On December 17, 2018, Halifax Public Libraries' volunteer artist, Susan the Sketcher, ventured to Central Library to soak in the holiday sounds of East Coast Carolling in live performance. Check out her musical masterpiece.
We danced, we sang, we had a ball. On December 13, the witches and wizards of Halifax came out to celebrate the 4th Annual Yule Ball in Paul O'Regan Hall at Halifax Central Library. Click through to read all about it and view a gallery of photos from the magical evening.
Actor, author, and Montreal Canadiens fan, Jay Baruchel, visited Halifax Central Library to discuss hockey, family, and being Canadian.
On November 7, 2018, Susan the Sketcher ventured to Central Library to capture an evening with Ami McKay on the Scotiabank Author's Stage as she discussed her latest novel, Half Spent Was the Night: A Witches' Yuletide. Susan captured the event in one flowing graphic filled with witchy insights and magic moments. View the sketch story.
Written by Jyoti, staff member, Woodlawn Public Library | People relate to cultures through interactions and experiences, not just books. As the communities around us become more and more diverse, as part of Culture Days 2018, we at Woodlawn Public Library wanted to showcase different aspects of multiculturalism through live performances, interactive displays, and delicious food.
On October 23, 2018, Halifax Public Libraries' volunteer artist, Susan the Sketcher, attended the event Ego to Eco: "Wikewiku" (Animal Fattening Time) at the Central Library First Nations Circle. The Ego to Eco series is a talking circle focused on sharing the Mi'kmaq calendar as a way of understanding that human and ecological health are interdependent. View the sketch story.
Written by Sarah, staff member, Collection Development | Have you ever wondered how a book ends up on the shelf at your Library? We're taking you behind the scenes of our Collection Management Department to see how books are ordered, processed, and delivered. It's basically like an episode of How It's Made, Library Edition. Bonus: A reading list of our Collection team's favourite books of all time.
Did you know that October is Canadian Library Month? This is an opportunity to reflect on the invaluable role that libraries play in the lives of Canadians across the country. Canadian libraries are doing some pretty cool things right now—from adding inspiring items to their collections, to reaching out with innovative programs.
STEM is all the rage. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and experts everywhere have been touting it as a must-have component of education. Lucky for us, a member of our staff wrote the book on STEM programming for libraries. Literally. Chantale Pard is a Youth Services Librarian at Keshen Goodman Public Library and the author of a new book, STEM Programming for all Ages. We're chatting with her to learn more about this STEM-tastic accomplishment.
This year, we hosted a variety of events in honour of Halifax Pride 2018, ranging from lively events like RuPaul's Drag Race Trivia and Fabulous Fantastic Storytime with Rouge Fatale and the Ukulady, to reflective discussions and sharing sessions like Venus Envy's Reading Out Loud. As always, we were thrilled to be part of Halifax Pride's annual Pride Parade on July 21—and this year welcomed our new friend, Pixie the unicorn van. Read on, and view our gallery to take a look back at Pride 2018 with us.