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Transcona Library more than books

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I can still vividly remember my mother taking me to the Transcona Public Library to get me my very first library card. I remember us descending the steps to the children’s books area and being introduced to rows and rows of books just waiting to be discovered, opened and read only to be taken out and re-read again and again.

As I got older I began to visit the library less but now, as a parent myself, I’ve found that I’m returning to visit at least several times a month with my kids.

On our first few visits I discovered the library is doing some amazing things to progress with today’s technology and meet the demands of the community. From the accessibility of books, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays to the numerous programs (there’s too many to list here) it offers everyone of all ages.

It’s even offering e-books for loan through its website. The benefit is that you can do this right from your home and once the loan period expires the book just goes away. There are no late fees whatsoever. It’s perfect for people going on vacation or if, say, you happen to be stuck at a certain doctor’s office without something to pass the time.

Also, with the closing of Blockbuster and Rogers Video in the community (and for those of us who don’t have Netflix), the library is a great way to still enjoy new movies at an even lower cost than what it used to cost us to rent them from the video stores (kids’ movies are free, too).

I was also surprised to discover how utilitarian the library’s database is. For example, does your vehicle need repairs? If you have a computer and your library card you can access the library’s database on car repairs and fix your vehicle. Are you looking to buy a new stove or dishwasher? You can access consumer reports and compare models.

There are many reasons the Transcona Public Library remains strongly relevant and these are only several examples of many services.

The library doesn’t just provide a service but actively contributes to this community. It is a place to meet friends, a safe place for kids and you don’t even need to belong to the library to go there — everyone is welcome. What’s more community than that?

Adam Petrash is a community correspondent for Transcona. He can be contacted at aetpetrash@gmail.com.

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