Through the generosity of the community, and with assistance from the Town of Pictou, the Municipality of the County of Pictou, and the Government of Canada, a new Pictou Library & upgraded-expanded deCoste Centre are almost a reality.
We have a wonderful opportunity to create a vibrant new community hub that gathers together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities around creativity, culture, education, and community well-being.
A tremendous opportunity comes from the fusion of successful organizations to establish a creative community hub. Across Canada there has been a significant adoption of community hubs as a model of sustainable community development. The rationale for hubs has remained sound throughout history and is particularly applicable for rural areas. As operational funding becomes tighter it often makes sense to bring like-minded groups under one roof, generating cost efficiencies. In Nova Scotia there are major cultural hubs in development in both Halifax and Sydney, with smaller projects lifting off in Yarmouth, Port Hawkesbury, Truro and other communities.
In its very design, this project fosters close cooperation beyond the two key partners, the Regional Library and deCoste. It also reaches out to take into account the needs of the greater community, both town and county. This project will support creative and cultural initiatives, recreation and active living programs, stimulating volunteerism and community development. The local economy will see growth from increased tourism and business activity. The whole will be more than the sum of its parts.