Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/10/2021)

    The Biblio File
    May 10, 2021

    Have you heard of the “Top 100 Books to Read Before You Die” list?  Interesting and intriguing idea, especially if you love lists…and who doesn’t?   We would like to start one at the PPL!  Maybe a different name – “Pinawa Public Library Must Reads?” or “The TBR at the PPL?”…any suggestions for a catchy title?

    It doesn’t have to be a list of 100 and they don’t have to be books that changed your life – but definitely can be!  Books that were excellent reads, great entertainment or really made you think – books that you lend to your friends with a note that says “you will LOVE this.”  No explanation of why you loved the book is necessary (unless you want to!) – just the title and author.  Please email   We will compile an ongoing list and share it with our patrons!

    Visiting a library, book store or bookshelf is like visiting with a group of friends – old friends that you know well and have established a past history with, and new friends that you are looking forward to getting to know better.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/3/2021)

    The Biblio File
    May 3, 2021

    Leafing through an old book (I always feel the need to check the publishing date to confirm whether they are an antique yet) I found “May this book grant you a frequent retreat from the materialism of life” written inside the cover by the author in 1958.  A reminder from the past that has stood the test of time – books have always been the quiet friends that provide us the opportunity to escape to different worlds and times, and to visit with different people and ideas. The enjoyment and importance of books is timeless.

    Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa had commit suicide as a teenager.  This belief shaped her own childhood and that of her brother, and was deeply responsible for her view of her family and its dynamics.

    Now, more than twenty years later, when her father passes away and she is going through her childhood home she finds evidence that Lisa might be alive – alive and living under a new identity.  Why did she go on the run all those years ago? Where is she now?  What has she been doing for 20 years?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality.  The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain has enough twists and turns to keep you interested and shows how a parent’s decision to alter a told history can have a deep impact on the mental health and growth of a child.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/26/2021)

    The Biblio File
    April 26, 2021


    Is it odd to think that you could be friends with someone you’ve never met based solely on what’s on their bookshelves?  Books are usually considered a source of enjoyment, knowledge and escape that only affects the person who has read them – but they have a bigger impact than that.

    While going through some boxes of donated books it struck me how much a persons’ library can give you an insight into their personalities – to see what is or was important to them.  And not just the books but the book marks!  Every book had a book mark with little sayings or quotes, or pictures of animals.  Other books had interesting things in place of a book mark – dried flowers and ferns carefully pressed inside a Kleenex, recipe cards, fridge magnets, old newspaper clippings relevant to the book.  In one I found the Columbia House CD or cassette club sticker page – who remembers tearing off their favorite bands, adding them to the grid provided and mailing it off while anticipating the music arriving a few weeks later?  That brought back a great memory I didn’t even remember I had!  I felt like I knew this person based on the contents of their books – never mind the books themselves.  Books are like time capsules…they give a little history of the person that loved and collected them.

    Book review by patron Robert Hill – thank you Robert!

    What makes a good cook?  I enjoy cooking, however, I follow recipes – I don’t have the talent for improving ingredients.  After reading “Salt Fat Acid Heat” by Samin Nosrat I have been encouraged to experiment with creating flavor.  Try this book and see where it leads you in your kitchen.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/19/2021)

    The Biblio File
    April 19, 2021

    Are you looking for a private place to have a meeting or catch up with friends and relatives but don’t have the space or peace at home?  We would like to introduce our new Zoom Room!  The library has set up a space where you can have your own private Zoom meetings and host up to 100 people with no time limit. Simply call or email the library with questions, or to set up a day and time.

    Books: not just for reading any more.  Do you love decorating with books? Do you find yourself at thrift stores or garage sales buying old books because they match your décor or would be perfect under a picture frame or vase?   We have a new section of books for sale (bargain alert!) that have been chosen purely for their color, and for your decorating pleasure.  I’d like that book but do you have it in blue?  We probably do!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/12/2021)

    The Biblio File
    April 12, 2021

    Librarian book review!  I did it again and judged a book by its cover.  What book lover wouldn’t be intrigued by the cover of a book that is a stack of books??

    Sometimes when I’m reading I will be so eager to know what’s going to happen next that I rush – I skim or skip words, hoping to satisfy my curiosity until at least the end of a chapter.  Other times I will find a book where the writing and the language is so descriptive and engaging that I find myself actually slowing down, allowing myself to savour the way that the words are written.  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield was one of those books.  The story was good but it was the writing style that really engaged me.

    Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop to find a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history.

    Late one night, while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation.  She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.
    As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets, as well as the ghosts that haunt them still.

    Over the past year we have had a lot of time to read.  We would love to hear what you thought about a certain book or author – this helps others to choose books and it’s interesting to us at the PPL to see what people like and why.  We would love to start a “Patron book review!” to partner with our librarian reviews that we occasionally pop into the Biblio File or our Facebook page.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/5/2021)

    The Biblio File
    April 5, 2021

    For the last year we discontinued our automatic email reminders about upcoming due dates, but they have been reinstated to help keep our shelves up to date.  Unfortunately many books and DVDs have not been returned.  The automatic email is our first step but we will be starting to email and call about missing items in the near future – help us out by beating us to it!  It’s a time consuming and unrewarding task trying to chase these down.  If you think you may have some books or movies at home please feel free to contact us for a list of what’s outstanding and return them as soon as possible. If you cannot find a missing book please let us know and we will look into replacing it.  We really appreciate it.  Book 2500 days overdue!?  We don’t care as long as you bring it back.

    Librarian book review!  Well I have to admit that I judged a book by its cover (occupational hazard)… and wasn’t disappointed.  I rarely read non-fiction but The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley caught my eye because of its title – I have never been part of a book club but the idea has always intrigued me.

    When the author’s friend asked her to participate in a bold new venture – starting a book club in a men’s medium security prison in Ontario – she was anxious and scared.

    Her curiosity and desire to help won out and for eighteen months she went to a remote building a few hours outside of Toronto, meeting a group of book club members without the presence of guards or security cameras. For the men, the books were rare prized possessions. Having been judged themselves, they were quick to make judgements about the books they read.  As they discussed the obstacles the characters faced, they revealed glimpses of their own struggles that were both devastating and comic.

    It was so interesting to me, to see what the books meant to the inmates and the depth to which the books made them think and assess.  I found myself jotting down a list of the books they read to take out myself.

    The Prison Book club follows six of the members who kept journals and participated in one-on-one meetings with the author.  This is definitely a good read for someone who loves books and believes in their power to bring out new sides of people.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/29/2021)

    The Biblio File
    March 29, 2021

    Please note that we will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021 and Sunday, April 4, 2021 for Easter weekend.  We will re-open on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

    We will be having a bunny themed Storytime at 7:00 on Thursday, April 1st via Zoom!  If you are interested in joining in please email the library at  We require your email address in order to send you the link.  We are currently learning how to navigate Zoom so please be patient with us as we may fumble through it the first few times – thank you!

    Thank you to those who used and provided feedback on our trial of the Kanopy system.  We are pleased to announce that Kanopy will be available now through the library so please enjoy all that they have to offer!

    To refresh your memory, Kanopy has over 30,000 films and adds 50 new movies and documentaries a week.  It also has “The Great Courses” and kid’s content.

    Sign in at and log in to Pinawa (red label at the bottom left).

    You will be asked for your library card number which is your Patron ID (card number).  Now you will need to create an account which is simply your name, email address and a password of your choice. After you are signed up you will only need your email address and password to access your account – you skip the initial “Library Card Number” and just head directly to the log in button on the top right of the screen. Once you are in you can start scrolling through all of the choices!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/15/2021)

    The Biblio File
    March 15, 2021

    Did you remember to spring forward?  Moving the clocks ahead = more hours of natural light to read!

    The theme for Canada Reads 2021 was “One Book to Transport Us”.   The finalists were The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk, Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee, Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots, Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi and Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead.  Jonny Appleseed was picked as the winner on March 11th.  The library has ordered all of these great books for our shelves so keep checking our new books!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/8/2021)

    The Biblio File
    March 8, 2021

    In accordance with the loosening of the provincial restrictions we are VERY EXCITED to announce that we are able to have our evening volunteers back as of March 9th!  What does this mean for the library?  With their help we are able to open up a few more hours and options to our patrons!

    As of Tuesday, March 9th our front doors will be unlocked and our hours will be back to normal with the exception of mornings – we will still be closed in the mornings.  We will be open 1:00-4:00 Tuesday to Friday, and Sunday afternoons 1:00-4:00.  We will be open in the evenings from 6:30-9:00 Monday to Thursday.  We will also be able to re-start our inter-library loans.

    Masks will be required, as will be the use of hand sanitizer when entering the library.

    We will allow 4 people at a time in the library (one household will be considered the same as one person).  Children are not recommended at this time and social distancing rules will still be followed.

    You are still able to reserve your books online and pick them up outside with an appointment if you would prefer this system.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/1/2021)

    The Biblio File
    March 1, 2021

    The library was very humbled to learn that Fjola Davidson’s family had requested donations to the library in lieu of flowers.  What a generous and thoughtful way to honor her.

    Fjola always loved and used (and volunteered at) the library – she was an avid reader who encouraged her children and husband to read as well by bringing home books for everyone.  Every few weeks a new batch would arrive.  Andrew and Susie were allowed to bring home as many books as they could carry. We would like to think that all of this access to the worlds that are opened up by reading played a part in the wonderful people that they are today.

    Fjola was reading books from our library from the day it opened until the very end of her life and we are honored to have been a part of this wonderful lady’s days.

    Thank you so much to the Davidson family and to all of the people who have sent donations in her memory.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/22/2021)

    The Biblio File
    February 22, 2021

    The online reserve and back door pick up is still the safest and most efficient method for getting books, and we encourage all patrons who are able to do so, to continue to use this service please.

    However, in light of some of the provincial restrictions being lessened, in order to better serve those who are uncomfortable with online browsing and reserving, we are going to take the first cautious step of allowing patrons back into the library on a limited basis.  Our hours will remain 1:00 – 4:00 Tuesday to Friday, and Sundays.  We are keeping a close eye on the restrictions and will continue to do so before making any further changes.

    Entrance to the library will be limited to one patron or household at a time, and will be by appointment only.  Entrance will be through the back door of the Community Centre across from the arena.  Please phone us or ring the buzzer when you are at the door.

    To book an appointment to pick up books or come into the library please call 753-2496 or email at

    We thank you for your patience while we work to provide the best possible patron services under the current uncertainty and decreased staff availability.

    Have you read any great books that you would like to see on our shelves for others to enjoy?  We would love to hear from you – we encourage suggestions and use these when making our shopping lists.  Please email us with your recommendations!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/15/2021)

    The Biblio File
    February 15, 2021


    We are trying something new at the library!  Kanopy has over 30,000 films and adds 50 new movies and documentaries a week.  It also has “The Great Courses” and kid’s content.  We are going to try this out for 30 days beginning today, Monday, February 15, 2021 and will need your feedback – if you like it we may sign up for the year.  The way it works is you will sign in at and log in to Pinawa (red label at the bottom left).

    You will be asked for your library card number which is your Patron ID (card number).
    Now you will need to create an account which is simply your name, email address and a password of your choice. After you are signed up you will only need your email address and password to access your account – you skip the initial “Library Card Number” and just head directly to the log in button on the top right of the screen. Once you are in you can start scrolling through all of the choices!

    During this trial period you will be able to watch 4 movies, and have full access for 30 days to one Great Courses, and the kid’s content.  Once you press play on the movies they are unlocked for 72 hours.

    Please let us know what you think.  Your feedback will determine whether or not the library signs up for this service.  We will do our best to answer any questions you have – we are learning this together so please be patient while we make sure to get the answers that you may need.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/11/2021)

    The Biblio File
    February 8, 2021

    We have all been faced with many challenges over the last year.  At the library we have tried to roll with the changes and keep serving our patrons as best as we can.  What we have come to realize even more than before is how great our patrons and volunteers are (and we already thought they were pretty awesome!).  We would like to put a big appreciative virtual hug out to all of our patrons that have helped us to make all of these changes seamless and very successful – we are busier than ever keeping everyone in books!  Also – now that we don’t have the huge benefit of our volunteers we are realizing more and more how much they took off our plates!  So another giant thank you to everyone who has ever volunteered past and present – you are a very important and helpful cog in the wheel of the library!

    Librarian book review! This book came over our desk as a return, and as with many returns I flipped it open and took a quick browse of the cover.  I read it in one day – this book has the perfect amount of intrigue to keep the pages turning.  It is about two women, Claire and Eva, who both feel trapped in their lives.  Claire appears to “have it all” but what everyone doesn’t see is the abuse that she is facing at home.  Eva is looking to escape the secrets of her past and current reality.   A chance meeting in an airport bar brings them together and they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets ― Claire taking Eva’s flight to Oakland, and Eva travelling to Puerto Rico as Claire. They both think that this will give them the head start they need to begin new lives but when the flight to Puerto Rico goes down, Claire realizes it’s no longer a head start but a new life.  Cut off, out of options, with the news of her death about to explode in the media, Claire will assume Eva’s identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/1/2021)

    The Biblio File
    February 1, 2021

    January usually feels like the longest month ever, but maybe not so much this year?  Regardless – it’s over!  The milder weather has gotten a lot of people out and about trying new things – longer walks, snow-shoeing, skiing, skating, ice-fishing, sledding to name a few.  If you prefer inside pursuits that include a nice fire, a comfy chair and a book why not try the February challenge?

    Books to return?  Just a reminder to drop them off only during the designated drop-off times – Tuesday to Friday, and Sunday between 1:00-4:00.  These are the only times that we can guarantee that there is someone to collect them and this is the only way to ensure that your borrowed books get checked back in safely.  Books that are left out can get lost and most definitely damp and snow covered – all things that make librarians cringe.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/25/2021)

    The Biblio File
    January 25, 2021

    Our curbside pick-up/drop-off has proven to be very popular and has been going amazingly well!  We thank everyone for helping us make this change so easily.

    To reserve items, the following options are available:

    1. Search our website: to browse our collection, check availability, and reserve items.
    2. Email the library with your reservation requests:
    3. Leave a message on the answering machine at the library 204-753-2496. We will return your call when we have time to assist you.

    Schedule a pick up time:

    After we have prepared your order we will give you a call or send you an email to schedule a time slot to pick up your items.  We are open Tuesday to Friday, and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 and are scheduling appointments from 1:00-3:45, every 15 minutes. Please respond with the day and time slot that works for you.

    Pick Up

    Items can be picked up during your scheduled time slot at the back door of the Community Centre (across from the arena)

    You can let us know when you arrive in one of two ways:

    • Call 204-753-2496 from your cell phone
    • Ring the handicap buzzer for the back door

    Please stand back a distance of two meters while we bring your order out and place it on a cart by the door. After we go back into the building, you can pick up your items.


    • Books can be returned during drop off/pick up hours only
    • We will have boxes set up for your returns, at the back door of the community centre
    • You do not need to let us know that you are returning books, just put them in the box
    • Do not touch other books in return box
    • Please respect social distancing measures during pickups and returns

    There will be no interlibrary loan service at this time 


  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/18/2021)

    The Biblio File
    January 18, 2021

    Have you returned your books but still see them under your name?  Don’t despair – we have them!  In an effort to be extra safe, we have chosen to quarantine all of our returned books for 3 days before checking them back into the system.

    Bored of the conventional ways to find new reading material?  Asking a friend?  Looking online? Scrolling aimlessly through bookstore listings?  Try this January challenge instead.  You might find something great!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/11/2021)

    The Biblio File
    January 11, 2021

    Do you find that sometimes you’d like to try a new author or genre, or even an author that writes in a similar way to one of your favorites but don’t know where to start?  Or maybe you just enjoy browsing what’s new, what others are reading, or what makes a book a best seller.  Here are a few of our favorite bookish sources. is a great site that allows you to search and browse bibliographies of over 50,000 fiction authors. You can follow your favorite authors, keep a list of books you want to read, and keep track of what you have already read.  It also lists all books by the authors in date of publication and their series’ in order (which is so handy!).  Another useful part of this site is the “visitors to this page also liked…” section which suggests other books that one might like based on what they were looking at. is a site that provides a list of the top 20 best of the year books back to 2000, recommendations, discussions, reviews, previews of books publishing soon and lots of resources for book clubs.  You can search by genre, time period, setting, and a wide range of other themes.  There is also a “read-alike” link that allows you to look for similar topics to what you know you like – by author and title. is another fun site with many top-10 booklists, quizzes, collections and fun lists of things like the most beautiful bookstores and libraries around the world, or book related art.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/21/2020)

    The Biblio File
    December 21, 2020

    Happy holidays from the PPL!  Just a reminder that we will be closed from December 24th to December 28th, and January 1st to January 4th inclusive.  This year though, we will open for some bonus days on December 29th, 30th and 31st from 1:00-4:00 (for scheduled pick up and drop off) so that you have plenty to read over the holidays.   Take care and stay safe.

    During my search for some cozy reading pictures to post throughout the week I came across this one.  Is it just me or does her coffee art/garnish look like a dead spider?  Discuss.   Also – what are your favorite “reading by the fire” books?  Help us make a list to post for inspiration to others!



  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/14/2020)

    The Biblio File
    December 14, 2020

    COVID has changed a lot of things for us this year.  We will be safe at home, reading in front of the fire, or the fireplace channel.  We really don’t want you to run out of books over the holidays so we will open for 3 extra days this year – December 29th, 30th and 31st from 1:00-4:00 for pick up and drop off (last appointment 3:45).  Please continue to reserve your books through our website or email/call the library.

    We will be closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 24th to Monday, December 28th, 2020 inclusive, and Friday, January 1st to Monday, January 4th inclusive.  We will re-open on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021, 1:00-4:00.

    As a courtesy, due to our ever changing world in COVID times, we have chosen to temporarily suspend our “your book is almost due” emails.  We would appreciate it though, if you could make every effort to try to return your books on time.  We are having a very high volume of requests (yay!) and want to make sure that everyone has the chance to get their chosen books in a timely manner.  Thanks so much!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/7/2020)

    The Biblio File
    December 7, 2020

    Well it’s December!  Does anyone else feel like it came up really fast this year despite all the changes to our lives?  We are working hard over here at the PPL to get all of our new and new-to-us books catalogued so that you can start thinking about stacking up your reading pile for the holidays (and beyond).   Don’t forget that if you want to browse the new books and DVDs added you can do so by going to our website under “search our catalogue” on the top right of the screen.  This will take you to the newest 100 titles and the most recently viewed 100 titles (see what’s popular out there!).

    Our curbside pick-up and drop-off is going really well and we thank you for making this transition so seamless!  If there is a book or DVD that you would like to borrow please reserve it through our website (or call/email us at the library).  We will let you know when your books are ready and you can schedule a day and time that works best for you.  Our pickup and drop off times are 1:00 to 3:45 Tuesday to Friday, and Sundays.  We will book appointments every 15 minutes during those times.  Please also return your books during these allotted hours.  See our website for full details and instructions.