October 8, 2018

Shout-out to Halifax Central Library during Canadian Library Month

I had the opportunity to visit Nova Scotia last week and wow! The green, rocky, dramatic landscape was breathtaking. Just having six days meant I had to cover a lot of ground, so cover I did: a short hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Saw a moose! A first!); a lunchtime walkabout in Lunenburg and a detour to the Glenora Distillery. (My only disappointment: not enough time for a visit to Prince Edward Island to revel in the land of Anne Shirley. I contented myself with reading House of Dreams by Liz Rosenberg.)

Since I spent the majority of time in Halifax, there was time for reflection in The Canadian Museum of Immigration, I heard the cannon (shot daily) at the Citadel National Historic Site and strolled/admired dahlias in the fabulous Public Gardens.

If you’re like me, you make sure to visit libraries when you travel, so you won’t be surprised that a trip highlight was my time spent at the Central Library, which you have to see to truly appreciate. Voted Best Library by the readers of The Coast in 2017--what’s not to like?--light-filled, colorful, with books galore housed in fascinating spaces. I geeked out over the green rooftop and learned that local artists can exhibit their works in the Sunroom

A friendly staff member asked me if I was visiting (did the museum sticker gave me away?) and when I commented on the building’s beauty, she smiled and said, “They really got it right.” Indeed.

Then, like the gift that keeps on giving, the library ‘followed’ me to the airport, where I found a cool, cleverly named kiosk, Books now boarding:

Sharing my experience with you is one of the ways I’m celebrating Canadian Library Month. How are you celebrating?

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