Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/17/2022)

    The Biblio File
    January 17, 2022

    Our librarians have collected a few of their favorite reads of 2021 for the in-library display this month.  These books didn’t have to be written or released in 2021, just read and loved by one of us!  If you are looking to try something read and recommended, check out some of our choices:

    The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

    Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens

    After River by Donna Milner

    The Last Flight by Julie Clark

    Destination Wellness by Annie Daly

    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

    The Therapist by B.A. Paris

    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

    When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

    Riders by Veronica Rossi

    Road Ends by Mary Lawson



  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/10/2022)

    The Biblio File
    January 10, 2022

    Well, this year is starting out very similar to the past few years – everyone is trying to keep busy, figure out ways to make things happen in “the new normal” and generally working hard to keep safe and keep spirits up.  This might be a good time to start a new hobby, craft or course. Perhaps get a head start on spring cleaning (wishful thinking?). Get outside for some fresh air with a hike, ski or snowshoe.

    At the library we always default to grabbing a book and settling in for a read with a comforting “hot beverage” as recommended by Sheldon Cooper for anything that ails you.  Did you know that the PPL has 49 books with the word “happy” in the title, 10 with “inspiration” and 22 with “joy”?  Sometimes starting something new is just what we need to keep us content, motivated and curious.

    Cozy reading art by Oh Jess Marie.



  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/3/2022)

    The Biblio File
    January 3, 2022

    Happy New Year from the PPL! We hope everyone had a safe and cozy holiday.  The world right now is a little bit crazy and we feel like books are a safe haven where you can escape reality for a little while.  Online you can find many 2022 reading lists and challenges – find one that both suits your personality but also pushes you out of your comfort zone a little. Here is a reading challenge to offer some armchair travel if you are missing the real thing.  Do you have a favorite book that takes place in a different country and makes you feel like you are there?


  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/20/2021)

    The Biblio File
    December 20, 2021

    Two things – how great is this idea?? And where can I get some of those snowman marshmallows?

    Please note that the library will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2021 to Saturday, January 1, 2022 inclusive, for holidays.  We will re-open on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 1:00.  All of us at the PPL wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday!

    People who like to wait until the last minute – take note!  We have loads of books for sale at the library.  Plan for Jolabokaflod and beyond!

  • The Bilbio File: Library News (12/13/2021)

    The Biblio File
    December 13, 2021

    Who doesn’t love Top 10 lists?  Bookbrowse has doubled that with their “Top 20 Best of the Year,” chosen by their subscribers.

    The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

    Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

    Bewilderment by Richard Powers

    Three Girls from Bronzeville by Dawn Turner

    The Magician by Colm Toibin

    Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger

    The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fannone Jeffers

    A Million Things by Emily Spurr

    The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristen Harmel

    The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

    The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi

    The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

    Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

    Project Hail Mary by Andy Wier

    Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

    The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacason

    The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

    Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

    Stories from Suffragette City by M.J. Rose, Fiona Davis

    The list is further broken down into 4 top awards:  Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction, Best Debut and Best Young Adult novel categories for 2021 revealing subscriber’s choices for the top prizes.  Learn more about these books and see what else Bookbrowse has to offer patrons of the PPL at





  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/6/2021)

    The Biblio File
    December 6, 2021

    Is the winter weather officially here?  For those of you that see a temperature below -10 and think it’s time to stay in and read by the fire – here are a few more from our Patron’s Choice Awards:

    The Iron Rose, the Extraordinary Life of Charlotte Ross, MD by Fred Edge

    The Road from Coorain by Jill Conway

    The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature by Sharon Butala

    Educated by Tara Westover

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Pro tip:  For the next few months make sure you have a toque, a blanket and some hot chocolate for these bonus reading times.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/29/2021)

    The Biblio File
    November 29, 2021

    Well, we blinked and now it’s almost December.  Here are a few book related activities.  A Christmas reading challenge that is meant for kids but could easily be enjoyed by adults!  Who doesn’t want to read in a den/fort?? And to get you thinking about the New Year – a fun reading challenge that, unless you are a seriously dedicated bookworm, should keep you busy for the entire year.  Need books?  We can help.

    Have you ever thought you should read a book because everyone else seems to love it?  It’s on every best seller list and its praises are being sung by young and old…. but you just can’t get into it?  When is it ok to give up on a book?  A few chapters in?  At least a quarter way through?  Never??  People usually fall into one of two camps:  “I started it so I must finish it” or “There are so many good books out there, why am I wasting my time?”   What do you think?  Asking for a friend…

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/22/2021)

    The Biblio File
    November 22, 2021

    Calling all eBook readers!  We are hoping to start our own collection of eBooks at the PPL and would appreciate some input.  Please email the library at with suggestions for titles, genres, any recommendations and thoughts about what you’d like to see in our collection.

    Looking for a few extra gifts to put under the tree or to fill up a stocking?  We have used books for sale outside of the library – choose your favorites and then make a donation to the library – it’s a win-win! We also have our “Nearly New” books for sale inside the library – take a look next time you stop by.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/15/2021)

    The Biblio File
    November 15, 2021

    Library patron George Gibson has kindly provided a book review – thank you George!

    I have just finished reading J. S. Milloy’s A National Crime, 1999. Pinawa Public Library 371.829 MIL.

    Milloy (Oxford scholar, Professor of History and Native Studies at Trent University) was tasked in 1996 with researching and creating a factual report detailing the history of the Residential School System for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The resulting research paper was titled Suffer the Little Children and was published by the Commission in 1999. Later the same year, the author published this revised and adapted version for broader readership. Milloy’s title A National Crime harks back to Dr. P.H. Bryce’s slim publication of 1922 which was titled The Story of a National Crime and which was the first formal publication damning the operation of the schools and calling for major changes.

    A National Crime is an eminently credible report on the state of knowledge of the Residential School System at its publication date of 1999 — before the federal apology of 2008, before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report of 2015 (which only added to but did not contradict Milloy), and before the children began to speak from their shallow graves in 2020.

    This book should be seen as required reading for anyone who does not have direct experience but who wishes to understand what happened and how it happened, and who wishes to be able to engage in any sort of informed discussion on the topic of indigenous residential schools in Canada.

    Remember our Zoom Room?  Are you planning any online get-togethers over the holidays?  If it’s easier for you to stay at home for meetings or chatting with family and friends give us a call – we can tell you how to use this patron perk from the comfort of your living room.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/8/2021)

    The Biblio File
    November 8, 2021

    The winner of this year’s Booker Prize is The Promise by Damon Galgut.  “The Promise is set in South Africa during the country’s transition out of apartheid, and explores the interconnected relationships between the members of a diminishing white family through the sequential lens of four funerals.  The Promise is Galgut’s ninth novel and first in seven years. His debut was published when he was just seventeen.”

    The library will be closed on Thursday, November 11th.  Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. In most countries, Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of First World War hostilities. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

    During the Second World War, many countries changed the name of the holiday. Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day.




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

    The Biblio File
    November 1, 2021

    Well look at that – November 1st and it’s winter.  Seems like a good day to highlight a few more of our PPL Patron’s Choice book awards, in case you were looking for a reason to stay home and read.

    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

    The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand


    It looks like the library ghost took a quick detour from trick-or-treating last night to pop by the library and push another book off the shelf – Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews.

    “Florence Darrow is a small-town striver who believes that she’s destined to become a celebrated writer. When she stumbles into the opportunity to become the assistant to “Maud Dixon,” a celebrated-but anonymous-novelist (think: Elena Ferrante), she believes that the universe is finally providing her big chance. The arrangement feels idyllic; Helen can be prickly, but she is full of pointed wisdom on both writing and living. She even invites Florence along on a research trip to Morocco, where her new novel is set. Florence has never been out of the country before; maybe, she imagines, she’ll finally have something exciting to write about herself.

    But when Florence wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car crash, and Helen is dead, she begins to imagine what it might be like to ‘upgrade’ into not only Helen’s life, but also that of Helen’s bestselling pseudonym, Maud Dixon…”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/18/2021)

    The Biblio File
    October 18, 2021

    It’s not great outside and you are looking for a reason to stay in.  You are feeling creative but not sure what to do. You need to get a few things done but the kids/grand-kids are demanding your immediate attention.  What’s the solution to these predicaments?  Crafts!  The library has a lot of great crafting and idea books for both kids and adults – come check them out!  Coincidentally the library ghost left “Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts and Socks” on the floor after the children’s craft books were pulled for display.  I guess he didn’t want anyone to feel left out.

    And speaking of segues check out these clay workshops offered by the Art Gallery – try something new!



  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/11/2021)

    The Biblio File
    October 11, 2021

    Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

    The library ghost chose Sussex Drive by Linda Svendsen this week.  We have to assume he read the whole book cover to cover because there wasn’t a bookmark to be found.

    “A startingly funny and deeply satisfying satirical novel that makes the Canadian political scene accessible from the female perspective, behind the scenes at the top of the hill.

    Torn from the headlines, Sussex Drive is a rollicking, cheeky, alternate history of big-ticket political items in Canada told from the perspectives of Becky Leggatt (the sublimely capable and manipulative wife of a hard-right Conservative prime minister) and just a wink away at Rideau Hall, Lise Lavoie (the wildly exotic and unlikely immigrant Governor General)—two wives and mothers living their private lives in public.
    Set in recent history, when the biggest House on their turf is shuttered not once, not twice, but three times, Becky and Lise engage in a fight to the death in a battle that involves Canada’s relationship to the United States, Afghanistan and Africa. The rest of the time, the women are driving their kids.

    From Linda Svendsen’s sharp and wicked imagination comes a distaff Ottawa like no other ever created by a Canadian writer, of women manoeuvring in a political world gone more than a little mad, hosting world leaders, dealing with the challenges of minority government, and worrying about teen pregnancies and their own marriages. As they juggle these competing interests, Becky and Lise are forced to question what they thought were their politics, and make difficult choices about their families and their futures—federal and otherwise.”

    Here are the next 10 on our list for the PPL Patron’s Choice Award:

    The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

    Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

    The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

    Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler

    Jack by Marilynne Robinson

    Please keep sending us your choices!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/4/2021)

    The Biblio File
    October 4, 2021

    We will be closed on Sunday, October 10th and Monday, October 11th for Thanksgiving.  Be sure to stop in this week – you don’t want to run out of reading material over the weekend.

    Well it looks like fall but still feels like summer – what a perfect combination.  Do you find that your reading preferences change with the seasons?  Some prefer beach reads in the winter to help them escape while others embrace the cold with books set in the mountains, ski lodges and the arctic.  Fall invokes images of putting your feet up (in fuzzy socks of course) with a hot chocolate by the fire and a big stack of books.  What are your favorite seasonal reads?  This is the perfect time to start compiling your winter reading list – if you have a suggestion for our shelves – please let us know!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/27/2021)

    The Biblio File
    September 27, 2021

    September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day gives an opportunity to reflect, to learn about, and to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.  The library will be closed on this day.

    This week the library ghost has chosen Red Swan by P.T. Deutermann for your reading pleasure.

    “Set in contemporary Washington D.C., Red Swan begins with an ominous phone call from Carson McGill, the Deputy Director of Operations in the CIA, to retired CIA officer Preston Allender. Henry Wallace is dead. A behind-the-scenes operator at the CIA, Wallace was integral to the Agency’s secret war against China’s national intelligence service, which infiltrates government and military offices, major businesses, and systems crucial to our security. Wallace had severely damaged China’s Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse, a so-called “black swan,” in which a deep-undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official. Now, Wallace’s mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the Agency.

    But as Allender quietly investigates, he makes a shocking discovery that will up-end the entire American Intelligence apparatus.  For Wallace’s black swan operation may have be turned against the CIA: a Red Swan is flying and the question is: who is she, what is her target, and where will she land?”


  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/20/2021)

    The Biblio File
    September 20, 2021

    This year the theme for the Booker prize is “immersive books that felt transporting in a year when so many of us have been confined to home”.  Novels set in Sri Lanka and South Africa, Cardiff Bay and the outer cosmos are among those to have been chosen for this year’s Booker Prize Shortlist.  The winner will be announced on November 3, 2021.

    Anuk Arudpragasam – A Passage North. The Sri Lankan author explores the lasting effects of the trauma and violence of his country’s 30-year civil war, and a past love affair.  As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province to attend a family funeral so begins an astonishing passage into the innermost reaches of a country.  At once a powerful meditation on absence and longing, this procession to a pyre “at the end of the earth” lays bare the imprints of an island’s past and the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek.

    Damon Galgut – The Promise. The South African writer’s novel follows a white family over the decades from the Apartheid era. The narrator’s eye shifts and blinks, deliciously lethal in its observation of the crash and burn of a white South African family.  On their farm outside of Pretoria, the Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral.  The younger generation detests everything the family stands for, not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life.  After years of service Salome was promised her own house, her own land, yet somehow as each decade passes that promise remains unfulfilled.

    Patricia Lockwood – No One Is Talking About This. This is the first novel by the American poet and memoirist.  A social media guru travels the world, her entire existence overwhelmed by the internet, or what she terms as “the portal.”  “Are we in hell?” the people of the portal ask themselves.  “Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?”  Two urgent texts from her mother pierce the guru’s bubble.  As real life collides with the absurdity of the portal she confronts a world that seems to suggest there are goodness, empathy and justice in the universe – and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

    Nadifa Mohamed- The Fortune Men.  This book is set in the docks of post-war Cardiff Bay and fictionalizes the story of Mahmood Mattan, a Somali sailor who was wrongly accused of murder. Mahmood Mattan is a father, a chancer, a petty thief.  Many things in fact, but he is not a murderer. So when a shopkeeper is brutally killed and all eyes fall on him, Mahmood isn’t too worried – secure in his innocence in a country where justice is served.  But as the trial nears it starts to dawn on him that he is in a fight for his life against conspiracy, prejudice and the ultimate punishment.  In the shadow of the hangman’s noose he realizes that the truth may not be enough to save him.

    Richard Powers – Bewilderment. This Pulitzer winning author writes a deeply moving and brilliantly original novel. Theo Byrne is an astrobiologist.  He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine year old boy.  Robin is loving, funny and full of plans to save the world.  He is also about to be expelled for smashing his friend’s face in with a metal thermos.  What can a father do when the only solution offered is to put his boy on psychoactive drugs?  What can he say when his boy asks why we are destroying the world?  The only thing to do is to take the boy to other planets, while helping to save this one.

    Maggie Shipstead – Great Circle. This novel intertwines the stories of a daring post-war female pilot and a 21st century Hollywood actress who is trying to rescue her reputation by making a film about her.  Marian Graves was a daredevil all her life, from her wild childhood in the forests of Montana to her daring wartime Spitfire missions.  In 1950 she sets off on her ultimate adventure – the Great Circle – a flight around the world.  She is never seen again.  Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a scandal-ridden Hollywood actress whose own parents perished in a plane crash, is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves.  This role will lead her to uncover the real mystery behind the vanished pilot.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/28/2021)

    The Biblio File
    June 28, 2021

    Huge congratulations and kudos to the PSS Grads of 2021!!  This has not been an easy year – you have all risen to the occasion and made your town so proud!  We wish you great success in whatever path you choose to follow!  (If the path is long, bring a book!)

    We would like to say a special congratulations, thank you and farewell to 2021 graduate Emily – our student librarian and friend.  We hope you enjoyed your time with us and wish you all the best!  And another special congratulations and welcome to 2021 graduate Liz who will be joining our library family starting this summer!

    June is Pride Month and June 28th is Pride Day in Canada.  Let’s acknowledge and respect LGBTQ+ history, the hardships they have endured and the progress that has been made.  In Canada there have been many turning points, many struggles and many celebrations.   Let’s be a country that can be known for and proud of its kindness and diversity.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/21/2021)

    The Biblio File
    June 21, 2021

    As you can imagine with the library closed to patrons it is very, very quiet.  We may not have noticed before when a book jumped off a shelf – we just assumed someone bumped into the shelf or didn’t put the book back properly.  Now that we have had time and quiet to reflect on the many mysterious books and binder (open with the pages out!) found on the floor some mornings we can only conclude that it’s our friendly neighbourhood library ghost.  Starting today we will be making a list of the books that the ghost chooses to highlight and recommend by kindly leaving them out for us.  Coincidentally (or not), the binder that was found on the floor and open was our “Looking for Something Good to Read?” suggestions and reviews binder.

    Librarian book review!

    While weeding through our fiction collection to create space for new books, I came across After River by Canadian author Donna Milner.  It fit the first criteria for being relegated to the discard pile:  it had not been checked out in over 10 years.  But one glance at the inside flap had me hooked. From the very beginning the author alludes to the fact that the lives of 15 year old Natalie Ward and her nearly perfect family would be forever changed when a soft spoken Vietnam war resister shows up to work on their southern BC farm.  As I got to know and trust the main characters, I became intrigued as to what could possibly happen between these exemplary people that would cause Natalie’s relationship with her family to be shattered and have her running to avoid them for the next 35 years.

    After River illustrates how shame and secrets can destroy relationships with those we love the most, and the power of truth and forgiveness to bring about redemption.  For me, it also served as a reminder to browse some of our older less checked out books for a great read.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/14/2021)

    The Biblio File
    June 14, 2021

    The library is excited to announce a new monthly newsletter straight to your in-box – the Junior Biblio File!  It will be focused on all things kids and young adult – from toddlers to teens.  It will list some of our new books, provide some reviews, let you know about kids programming and what kinds of great things young people can find and do in the library!  Our first one will be going out on June 18th but the rest will be published the first week of every month.  This month we are a little behind – we blame the heat, covid, and possibly Voldemort.

    Please do not leave books outside during our closed hours.  There is a very good chance they will be lost or soaked.  Rule of thumb – if there isn’t a return box there, please wait until there is.  If a book is left during closed hours and it becomes misplaced or destroyed it will be the responsibility of the last person who had it to replace it.  Currently we are open for pick-up and returns on Tuesday – Friday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 only.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (6/7/2021)

    The Biblio File
    June 7, 2021

    With the discovery of the bodies of 215 children by the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, the Pinawa Public Library recognizes that it is located on Treaty 3 territory, the homeland of the Anishinaabe Nation. We empathise with the children’s families, the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc community, and all survivors of residential schools for whom this has made horrible memories resurface.

    The Pinawa Public Library has fiction and non-fiction books about residential schools and the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We hope that by recognizing Canada’s past and the problems that still exist, and by making these books visible, our library is a safe space for our Indigenous patrons, and a place for learning for our non-Indigenous patrons.



    You can find more books about Indigenous people, history and experiences by searching the keyword “Indigenous” in the Search Our Catalogue function on our website.

    For more information on Treaty 3 territory and the Anishinaabe Nation, you can visit Home – Grand Council Treaty #3 (