Media Release

For immediate release March 3, 2009
Project Home Program Series at Halifax Public Libraries for Do-it-yourselfers and Dreamers

A person’s home really is their castle. It’s the place we go at the end of a long day and where we can most be ourselves. Home is where we relax and enjoy time with friends and family in comfort and privacy. When it comes to decorating or renovating our homes, many of us want to do it ourselves to make them a reflection of who we are. As Oprah Winfrey said, “When you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.”

The popularity of do-it-yourself home improvement television programs demonstrates the public’s interest in everything from inexpensive decorating tips to landscaping. The library is a limitless resource for home improvement projects. Do-it-yourselfers often make use of the library— sometimes in the middle of a huge project when they realize they should have read a book about it first!

Libraries have materials that teach how to apply wallpaper, do faux finish paint effects and recover furniture. There are books about colour theory, energy efficiency and for the experienced home renovators, plumbing and wiring. So, when Halifax Public Libraries’ program planners sat down to think about a theme for a series of programs, home improvement was an obvious choice.

The Library provides you with the information and inspiration needed for building or enhancing your living spaces - for creating or imagining the home you desire.  Whether through books, magazines, DVDs or expert speakers, we have what it takes to help,” says Sarah Wenning, program planning team leader for Halifax Public Libraries.

The home improvement program series, called Project Home, consists of 17 programs offered at branches throughout Halifax Public Libraries in March and April. Topics include eco-decorating, saving energy, home staging, home renovations and much more. Professionals such as architects, interior decorators and builders will be presenting in their area of expertise. All of these programs are free to attend.

Program attendees are eligible to win prizes by filling in a ballot. Prizes available to win are: a home energy evaluation, courtesy of Clean Nova Scotia (value $350), a $200 Kent gift card and one of two subscriptions to Style At Home, Canada’s decorating magazine. For more information about the Project Home program series, visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca or check out the Library Guide.

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.


Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries