On CBC Radio this day, Nora Bateson, the former Nova Scotia Director of Libraries (1938–1945), championed a vision of libraries as agents of personal and community development. It was twenty days after Germany had surrendered, and the VE Day riots had occurred earlier in the month in Halifax. A month earlier, Premier Macmillan had fired her when she had made a public remark that Nova Scotia was a “library desert.” (Photo: Nora Bateson. Courtesy of Vanessa and Michelle Osgood, U.K.).