Monday, 27 July 2015

Where's Chirpy?

We've got a little friend that has been traveling this summer! Chirpy, our Summer Reading mascot,  has been many places, far and near. For instance, Chirpy started the summer visiting with magician David Moon out at Upper Clements Park. Chirpy then hopped into a suitcase and made it to San Francisco, and convinced one of our librarians to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Chirpy has been hanging out in libraries, on beaches, picking strawberries,

going to the drive-in, visiting local museums, going out to restaurants, playing outside, and so much more!
 We've even heard that Chirpy likes donuts.
You can get in on the Chirpy fun, too. On THIS LINK you can find all the details on how to print your own Chirpy. Take a picture and email it to us, or tag it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with #AVRLchirpy. Everyone who plays along gets entered to win one of our great prizes -- a ukelele, a set of Boomwhackers, or a Family Pass to Nova Scotia Museums! And if you want to see what Chirpy is up to, head over to Facebook and like us and see our Chirpy Gallery! Where will YOU take Chirpy?

Monday, 20 July 2015

Summer fun: Read & Play!

What's the most fun you've had this summer? We've been having a blast! We've played outside, read outside, and learned a few new songs.

Our Musical Zoos have been packed with crazy cacophonies. We've played with Ozobots and made all sorts of crafts. We've had a few puppet shows. We've taken CHIRPY on the road and you've been showing us where you take our little bird, too. We've got Mad Science and Little Ray's Reptiles coming to a library near you. You can listen to music at several of our branches this summer. And there's still plenty more to come! Find all of the events on our CALENDAR.

Look for us at Oaklawn Farm Zoo on Tuesday, July 21 (and August 11). We'll be out at Upper Clements Park on August 15 with our friend Scaredy Squirrel. Our fantatsic partners are making this a great summer for you!

Find a good book, listen to a story, look at the summer sky, wear your sunscreen. Stop in and say hello - we'd love to be part of  your wonderful summer!

Monday, 13 July 2015

The Hantsport Dream: Saved by Community

After 54 years in a large classroom at the Hantsport School, the Hantsport library has moved to the larger and brighter Isabel and Roy Jodrey Memorial Library at 10 Main Street, and according to Branch Manger Elizabeth Gibson, “We are loving it!”. Open to the public for just over a week,  everyone who walks through the door exclaims over the spacious, bright atmosphere. The space “gives me a sense of peace” remarked one of the patrons. The south facing windows with a view of the playground and leafy green trees contribute to the peaceful feeling, making it a pleasant environment. 

There’s more space for everyone! Toddlers and older children have their own section to explore their favourite books and find new ones. The library is well stocked for summer readers! There is also a designated Teen Zone, which will be even more inviting once the new rug and furniture arrive. There are several comfy chairs for folks to sit and decompress with the daily newspaper, favourite magazine, or a book from the New Arrivals shelf. There are four public access computers ready for use, and plenty of outlets for charging your devices while you use the free WiFi. There’s room for friends and neighbors to gather and chat without disturbing other patrons or blocking the aisles. And the library is air-conditioned, so it is a great spot to cool off and relax this summer.

“I can’t imagine a single day without reading a book,” says Lorraine Davison, a Hantsport Library patron. “Though it is my first visit, I like this place. Definitely, it is a big step in the overall improvement of Hantsport community.”

The Citizens of Hantsport and Area saved their local branch library by raising over $200,000.00 to provide a new accessible location on Hantsport’s Main Street.  The Hantsport Public Library moved from the Hantsport School and opened in its new location on June 27, 2015.

 “We are very pleased that the library is now open in its new location but much work still needs to be done before our official opening on September 23, 2015,” said Lorraine McQueen, Annapolis Valley Regional Library’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Community support made this project a success and in recognition of the generous support of some members of the Jodrey family the library will be known as, The Isabel and Roy Jodrey Memorial Library”.

 “It is a dream come true for our community which has lost so much recently.  It is truly amazing what folks in small-town Nova Scotia can do when they work together,” said Susan Oickle-Shano, Chair of the Save Hantsport Public Library fundraising group.

There’s still work to be done, though! There are plans for an outdoor book drop, and there is a lift that will soon be operational. The lower floor will eventually become a program room. If you’d like to help with these further improvements, visit this site to find out how. 

We hope to see you soon. Check out our selection of books, DVDs, audiobooks, or bring your laptop or e-Reader. Stop by for our programs, bring the kids in to sign up for the Summer Reading Club. Or just stop in and say hello. We’d love to meet you and show off our new space!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Water safety

National Drowning Prevention Week is  July 19th – 25th    and this year the theme chosen by the Life Saving Society of Nova Scotia  is YOUR LIFE JACKET – CHOOSE IT – WEAR IT RIGHT! .   The goal of the Nova Scotia branch of this national volunteer society is to make Nova Scotia a Water Smart and Water Active province.  I am hoping this blog post will help spread the word on the importance on life jackets.

Globally it is estimated that one million people drown every year and according to the Maritime Drowning Report 25 -29 year olds have an average yearly drowning rate of 3.8 per 100,000.  

 That is only one section of our population however. A young child can drown in less than 2 inches (6 cm) of water so supervision along with prevention is crucial for this age group.  See Water Safety from KidsHealth for handy tips on water and summer safety in general along with first aid instruction.

Boating is extremely popular for all ages and this is where a lifejacket can really mean the difference between life and death. With numerous lakes and the ocean all around us to explore the Safe Boating Guide is there to help you make sure that you are doing everything possible to ensure that this activity is safe for everyone involved.

A lifejacket or personal flotation device is a small price to pay for peace of mind and the safety of yourself, your children and yes, even your pets.  Take the time to choose the right jacket for the right activity, some guidelines are here.  There are so many options now so you are sure to find a product that will suit.  Once you have the proper equipment head out and enjoy the waterways of this beautiful province.  

--Patricia Milner

Monday, 29 June 2015

Be Fit - Physical Literacy Kits

Summer is here and it is time to get outside and play! Did you know that physical literacy  is just as important as reading literacy? Young children have to learn how to catch, throw, jump, and balance, just as they have to learn the alphabet and sounding out words. And we have to keep doing those things to be good at them!

In order to make it easier for parents to help their kids learn physical literacy, we've partnered with Sport Nova Scotia and Department of Health & Wellness,  Active Living Branch to create kits that you can take home and play with! Each kit contains fun items such as balls, juggling scarves, activity dice, frisbees, skipping ropes, and more! There's an activity booklet included in each one that guides you in ways to use the items included. We've even included 4 picture books that will get you moving as you read together. The kits are designed to increase physical literacy and to make it easy for you to be active. Our kits are modeled on kits that were originally developed in Kingston, ON. Each kit may be checked out for 3 weeks. All you need is your valid AVRL library card!

We'll also have the kits in some of our branches this summer  for you to explore.To learn more about the kits and about physical literacy, click HERE.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Excitement builds for new Hantsport Library

Hantsport Library is moving!  And we are excited!

This week, our Hantsport branch library is moving from its location in the school to a newly renovated site at the former Legion Building at 10 Main St.   We’ll be closed June 23rd-26th  and will re-open on Saturday, the 27th at the new location, with a new name – the Isabel and Roy Jodrey Memorial Library.

Some time ago, planned renovations in the school precipitated discussions on the future home of the public library.   In July of 2013, Hantsport Town Council voted to move forward with a plan to  re-locate the library from the school.  A Library Advisory Committee was formed to look at options and recommend a new location.  Once the former Legion site was chosen, the Save Hantsport Public Library (SHPL) was initiated to raise the required funds.   

With support of the Friends of the Hantsport Public Library, and commitment from the Town, and the SHPL Committee, the library’s future was determined, and the project launched.   The SHPL held countless innovative fund-raisers and were untiring in their dedication to the cause. 

In 2014, members of the Jodrey family came forward to honour the late Isabel and Roy Jodrey with a $100,000 donation toward the project!

The original target date for the public library to move from the school was August 1st, but, due to the school’s renovation schedule, we’re re-locating sooner than anticipated.  Please bear with us as we work with some temporary shelving, furniture, etc. If you want to help make this new library even better, donations can be made HERE

The Isabel and Roy Jodrey Memorial Library will offer more convenient hours, a refreshed book stock, a lounge chair or two, and, later this summer, the public will enjoy an outdoor book return, available during non-open hours.   We’ll have computer tech help during the summer months, and some great children’s programming.  All services and programs are FREE.

We hope you’ll come and see us at the new location.   Remember:  Summer Reading Club starts this week, too, so sign up at the Hantsport Library on the 27th or in the days thereafter.    

Monday, 15 June 2015

Summer Reading starts June 22!

Summer time means fun in the sun, playing outdoors, and, we hope, time to read under your favourite tree. To encourage kids of all ages to read during the summer, the library hosts a Summer Reading Club each year.  In order to reduce the “Summer Slide” that many students experience, we provide fun programs and incentives to keep kids reading and learning all summer long. 

This year, the club begins on June 22, and runs through August 22.  We are excited to build programs and activities around this year’s theme, PLAY! Anyone 18 and under is invited to join our club, and read the summer away.  Lots of your favourite activities are making a comeback this year. 

We are very pleased to partner once again with Upper Clements Parks to offer a free Fast Pass to everyone who completes the Summer Reading Club. When kids sign up, they will receive a booklet for tracking their READ and PLAY time. We have many fun activities on our booklet this year that families can enjoy together! Teens will read for 25 hours to earn their Fast Pass, and can enter for great gift card prizes for every 5 hours they read.  

We’ll also be returning to the zoo! Oaklawn Farm Zoo has generously agreed to host two Library Days at the Zoo. On Tuesday, July 21 and on Tuesday, August 11, if you are 18 or under you get in FREE to the zoo just by showing your AVRL library card.  Our Bookmobile will be onsite and we’ll have lots of fun activities for kids those days, too. 

We’ve got a few special programs lined up, including Little Ray’s Reptiles, a Musical Zoo, and a Marionette Show from Montreal’s Panadream Theatre.  We’ll have our Book Give Away Days, made possible in part by Adopt a Library. Chirpy, our little owl friend, is ready to travel. Send us a picture of Chirpy and you could win some great prizes! Our travelling Maker Labs have been refreshed, and we’ve got some fun robotics toys to play with, too. The C@P youth are back and they’ll host a wide variety of technology programs. Our branches are planning plenty of fun programs and activities so check our Calendar of Events to see what’s going on at your local library.