Making a Difference Year by Year

Annual programs we support:

Writer-In-Residence, since 2000 as a co-sponsor, we have contributed $30,000 to this program.  Each year an established writer is selected to mentor new, emerging and established writers.

Spring Break family programming, sponsored by Friends beginning 2006, has received contributions of $30,500.  All branches participate offering a wide variety of activities for families.

And, prizes are provided for TD Summer Reading Club and Teen Summer Reading Club.

Since 2012, in consultation with library managers, we have provided beginning-of-the-year funding for a wide range of programs and proposed projects.  Some programs would not be possible without our support and others benefit from a little extra financial help.  The managers continue to impress us with the scope and variety of projects and programs.  It is such our pleasure to be able to partner with them to make things happen.

2017 • $25,800

  • Family Literacy Playground for the new Windsor Park Library;
  • Percussion instruments such as jingle bells, rhythm sticks and also “juggling” scarves for preschool programs at all branch libraries.  These new resources enrich the early literacy programs with music and movement.
  • Coffee/tea refreshments for adult book clubs at all branches; and for the Canada 150 special Stephen Leacock storytelling event at the end of October.

2016 • $20,000

  • Equipment for the new Makerspace Lab at the Millennium Library: an interactive projector with finger-touch operation, turning a whiteboard into a giant tablet to use as an interactive white space;  and four sewing machines for the crafting area;
  • Toward the cost of puppy reading stools for children’s sections of all branches, as an appealing complement to the Family Literacy Playgrounds that are being established in branches.

2015 • $14,850

  • Makerspace Programming: for the purchase of additional Magformer and Lego Mindstorm kits. 
  • Writer-in-Residence Reunion: While the Friends contribute $2,500 annually to the popular and successful Writer-in-Residence program, a further contribution was made to help finance a 10th anniversary event.
  • On The Same Page: To enable more copies of the chosen book to be purchased for free distribution. 

2014 • $18,245

  • Community Engagement and Planning Project, funds to purchase iPads for data collection from community input. Budget to  purchase prizes and materials for the nine month period of  preparation to develop a strategic plan 
  • funds for prizes and materials for TD Summer Reading Club, Teen Summer Reading Club and Teen Tech Week.
  • funds for Teen Book Parties and memory sticks to promote Library’s teen website 
  • honoraria for authors and moderator for Inside Publishing program, Reader Services
  • plus other support for materials and enhancements

2013 • $16,350

  • scanning and cataloguing, Rob McInnes Collection of Winnipeg historical postcards, PastForward digitization project
  • Family Literacy Playground activity stations, Charleswood and Millennium libraries
  • On the Same Page, purchase of books for free distribution
  • plus various program supports and enhancements

2012 • $36,664

  • 26 large cube planters for Millennium Library Park
  • publication of The Past is Another Country-Volume 1 and 2
  • Family Literacy Playground activity stations, Fort Garry Library
  • plus various program supports and enhancements


  • Animal ottomans for children’s area in most library branches
  • Book baskets and holders supplied to all library branches
  • Furnishings for West End Library tutorial room
  • Obie’s Chair located in Millennium library children’s area