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Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) representatives gathered with Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Pictou West MLA Karla MaFarlane on Sunday at the deCoste Entertainment Centre for an ACOA funding announcement to plan a new library in Pictou. From left: deCoste board chairman Bradley Jardine, PARL chief librarian Eric Stackhouse, Pictou County municipal board member Sally Fraser, Pictou board member Cam Beaton, Karla MacFarlane and Peter MacKayne.

PICTOU – The quest to build a new Pictou Library has officially begun.

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is receiving a $55,000 federal contribution, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), to lead the project.

It will complement $30,000 in provincial fundings, while the town of Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County are each providing $7,500 toward the project.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced the funding at the deCoste Entertainment Centre on Sunday. The Pictou- Antigonish Regional Library and the deCoste Entertainment Centre have enhanced the area’s access to arts and entertainment, and now they will have an opportunity to enhance literacy- based programming, and provide a central location where people can come together to gain new skills and share ideas,” he said.

The project is a joint effort combining Pictou, the rural municipality, the Pictou- Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) and the deCoste Entertainment Centre to provide an architectural design for a shared-use space attached to the centre that is located in downtown Pictou.

The process will include indepth consultations with communities and stakeholders to create what PARL chief librarian Eric Stackhouse called a state-of-the-art facility to move the Pictou Library from its current location. It will also include the required design work, cost estimates and a long-term operational plan.

Stackhouse said the concept for Pictou’s library will be PARL’s next test to achieve a user-friendly library environment after the award-winning facility built in Antigonish.

“I think it shows what communities want for their libraries in the 21st century,” he said. Coun. Cam Beaton, who represents Pictou on the PARL board, lauded the combined efforts of the town and county to join forces with PARL and the deCoste Centre.

“It’s exciting to think we can take the same...
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