Media articles pertaining to Libraries

Eight NS library boards to pool collections, so users can borrow from any branch (CBC 04/02/2020)

This is your child’s brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time (CNN 16/01/2020) 

Nature backpacks available at Cape Breton libraries this summer (CBC News, Jun 05, 2019 )

The Golden Age of the Library (Halifax Chronicle Herald July 26, 2018)

Province offers libraries another ‘one-time’ payment: Library boards to receive $474,000 to ‘alleviate some of the pressures’ they are facing ( CBC News Posted: Feb 21, 2018)

Dynamic Libraries – Where you can find it all. (Halifax Chronicle Herald July 26, 2017)

McKay Memorial Library expanding to meet growing needs (Halifax Chronicle Herald August 27, 2016)

Other News Items

Warm welcome to our new Branch Manager!!!!!

The friends of the library are delighted to welcome our new Branch Manager Michelle De Agostini, a librarian from Edmonton, Alberta. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in combined French and Italian language, literature, and culture in 2014, and a Master of Library and Information Studies in 2018 from the University of Alberta, and has since dedicated herself to supporting communities through library work with special interest in the areas of accessibility and social justice. Michelle has significant experience as a librarian, having previously worked with the University of Alberta’s Bruce Peel Special Collections, the National Network for Equitable Library Service, and the Edmonton Institution. It was there that she found her passion for uplifting and supporting communities and learned to create safe spaces for people that are an oasis of equality and respect while providing the opportunity to exchange ideas.  The Friends of the Library look forward to working with Michelle in enhancing our library and implementing her fresh new ideas. We are confident that she will be a real asset to our community.

Linda Moffatt Receives Well-deserved Volunteer Award

Linda volunteer award

Linda Moffat has been President of the Association of Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library (FoL) since the organization was re-established in 2008. But even prior to that, Linda had a lifelong, unwavering passion for building literate, growing and engaged communities. So when the issue of library accommodations arose and Annapolis Royal needed a new expanded library, Linda combined her passion with her leadership skills, strong work ethic, collaborative team spirit and a lifetime of work and volunteer experience, and produced unprecedented results which have and will benefit hundreds of our local citizens for years to come.

Linda took a strong leadership role on behalf of the Association members and the executive to work with the town of Annapolis Royal, The Annapolis Valley Regional Library, and interested local individuals and stakeholders to support the fund raising efforts for the new home for the library. She met with municipal, provincial and federal officials to help gain support for the project and was instrumental in leading a strong community-based fund raising effort. Linda liaised with engineers, library staff, architects and the library expansion committee to ensure that the needs of the community/library users would be met through the project. It is thanks to Linda’s work and leadership with the Library Expansion Committee that the goals were exceeded and $190,000 was raised in only 12 months! This will enable Annapolis Royal to have a spacious, modern and innovative new library at The Academy in 2018.

This success has come from working daily, week after week, year round. The hundreds and hundreds of hours Linda has spent on the FoL has not just been on the expansion project. She has also been active with membership recruitment, gathering, sorting, hauling and selling books, organizing and executing numerous fund raising events and speakers series, as well as writing grant proposals and promotional material.

This project has been a culmination of all the many volunteer projects Linda has devoted herself to her entire adult life. The experience of being a founding member of A Royal Consort, running a summer day camp for children and a Sunday School program, serving on local and provincial church committees, and putting in 14 hour days at the Wharf Rat Rally has given Linda the incredible skills she has used to the benefit of the FoL and community of Annapolis Royal.  Congratulations and Thank You Linda!!!!!


In Memoriam – Anne Esslinger 1926~2018

Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library will be saddened to hear of the recent passing of Anne Esslinger. Anne was an active member of FOL for many years. Her invaluable contributions to the group and her cheery presence will be greatly missed.  The funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, July 28 at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Annapolis Royal. Rev. Juanita Barteaux officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Annapolis Royal Public Library, Kings Theatre or ACHC Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. On line condolences may be sent to     Anne Esslinger Obituary.