Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/9/2020)

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    March 9, 2020

    Sunday, March 8th was International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

    The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

    An equal world is an enabled world.  Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.  Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.   A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious.  The race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth.

    The theme for 2020 is Each for Equal, drawn from a notion of “collective individualism.”  We are all parts of a whole.  We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.  Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.

    Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions.  Collectively, we can make change happen.

    If the forecast holds it will be snowing when this publishes and this cute picture will make sense.  If it’s sunny and warm instead then let’s just say this was a memory from last week.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/2/2020)

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    March 2, 2020

    In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3rd as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

    The theme for 2020 is “Sustaining all life on Earth”, encompassing all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world’s biodiversity.

    Earth is home to countless species of fauna and flora.  We depend on the constant interplay and cooperation between all elements of the biosphere for all our needs: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the materials we need for all purposes.

    However, unsustainable human activities and over-exploitation of the species and natural resources that make up the habitats and ecosystems of all wildlife are threatening the world’s biodiversity. Nearly a quarter of all species are presently at risk of going extinct in the coming decades, and their demise would only speed up the disappearance of countless others, putting humans in danger as well.

    On World Wildlife Day (and every day) take the time to notice and appreciate the plants, animals and nature around you.  We are so fortunate to be surrounded on a daily basis by the beauty of nature.  Let’s work together to appreciate and protect it.

    Don’t forget to move your clocks forward on March 8th!  Although we are all justifiably horrified by the idea of an hour less reading time, it will be nice to have some lighter evenings for…well… reading.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/24/2020)

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    February 24, 2020

    Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

    People of African descent have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and identity since the arrival of Mathieu Da Costa, a navigator and interpreter, whose presence in Canada dates back to the early 1600s.

    Black History Month is a time to learn more Canadian stories and about the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.  Our display has been updated – come and take a look.

    Black History Month was initiated in Canada by the Ontario Black History Society and introduced to Parliament in December 1995 following a motion by Jean Augustine, the first Black woman elected as a member of Parliament. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.  Black History Month was officially observed across Canada for the first time in February 1996.

    Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. This year, Pink Shirt Day, or Anti-Bullying Day, is on February 26. It is a day when people come together by wearing pink shirts to school or work to show they are against bullying. The focus for 2020 is “lift each other up.”

    Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day was inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia.  Here is a snippet of an article detailing the original incident:

    “David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”

    You will never know the true power of your words, and the lasting effect that they can have on a person.  It costs nothing to be kind and can make the world of difference.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/17/2020)

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    February 17, 2020

    Louis Riel Day is a provincial statutory holiday observed on the third Monday in February in Manitoba, and we have updated our library display shelf with reading to reflect this.

    Legislation proclaiming this date as Louis Riel Day was passed by Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly in 2007, and first celebrated on February 18th 2008.

    Louis Riel Day is a name that was suggested by Manitoba school students, in honour of Louis Riel, the political leader of the Métis people of the Canadian Prairies and regarded as the Father of Manitoba.

    Louis Riel was a passionate Métis leader. He was the driving force behind Manitoba becoming Canada’s fifth province and joining confederation. Louis Riel’s dream of a province that embraces all cultures is still shared by Manitobans today.

    He led two rebellions against the government of Canada and was executed after being convicted for high treason in November 1885.

    We will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 for Louis Riel Day.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/10/2020)

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    February 10, 2020

    Mark your calendar to join us on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:00 for our next evening story time.  The theme will be fairy tales!  There will be stories, rhymes and a bed time snack.  Don’t forget to wear your comfy pjs!  Everyone welcome.

    Quantum Physics for Babies?  That is only one of these super cute board books by Chris Ferrie, and the one that we have currently in the library.  Chris is a physicist, mathematician and father of four who thinks it’s never too early to introduce big ideas.  Take out this neat book and see what you think – should we be getting more of these in our collection?  We’d love some feedback.  I may have learned something about electrons from this book.  Let’s pretend it was just a reminder.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/3/2020)

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    The Biblio File
    February 3, 2020

    While happily Googling bookish events and information for this weeks’ Biblio File I came across International Book Giving Day.  It started in 2012 with the aim to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. It is a 100% volunteer driven initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.  My thought was “why stop at children?” Maybe we could think of this a fun opportunity to get all ages reading.   How does it work?  You gather a pile of your books (or pick up some super cheap ones at your friendly neighbourhood PPL).  Insert a little note “This book is for you!  Enjoy and keep or pass along! Book Giving Day 2020” You can even find printable template PDFs for this very purpose at:

    This makes it clear that the book is a gift.  Books can be stealthily left in waiting rooms, at the bottoms of slides, on swings and benches at schools, windscreens of cars, doorsteps, anywhere that you think they will be seen.  Weather dependent of course!  Involve your kids in the book ninja activities – they will love going back later to see which have been found!  Even better, it might inspire the recipients to do a little ninja-ing of their own.

    When is this day?  February 14th!  In our humble opinion this is a wonderful alternative or addition to regular Valentine’s Day cards and gifts.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/27/2020)

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    January 27, 2020

    The Canada Reads shortlist has been announced.  This year’s theme is “One book to bring Canada into focus.”  The book debates will be broadcast on CBC and will take place from March 16 to 19, 2020. To learn more about the books and the panellists check out

    International Development Week (IDW) is an annual initiative held during the first week of February since 1991 to engage Canadians on global issues.

    This year, International Development Week will be celebrating its 30th anniversary under the theme “Go for the Goals”. Referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this theme illustrates the idea of moving forward in a collaborative and positive way toward a better world.

    Reading is one of the best tools we have for starting to think like a global citizen. It’s one of the first ways we learn to relate with people from diverse backgrounds. Books expose us to the experiences of people who are different from us, but who share similar challenges, hopes and aspirations to our own lives.

    Stop by the library and check out the “Reading List for Global Citizens” from Kindergarten to age 100 (or older!) Whether you’re passionate about food security, ending poverty, supporting women’s rights, protecting the environment, or still deciding what changes you want to see in the world, we hope these books will inspire you to take action.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/20/2020)

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    January 20, 2020

    What a great idea!  You will notice in the book stacks that we now have series lists!  Wondering which numbers you have read, what comes next, or how many you have left to look forward to?  These new lists are not only super handy but also show which books of a series we own, and which are missing from our collection (just an easy inter-library loan away).


    Are you going away this winter?  Our bargain books are the best to take along in your carry-on.  Why?  Because they are such a deal that you can just leave them for another person to enjoy and now you have more room for souvenirs! Do you prefer cozy armchair travel?  We have some great fiction and non-fiction travel books that will take you away to somewhere new without ever having to move from the fireplace.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/13/2020)

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    January 13, 2020

    Canada Reads is an annual “battle of the books” competition organized and broadcast by the CBC.  The longlist consists of 15 books which will be pared down to the final 5 on January 22, 2020.  Five chosen personalities will then extol the merits of each of the books. The debate is broadcast over a series of five programs (March 16-19, 2020) and at the end of each episode, the panelists vote one title out of the competition until only one book remains.  (It’s like Survivor but with more books and less torches). This book is then billed as the book that all of Canada should read. The theme for this year is:  One book to bring Canada into focus.

    The longlist includes:  NDN Coping Mechanisms by Billy-Ray Belcourt, Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles, Radicalized by Cory Doctorow, Sputnik’s Children by Terry Favro, Amphibian by Carla Gunn, We Have Always Been Here by Samra Babib, Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox, The Dishwasher by Stephane Larue (translated by Pablo Strauss), Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, The Youth of God by Hassan Ghendi Santur, From the Ashes by Jessee Thistle, The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp, Worry by Jessica Westhead, The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter, Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong.

    Storytime will start up again this week!  The theme this week is dinosaurs and the Wednesday at 2:15 storytime with a craft will now be held at the F.W. Gilbert school library until the weather warms up.  Thursday morning story times are 9:30 at the daycare and 10:30 with us at the PPL.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/6/2020)

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    The Biblio File
    January 6, 2020

    Happy first official Biblio File of the New Year!  To ring in the New Year we would like to introduce our new and improved coffee nook!  We have revamped the area to include a new coffee machine and organic fair trade coffee.  For this week (January 6th to 10th) we would like to offer free coffee to our patrons and encourage you to bring in some of your left over holiday dainties to share!  We planned to promote this as a generous way to help you to clear out your freezer but the truth is we just love dainties. After this initial week, to encourage a greener environment, coffee will be $2.00 unless you bring your own cup – then price will drop to $1.00.

    What are your reading resolutions for this year?  Have you always wanted to read the classics?  Maybe you’d like to read one book a month?  Start up a book club?  Set a goal to finish off (or start) your nightstand TBR pile?  Challenge yourself to read something outside of your regular book choices this year – you might find a whole new genre to explore. The beauty of the library is that it’s risk (and cost) free to try something new!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/23/2019)

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    The Biblio File
    December 23, 2019

    Happy holidays everyone!  We will be open tonight, Monday, December 23rd from 6:30-9:00 and then closed for holidays until Thursday, January 2, 2020.  Public Service Announcement:  DO NOT GO BOOKLESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  Make sure that you are stocked up – come see us tonight.  Many new and “new to us” books have been added to our NEW shelves over the last week.

    If you are a fan of the Shopaholic series then you won’t want to miss out on this one – just in time for Christmas.  Feelings toward the series star Becky Bloomwood can go either way – you either love her quirky haphazard ways, or feel like you are reading an endless episode of Three’s Company where you just wish everyone would communicate already!! Whichever feelings these books muster up, they are still a fun, easy read for the holidays!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/16/2019)

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    The Biblio File
    December 16, 2019

    Just a heads-up that we will be closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for the holidays!  Don’t be caught without something to read over the break! Fun fact: we have 213 books in the library with the word “Christmas” in the title…get festive!


    If you are looking for an easy read set in a tropical location to take your mind of the cold we suggest books one and two of the Paradise trilogy by Elin Hilderbrand.  Book three won’t be out until the new year so you will be left on the edge of your seat!

    “Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John.

    After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/9/2019)

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    The Biblio File
    December 9, 2019


    You know what’s fun?  Graphic novels!  We have been doing some reorganizing.  The junior/teen and adult graphic novels now all have their own section.  Some of these are purely for entertainment but others are new fun ways to learn – think Manga Shakespeare (if you can).  Graphic novels can be the start of a love for reading – at any age.

    Number 15 in the Inspector Gamache series has arrived!  Get your name on the reserve list!

    “It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.
    As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.
    Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search.
    As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/2/2019)

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    December 2, 2019


    Happy December!  Come down to the library with the kids and spend some time in our children’s area!  There’s something for all ages – board books, picture books, first readers, easy read, junior fiction and junior and early years non-fiction!  Did you know that we also have children’s magazines and lots of movies?

    Join us at the library on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 7:00 for our evening Christmas story time.  There will be guest readers, songs and a bedtime snack.  Wear your comfy pajamas!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/25/2019)

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    November 25, 2019

    Shop local!  Don’t miss Pinawa’s 15th annual Winter Town Market on Saturday December 7, 2019 at the Pinawa Community Centre!  The library will have a table of amazing bargains!  Perfect for in a stocking or under the tree…or just to you from you!

    Ian Williams has won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize of $100,000.00, Canada’s richest literary award for fiction, for his novel Reproduction.

    “Felicia and Edgar meet as their mothers are dying. Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family, come together only because their mothers share a hospital room. When Felicia’s mother dies and Edgar’s “Mutter” does not, Felicia drops out of high school and takes a job as Mutter’s caregiver. While Felicia and Edgar don’t quite understand each other, and Felicia recognizes that Edgar is selfish, arrogant, and often unkind, they form a bond built on grief (and proximity) that results in the birth of a son Felicia calls Armistice. Or Army, for short.

    Some years later, Felicia and Army (now 14) are living in the basement of a home owned by Oliver, a divorced man of Portuguese descent who has two kids–the teenaged Heather and the odd little Hendrix. Along with Felicia and Army, they form an unconventional family, except that Army wants to sleep with Heather, and Oliver wants to kill Army. Then Army’s fascination with his absent father–and his absent father’s money–begins to grow as odd gifts from Edgar begin to show up. And Felicia feels Edgar’s unwelcome shadow looming over them. A brutal assault, a mortal disease, a death, and a birth reshuffle this group of people again to form another version of the family.

    Reproduction is a profoundly insightful exploration of the bizarre ways people become bonded that insists that family isn’t a matter of blood.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/18/2019)

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    November 18, 2019

    Do you have some extra change in your couch cushions or drink holder?  Do you often find stray coins in the washer or dryer?  We are starting to take the 2018 magazines off the shelf to make room for new issues and they will be sold by the bundle!  Great for crafts, scrapbooks, or just leaving on the table to leaf through with a cup of coffee.  Make sure to check them out the next time you are outside the library!

    We think it’s safe to say that the snow is here to stay.  What’s better on a cold day that a cup of hot chocolate and a good book?  We are busy adding new books to our shelves daily.  To see the newest 100 books added just go to our website and “search our catalogue.”  The most recently added books will show, along with the most recently viewed.  Grab a scarf and come for a browse and a visit – our reading area is looking especially cozy with our chess set, ongoing jigsaw puzzle, coffee table magazines and our new travel and culture display.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/11/2019)

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    The Biblio File
    November 11, 2019


    We are very lucky to have such a supportive community!  We would like to extend a big thank you to all that attended our Quiz Night – with your help we raised $3,437.18 for the library!

    We would also like to thank The Pinawa Foundation, the Youth in Philanthropy Club, The Lion’s Club and all of the individuals who generously donated to our travel and culture centre! We couldn’t do it without you!

    We will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 for Remembrance Day.  There is a reason that we have the freedom to read – always remember the sacrifices that were made, and be grateful.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/4/2019)

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    November 4, 2019

    The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is a two-week-long learning experience during which students study the interwoven First and Second World War history of Canada, Great Britain, and France.  Sixteen prizes were awarded: fourteen for Canadian students, one for a British student from Great Britain, and one for a French student from France.  Our own Sophie Long was one of the Canadian students awarded this prestigious prize.

    For two weeks this summer, in Belgium and France, Sophie, along with the other prize winners, attended lectures, visited former battlefields, trenches and underground tunnels, as well as museums and cemeteries, and explored monuments such as the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.  Prize recipients also participated in commemorative ceremonies and met a few of the remaining veterans and members of the French Resistance.

    Sophie will be talking about her experiences at the library on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00.  There will be complimentary croissants after the presentation.  Everyone welcome!

    What’s everyone reading?  What’s everyone buying? (Or might we suggest…borrowing?)  Did you know that on our website you can browse the Globe and Mail and New York Times Bestsellers and book review lists, along with Goodreads and CBC Books?  Just go to the “explore” tab.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/28/2019)

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    October 28, 2019


    The 2019 Booker Prize for fiction was announced on October 14, 2019.  The prize was awarded jointly to Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and Bernadine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other.  This was the first time that the prize was shared since 1992, despite a rule change barring joint winners.  This has sparked a lot of discussion both for and against the decision.

    The Knit Shift with Anne Shifflett is back at the library on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.  Share patterns and tips, get help if you are stuck or just chat with friends over a tea or coffee.  Everyone welcome!

    Be sure to join us for a special Halloween story time on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. There will be stories, songs, rhymes and a snack.  Don’t forget to dress up!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/21/2019)

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    The Biblio File
    October 21, 2019


    Have you been by the library lately and seen our new travel and culture display?  We have a fun new rotating bookcase filled with guides, interest and armchair travel books, and a brand new map and globe for you to peruse, or plan your next adventure! If you have any travel books or guides less than 5 years old that you are willing to part with we would love to take them off your hands. Or do you have any suggestions for books that we could add to this collection?  Let us know!

    Boo! Join us at the library on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for a s-BOOK-tacular Halloween story time!  There will be stories, songs, and a nighttime snack.  Don’t forget to dress up!