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Monthly archives for June, 2014

Big Survey and opinions drive at River Heights

riverheightsToday we have an Inspiring Ideas table set up in front of the  entrance to the River Heights Library. In two hours, staff have collected 27 paper surveys, administered 6 online surveys on a tablet, handed out 10 bookmarks to people who were interested in doing it online at home and handed out an additional 77 paper surveys for people to take home with them and bring back. Our customers very generous with their time - thanks for all your ideas!

In the Heart of the North End

NAD Selkirk Ave June2014Our ambassadors were busy once again this past weekend and among our stops were back-to-back events in the North End.  On June 21st we spent the afternoon at National Aboriginal Day celebrations on Selkirk Avenue.  The Avenue was closed between Salter and Andrews (a first for this event) and did the community ever turn out!  We were lucky to have a great spot to set up (book-making, activity sheets, Giant Connect Four, BIG books and more!) right under the Bell Tower at Powers.  One of our Check It Out! mobile library service sites is right across the street at the Indigenous Family Centre (470 Selkirk Avenue).  We were happy to chat with some of our “regulars” and introduce lots of new families and community members to the service.  We heard suggestions about our collections and the hours of the library branches nearby.  We were especially happy to see the interest and increased awareness of our Aboriginal languages materials.

Neechi Common-2 June2014The next day we did it all again but this time in the beautiful Neechi Commons space at Main at Euclid.  Sundays are brunch time in the building’s restaurant and so we were treated to some delicious smells as we heard from customers about how they’re borrowing from our eBooks collections and which of our children’s programs they’ve tried out in the past.  We were also offering on-the-spot Library card sigh-up and it was a great chance to remind folks of the Check It Out! mobile service site at Norquay Community Centre (65 Granville Street).  The best part?  Children and their parents grabbing some of our story books and crawling into the beautiful tipi that Neechi Commons has set up on their second floor. A great weekend!

Thank you to everyone who stopped to talk.

Pembina Trail Library Ideas Fair

Another great evening was spent at Pembina Trail Library last Tuesday.  The last of our four Inspiring Ideas – Ideas Fair events was attended by many interested members of the community, and even some from outside the city!  Participants placed ‘tokens’ in containers to make decisions about how to allocate funds for collections and “books” was the first choice, next to our collection of DVDs and Blu-ray dics. And some were eager to tell us about their recent experiences with  Zinio eMagazines and Hoopla (music, movies, and audiobooks).   When selecting favorite pictures of libraries and spaces – the highest ranked picture was one with a children’s literacy playground – similar to one recently installed at Fort Garry Library. The information from these and the other activities will be used to help us develop our Strategic Plan for the future of Winnipeg Public Library.

If you have not yet filled out a survey which is available in English, French and in an accessible format, please do so.  You could win a iPad Mini just for completing it! And watch out for those blue Inspiring Ideas t-shirts at libraries and at many locations and local events in the next couple of weeks.  You may be asked to complete the survey by one of our roving Library Ambassadors. Please participate in our survey – we value your suggestions for your libraries!

Les sondages sont maintenant disponibles en ligne en français

Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir enfin vous offrir l’option de remplir le sondage en ligne en français.

Jusqu’à présent nous avons reçu plusieurs suggestions telles que la création de cercles de conversation en français et une plus grande sélection de livres numériques français.

Faites part de vos idées, exprimez-vous et courez la chance de gagner un iPad mini!

Vous avez jusqu’au 15 juillet alors ne manquez pas votre coup!

Millennium Library Customers Get Inspired!

MillenniumIdeasFair2On June 11, the Millennium Library hosted the third of four Idea Fairs for the public where we were seeking “inspiring ideas” to help us improve library service today and into the future.

The library set up four interactive stations throughout the first and second floor of the Millennium Library, easily spotted by the helium balloons hovering nearby.

Throughout the night, library customers could be seen participating in various activities. Staff were actively engaged with our library customers explaining how the activities worked, listening to their ideas, and connecting with users on what the library has to offer.

It proved a very successful way of engaging with the public and gathered invaluable input into the Library’s Strategic Plan.

MillenniumIdeasFair1There were also two Library Ambassadors wandering the building throughout the night encouraging members of the public to fill out our survey, or take a bookmark and fill one out later.  20 online surveys and 10 print surveys were  completed. By the end of the night over 66 people had completed passports and entered the on-site draw for a gift basket and tickets to the opening night of War Horse starting June 18th.

Lots of interesting comments and suggestions  came in throughout the night and a number of people who came back to the Registration Desk to drop off their passports said they had enjoyed participating and were eager to win one of the prizes! Children who participate at the children’s station were eligible to enter to win a children’s prize package and books.

Would you would still like to participate in one of our Library Idea Fairs? There is still one more to come! Our final Ideas Fair will be at the Pembina Trail Library, 2724 Pembina Hwy, Tuesday June 17, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. If you don’t have the time to attend, please fill out the online survey. You could win a iPad Mini just for completing it!

Sir William Stephenson Ideas Fair

4This past Saturday afternoon (June 7) an Ideas Fair was held at Sir William Stephenson library.  Though we’re collecting feedback from online surveys that people are filling out, Winnipeg Public Library is also holding Ideas Fairs to provide an opportunity for people to participate in 4 interactive activity stations which will help us plan for the future of Winnipeg Public Library!

Saturday’s event at Sir William Stephenson was a real success because the participants who came were extremely enthusiastic and keen.  We received m uch good feedback at this event which will definitely assist us in working on our five year plan for the library.  A few of the activities that participants engaged in were:

  • placing ‘tokens’ in containers to make decisions about how to allocate funds for collections
  • selecting favorite pictures of libraries from around the world

Even if you’ve already filled out an online survey, the Ideas Fairs provide you with a unique way to provide additional feedback.  Participants on Saturday seemed to enjoy moving through the 4 stations, and getting stickers in their passports as they completed each station.  Completed passports are then entered into a draw for prizes, including a gift basket and tickets to opening night of War Horse.  Children who participate at the children’s station are eligible to enter to win a children’s prize package and books.

Our next Ideas Fairs are at Millennium library on June 11 from 5-8 pm, and at Pembina Trail library on June 17 from 5-8 pm.  Come out and share your ideas, and enter the draw for great prizes!  Both events are drop-in, so no need to register.  Hope to see you at Millennium or Pembina Trail!

Gathering ideas at Manitoba Start

Manitoba Start June2014It was another busy visit discussing Inspiring Ideas! This time we headed just down the street from the Millennium Library to Manitoba Start. What a gorgeous space! Manitoba Start houses an information and referral service for new immigrants and, as we saw this morning, it’s a very busy place. There were people dropping in for basic information, meeting with case workers and lots of students coming to and from classes.

The newcomer community in Winnipeg is large and growing and we know that the Library is one of the first stops that many people make once they get settled in to their new city (and often even before that!). Today we answered a lot of questions about what we offer (“eBooks?” Yes. “Books in my language?” You bet. “Are Library cards free?” Absolutely.) and heard even more about what people think is important for us to focus on – everything from supporting economic development to remaining a place where communities can come together. As the morning went by we were reminded – once again – how peoples’ unique stories influence what they need and want out of their library system. We can’t wait to hear more.

Visits to CanU Running & Read and Pride Winnipeg

CanU: Canada’s Shoe Giveaway in Central Park

Ambassador Carolyn getting ready to talk to the families at Central Park.

Ambassador Carolyn getting ready to talk to the families at Central Park.

On Saturday May 31 library staff were in attendance at the shoe giveaway in Central Park being hosted by the awesome organization Can U Canada. Winnipeg Public Library was invited to set up a table with crafts and literacy games for the many kids who attended. The event was a complete success and 3000 pairs of shoes were given out to inner city families!

An ambassador was on hand to talk to families about the future of the library. Many people graciously took the time to fill in the survey and had some great conversations while waiting in line for the shoes. We met some enthusiastic young library users and their parents from all over the City who were eager to influence the Library’s priorities in planning for the future.


Sisters Nadia and Ralaine enjoying giant books in our reading tent.


Pride Festival Winnipeg

Alexis and Carolyn at Pride ready to survey the crowds!

Alexis and Carolyn at Pride ready to survey the crowds!

Survey ambassadors with iPads in hand joined the crowds of people at the Pride festival at the Forks on Sunday June 1st to get feedback as part of the Inspiring ideas campaign. We handed out bookmarks and stickers and asked people what they think the library’s future should be. Some people spoke about their love of the library for their children and as a valuable study space. Others suggested there be more programming directed at the LGBTQ* community. The conversations were very inspiring and many people took a few minutes away from the festivities to provide us some important feedback and fill in our survey! Happy Pride everyone and thank you for participating!