The Colchester-East Hants Public Library Foundation is hoping the community will pull together to make a $1-million capital campaign for the new library in Truro a success.
The Town of Truro, aided by the Municipality of the County of Colchester and other partners, has secured 90 per cent of the project funding. Construction is almost complete and the next step is furnishing and equipping the new library. Time is short to fill the funding gap.
A million dollars is a lot of money! But rest assured each and every dollar is needed in order to give you the best library service we can offer. The money raised will be used for new furniture, such as built-in bookshelves, and also for equipment, including digital screens and gaming consoles.
You may be wondering what's wrong with the furniture that's in the current library building. Won't that be moved to the new location? We will be taking as much furniture as we can, but most of it is more than 45 years old and not in good shape; it is doubtful that it will survive the move intact. The new location will also have about two times the floor space of the building we now occupy, and furniture will be needed to fill it. Much of the library's current equipment has to be upgraded too and we need to purchase equipment we don't have.
Even though the need for new furniture and equipment explains the need to raise funds, it doesn't change the fact that a million dollars is a lot of money. How are we going to raise that much? The library foundation will be hosting events and fundraisers and we are planning some programs to help. One of these is Tap into the Passion, a series of four programs, in which library staff share their skills about a hobby or subject they are passionate about, in aid of the library. Tap into the Passion programs are free to attend, but donations will be encouraged and greatly appreciated.
The programs are:
Parent/child nail polish party - Saturday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. -
Registration is required and children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Call 902-895-4183 to register.
If you are a caregiver of a child between the ages of five and 12, celebrate a love of colourful nails with us. You'll have the opportunity to try easy, simple art designs and learn polishing tips and tricks that make painting easier. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you like.
Psychics, spirits and the other side - Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to ask a psychic medium questions about their gift? Now's your chance. Join Chris Wildbore for a discussion about psychics, psychic readings and the paranormal.
Cross stitch - Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration is required by calling 902-895-4183. Are you a cross stitcher? Have you wanted to give cross stitch a try but didn't know where to start? Join two of our creative cross stitchers as they talk about the craft, explain what subversive cross stitch is and then offer a hands-on demonstration. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you like.
Managing holiday stress - Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The holidays can be a wonderful time full of family, food and laughter. For many, the holiday season can contain a lot of stress too. Find out how to manage issues such as grief or loss around the holiday season, family tension and conflict, family estrangement, spending the holidays alone, financial strain and more.
Other events are in the works, so stay tuned!
Learn more about the library foundation's campaign at www.lovemylibrary.info or by calling 902-957-GIFT(4438).
Norma Johnson-MacGregor is the electronic services librarian with the Colchester-East Hants Public Library.