Past Workshops

Weaving Love and Joy into the Journey of Truth and Reconciliation

Monday, May 17, 2021 / 12:30 – 2:30 PM (Zoom webinar)

The Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA) and the Annapolis Valley Regional Library are excited to offer this free educational opportunity to NSLA members. Please note, there are only 25 spots available in this Workshop, it is live and will not be recorded. To register, please email NSLA PD Convenor, Ray Fernandes:

This FREE PD Workshop is presented by the Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA). Please consider joining NSLA and supporting library PD initiatives such as this, our advocacy work, annual conference and other activities that support our Library Community. Student memberships are FREE, personal memberships are just $25 -

Workshop Description:

In this dynamic and inspiring keynote, Monique will share her personal journey of truth and reconciliation and how that journey has transformed her and her family. She will share stories and offer readings from her various books. We will delve into both the truth and reconciliation. Through our time together, we will explore the importance of story and the integral role love and joy have in the education of the hearts and minds of our citizens.

Bio: Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is a proud Mom of teenage twins and an award-winning, best-selling author. Her first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Canadian Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Since then, Monique has had 6 books come out that cover a broad spectrum of ages, topics and emotions. Woven into all of Monique’s writing, speaking engagements and online courses is the teaching that Love is Medicine. Monique’s novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights was longlisted for Canada Reads 2021. Monique is well known for her contributions to the journey of Truth and Reconciliation, including being honoured with the 2019 City of Victoria Leadership Award for Reconciliation. She is an appointed member of the Board of Directors of Royal Roads University and the Minister’s Advisory Council for Indigenous Women for the Government of BC. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish and has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 30 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

This project is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est finance [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada.

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Food Literacy: Building Community Through Food

Date: Monday, May 3, 2021 / 10–11:30am

Cost: FREE

This FREE online session will provide a snapshot of how food programming can be a powerful outreach tool to welcome and empower communities. Participants will hear about dynamic community-led programming with emphasis on libraries as a third place.

Presented by Emily Glover, Food Literacy Specialist at the Halifax Public Libraries. This workshop will:

  • Increase understanding of the benefits of food literacy programming for all ages

  • Explore ways to reduce food insecurity and social isolation in your community

  • Develop skills needed to plan food literacy programming in your library, big or small

Topics will include:

  • Intro to food literacy

  • Teaching food skills and food safety in public libraries

  • Snacks in the stacks: Addressing food insecurity by offering healthy after-school snacks to youth and vulnerable adults

  • Case study: How we got started with food at HPL (case study for the newcomer cooking club, and description of all the food literacy programming we have been offered for all ages)

Emily will also be providing attendees with a number of hand-outs and talking about how the Halifax Public Libraries continued their food literacy programming during the pandemic.

At the end of the presentation feel free to ask questions, or share some of the food programming or partnerships that are happening in your library or region, or ideas.

Emily Glover is a professional dietitian and a trained chef with an immense passion for anything to do with food and nutrition. She also has a love for teaching these topics in community settings whenever and wherever possible.