Introducing Laura Winton Library Manager

Published: May 06, 2020

Hello, Beaumont!

I am so excited to join the Bibliotheque de Beaumont Library team and the Beaumont Community as the new Library Manager. Only two months into my new role, I see what a special library this is and what a vibrant, unique community we serve. I owe Martin Walters, previous manager, a huge thank you for building and maintaining such a wonderful community hub. I can’t wait to get to know everyone and to do my part to bring community-driven, inclusive library services to all Beaumontians.   

I come to Beaumont from the Edmonton Public Library, where I worked for 8 years as a librarian and a branch manager at the Stanley A. Milner Library, the Enterprise Square Library, and the Lois Hole Library. I believe public libraries are, at their core and at their best, about building community and offering connections – to knowledge, to information, to each other, to technology, to learning, to new experiences. I am so excited to learn more about Beaumont, about our patrons, and our community so we can continue to find the best ways to connect you with the resources and services you need and ensure you have a vibrant and welcoming public library.

Outside of my librarian life, I live in west Edmonton with my partner, Ian, our two kids, Maisie (3) and Malcolm (1), and our dog, Archie (6). I don’t get as much time to read these days as I would like (toddlers are a handful!), but my absolute favourite book of all time is Olive Kitteridge, and other favourites include Americanah, Normal People, The Girl with all the Gifts, and We Don’t Eat our Classmates. I’m a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, and I love any good sci-fi movie or TV show (not too scary please!) I sometimes try to be crafty by working on cross stitching projects and, in a previous life (pre-kids), I sang in the chorus of the Edmonton Opera.

Sadly, only one week into my new role at the library, we had to close our doors for the health and safety of staff and patrons, so I haven’t been able to meet hardly any of you in person. I can’t wait until we can open our doors again and I can get to know our community face-to-face. In the meantime, our amazing staff are doing wonderful work providing virtual services and programs and our e-resources are always available from the comfort of your home! If you have any thoughts or ideas for virtual services or programs, or if you want to say hello, please feel free to email me at laura@beaumontlibrary.com

Looking forward to meeting you soon!