Monday, May 13, 2013
This time of year is often highly anticipated for those of us that live on acreage in rural Nova Scotia. The cold winter months are behind us, and the water buckets have thawed. These are days that you have planned and prepared for. Baby animals are arriving! Hens are sitting on hidden eggs and emerging with chicks. Lambs are being born in the sunshine in the middle of a green field. Birds are collecting nesting material. The seeds you started are sprouting.
I didn’t grow up on a farm. When I moved to the country and decided to start raising animals, I read many wonderful books on backyard homesteading. It was a fascinating learning about different types of fencing, housing and nutrition prior to bringing animals home. There are somany varieties of chickens, but which one would best suit your needs? Are you raising animals for food? Where do you buy your first calf? Do you want to make cheese? Maybe you would like to learn to spin wool produced by your sheep! The Annapolis Valley Regional Library has many wonderful books to help you get started. You can browse our online catalogue and place holds on items of interest, or visit your local branch and talk to our staff about what you are looking for.
Then roll up your sleeves, put on your rubber boots and get some hands-on experience. You can do it!
Outreach Services Manager
Monday, May 6, 2013
Pedometers, Energy meters, Breastfeeding Resource Kits, & Little Reader Bags … We've got a little of everything!
Getting in shape for the summer? Having a little friendly competition with co-workers? Celebrating Nova Scotia Walk Day on May 8? Why not try out a pedometer, courtesy of your public library. Through a partnership with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, pedometers are just part of our regular borrowing collection. You can place your hold directly in the catalogue, or talk to library staff about borrowing one.
BREASTFEEDING RESOURCE KITS
A Valley partnership among various health groups resulted in the creation of six Breastfeeding Resource kits. Each kit is a bag of items to support breastfeeding parents and their infants. The All About Breastfeeding kits include the dvd Breastfeeding: bringing baby to breast; books Breastfeeding made simple, by Nancy Mohrbacher; The womanly art of breastfeeding, by Diane Wiessinger; a book for the baby, We Like to Nurse; and one for the siblings of the breastfeeding child, Will There be a Lap for Me? Place your hold now.
Are you familiar with our Little Reader Bags? If your child is beginning to read, and you need help finding material perfectly suited to his/her reading level, our Youth Services Librarian has made the job easier for you. She's selected the books and colour-coded the bags into these categories: Just Starting (Blue); Emerging Reader (Green); Early Reader (Pink); and, Developing Reader (Yellow). Click here for a description of each , and then decide which one meets your needs. (We have them in French, too.) For a keyword search in the catalogue, just type Little Reader Kit to get your complete list and place a hold. It can't get any easier.