Bkejwanong Public Library
GINDASSDAA! (Let’s Read!)
Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library has existed in our community since 1967 located in various other buildings, before finally settling in 1994, into its present home, on Tecumseh Rd, Walpole Island First Nation. It was the vision of many community leaders and elders to have a Library right here in Bkejwanong Territory, offering books, movies, magazines, resources, computer use and a gathering place for singing, learning, and the arts. This vision and the hard work putting it into action has served the community well as we consider our beautiful building, our sought-after meeting room, the programs, services and activities that we host monthly and seasonally.
Today our library stands a monument to that founding vision… and much more. We now have books, CDs, DVDs, Native Language resources, patron’s services of photocopying and faxing, Patron computers, Internet access, WIFI and E-resources. The building had expanded over 11 years ago with a new addition – a meeting and programming room with a small stage and big-screen for promoting the arts and hosting Library activities.
Bkejwanong Library is designated a part-time Library. Opens Hours vary seasonally, see left side panel for days and times. In addition to our open hours, increased space has led to increased programming. We still gather as community to sing in the building, we host drumming circles, coffee houses, and family karaoke nights. We also host Local History nights, Genealogy workshops, documentary viewings, Meet-and-Greet authors, family entertainment nights, Winter Read Family Literacy sessions and TD Summer Reading Program. Children’s give-away books dispersed at literacy events help families develop their own home libraries. The workshops, classes and fun events we offer to patrons of all ages, expands their information base and delight in literacy and learning. As local History and Genealogy interest continues to grow, patrons are perceiving and expecting the Library’s role as a centre for archival photos, family trees, and historical records to become more formal.
Bkejwanong Library is a hub of our community – a place everyone is welcome, a place that prioritizes “Homework First!” and computer usage is designed around that principle. Adults and teens can access information online or from the shelves where many “good reads” are waiting. Children can make crafts, use literacy station computers, and lie on a rug to read a good book. Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library is an active member of the community connected to other programs, resources and supports. We welcome your visit!!