What's New

 


  • Beat the winter blahs, expand your reading horizons, and enter for the chance to win great prizes with the library's Winter Reading Challenge,‪ #‎CBBookBingo‬! Download a copy of the Book BINGO card and contest rules here, or obtain a copy by visiting your local library.

  • Are you a storyteller at heart?  CBRL's Storyteller-in-Residence and Folklorist, Ronald Labelle, is offering a free workshop on "Telling Folktales to Young and Old" at the McConnell Library, Saturdays Jan 16th, Jan 30th and Feb 13th.  Aimed at teachers, daycare staff, parents or anyone who loves to tell stories, the workshop sessions will build upon previous week's discussions, but participants may attend individual sessions.  Please register by calling the McConnell Library at 902-562-3161.

  • The 9th Annual KnitFit Community Knit-a-thon will be held at the McConnell Library in Sydney on Saturday Feb 27th from 10 am - 5 pm.  Come for a bit or for the whole day to knit or crochet for local charities, and to raise funds for children's and teen programs at CBRL. Donations of supplies (yarn, needles, etc) or finished items may be dropped off at the Knit-a-thon, or before the Knit-a-thon at any Library branch.  Pledge forms are available here or at your library branch.

  • For online health information you can trust, check out the top 100 websites compiled by the Medical Library Association's Consumer and Public Health Information Section.

  • Nova Scotians now have access to reliable and locally produced medical information on hundreds of topics right from their local library catalogue. We are pleased to announce that the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) Patient Education Pamphlets can be accessed online. Written by NSHA professionals, the pamphlets are easy to read and bring familiarity to medical processes. They can also be found by visiting the library's online catalogue and searching a specific medical term or procedure, or by doing a keyword search for “patient education pamphlets” to get a browsing list.

  • The Cape Breton Regional Library Seniors' Book Clubs have received more than 100 new titles, thanks to the support of New Horizons for Seniors (See current book list). We’re encouraging readers to start or join a senior's book club at one of our library branches or from our two bookmobiles. Existing seniors' book clubs in the community can also take advantage of these book club kits. Your group can borrow sets of ten books of a given title for four or five weeks. Book clubs with no senior members may still register, and have access to the original book list of over 80 titles.  For more information, please contact your nearest branch or bookmobile.

  • Are you employed at a daycare, public or private school, or residential care facility? Come visit the library and take advantage of all that we have to offer! The library is pleased to introduce a new institutional/educational membership card for employees of daycares, public and private schools, and residential care facilities. Find out more or download a copy of the institutional/educational card registration form.

  • Cape Breton Regional Library offers access to the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). NNELS is a digital public library of downloadable titles for people in Canada with perceptual disabilities. For more information on NNELS or to sign up for the service to access materials, please contact your local library branch.

  • The Cape Breton Regional Library has begun digitizing the diaries of Melvin S. Huntington, which were donated to the W.W. Lewis Memorial Library in Louisbourg. The diaries span the period from the late 1800s to 1961 and provide an interesting view of life in Louisbourg during that time, including the shipping industry, weather, world news, and events in local people's lives. The library has been transcribing these diaries to make them available online to a wider audience. This is a work in progress, with many now completed and available. Visit the Louisbourg Collection's website.

  • The Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County and the Cape Breton Regional Library have launched Letters for Life, a local fundraising and awareness campaign for literacy and learning in our communities.