It is Friday, January 6th, as I write, and we will be open tomorrow as our last day before our expansion / renovation hiatus.

We were shocked to be told that we would have to vacate the building almost 3 months earlier than planned. Once we picked up our jaws from the floor, we were quite pleased, as it meant the project was ahead of schedule. Since we announced the early closure on December 15th, we have had a feeling like there is a tidal wave coming behind us, and we are racing to get everything in the boat so we can stay afloat! But Librarians are a hardy breed.

We invited, you, our patrons, to come in and check out all the books you would like to read until we re-open. You responded, and checked out bags and boxes of books. I think our record for a family is about 320 books. For all of you who are temporarily storing our books for us, so we don’t have to pack all 76,000, we say THANK YOU!!! We hope that you will enjoy them all, and not feel too dismayed that we have had to close our doors for a spell.

After January 7th, we have two weeks, during which we will pack all the remaining books, audio books, magazines, and everything else on our shelves. We will also be packing up all our supplies, computers, and…….well, EVERYTHING!

We look forward to seeing you all again, in our expanded and renovated space when construction is completed. At this point there is not a firm date, but we will advertise in The Carillon, on Steinbach-on-line, and on our webpage as soon as we have that information. We plan on having the book drop open during the time that we unpack, so you can return books prior to the actual open date.

Thank you so much for your understanding and for your assistance.

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.