Victory for allied forces in Europe was announced in Halifax on Monday, May 7, 1945. Celebrations were planned to follow this announcement, but several years of tensions between military personnel and civilians resulted in rioting that saw most of downtown Halifax covered in broken glass, and stolen booze. Learn more about the Riots and resources in our collection to grow your knowledge.
Canada has a long and shameful history in relation to its treatment of Indigenous Peoples. In 2008, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established with a mandate to “reveal to Canadians the complex truth about the history and the ongoing legacy of the church-run residential schools…” and to “guide and inspire a process of truth and healing, leading toward reconciliation…” We’ve selected some titles that highlight various issues, discussions and challenges relating to reconciliation.
On March 28, 2019, Halifax Public Libraries' volunteer artist, Susan "The Sketcher" MacLeod, sat in on the newfangled tunes and discussions of Janice Isabel Jackson and Barbara Pritchard at Halifax Central Library's Newfangled Music event. View the sketch story.
Through pop-ups at community events and special locations, we talked with you about the future of your Bedford Library and asked: "What does the best possible Library service look like to you?" Take a look at our Let's Talk Libraries infographic to see your feedback on features, spaces, location, and staff.
This month's It Came From the Second Floor teen podcast hits all the bases, starting out with a look into Deadheads, moving into movie directors, and finishing off with a tasty bite of fast food comparisons.
April 7-13, 2019, is Volunteer Appreciation Week at Halifax Public Libraries. Throughout Volunteer Appreciation Week, branches of Halifax Public Libraries are hosting Volunteer Appreciation events to say thank you to our generous volunteers. Our volunteers help shape the community we live in, and have a meaningful impact on people’s lives by dedicating their time to support Library programs and services.
Written by Kristine, staff member, Halifax Central Library | Let us help you get through exam season with our favourite, quiet study spaces at Halifax Central Library.
In late December, 2018, Tim Madden stumbled across an overdue Library book in his Ontario home. We mean really overdue. He reached out to Janice Fiander, Manager of (the now named) Alderney Gate Public Library: "I discovered a book in our family library that belongs to “Dartmouth Public Library.” Book ID# 327 P362 , Diplomacy In The Nuclear Age – Lester B. Pearson, 1959. Checked out on Dec 21, 1959 and not returned."
A new year and new Autism Tools to explore! In 2017, we partnered with Autism Nova Scotia to launch three different Autism Tools kits: Sensory Tools, Visual Tools, and Fidget Tools. This year we are introducing you to our newest kit: Communication Tools. We collaborated with Autism Nova Scotia to create a kit that offers samples of communication tools for you to explore. This kit is a great way to discover which tools work best for you.
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