It 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.