May 26, 2017
Have you thought about the many ways your local tax dollars work for you? Apart from improving town infrastructure and building a much-needed new firehall, there’s a lot of other services available to Neepawa residents that don’t get much public discussion. Among them is the Neepawa Public Library. The Town of Neepawa owns and maintains the building that houses the library, and because libraries are funded by a combination of provincial and municipal funds, the Town also contributes a per-capita levy that supports library operations. Municipal funding of the library ensures that Neepawa and area residents have access to books, magazines and learning materials, both hardcopy and electronic, as well as access to the Internet and a place to share and learn from each other. We encourage area residents to take advantage of this resource made available by local government in exchange for your tax contributions. In reality, you are already contributing to the operation of the library, so why not take advantage of that investment? In addition, your support of the Neepawa Library helps to maintain the vitality of the Western Manitoba Regional Library – the organization to which your library belongs – and the diversity of the collection held in our other branches in Brandon, Carberry, Glenboro and Hartney which provide more choice and selection than any one location can provide.
In this digital age, libraries offer more than just books. A recent addition to our electronic resources for library patrons is Flipster, an online magazine service. Flipster provides the current issues of many popular magazine titles as well as a generous back-issue list. Some of the magazines available are: People, Car & Driver, Hello!, Newsweek, Brides, Forbes, ChickaDEE and Owl to name only a few. Imagine, the next time you find yourself waiting at the doctor’s office without a book to read, you could open Flipster on your phone and flip through the latest copy of Quilter’s World or read about Chris Rock in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Just open wmrl.ca and click on the eResources tab, select Flipster and enter your library card number to start reading.
June will be another busy month at the library, beginning with the much anticipated visit by Dianne Brydon on Thursday, June 1 at 5:30. She will be giving a presentation on how she and her father researched and produced The Stalwart Brydons, a recently released book of the Brydon family who homesteaded in this area in the 1870s. We’re following up with a Kathy Levandoski workshop on June 17 on how to research your own family history. Please call the library for more information.
Book Sale! We’ve received a lot of very nice book donations this spring and it’s time to clear out the storage room with our Spring Book Sale on Wednesday, June 21. Donations are still welcome and any books that we cannot add to our collection are placed in the book sale. All proceeds are used to replace books and to contribute to other local library projects.
And finally, we’re getting ready for the Summer Reading Club for our young readers, so watch for updates on registration for the reading program and for activities at the library. Information will be available soon with registration starting on June 26.
“When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” -- Rita Mae Brown