Endless Ideas: Resources for Staying Connected

Last updated Saturday, April 4, 9:00am

Our team is working on bringing as much of the Library experience to you, at home, as we can. Others around the world and here in Halifax are doing the same—sharing their time and talents to create a sense of togetherness.

This blog will be frequently updated with creative, calming, and caring ways we can all stay connected throughout these uncertain times.

Have a great idea for us to try, or know of another free and fun experience? Add it in the comments! We'll be adding some of your ideas to our next update.

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Join the conversation

What we're talking about on social media. 

#AmReading

Our team shares what they're reading at home, and what they think of it. Watch on our Instagram Stories, and reply with your own!

Battle of the Books

On Instagram
Chime in on which coming-of-age novel is best: Little Women or Anne of Green Gables? Share your vote on which "Light" Historical Fiction novel you like most: The Light Between Oceans or All the Light We Cannot See? You can weigh in on Battle of the Books polls on our Instagram Story highlights.

On Twitter
Vote and follow along with #BattleoftheBooksHfx as 16 popular books face off, with only one reigning supreme.

#BookFaceFriday

This Library trend has taken off in recent years, and makes Fridays feel even more fun. Check out our #BookFaceFriday staff-created photos in our gallery, and at @hfxpublib on Instagram, and be sure to tag us in yours!

#PetsCaughtReading

Furtunately, our pets share our love of books. Check out what we caught them reading in our Instagram Storiesopens a new window, and take the oppawtunity to share your friends’ literhairy moments with us, too.

#StackPoetry

Stack Poetry from our staff/ May make you ponder/ Or make you laugh. Create your own with a collection of books and tag us on social media! Line up the titles to generate a meaningful or ridiculous poem.

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Storytimes

Library staff and local authors invite readers and listeners of all ages to settle in for a soothing storytime.

Briana Corr Scott reads She Dreams of Sable Island

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Read-a-Jig-Jig with Janice

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Watch here: Who is Melvin Bubbles?opens a new window

Leah reads Chapter 1 of Anne of Green Gables

“Anne of Green Gables” is a trademark of the Anne of Green Gable Licensing Authority Inc. “L.M. Montgomery” is a trademark of Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.

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Leanne Whiting reads Be Like a Tree

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Starr Cunningham reads My Goat Gertrude

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Recommendations

Here are some recent reading lists and content recommendations we've pulled together in our blog.

8 Podcast Recommendationsopens a new window

Taylor shares a list of favourite podcasts for longtime listeners and new-to-podcast people.

Immerse Yourself in a Fantasy World

Jeanna shares fantasy e-book suggestions for a dose of escapism. 

Staff Picks: Audiobooksopens a new window

Our team shares some of our favourite voiced stories.


Activities for all

Hands-on, how-to ideas to stay busy and get your mind moving.

Cooking with Emily

Emily Glover, the Library's Food Literacy Specialist, has her own how-to cooking show on our IGTV channel. 

Episode 1: "Sweet with Heat" Sandwich

Episode 2: Simple and Delicious Energy Balls

Easter Egg Holder with Shelby

Shelby walks you through the steps to create a colourful and cute Easter egg holder from a paper towel or towel paper roll.

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Full STEAM Ahead

The Lou Duggan Creative Studio team is tackling STEAM, one letter at a time, and sharing fun at-home experiments and activities you can do with your kids.

Blog 1: Science

Knowledge Challenge for Kids

Every week, our Children's Services team will be adding a new challenge, and kids will have a chance to win cool prizes! Ages 8-13

Take part

Making Stop Motion Movies with Kids

Diane and her daughters take on the minuscule movements of Stop Motion movies, with magical results.
How-to blog

The Science of Kinetic Sand

An easy recipe for brightening up your play sand, and learning some science while you're at it.
How-to blog

Write On: Writing Prompts for Creative Minds

Vicky gives you just enough words to get your writing started. You tell the rest of the story. Share in the comments, or keep to yourself.
Writing prompts blog


E-Library

Don't forget about the wealth of free tools and resources available right here on our website! Check out our E-Library.

Here are some highlights:

Browse the world's largest newsstand 

Turn a new page with RBdigitalopens a new window. Read full-colour digital magazines online, for free, with no checkouts or limits. Pick from more than 200 popular magazines using RBdigital, part of our E-Library. Watch our how-to tutorialopens a new window.

Learn with Lynda

Lyndaopens a new window lives in our E-Library, and she’s here for you, year-round. Let her teach you about everything from leadership to graphic design. Get started with our how-to tutorialopens a new window.

Read in the (Online) Park

Squiggle Park is made up of bite-sized games designed by teachers, researchers, and gamers, to support young learners in mastering foundational reading skills. Learn how to play, free, with your library cardopens a new window.


Cool, free content from others

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