Libraries noticed a better year in 2022 as more people started returning to libraries to use their services.

Michelle Scott is head librarian at the Boissevain-Morton Library and Archives, and she says no question more people are coming in than what was taking place over the past few years.

“It’s slowly coming back, and we’ve got our preschool program back up and running and we’re averaging 15 to 20 kids each time and we’re thrilled with that. People are coming back through the doors and our numbers are slowly increasing all the time.”

“Our electronics circulation is going up all the time as well so we’re pretty pleased with how things are coming back.”

Scott notes the trend towards e-books was coming prior to the pandemic.

“There's a lot of people using them when they're driving no or it’s handy to use when you can blue tooth it in your car and just have it with you if want a book and you can’t sleep when it’s three in the morning so that’s growing all the time,” said Michelle Scott.

Boissevain-Morton Library is looking at a Lego Club.

“We had some lovely donations towards the end of the year, and we’ve had some requests from people in town looking for things for their kids that aren’t sports related. So, we’re still working to get supplies in and that will be coming this spring.”

Michelle Scott says the Lego Club will be a drop-in program where kids can pop by and get some challenges as to what they can build during a certain week.

“We’ll put their creations on display and try to have them look at new ways to build stuff and new ways in general.”

As for numbers at the library Michelle Scott says the pandemic created a drop but things bounced back, and they've managed to stay fairly steady with demand for their programs and services.