In My Life I’ve Learned...

Media Release

Halifax Central Library Site Has a ‘Talking Fence’

July 26, 2012 - Halifax, NS – The Halifax Central Library is engaging Haligonians—even during construction! On Thursday, July 26, the Halifax Public Libraries began its installation of a new ‘talking fence’. With a theme of “In my life I’ve learned...,” the project is expected to draw out knowledge and imagination from all passersby.

“The new library is truly a public space,” says Terri Fraser, Fund Development Manager for the Halifax Public Libraries, “so we plan to keep creating ways for all citizens to feel their ownership.”

The Talking Fence is modeled after similar projects in Canada, and around the world. It is a creative yet easy-touse display of chalk boards that allow for a dialogue between citizens. On one board is the leading phrase and title of the project, “In my life I’ve learned…”, and plenty of space for people to post their thoughts. Another panel has an artistic rendering of a poem of the same title written by Tanya Davis, HRM’s Poet Laureate.

“We feel that the inclusion of Tanya Davis’s poem sets the right tone for the project,” says Fraser. “It’s about the celebration of language, culture, and learning, and that’s a perfect fit…and inspirational!”

The Talking Fence will be on display all summer until October 1, and it was implemented by local community engagement collective, co*lab.


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Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605