging as our new communal meeting places.”  

Anyone who has recently visited one of Nova Scotia’s libraries 80 branches will agree that the wide range of services offers a vast enhancement of traditional library offerings. There are “story times” for various age groups, help with research, crafts of various sorts, knitting circles, a wide and deep variety of videos for borrowing, bicycles to borrow – and, oh yes, thousands of books from which to choose your old favourites – and try out new authors. Special programs are offered for each season of the year that offer opportunities for new learning and continued enjoyment.  Several regions offer bookmobiles, and all offer Books by Mail, thus extending service to those unable to visit the library.

If you wish to learn more, please contact your local library staff. Locations may be found at library.novascotia.ca/map. Many of our library branches have formed “Friends of the Library” associations through which you can support your local library.

All of us at LBANS wish you good reading, increased social contacts, and pleasant experiences – not only in October but throughout all the year.

Sincerely Yours,

Jimmy MacAlpine

President, LBANS