The Weyburn Public Library is more than books, together with its dedicated staff the library offers numerous services that provide entertainment, learning, and social events to help create community connections. Furthermore, the library contributes to the community through its Little Free Pantry. However, this pantry is not a recent addition, as Branch Manager Dawn Silver explains. 

“Serena, our Senior Circulation Clerk, is putting out secret services on Facebook, things that the library has actually been doing for a while and maybe have fallen off people's radar. So, this is one of them. She put the post out last week and suddenly we've had a great resurgence in people contributing to it because this is all run with volunteer donations. Although, I'm sure the staff is probably kicking in some too. We have this little section over by the books on CD and it is available for anybody to come in and take what they need. And hopefully, when their situation improves, they will make a little contribution as well.” 

Free Little Pantry (photo by Bernadette Mullen)

Silver mentioned that the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. An anonymous individual has contributed online donations, and several community members have brought in bags of groceries to assist in stocking the shelves. 

“I just came in this morning and restocked it again (pantry). So, there is a definite need in the community,” added Silver. 

Silver also clarified that for those interested in taking home food items, the pantry is positioned in a discreet location to enhance privacy. 


For those wishing to donate to the Free Little Pantry the following is a list of accepted donations: 


  • Peanut Butter  

  • Canned Foods 

  • Juice Boxes 

  • Spices 

  • Soup Packets 

  • Dry Pasta 

  • Pasta Sauce  

  • Crackers 

  • Kitchen Staples 

  • Granola Bars 

  • Baby Food 

  • Baby Formula 

  • Shampoo  

  • Conditioner 

  • Bar Soap 

  • Toothpaste 

  • Brushes/combs 

  • Shaving Cream 

  • Deodorant 

  • Body Wash 

  • Feminine Hygiene Products 

  • Baby Wipes 

  • Diapers 

  • Toilet Paper 

  • Paper Towels  

  • Dish Soap 

  • Laundry Detergent 

  • Sponges