Donor Update – 2016

In case you didn’t receive a copy of the most recent Donor Update, you can read it online here.

Our thanks to all of our donors – we share your passion for a strong and vibrant public library in Winnipeg!

Thank you!

“Since moving to Crescentwood, the Cornish Library has been my library. I love its history and I love that it is a welcoming place for everyone in the communities on both sides of the river, young, old and in-between. I hope that my small gift will help to see that it continues for at least another hundred years.”

– Anonymous Donor

Millennium Library Turns 10!

November 7th marked the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Millennium Library; it was great to take a moment to celebrate the Foundation’s successful Opening Doors Opening Minds campaign that raised $21 million for our beautiful library.

Former Co-chair Dee Buchwald and current Chair Sandy Hyman

Former Co-chair Dee Buchwald and current Chair Sandy Hyman

Millennium Library Park Receives Award

mlp-signThe Premier’s Awards for Design Excellence were awarded on October 14, 2015, with Millennium Library Park receiving the Award of Excellence in landscape architecture.

A total of 68 submissions were received representing projects constructed throughout Manitoba, across Canada and internationally, during the past five years. Each was reviewed by a prominent jury of respected design professionals.

Millennium Library Park was described as “a vibrant urban oasis that brings together Manitobans and visitors from all walks of life. The park weaves together a prairie garden, an urban wetland, a river-bottom grove, a reading commons and a sun drenched lawn.”

See the News Release

Read more about the Awards

Story: Literary Tastes

Growing up in the North End, Esther (Dolgoy) Korchynski was a devoted user of St. John’s Library. This is the second of two fond memories she has of this library that she shared with us. You can also read the first one here.

“When I was young, the children’s library was in the basement at St. John’s, and the adult library was upstairs. Now personally, I thought that kids’ books were boring and I didn’t care for the children’s library much at all. So I made a decision that I would wait until I was twelve to join the library, since then I could use the upstairs library, even though I thought the librarian downstairs was very nice and hoped that she would be working upstairs by the time I was twelve.

“When the day finally came and I joined the library, I remember that I spent several hours looking around at all the books. I found it very confusing, and I didn’t think to ask a librarian for help in finding something I wanted to read. Very few of the books had dust jackets with summaries or descriptions on them, so it was difficult to make a decision.

“The book I finally selected was Orphan Paul by Maxim Gorky. It struck me as interesting because I had been taught at home to be concerned for the poor and downtrodden. I read it, and then read everything else in the library by Gorky, since I knew where they were on the shelves. This led me to reading other Russian writers, which even though I didn’t much care for them (they were too hard to read) definitely influenced my literary tastes. I became a bit of a book snob, taking pride in my selections and looking down on my sister’s preferences for mysteries by Agatha Christie!

“Even though I never did truly develop a taste for Dostoyevsky, St. John’s Library set me on a lifelong path of reading and a love of books.”

Story: Lost and Found

Growing up in the North End, Esther (Dolgoy) Korchynski was a devoted user of St. John’s Library. Even today, this landmark has a special place in her heart, and even driving by stirs memories from long ago. Here is the first of two recollections she shared with us.

“This incident was told to me, since I was too young to have a reliable memory of the entire sequence of events. I do have one visual memory of this day.

“When I was three or four years old, which would have been in 1936 or 1937, we lived on Manitoba Avenue near Salter. One day, I went missing from my home – I simply disappeared. It was late morning or early afternoon when it was noticed that I was gone, and when a quick look around the house and yard turned up nothing, my mother and other family members were very worried and enlisted the neighbours to help in the search. When my dad came home for lunch, he immediately joined in, using his truck to ferry willing volunteers around the neighbourhood. There were very few phones at that time, which made communication difficult.

“Hours passed, and I was nowhere to be found. My family was frantic, and their panic wasn’t eased for more than five hours, until police finally came to tell them that I had been found by a woman who had noticed me wandering on College Avenue. She became concerned, so had taken me into her home and had contacted the authorities.

“When my relieved and grateful family came to collect me, they found me sitting in a highchair, being fed a comforting supper of scrambled eggs. I don’t actually recall walking what must have been over half a mile all by myself, but I do clearly remember those scrambled eggs!

“When I was asked why I had gotten lost and where I was going, I told my family that I was going to the library! You see, my sister (who was 8 years older than me) had taken me there in the past, and I clearly wanted to go again. I made it more than halfway there, too!”

Read the second of Esther’s memories here.

Thanks, Business Calendar!

Many thanks to The Business Calendar  for supporting us by providing an affordable opportunity to promote our campaign online!

The Business Calendar is Manitoba’s single source for business related seminars, conferences, trade shows, networking events and trade missions. A great idea, and locally grown. Check it out here.

Winnipeg’s Carnegie Libraries: a Century of Opening Minds

While the collection and programming may have changed, neighbourhood libraries such as Cornish and St. John’s have remained true to their original vision, providing vibrant hubs for learning and community activities. They deserve the continuing support of both the public and private sectors in order to maintain this role for the next century, and beyond.

Excerpt from article originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 16, 2014 A7. Read the full article.

Story: Growing up in the North End

Many thanks to John Hudak who now lives out of town, and sent the following note with his generous online donation.

I am pleased to donate to this fund. I grew up on Machray Avenue and went to Ralph Brown and St. John’s High School, and the library was one of the places I would love going to. I am proud to help out in this to keep it there for many years to come. Keep the place going, and I will make it down once the reno is completed. I just love that area of the city.

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