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Makerspace ‘ideaMILL’ Opens Inside Millennium Library

Makerspace ‘ideaMILL’ Opens Inside Millennium Library

Mayor Brian Bowman, second from left, helps to open the ideaMILL at the Millennium Library in Winnipeg on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (@MAYOR_BOWMAN / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — A new space for creators to flourish and further pursue their ideas is up and running at the Millennium Library.

The ideaMILL opened Tuesday on the newly-renovated third floor of the downtown library. It offers access to maker tools and technology to encourage people to create, experiment and collaborate in a self-directed environment.

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Little Free Libraries Design Exhibition a Big Draw

Little Free Libraries Design Exhibition a Big Draw

By Eden Ramsay

Little Free Libraries
Little Free Libraries Design Exhibition at the Millennium Library runs until October 31. (EDEN RAMSAY PHOTO)
Little Free Libraries
A movie theatre style LFL design (EDEN RAMSAY PHOTO)

Imagine a handcrafted container in a public space that encourages the love of reading and helps to build community. Such a thing is possible with the Little Free Library movement.

Culture Days, The Winnipeg Public Library, and StorefrontMB have invited local artists to design a little public library. People can vote for their favourite Little Free Library entry at the Millennium Library which showcases the designs of several local designers and describes more about the movement in their showcase wall.

Little Free Libraries started up in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009. Since then, it has grown as a non-profit organization and over 6,000 have been registered around the world in over 40 countries. For a small fee, registered members receive a plaque with their registration number and a location of their book vessel on the Little Free Library movement’s online worldwide map. The average Little Free Library is about the size of a dollhouse and most are handmade and beautifully detailed.

Winnipeg’s first Little Free Library 273 Mandeville St. just celebrated its first anniversary this past June. Other Little Free Libraries  in the city can be found at 3354 Assiniboine Avenue and 503 Gilmore Avenue.

Little Free Libraries
The Winnipeg Public Library’s take on a LFL (EDEN RAMSAY PHOTO)

I enjoy architecture inc.’s take on the Little Free Library design, titled Pulp Fiction. The container itself is a simple rectangular cube, or cuboid, made out of an elm tree truck. It allows one to see the books inside through the glass panels surrounding the books on two of the four sides.

I also enjoyed KJ Hildrebrand’s contest entry, Torii Book Library. The ancient Asian structure, the Torii was her inspiration for this piece.

Bios Architecture’s take on the contest is very functional. The plywood structure is not only a library, but operates as a seating space for up to two people. It is also coated with a weatherproofed finish that can face the elements as well as having a sloped design for rain runoff.

The “Peoples’  Choice” for favourite design will be announced on October 31.

I love the idea of being able to take a book, return it, or leave one in its place along with many others who are doing the same. It’s a great addition to any community and helps bring about a feeling of connection.

What is your favourite design of the submissions in this year’s Little Free Library Design Exhibition? Have you ever seen a Little Free Library?

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Eden Ramsay is a Creative Communications student at Red River College. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and majored in graphic design. She loves culture, design in its many forms, and exploring the world around her. Follow her on Twitter:@EdenRamsay.

Forum to Discuss City Land Allocations

Millennium Library
Millennium Library

A forum to discuss the zoning, allocation and sale of public land is planned for tonight.

The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, For the Love of Winnipeg, The Planners’ Network Manitoba, and Outdoor Urban Recreational Spaces-Winnipeg are hosting the discussion at the Millennium Library to learn more about the process and decisions regarding public land.

“In the last couple of years, Winnipeg city council has been allocating public land and creating public controversy,” the SPC said in a release. “From selling land for a boutique hotel on the Red River to proposals to sell golf courses to trades of land for new fire stations, there have been questions raised about how land is being zoned, allocated or sold.

The public will be able to learn from local experts such as planners, researchers and academics about how the city allocates land. The forum runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carol Shields Auditorium.

— Staff

Folk Festival Series Brings Sounds to the City

Folk Festival Series Brings Sounds to the City

Winnipeg Folk Festival LogoThe Winnipeg Folk Festival is bringing the sounds of its summer at event at Birds Hill Park to the city this winter with a series of free workshops.

The “In The City” series at the Millennium Library will be presented the fourth Saturday of every month starting January 26 and running through April.

The line-up of Manitoba-based artists include:

  • January 26 — “To Every Thing, There is a Season,” featuring Jenny Berkel, Kayla Luky & JD Edwards
  • February 23 — “All You Need is Love,” featuring Jaylene Johnson, Don Amero & Keith MacPherson
  • March 23 — “O Mother, Where Art Thou?” featuring Nicky Mehta, Keri Latimer & Katie Murphy
  • April 27 — “All Ukulele, All The Time,” featuring Hal Brolund, Judy Cook & Kate Ferris

Performances begin at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free.

— Staff

Millennium Library Receives $150K Donation

Millennium Library
Millennium Library

Winnipeg’s Millennium Library has received $150,000 as part of a corporate sponsorship deal.

TD made the donation Thursday to help renovate the library’s “TD New and Noted” area — a new open-concept space that provides patrons with access to the library’s various collections and offers more room for leisure reading.

The donation came through the Sponsor Winnipeg program, which funds city programs and services while providing exposure to the corporate partner with signage and branding. More than $2 million has been raised so far.

— Staff

Millennium Library to Host ‘Human Library’

Millennium Library to Host ‘Human Library’

Millennium Library Park in downtown Winnipeg is officially opened on Friday, July 20, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Millennium Library Park in downtown Winnipeg (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The city’s Millennium Library is hosting what it calls a “Human Library” at the end of the month.

From January 24-26, the innovative event will promote dialogue and encourage understanding between people who might not normally meet. In a Human Library, people become the books and are borrowed for conversation by the public for up to half an hour in a safe, fun and welcoming environment.

Pre-reservations are available January 14-23 with a limit of two per person.

For hours and the schedule, visit Winnipeg.ca.

— Staff

Folk Festival’s Family Series to Thrill Kids

Folk Festival’s Family Series to Thrill Kids

By Brian Schultz

Winnipeg Folk Festival LogoThe Winnipeg Folk Festival has planned a series of shows for children in this year’s Folk For Families series.

Held at the Millennium Library downtown, the hour-long interactive children’s shows take place on the second Saturday of every month, starting January 12 at 1:30 p.m.

“The Lion’s Den” will open the roster of shows, where Daniel Jordan and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner combine education and entertainment into raucous and fun-filled family “edu-tainment.”

The shows are free of charge to attend and run through April.


  • Saturday, February 9 — Experiments in Sound featuring Scott Senior and Amber Epp
  • Saturday, March 9 — Judy Cook and Swingset
  • Saturday, April 13 — Seanster and the Monsters
MTC, Millennium Library Presenting Lecture Series

MTC, Millennium Library Presenting Lecture Series

By David Klassen

Manitoba Theatre CentreThe Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Millennium Library have teamed up for an interactive lecture series.

Play on Words is a program that will feature artist discussions, library-curated resources, prop and costume displays and playwriting workshops.

“The aim for Play on Words is to help audiences develop a deeper connection to MTC’s work,” said Jennifer Cheslock, the theatre’s outreach manager. “If patrons have background knowledge of a play, it helps them get more out of the story.”

Play on Words begins with a “Gone With the Wind” resource list and an event series in the Carol Shields auditorium. Artist talks are 40 minutes long and start at 12:10 p.m.

  • January 8 — Niki Landau, playwright of Gone With the Wind, will discuss adapting the novel
  • January 15 — Bethany Jillard (Scarlett O’Hara) and Tom McCamus (Rhett Butler) will talk about playing their iconic roles
  • January 22 – Members of MTC’s wardrobe department will share the details of creating the beautiful costumes seen on stage.

Art Piece ’emptyful’ Receiving International Accolades

emptyful is located outside the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

A recently-installed piece of artwork situated outside the Millennium Library is receiving international recognition.

emptyful (stylized in lowercase) was created by Vancouver artist Bill Pechet and completed this past summer. The structure stands 35-feet tall and produces watery mist.

The Winnipeg Arts Council has received requests for information from travel and design magazines as far away France (Courrier International), Germany (Studio5555), and Russia (Afisha Mir), and the piece has been highlighted on countless blogs and websites across the world.

The Discovery Channel show “Daily Planet” also recently aired a segment about the work.

“You always hope your work will make an impression, that it will interest people, but this was unexpected,” Pechet said. “emptyful’s not quite a Justin Bieber phenom, but close,” he joked.

While the water and fog have been turned off for the season, the public can still enjoy the piece as it illuminates warm colours at night.

Garden Party Celebrates Millennium Library Park

Garden Party Celebrates Millennium Library Park

Millennium Library Park in downtown Winnipeg is officially opened on Friday, July 20, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

The new Millennium Library Park in downtown Winnipeg will be celebrated with a party on Wednesday, August 15.

The Winnipeg Arts Council, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the Winnipeg Public Library are inviting the public to enjoy a wine garden, refreshments and tour the newly renovated park.

Entertainment will be provided by John K. Samson & Veda Hille, the Keith Price Trio, DJ Mama Cutsworth, Shakespeare in the Ruins, and others.

The evening will also recognize two new art pieces in the park, emptyful, and Sentinel of Truth.

The celebration will take place at 251 Donald Street from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

— Staff