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June clothing swap by Spryfield timebank
Written by Shaina Luck   
Monday, 14 April 2014 01:36
The Chebucto Connections time bank (a method of trading services among community members) is organizing a clothing swap on June 7th. Details are still being firmed up so I'll have to post them when they are available. The time bank also has new offers up for people who are able to provide transportation, companionship for seniors, housekeeping, and sewing. 

What's going on at the Cpt. William Spry library
Written by Shaina Luck   
Monday, 14 April 2014 01:29
There's always a lot going on at the library. Here are a few more good-to-know tips:

Did you know the library offers a small home delivery service? For those who are unable to get to a branch, a staff member will visit every three weeks and bring books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, etc. The Capt. William Spry branch has spots available for two more clients. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, contact the library at 490-5818. 

And looking ahead...coming up on Tuesday, June 10th, author Michael Winter will be doing a free reading at the branch from his book Minister without Portfolio. 

Summer reading programs start in late June for kids up to 13 years old, and this year there will be a program for people with overdue fines called "Read away your fines." If you do supervised reading for 15 minutes under the watchful eye of a library staff member, you can take $2 off your library fines. For people who do have a lot of fines and are worried about using the library, you should be aware that you can still use computers up to two hours a day, no matter how high your fines are. 
Prom dress donations needed for Spryfield high school students
Written by Shaina Luck   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:00
My CBC colleague Catharine Tunney did a story (my suggestion!) on the Chebucto Connections program collecting prom dresses for their Pathways to Education students this year. Here's the link to the video: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NS/ID/2447622739/

(Sorry, I wish I knew how to embed it but I'm just not that good yet)

This is quite important to the students because prom dresses can cost anywhere between 400 and 800 dollars, which is a huge burden on families. So far they've collected about 30 new or worn-once dresses, and are still looking for more. The original idea was to collect for the Pathways kids, but if there are enough dresses are donated, they'll be made available to all students. 

Dress donations can be dropped off at the Chebucto Connections office at 531 Herring Cove road, or call (902) 477-0964 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

It's important to note that the program is also collecting suits for male students (another big expense, though usually rented), and those can be dropped off at JL Ilsley high school. 
Now that I think about it, why the heck aren't prom and dresses rentable too? It makes no sense to buy something so expensive that you're only going to use once. 
Volunteers needed for book bonanza
Written by Shaina Luck   
Friday, 04 April 2014 14:35

---via Chebucto Connections---

Spryfield Family Support Task Force- has set this year's Book Bonanza for May 3rd at Captain William Spry Centre from 10 AM to 1PM.

 Every year we invite the community to come in and take as many books as they want for free!  The event is always well-attended and residents look forward to it each year.  


We are collecting donations of books until May 1st.  All Book donations are welcome, however books for Children and Youth are particularly in demand.  If you have ANY books you would like to donate that are in good condition, please drop them off at the Community Wellness Centre in the open space across from room 183(past the washrooms, turn right.)  THANK YOU!


It takes a lot of volunteers to make this Book Bonanza work.  On Friday May 1st, we need volunteers to help us move all the books from the Community Wellness Centre to the Captain Spry Centre.   Then we need volunteers for the entire day (or any part of the day) to help us organize the books into categories (Children/Youth/Adult-Fiction/Adult Non-Fiction etc)

We also need volunteers on the day of the event to help us look after the tables, replenish the books as books are taken away and help keep the tables neat and tidy so that everyone can see the books and easily find the ones they are looking for.  We also like to have someone meet and greet everyone when they come in and help people find what they are looking for.  

Volunteers to help set up should arrive at 8:30 AM on Saturday.  10 AMis when the public comes in and the whole thing ends at 1PM, so then we need to clean up and our tradition is to order pizza for everyone who's done so much work helping out!

Upcoming events at the Captain William Spry library
Written by Shaina Luck   
Friday, 04 April 2014 14:39
Upcoming at the Captain William Spry library

Tomorrow! Saturday April 5th at 2pm, a lecture from the NS department of natural resources on black bears and coyotes of this province. Oh my. 

On Thursday April 17th at 1:30pm, attend a workshop called "Hello iPad." I presume this teaches you the ins and outs of your new device. 

On Saturday, April 19th at 3pm it's the Geordie Haley Trio in a jazz performance. 

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