By Eric Pottie
As I am sure many of you know, February is African Heritage Month across Canada. At each of our branches, we have a display of books that showcase the history and contemporary issues, thoughts, and experiences of African Canadians and Nova Scotians, both positive and negative.
It is important that we, as a nation, come together to honour African Canadians and their stories. But this should continue throughout the year. We can’t, as a people, celebrate each other in turns. Similarly, during National Aboriginal History Month, or International Women’s Day, or Pride Week, we should celebrate these groups during this time and all year long.
Having a time when we all collectively honour different heritages is amazing. But we cannot forget about the history and perspective of diverse people for the other eleven months of the year.
Libraries across Canada try to promote diversity throughout the year by providing materials written by and about different peoples, offering programs, and assisting in dialogues, but we too can do better. That is why we will be taking steps as we go forward to make sure we are presenting these ideals throughout the year.
It is vital that we all respect and learn about each others history, heritage, and future. So please feel free to come into the library and check out some of these materials today, tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. We will always be here, and we will always do our best to feature perspectives of Canadians across the nation.
We have a couple of exciting programs this week. On Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m,, fitness instructor Denise Covey is coming to talk about the importance of a physically active lifestyle and is leading a chair exercise class as well.
The next day, on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., we are showing the classic film His Girl Friday with free popcorn.
Both of these programs are drop in so please feel free to attend.
The Thomas H. Raddall library is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays 12-4 p.m. and closed Mondays.
The Alean Freeman Library is open Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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