Q&A with Bevonna Livingston, Manager, Woking Municipal Library

Bevonna Livingston

How long has there been a library in Woking?
On June 17, 2010, the Saddle Hills County Library Board and the Board of Trustees of the Peace Wapiti School Division signed an agreement to locate Woking Municipal Library inside Woking School.

What made you become a librarian?
I have always treasured books. Growing up, I could always be found at the library. Books stir the imagination, as well as provide training, insight and expand knowledge in numerous ways.

What is the job of a librarian?
The job is multi-faceted, which makes me the Jackie of All Trades. I order items for the library’s collection, set up displays, organize programs, learn all the new techno equipment, and sort and distribute books throughout the province.

How does one instill and nurture a love of books?
Just read – read about the things that fascinate you, that light the imagination or provide instruction to do the things you are passionate about.

What is the most read genre at the Woking Municipal Library?
I wouldn’t single out any one genre. The patrons at Woking Municipal Library have eclectic tastes. They read all genres equally.

One of the accessible library services the Woking Municipal Library offers is CELA/CAEB. Can you explain what that is?
CELA is an acronym for Center for Equitable Library Access. CELA permits libraries to support patrons with visual, learning or physical disability, which prevents a patron from reading conventional print materials. CELA offers a variety of formats, such as audio, braille, e-text, and described video.

What are interlibrary loans, and are those only used for the Central Peace area libraries?
Woking Municipal Library is a member of Peace Library system, which is part of the Regional Automation Library System, or TRAC. This provides patrons access to more than 170 libraries throughout Alberta.

This summer you offered “blackout bingo.” Can you explain how that works, and will you be offering blackout bingo again? Any other exciting ideas on the horizon?
This past summer, the library offered a blackout bingo game to patrons. It was open to all ages and all library cardholders. Every week three activities were posted on the library’s Facebook page for participants to complete – from performing a random act of kindness, flying a kite or creating a super hero (mine was Captain Sunburn). The library offers a program every summer. When all restrictions shall have been lifted, the library will host movies, guest speakers on a variety of subjects plus – the most requested activity of all – drumming.

What is the “library of things?” Is this a permanent addition?
The library of things is just that – things, things such as holiday cookie cutters, novelty cake pans, outdoor games, snowshoes, walking sticks and more. This collection is young, growing and is absolutely permanent. Libraries are more than books. They have evolved with the times. I am thrilled to bring new items to this library. This year I really focused on things to get people moving and outdoors as much as possible. So outdoor games such as Giant Jenga, Laser Tag, Giant Yahtzee were big hits. For the cooler months, the library has the baking items. Plus I will be putting together some yoga kits. All of these items are free to borrow with a library card.

Are you an avid reader? What are some of the books you would suggest?
I love reading. My favorite genre is mystery/thrillers. One of my favorite mystery writers is Karin Slaughter. But if I were to recommend one book that I’ve read and re-read, it would be The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Contact:

  • Location: #10, 5245 51 Street, Woking
  • Phone: (780) 557-9673
  • E-mail: librarian@wokinglibrary.ca
  • Web: www.wokinglibrary.ca