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June 22, 2015

Public invited to attend open houses to view plans for the new Windsor Park Library

Released: 9:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Public Library will be holding public open houses to share the preliminary design plans for the new Windsor Park Library. The new Library, replacing the existing Library at 955 Cottonwood Road, will be located at 1201 Archibald Street, adjacent to the Bonivital Pool. There will be two opportunities for the public to learn more about the project and to provide feedback on the plans at the following times and locations:

Windsor Park Library
955 Cottonwood Road
Thursday, June 25, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bonivital Pool
1215 Archibald Street
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Preliminary design plans for the new library and its grounds will be available at both public open houses. The architects and library staff will be on-hand to answer questions about the project. The public will be invited to use comment cards to provide feedback on the plans.

All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available.

Construction for the new Windsor Park Library was identified as one of the first projects in the library’s Redevelopment Strategy. The existing Windsor Park Library was built in 1961 and is a 6,626 square foot two-level building with limited parking and accessibility. Currently, the library circulates approximately 120,000 items annually, offers approximately 90 free programs per year, and serves a catchment area of approximately 28,000 people.

In order to better meet the needs of the community, the new Library will be a multi-use facility, and will support recreation, leisure and community programming. These plans include a multi-purpose programming room, tutorial rooms and space for a collection of approximately 25,000 items. There will be increased computer access, public study and leisure space for patrons. The new Library will also accommodate parking for up to 25 vehicles.

In December 2011, Council directed the Public Service to develop a plan for library redevelopment. This long-term library Redevelopment Strategy was presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services on July 5, 2012 and approved as part of the capital budget in January 2013. For more information on the long-term Library Redevelopment Strategy, please see Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services - July 5, 2012.

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Mayor's Indigenous Advisory Circle members announced

Circle will advise on policies to build bridges of understanding

Released: 9:58 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Mayor Brian Bowman, joined by Wab Kinew, announced the members of the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle (MIAC), to advise on policies the City of Winnipeg can implement to continue to build awareness, bridges and understanding between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.

“The circle is a symbol of unity and I am proud to announce the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle today because to create unity and equality, we must build understanding; through MIAC, much of the important work building strong bridges in our community will continue,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I want to thank each member of the Circle for sharing their experience and knowledge to help build a stronger Winnipeg.”

“"I'm looking forward to working with the mayor to advance the project of reconciliation,” said Wab Kinew, Chair of the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle. “I look forward to ushering in an era when First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures are celebrated by all Winnipeggers."

The Mayor's Indigenous Advisory Circle meetings will be held quarterly - the first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17th, 2015; a ‘Save-the-Date’ was also announced. This date will be day one of two for the anti-racism summit hosted at, and in partnership with, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Additional details regarding speakers, sessions and registration for the summit, also an initiative of, will be released in July.

An initiative determined through the hundreds of submissions received through Mayor Bowman’s website, MIAC was created to help establish a means to educate and create awareness of the rich Aboriginal culture, people and heritage that are at the roots of the City and nation.

Indigenous Advisory Circle Members:

Brian Bowman, Mayor (Ex Officio)

Wab Kinew, Chair, Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at the University of Winnipeg

Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Chair, Citizens Equity Committee

Harry Bone, Elder

Mae Louise Campbell, Elder

Esther Ducharme, Elder

Dr. Marcia Anderson-Decoteau

Jessica Dumas, Owner and Founder of Prime Image Life Coaching

EJ Fontaine, President/CEO and founding partners of Anishinabek Consultants Inc.

Damon Johnston, President, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg

Kimberley Puhach, Consultant, Leaders and Co

Dee Thomas-Hart, university student, youth representative, Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce

Manley A. Begay Jr. co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic
Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Associate Professor, University of Alberta.

Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Development Manager for Manitoba Music, Chair, Aboriginal Music Manitoba

Chief Robert Louie, Chief, Westbank First Nation

Sean McCormick, CEO and Founder, Manitobah Mukluks

Justice Murray Sinclair, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Kerri Tattuinee, university student

Jamie Wilson, Commissioner, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

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Libraries kick-off TD Summer Reading Club

Released: 11:18 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The annual TD Summer Reading Club starts today, Monday, June 22 at all branches of Winnipeg Public Library. Children up to age 12 are invited to drop by any branch of the library to register and to pick up their free reading kit that includes activities and a log to track time spent reading.

Every year the Club encourages children to improve their reading skills over the summer and reduce summer learning loss. Studies have shown that even small interruptions in reading practice affect literacy development. Reading as few as five books during the summer will help maintain reading skills over the break. Reading six books or more can improve reading skills in time for the new school year. For more information on early literacy development, visit Winnipeg Public Library - Early Literacy.

Pre-readers can also join the Club by being read to by their parents, siblings or caregivers. Reading aloud to pre-school children supports early literacy skill development and improves school readiness. 

The Club encourages kids to read just for the fun of it - and to sign up for free special events and programs all summer long. The Club runs all summer long until Friday, August 21. Reading kits are bilingual (English/French).

An online Teen Summer Reading Club for Grades 7 to 12 is also available. For the Teen Summer Reading Club, visit Winnipeg Public Library - Booked.

Check out the July/August issue of At The Library for over 140 programs and events for fun all summer long including gaming workshops, crafting programs, and story times. ). Most programs require registration, and all programs are free.

For details on all the Summer Reading Clubs, programs and special events visit drop in to any branch of Winnipeg Public Library.

Winnipeg Public Library hours, locations, and online services - including downloadable eBooks, streaming movies and music, catalogue searching, and holds/renewals - are available online anytime at

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Last update: June 22, 2015