Bedford branch of the Halifax Public Libraries is your discovery destination

Whether you are looking for an opportunity to encourage a young reader or for a new experience for yourself, the Bedford Library is focused on discovery for all ages.
Paws to Read
Paws to Read is a program that parents and kids love. Every Friday afternoon there’s a dog in the library, and you’ll find him camped out with his blanket and his young reading buddy. While it may sound like play, our visiting dog, Teddy, a gorgeous Pomchi (that’s part Pomeranian and part Chihuahu) is hard at work as a certified therapy dog with Therapeutic Paws of Canada. This program is open to children who may be struggling with reading, or who may not show much interest in it. You’ll be surprised how quickly your child opens up to learning with such a good listener in the room.
English Language Learning
Our English Language Learning program, sponsored by Halifax Public Libraries and the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, now has sessions on Monday and Thursday afternoons as well as Thursday evenings. With newcomers signing up throughout the year for these one-on-one language-learning sessions, we are always seeking new volunteers to help. No experience is required; all you need is a desire to help others and an interest in making friends from around the world. Coordinator Shirin Malekahmadi pairs tutors and learners, and also offers training and support to new tutors. Call Shirin at 490-4073.
Did you know we have a wealth of gadgets behind the scenes? We’re got materials for all ages. In January, our lead technology instructor Chad will be featuring a range of new tools at a drop-in Tech Petting Zoo event January 27 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Test our 3-D printer, try out a green screen, and have fun with Google cardboard, a virtual-reality experience. We also have two new iPads equipped with great educational games for kids. We also lend iPads for adults, too. With some new gaming equipment to show off, there will be lots of opportunities for gaming in the branch as well. See our Information staff for an overview of the equipment available to you in the branch
Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia
This winter Bedford branch is happy to once again host the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia and its latest offering in our community, “A History of Recorded Sound, from Edison to MP3,” which runs Feb. 8 to March 22. Instructor Robert (Bob) Bauer will cover the technology of recorded sound, with weekly classes addressing pre-electrical recording, radio and the first electrical recordings, recording techniques and the first digital formats in recording.
Come discover with us at Bedford branch. See our information desk or visit to learn more about any of these events.
Hannah Colville is the manager at the Bedford branch of the Halifax Public Libraries.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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