Brandon Public Library
“I’m hoping by keeping funds available that the library will be able to offer interesting programs that will enable all citizens to have a place” where they can get help and resources.” Royce Nowatzki
In the fall of 2012 Brandon Area Community Foundation received a call from Royce Nowatzki, a former resident of Brandon now living in Winnipeg. Royce inquired about opportunities to establish a fund that would benefit the community where she and her husband Floyd had raised their family.
“The library was a real focal point for us as both Floyd and I were avid readers. As I settled in our home, it was always a treat to walk to the library to pick out a book when I wanted to take a break. While raising children, it became routine for us to go to the library every 2-3 weeks and the children soon learned to look forward to picking out new stories. The staff were so good to us, and as the children got older, the library became a place to do research for school assignments and projects. I realize that libraries are competing with the internet for some of these tasks and also with those who choose to read electronic books.
In 2012 Floyd and I moved to Winnipeg and we are thrilled to live close by our granddaughter and watch her enjoy the wonderful programs at her local library. She is only turning two years old but she is already being introduced to a very short reading program at the library. There are other young children there, all different ages and different abilities (and attention spans), that are getting wonderful benefit from having this resource. We need our young people to be out of the house, away from computer screens, engaging in these other activities with other like-minded people.”
The Nowatzki Family Fund will annually benefit the Brandon Public Library and was established by a giving family that wanted to contribute back to a community that meant so much to their lives.
Any donations for the Nowatzki Family Fund can be sent to the Brandon Area Community Foundation.