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what’s upWhat’s UpJANUARY - FEBRUARY 20072What’s Up4From Our Shelves5Feature Story6Adult Programs15Teen Programs17School Age Programs20Preschool Programs24Branch LocationsEDITED BYJulie TottenDESIGN MANAGEMENTDenis CunninghamDESIGNDenis CunninghamDarius GraffAndrew ConradPHOTOGRAPHYDarius GraffLIBRARY GUIDE:is produced by the Communications andMarketing Department of the HalifaxPublic Libraries. It is printed atTranscontinental. For more informationabout programs, please contact thebranch or department listed. For generalinformation about this publication, callthe Communications and MarketingOffice at 490-5852.OUR ADDRESS60 Alderney DriveDartmouth, Nova ScotiaB2Y 4P8halifaxpubliclibraries.ca2 I halifaxpubliclibraries.caCelebrate Family Literacy Dayat the Library!branches. The rest will be built andinstalled over the coming months.January 27 is Family Literacy Day andthere's no better place to celebrate thanHalifax Public Libraries, especially nowthat several branches are offering newImagination Stations for preschoolers.The Imagination Stations are part of alarger family literacy initiative madepossible thanks to a generous donationof 150,000 from Athena Colpitts, aformer teacher who was passionate aboutliteracy. Her donation has also allowedthe Library to enhance services tochildren and families by purchasing newbooks, introducing new family programsand expanding staff training.Imagination Stations are speciallydesigned to help toddlers learn thoughplay by engaging them in games thatdevelop their thinking, reasoning, literacyand motor skills. The Stations, whichfeature bead and lacing toys, colourfulmagnetic toys, puzzles, blocks, pegboardsand more, are custom-built to suit thebranch and community where they arelocated. The first three ImaginationStations are currently open at the HalifaxNorth, Keshen Goodman and TantallonHackmatack Children's ChoiceAward 2007The Hackmatack Children's Choice BookAward allows children to choose theirfavourite Canadian and Atlantic Canadiantitles from a selection of forty recent booksin both English and French categories.Most children participate as part of aHackmatack reading group at theirschool. However, any child can participateat their local library. Just sign up, get acopy of the 2007 list of nominations andMany branches are also celebratingFamily Literacy Day with specialprograms that are fun for all ages. Forcomplete program details, see page 19.start reading. Once you've read at leasthalf the titles in a category, you can votefor your favourite by coming into thelibrary and filling out a ballot. April 1 isthe deadline, so start reading!You can find the list of nominatedtitles on the Hackmatack website, hackmatack.ca, or in the "[email protected] the Library"section of halifaxpubliclibraries.ca.For more information, ask a librarian atyour local branch or call 490-5748.

what’s upTeens Taking the Lead at SheetHarbour LibraryTeen volunteers a making a big difference byparticipating in the Leading Readers programat the Sheet Harbour Public Library. Theprogram helps motivate young readers andsupports their reading development by pairingthem with teen volunteers from the localhigh school for an hour of reading andlanguage-based activities. The excitementand enthusiasm of the teen volunteers isvital to the program, and the young readersreally look forward to seeing their partnerseach week. So far, 18 pairs of LeadingReaders have completed the program, and a newsession is scheduled to run from January to May.VolunteerOpportunitiesAdult Literacy and UpgradingVolunteer Tutor ProgramRight now, about 12 million Canadianadults have trouble reading and writing.By becoming a volunteer tutor you canhelp someone in your communityimprove his or her basic literacy skills.No experience is necessary, and trainingand support are available. Check page 11for detailed schedules and contactinformation, or come to a volunteerinformation session to find out more.Call 422-7648 to register.Tutoring in Adult Literacy Info Sessions:CAPTAIN WILLIAM SPRYWednesday, January 16/6:30-8:30 p.m.KESHEN GOODMANTuesday, January 23/6:30-8:30 p.m.BLOOMFIELD CENTREMonday, January 29/6:30-8:30 p.m.SPRING GARDENThursday, February 1/6:30-8:30 p.m.ESL for Adults VolunteerTutor ProgramWith a two to three hour weekly timecommitment, you can help an adult inyour community improve his or herEnglish language skills. No experience isnecessary, and training and support areavailable. Check page 11 for detailedschedules and contact information, orcome to a volunteer information sessionto find out more. Call 490-5990to register.Tutoring in ESL Info Sessions:KESHEN GOODMANMonday, January 15/6:30-8:30 p.m.CAPTAIN WILLIAM SPRYWednesday, January 17/6:30-8:30 p.m.Home Delivery ServicesBy delivering reading and listening materials to homes throughout the region, youcould make a difference in someone's life.Volunteers are currently needed at theAlderney Gate, Cole Harbour,Dartmouth, Sackville and Woodlawnbranches. Deliveries are made every threeweeks and volunteers must supply theirown vehicle. For more information, call490-5885 ( Dartmouth area) or 869-4448(Sackville).Children's Reading SupportIf you love reading and children, you maybe interested in becoming a reading support volunteer at the Halifax North orCaptain William Spry Public Library. Formore information, contact Lana Pinksy atthe Halifax North branch at 490-5779 orDorothy Minaker at the Captain WilliamSpry branch at 490-5714.TrainingOpportunitiesAdult Literacy Tutor BasicsAn introductory workshop designedfor new literacy tutors. Discuss thebasic concepts of tutoring adult literacy, and learn tools and techniques tobegin working with adult learners.Registration is required. Call Erica at490-5990 for more information.KESHEN GOODMANThursday, January 25/6-8:30 p.m.HALIFAX NORTHSaturday, February 3/9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Using Phonics to TeachReading SkillsPhonemic awareness is one of the building blocks of basic readings skills, but howcan you help your learner develop it?Tutors will learn techniques for coachinglearners in need of developing their phonics skills. Registration is required. CallErica at 490-5990 for more information.HALIFAX NORTHSaturday, February 3/9:30 a.m. -1 p.m.ESL Tutor Roundtable:Challenges & StrategiesMeet other ESL tutors and discuss issuesand challenges related to tutoring adultsin ESL. Share your favourite strategiesand resources. Facilitator Erin McDonaldwill lead the discussion, which is open toall volunteer ESL tutors in HRM. Toregister, call Erica at 490-5990.BEDFORDWednesday, February 7/6:30-8:30 p.m.ESL Tutor Basic TrainingThis four-part workshop series coveringthe basics of ESL tutoring is open to allvolunteer ESL tutors in HRM.Registration is required. Call Erica at490-5990 for more information.January - February 2007I3

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featureSobaz Benjamin is a manfascinated by race. It’s afascination so intense, some might sayit borders on obsession.“Race, in North America and Europe,is a very strong identity-formingstructure,” says the filmmaker, who wasborn in London, England, spent muchof his teenage years in Grenada andnow calls Halifax his home. “At somepoint in your life, if you're a person ofcolour, you're going to have to confrontwhat race means to you.”Judging from his first long formdocumentary, Race is a Four-LetterWord, Benjamin isn't afraid of a littleconfrontation.The documentary, filmed in Halifaxand Toronto, tells the stories of awhite man who was raised by ablack family; a black woman whoreconstructs herself as a symbol ofCanadian identity known as MissCanadiana and another blackwoman who returns to Englandto escape what she perceives asCanada's racial cold war.At the heart of the film isBenjamin’s own story.“I've been making this filmfor a very long time,” hesays. “It's a story that I'vebeen trying to tell formallysince 1997, but it's basedon experiences that I'vebeen trying to make senseof for most of my life.”As a young boy growingup in London, Benjaminsays he struggled with theconcept of his own raceand sense of identity. Foryears, he tried to bleach hisskin with chemicals becausehe thought being lighterwas somehow better.heritage continued long after hischildhood, and has been the driving forcebehind his career as a filmmaker.His two independent shorts, Black Skin,White Masks and Weekend Warrior alsoexplore issues surrounding race andidentity, and Benjamin says those filmswere like seeds that developed into Race isa Four Letter-Word, which he calls a“landmark” in his career.“This film is about being human and howa person experiences themselves as anindividual and within a group. It’s aboutall the contradictions and beauty that arepart of that experience.”Coming up with an appropriate title forthe film was challenging, says Benjamin.He mulled over many options beforefinally deciding on one.“It was not my motivation to say that raceis bad,” says Benjamin. “Race is a fourletter word, but so is love. The title ismeant to capture the ambiguity andcomplexity of the word.”Although Benjamin’s film focuses on thecomplexities and contradictionssurrounding race, he says the goal of thefilm is not necessarily to find answers.Instead, he hopes to raise even morequestions about what race means to people.“If my film is able to take someone to aplace they haven’t been before, or makethem think about things they’ve neverthought of before, then I am grateful.”Race is a Four-Letter Word will be shownat the Spring Garden Road PublicLibrary on Thursday, February 8 at7 p.m. Sobaz Benjamin will be there toanswer questions.His struggle to understandand appreciate the meaningof his own culture andJanuary - February 2007I5

adult programsWriters Without BoundariesadultProgramsSACKVILLEWednesday, January 17/7 p.m.The Good Earth by Pearl S. BuckWednesday, February 21/7 p.m.The Red Tent by Anita DiamantSPRING GARDENThursday, January 11/7 p.m.The Stone Angel by Margaret LaurenceRegistration required.Thursday, February 8/7p.m.A Confederacy of Dunces by John KennedyTooleRegistration required.Is writing your passion? Would you liketo know more about the craft of writingand the publishing industry? JoinWriters Without Boundaries, Sackville’swriting group. No experience necessary.SACKVILLEThursdays, January 18 & February 15/7 p.m.Recapturing the Joy withDeborah AnthonyDeborah Anthony, a Beaver Bank resident, lost her daughter to a tragic accident more than 20 years ago. Her struggle in dealing with the grief process hasresulted in a self-help book, Recapturingthe Joy, A Journal for Bereaved Parents.Join Deborah as she discusses how herbook came to be and how it can helpyou or someone you know.SACKVILLEWednesday, January 31/7 p.m.TANTALLONTuesday, January 9/7 p.m.Blind Assassin by Margaret AtwoodBook ClubsThe libraries’ book clubs are a great wayto meet people, explore new authors, shareideas and celebrate the joy of reading.Tuesday, February 13/7 p.m.Any Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter MosleyWOODLAWNWednesday, January 10/7 p.m.The Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldRegistration required.BEDFORDTuesday, January 30/2 p.m.Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenRegistration begins Dec. 27.Wednesday, February 7/7 p.m.The Birth House by Ami McKayRegistration required.Tuesday, February 27/2 p.m.Rockbound by Frank Parker DayRegistration begins Jan. 30.Writers & WritingCAPTAIN WILLIAM SPRYWednesday, January 17/7 p.m.Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeilWednesday, February 21/7 p.m.Suite Francaise by Irene NemirovskyKESHEN GOODMANWednesday, January 10/1 p.m.Wednesday, February 14/1 p.m.For reading list, call Eve Shiers at 445-3681.6 I halifaxpubliclibraries.caLife WritingWinter is a time for reflection, and a greatopportunity to write the stories that shapeour lives. What is your new beginning:Are you new to Canada? A new parent?A surviving spouse? Join author andHalifax’s Poet Laureate, Lorri NeilsenGlenn, for this two-hour workshop thatwill inspire your writing regardless of yourage or experience. Registration required.KESHEN GOODMANThursday, January 11/2 p.m.Emil SherPage to StageMourning Dove withplaywright Emil SherInspired by the story of Robert Latimer,Mourning Dove explores the unspeakabledilemma faced by the father of a severelydisabled girl asking difficult questionsabout mercy killing, family loyalty andpersonal ethics versus public morality.Mourning Dove will be on stage atNeptune Theatre Feb. 13 - Mar. 4.SPRING GARDENThursday, February 15/7 p.m.

adult programsHobbies & InterestsWomen’s GroupThe weather may be cold, but the conversation and coffee are always warm at theweekly meeting of the Halifax NorthBranch Women’s Group. Drop by formovies, crafts, guest speakers and discussions on everyday issues affecting the livesof women. Contact the branch for aweekly schedule.Choosing the Right Dogfor YouIf you’re planning on bringing a doghome this spring, now is the time to plan.Christine Graham, of WyndenfogKennels, will share advice on choosing abreed , SPCA adoption, purchasing frompet stores and other things to be aware ofbefore selecting a puppy or adult dog.SPRING GARDENThursday, January 18 /7p.m.Scrabble NightMore than 100 million Scrabble boardshave been sold worldwide and the game,invented in the early 1930s, is still growing in popularity. Bring your board andmeet other Scrabble enthusiasts for anevening of word-making fun.Outdoor Winter FunWinter can be a great time to enjoy theoutdoors. Join Terri Peace from theAdventure Earth Centre to learn aboutactivities like snowshoeing, cross-countryskiing, tobogganing, winter picnics orwalks along a trail by the light of themoon.KESHEN GOODMANWednesday, January 17/7 p.m.KESHEN GOODMANWednesday, January 24/7 p.m.with Andrew Lloyd from CarsandMosherSACKVILLEWednesday, January 24/7 p.m.with members of Sackville PhotographyClub. Registration required.Seniors’ Drop-inJoin Const. Maloney from the TantallonDetachment of the RCMP for a discussion on a variety of safety issues for seniors. Anyone over the age of 55 is welcome.TANTALLONFriday, January 19/2 p.m.Friday, February 16/2 p.m.University CoursesThe Enlightenmentwith Elizabeth HaighHIST 3411.2 DTThe intellectual, social and philosophicalmilieu of the Western world was profoundly altered in the 17th and 19th centuries. Largely in response to the scientificrevolution, European political and socialassumptions and foundations were questioned. The re-examination led to a profound reshaping of the foundations ofEuropean institutions. The course willexamine this process and its development.SPRING GARDENThursdays/12 p.m.beginning January 4 (no class Feb. 22)Saint Mary’s University Lunch& Learn Lecture SeriesYou may attend one or all lectures with noregistration or charge. Feel free to bringyour lunch. Co-sponsored by the Division ofContinuing Education of Saint Mary’sUniversity.Introduction to Drama IIwith Glenn WaltonENGL 2342.2 DLThis course covers plays ranging from theRestoration of Drama in England in 1660See back cover for registration numbers.The Study of Short Fictionwith Louise BurleyENGL 2391.2 DTSPRING GARDENWednesdays/12 p.m.beginning January 3 (no class Feb. 21)Intro to Digital PhotographyCut through the technical jargon and findout what to look for in a digital camera,how to get the most out of your camera,how to take photos and what to do withyour picture once you’ve snapped the shot.ALDERNEY GATETuesdays/12 p.m.beginning January 9 (no class Feb. 20)Short stories often use the intensely symbolic and vivid language of poetry, whilerelying on the traditional elements of narrative such as setting character and plot.This course will include what happens,where and to whom, but will also extendto what the story is about in terms of acontrolling idea.HALIFAX NORTHWednesdays/10 a.m.KESHEN GOODMANMonday, January 15/7 p.m.Monday, February 19/7 p.m.up to the present time. Particular emphasis will be on late 19th century Realismand 20th century experiments in formand content.Mount Saint VincentUniversity Lecture SeriesCanada’s Twentieth CenturyPrime Minister Wilfrid Laurier promisedthat the 20th century would belong toCanada. From the vantage point of theearly 21st century, Dr. Janet Guildford ofthe MSVU Department of History, willassess Laurier’s claim and explore theimpact of a century of fast-paced changeon the lives of Canadians.January - February 2007I7

adult programsJan. 19 - The Twentieth Century Belongsto Canada: 1896-1911Jan. 26 - The Impact of the First WorldWar: 1914-1929Feb. 2 - Surviving the Depression: 19291939Feb. 9 - The Impact of the Second WorldWar: 1939-1960Feb. 16 - Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll?Reform and Protest in the 1960s and 1970sMar. 2 - A New Constitution for Canada:1960s-1990sMar. 9 - Postmodern MulticulturalCanadaMusic, Art & FilmFlamenco in February FestivalLast year’s Flamenco in February Festival,the first ever in Canada, met tremendousresponse. The Festival returns to theLibrary to heat up your winter with flamenco dance and music! These programsare co-sponsored by JazzEast and MariaOsende Flamenco Co. For more information visit www.flamencofestival.ca.Flamenco Guitarwith Daniel MacNeilDaniel MacNeil began playing flamencoguitar after moving to Halifax in 2001.He has studied with renowned musiciansJuan Martin and Daniel Pimentel inMadrid, Spain. He is also musical directorand guitarist for Maria OsendeFlamenco and teachesflamenco guitarand percussion.ALDERNEY GATEWednesday,February 7/12 p.m.COLE HARBOURSaturday, February3/2 p.m.Daniel MacNeil8 I halifaxpubliclibraries.caWal-Town: The FilmNFB Film Clubtoured Canada with Joel Plaskett andThe Weakerthans. Registration required.Interspersing frank exchangesbetween activists and Wal-Mart shopperswith interviews with a range of charactersfrom either side of the issue, Wal Town:The Film takes us to the front lines of theongoing debate over the company’sincreasing dominance in the Canadianretail market. 2006. -67 mins.SPRING GARDENSaturday, February 10/1 p.m.SPRING GARDENSunday, February 4/2:30 p.m.TANTALLONJanuary - Mixed media by James DarleyFebruary- Photographs from UpperHammonds Plains Black communityHarmonica WorkshopAges 14 Join harmonica teacher, Catriona Sturtonto learn basic skills and listen to advancedtechniques. You are welcome to bring aharmonica in the key of “C” (10 holes).Sturton is a former member of Halifaxindie-rock group, Plumtree and hasArt DisplayLocal artists are invited to display theirwork in the library. Works in a variety ofmedia are welcome. Contact the branchfor details.WOODLAWNPaintings by Bill DugganFlamenco Guitarwith Bob SutherbyBob Sutherby discovered flamenco guitarten years ago and his career took an unexpected turn when he founded the groupEl Viento Flamenco with dancer EvelyneBenais. He studied with Juan Martin,Juan del Gastor, Patricio Tito and MiguelAragon and currently works with ElViento Flamenco, Los Flamencos and solo.BEDFORDTuesday, February 6/7 p.m.Registration required.SPRING GARDENFriday, February 2/12 p.m.Introduction to FlamencoThe world of flamenco is filledwith intense music, expressivedance and colourful costumes.Join guitarist Paul Doleman fora look at how the art form arosefrom a blend of culturesto produce complex andbeautifulperformances.KESHEN GOODMANThursday, February 15/2 p.m.Maria OsendeHistory of Flamenco GuitarDaniel MacNeil will explore the historyof flamenco guitar including its origin,influences, instruments, techniques,famous players and styles. He’ll also discuss the creative process of flamenco fromthe birth of its song (cante) to how contemporary artists continue to push theboundaries.SPRING GARDENFriday, February 9/12 p.m.The Flamenco Festival is also offeringyouth programs.Ssee pages 15 and 18.Photo: Jennifer PayneKESHEN GOODMANFridaysJanuary 19-March 9/1:30 p.m.(no class Feb. 23)

adult programsEmployment &Money MattersWomen’s EmploymentOutreach Workshops:Career Decision MakingThis series will help you make wellinformed personal decisions, taking intoaccount your values and interests andcurrent labour market trends.Information on local upgrading andretraining options will be supplied. Toregister, call 422-8023.Small Business StartupGot a great business idea but don’t knowwhere to begin? Find out what theLibrary has to offer budding entrepreneurs, and discover the tools you need tomake your business a success. Registrationrequired.ALDERNEY GATEWednesday, January 17/7 p.m.SPRING GARDENby appointment - 490-5710Investing BasicsEnhanced Computer Skills forJob SearchThis four-part workshop includes navigating Windows, learning moreMicrosoft Word formatting techniques,perfecting Internet job searches andonline job applications and sendingresumés as an email attachment securely.To register, call 422-8023.KESHEN GOODMANMarch 20, 22, 27, 29/1:15-3:15 p.m.Skills and Learning PortfolioDevelopmentIn this 10-session course, you’ll learn toprepare a portfolio that will representyou and your life experiences as it relatesto your personal, educational and careergoals.KESHEN GOODMANFebruary 5, 12, 19, 26/1-4 p.m.March 5, 19, 26/1-4 p.m.April 2, 16, 23/1-4 p.m.See back cover for registration numbers.COLE HARBOURWednesday, January 24/7 p.m.Get free advice on choosing a career, creating a return-to-work plan and discovering new opportunities. This service is provided by Job Search Services ofDartmouth. To book an appointment, call435-0957 ext. 227.Basic Computer Skills forJob SearchKESHEN GOODMANFebruary 13, 15, 20, 22/1:15-3:15 p.m.The countdown to retirement can be apleasant ride if you have a fine-tunedstrategy. Learning about making contributions, tax efficient investing, growthfactors, diversification, rebalance and beneficiary designations are all part of thestrategy. Meet with Financial Advisor,Celena Matwawana of Investors Group asshe explores options to meet your needs.Employment CounsellingALDERNEY GATEJanuary 10, 17, 24, 31/10 a.m. - 12 p.m.February 7/10 a.m. - 12 p.m.This four-part workshop focuses onusing a mouse, basic formatting techniques of Microsoft Word, modifying adocument on disk, accessing and searching the Internet, setting up an emailaccount and sending/receiving emails.To register, call 422-8023.Financial Planning forRetirementWOODLAWNWednesdays/1-4 p.m.Computer and Internet JobSearch HelpChristopher StewartExplore investment basics from assessingyour current financial situation to managing your risk including budgeting, inflation, RRSPs, GICs and bonds and mutualfunds. Hosted by Christopher Stewart,an Investment Advisor with EdwardJones Investments.ALDERNEY GATEMonday, February 5/7 p.m.SPRING GARDENThursday, January 25/7 p.m.Computer Security SeminarFor many of us computers are a daily partof our lives, but how secure are they?Greg Nason, of L&N ComputerConsulting, will discuss how we can protect ourselves against identity theft, viruses, worms and spam. Registrationrequired.BEDFORDTuesday, January 23/7 p.m.A representative from Job Search Serviceswill help you create a dynamic resumé andnavigate the Internet for job resources. Tobook an appointment, call 435-0957 ext.227.WOODLAWNFridays/10 a.m.-1p.m.Getting On Track to a SoundFinancial FutureThe road to financial security doesn'thave to be a rough one. Craig Mercer ofInvestors Group will offer tips on gettingstarted. Registration required.WOODLAWNWednesday, January 31/7 p.m.Wills, Power of Attorney &Funeral PreplanningGetting your affairs or the affairs of someone else in order doesn’t have to be adaunting task. Ian MacDonald, ofMattatall’s Funeral Home in Dartmouth,will explain how to take some of the stressout of one of life’s most stressful events,and minimize the emotional burden ofthose left behind. Registration required.WOODLAWNWednesday, February 28/7 p.m.January - February 2007I9

adult programsHealth & WellnessPublic Health Information with Nancy WorthMi’kmaq Plant Medicines:Natural Healing TraditionsComfort, Play and Teach: A Positive Approach to ParentingLaurie Lacey, medicine maker, naturalistand author of Mic Mac Medicines:Remedies and Recollections, will shareslides, stories and information on thetraditional uses of plants and trees by theMi’Kmaq people of Atlantic Canada.Lacey has been involved in the field oflocal medicines since 1974.COLE HARBOURWednesday, January 31/7 p.m.(Parents of children ages 0-3 years)This program will focus on the everyday routines and activities that experts agree are themost important in helping children reach their full potential.TANTALLONTuesday, January 9/2:30 -3:30 p.m.Growth and Development(Parents of children ages 0-6 months)Learn how to use the activities of comfort, play and teach to explore your child’s cognitive,socio-emotional and language development during the first six months.TANTALLONTuesday, February 13/2:30-3:30 p.m.Smart Start with Rachel Stonefrom NubodysLaurie LaceyMacrobioticsThe word macrobiotic comes from“macro” which means “large” and “bios”which means “life”. Macrobiotic chefJessica Porter will discuss how womencan strengthen their mind and bodythrough the right balance of food. Porteris the author of The Hip Chick’s Guide toMacrobiotics: A Philosophy for Achieving aRadiant Mind and a Fabulous Body.Books will be available for purchase.SPRING GARDENThursday, January 11/7 p.m.The Smart Start program offers information on how to modify your behaviour inorder to make a successful lifestylechange. This session includes a self-discovery exercise, information on the stagesof change, stages of action, time management and goal setting information.TANTALLONSaturday, January 27/2 p.m.Environmental &Social IssuesMartin Luther King, Jr.Birthday CelebrationIn 1954, Nova Scotia desegregated itsschools while the United States SupremeCourt handed down its landmark decisionin Brown vs Board of Education. In 1957,Central High School in Little Rock,Arkansas played a pivotal role in theenforcement of that decision.Join us as we look back at theevents at Central Highthorough video and discusshow they shaped the pursuitof education as part of thepursuit for civil rights.HALIFAX NORTHThursday, January 18/7 p.m.10 I halifaxpubliclibraries.caThe Right to WaterLearn about the right towater internationally andin Canada. SusanHowatt will discussthe threat to waterin Canada byshortages,pollutionand thegrowing moveto treat water as acommodity. Howattis the national watercampaigner with theCouncil ofCanadians.SPRING GARDENThursday,February 22/7p.m.

adult programsOther Literacy andESL OpportunitiesLiteracy Networks:Halifax Community LearningNetwork, 422-7648Bedford-Sackville LiteracyNetwork, 869-3838Dartmouth LiteracyNetwork, 464-3444Eastern Shore-Musquodoboit LiteracyNetwork, 885-3473Preston Area Learning Skills Society,462-6042Western HRM Community LearningNetwork, 225-6320English as a SecondLanguage (ESL)Get help with your English languageskills at Halifax Public Libraries.Programsare free and open to permanent residents,refugee claimants and Canadian citizens.ALDERNEY GATETuesdays/4-6 p.m. & 6:30-8:30 p.m.Fridays/12-2 p.m. & 2:30-4:30 p.m.Call Shirin at 490-4268.BEDFORDMondays/1:30-4 p.m.Thursdays/6:30-9 p.m.Call Tatjana at 490-5757.CAPTAIN WILLIAM SPRYWednesdays/10 a.m.-12 p.m.and 1-4 p.m.Call Marian at 490-5715.HALIFAX NORTHTuesdays/10 a.m.-12 p.m.and 6-9 p.m.Call Pam at 490-5779.KESHEN GOODMANTuesdays/10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.Thursdays/10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.Call Marian at 490-6408.SPRING GARDENTuesdays/1-3 p.m. & 3:30-5:30 p.m.Wednesdays/4-6 p.m. & 6:30-8:30 p.m.Call Frances at 490-5990.See back cover for registration numbers.Literacy &UpgradingImprove your reading, writing and mathskills with Halifax Public Libraries andthe Halifax Community LearningNetwork. The programs are free and opento all adult learners in need of basic education upgrading.BLOOMFIELD CENTREMondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays/5-7:30 p.m.Fridays/12:30-3 p.m.Call Laura at 453-6246 ext 23.CAPTAIN WILLIAM SPRYTuesdays/1-3 p.m. & 5:30-8:30 p.m.Thursdays/9:30-11:30 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.Call Linda at 490-5715.HALIFAX NORTHWednesdays/9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.and 6-9 p.m.Fridays /9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Call Jennifer at 490-5779.ESL tutoring and services fornew immigrants:Metro Immigrant SettlementAssociation, 423-3607Centre for Diverse and VisibleCulture

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