A new senior librarian has been hired for the Virden Branch of Border Regional Library and began work last week.
With the loss last fall of Senior Librarian Linda-Grant Braybrook, the library had advertised the position in early 2020.
Laranda Bailey began at the library on May 19. The librarian role is new to Bailey. She sees the library as an important part of the community and says, “I wanted to be more involved with the community.”
Bailey lives on a farm near Hargrave. She and her husband raise cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and goats. Bailey received a University of Manitoba diploma in agriculture and was a travel agent for a few years, a trade she studied through Robertson College.
As a reader, she fancies fantasy, historical fiction and non-fiction as well.
Other staff changes
Another big change, Shelly Manning is leaving her library position of 33 years. Although she loved the atmosphere of the library, she said, “It’s time. Things have to change.” May 21 was her last day.
As a dog owner Manning looks forward to spending more time with her canine family. “I’ve got two dogs and I’m going to be busy with them… especially Koko, she likes to walk.”
Mary Anne Lamy, continuing as Library Coordinator, says a new assistant librarian has been hired to replace Manning. Alyssa Eisner, started Tuesday, May 26.
Heather Hawryluk, over 14 years a librarian at Virden, left employment in library on May 15. Recently, Hawryluk moved into the Senior Librarian position temporarily. She was hired as the Children’s Clerk by former coordinator, Brenda Griffith. Over the years she conducted many children’s programs and will be missed.
The Children’s Clerk position has yet to be filled.
As of May 5, the library opened to the public with new hours on Tuesday - Friday. Under COVID-19 rules, just five patrons are allowed in at a time. People are encouraged to pick their books from the online catalogue. Library staff will have them ready for pick-up. The computers remain closed to the public.