Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/11/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 11, 2019

    Did you remember to change your clocks?  Moving the clocks forward gives us hope that spring might actually arrive, and gives us more evening light to read by! We have been busy cataloguing new (and new to us) books – stop by and check them out!

    Thank you to Tanis Thomas for this review of The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.   Tanis and her daughter both read and enjoyed this book.

    “Cherie Dimaline has written a strong story set in a dystopian future on Turtle Island (North America) that masterfully weaves contemporary and historical Indigenous culture and realities into a tale suitable for audiences ranging from teen to adult readers. While the main theme of the story is survival in a dark future, the message is one of hope, love, and humanity in the face of overwhelming challenges.  The protagonist, Frenchie, is a young man searching for his family and a sense of home with the survivors he encounters during his arduous journey “North” where Indigenous people are heading as they are being hunted by the government.  Without giving away too much of the story, there is heartbreak and joy experienced on his path, and in the end he learns about the meaning of strength, bravery, truth, and the will to live in a good way.  Overall, I think this is a great read for anyone interested in science fiction, Canada’s history, and the ongoing struggle for basic rights and equality that Indigenous people in our country face today.  It is a story that leaves this reader with a desire to learn more about Canadians shared history and future and to take action to help make the world a better place.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/4/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 4, 2019

    When you think of a library, what comes to mind?  Do you imagine a quiet dusty place with severe looking employees just waiting to shush you?   Or do you picture a warm, welcoming place with comfy couches and chairs where you can laugh, chat, knit, work on a puzzle, read, do homework, scroll through your phone or just relax?

    Libraries are for people. We are enlisting your help to break the old library stereotype.  We want the word library to invoke a feeling of friendly fun and relaxation for people of all ages – with the added bonus of books, magazines and movies.

    Is there a chance that March might mean warmer temperatures and some melting snow?  It could go either way.  Don’t take the chance of being snowed in with no books!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/25/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    February 25, 2019

    We love reviews of our books!  Thank you to Jackie and Mike for your feedback.

    “Mike and I began reading The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada two weeks ago. We’ll be returning the four-volume set to the library shortly, but we feel we still have so much to learn from them.

    The first volume is full of maps which themselves are full of so much information we feel we haven’t absorbed everything we should. The other three volumes of the Atlas focus on Indigenous peoples – First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

    The volumes on each people are so accessible. They consist of articles that take up two pages and are written by many different authors. The topics are wide-ranging and current. We have learned about housing, relationship with the land, traditions, sport, language, education, and many other topics. On top of all the information in the text, there are many wonderful photographs of people, events, art, and history. And at the bottom of the pages there is a timeline highlighting events of importance for each people.

    We’ll be returning the volumes to the library soon because we want other people to have a turn with these books and their invaluable information. But we know that we’ll go back to reading them again and again, along the path to reconciliation towards which they point us. A great addition to our library!”

    Drop into the library on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 1:30 – volunteers will be here to help you with any questions about your device.  This event opportunity is offered by Two Rivers.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/18/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    February 18, 2019

    Never take your freedom to read for granted.  February 24 to March 2, 2019 is Freedom to Read Week.  Canadians have long tried to remove books and magazines that they deem offensive, or inappropriate for certain audiences, from public libraries and schools. Sometimes they have succeeded and sometimes they have failed.  Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  At the library we have a list of 30 title targets in recent decades in Canada.  Some of them may surprise you.  To see the list go to:

    Please join us at the library on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:00 for an evening story time featuring Fairy Tales.  There will be stories, songs, and a bedtime snack.  This event is sponsored by Grassroots. Everyone welcome!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/11/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    February 11, 2019

    People leaf through books for various reasons.  Maybe they are trying to get an idea of the plot, whether it might interest them.  Perhaps they are looking for beautiful photography or were just captured by the cover artwork.  At the library we are always skimming though suggestions, book lists, top ten lists, boxes of incoming new book orders and donations.  Sometimes though, you find something in a book that is unexpected and it makes you stop and pause.  We recently received a donation of a book documenting a natural disaster.  It detailed loss of homes, lives, pets and spirit.  It also spoke of community, people coming together to help others, of hope and recovery.  Inside the front cover was hand written “Let us never forget that family and friends are the most valuable things in life.”  Life is busy. Every now and then we all need a reminder.

    The library will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 for Family Day.  Put down the to-do list, close the door to the laundry room/garage/basement (insert distracting room of choice) and enjoy some time with the people you care about.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/28/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    January 28, 2019

    The 2nd annual Whiteshell Winter Arts Festival will be held February 9-10, 2019.  The Pinawa Public Library is proud to be a part of this event.  On Saturday the 9th from 2:00-3:00 p.m., we will host author Gordon Goldsborough. He will talk about his book, More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails, and Ruins.  Goldsborough’s first book, Abandoned Manitoba, was a huge success when published in 2016 and became the top selling non-fiction book of the year in Manitoba.  His second book features more abandoned sites throughout the province.  Mr. Goldsborough spends most of his evenings, weekends, and summers exploring and documenting abandoned places in Manitoba and researching and writing about their histories.  Many old buildings and sites are being torn down and with each one a piece of history is lost.  He “wants to make Manitobans proud of the history they have”, and is providing an invaluable service to the province by making this detailed record of its past.

    Super cold days are made for books.  Venture out and pick up a stack for the week – we have coffee and couches!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/21/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    January 21, 2019

    Need any help navigating your device? Join us at the library on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 for an unstructured get together to learn a little more about what our electronics can do for us.

    We are slowly going through our Junior Fiction books to see what’s current, what’s classic and what’s missing.  If you have any suggestions for must-haves in this collection please let us know.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/14/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    January 14, 2019

    Do you have a vacation planned this winter?  A hot destination? A winter getaway?  Or maybe just a “staycation” enjoying some time at home.  None of these would be complete without a stack of good reading.  Whether it’s ebooks for the traveler than needs extra room in their carry-on, or for those that like to see a “TBR” stack on the coffee table – come see us at the library – we can help!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/7/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    January 7, 2019

    Did anyone make a list of resolutions for the year?  How about a new twist on an old tradition…a list of reading resolutions!  Is there a classic that you’ve always felt you should read?  A book that everyone talks about but you just nod and smile?  Think about making a list of books to tackle this year – divide by genre, interest, book cover color?  Whatever works for you.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/31/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    December 31, 2018

    Have a safe and happy new year!

    Did you read all of your books over the holidays??  Have no fear … we re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/24/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    December 24, 2018

    Happy holidays from the Pinawa Public Library!

    We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/10/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    December 10, 2018

    William D. Valgardson is an Icelandic Canadian fiction writer and poet.  In an interview on April 7, 2008 he not only mentions Pinawa, but the library as well, so of course this needs to be brought to everyone’s attention.

    “When I went to teach in Pinawa, a very important thing happened. I was in the library one day and I came across a book by an author I’d never heard of before named Al Purdy. It was Cariboo Horses. Every writer I’ve talked to has had this kind of experience where they have suddenly been given permission to be Canadian. And Al Purdy did that for me with Cariboo Horses. For the first time I realized I didn’t have to be T.S. Eliot or Ernest Hemingway. I didn’t have to be an Englishman or an American. It was okay to write like a Canadian with Canadian content.  As a Canadian, what I had to say and what I had to talk about were important. It was like a logjam bursting. At university we had only studied English and American literature, so there was a whole denial of who you were.”

    Mr. Valgardson taught English at Pinawa Secondary School (then Pinawa Collegiate) in the late ‘60s.

    We have 8 of his books in our Home Grown section.  In Valhalla’s Shadows is his most recent publication.


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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    December 3, 2018


    What is EBSCOhost?  It’s an online research platform used by thousands of institutions and millions of users worldwide.  Having car trouble?  Need help with a home improvement project?  Need access to quality research sites, information and journals?  All on EBSCOhost.  Looking for a new book to read?  Novelist Plus on EBSCO host can help you choose.  You can search by age group, genre, or even the mood of book you are looking for where drop-down boxes let you choose your own “appeal mix”.  This amazing site is available for use by our library patrons.  You can access it at the library or at home – just drop in/call and ask for the password.


    Have you ever wondered what makes librarians (and book lovers) cringe?  Maybe cry a little?  Here’s a few of our top cringe-worthy horrors to never, ever do:

    Don’t make notes in, highlight, or remove pages from books that aren’t yours.  Don’t leave books open and face down or “dog ear” the pages – use a bookmark people!  Don’t use books as doorstops.  Don’t drop books in the bathtub/river and assume that they will dry and we won’t notice.  Don’t use books as coasters or place-mats.  Don’t use books behind your tires if you get stuck in the snow, or to scrape your windshield. Don’t stack books and use them as a stool, or use them for killing flies or spiders (however tempting this may be). Wow, there’s more than we thought.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/26/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    November 26, 2018


    Wondering what to do with your spare time?  Volunteering at the Pinawa Public Library is an enriching and enjoyable experience!  In fact, volunteers are critical to the operation of the library.  We have a few new openings available.  If you would like to apply for one of these spots, please leave your name and phone number with one of our staff and we will contact you.


    The 14th Annual Pinawa Winter Town Market is coming up fast!  Come down to the Pinawa Community Centre on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:00 to 3:00.  The library will have a table of huge bargains just in time for the holidays.  Join us and the many other amazing vendors.  Shop local!

    Peter Tayloy 2

    Make sure to join us on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 7:00 for Peter Taylor’s presentation of “A Week in Australia”.  Everyone welcome!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/19/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    November 19, 2018


    A sample of the new books added this week include Clock Dance by Anne Tyler, Vi by Kim Thuy, The Reckoning by John Grisham, Ambush by James Patterson, Wallis in Love by Andrew Morton and A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara.


    It’s getting colder outside.  Come to the library where it’s warm and we have coffee.  You can bring your kids (parents/in-laws/friends/spouse) or hide from them.  We won’t judge.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/12/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    November 12, 2018


    Over the last week 50 new books have been catalogued for our shelves, and new (or new to us) books are being added all the time.  This is a small sample of our new Non-Fiction choices.  For an up-to-date list, check our website under “Search Our Catalogue”.  You will be able to scroll through the most recent 100 books added.


    Mark your calendars!  On Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the library don’t miss “A Month in Australia: From Broiling in the Top End to Shivering in Tasmania”.  Peter Taylor will be talking about his trip and presenting his photographs detailing his travels from the monsoon climate of the Northern Territory to early spring on Bruny Island, off the coast of Tasmania, and the coastal regions of Queensland and New South Wales.  Everyone welcome!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/5/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    November 5, 2018


    Happy November!  Let’s take a second to be thankful that our streets don’t look like the picture…yet.  But it’s best to be prepared for when the snow hits – we estimate that you will need a pile of at least 5 books in order to avoid going outside.


    Our theme for story time on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 will be weather.  Join us for reading, songs and rhymes, a simple craft and a snack.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/29/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    October 29, 2018

    halloween book

    Don’t forget to join us at the library on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:00 for a special Halloween story time.  Have a safe and fun Halloween and please never do this to your books – the horror.


    What is fILL?  Looking for a book that we don’t have on our shelves?  We can search the Manitoba Public Libraries Network – fILL – a federated search system of libraries in Manitoba. These books (called ILLs or InterLibrary Loans) will arrive from another library within a day or two.  This is a very convenient way to have access to thousands of books at a time!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/22/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    October 22, 2018

    halloween story time

    Join us at the library on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 7:00-8:00 for guest readers, songs and a bedtime snack.  All ages welcome.  Wear your costume!


    A small sample of the new books added to our shelves this week include these from our fiction section:  Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides, Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella, Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney, Winter in Paradise by Erin Hilderbrand and A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult.


    Milkman by Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker prize which equals to about $85,000 CAD and usually a dramatic increase in sales around the world.  It is about a bookish 18 year old girl that is harassed by a paramilitary figure called the Milkman during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.  The author says that the book was inspired by her own experiences.

    knit shift

    The Knit Shift with Anne Shifflet returns Thursdays beginning on October 25, 2018 from 1:00-4:00.  Share patterns and tips, get help with knitting or crochet and relax with a coffee or tea.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/15/2018)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    October 15, 2018

    hidden gem

    Do you know about hidden gems? We find that people gravitate toward “shiny new books” and often overlook some of the masterpieces hidden within the stacks. What qualifies as a hidden gem?  Everyone has a different answer but a simple guideline is “an outstanding book that has stood the test of time.”  These books are often suggested by patrons and we are always looking for more input.  They can be easily located throughout the library by the yellow sticker on the spine.  We hope you will spend some time browsing the stacks for these treasures.


    We often get donations (thank-you!) of amazing books that we already have on our shelves.  What do we do with these?  They will be added to our “Almost New” sales shelves throughout the library.  You can pick up a nearly new (and often brand new) book for mere pocket change. These are ideal for gifts, holidays, nightstand TBR collections or coffee tables.