Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/16/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 16, 2018

    English patient

    The Golden Man Booker prize is a special one-off award to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the prize.  It crowns the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public. The winner was The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

    Set in 1945, The English Patient explores the lives of four very disparate war torn people, a young woman and three men, who take refuge in a damaged villa north of Florence as the war retreats around them. In an upstairs room lies the badly burned English patient, alive but unable to move. His extraordinary adventures and turbulent love affair in the North African desert before the war provide the focus around which the vivid tales of his companions revolve. His very presence will forever change the destiny of those around him.


    The Pinawa Public Library will be at the town market in the Pinawa Community Centre on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 11:00-3:00.  There will be huge bargains like a bag of books for mere pocket change!  We will also have our “Good as New” books for sale, and a book raffle.  Make sure to stop by and see us while browsing all of the amazing indoor and outdoor vendors.  Shop local!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/2/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 2, 2018

    new in the library

    What’s new in the library?  Lois!  Well, maybe not new but we are happy to announce that Lois Bernardin will be our new Head Librarian starting on July 3, 2018!  We are very excited to welcome Lois to this new role and look forward to all of her ideas and enthusiasm!


    The Guardian Weekly is an internationally focused newspaper based in London, UK. It is one of the world’s oldest international newspapers and has readers in more than 170 countries. The June 15, 2018 edition had an interesting article about the survival and importance of public libraries.  An article in the May 15, 2018 edition quotes a refugee fleeing from political unrest in 1992 “A library card was the first thing that I had ever owned.  I still have that card in my wallet today.” Besides the excellent opinions regarding books and libraries, you will also find cover to cover world news and interest stories.  The Guardian Weekly is donated to the library by patron Dorothy Walker. You will find a stack of them on our coffee table in the reading area.



  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/25/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    June 25, 2018

    June 25th thank you pic (1)

    What a turn out!  The library would like to say a big thank you to all of the people that came out on Friday to help Marg celebrate her retirement!

    And speaking of “thank yous” we can’t thank Marg enough from the patrons, volunteers and staff.  The sheer volume of people in the library for Marg’s celebration reflects her contribution to the community.  Marg is well known for being super helpful and going above and beyond the call of duty.  She is always at the desk with a smile and ready help. She will drop everything to help find a book, research a project, train and impart the wisdom of 19+ years on the job, or show someone the insider tricks to using the printer!  She’s been known to be a mobile library on occasion and pick up or deliver books around town.  Marg will be missed at the library and we wish her the absolute best on her retirement!  Enjoy your time Marg!

    June 25th July long pic

    Please note that the library will be closed Sunday, July 1, 2018 and Monday, July 2, 2018 for the July long weekend.  Don’t forget your sunscreen…and books!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/18/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    June 18, 2018


    “I’m practically immobile.  I’m so lucky.  I can spend my time reading.”

    This patron, while packing up her new books for the week, was sparkling with happiness, enthusiasm and positivity.  After being rendered temporarily speechless and writing down her comment for future reference, a few thoughts came to mind.  First and foremost was that a large majority of us need a reminder to be grateful for what we have. Secondly, your attitude can have such a profound effect on how much you enjoy your life.  It also brought to mind how much libraries and books can mean to people.  Libraries are often a meeting place – to visit, knit, work on a puzzle, spend time with your kids and grand-kids, watch a slide-show or talk to an author.  Libraries can offer a cozy haven to read, relax, talk to an old friend or make a new one.  Books provide entertainment, knowledge and an escape to different worlds.  Libraries are so much more than just books!

    retirement 1

    Please join us at the Pinawa Public Library on Friday, June 22, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to help our fearless leader, Marg Stokes, celebrate her retirement after 19 years as the Head Librarian.  Refreshments will be served.  Everyone welcome!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/4/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    June 4, 2018

    Seedling with fresh leaves grows in between stack of multicolored hardcover books. Shot for intellectual growth concept.The photo was taken with medium format camera Hasselblad in studio.Nobody is seen in frame.

    It’s time to put away the wool socks and break out the sunscreen.  June is the perfect time to start making your summer reading list.  Come visit us at the library – we can help!


    The Booker Prize Foundation has launched the Golden Man Booker Prize to mark their 50th anniversary. This special one-off award will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public.

    The Golden Man Booker will put all 51 winners – which are all still in print – back under the spotlight, to discover which of them has stood the test of time, remaining relevant to readers today.

    Five judges have been appointed to read the winning novels from each decade of the prize and choose what, in his or her opinion, is the best winner from that particular decade then champion their choice against the others.

    The five books will then be put to a month-long public vote from May 26, 2018 to June 25, 2018 on the Man Booker Prize website to decide the overall winner, announced at the Man Booker 50 Festival on 8 July 2018.

    The Golden Five are:

    From the 1970s – In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul

    From the 1980s – Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

    From the 1990s – The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

    From the 2000s – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

    From the 2010s – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

    Who do you think will take the crown?


  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/28/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    May 28, 2018

    Retirement cake

    It’s the end of an era.  Marg Stokes is retiring.  Marg started as a volunteer at the library in the early 90s, moved to working 2 evenings per week and then took over the role of Head Librarian which she has done for the last 19 years.

    Please join us on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 at the library to help Marg celebrate.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.  Mark your calendars!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/21/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    May 21, 2018

    Victoria Day

    For some, Victoria Day, or “Celebration of the Queen” is a sign that summer is just around the corner.

    The holiday, which is only celebrated in Canada and Scotland, began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday. The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on Victoria’s actual birthday (May 24, 1819). At that time it was celebrated with picnics, parades, tournaments, fireworks and cannon salutes.  When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Canada’s parliament officially named the holiday Victoria Day.  It continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country, but probably with less cannons.


    On our New shelves you will find Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin.  Drawing on Victoria’s diaries as well as her own gift for history and drama, Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/14/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    May 14, 2018

    random acts

    May 16, 2018 is Conscious Kindness day!  Random acts of kindness are an easy way to spread happiness, gratefulness, and fun across the community.  Surprise friends, family, co-workers and even total strangers with small acts of kindness.  Let’s strive to make kindness day every day.

    new books

    So far this month we have added 35 books to our New and “new to us” shelves.  A small sampling includes Deep Freeze by John Sandford and Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen in crime, An Irish Country Practice by Patrick Taylor and Enemy of the State by Vince Flynn in Fiction, Suitcase of Stars and Compass of Dreams by P.D. Baccalario in Junior Fiction, and 6 new books for children from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection that cover topics on how to keep safe. For Potter fans of all ages, we have just added The Chamber of Secrets, the illustrated edition, which is full of amazing artwork.


    Blast from the past alert!  We have recently acquired The Happy Cooker, a collection of recipes compiled by the Pinawa Home Ec. Club circa 1980!  Flip through the recipes and perhaps see some familiar faces as well.

    long weekend

    Please note that the library will be closed for the May long weekend, re-opening Tuesday, May 22nd.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/7/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    May 7, 2018

    mental health

    Reading is an excellent way to escape the stresses of everyday life, and to relax into a different world for a while.  It is also a great way to access information to help make informed decisions and obtain knowledge for yourself or others.

    Statistics show that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health or addiction problem during their lifetime.  Mental Health Awareness Week is May 7-13, 2018. The focus is on promoting mental well-being and encouraging help-seeking behaviours through awareness and educational resources.  Libraries are an excellent resource and we have many books on a selection of related topics including stress, depression, anxiety, suicide, addiction, mood and eating disorders, life after trauma, and recovery.


    Don’t forget to join us at the library on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Young Adult author, Vikki VanSickle will be talking about her new adventure book, The Winnowing.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/30/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 30, 2018


    Can you help us?  The Pinawa Public Library would like to purchase a digital projector for library presentations involving pictures and video.  Our current projector is unreliable and obsolete.  The projector we have selected is the Epson 760HD.  The purchase price, including tax, is approximately $800.  If you would like to help us fund this purchase, please make cheques payable to the Pinawa Foundation, dated for May 2018, and marked “Pinawa Public Library”.  Cheques can be dropped off at the LGD office.  During the month of May, any funds raised will be increased by 20% by the Foundation.


    Young Adult author, Vikki VanSickle will be at the library on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

    Join us to meet the author and hear all about her page-turning adventure, The Winnowing. This event is sponsored by TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Everyone welcome!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/23/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 23, 2018

    Walking book

    We are cautiously optimistic that spring is finally here!  It’s time to get out there and enjoy some fresh air while seeking those patches of possibly greening grass.  Did you know that the library has pole walking kits and pedometers that can be checked out like books?  The pole kit includes 2 walking poles with palm straps, 2 beach or trail baskets, 2 road feet, 2 trail feet and laminated instruction guides.  Safety first – don’t read and walk! Audiobooks are okay…

    It’s a busy week at the Pinawa Public Library!  Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:45 for the last evening story time of the season, and on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 for Diane Loesch’s slide show and talk about her trip to East Africa.  Everyone is welcome to both of these events!


    With all of the news and events to report lately, the ongoing list of some of our new and newly added books hasn’t been featured.  Please make sure to go to our website, and “search our catalogue” to see the most recent 100 books added.  The list is ever changing!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/16/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 16, 2018


    The library would like to welcome our two new part-time Librarian Assistants – Nikki O’Connor and Denise Van den Bussche. Both come with a plethora of library experience and we are thrilled to have them aboard!


    Mark your calendars for 7:00p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  Diane Loesch will be at the library to present a one-hour slide show and talk about her trip to East Africa.  Everyone welcome!

    We now have copies of all five Canada Reads 2018 contenders in the library.  These include The Boat People by Sharon Bala, American War by Omar El Akkad, Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson, The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline and the winner of the debate, Forgiveness, by Mark Sakamoto.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/9/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 9, 2018


    Best wishes to Audrey Miller who, after 19 years of service to the Pinawa Public Library, retired on Friday, April 6, 2018.  Enjoy your family time, crafting and all of the other activities that retirement brings.

    The last evening story time for the 2017-2018 school year will be on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:45.  The theme will be “mythical creatures” and will include stories, rhymes, songs and a snack.  Please join us for this fun evening!

    Canada Reads is an annual “Survivor” competition for books, organized and broadcast by the CBC.  Five celebrities champion five different books, each extolling the merits of one of the titles.  The debate is broadcast over a series of 5 programs and at the end of each episode panelists vote one title “off the island.” At the end of the competition only one book remains and it is billed as the book that all of Canada should read.  The publisher of the winning title donates a portion of all sale proceeds from the winning book to a charitable organization working in the field of literacy.

    This year the winning book was Forgiveness: A Gift from my Grandparents by Mark Sakamoto. From the summary:

    When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Like many young Canadian soldiers, Ralph was captured by the Japanese army. He would spend the war in prison camps, enduring pestilence, beatings and starvation, as well as a journey by hell ship to Japan to perform slave labour, while around him his friends and countrymen perished. Back in Canada, Mitsue and her family were expelled from their home by the government and forced to spend years eking out an existence in rural Alberta, working other people’s land for a dollar a day.

    By the end of the war, Ralph emerged broken but a survivor. Mitsue, worn down by years of back-breaking labour, had to start all over again in Medicine Hat, Alberta. A generation later, at a high school dance, Ralph’s daughter and Mitsue’s son fell in love.

    Although the war toyed with Ralph’s and Mitsue’s lives and threatened to erase their humanity, these two brave individuals somehow surmounted enormous transgressions and learned to forgive. Without this forgiveness, their grandson Mark Sakamoto would never have come to be.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/2/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 2, 2018

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    April showers bring … a guilt-free reason to curl up on the couch and read a book.  Or listen to a book!

    At the library we have over 150 audio books.  These are great for passing time while travelling, or doing chores.  Another option – relax with a cup of tea while someone reads to you- what a great way to spend a few hours.

    For those who enjoy our audio books – do you have any suggestions for something new to add to our collection?  What would you like to see on our shelves?  Drop in and pass your thoughts along to the librarian or fill out one of our “Suggestion Box” forms.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/26/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 26, 2018

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    What’s everyone doing for Spring Break?  Whether you are going somewhere hot (or are still somewhere hot!), staying home or going on a road trip, the one thing you will need is a stack of books!

    The library will be open regular hours during spring break, but closed Friday, March 30, 2018 through Sunday, April 1, 2018 for the Easter weekend.

    Some of the new books for March include: The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and The Midnight Gang by David Walliams in Junior Fiction, Getaway by Nora Roberts, Looking for a Hero by Debbie Macomber and Pharoah, The Tiger’s Prey and War Cry by Wilbur Smith in Fiction.  New to Non-Fiction are Sons & Soldiers by Bruce Henderson, and The Home that was our CountryA Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek, and in Crime, Boundary: The Last Summer by Andree A. Michaud and Need You Dead by Peter James.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/19/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 19, 2018

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    Stephen William Hawking, born on January 8, 1942, was a brilliant English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Directory of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

    Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neuron disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease that gradually paralyzed him over the decades.  Even after the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially though the use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.

    Stephen Hawking was one of the most beloved scientists of his generation, not only for his intellect, but for his wit and humour.  He died on March 14, 2018 at the age of 76.

    In the library we have A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (and the reader’s companion book), A Briefer History of Time, The Grand Design, The Universe in a Nutshell and The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants:  The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy by Stephen Hawking.   We also have Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and George’s Secret Key to the Universe, a Junior Fiction adventure novel by Stephen and his daughter Lucy.




  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/12/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 12, 2018

    spring ahead book

    Did you remember to spring forward?  It may be jumping the gun, but why not come by and flip through one of our many books or magazines about gardening.  It’s time to start thinking in green!

    A few new adult DVDs have been added over the last week including Catch a Fire, Fair Game, National Treasure, Super 8, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Way Back and the complete remastered collection of Fawlty Towers (374 minutes of John Cleese anyone?)


  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/5/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 5, 2018


    Is anyone else excited that it’s March?  What do longer days mean?  More hours to read!

    On the librarian desk we have two new pamphlets.  “The elementary safety book for children” highlights what to do in an emergency, fire, boat, water, electrical, street and internet safety (to name a few), and “Drug facts for young people” that touches on peer influences, role models, drugs and alcohol, risks and choices.  Both are free for the taking and set up in a fun, easy to read cartoon layout.

    The latest 10 books added to our “NEW” shelves are:

    Munich by Robert Harris, The Seeds of Life by Edward Dolnick, Wolf Nation by Brenda Peterson, The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich, Churchill & Orwell by Thomas E. Ricks, Perfect Remains by Helen Fields, Life & Death of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan, The Switch by Joseph Finder, He Said She Said by Erin Kelly and No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein.

    For a full list of the most recent 100 books added, check, “search our catalogue”.  Or better yet, stop in, have a coffee and take a stroll through the shelves – what better way to spend an almost spring afternoon or evening.

    Late breaking news flash!  Afternoon story time will return to the Pinawa Public Library starting Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2:15 p.m.  Join us for stories, songs, snacks and a simple craft.  Sponsored by Grassroots.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/26/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    February 26, 2018


    February 25 to March 3, 2018 is Freedom to Read week.  This is an annual event that is celebrated by libraries across Canada.  It encourages Canadians to think about their right to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Although it feels like it should be a given, freedom to read can never be taken for granted – schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves.  Go to to learn more about this, and to see a list of 100 works that have been challenged in recent decades.

    Since February 1, 2018 we have added 120 books to our NEW shelves!  I wonder if any have made the list?


    Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:45 for a fun evening story time! Wear your jammies, bring your favourite stuffed toy and settle in for some stories and a bedtime snack.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/19/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    February 19, 2018

    Stuffed animals reading

    Mark your calendar for our “Stuffed animal sleepover” on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:45!  This fun evening will be hosted by Nikki O’Connor and special guest readers.  Wear your jammies, bring your favorite stuffy and join us for stories and a bedtime snack.  This event is sponsored by Grassroots.

    Lyn Ewing has read and recommends Metis Beach by Claudine Bourbonnais. “This was an amazing read – written by a woman but told from the point of view of a young man.  I couldn’t put it down.” She also recommends Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  Lyn picked up this fantasy novel by mistake and thought “why not?”  It turns out she was gripped from the beginning.  “A great read.  You’ll want to know what happens next.”  Thanks for the recommendations Lyn!

    The other day a patron came in and checked out a number of children’s books.  We inquired if the grandchildren were coming for a visit but it turns out that she reads to them over Skype.  What a great idea!  That’s fun for the grandparents and kids and gives the parents a break as well.