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October 20, 2020 - Service Update for St. Peter's Library

The St. Peter’s Library hours of operation are Wednesday – Saturday 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm. Library staff are available to answer questions by phone or email during these hours, and will offer contactless Curbside Pickup of library materials. At this time, Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) cannot offer in-person Library by Appointment service at the St. Peter’s location.

“So far ECRL has been unsuccessful in obtaining the necessary support from the Municipality of the County of Richmond for the cleaning and disinfection required to offer controlled public access at the St. Peter’s Library,” said CEO Laura Emery. “Residents who want to help should let their Municipal Councillor know that in-person library service is important to them and express their support for Library cleaning and disinfection.”

Thanks to the generous donation of cleaning services by La Picasse, library members that need in-person library services such as computer access are able to arrange a library appointment at the Petit de Grat Library on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Curbside Pickup service at this location remains available Wednesday to Saturday. Please call 902-226-3534 or email petitdegrat@ecrl.ca for further information.

Additionally, all library members can continue to borrow books and other library items using the Borrow by Mail option. Place holds using your online account, or by calling your nearest library. ECRL also has an extensive collection of digital content that can be accessed for free anytime, from anywhere with an internet connection. With downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, music, television and film, English and French encyclopedias, video tutorials, and language learning courses, there is something for everyone on our Digital Content page.

Community members who do not yet have a free library card are encouraged to register online using our Registration Form or by calling our toll-free phone number 1-855-787-7323. They will be provided with an account number and PIN, which they can use to enjoy everything the library offers.

Local residents can stay up to date on services offered at the St. Peter's Library by calling (902) 535-2465, by visiting ECRL’s website often, or by following ECRL on social media: facebook.com/ECRLibrarytwitter.com/ecrlibrary.

For more information contact:

Laura Emery, CEO 
lemery@ecrl.ca
902-631-4403

Orange Shirt Day, Treaty Day, and Mi’kmaq History Month

Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day to remember and learn about the history of the residential school system in Canada, and its impact that continues today. We honour the children who survived the Indian Residential Schools and remember those that didn’t.

Treaty Day is celebrated on October 1st to commemorate the Peace and Friendship Treaties and honour the historic relationship and the important contribution of the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia. Treaty Day also marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia, a time to celebrate and learn about Mi’kmaq history, heritage, and culture.

ECRL offers many titles that can help you learn more about residential schools, treaties, and Mi’kmaq history. Click here to see our reading list.

September 29, 2020 - Announcing Library by Appointment in Petit de Grat

ECRL is pleased to announce that our Library by Appointment service will be offered in Petit de Grat beginning Wednesday, September 30. This service is currently offered in Sherbrooke, Canso, Guysborough, and Margaree Forks. To learn more about Library by Appointment service in Petit de Grat, click here. To book your appointment, call the Petit de Grat Library at 902-226-3534 on or after September 30.

September 16, 2020 - Library by Appointment Service Update

We value your feedback. Effective September 21, our Library by Appointment schedules will be adjusted. We are happy to announce that library members will be able to book 1 hour appointments to visit the libraries in Margaree Forks, Guysborough, Sherbrooke, and Canso. Appointments were previously limited to 30 minutes.

September 10, 2020 - Service Update for Libraries in Mabou and Port Hawkesbury
As of September 21st, hours of operation at the Alexander Doyle Public Library in Mabou and the Port Hawkesbury Library will be 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Library staff will be available to answer questions by phone or email during these hours, and will continue offering contactless Curbside Pickup of library materials at both locations. At this time, Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) cannot offer in-person Library by Appointment service at either location. Both of these public libraries are located within schools operated by the Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) and these facilities are closed to public access, for the safety of children, students, families and staff.
 
“We know some people will be disappointed that the libraries in Mabou and Port Hawkesbury cannot offer public access at this time,” said Trish McCormick, Deputy Chief Librarian. “But we are cooperating with our partners at SRCE while they work hard to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for students. We want to assure students, parents, and all library users that ECRL is here to support them in different ways this school year.”
 
All library members can continue to borrow books and other library items using the Borrow by Mail option or contactless Curbside Pickup at a library branch. Place holds using your online account, or by calling your nearest library branch. ECRL also has an extensive collection of digital content that can be accessed for free anytime, from anywhere with an internet connection. With downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, music, television and film, English and French encyclopedias, video tutorials, and language learning courses, there is something for everyone on our Digital Content page.
 
Community members who do not yet have a free library card are encouraged to register online using our Registration Form or by calling our toll-free phone number 1-855-787-7323. They will be provided with an account number and PIN, which they can use to enjoy everything the library offers.
 
Local residents can stay up to date on available services by calling their local library, by visiting this website often, or by following ECRL on social media: facebook.com/ECRLibrary | twitter.com/ECRLibrary.
 
August 28, 2020 - Announcing Library by Appointment in Guysborough and Canso

ECRL is pleased to announce that Library by Appointment will be offered in Guysborough beginning Wednesday, September 2, and in Canso on Thursday, September 10. Library by Appointment service is currently offered at Sherbrooke Library and Coady and Tompkins Library in Margaree Forks. To learn more about Library by Appointment service, click here.

To book your appointment in Guysborough, call the Cyril Ward Memorial Library at 902-533-3586 on or after September 2.

To book your appointment in Canso, call the Canso Library at 902-366-2955 on or after September 10.

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Accessing Consumer Reports

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Anti-Racist Reading

ECRL believes that all people are equally deserving of respect, peace, safety, and humanity. We recognize it is vital to understand how our current system devalues the lives of those without the privilege of whiteness. To help us all learn we have recently added more books about racism, anti-racism, and white fragility to our collection. Please join us in reading about this crucial issue. If there is something we are missing, please let us know.

Staff have selected a sample of titles to support learning. Click here to view our recommendations.

ECRL Membership

To register for a library card online, request a replacement card, or update your account information, click here

Click here to find out essential information about your ECRL membership. Maximize the power of your library card! 

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