What's New

  • Registration for the Babies and Books program at the McConnell Library in Sydney will begin on Tuesday, September 1st at 9:00 a.m. via phone. Please phone the McConnell Library at 902-562-3161 to register. The six-week program is for infants up to 17 months and their caregivers and will take place on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. starting Sept. 17th.

  • Katharine's Island ~ The renowned play by Her Voice Theatre Company, Katharine's Island, will be shown for one night at the McConnell Library as a fundraiser for the Library. The show will take place on September 19, with doors opening at 7:00 pm. Along with the play, there will be an exhibit of Katharine McLennan's paintings from World War 1, as well as a silent auction. Tickets will be $20 per person and are available at the McConnell Library and at the Cape Breton Curiosity Shop.

  • Help us evaluate the 2015 TD Summer Reading Club! If your family participated in this year's program, please consider completing this short survey. Your answers are valuable in helping to improve the program. To complete the online survey, please visit: http://www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca/parents/surveys. 
    Also, be sure to return your completed summer reading ballots to your local library or bookmobile by September 5th.

  • Library Closures:
    The Louisbourg Library will be closed from September 8 to 12.

  • 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 people to start or join a senior's book club at one of our library branches or from our two bookmobiles. Existing senior's book clubs can also take advantage of these book club kits. Your group can borrow sets of ten books of a given title for four weeks. For more information, please contact your nearest branch or bookmobile for more information.

  • 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.