- 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.
- The Biblio File: Library News (4/25/2022)
The Biblio File
April 25, 2022
Okay so it’s still snowing. But what’s the good news?? Snow + hot drink + blanket + pile of books = the best day ever! Kids (but we really mean everyone) could use this time to build a cozy reading fort – who doesn’t love forts? Do you have a favorite snow day book? Let us know.
Do you need a Covid test? Drop into the library – there is a pile on the table for our patrons – 2 kits recommended per patron but take more if needed.
- The Biblio File: Library News (4/18/2022)
The Biblio File
April 18, 2022
The PPL understands that sometimes you just want to sit on a patio and read. Maybe you don’t have a patio? Maybe it’s winter? Maybe there are mosquitoes? The solution? Our idea for the new 4 season library lounge/patio area!
We are hoping to raise some funds for this fun idea through the Pinawa Foundation in the month of May. During May the Pinawa Foundation will top up donations by 40%!
Cheques can be made payable to The Pinawa Foundation, dated in May 2022 and given to Carol Findlay by May 31, 2022. The memo line would need to say Pinawa Public Library. E-transfers can also be made to email@example.com. Please include your name, mailing address and Pinawa Public Library in the message box. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25.00 or more. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you at the patio!
Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day, but really shouldn’t every day be? There are so many little things that can be done on a daily basis that make a big impact. Reduce your packaging – don’t buy single use plastics, use reusable shopping bags and food/drink containers, compost, recycle, plant a tree, bike or walk, don’t buy new, embrace hand-me-downs, donate unused items. It’s important to realize that nothing is ever thrown away or garbage –it’s just moved to another location. Landfill is exactly that – filling the land with garbage. Be mindful of your choices and decisions. Libraries have been embracing the art of reusing since the beginning. Read, Return, Repeat.
- The Biblio File: Library News (4/11/2022)
The Biblio File
April 11, 2022
First Nation Communities READ is an annual reading program launched in 2003 by the First Nations public library community in Ontario.
Through title selections, other recommendations, and creators’ tours in First Nation communities and beyond, First Nation Communities Read encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling and information sharing, along with increasing awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing. It promotes the publication, sharing, and understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit voices and experiences, and increases awareness and sales of the titles it honours. Chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from across Ontario, these titles represent the very best of Indigenous literature.
Although the winners have already been picked for this year, there was a great list of nominees in both the YA/Adult and Children’s sections. We would love your input on which of these titles to order for our own library and encourage you to come down to vote on your favorites and interests. You will find stickers by the lists to make your choices! If you can’t make it down, email us your votes! Thanks for your help!
We have another display of titles up in our TEEN/YA section – these are some of the books on our wish list and we would love some input from our young adult readers – drop by and vote on which titles you would like to see on our shelves!
Please note that we will be closed on Friday, April 15, 2022 for Good Friday and Sunday, April 17, 2022 for Easter Sunday. We will re-open on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 6:30.
- The Biblio File: Library News (4/4/2022)
The Biblio File
April 4, 2022
Unfortunately it’s that time again – when we must use our time at the library to seek out and ask for our books back. We will begin by sending emails then following up with phone calls and letters – this is a time consuming and thankless job that ultimately ends with library privileges being revoked if books aren’t returned. No one wants this or likes doing it. Please help us to avoid this – look around your houses and cottages and please return your overdue books. If you are unsure if you have some missing books call or email us and we will check for you. If you can’t find your books please contact the library to discuss replacing them.
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good has won Canada Reads 2022!
In Five Little Indians, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie were taken from their families and sent to a residential school when they were very small. Barely out of childhood, they are released without resources and left to establish adult lives in eastside Vancouver. Haunted by the trauma of their childhood, the five friends cross paths over the decades and struggle with the weight of their shared past.
Michelle Good is a Cree writer and retired lawyer, as well as a member of Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Good holds an MFA and a law degree from the University of British Columbia and, as a lawyer, advocated for residential school survivors. Five Little Indians is her first book. Five Little Indians won the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. It was also on the 2020 Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize shortlist and the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.
The other 4 books that made the shortlist are:
Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez is the multi-voiced story of a neighbourhood that refuses to fall apart in the face of poverty and crime. The book weaves together the stories of three children growing up in difficult circumstances with the stories of three adults who are doing their best to help them out.
What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad is a novel that tells the story of a global refugee crisis through the eyes of a child. Nine-year-old Amir is the only survivor from a ship full of refugees coming to a small island. He ends up with a teenage girl named Vanna, who lives on the island. Even though they don’t share a common language or culture, Vanna becomes determined to keep Amir safe. The book tells both their stories and how they each reached this moment, while asking the questions, “How did we get here?” and “What are we going to do about it?”
Life In the City of Dirty Water is a memoir by Cree activist Clayton Thomas-Müller. It covers his entire life: from playing with toy planes as a way to escape the intergenerational pain of Canada’s residential school system to spending time in juvenile detention and later becoming an activist in the fight against colonial racism, environment degradation and violence. Along this rocky road, Thomas-Müller remains tied to his Cree heritage and spirituality.
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan tells the story of 11-year-old Washington Black, who was born into slavery on a Barbados sugar plantation. His master is Christopher Wilde, a man obsessed with developing a machine that can fly. The two develop a bond, but when a man is killed, Wilde must choose between his family and saving Washington’s life — and the choice results in an unforgettable adventure around the world.
- The Biblio File: Library News (3/28/2022)
The Biblio File
March 28, 2022
Happy Spring Break! If you are away, we hope you didn’t forget to pack your books! If you are staying home and need something to read, we can help!
The Grade 9 ELA students at PSS have just finished off the term with a Poetry Café, where they recite their favorite poems and share some of their own creations. Please drop in to the library and check out our display of some of their powerful words.
Andrew Wilson is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and a Reader in Ukrainian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London. He is also the godson of Pinawas’ own Dorothy Walker.
He has written many other books but Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West, written in 2014, may well be an appropriate and timely read for the present day.
“The aftereffects of the February 2014 Uprising in Ukraine are still reverberating around the world. The consequences of the popular rebellion and Russian President Putin’s attempt to strangle it remain uncertain. In this book, Andrew Wilson combines a spellbinding, on-the-scene account of the Kiev Uprising with a deeply informed analysis of what precipitated the events, what has developed in subsequent months, and why the story is far from over.
Wilson situates Ukraine’s February insurgence within Russia’s expansionist ambitions throughout the previous decade. He reveals how President Putin’s extravagant spending to develop soft power in all parts of Europe was aided by wishful thinking in the EU and American diplomatic inattention, and how Putin’s agenda continues to be widely misunderstood in the West. The author then examines events in the wake of the Uprising—the military coup in Crimea, the election of President Petro Poroshenko, the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, rising tensions among all of Russia’s neighbors, both friend and foe, and more. Ukraine Crisis provides an important, accurate record of events that unfolded in Ukraine in 2014. It also rings a clear warning that the unresolved problems of the region have implications well beyond Ukrainian borders.”
- The Biblio File: Library News (3/21/2022)
The Biblio File
March 21, 2022
Happy spring! Just take a look outside your window and you will see all of the green…oh wait. Okay so maybe spring isn’t here quite yet but it’s definitely in the air. Some folks have undoubtedly already started their seeds inside or are thinking about it. Why not get inspired with some books or colorful magazines about gardening? You can find both at the PPL.
World Water Day is Tuesday, March 22nd. This annual United Nations observance day addresses water scarcity, the need for sanitation, and highlights the importance of fresh water. Globally about 1 in 10 people do not have access to safe water, and nearly two-thirds of the world population experience severe water scarcity during at least once month of the year.
Water is essential not only to health, but also to poverty reduction, food security, peace and human rights, ecosystems and education. We are very fortunate to have access to this precious resource but should not take it for granted. There are many ways to access information on how to be more conscious of valuing, conserving, and not over-using this precious supply. Here are just 2 of the many books we have on this subject.
A Long Walk to Water is a YA book written by Linda Sue Park that blends the true story of Salva Dut, and the fictional story of Nya. The story is told in alternating sections, about Nya in Sudan in 2008 and Salva in Sudan in 1985. “Nya is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. Salva becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.” Park uses this book as a platform to support Salva Dut’s organization, Water for South Sudan.
“Far more than oil, the control of water wealth throughout history has been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers, the achievements of civilization, the transformations of society’s vital habitats, and the quality of ordinary daily lives. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century’s decisive, looming challenges, driving new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe.
In Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization, Steven Solomon offers the first-ever narrative portrait of the power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity’s earliest civilizations through the steam-powered Industrial Revolution and America’s century. Water is a groundbreaking account of man’s most critical resource in shaping human destinies, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity.”
- The Biblio File: Library News (3/14/2022)
The Biblio File
March 14, 2022
Please be advised that in order to maintain the safety and comfort of our staff, volunteers, and patrons, the library has chosen to keep mask wearing mandatory until further notice.
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th – read a book with a green cover then let us know how you liked it! We will pass the recommendation along to the library ghost.
Read, Recycle, Repeat. March 18th is Global Recycling Day. We all know what, how and why we have to recycle but have you ever thought about how this might pertain to books and magazines? If you find yourself in a situation where you have too many books (seems impossible but could happen?) then there are a few ways you might consider recycling them.
Donate them to a library, school or thrift store – your books will surely find their way into the hands of another thankful reader.
Take your books around the world – if you are taking a trip leave a book or books in the seat pocket of the plane, in a bus or train station, on the nightstand in a hotel or hostel.
Consider building and starting a free little lending library – there are many great ideas online for this.
If your books are too well loved and not appropriate for donation consider making them into gift tags, cards, or wrapping paper – a unique way to wrap a gift for your bookish friends.
- The Biblio File: Library News (3/7/2022)
The Biblio File
March 7, 2022
International Women’s Day is tomorrow, March 8th. The theme for 2022 (and beyond) is gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow. There are, of course, many different social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women to celebrate. However, focusing from a literary perspective and female authors, this piece from the Booktrib website says well:
“If we don’t take advantage of learning through others, we miss out on the greater understanding of different people and cultures. By tapping in to the work of these great authors, we benefit from different perspectives and grow from the immersive experience of reading. Celebrate the women who wrote the stories and the women characters who are written; they all have something important to say.”
Don’t forget to spring forward! The clocks change for daylight savings time at 2:00 am, Sunday March 13th. What does this mean for us? An extra hour of natural light to read by in the evening! Regardless of whether you are a summer or winter person, we all are looking forward to some sun and some green! Side note: do you think those are actually books or is it just the coolest painted window box ever?
- The Biblio File: Library News (2/28/2022)
The Biblio File
February 28, 2022
One more day until March! The first official day of spring is March 20, 2022 which, according to our calendar is also the International Day of Happiness. Looking outside today I would bet that in 3 weeks it won’t look much like spring but there’s still a lot of reasons to be happy! For the winter and snow enthusiasts- consider this bonus time to sled, snowshoe, ski and enjoy the crisp air. For those who only like the warm it’s a nice starting point for a countdown to shorts and sandals. For those who love an additional reason to stay inside and read…spring 2022 is for you!
This week the library ghost left 2 books for us to trip over when we got into work.
First Thrills compiled and edited by Lee Child is an interesting collection of short crime stories from 12 bestselling authors and 13 rising stars (though the book was published in 2010 so some of those rising stars may be bestsellers now). At the end of each story there is a little blurb about the author and other books they may have written. What a great way to take a quick bite to find out if you want to try more!
The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek begins in France, 1921. “Tom, a young American orphaned in World War I, is working at an ossuary in Verdun, helping priests comfort families seeking answers about their loved ones. But nothing in his past—not his rough-and-tumble Chicago childhood nor his experiences driving ambulances across French battlefields—can prepare Tom for the arrival of Sarah Hagen. From the moment he sees her, a young woman in a blue dress desperate for news of her missing husband, he knows he will help her in any way he can.
As their affair takes them across a fractured Europe, Tom and Sarah reckon with the ways extraordinary circumstances impact the lives of ordinary people. They eventually part but when news of an amnesiac soldier in Naples reaches Tom in Paris, he sets off, only to find Sarah there, hopeful as ever, along with an Austrian journalist named Paul who has his own agenda. Years later, a chance encounter with Paul forces Tom, now a screenwriter in Hollywood, to confront his past—and the woman he’s never been able to forget.”
- The Biblio File: Library News (2/21/2022)
The Biblio File
February 21, 2022
Today’s holiday is in honour of Louis Riel, the Métis leader who led the fight to maintain aboriginal and francophone rights in Manitoba.
“Riel led two resistance movements against the Government of Canada and sought to defend Métis rights and identity as the Northwest Territories came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence.
In 1884 Riel was called upon by the Métis leaders in Saskatchewan to help resolve longstanding grievances with the Canadian government, which led to armed conflict with government forces, the North-West Rebellion of 1885. Defeated at the Battle of Batoche, Riel was imprisoned in Regina where he was convicted at trial of high treason. Despite protests, popular appeals and the jury’s call for clemency, Riel was executed by hanging. Riel was seen as a heroic victim by French Canadians; his execution had a lasting negative impact on Canada, polarizing the new nation along ethno-religious lines. The Métis were marginalized in the Prairie provinces by the increasingly English-dominated majority. An even more important long-term impact was the bitter alienation Francophones across Canada felt, and anger against the repression by their countrymen.
Riel’s historical reputation has long been polarized between portrayals as a dangerous religious fanatic and rebel opposed to the Canadian nation, and, by contrast, as a charismatic leader intent on defending his Métis people from the unfair encroachments by the federal government eager to give Orangemen-dominated Ontario settlers priority access to land. Arguably, Riel has received more formal organizational and academic scrutiny than any other figure in Canadian history. The trial and conviction of Louis Riel has been the subject of historical comment and criticism for over one hundred years.” (Wikipedia)
The library will be closed today for this holiday.
The library ghost has chosen Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert as his reading material this time. On first glance I assumed he chose it simply for the colorful cover as his defence against the snow, but it turns out it’s the sequel to Moloka’i, written 15 years earlier, which he obviously read at that time.
Moloka’i is the story of Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, who dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.
Daughter of Moloka’i tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama―quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa―was forced to give up at birth.
The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II―and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel.
As a huge fan of “continuing sagas” I’m looking forward to reading both of these! Thanks Ghost!
- The Biblio File: Library News (2/14/2022)
The Biblio File
February 14, 2022
Happy Valentine’s Day! Have you ever gone on a blind date with a book? What better day to try!
Choose an aisle in the library, decide left or right side, choose a row then grab the first book you find with a red spine. That book is your blind date – you never know what you might find…a new favorite author or genre to love? Today is the day!
Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler was found on the floor this weekend – another interesting choice by our library ghost.
“Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person.
The woman is Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. Is she an impostor in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? Or is it someone else’s?
On the surface, Beck, as she is known to the Davitch clan, is outgoing, joyous, a natural celebrator. Giving parties is, after all, her vocation—something she slipped into even before finishing college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his family’s crumbling nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving parties was the family business. What caught his fancy was that she seemed to be having such a wonderful time. Soon this large-spirited older man, a divorcé with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended family plus a child of their own, and hosting endless parties in the ornate, high-ceilinged rooms of The Open Arms.
Now, some thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous family picnic, Rebecca is caught un-awares by the question of who she really is. How she answers it—how she tries to recover her girlhood self, that dignified grownup she had once been—is the story told in this beguiling, funny, and deeply moving novel.”
A reminder that the library will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2022 for Louis Riel Day.
- The Biblio File: Library News (2/7/2022)
The Biblio File
February 7, 2022
So who’s watching the Olympics? Do you think a library Olympics would catch on?
Shelving, Alphabetizing, Research, Relay? Maybe add in a few of those lesser loved chores like dusting (white glove test), shelf reading and DVD case organization. Points awarded based on speed and accuracy while maintaining the respectful, relaxing library-esque decorum expected. Instead of medals the winners will receive books?
Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices.
One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. Would you do anything differently, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?
In The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. She has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently – follow a different career path, undo old breakups, realize unfulfilled dreams. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life and decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?