Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/19/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    March 19, 2018

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    Stephen William Hawking, born on January 8, 1942, was a brilliant English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Directory of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

    Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neuron disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease that gradually paralyzed him over the decades.  Even after the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially though the use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.

    Stephen Hawking was one of the most beloved scientists of his generation, not only for his intellect, but for his wit and humour.  He died on March 14, 2018 at the age of 76.

    In the library we have A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (and the reader’s companion book), A Briefer History of Time, The Grand Design, The Universe in a Nutshell and The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants:  The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy by Stephen Hawking.   We also have Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and George’s Secret Key to the Universe, a Junior Fiction adventure novel by Stephen and his daughter Lucy.




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

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    The Biblio File
    March 12, 2018

    spring ahead book

    Did you remember to spring forward?  It may be jumping the gun, but why not come by and flip through one of our many books or magazines about gardening.  It’s time to start thinking in green!

    A few new adult DVDs have been added over the last week including Catch a Fire, Fair Game, National Treasure, Super 8, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Way Back and the complete remastered collection of Fawlty Towers (374 minutes of John Cleese anyone?)


  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/5/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    March 5, 2018


    Is anyone else excited that it’s March?  What do longer days mean?  More hours to read!

    On the librarian desk we have two new pamphlets.  “The elementary safety book for children” highlights what to do in an emergency, fire, boat, water, electrical, street and internet safety (to name a few), and “Drug facts for young people” that touches on peer influences, role models, drugs and alcohol, risks and choices.  Both are free for the taking and set up in a fun, easy to read cartoon layout.

    The latest 10 books added to our “NEW” shelves are:

    Munich by Robert Harris, The Seeds of Life by Edward Dolnick, Wolf Nation by Brenda Peterson, The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich, Churchill & Orwell by Thomas E. Ricks, Perfect Remains by Helen Fields, Life & Death of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan, The Switch by Joseph Finder, He Said She Said by Erin Kelly and No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein.

    For a full list of the most recent 100 books added, check, “search our catalogue”.  Or better yet, stop in, have a coffee and take a stroll through the shelves – what better way to spend an almost spring afternoon or evening.

    Late breaking news flash!  Afternoon story time will return to the Pinawa Public Library starting Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2:15 p.m.  Join us for stories, songs, snacks and a simple craft.  Sponsored by Grassroots.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/26/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    February 26, 2018


    February 25 to March 3, 2018 is Freedom to Read week.  This is an annual event that is celebrated by libraries across Canada.  It encourages Canadians to think about their right to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Although it feels like it should be a given, freedom to read can never be taken for granted – schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves.  Go to to learn more about this, and to see a list of 100 works that have been challenged in recent decades.

    Since February 1, 2018 we have added 120 books to our NEW shelves!  I wonder if any have made the list?


    Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:45 for a fun evening story time! Wear your jammies, bring your favourite stuffed toy and settle in for some stories and a bedtime snack.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/19/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    February 19, 2018

    Stuffed animals reading

    Mark your calendar for our “Stuffed animal sleepover” on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:45!  This fun evening will be hosted by Nikki O’Connor and special guest readers.  Wear your jammies, bring your favorite stuffy and join us for stories and a bedtime snack.  This event is sponsored by Grassroots.

    Lyn Ewing has read and recommends Metis Beach by Claudine Bourbonnais. “This was an amazing read – written by a woman but told from the point of view of a young man.  I couldn’t put it down.” She also recommends Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  Lyn picked up this fantasy novel by mistake and thought “why not?”  It turns out she was gripped from the beginning.  “A great read.  You’ll want to know what happens next.”  Thanks for the recommendations Lyn!

    The other day a patron came in and checked out a number of children’s books.  We inquired if the grandchildren were coming for a visit but it turns out that she reads to them over Skype.  What a great idea!  That’s fun for the grandparents and kids and gives the parents a break as well.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/12/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    February 12, 2018


    Happy Valentine’s Day!  Why not try a new author or a book suggested by a friend?  Step out of your comfort zone and try a whole new genre!  Go on a blind date with a book – you might meet your perfect match!

    Not sure where to start? A quick search shows that we have 21 books with the word “Valentine” in the title. These span most genres and include Elizabeth’s Valentine by Francine Pascal (Junior Fiction), The Valentine Estate by Stanley Ellin (Crime), Valentine’s Day by Joyce Kessel (Non-Fiction), The Valentine Legacy by Catherine Coulter (Fiction) and many picture books and easy readers.

    If a movie night is in the cards, we have recently added 10 DVDs to our collection including Season One of Anne, 6 Days, Mother!, Passengers and The Great Beauty.

    In keeping with our theme we also have Be my Valentine, Charlie Brown and Franklin’s Valentine in children’s DVDs. You are sure to find something great to watch in our collection of over 1,100 movies!

    Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018 for Louis Riel Day.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/5/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    February 5, 2018


    Opportunity alert!  We are seeking a Part-time Library Assistant.

    • Up to 7 hours per week
    • Start date to be determined
    • Deadline for applications is Friday, February 9, 2018 at 4:00.

    See the full job posting at

    Here is a small sample of the new books added to our shelves this week:

    A Practical Guide to Self Massage by Mary Atkinson

    Strength Training for Women by Joan Pagano

    Killing Season by Faye Kellerman

    Zero Hour by Clive Cussler

    Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood

    Drop by and browse the many others added in the last few weeks or go to, “search our catalogue” and see the most recent 100 titles added!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/29/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    January 29, 2018

    I love to read

    In many parts of Canada and the United States, February means “I Love to Read Month,” an entire month dedicated to promoting a love of reading and being read to. This idea, started many years ago, has been gaining popularity among schools and libraries throughout North America. Parents, too, have adopted the idea of a month to promote reading as a shared family activity. Prefer a solitary read enjoying the peace and quiet?  Also encouraged!

    February is an ideal time to renew an interest in books and storytelling. Holiday celebrations are well in the past, interest in presents may be waning, the delight in outside activities could be wearing thin, and spring is still a long way off.

    New to the library in Junior Fiction are books 1-8 in the Tom Gates series. Tom Gates is an irreverent yet ‘normal’ school kid who takes much delight in torturing his older sister Delia. He’s also a master homework escapologist and likes to spend his time doodling in his homework book and planning his next rehearsal with his band the Dog Zombies.

    The books are written in diary format, complete with funny illustrations.  We have it on excellent 10 year old authority that they are a hilarious, fun, and easy read.



  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/22/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    January 22, 2018

    book cake

    Author Joanne Fluke should enclose a cookie coupon with each book – it’s only fair after turning one’s thoughts to baking.  She brings new meaning to the phrase “I’d kill for a dessert.”  We have recently added Cinnamon Roll Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Double Fudge Brownie Murder and Wedding Cake Murder to our shelves.  These are numbers 15, 17, 18 and 19 in the Hannah Swensen series.

    Enjoy a mystery?  Can’t handle not knowing the solution to a riddle? How about this – we have added 36 books to our “new” shelves since the last Biblio File…what are they?  Come down and take a look – put your curiosity to rest!

    A new magazine has been added to our shelves as well, donated by patron Bob Dubreuil.  AramcoWorld is a publication to increase cross-cultural understanding by broadening knowledge of the histories, cultures and geography of the Arab and Muslim worlds and their global interconnections, past and present.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/15/2018)

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    The Biblio File 

    January 15, 2018


    Is it too soon to start spring cleaning?  Wishful thinking perhaps?

    We have started our annual magazine deletion (mid-winter clean?) and will be offering a whole year by the bundle for less than a cup of Starbucks coffee!  These are perfect for crafting, scrap-booking, reference, compiling ideas for your next trip, garden, meal, or closet makeover.  Maybe you’d enjoy flipping through them with a cup of coffee, reflecting on the amazing bargain that you just scored.  Come down and check them out on the table outside of the library.

    Some new DVDs have been added recently including The Osiris Child, Game of Thrones Season 7 (including Conquest & Rebellion, an animated history of the series), and the entire series of the hit TV show 24!

    Feeling the itch for a little escape this winter?  May we suggest a book – much cheaper and no worrying about what won’t fit into your carry-on.

    “A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair.” Katrina Mayer


  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/8/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    January 8, 2018

    Welcome back students!  We hope everyone had a great holiday and stayed warm!

    Did you know that during the year there are a number of literacy and library themed awareness weeks/days/months?  January 27, 2018 is Family Literacy Day.  This was first started in 1999 and highlights the importance of reading and engaging in literacy related activities as a family.  This year’s theme is “play.”  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    1. Enjoy a friendly game of Scrabble or work on the crossword together!
    2. Choose a book to read as a family, and then watch the movie together in your PJs. Talk about what you liked from the book and the movie (and don’t forget, lots of popcorn).
    3. Have kids plan a dream family trip. They can plan the whole thing – from hotel, to adventures, to flights. Build research skills while having fun.
    4. For younger children, create a grocery store scavenger hunt with the weekly shopping list.  Add a few items you don’t get all the time for a special treat.
    5. Get large sheets of paper and draw the rooms of your dream home. Add in the rooms you always wanted.
    6. Write down how to make your favourite family meal. Share the recipe with your friends and family or make a video showing how to make the meal.
    7. Encourage older kids to read and write through texting (if they must). Send them a link to an article you think they’ll like and ask them what they thought.
    8. Play word games! For younger children, say a word and have your friend say a new word that begins with the last letter of the word you just said (play, yellow, waffles, snow). Or play the dot game – go in a circle and have each person contribute a word toward a growing sentence.  Choose a point where the sentence should end and say “dot!” then start again.  This makes for some very interesting stories!

    Many, many new books have been added to our library over the past month.  Go to our website at, “Search our Catalogue” and browse through the “new” section to find something that catches your attention!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/1/2018)

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    The Biblio File
    January 1, 2018

    January 1, 2018 Biblio File

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Pinawa Public Library!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/25/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    December 25, 2017

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  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/18/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    December 18, 2017

    Got books for Dec 18th BF

    Don’t forget to stock up on books for the holidays! The library will be closed for the last week of December and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  (Then will be closed for the day and evening on Thursday, January 4, 2018 for floor waxing).

    Our very own head librarian has read and recommends Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis.

    “After ignoring Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis for two years, I finally read this book.  Initially it did not appeal to me and although it won the 2015 Giller Prize, it made the journey from New book shelf to the Adult Fiction shelves in the Library with little fanfare.  When Fifteen Dogs took first place in the 2017 Canada Reads CBC competition, I decided to give it a try.  A 160-page award-winning paperback was worth a look and not a huge investment in time if I didn’t like it.  To my surprise, Fifteen Dogs is actually about 15 dogs and was a great read!  Hermes and Apollo, two gods of Greek mythology, begin this novel with an argument about whether animals would be happier or worse off with human intelligence.  To test their theory, they grant intelligence to 15 dogs in a vet clinic in Toronto.  The dogs subsequently break free and live their lives.  As they struggle with their new thoughts and feelings, their story is both entertaining thought-provoking.

    A happy coincidence for me was that I read Fifteen Dogs while on a visit this summer in the High Park area of Toronto, the setting for most of the book.  Dog walkers are everywhere in the park and surrounding streets.  Many shops along Bloor offer a bowl of water on the sidewalk at their entrance and permit customers and their dogs inside.  On daily walks with my sister and her black lab I couldn’t help but look at these real dogs differently.  What were they thinking?  In High Park we wandered along the trails where the fictitious dogs of the novel took shelter and passed restaurant and picnic areas where they scavenged for food, bringing the story to life for me.  However, you don’t have to travel to High Park to enjoy this book and I’d encourage anyone to try it.”

    New DVDs:  Vera set 7, The Hunger Games – Mockingjay part 1 and 2

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/7/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    December 11, 2017


    ‘Tis the season to be reading!

    Please join us at the library on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 6:45 to 7:30 pm for Christmas Story Time! There will be special guest readers along with your hostess for the evening, Michelle McMahon.  Step out of the cold and into the reading area for stories, rhymes, songs and a snack.  PJs, Santa hats and Christmas sweaters welcome.

    Please note that afternoon story time (Thursdays at 2:15) will be held at the F. W. Gilbert school during the winter weather and will return to the library in the spring.

    Congratulations to Gary and Grace Simmons who won the book raffle at the Pinawa Winter Market – thanks to them and everyone for your support of the PPL!

    Librarian’s Choice book review:

    “I wanted a captivating book to help beat the November blahs and Kristen Hannah’s Night Road did not disappoint.  The story is both tragic and hopeful as Judy Farraday, a mother of twin teenagers, is faced with the challenge of when to hold on, and when to let go.  A spellbinding narrative that drives home the message that forgiveness of both self and others is the only way to free yourself and your loved ones from a life of misery.”


  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/4/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    December 4, 2017

    Book snowman  Book tree

    Happy December!

    In keeping with the season, we have added a few timely books to our shelves this week:

    Home for the Holidays by Debbie Macomber, Secret Santa by Fern Michaels, Hot Flash Holidays by Nancy Thayer and A Very Merry Christmas by Geronimo Stilton. Fans of the Kratt brothers will be happy to see that  we have added A Creature Christmas to our kids DVD collection this week as well.

    With all the white outside it seems like a good time to bring a little green into the conversation.  On the librarian desk you will find a stack of “Green Planet for kids” booklets – drop by and pick one up. This little publication uses fun cartoons to teach kids about energy consumption and how to save water and electricity.  It also discusses  the reduce/reuse/recycle trio, composting, making good choices and offers up many other neat tips that help to make a difference.

    Speaking of segues…do you have any extra plastic bags?  We would love a few at the library for our “books by the bag” sales shelves.  Please consider dropping off a few next time you are in.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/27/2017)

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    books and gifts New Sunday hours

    The Biblio File
    November 27, 2017

    Come and see us at Pinawa’s 13th Annual Winter Town Market on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00-3:00! This great event is held in the Pinawa Community Centre, 20 Vanier Drive.  The library will have a table of nearly-new and buy-by-the-bag books!  Perfect to add alongside the gifts under the tree.  Pinawa’s own Mike Luke will be there with his books, as will Gerald Kuehl with his book “Portraits of the North.” Support local!

    EXCITING NEWS!  For those who like to enjoy Sunday afternoons at the library – we are now open Sundays from 1:00-4:00!  It’s amazing how much you canf it into an extra hour!

    Kay Harvey has donated another BBC hit series to the library – Keeping Up Appearances.  This series highlights the life of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet, if you please) who lives to impress. And she has no patience for people who pretend to be superior — because that makes it “so much harder for those of us who really are.” Assured of her own eminence, she spends her days trying to make sure everyone else is, too. Her down-market sisters, Rose and Daisy, are a challenge, but she’s always willing to talk about her rich sister Violet.  This snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family’s working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.  You will find all 8 seasons at the PPL!

    A few other DVDs have been added recently as well including Ballerina, Beauty and the Beast, The Book of Henry, and Sit and Be Fit.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/20/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    November 20, 2017

    Do you ever find yourself influenced by Oprah’s Book Club picks?  Heather’s Picks at Chapters? Suggested reading and Top 10 lists on Sometimes it’s interesting to see what others are reading and their favorites. Or maybe it’s fun to step outside of your regular genre and try something new.

    We would like to introduce a new idea – PPL’s very own “Librarian’s Choice” book reviews!  Every now and then you will find a book review by one of our own.  Why not start now?

    The Good Luck Girl by Kerry Reich was a pleasant surprise.  Originally chosen to be a quirky and fun beach read about a post-college slacker, this book takes an interesting turn half-way.  In the beginning we meet Maeve,  a 20-something girl who can’t decide on which road to take in life. She is tired of being labeled irresponsible and after consulting Facebook, decides on a whim to drive across the country to L.A.  Her car breaks down en route and she ends up being stranded in Unknown, Arizona. It is here that she ends up facing the reality of her past.  It is both funny and moving in equal measures.”

    Abibliophobia: the fear of running out of reading material.  Don’t let this happen to you!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/13/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    November 13, 2017


    Well, it looks like the snow is here to stay.

    Did you know that the library has 97 books and 3 DVDs with the word “snow” in the title? These span every genre including Fiction (A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diane Gabaldon), Teen (Snow Apples by Mary Razzell), Crime (Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark), Picture books (Dream Snow by Eric Carle), Junior Fiction (Crystal the Snow Fairy by Rosie Meadows), Non-Fiction (Tigers in the Snow by Peter Matthiessen), and in Large Print books, Whiter than Snow by Sandra Dallas.

    Books are like snowflakes – no two are alike.

    When it snows you have two choices – shovel, or read.  Put your boots on and come see us at the library!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/6/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    November 6, 2017

    We are doing some rearranging and will be looking for new homes for our National Geographic collection – do you need just one? The year?  The whole collection?  Could you use these for crafts?  For reference?  Are they vintage collectibles worth millions on eBay? You decide.

    A few of the many new books added to the shelves this week include Fairytale by Danielle Steel, Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer, and Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King in Fiction, Haunted by James O. Born and James Patterson and The Rooster Bar by John Grisham in Crime, and The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman in Teen.

    Knowledge is free at the library – just bring your own container.

    Don’t forget to join us for Story Time on Wednesdays at 2:15 and The Knit Shift Thursdays at 1:00!

    “The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library” Albert Einstein.  We are more than just books.