Media Release

For immediate release September 29, 2011

Captain William Spry Public Library Celebrates 25 Years in the Community

The Captain William Spry Public Library is celebrating 25 years in the community with an event on Sat.,Oct. 1. The event will kickoff at 11:45 a.m. with a puppet show written by library staff called An IncrediblyShort History of Spryfield. “We’ll expand the fun of puppet shows to all ages, including adults,” saidMatthew McCarthy, branch manager of the Captain William Spry Public Library. “It will be a light and funshow.”

Following the performance, there will be a celebration with live music and refreshments. Performers havebeen drawn from the community: The Quarter Note Singers, who practice at the community centre; as wellas Alex and Heather Mills, who were part of the library’s Teen Talent Café.

The Captain William Spry Library opened in 1983 and moved to the Captain William Spry CommunityCentre in 1986. The library underwent renovations in spring of 2009 that brought new materials, morecomputers, a teen section and new toys and learning objects for toddlers.

The spacious branch offers a large collection of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more. The library alsoprovides many services, including Internet-accessible computers and programs for adults, children and teens.

Other highlights and services include:

  • A monthly book club, providing a space to explore new authors and share reading ideas;
  • Adult literacy and educational upgrading, in partnership with the Halifax Community LearningNetwork;
  • Programs for teens, in partnership with the Chebucto West Community Health Board;
  • Mainland South Heritage Society Archives collection;
  • Computer training classes;
  • Paws to Read, a program matching children with therapy dogs;
  • Much more.


Connecting people, enriching communities, inspiring discovery.

Marlo R. MacKay
Communications & Marketing Department
Halifax Public Libraries