Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/16/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    September 16, 2019


    Join us at the library on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.  Lindsay and Zaid Aboud, along with their children, will share their experiences launching their Canadian charitable organization – Bridging Villages.  They will talk about their time abroad and about the challenges they faced bringing Abel and Malaika home.

    Thanks to patron Ed Wuschke for this book review!

    The Unceasing Storm is a memoir by Katherine Luo, who lived in China before and after the Cultural Revolution. She was born in Shanghai, and brought to Hong Kong by her parents at an early age.  After several years she returned to Shanghai to get a university education in drama and opera. She lived through the creation of the People’s Republic of China by the Communist revolution.  She describes the complete control of every person’s life – needing the permission of the state to move, to marry whom they wished, to get a job. In particular she lived there during the Cultural Revolution – Where the infamous Red Guards accused intellectuals, right wing activists, capitalists, and counter revolutionists of disloyalty to the state – sending them to forced labor camps, where they were tortured, brain-washed and forced to do heavy manual labor. She describes this critical period in China’s history in vivid clarity as one who lived through it.

    Later in life she immigrated to Canada, living in Vancouver. She loved her new country and eventually got a job teaching Mandarin at Simon Fraser University. She met and fell in love with a Vancouver man, and married him.

    Her vivid description of these troubled times is heart-warming and stirs one to try to understand what went on in China during these times. I was moved by her amazing talent to describe the feelings of herself and her friends.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the events taking place in China in the last half of the 20th century, both from a historical point of view and also by an intense personal narrative of life in those times. I was impressed by her writing skills and enjoyed every page of the book. You will not be disappointed reading this book.”



  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/9/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    September 9, 2019

    We know that you wait all year for this and finally the day has come!  Join us at the 9th annual library Quiz Night on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Pinawa Community Centre!

    ** Doors open at 6:30 p.m., quiz begins at 7:30 sharp. You’ll want to arrive in plenty of time to get yourselves organized.

    Note a change this year:  Early Bird team registration fee (before September 23, 2019) is $120.00 per team.  Registration fee after September 24, 2019 is $160.00 per team.

    The evening consists of a main trivia game and side games, plus a 50/50 draw. This is a low-stress, high-fun event! It has the feel of a social without the loud music. You’re never asked for an answer as an individual; questions are answered on paper by your team, with team scores being updated periodically.

    There is a cash bar selling beer, wine, pop and bottled water. No outside alcohol is allowed, but outside food is encouraged!

    Remember to bring some yummy snacks for your team. Let us say up front that the markers cannot be bribed with samples of your delicious food, but we sure don’t mind if you try! The array of hors d’oeuvres has become legendary as teams strive to outdo each other each year. Or keep your snack selection simple if you wish, potato chips and popcorn work as well!

    Teams consist of up to 8 adults (18+).  If you aren’t on a team but want to be – let us know!  We will be making up random teams as well so no one has to miss out!

    Quiz Night is a fundraiser for the Library, helping us to maintain our level of service to the changing needs of the community.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/2/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    September 2, 2019

    Welcome back students and staff!  We wish you all the best in the upcoming school year and hope to see you in the library!  A big thank you to Sophie and Emily for all of your hard work over the summer!

    It’s time to look under your beds, at the cabin, on your home bookshelf — and return those overdue books that might have fallen through the cracks this summer.  We currently do not charge fines for overdue books as a courtesy to our patrons, but we still ask that all books are returned in a timely manner please.

    We have started preparations for our 9th annual Quiz Night!  Friday, October 4, 2019 – save the date!  It’s time to start brushing up on all things past, present and future.  More details to follow!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/26/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    August 26, 2019

    As of Tuesday, September 3, 2019 we will be open again in the mornings at 9:00!  (But please note that we are closed Sunday and Monday, September 1-2, 2019 inclusive for the long weekend.)

    Do you look over at your night stand or coffee table and see a stack of only 7-8 books?  Does this sight cause and involuntary shudder and feeling of emptiness?  We all like to have a well-stocked “TBR” pile but often don’t know where to start.  What is everyone else reading? We all want the scoop on can’t-put-them-down page-turners or not so great reads.  Well…..have you seen this binder?  It is full of recommendations and reviews from our very own patrons.

    Would you like to be world famous? (Or perhaps just binder-famous)  Drop off or email your book reviews and become part of this growing local resource.




  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/19/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    August 19, 2019

    Do you love books?  Are you looking for a fun way to spend a few book-filled hours every month? We are looking for a few volunteers so this may be the perfect fit! Volunteers make it possible for the library to stay open our usual hours while fulfilling our commitment to a safer workplace.

    In keeping with Workplace Safety and Industry Standards we strive to have two people present at all times. Our current need is for a commitment of one evening (6:30-9:00) per month and the occasional Sunday where shifts may vary between the hours of 1:00-4:00.

    The jobs that a volunteer will be requested to do will vary from day to day depending on what the library needs, and the skills and interests of the volunteer.  Volunteers will be encouraged to take a coffee break during their shift – the perfect time to browse the shelves!

    For more information about this fun opportunity to spend some quality time surrounded by books, please contact us at 204-753-2496, or drop by!

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 will be the last day for our summer reading program – don’t forget to join us at the library at 2:00 or 7:00.  The first summer of this program was a hit and we thank everyone that attended, and Grassroots for sponsoring.  We hope this will be the start of a yearly event!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/12/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    August 12, 2019

    When did you start to love reading?  Everyone has a different memory.  For kids, learning to read is often a tough mountain to climb and because of this, they are often reluctant at first.  What is the best way to encourage an early reader?  Our 10-year old source says cartoons!  He remembers being frustrated by reading until he found Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes and Fox Trot. You would be surprised at the amount of “big words” in these books that spark explanation and conversation.  Let them read what they love to read – it will encourage a lifetime love of books.

    When I first started working at the library I had never heard of Louise Penny.  It’s a surprise I was even hired with that serious omission in my reading history.  I started to notice that patron after patron was checking out her books, and that there was great excitement and long wait list drawn up every time a new book came out.  What was all the fuss about??  I started asking patrons and they all had a different reason for loving the books but with a common thread – everyone felt like they were immersed into the town that Penny creates, and that they knew the characters like their very own neighbours – they HAD to know what would happen next to their friends.

    The series is based on the character of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.  The stories usually take place in the village of Three Pines, with Gamache investigating the murders of various people in each novel.  The town is inspired by various parts of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, the area where Penny lives.

    Never a big fan of crime novels, I skeptically tried the first book.  Penny writes in a way that I would describe as “light crime” – not gory or frightening but descriptive enough that you feel you are immersed in the case.  Penny will have you feeling like a Three Pines resident by book one, and you will be planning your trip to Quebec to see all of the beautiful buildings and areas that inspire her.  I’m now on book five, and highly recommend this series to anyone who asks and even a few who don’t.

    There are 14 books in the series so far, with the 15th slated to be released this month.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/29/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 29, 2019

    The cabinet has arrived for our future maker space at the library!  What currently looks like a pile of boards and screws will be the home of our storage cabinet for toys and crafts that encourage interest in science, engineering, math and technology through play.  This awesome addition is sponsored by Grassroots.  Side note: Does the library have a book that shows librarians how to put together what seems like 5 million pieces with an Allen key?  Let’s hope so.

    We are starting to plan our travel and culture space at the library (with hopes of a reveal in the fall)!  Do you have a favourite travel book or have you found a particular series helpful?  If you have any suggestions or recommendations for this collection please let us know!  We hope to cover all bases with travel guides, real-life travel stories and of course, armchair travel.  No trips planned?  Just spin the globe and start dreaming.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/22/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 22, 2019

    The summer reading program is in full swing at the library!  Drop in and pick up your booklet, read at home for 20 minutes a day, then bring your completed booklet back to one of our Wednesday story times to get your prize!  An excuse to read AND prizes?!  Sounds like a win-win.

    Our Home Grown section at the library now has the new book by Jessie Harrold (daughter of Pinawa’s Steve and Marsha Sheppard) – Project Body Love:  my quest to love my body and the surprising truth I found instead.

    “Loving your body is hard to do. Project Body Love is the story of my quest to find acceptance, respect, and maybe even love for my body after spending a lifetime counting calories and drops of sweat. What followed was a two-year series of experiments that had me mining the depths of my past, dismantling the effects of Diet Culture on my self-worth, taking up belly dancing, posing for nude photographs, and other daring feats of self-exploration. Far from being a shiny tale of self-actualization, Project Body Love explores the complexity of being a fat person in a thin-obsessed world, and concludes with an entirely new perspective on the elusive body love – one that was surprising, even to me. This is my story, and so much of it is also the story of millions of other women. And so. I wrote this for every woman who has spent too much time trying to make herself small. I wrote it for every woman who wants to love her body, but can’t figure out how. I wrote this for a world that needs its women committed to revolution and sovereignty and joy, not eating more salad.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/15/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 15, 2019

    The 15th annual Pinawa Summer Town Market will be on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 11:00-3:00 at the Pinawa Community Centre.  Come by and check out all of the amazing indoor and outdoor vendors, including our PPL tables of bargain books – you don’t want to miss this opportunity to stock up on books for the summer. If you bring two bags you might be set for the winter as well! Shop local!

    If you have relaxed on our couches lately you would have found a new addition to our coffee table reading pile – Reminisce magazine (donated and enthusiastically recommended by patrons).  This is North America’s top selling nostalgia magazine that celebrates good times with fun, engaging stories about what we loved in the past, and how it shapes our lives today. Each issue looks at a particular year and topic from the past, including reader stories and vintage photos.  This magazine encourages readers to take a stroll down memory lane while reflecting on current times. Enjoy!



  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/8/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 8, 2019

    We add new books, magazines, DVDs, etc. to our collection all the time.  If you want to check what’s new at the PPL, simply go to our website ( and click “Search our Catalogue.” You will be able to scroll through the most recent 100 titles added – this is our most up to date information right at your fingertips!  You can also check out the last 100 books that were most recently viewed – see what everyone else is reading!

    Over the last few weeks we have added a number of new DVDs to our collection, including Tea with the Dames.  Jackie Sturton has kindly reviewed this for us:

    The dictionary says the word “dame” is an honorific title.  It indicates a woman of rank, station or authority.  I think it also denotes a woman of swagger, a devil-may-care person who seizes the world by the tail against all odds (ain’t nothin’ like a dame!).

     The movie records a weekend at a country estate (Joan Plowright’s) shared by four friends, actors, royally honored with the title “Dame”.  They are titled for their work in drama, on stage and film.  While we know them now because of their film appearances, their work on stage is massive, and legendary, and is the source of much of their joy.

     We are invited to sit in while Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins reminisce, share thoughts and generally enjoy each other’s company.  Through their stories we learn what it is to really be a dame, to have lived and worked with passion and irreverence. On occasion we are aware of the surrounding filmmakers but when one the Dames launches into a story (supported by old photos and clips) we are entranced, feeling as though we are sharing the history of an old friend.  The 84 minute conversation is well worth watching.

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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 1, 2019

    Happy Canada Day!  We hope you are having a safe and fun long weekend and will see you back at the library tomorrow!

    It’s officially summer at the PPL!  We would like to welcome Sophie back (to more hours) and extend a warm library welcome to our new student Emily!

    Keep Wednesdays open!  Summer story time will begin on July 3rd and run every Wednesday afternoon from 2:00-3:00 p.m., and evening from 7:00-7:30 p.m.  Join us for stories, games, crafts and a light snack…and collect your reading prizes! Summer reading program booklets are available at the librarian desk!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/24/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    June 24, 2019

    Congratulations to the Grads of 2019!  We wish you success in all future endeavors!  Please ensure that when you become famous later in life you mention your hometown library so that we can shamelessly quote you for years to come.

    We will be closed for the Canada Day long weekend and will re-open on Tuesday July 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  Please note that for July and August we will no longer be open in the mornings.

    A huge thank-you to all of our dedicated and amazing volunteers!  We literally could not do it without you.  We look forward to having you back in the fall.  (If volunteering at the library is something that interests you we will have more information soon, and opportunities available in the fall).

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/17/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    June 17, 2019

    Good luck to all the students that are wrapping up the month with tests and exams (did the time fly or is it just us?). We hope to see you in the library over the summer (we have air conditioning)!

    The Whiteshell School District and the Pinawa Public Library will be hosting a MOVIE NIGHT to kick off this year’s summer reading program!

    Join us on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. when we will be showing Ralph Breaks the Internet.

    Pajamas, blankets and stuffies are encouraged and tidy snacks are welcome.  The movie will run until approximately 9:00.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/10/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    June 10, 2019

    New to the PPL!  Summer reading program starting July 2nd!  This program is for kids ages 4-12 and will have a new theme, activities and PRIZES every week!   This is ideal for kids staying at their grand-parent’s house for swimming lessons or just out for a visit – there is no summer long commitment in order to take part!  You are welcome, of course, to come every week as well.

    Come and get your tracking booklet at the library movie night on June 25, 2019 (more details to follow).

    Please note that for July and August, we will no longer be open in the mornings.  Don’t fear – there’s still plenty of time to come down and browse, enjoy the air-conditioning and leave with a book or two.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/3/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    June 3, 2019

    As the weather warms up and the school year winds down, it’s the perfect time to take your reading outdoors (until the arrival of the dreaded mosquito).  Studies have shown that being in nature improves our mood and reduces stress and anxiety.  It also improves learning – study outside! An added bonus is that taking kids outside to read shows them that they can read anywhere, any time.  Books are portable magic.


    We have added two new magazines to our collection – Fine Woodworking and Real Simple.  We are always interested to hear what people are reading (or flipping through) – if you have a magazine suggestion please leave your thoughts in our suggestion box on the Librarian desk.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/27/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    May 27, 2019

    Forgot your reading glasses?  No problem!  We have recently refreshed our collection of large print books and have added over 100 new titles to the shelves.

    With June on its way most people feel comfortable enough to plant their gardens without fear of frost.  Need some landscape design inspiration?  Trying to decide what plants work best in our area?  Enjoy looking at other people’s beautiful gardens but can only keep plastic plants alive? At the library we have books about gardening in every section possible!  Non-fiction, junior non-fiction, easy reader and picture books (never too young!), and even crime (these might not be exactly what a green thumb is looking for, but still good reads!).

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/20/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    May 20, 2019

    The longer the weekend the more books you can read! We hope everyone had a fun and book-filled weekend!

    The Pinawa Public Library plans to establish a new travel and culture module in the library.  This will consist of a large globe, a cylindrical bookcase to support the globe, an expanded collection of travel books, and a large-scale wall map.  We are grateful that Pinawa Youth in Philanthropy has agreed to provide funds for the purchase of the globe, but we are asking for your help in raising the money needed for the bookcase, new travel books, and the map.  The bookcase and map each cost $600 and the books $300, for a total of $1,500.  Funds can be donated via the Pinawa Foundation and should specify “Pinawa Library.”  May is a particularly good time to do so, as the Foundation will top-up contributions.  Thank you for your generosity!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/13/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    May 13, 2019

    The library will be closed Saturday May 18, 2019 to Monday May 20, 2019 inclusive for May Long Weekend.  Have a safe and fun long weekend!

    We are always looking for ways to keep the library a welcoming spot where people of all ages enjoy hanging out.  Stay tuned!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (5/6/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    May 6, 2019

    Now that it’s May we feel fairly confident that summer is on its way.  The library will be hosting a summer reading program this year!  There will be programs and prizes for kids ages 4-12.  Watch for more information and special events leading up to July.

    Marie Kondo seems to be all the rage lately.  She suggests having no more than 30 books.  (Insert horrified intake of breath here).  If you are getting into the spirit of spring cleaning and find some books you no longer need – consider donating them to the library.  We will go through them and either add them to our shelves, sell them to raise library funds, or donate them to another worthy location.  It’s win-win!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/29/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 29, 2019


    Are we normally open on Mondays during the day?  No we are not!  But for this SPECIAL EVENT we will make an exception! Join us on Monday, May 6, 2019 for 2 presentations from Canadian author Heather Smith.  From 11:30-12:30 she will be presenting her junior/teen books, and from 2:15-3:15 she will be presenting her children’s books. This is part of TD’s Children’s Book Week.

    Yesterday was National Pay it Forward Day.    Small acts of kindness can make such a difference.  Imagine if it was multiplied by millions of people all over the world?  Perhaps we can strive to make kindness a daily event.  What are some library related suggestions?  Pick up a bag full of our bargain books and leave a book or two on a bench, in a mailbox, on a table, with a little note to let the finder know it’s a gift.  Offer to bring someone to the library for a browse and a visit in our reading area.  Compliment a librarian.  (How did that get in there?)