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Aug 25

Wheatland Regional Library is Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 2:47 PM by Brennan Gasmo

Wheatland Regional Library 
Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

                                                         .....Marcus Tullius Cicero……

“Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.” … Laura Bush

  Come Celebrate with Warman Community Library

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On Tuesday, August 29th, 6:30 p.m. Warman Community Library will be celebrating Wheatland Regional Library’s very important milestone of 50 years of service. Come out and join the Library staff, board, and friends of the library for an evening of reminiscing, some cool silent auction items of the libraries past, and of course Birthday Cake.

 

History of Wheatland Regional Library

In the early 1960s, three rural women from the Stranraer district, Edith Stephenson, Helen McCuaig, and Erna Wiens began their journey to organize a regional library in west central Saskatchewan. The regional library system had been tested elsewhere in Saskatchewan, but not in the west central district.

 

Established in 1967, the Wheatland Regional Library is part of a province-wide public library system. Wheatland Regional Library is located in west central Saskatchewan and provides library service to over 95,000 people living in 130 communities.  The Wheatland Regional Library Headquarters is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

 

Mission Statement

 

The Wheatland Regional Library is committed to building strong communities by serving information needs, promoting literacy and lifelong learning, and developing a love of reading.

 

 

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The Launch of the Bookmobile


In July 1963 a demonstration bookmobile was provided to the region for a maximum period of two years. This gave patrons the ability to borrow books regularly and to see the large number of books a regional library would provide.

 

The bookmobile began its service on May 25, 1964. The official inauguration of the service took place at Stranraer on September 28, 1964. The schedule provided stops at 27 towns, villages, and hamlets, with over 1,600 books inside the bookmobile. The bookmobile met with great response.  The two-year experiment ended on May 31, 1966 with the establishment of Central Services in the basement of the Saskatoon Public Library.

 

The Wheatland Regional Library 

 

The Provincial Government proclaimed the Wheatland Regional Library (WRL) on March 1, 1967. It had taken seven and a half years to organize.

The work began to process 18,000 books purchased from the pilot bookmobile and an additional 10,000 books purchased to meet demands. Sixteen branches were opened between October 5 and December 31st of 1967. Seven branches opened in 1968. By the end of 1971, 31 Wheatland Regional Library branches had been opened.

 

In November 1972, Central Services moved from the basement of the Saskatoon Public Library to its present location on 806 Duchess Street. Branches 32 and 33 were opened in 1972 and purchase of the first book bus took place, providing stops to four communities.

In early 1973 “book bus too” was purchased as a backup unit. This was stocked entirely with paperbacks to experiment with borrowers’ reaction to a paperback collection. By mid-1975, the mobile branch, with its 20 stops, had the highest branch circulation in the region.

By the end of the first ten years, Wheatland Regional Library had 35 branches and three bookmobiles serving 27 communities.

 

Becoming Computerized

In November 1977, a start was made on data conversion. This meant placing Wheatland Regional Library records in a computer. This project was completed in just under a year.

In February 1979 Wheatland produced its first book catalogue using computer prepared material. By November 1981, the system produced the first microfiche catalogue of the entire holdings of 35 branches and distributed them amongst the branches. It could be said that Wheatland had entered the technological age years ahead of the other regions.

In 1987, Wheatland Regional Library saw 37 branch libraries and 30 bookmobile stops.

Since then, much has changed in the way library service is delivered. On November 30, 2004 the Wheatland Regional Library Board announced the end of its bookmobile service at its 27 locations. It was the last bookmobile service offered in Saskatchewan.

Today WRL continues to be an influential part of the province-wide public library system.  WRL serves approximately 95,000 people living in a variety of RMs, hamlets, villages, towns, and cities in a 49,933 square kilometer area.

The library today is not just a place to pick up a book.  It has become a society hub for groups within the community, a chance for neighbours to sit and visit, an opportunity to search for a job, as well as a place to find the next great read.  Today’s library is not confined to one specific building – eBooks, electronic resources, and smartphone apps have enabled your library to be accessed from wherever you are.  Our libraries have unlimited potential.

Wheatland Library – Warman Community Library

 

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In 1982 the Warman area continued to receive books via the bookmobile.  Many in Warman felt that a more permanent library location would be of a huge benefit to their growing community.

Warman resident Richard Hales was part of the driving force to have Wheatland Library become a permanent service in Warman.  A committee was formed, a location chosen and from 1982 forward Wheatland and the City of Warman have partnered to serve our growing community.

Over the years there has been passionate librarians, staff members, volunteers and dedicated Board Members who have kept this valuable service available to patrons.

 

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Thank you to all who have played a part in the vibrancy of our Warman Community Library. We are very proud of all it offers and how it has grown with our progressive community over the years.


~ Sheryl Spence ~


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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