Biblio File

  • Flash Fiction April 19, 2020 (4/19/2020)
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    Flash Fiction
    April 19th, 2020

     

     

    This week, Flash Fiction introduces something new: a virtual field trip! Each week, we invite you to explore new places with us through movies and virtual tours.

     

     

    For our first week’s field trip, a “Night at the Museum” will be fun! Grab some popcorn and your quarantine buddy, and watch Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian the movie, then take a virtual tour of the actual Smithsonian Natural History museum together at: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

    One of the character groups from the movie that you may not know about yet are the Tuskegee airmen. Here’s a quick clip about who they are and why they are important to history at: https://www.doi.gov/video/remembering-tuskegee-airmen

    Who is your favourite person/exhibit from the museum? Take a few moments this week to learn a new fact about them and share it with a person you can’t get away from.

     

     

    As many of you may know, the library has a collection of Maclean’s magazine. We also receive daily newsletters from Maclean’s. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter during social distancing, please email the library and we will forward our newsletters on to you.

     

     

    And now for the story! This week’s flash fiction is the story of a grieving man after the death of his wife, and how he comes to acceptance.

    Possession(s)

    by John Smolens

    When your wife dies you find music tastes different and food sounds the same. You don’t walk, you creep. Some days you crawl. Others, best just to lie still. The closets are full of ghosts. Blouses she wore when she was twenty-six. A denim skirt. Killer dresses. Shoes—heels, pumps, a pair of Capezio tap shoes—entombed in boxes. When you open the closet door her coats hold still, suspecting they’re goners. Threads of memory. She wore this one there, that one here. Every garment a chapter. The clothes of the dead have no future. You could burn them. You could leave them be, decades of sartorial history hanging from a pole sagging with the weight of remembrance. You could cross-dress with a vengeance. Everything Must Go. Not discarded, donated. To the Women’s Shelter, cartons and paper bags and piles of clothes, until the woman behind the counter says they’re overstocked. You’re tempted to take them all back. Who denies the donation of a dead woman’s clothes? The rest to St. Vincent DePaul’s, and there her cottons and linens and rayon blends are added to bins heaped with corduroy and polyester. (But for one satin nightgown that will not be donated.) Until the closets seem empty. Your clothes don’t count—they aren’t you, but just neglected shirts, pants, and jackets. As summer wanes, you open a drawer and find sweaters, scarves, wool hats and gloves. Gear for a woman who understood winter. You send sweaters and shawls and silk scarves to the women and girls in her family. They respond with photographs of ten year old daughters wrapped in blue for the fifth grade’s Colonial Day.

    Still you are possessed by possessions. Even after you dispossess yourself, they turn up in the kitchen drawers and cabinets, where she kept jars of dry goods, beans and grains, future meals. And there, in the freezer, plastic containers: soups, tomato sauce, chilli. Nutritional messages from the afterlife. Hoard them. Defrost only as a last resort. Yet through the winter the freezer becomes as spacious and cold as your heart. By the time you open the last tub, labelled Black Bean Chilli 3/14/10, food no longer has any meaning. It’s no longer an act of love, a gesture of kindness. There is no intimacy in tuna salad or in marinating chicken thighs. It’s embarrassing to recall how often you ate by candlelight; it’s like the satin nightgown tucked away in a drawer you never open. Instead just heat and serve. Just nuke it. Just eat. Overcooked sustenance. When you eat dinner right out of the skillet or pot, the temptation is to glance over your shoulder in shame. No one is watching, except the cookbooks. Shelves of cookbooks, back issues of Gourmet and Bon Appetit, and a three-ring binder stuffed with recipes, a culinary legacy handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter. Recipes written in her short hand, scrolls and waves and loops fetching across the page with an occasional word, a white cap of English. Instructions for future meals, for candlelight dinners, for guests. There are no recipes now, there are no guests; no need for the wedding china, the good tablecloth. Don’t forget Widower’s Rule #1: Never turn down a dinner invitation. You’re the guest now. And after dinner you walk about the house, speaking to the dark. Go ahead, come back and haunt me. Move the book on the table. Slam the bedroom door. Anything, I’m ready. Go ahead, I dare you. Scare me to death. I am ready. The reply is the deepest silence. Yet sometimes you feel her in the silence: nothing moves, no hinges creak, no lights flicker. Just her silence. Fuck you, Stephen Spielberg; death has no special effects. There is no possession, just possessions.

    To break the silence you play music. CDs in horizontal stacks; vertical rows of plastic jewel boxes, never properly alphabetised (as she so often suggested). Songs with melodies, lyrics, choruses, verses, movements, codas. Songs you can’t live without. Songs you’ll never listen to again. Songs you know by heart. Songs you want to forget. Songs you can’t forget. Songs for dinner, for reading, for dancing, for killing a bottle of wine, for making love. Songs to break the silence. Songs against eternal darkness. But one day (maybe) you’ll make a deal with the silence. You’ll sit in her grandparents’ chair and it will only be a chair. Or you could give it away. All of it. Everything. Everything except the stones. She was forever (or so it seemed) gathering beach stones. She’d return from a beach with her coat pockets sagging, doing her best Virginia Woolf. Round stones, egg-shaped stones, disk-shaped stones, stones ground smooth by water and time. Stones from England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Cape Cod. Stones stored in shoe boxes, in plastic bags, in bowls; clusters of stones distributed about the house like incense. She liked the look of them, the feel of them, rattling in her palm. You could get rid of it all, but not the stones. You could walk on them, sleep on them, sit on them, eat off of them. Your house would be silent, filled with stones. You would have solitude. You would not be alone. You would have the stones.

  • Flash Fiction April 12, 2020 (4/12/2020)
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    Flash Fiction
    April 12, 2020

     

     

    The flash fiction stories continue! This week, Pinawa author Mike Luke shares his flash fiction story featuring a character some of you might recognize: Colin Therman. If any of you decide to try your hand at flash fiction and would like to share, email the Pinawa Public Library and we’ll feature it as our flash fiction story of the week!

     

     

    The library might be closed, but we’re continuing to look for new ways to stay connected with our patrons. Through our websites we have access to Tumblebooks until August (for free!), including Tumblebooks for kids, Tumblemath, teen books, audio books and adult romance books. And for those patrons who love Harry Potter or know people that do, for the month of April, J.K. Rowling has granted patrons access to Harry Potter at Home, an online learning resource, including free access to audio books.

     

     

    This week’s flash fiction story features fictional Pinawa investigator Colin Therman as he brings joy to an old friend during Covid-19.

     

    The Quartet

    By Mike Luke

     

    Officially it was the Retired Gentlemen’s Club, although it wasn’t really a club and there was nothing official about it. In fact the members – all six of them – referred to it, to themselves, as the Old Farts, although usually not with capital letters. They met every Thursday morning at the Pinawa Club for coffee and blather. They were all men, although in their view there was nothing stopping women joining if they wanted. They had nothing against women, quite the opposite, and one woman had sat with them for a while but she’d stopped coming after a few sessions, much to their disappointment, complaining that all they talked about was sports and who had died. It’s true that they did pour over obituaries perhaps more than was healthy. Possibly it was a form of survivor’s guilt as they thought about what so and so had been like when he was young and active and wondered how it was that he was dead and they were still alive.

    Colin Therman didn’t belong to the club although one of his friends had asked him on several occasions if he’d like to come along but in each case Colin had demurred. It’s true that officially he was retired. He’d had a celebration about it, planned to take up a couple of new hobbies but he seemed unable to turn down contracts that kept coming up, or, just on his own initiative, solving small mysteries. By now his wife Linda was getting exasperated with him. One or two of the jobs had certainly had elements of danger about them. “Retired means retired!” she kept telling him, but it turned out he was very poor at saying no or resisting his own inclination to fix things. So in his mind he didn’t qualify to be a member of the group: not only was he not really retired, he wasn’t sure he was a gentleman either, and he certainly didn’t consider himself a fart, old or otherwise.

    Of course, now that that nasty thing with 30000 nucleosides was infecting and sometimes killing creatures with several billion of them, meeting at the Club, or anywhere for that matter, was out. The Library was closed, the Community Centre and Vanier Centres also, shopping was awkward, strangers were a threat, you couldn’t get a slot for Walmart or Superstore curb-side pick-up to save your life and now the final straw was the closing of the Ironwood trail, supposedly because some yahoos didn’t practice social distancing. It was a bitter blow for everyone and Colin felt it deeply.

    One of the traditions of this group of old guys was to celebrate each other’s birthday. Usually that meant that brandy or some other high ethanol content drink would be poured surreptitiously into the coffee and there’d usually be a cake from Solo with candles – just a few – no point rubbing it in. Cigars unfortunately were out. This year, March 29 was Gerald’s turn, only of course getting together anywhere was potentially life threatening, maybe even illegal, with the threat of asymptomatic carriers, community transmission and other terms not normally present in ordinary conversation.

    Still, Gerald was turning 80 and they all agreed in their emails that it was important to recognize and celebrate the occasion. The problem was nobody knew what to do. How do you celebrate a birthday when getting together was hazardous to your health and would gain the disapproval of nosy neighbours?

    Most of the members, although not all, had an aversion to Facebook and Twitter or any kind of technology of that sort, so they backed and forth via telephone, email and the occasional text until finally one of them came up with a plan. A couple of them didn’t think they could do it, claimed to lack the necessary skill, although that was considered by the others just to be an excuse. One member said he would just embarrass himself and was told in no uncertain terms that it wasn’t about him it was about Gerald.

    Well of course the day came as days have a habit of doing, and it turned out that only three of them could make it. It need a fourth, one for each corner of Gerald’s house Colin was told in the last-minute phone call. Once again Colin’s inability to say no came to the rescue.

    It had snowed the day, before much to everyone’s irritation. It was supposed to be spring but winter is a long-term resident in Manitoba and always has its bags packed ready to visit the province. Now the sun was out and the snow was already subliming and melting. As they approached Gerald’s house they took care to maintain a good separation. Each of them took up position at one corner of the house near a window so that all four quadrants were occupied. Then one of them called Gerald and told him to open his windows. When he had done so, on a signal they all began:

    “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Gerald, Happy Birthday to you.”

    It wasn’t a chorus that would have won acclaim at any music gathering, but it did the job and that was all that mattered. Each of them had brought a balloon and they now released them, watched them drift away in the breeze, waved at Gerald who beamed back at them from inside the house and then made their way separately and safely back home.  Colin thought to himself, smiling in satisfaction at what they had done, that when things returned to normal, if there ever would be such a thing as normal again, that maybe, just maybe he’d drop by one Thursday morning and join in the conversation. Until then, well maybe he’d practice his singing.

  • Flash Fiction April 5, 2020 (4/5/2020)
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    Flash Fiction
    April 5, 2020

    The library remains closed, so we are trying something new!  For now, to keep us connected, and to satisfy the need for stories, we will be replacing the Biblio File with a Flash Fiction story for you to read.

    Flash Fiction stories are stories that are less than 1,000 words long and can typically be read in a couple of minutes. You might have heard it described as “micro-fiction,” “postcard fiction,” or “napkin fiction,” due to its length.

    Our first flash fiction story is about the power of friendship and siblings, even after a disagreement.

    Three is a Rational Number

    by Michele Finn Johnson

    Lola’s lost her rational numbers worksheet. She’s got the whole school bus looking for it —when Lola says to do something, it’s like she’s an orchestra conductor and we all just fall in line.

    “For God’s sake, people, it was here a second ago. Look a little harder.” Lola’s golden ponytail flops side to side as she paces the aisle. She taps Billy Maguire on the top of his head. “What? You give up already?”

    Billy Maguire is the goon of Darby Junior High. He’s easily a head taller than me. I stand up and start toward them; sometimes it’s no fun being Lola’s twin brother. My stomach’s cramping into a raisin, but then I see Maguire rip a sheet out of his spiral notebook.

    “I copied mine for you,” he says.

    Lola combs over Maguire’s sheet as if she’s grading it or might even reject it. I’m certain her original homework was wrong because she copied off of mine and I’m an algebraic head case. Billy Maguire’s a goon, but Billy Maguire is also the smartest kid in the seventh grade. That’s how I know life isn’t fair. Lola folds Maguire’s offering into her training bra and plops down next to him. I taste this morning’s Cheerios backing up in my throat.

     

    Typical day now. Lola and Maguire are holding hands at the bus stop. It’s 7:45 AM, which makes it even grosser.

    My best friend, Seegs, is obsessed with two things—Soldier of Fortune 3 and sex. He points at Lola and Maguire. “How far do you think they’ve gone?”

    I think about decking Seegs, but he’s a compulsive nose bleeder. It’s messy, and a weird part of him loves the taste of blood. “That’s my sister, you perv.”

    Everything I know about sex I’ve learned from Seegs. He knows practically nothing, but his brother told him stuff and he’s at State College. It’s sick to think about Maguire, his monster lips and hands oozing over my sister. Or maybe more. From the pictures Seegs showed me, the whole thing looks pretty impossible. Like winning a game of Soldier of Fortune 3 against Seegs.

    “Yeah,” Seegs says. “But do you think he’s gotten into her bra?”

    According to Seegs’ brother, once you get under the girl’s bra, you’re home free. I tried to talk to Lola about it the other night; I asked her if Maguire was behaving himself, which sounded cornball the second I said it. Lola gave me an eye roll, the one she usually gives Mom or Dad when they turn off a PG-13 movie because it’s ‘too risqué.’ I don’t blame her. I sounded like a freaking pilgrim.

    The school bus pulls up, and Lola and Maguire are the first to climb in. They prefer the first bench, the one everyone has to pass when they board. Maguire’s cronies slap him a high five as they walk by. Lola glows with her new secrets.

     

    It’s official—I’m rocking a solid C minus in algebra. Lola is pulling straight As, and Mom looks mystified as she posts Lola’s successes on the front of our fridge.

    I elbow Lola as she reaches for the milk. “Those are Maguire’s ‘As’ you know.”

    “Try and keep up,” she says. The way she laughs reminds me of Maguire and his friends, their roars that pierce all of us outcast gamers.

    After dinner, we sit at the kitchen table and do our homework like we have since we were six. Lola leaves after half an hour, and when I look at her algebra papers, I can see she’s barely touched them. Why does algebra matter so much—does it really develop real-world problem-solving skills? Lola seems to be solving all sorts of things by herself without even touching this stuff.

     

    Two months later. Lola bolts to the back of the bus, waving at Seegs and me.

    “Let me in,” she yells.

    She oreos herself in between us and grabs both of our hands. She’s pale, like the time our family went snorkeling and a school of stingrays circled around her.

    Maguire marches back to us.

    “I guess she doesn’t want you that bad,” one of his goonies yells.

    Lola squeezes my hand hard. “He made me touch it,” she whispers, loud enough that Seegs hears her too.

    Seegs and I stand up in the aisle, blocking Maguire from Lola. He opens his mouth and I want to rip into his A+ teeth, deliver an overdue slap.

    “I suppose she told you,” Maguire says.

    Yes, he towers over me and yes he’s a goon, but the thing is, there’s guilt in the way he says this—I suppose she told you—guilt mixed with something else—fear maybe—and standing here in the aisle of the Darby Junior High school bus, I can almost smell the lack of confidence that Maguire is oozing, like the stingrays probably sensed in Lola. There’s a sudden turn—I’m the stingray now—and I think I can actually solve this equation: boy + girl + twin brother + screw-up = trouble for boy! I’m a rational, problem-solving genius! I’m so wrapped up in the euphoria of solving teenage algebra that I barely notice Seegs push Maguire back up the aisle, or Maguire’s reverse charge and head-butt to Seegs. The bus erupts in roars and cheers. The bus driver is yelling and pulls over to the curb. Seegs’ nose drips blood like he’s been hit by a ghoul engine in Soldier of Fortune, but he is smiling. Blood streaks his teeth. Lola flips through her backpack, looking for tissues or a gym sock, something to sop up Seegs’ blood, but all she can come up with is a crumpled piece of paper. A rational numbers worksheet. I can make out xs and ys and squiggles, Lola’s sub-par handwriting. She rips the worksheet into strips and rolls a couple of plugs for Seegs’ nostrils.

    Maguire just stands there and stares at all of us for a long while. I wonder if he sees what I do—a girl who drinks Coke through cherry rope licorice, her crooked-scowling brother who has 33 teeth crammed into 32 sockets, a bloody action hero best friend who has overdue C-minus quality math homework stuffed up his nose; a trio that makes no sense; a problem that no one like Maguire will ever be able to solve.

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

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    The Biblio File
    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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    The Biblio File
    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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    The Biblio File
    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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    The Biblio File
    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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    The Biblio File
    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:

    https://bookgivingday.com/2020/01/20/2020-bookgivingday-bookmarks-bookplates/

    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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    The Biblio File
    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 https://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/meet-the-canada-reads-2020-contenders-1.5433115

    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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    The Biblio File
    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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    The Biblio File
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.