The Library is a space for everyone, where stories unfold every day. These stories take us to new places and show us who we are as a community. Your stories remind us of what is possible when we’re truly at our best.
Alawi and his family moved to Canada from Syria. He, his wife, and their 6 children found a new home in Cowie Hill—and at their neighbourhood Library.
Alawi joined the English Language Learning program (ELL) to practice his second language and prepare for the Canadian Citizenship test. Working with Juli, his ELL partner, has helped him communicate with his children at home. “Learning at the Library makes me so happy,” says Alawi.
A $50 donation can help us purchase 5 children’s story books so families like Alawi’s can share an early love of reading and lifelong learning together.
Lola and Emma's story
Lola and Emma are long-time Library volunteers, participating in the Teen Advisory Council and the emerging young readers program. They are also the producers and hosts of the popular podcast, It Came From The Second Floor, recorded and produced at the Halifax Central Library Media Studio.
Lola and Emma’s impact is felt throughout the teen area. And the Library has impacted their lives, too. Emma says she decided to transition from homeschool to public high school based on the friendships she made at the Library.
A monthly donation will ensure qualified technicians and specialized equipment are available in our recording studio for makers like Lola and Emma.
1 in 5 Halifax residents do not have access to nutritious, affordable food. In fact, Halifax is one of the most food-insecure cities in Canada.
“When I am at the Library and I get hungry, I don’t have to go home because there is good food at the Library,” says Kevin, age 13.
Recently, Halifax Public Libraries has found ways to offer food to hungry Library users. “We see a huge difference in children when they have had something healthy to eat,” says one of our Managers. Halifax Public Libraries is a resource for everyone, and offering healthy food is a growing part of our commitment to our community.
You can help make sure all branches of Halifax Public Libraries always have healthy food on hand for kids like Kevin, or anyone who is hungry, by making a donation on #GivingTuesday.
Whether it is inspiration, life-long learning, healthy snacks or beautiful spaces, magic happens every day at the Library thanks to our family of donors. You can help start a new story. Making a donation is easy—just click here or visit any of our 14 branches in person.