In the Spotlight – where we share what’s happening at your library branches! This In the Spotlight focuses on the Osborne, Millennium, and Harvey Smith Libraries.
Osborne Seed Library at the Osborne Library
The second year of the Osborne Seed Library is coming to a close, with approximately 300 packs of seeds having been “checked out” so far. The Seed Library is a free program to encourage gardening and local food production. By saving seeds we are preserving heirloom varieties and protecting biodiversity in our food crops. Just like the books you borrow from us, seeds also have a story to tell – from new immigrants bringing seeds from their home countries to re-discovering ancient squash seeds, like this huge Gete-Okosomin squash, grown in the People Garden this summer.
Every gardener we know loves to talk about their garden and what they are planting, and each season is filled with new discoveries. Winnipeg Public Library is also offering several gardening programs throughout March and April to help get you growing. Check out page 6 of the March/April At The Library Guide.
Thanks to all the gardeners who contributed seeds back in November. We hope you have great success with the seeds from our library, and don’t forget to set a few aside for us again in the fall!
You still have a few days to pick up some seeds – we still have tomato, lettuce, squash (including the Gete-Okosomin), pumpkin, bean and cilantro seeds available.
Millennium Library – Youth Services
The Youth Services department is made up of 8 staff who are passionate about providing quality programming. You can find many of us running Baby Rhyme Time, Time for Twos, or Family Story Time on any given day in the program room. Plus, we love to get creative! When you visit our section on the main floor of Millennium Library be sure to look around at the myriad of displays that celebrate literature and community!
One of our newer programs is called Read by Queens. This story time has invited guest readers from the Sunshine Bunch of local organization Sunshine House. This year it was a part of the very popular Take Your Child to the Library Day and we went ALL OUT with glitter beards, unicorn masks and drag queen colouring sheets, decorative scarves, and a puppet theatre.
With the help of some librarians the royalty thoughtfully selected these stories to read:
If you and your family want to attend this program you can look for it in the spring where we will be back with new stories. In the meantime, come visit us at the Youth Services section on the main floor of Millennium Library.
The WELL Program at Harvey Smith Library
Tucked in the Harvey Smith Library is a bright and inviting little classroom that houses the WELL program. A passerby can’t help but notice the activity – books, binders and laptops mix with papers, mugs of coffee… and laughter. There’s always a good time to be had in learning.
The WELL (West End Literacy and Learning) program is a certified adult literacy program funded in part by the Government of Manitoba. Up to 12 adult learners at a time are in the program, improving their basic writing, reading, numeracy and other skills. Some are preparing to enter mature student diploma programs. Others are working towards skills for employment. “I want to get better with my reading and writing to go to a higher program in the future”, says one student. “I like coming here because it’s welcoming”, says another. “We learn about Canadian history, math, spelling and we also learn about our nouns.”
Volunteer tutors provide one-on-one help under the lead of the instructor, Shannon. Classroom shelves are stocked with level-appropriate readers, dictionaries and numeracy games. Every day starts with journaling – Shannon then makes corrections and writes back to the learners after class. On Mondays, extra time is given to math. The laptops come out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for online spelling and vocabulary – as well as writing short presentations and letters. Thursdays are a mix of activities and catching up on the week’s work.
The program welcomes new learners year-round with continuous enrollment. Learn more about the WELL Program including volunteers or scheduling an intake interview!