The Brokenhead River Regional Libarary was founded November 21, 1981. It was first located within Beausejour’s Edward Schreyer School and it was staffed by a part time librarian with a collection of 1,200 books. The library was the goal and finally the proud accomplishment of the Beausejour Women’s Institute.
A formal agreement between Beausejour, Garson, and the R.M. of Brokenhead resulted in a library by-law being passed with funding being shared between the local government and the province. To this day it is administered by a local volunteer board and a trained staff.
The strong public support and demand for increased library services created the need for a larger premises. This became possible with provincial grants and local donations. In April 1984 the library moved to its present location of 427 Park Avenue. Memberships and circulation of materials have increased steadily over the years to the point where once again they had outgrown our facilities. In late 1994 a major construction job was underway which resulted in a 2500 square foot addition. Today they have a spacious 5000 square foot library building that we can all be proud of.
Along with the growing number of memberships, print materials, and building size, the “90’s” have brought technological advances to the library. They have established a data base and as of October 1996 they have been running a completely automated circulation system. In the summer of 1996, they became a public access point to the Internet and thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, they were able to expand their services offering High speed Internet and an additional five new computer terminals.
There are many more attributes the library has beyond just books. Available are talking books, magazines, videos, large print books, reference materials both in print and on CD’s, as well as interlibrary loan services. The library has become home to 300 Teddy Bears and accessories due to the generous donation of a local patron Mrs. Vera McLean. They offer programs such as Story Time, Summer Reading, Nursery School and Daycare visits, Library tours and author visits are just a few of the ongoing activities at the Brokenhead River Regional Library.
For more information on the library, the hours or inquiries, please call directly, or click on the link for their website.
Brokenhead River Regional Library
Address: 427 Park Avenue, Box 1087, Beausejour, Manitoba, R0E 0C0
Phone: (204) 268 – 7570