Good news! The Library has received over 5,000 surveys from the public with many great ideas to help shape the future of Winnipeg Public Library. This is a significant accomplishment and remarkable level of community input. We could not have done it without the help of our staff, our ambassadors and you, our public supporters.
While the survey phase of this process is now closed, the consultants are working hard to analyze all the comments and ideas we received. Later this fall we will get back to you with our initial plans and recommendations to ensure we are heading in the right direction.
Manager, Library Services
Today 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!
This 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!