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June 12, 2015

St. John's Library celebrates 100 years

Released: 10:43 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Public Library’s two oldest branches, St. John’s Library (500 Salter Street) and Cornish Library (20 West Gate), celebrate 100 years of serving their communities this month. St. John’s Library marked this milestone with a Centenary Celebration today.

“It’s great to be here today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. John’s Library,” said Councillor Ross Eadie. “I’m also happy to announce that St. John’s Library will get a well-deserved renovation, making it more accessible to the public so that North Enders can continue to enjoy another 100 years of library service.”

St. John’s Library will be part of widespread improvements to libraries throughout the next five years. As part of the community consultation for the Library’s new Strategic Plan, over 5,200 Winnipeggers provided input to help shape the future of Winnipeg Public Library through online surveys including French and accessible versions, “Ideas Fairs” public events, and engagement activities in the community. Input was received on collections, programs, space and service delivery, and the community and social role of the Library.

“As we celebrate this important milestone, we also look forward to the exciting future of Winnipeg Public Library,” said Rick Walker, Manager of Library Services. “These coming improvements reflect the needs of Winnipeggers today. We look forward to serving the needs of Winnipeggers for many years to come.”

Upgrades to the St. John’s Library to meet the Strategic Plan’s goal of accessibility will include meeting room enhancements, new shelving, and improved study and leisure reading spaces.

100th Anniversary Celebrations
Celebrations at St. John’s Library include:

  • Family performances (jazz duo, hoop dancing, drumming)
  • Activities for children including paper crafts
  • Croquet on the front lawn (weather permitting)
  • Display of preliminary architectural plans for the  renewal of both libraries
  • Historic displays and refreshments

History
St. John’s Library opened on June 2, 1915.

Both St. John’s and Cornish Libraries were built with the help of grants from Andrew Carnegie to encourage free access to education and information for all. Carnegie provided grants to build 2,509 public libraries in North America, including the first three public libraries in Winnipeg.

To reach the milestone of 100 years of service as a library is notable. Of the 125 Carnegie-funded libraries built in Canada, only 14 were built outside of Ontario. Of those 14, three are still functioning as libraries (two of those being the St. John’s and Cornish branches). The third is in Calgary.

Decades of learning, community engagement and leisure have provided a storied past for both libraries. For example, suffragist Nellie McClung gave lectures in the basement auditorium at Cornish Library. Both libraries have nurtured local authors and inspired readers for their communities - and continue to be open and free to all.

About the Library
Together, Cornish Library and St. John’s Library loan over 150,000 items, provide over 175 free programs, have almost 16,000 computer bookings, and answer over 6,600 questions every year. Free WiFi and study and reading spaces are well-used by all ages. Access to an extensive eLibrary of streaming movies, eBooks, eMagazines and learning resources continue to grow in demand and use.

To learn more about Winnipeg Public Library, please visit Winnipeg.ca/library.

Repairs to the Norwood Bridge to commence June 15

Released: 12:59 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Bridge deck repairs will begin on the northbound Norwood Bridge on Queen Elizabeth Way over the Red River on Monday, June 15. Throughout these repairs, two lanes of northbound traffic will be maintained at all times. The repairs are expected to be completed in mid-September.

For regular updates on these lane closures and other City of Winnipeg lane closures, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

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Temporary closure of Munroe Avenue between Henderson Highway and Brazier Street

Released: 3:20 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Munroe Avenue between Henderson Highway and Brazier Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2015 to accommodate a catch basin repair. The roadway is anticipated to reopen on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Pedestrian access will be maintained during this time.

For regular updates on these lane closures and other City of Winnipeg lane closures, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

Last update: June 12, 2015