I am pleased to celebrate the start of construction of the expansion on the Jake Epp Library.

This project is just over a 6,000 sq. ft. expansion, which will provide the library with space for larger collections, more public access computers, larger study areas, and more comfortable reading and social areas for library users of all ages. Included in the plans are a new children’s and teen areas, and a great new program room.

It’s an exciting day for the library staff. I would like to thank all of the current and past board members of the Jake Epp Library, who worked so tirelessly to grow and promote library services in Steinbach. Thank you Premier Greg Selinger for investing $600,000.00 on this project. I would also like to thank Mayor Chris Goertzen, members of City Council and library staff, and all others in the community who adopted the cause of an expanded library, and championed it all the way to this celebration day.

I hope that Library users will be patient during construction. Anyone who has done a home renovation project knows that there can be some inconveniences along the way. The library staff and I will be working closely with the contractors to ensure there are as few disruptions to services as possible. Even so, we know that the best way to deal with this kind of stress will be a good sense of humour, and so we plan to have a lot of fun over the next 10 to 12 months.

Stop in often and check out how things are going. We are so excited about expanding the library so that we can continue to provide better services to Steinbach residents and the surrounding area.

City Council Library Representative, John Fehr

Library Board Member, Barb Guenther

Loraine Trudeau

Official Sod Turning

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.

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