Being an avid reader, I frequent the West End Library. I am usually there picking up books once a week.
It is always a pleasure to chat with the friendly, helpful staff as they sign out the books I have decided to read.
Located at 999 Sargent Ave., within the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, the library is very accessible with plenty of parking on the east side of the building. There is also a bicycle rack for those who choose to bike. As I am one of those people who loves to bike everywhere in the spring, summer and fall, I enjoy the convenience. The city bus #15 stops right in front of the complex, at the corner of Minto Street and Sargent Avenue.
The library is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library is closed Saturdays and Sundays.
It offers variety of books, for adult, teens and children, fiction and non-fiction. Magazines, cookbooks and mysteries are in abundance as well as CDs and DVDs.
The library caters to the multi-ethnic community and offers many books written in Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino languages.
If you want to spend some time at the library, there are tables situated by large windows where you can sit and read or write. A couple of comfortable reading areas and a couple of computer stations are available for internet use and catalogue search.
The library has many children and adult programs year-round, such as: summer literacy class, preschool videos, welcome to the neighbourhood, 55+ short story book club, and other book clubs, to name a few.
There is a free program called West End Library Learning (WELL) Program, for adult literacy open to anyone who requires assistance in this area. For more information on this program, visit: http://wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/WELL.asp
Should you want to contact the library here is the phone number of the branch: 204-986-4677. More information about the library can be accessed at: http://wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/contact/branches/westend.asp
Arny Hjaltadottir is a community correspondent for the West End.