Two upcoming events at St. Vital Library are set to bookmark the past, present and future of the building.
On Fri., June 7, a public celebration will mark the library’s 50th birthday. Individuals are invited to stop by and enjoy activities including a family story time event and a coffee party.
The library is located at 6 Fermor Ave.
Story time with storyteller Leigh-Anne Kehler is set to start at 10:30 a.m. and is aimed at kids aged three to five and their families (other siblings are welcome). Call 204-986-5632 to register.
Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) will offer a welcome at 2 p.m. A historical display will feature photographs through the years, blueprints from library architect George A. Stewart and various memorabilia.
On Tues., June 11, an open house will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. to garner public feedback about proposed renovations to the building — at a preliminary estimated cost of $1.8 million.
The existing library was built in 1963 and requires significant renovations and maintenance. The building has multiple levels not accessible by elevator and limited parking accessible only by a lane that backs onto neighbouring homes.
"This includes structural masters like stopping leaks, as well as issues like how to improve access for the disabled," Mayes said, noting he now takes his children to the library he once visited as a youth.
"The St Vital library has been an important part of my life and to the life of St Vital."
"The council of the early 1960s built a large library knowing the community would grow into it. I am thrilled we can now do our part to plan for the future and of the library and the future of St. Vital."