The Jake Epp Library must have the best patrons in library history. You are the reason our statistics have been the highest in Manitoba, per capita, for many years. And you have been so very supportive since we had to announce our temporary closure much earlier than anticipated, and with only three weeks notice. We are so appreciative of your kind words and your willingness to choose to be positive in the situation. We face a very daunting time ahead and it is made easier by your encouragement.

The Library staff would like to offer our best wishes to all our patrons. We hope that your Christmas will be very special and that time spent with family and friends will bring joy. Thank you for using the library, and for bringing us your requests and ideas. Thank you for all the compliments we receive and the appreciation you express – we treasure those words like gems.

2012 will be an exciting year at the library! When we open our doors we know you will be very pleased with the expanded space and facilities and with the new look of the renovations that will be completed. There will be room for our collection to grow, comfortable reading and study areas, a brand new Teen space, a very cool children’s area, better access to our public internet computers, and work areas for those who bring laptops and access our WiFi.

You can keep checking our web site ( for any updates regarding the opening date, and we will also advertise on the radio and in our local newspaper.

From all of us to all of you – Heartfelt wishes for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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.