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Please note: Canso Library will be closed on February 25. Coady and Tompkins Memorial Library in Margaree Forks will be closing early at 4pm on February 26.

Unscheduled Public Access is now offered in GuysboroughCanso, and Petit de Grat.

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African Heritage Month Reading List

February is African Heritage Month. This year’s provincial theme is Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share and Act. This theme emphasizes the importance of learning about people of African Descent and their vital role in the history of the development of Canada and Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities with a rich history dating back over 200 years. ECRL has created a reading list that can help you celebrate African Heritage Month with our collection of relevant books and information for all ages. Click here to view the full list.

 Visit more information about African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia.

January 21, 2021 - Announcing Library by Appointment in St. Peter's

ECRL is very pleased to announce that our Library by Appointment service will be offered in St. Peter's beginning Friday, January 22, 2021. This service is currently offered in Petit de GratSherbrooke, Canso, Guysborough, and Margaree Forks. To learn more about Library by Appointment service in St. Peter's, click here. To book your appointment, call the St. Peter's Library at 902-535-2465.

How The Library Can Help

This holiday season a library card can help save you money. A brand new adult fiction book typically costs $35, and if you need large print type then make that $40. If you like to watch DVDs, they average about $21 each. If you want to read two new books and watch a couple of films during your vacation that would cost you $112. If you used your library card to read just one book per month and watch just one movie per month, you would save $672 dollars in a year. Using your library card is easy and it doesn’t cost you anything. 

With all the uncertainty in the world right now, why spend money when you don’t have to? A library card can help you navigate some of this insecurity by providing access to relevant online courses through Lynda/LinkedIn Learning. If you need to learn Zoom to connect with family and friends during the holidays, Lynda can help you do that. Or if you’ve been thinking about starting a business you can easily learn about marketing and promoting it on Facebook. For those who really need to get inspired and restored there’s even Arianna Huffington’s six-part Thrive course. There are so many ways Lynda/LinkedIn Learning can help you develop skills for life and work that you won’t believe they’re free all with library membership. 

What you can learn with a library card may surprise you. Rocket Languages offers interactive online language learning courses in over 12 languages, including sign language. Or you can learn how to fix a car. ECRL’s ChiltonLibrary subscription has step-by-step service and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, maintenance and specification tables, troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes. There are photos, illustrations, diagrams and videos and animations. All of these are available with an internet connection 24/7. 

If you’re tempted by after Christmas sales, make sure to have your library card handy. You can log into the Consumer Reports database using your library card number and PIN to find ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. If you’re at a store or mall you can even access it using a phone or other mobile device. Make your resolution to be an informed shopper in 2021. 

And speaking of staying informed, you need to know that you can read newspapers including the Chronicle Herald for free using PressReader. It offers newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60+ languages. Keep up-to-date on world events by logging in with your library card number and PIN. There’s even a PressReader app for your phone or tablet. 

We haven’t even talked about the downloadable movies, television, music, ebooks and audiobooks available from hoopla. There are so many more ways a library card can help you economize while at the same time engaging your mind, it’s impossible to cover them all. A library card can support your well being during the holiday season and all year long. Stay up to date on services offered at ECRL by visiting often, or by following ECRL on social media:

Returns Now Accepted at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Effective immediately, library returns will now be accepted inside the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The Bookdrop is located inside, near the front entrance. It has been placed just under the sign for the Shannon Studio.

Please note: due to winter weather conditions, returns will no longer be accepted outside of the Port Hawkesbury Library/SAERC during library hours. Curbside Pickup is still available.

Click here to learn more about the Port Hawkesbury Library, including hours, services, contact information, and more.

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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For new and locally significant items: Suggestion for Purchase

For items older than six months: Interlibrary Loan

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Note: We are requesting that members of the public help us develop ECRL's Acadian Collection. Read more 

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