Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/5/2022)

    The Biblio File
    December 5, 2022

    Join us at the library Friday morning at 10:30 (December 9, 2022) for stories, a craft and a snack.

    The Storywalk has been updated!  Our new featured book is the Smiley Snowman.  The Storywalk begins at the pergola and ends at the picnic table right before the marina.  Take a nice wintery walk and check it out!

    We might be a few days late with this idea, but it’s easy to catch up!  Wrap 24 books (ok now 19) and open one a day or evening before bed.  The perfect advent calendar for a bookworm of any age.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/28/2022)

    The Biblio File
    November 28, 2022

    Join us this Friday evening, December 2nd at 6:00 for a special evening holiday storytime! Everyone welcome!  We encourage you to wear your fuzzy holiday pjs!

    Shop local!  The library will be open on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00-3:00 during the Pinawa Winter Market.  Come on down to the community centre and browse the always awesome, fully booked venue and stop by the library where we will have new, nearly new and used books for sale.  (Libraries are always fully booked).

    The library ghost must have looked outside and decided to sit down for a long read – this time he has chosen an omnibus – K-PAX by Gene Brewer.  “When a man who claims to be from outer space is brought into the Manhattan Institute, the mental ward seems to be just the place for him. However, this patient is unlike anyone psychiatrist Dr. Gene Brewer has met before. Clever, inscrutable and utterly charismatic, Robert Porter calls himself ‘prot’ and has no traceable background – but he claims that he is an inhabitant of the planet K-PAX, a perfect world without wars, government or religion, and where every being co-exists in harmony. It’s not long before the other patients are hanging on prot’s every word. And even Dr. Brewer starts to find himself convinced…


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/21/2022)

    The Biblio File
    November 21, 2022

    Join us on Friday, November 25th at 10:30 a.m. for stories, a craft and a snack!

    The library is excited to announce the new addition of a Yoto player to our collection!

    A huge thank you to S. Papetti for her generous donation and contribution of the player, as well as the start of an exciting collection of cards, including several Disney stories, Julia Donaldson books (i.e. The Gruffalo), the Mog books, and more!

    The Yoto player is a screen free listening device that can play audible books, music, and podcasts. It is targeted for children ages 0-12, and is unique in its ability to be used directly by children; simply pick a card and put it in.

    Come to the library today and try out the Yoto!

    Need an idea for a fun outing with the kids?  Come read and play at the library – we have a great selection of STEM toys and games.  STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – learning through play is one of the best ways to learn!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/7/2022)

    The Biblio File
    November 7, 2022

    Please join us at the library for Story Time on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 10:30.  There will be stories, games, a craft and snacks!  Story time will be on Thursday this week as we are closed Friday for Remembrance Day.

    We will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2022 for Remembrance Day.

    Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth.  It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  We hold a two-minute silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who have died.  On this day, as we should every day, we honor and remember those who volunteered, sacrificed, served, fought, and died, for our freedom.

    At the library we have many books about, and set during wartime, both fiction and non-fiction.   Many of today’s fiction works set during war time may use different names and details but are usually based on actual events and people.  If you want to learn more about those difficult years these books are written on a personal level and will immerse you into the time period in a very readable way.  It’s important as we lose generations to ensure that we don’t forget what it was like, and the sacrifices that were made.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/31/2022)

    The Biblio File
    October 31, 2022

    Have a safe and sp-BOOK-tacular Halloween!  Please note that we will be closed this evening – see you on Tuesday!

    It looks like the library ghost is taking a moment to relax before his busiest night of the year.  He decided this time to leaf through a magazine instead of committing to a novel – after all, he has places to be tonight.  His choice, Bon Appetit is a food and entertaining magazine that contains recipes, entertaining ideas, restaurant recommendations, and wine reviews.  It is new to our shelves.  A little unnerving though – what is he planning on cooking??!  Happy Halloween!

    Anyone else shocked that it’s November tomorrow?  It’s such a nice time to go for a walk…to the library to get your November book pile!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/24/2022)

    The Biblio File
    October 24, 2022

    A change in our system is igniting a change in the way that you will be able to read the Biblio File.  This will be the last Biblio File sent directly to your email.  But fear not!  You will still be able to read it every Monday at 6:00 as always.   Originally you would just follow the link to our website in your email so the only change is now you will access it directly from our website or by pressing the handy new “Read the Biblio File” button on the bottom right corner of our website front page.  Thanks for your patience while we adjust to the new way of things!

    Do you have questions about knitting or crochet?  Are you stuck on a pattern or technique?  Would you like to learn some new skills?  Join us at The Knit Shift in the Library!  This will run the first Thursday of every month from 1:45 – 3:45 p.m., November to May.

    Please join us at the library on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 10:30 am for stories, a craft, playtime and a snack!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/17/2022)

    The Biblio File
    October 17, 2022

    We are excited to announce a special evening storytime!  Join us at the library this Friday, October 21, 2022 at 6:30 for Halloween stories, playtime, a craft and a snack!  Don’t forget to dress up if you want to!  What a perfect opportunity to show off your costumes!  We are looking for some guest readers for this fun evening – if you are interested in reading a story please contact Kaci at

    ** Please note that there will not be a morning story time on this day as originally scheduled.  The next morning story time will take place at 10:30 on Friday, October 28, 2022.

    Often when considering what to highlight in the Biblio File I check the calendar for upcoming special days and events.  Did you know that October 21st is Reptile Awareness Day?  Neither did I.  This got me thinking about the Kratts Brothers DVDs.  Wild Kratts is a live action and animated children’s show, created by the Kratt brothers, Chris and Martin. The show’s aim is to educate children about species, biology, zoology and ecology, and teach kids small ways to make big impacts.   It has ties to the Kratts’ previous shows, Kratt’s Creatures and Zoboomafoo.

    If you haven’t heard of this show, it’s time to watch it.  It’s so well done and trust me – it’s not just for kids – I have learned something from every show I’ve watched.  We have 13 Wild Kratts DVDs at the library – give one a try!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/10/2022)

    The Biblio File
    October 10, 2022

    Happy Thanksgiving!  (The library is closed today)

    Have you ever picked up a book that turns out to be exactly what you needed to read at that time in your life?  Does your child or grandchild have that one special book that will send them to sleep?  What books are you thankful for?

    Have you enjoyed our Story Walk yet?  It begins at the pergola and extends to the point before the marina. There are activities every step of the way to keep kids engaged and entertained.  The current story is The Gruffalo and we hope to change it every 2 months.

    Please scan the QR code at the end of the walk, or email us at with any comments or feedback.  Enjoy!

    It looks like the library ghost has already had his thanksgiving dinner and is eager to move onto Halloween.  This morning Daphne du Maurier’s Classics of the Macabre was waiting on the floor to be discovered.  His choice inspired our new Halloween book display – come by and check it out!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/3/2022)

    The Biblio File
    October 3, 2022

    Happy October!  Storytime at the library will be on Friday, October 7th and Friday, October 21st at 10:30.  There will be stories, games, playtime and a snack.  See you there!

    The 2022 Giller shortlist has been announced.  This award recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction – long format or short stories, with a cash prize of $25,000.00.  The five books that are in competition for the prize this year are:

    Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu

    Stray Dogs by Rawi Hage

    The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr

    We Measure the Earth with our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama

    If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga

    The winner will be picked on November 7, 2022.

    Do you love jigsaw puzzles but are tired of them taking up most of the dining room table?  Does your blood run cold when you hear the quiet thunk of pieces going up the vacuum?   We have puzzles at the library!  Come down and start one or work on an existing one!  Working on a puzzle while surrounded by books on a fall day?  Perfect.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/26/2022)

    The Biblio File
    September 26, 2022

    The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (colloquially known as Orange Shirt Day) was first established as an observance in 2013, as part of an effort to promote awareness and education of the residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century.

    The use of an orange shirt as a symbol was inspired by the accounts of Phyllis Jack Webstad, whose personal clothing—including a new orange shirt—was taken from her during her first day of residential schooling, and never returned. The orange shirt is thus used as a symbol of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children that the residential school system enforced.

    September 30, 2022 is a day that gives us the opportunity to discuss the effects of residential schools and their legacy. It honours the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, celebrates resilience and affirms a commitment that every child matters.


    Please stop by the library and see our Indigenous Voices parent pack, a curated collection of children’s books to raise awareness.

    The library will be closed on Friday, September 30, 2022.

  • Biblio File: Library News (9/19/2022)

    The Biblio File
    September 19, 2022

    The Pinawa Public Library will be closed today, in respect and mourning, for the Queen’s funeral.

    Exciting news!  The library will once again be hosting children’s story time!  Join us Wednesday morning (September 21, 2022) at 10:00 for stories, songs, playtime and a snack.  Story time will be bi-weekly starting on this date.  We look forward to seeing you!  Kaci will be welcoming feedback on days/times that work best for families.

    The autumnal equinox is Thursday, September 22nd.  During the autumnal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get the same amount of rays.

    The Earth spins on a tilted axis as the planet orbits the sun. But twice in the course of that yearlong trip around the sun, the Earth is not inclined toward or away from the sun. Each of those instances is an equinox, which is derived from the Latin words for equal (aequus) and night (nox).

    After the autumnal equinox, the northern hemisphere of the Earth begins to tilt away from the sun, so nights will get longer and days will grow shorter until the winter solstice, which will be on Dec. 21st.

    For ancient societies, the autumnal equinox marked the end of summer and the vernal (or spring) equinox marked the end of winter, which helped people track time-sensitive activity, such as when to plant crops. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the changing colors of the leaves on deciduous trees is actually triggered by the shorter days with reduced amounts of daylight.

    Speaking of trees, did you know that September 21st is National Tree day?  This is a day to celebrate the many benefits that trees provide – clean air, cooler cites, wildlife habitat and connection to nature.  It is celebrated nationally with each province providing a location for a day of tree planting.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/12/2022)

    The Biblio File
    September 12, 2022

    Library lounge update!  We have gotten a great start on our library lounge – which was possible from the generous donations made through the Pinawa Foundation.  We are still working on some details but in the meantime please come down and check out the progress. Relax and read a book, catch up with a neighbour, answer some emails or play a game  – we would love to see you.

    We are happy to announce that as of Tuesday, September 13, 2022 we will once again be open to the public in the mornings!  Our hours will now be:  Mondays 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Tuesday to Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm and 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Fridays 9:00am – 4:00pm, Saturdays Closed, Sundays 1:00-4:00.  Closed stat holiday weekends and Christmas week.

    We are excited to introduce our new library staff!  A huge warm welcome to our students, Mika and Blair and our new Library Assistant, Jennie!  Welcome to the family.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/27/2022)

    The Biblio File
    June 27, 2022

    The biggest of congratulations to the PSS Grads today!!  We wish you the best for your future on whichever path you choose to follow!  Don’t forget to drop in every now and then to tell us what you’ve been up to!

    If you are looking for a relaxing, relatively mosquito free and fully air-conditioned place to hang out this summer look no further.  Come by the PPL and spend some time in our reading areas, leafing through books, magazines, DVDs or just having a visit.  We look forward to seeing you!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/20/2022)

    The Biblio File
    June 20, 2022

    The summer solstice (Tuesday, June 21, 2022) sets off the official start of summer as the Northern Hemisphere angles itself at the point in its orbit closest to the sun, causing the longest day and shortest night of the calendar year. Many cultures, both ancient and modern, celebrate the sunlight with rituals and holidays.  Here at the PPL we choose to celebrate the start of summer with, unsurprisingly, some summer themed books!  Do you have any to add to this list and display?  We always welcome suggestions.

    Normally the library ghost (we assume) browses at night and leaves his choices for us to find in the morning.  He is getting bolder – this book fell off the shelf in the middle of the day and may or may not have caused the lone librarian to jump and utter some choice words under her breath.

    Inspired by a true story, set against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans, The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin is a gripping thriller announcing a major talent in historical crime fiction.

    “New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – The Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him…

    Though every citizen of the ‘Big Easy’ thinks they know who could be behind the terrifying murders, Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot, heading up the official investigation, is struggling to find leads. But Michael has a grave secret – and if he doesn’t find himself on the right track fast – it could be exposed…

    Former detective Luca d’Andrea has spent the last six years in Angola state penitentiary, after Michael, his protégée, blew the whistle on his corrupt behaviour. Now a newly freed man, Luca finds himself working with the mafia, whose need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as the authorities’.

    Meanwhile, Ida is a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, Ida stumbles across a clue which lures her and her trumpet-playing friend, Lewis ‘Louis’ Armstrong, to the case and into terrible danger…

    As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer’s identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city…”


  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/6/2022)

    The Biblio File
    June 6, 2022

    June is National Indigenous History Month. It is a time for all Canadians to reflect on the unique histories, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strengths of our First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples – because only by understanding our past can we hope to create a brighter future.

    National Indigenous History Month invites Indigenous Peoples to celebrate their history in the spirit of pride and preservation. For non-Indigenous Canadians, it is an opportunity to learn and show recognition of the role Indigenous Peoples have played and continue to play in shaping Canada.

    Hometown proud!  Check out these amazing books written by Kimberly Krebs!  Kimberly is the daughter of Susie Krebs (Davidson) and granddaughter of Harley and Fjola Davidson.  You may have heard of her Uncle, Andrew?  This family should be very proud of its successful authors!

    Kimberly’s first book, “Sarah and her BIG Dreams” was inspired by her own BIG dreams of traveling the world and having exciting adventures, and encourages kids to always believe in themselves.

    “Little Monsters” reinforces that having an imagination is wonderful but having a positive imagination is even more magical.

    These books are beautifully written and illustrated and available at the PPL!

    June is Pride Month in Canada. It is a time when we celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ+ communities, while acknowledging their history, the hardships they have endured and the progress that has been made.  Pride Winnipeg is a celebration that has been running since 1987 and celebrates fights, victories and reasons to be proud.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/30/2022)

    The Biblio File
    May 30, 2022

    The library ghost has been relatively inactive for the past few months so he might be making up for lost time by leaving two books on the floor overnight.

    The first is Satori by Don Winslow (2011):

    “It is the fall of 1951, and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu, or “naked kill,” is fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary “proximity sense”-an extra-awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world’s most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him.

    The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: to go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union’s commissioner to China. It’s almost certainly a suicide mission, but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayal while trying to achieve his ultimate goal of satori-the possibility of true understanding and harmony with the world.”

    The second is The Dry by Jane Harper (2016):

    “In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.

    Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.
    But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke’s death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones.”

    If the library ghost’s choices are a bit too serious for your liking then you’ll love this Librarian’s Choice (and book review).

    “I have to admit, unless I’m familiar with the author, I pretty much always choose a book by its cover. Sometimes it’s the colour, sometimes the picture, this time it was neither.  I’m not sure what drew me to this book – maybe it’s because lately people have been talking more about gardens, farm to table, farmers markets, carbon footprint, and living a bit more in harmony with the land.  Regardless of the reason, The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby turned out to be an unexpected treat.  It’s written from the point of view of the four main characters and there are some laugh-out-loud moments that added to the base feeling of wanting to try my luck with self-sufficiency and living off the land.  An unlikely dream, as my gardening efforts tend to end with the sight of the first spider, but it’s nice to imagine.  This book was so fun that I’ve already ordered myself the sequel – The Republic of Dirt.”

    “Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s “run”―in the loosest possible sense of the word―by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned twenty-something New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience. Prudence, who inherited the farm from her uncle, soon discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on Woefield Farm, which means that she has to turn things around, fast. But fear not! She’ll be assisted by Earl, a spry seventy-something, banjo-playing foreman with a distrust of newfangled ideas and a substantial family secret; Seth, the alcoholic, celebrity-blogging boy-next-door who hasn’t left the house since a scandal with his high school drama teacher; and Sara Spratt, a highly organized eleven-year-old looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens, including one particularly randy fellow soon to be christened Alec Baldwin.”





  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/23/2022)

    The Biblio File
    May 23, 2022

    Victoria Day is a federal holiday, celebrated on the last Monday in May preceding the 25th. Initially in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday, it has since been celebrated as the official birthday of Canada’s sovereign.  The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845.

    It is also informally considered to be the beginning of the summer season in Canada.  Did someone say beginning of summer??  Who else is thinking about boating, road trips, spending some time in the sun?  What are your favorite summer/beach reads?  We always appreciate recommendations!

    Did someone say road trip? We are in the process of refreshing our collection of audiobooks, which means that we will have some for sale by donation outside of the library.  Come by and check them out – no need to suffer in silence for all of those miles.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/16/2022)

    The Biblio File
    May 16, 2022

    Please note that the library will be closed Sunday, May 22nd and Monday, May 23rd, 2022 for the Victoria Day long weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 24th at 1:00.  If you are going away for the weekend here are some things to pack: books, sunscreen, umbrella, toque – because in Manitoba in May the only thing you can be sure of is that you’ll never go wrong with a book.

    We are certain that one day, hopefully very soon, we will be able to start thinking about gardening without the worry of frost or snow.  Here at the PPL we have a lot of books and magazines on the subject so while you are patiently waiting out the weather, why not read up on landscape design, vertical gardening, herbs and perennials.  You really do learn something new every day and with all this time to research and plan we predict epic gardens this year!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/9/2022)

    The Biblio File
    May 9, 2022

    The Kimberley Foundation is a charitable organization that actively works to promote a love of learning, to stimulate self-directed curiosity about the world, and to support activities and pursuits that inspire, impact, and facilitate positive, environmentally responsible change in the world.

    “Through their collections, programming, and dedicated people, libraries in small communities bring people together to learn, to reflect, to imagine, and to connect. They allow us to grow in ways un-imagined and provide refuge in times of need. They open the door to the world of ideas, allowing us to converse with history and debate our future.  They support our dreams, open our minds, and give us strength with which to venture into the world.”

    37 new ebooks have been added to our collection (in the elibraries Manitoba section of our website) thanks to the generosity of the Kimberley Foundation.  For a limited time PPL patrons have exclusive access to these books, before they become shared with the Manitoba consortium.

    Pro tip:  For every one ebook you take out, come into the library and take out 5 physical books as well because we love seeing our patrons, talking about books, and discussing the possibility of summer.

    Better late than never!  Due to supply chain issues worldwide we have only just gotten our new reading couch!  This lovely upgrade to the library was made possible by the Pinawa Foundation May Community Project 2021, and all who donated towards it last year.  Please check out their Facebook page and website to see what we are up to this year (hint: grab a book and join us in the patio lounge!)

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/2/2022)

    The Biblio File
    May 2, 2022

    May is Asian Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the historical presence of Asian Canadian communities, their central place in nation building, and the powerful ways in which they continue to participate in Canadian society today.

    Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for us to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage who, throughout our history, have done so much to make Canada the country we know and love.

    The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2022 is, “Continuing a legacy of greatness”. This month is a reminder for all Canadians to come together to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all its forms.

    Sunday May 8th is Mother’s Day! Different types of Moms like different things on this special day.  Food? (books) Flowers? (books) Chocolate? (books) Clothes? (books) The gift of peace and quiet? (to read books) The gift of being surrounded by family? (books).

    Mom can mean different things to different people. Voice of reason, story teller, advice giver, hand holder, shopping buddy, teacher, chef, doctor, artist, therapist, nerve calmer, problem solver, peace keeper, cheerleader, confidant, judge and jury, best friend.  Whatever Mom means to you, it is a gift to cherish and appreciate.