Brandon Public Library

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After a public campaign featuring pro-library propaganda such as “Brandon is known as the City without a Library. What are you going to do about it?” - The Brandon War Memorial Public Library opened on September 5, 1946. It was headquartered in the old Merchants Bank Building (present day Chamber of Commerce); the building was made available to the City for library purposes by the Bank of Montreal. Mr. Bruce Carrick served as the first librarian. In 1951 a new landmark was reached when the basement of the library was converted into a spacious boys and girls department. In 1954 a small sub-branch was opened in the new George Fitton School. This branch was open three hours every Wednesday afternoon and catered to the “children and adults of a district far from the downtown library.” In 1967 the Brandon War Memorial Public Library joined with the library in Carberry North Cypress to form the Western Manitoba Regional Library (WMRL). Today, the Brandon Public Library serves as the headquarters for the WMRL and its four rural branches in the communities of Carberry, Neepawa, Glenboro and Hartney.
A newspaper article from 1973 reported that “a committee of concerned individuals has been formed in Brandon to look at the possibility of setting up a cultural centre in the city which would house a museum, art gallery and library”. In 1979 council voted to abandon the concept of renovating the landmark CP hotel, the Prince Edward, into a public library. In late 1981, after much debate, the former site of the Brandon Coop was purchased as the future home of the city’s Centennial Library Arts Centre. The official opening of the new facility was held on April 1, 1984 and featured an address by Martin Kavanagh – first Chairman of the 1942 Brandon Library Committee.
As 2001 drew to a close the Brandon Public Library was on the move again – this time to its present site, the former Eaton’s Department store building on Rosser Avenue.

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710 Rosser Avenue
Unit 1
Brandon, MB R7A 0K9
+1 (204) 727-6648 None info@wmrl.ca

Summer Programs

Summer holidays are on their way, and so is Summer Reading at the Brandon Public Library! The TD Summer Reading Club is a Canada-wide program to encourage kids to keep on reading, learning, and exploring all summer long. Children of all ages are invited to sign up for a free Reading Log at the Library’s Children’s Services Desk. Children record how much time they spend reading, and earn draw entries to win prizes. This year’s prizes are all Canada 150–themed. The Summer Reading Club has something for younger children too.

Plant a Seed Grow a Reader

The Brandon Public Library’s Children’s Department offers you and your child the opportunity to select from thousands of books as you discover what will become your favourites to read together. Sharing books with your child is a great way to spend time together, and an opportunity to help your child begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word.

Brandon Blog Entry

Summer holidays are on their way, and so is Summer Reading at the Brandon Public Library! The TD Summer Reading Club is a Canada-wide program to encourage kids to keep on reading, learning, and exploring all summer long. Children of all ages are invited to sign up for a free Reading Log at the Library’s Children’s Services Desk. Children record how much time they spend reading, and earn draw entries to win prizes. This year’s prizes are all Canada 150–themed. The Summer Reading Club has something for younger children too. Children unable to read for themselves can still enjoy reading with a parent, sibling, grandparent, or caregiver, and receive stickers and prizes. Teens can also sign up for Summer Reading, earning draw entries for special teen prizes.
 
In addition to Reading Logs, draws, and prizes, the Brandon Library is offering a vast array of public programs this summer for children and teens of all ages. At the youngest end of the spectrum, the weekly Night Owls program introduces two- to five-year-olds to stories, rhymes, and simple crafts. Busy Beavers, on Wednesday mornings and afternoons, does the same thing for ages four to eight. Special one-time events for children include a Happy Birthday Canada party on Tuesday, July 4th, a Construction Zone program on Thursday, July 20th (featuring Lego and edible inukshuks), and an evening of board games for the whole family on Thursday, August 17th. All of these programs are free, and designed to promote literacy and learning in a fun, interactive environment.
 
This year the library has expanded its summer programming to include activities for tween and teens. These offerings include a Tween Book Club. Youth ages eight to twelve will meet once a month to discuss a book and enjoy related activities. July’s read will be Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux, while August’s will be The Boundless, by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. Other programs include a bike maintenance workshop for teens on July 12th, and cartooning workshops for tweens and teens in August. On July 27th, the Library is working with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba to run a teen program that combines literary exploration and visual arts. Finally, for some simple fun, the Library is hosting an afternoon of tie dye on August eighth. Bring your own white shirt, and get colourful!
 
The library also offers an Adult Summer Reading Club. Simply read a book, submit a review, and be entered in a draw to win a prize! Reviews can be emailed to programs@wmrl.ca, or dropped off at the library. We’ve also prepared a list of 150 titles by Canadian authors to help you in your reading. And while you’re at the Library, why not submit a bookmark design for the Library Bookmark Contest?
 
Pre-registration is required for all children and youth programs. For more information, visit the Library online at www.wmrl.ca, phone 204-727-6648, or email programs@wmrl.ca.
The Brandon Public Library’s Children’s Department offers you and your child the opportunity to select from thousands of books as you discover what will become your favourites to read together. Sharing books with your child is a great way to spend time together, and an opportunity to help your child begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word.  New titles are being added to the collection throughout the year, so there is always something new to discover.
 
Read to Me
by Jane Yolen
 
Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times
Read to me tales about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things
Read to me pirates and read to me knights
Read to me dragons and dragon-book fights
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished- please read them again.
 
 

 

 

 

 

Image of the front of Brandon Public Library
Address: 
710 Rosser Avenue
Unit 1
Brandon, MB R7A 0K9
Telephone: 
Fax: 
Email: 
Sunday Hours: 
CLOSED
Monday Hours: 
10:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday Hours: 
10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday Hours: 
10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday Hours: 
10:00am - 9:00pm
Friday Hours: 
10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday Hours: 
10:00am - 6:00pm