Category Archives: Merritt Gibson Memorial Library

Book, Plant, and Bake Sale on May 19, 2018

Canning Village's Merritt Gibson Memorial Library sale items
The Merritt Gibson Memorial Library is holding a number of fundraising events prior to our popular May long weekend Book, Plant, and Bake Sale on May 19th, 2018.  The library is in  planning stages of building upgrades including insulation and window installation.

Our Vesey’s campaign is currently offering a wide range of products including seeds, seed mats, annuals, perennials, bulbs, and live plant/bare roots.  The 5 foot long by 17 inch seed mats are an easy quick way to fill in that awkward area in your yard with vigorous colourful growth, and are an excellent value, as they can be split up to cover many small areas.  A Vesey’s catalogue is available at the library to help you select and some library members also have them and are collecting orders which all must be prepaid to the library.  A few of our library members also are taking orders.  Contact the library if you’d like to order with us this way.

The library is also holding a number of silent auctions as part of our fundraising efforts.Currently bidding has begun on an attractive and functional set of items donated by Jordan’s Home Furnishings, including a crushed glass nightlight, an unbreakable solar camping light, a ceramic mini-lamp with silk shade, and various kitchen serving and prep ware, as well as a hardcover book for holding recipes.  This auction closes on the 24th March.

The new lot being offered for bidding will start on the 25th March, and includes a beautiful handmade large bowl created especially for this event by Aspinall Pottery,  a collection of Arbonne cosmetics from The Landing Day Spa and Studio, art supplies from ArtCan and others, a bag and food vouchers from Wolfville Farmer’s Market, and a basket of culinary items from Farmer John’s.

The items can be seen at the library, on our library and heritage billboard beside the library, and on our Merritt Gibson/Canning Library Facebook page.   Bidding can be done in person at the library, or by using messenger on our Merritt Gibson Memorial Library Facebook page, by emailing to, or by phone at 902-582-7699, or call 902-582-1958 where you can leave a message.

We also have a number of speakers for April and May including award winning lily cultivation expert Wayne Ward and Carol Goodwin of Beneath the Boughs Nursery who specializes in woodland and unusual species to present growing ideas.  Dates of speakers will soon be announced.


Downsizing Roundtable Discussion Oct. 19, 2017

Downsizing poster

Where will you live when we are older?

A roundtable discussion on making the decision to downsize is happening Thursday, October 19 at 2 – 4PM at

The Merritt Gibson Memorial Library 
9806 Main St.
Canning, NS
B0P 1H0

Find out what life is like in a co-housing community. Talk to people who downsized to something small. Ask about costs. Bring your questions and concerns. Refreshments provided. Free.

Carolyn Green, Lorax Woodlands
Kimberly Smith, Co-housing in Nova Scotia Discussion Group
Deborah Nicholson and Michael Gabriel, co-owners of the Mod House on North Avenue
Caroline Whitby, Managed for You: Home Transition
Tara Webb, Annapolis Valley homeSHARE/Women’s Place Resource Centre

You’re invited to take a tour of the modular house on North Avenue immediately after the event.

Artist Lucie Chan at Merritt Gibson Memorial Library in Canning, NS

Lucie Chan art

Artist Lucie Chan will speak at the Merritt Gibson Memorial Library about her art projects on Tuesday, October 10 at 2-4pm. Really thought-provoking paintings! Lucie is currently the visiting artist at Ross Creek Arts Centre. Born in Guyana and educated in Canada, Vancouver now provides the backdrop for Chan’s delicate and evocative drawing-based art practice. She holds a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has participated in several group exhibitions, in Canada but mainly in Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal. She is an associate professor at Emily Carr Art Institute in BC.

Lucie Chan

Lucie Chan art


Author, Poet Anna Quon at Canning’s Merritt Gibson Memorial Library

Join us Saturday July 9, 2016  as we welcome novelist and poet Anna Quon to the Merritt Gibson Memorial Library. Quon will be here to help with the official unveiling of the Library’s Diversity Bookshelf by reading from her second novel, “Low”, the story of a 19-year-old girl’s slide into depression and her experience of mental healthcare.

The Municipality of the County of Kings Warden, Diana Brothers, will be on hand at 2:00 PM to officially unveil the Diversity Bookshelf to the public.

A screening of videos from Quon’s digital storytelling project she co-facilitated with the Canadian Mental Health Association will follow, as well as a writing workshop to round out the afternoon.

1:00 pm – Novelist Anna Quon reads from her latest book, “Low”
1:30 – Screening digital stories
2:00 pm – Official launch of the Diversity Bookshelf with Kings County Warden Diana Brothers
2:30 – Story-writing workshop

For more information about the Diversity Bookshelf Launch or the Library, contact Lis van Berkel at 902-448-3875 or Courtney Turner at 902-582-7699.

Merritt Gibson Memorial Library Bake, Plant, and Book Sale

Delicious baked goods, as well as plants, bulbs, day lilies, and used books for sale
Delicious baked goods, as well as plants, bulbs, day lilies, and used books for sale this Saturday!

The Merritt Gibson Memorial Library is having a fundraiser Book, Plant and Bake Sale, on Saturday, May 21 from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Library. Drop by and pick up some fine perennials — including many from the NSCC Kingstec Horticulture program again this year! We’ll also always have reasonably priced bulbs, day lilies and more plants, and, of course, divine homemade sweets, and a good used book or two!

Twila Robar-DeCoste Watercolour Seminar at Canning’s Merritt Gibson Library

Twila Robar-DeCoste
Twila Robar-DeCoste (photo credit:

The Merritt Gibson Memorial Library in Canning is pleased to have renowned Nova Scotia artist Twila Robar-DeCoste present a watercolour seminar this Friday, July 10th, from 10 AM – 12 PM. The cost is $25 per person if we have 6 participants. The cost decreases as the number of participants rise.

If you or anyone you know are interested in attending, please call Marisa at the Library 582-7699 to pre-register.