Weyburn librarian installed as newest Rotary member

Weyburn’s head librarian Matthew Rankin was installed as the newest member of the Rotary Club on Thursday, after he gave a presentation about his background to club members.

Rankin explained that he was born and raised in Ontario, mainly growing up in Midland, and attending high school in Penetanguishene before attending Wilfred Laurier University.

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“I never really knew what I wanted to do while I was growing up. When I was small, I wanted to be an astronomer or a geologist,” he said, adding for a time he also wanted to be an architect.

Then Rankin took part in a Model UN in his Grade 12 year of high school, and this sparked an interest in taking political science at university.

He wanted to take a grad degree, but felt a bit tired of school, he said. In talking with an administrator at the University of Western Ontario, he decided on going into the program as library administrator.

From there, he worked in a few different library facilities, and jumped at the opportunity to come to Weyburn when that job posting came up.

For personal interests, the 30-year-old is involved with reading, writing, computer programming, gaming and electronics.

“My goal has been to be more familiar with what’s going on in the community, not just for the library,” said Rankin, explaining his interest in joining a service group like Rotary.

Rotarian Brenda King noted she is an avid user of the library, and said she’s noted good collegiality amongst the staff at the library.

“I can safely say that of all the communities I’ve worked in, I’ve never felt more welcome than I have here,” said Rankin.