The Western Manitoba Regional Library’s slogan “Connecting Communities” is significant in many ways. In one sense, it speaks to the important role that libraries can play in providing safe and accessible spaces for people of all different demographics to come together and learn more about one another. Through September and early October, BPL has hosted Community Helpers Story Time, a program in which preschoolers meet with a new special guest each week who shares about their work in the community. So far, program attendees have been fortunate enough to meet with James Chambers: General Manager of Chez Angela Cafe, Heather Penner: Public Educator from Brandon Fire & Emergency Services, and Optometrist Dr. David Ferguson. On Wednesday, October 9th the program will wrap up for the fall with a very special 4-legged guest: Therapy Dog Grizzly and his owner, Mark Saler. It has been great to watch the young audience connect with individuals who help our community to grow and thrive, learning something new each week. Community Helpers Story Time will return to the Brandon Public Library in 2020. Details TBA.
Pictured is Heather Penner of Brandon Fire & Emergency Services reading to her preschool-aged audience.