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The Biblio File: Library News

Pinawa Public Library

The Biblio File
July 8, 2019

We add new books, magazines, DVDs, etc. to our collection all the time.  If you want to check what’s new at the PPL, simply go to our website ( and click “Search our Catalogue.” You will be able to scroll through the most recent 100 titles added – this is our most up to date information right at your fingertips!  You can also check out the last 100 books that were most recently viewed – see what everyone else is reading!

Over the last few weeks we have added a number of new DVDs to our collection, including Tea with the Dames.  Jackie Sturton has kindly reviewed this for us:

The dictionary says the word “dame” is an honorific title.  It indicates a woman of rank, station or authority.  I think it also denotes a woman of swagger, a devil-may-care person who seizes the world by the tail against all odds (ain’t nothin’ like a dame!).

 The movie records a weekend at a country estate (Joan Plowright’s) shared by four friends, actors, royally honored with the title “Dame”.  They are titled for their work in drama, on stage and film.  While we know them now because of their film appearances, their work on stage is massive, and legendary, and is the source of much of their joy.

 We are invited to sit in while Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins reminisce, share thoughts and generally enjoy each other’s company.  Through their stories we learn what it is to really be a dame, to have lived and worked with passion and irreverence. On occasion we are aware of the surrounding filmmakers but when one the Dames launches into a story (supported by old photos and clips) we are entranced, feeling as though we are sharing the history of an old friend.  The 84 minute conversation is well worth watching.