Recurring movement-based programs in Nova Scotia Public Libraries – contact the libraries to confirm availability of programs. Please add to or correct this information by using the form on the bottom of this page.
Whole Province – Nova Scotia Libraries partnered with the Heart and Stroke Walkabout program to make pedometers available for loan through all libraries.
Annapolis Valley Regional Library – http://www.valleylibrary.ca/ – Library has StoryWalk® programs.
Baddeck Public Library – part of the Cape Breton Regional Library system – http://cbrl.ca/locations/baddeck/ – Through a partnership with Naturally Active Victoria County, the library has an active outdoor gear loan program, which allows patrons to borrow skis, poles, boots, snowshoes, walking poles, and ice grips from the library; the library regularly offers movement programs outside the library, or in the library during the “closed to the public” administrative time; the library offers a movement-based early literacy program in a seniors’ home, to contribute to intergenerational understanding.
Halifax Public Libraries – http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/ – Women on Wheels (WoW) meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Woodlawn Library (http://bicycle.ns.ca/wow-weekly-rides/); Halifax Central Library offers periodical walking and dance programs.
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library – http://www.parl.ns.ca/events/index.php – Library participates in Nova Scotia Walk Day @ The Library (May 10). In 2017, the library received a Walkablitites grant from the NS Heart & Stroke Foundation to purchase Nordic Walking Poles, and now has 2 pairs of walking poles for Library patrons to borrow from each branches (14 sets in total). To complement this collection, the library has books on Nordic Pole Walking, and each kit includes some basic Nordic Pole walking information. The library has also offered several “Learn to Nordic Walk” workshops, and “Learn to Lead a Walking Group” clinic co-hosted by Nordic Walking NS. A bi-weekly walking group also meets Tuesday mornings at the Antigonish Town & County Library, co-hosted by the Town Recreation Department.
The library also offers the following seasonal programs: 1) Let’s Play, a Parent & Tot playgroup with the YMCA of Pictou County (at the library in Stellarton), monthly the first Wednesday of the month, a more active Storytime; and 2) WOW, Women on Wheels (http://bicycle.ns.ca/wow-weekly-rides/), at the Pictou Library on Friday mornings, sponsored by Pictou Parks & Recreation.
The library also offers for check-out PARL – PlayPacks. Play Packs are kits with books and active play equipment available to borrow with your library card from the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, in partnership with Antigonish County Recreation, Town of Antigonish Recreation & Active Pictou County. This initiative is made possible with support from the Antigonish Town & County, Pictou Central/East, Pictou West, and the North Shore Area Community Health Boards.
The library has also sponsored Yoga & Chair Yoga classes, ballroom dancing, line-dancing, African drumming & dance, and circus performers.
South Shore Public Libraries – https://www.facebook.com/southshorepubliclibraries/photos/a.157375860997307.37679.140568552678038/983601048374780/?type=1&theater – Be Active BackPacks available at all outlets in library system.
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