Another funding bump has been given to the province’s libraries to help with the pressures they face. The Acting Board Chair for Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
thinks that another drop of money from the province doesn’t help fix the issues at large.
John Blackwell says that libraries are key components of an area, and he thinks that they continue to be underfunded year after year. He says this is an issue that has been skipped by previous governments:
Blackwell says what libraries really need is an increase in core operating funding from the province. Blackwell says that funding from municipalities and through fundraising keeps libraries afloat, but the province could step up to give libraries the boost they need to function.
The Antigonish Town and County Library is equipped with a new technology centre that is open to the public. The “Makerspace” has a silhouette machine, 3D printer and other coding packages that allow the young, and young at heart to utilize the technology.
Eric Stackhouse is the Chief Librarian of the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library. He says having a library with these new technologies is a great assett:
Stackhouse says the items can be used at little or no cost, but encourages people to book spots to use the new equipment.
Public libraries in Pictou and Antigonish Counties have a new designation to acknowledge its assistance to new residents. At a ceremony today in New Glasgow, the libaries in the two counties were officially recognized as Newcomer Welcome Centres. It’s a collaboration involving the Chambers of Commerce in the two counties, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library as well as community groups and local businesses. The initiative includes information to assist new residents in the area on the regional library’s web site.
The Chief Librarian of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, Eric Stackhouse, says many libraries have become welcome hubs for newcomers.
In Pictou County, Stackhouse says through it’s partnership with the Multicultural Association, it’s holding conversation and cafe clubs.