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Media Release

For immediate release June 2, 2009

Seniors’ Week 2009
Discover the new 3 Rs at the library: Real help by Real people for Real life

In celebration of Seniors’ Week, June 14-20, Halifax Public Libraries is offering a series of programs aimed to inform older adults about the variety of library services available to them at no cost.

Halifax Public Libraries is always an ideal destination for older adults. Approachable, professional staff are available to assist people searching for information or needing help using computers. At 91, Charles Perry recently completed a computer class at the Cole Harbour Public Library. “I have a
first-rate instructor at the library advancing me in computer skills and knowledge. Thank you Emmanuel!” said Charles, who now sends e-mails with ease.

During Seniors’ Week, library staff will share tips to make searching the catalogue and website easier.
In partnership with the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, a program about the history of Dartmouth from 1945-1955 is also being offered. The program features a “reminiscence kit” complete with photographs, audio clips and historical artifacts designed to kindle memories from that era.

The library has resources that can help people achieve learning goals, such as instructional materials to learn a language or play a musical instrument. People looking to improve their quality of life can find a selection of materials in the library’s health collection about eating better, exercising and more. Those looking for entertainment will find some branches host bridge and Scrabble nights and most branches host musical performances by some of the region’s best performers.

Halifax Public Libraries offers many other services including an extensive genealogy collection, home delivery service for those who qualify, learning and volunteer opportunities, wireless Internet access
and fine-free borrowing for people aged 65 and over.

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.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852