Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/13/2020)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    January 13, 2020

    Canada Reads is an annual “battle of the books” competition organized and broadcast by the CBC.  The longlist consists of 15 books which will be pared down to the final 5 on January 22, 2020.  Five chosen personalities will then extol the merits of each of the books. The debate is broadcast over a series of five programs (March 16-19, 2020) and at the end of each episode, the panelists vote one title out of the competition until only one book remains.  (It’s like Survivor but with more books and less torches). This book is then billed as the book that all of Canada should read. The theme for this year is:  One book to bring Canada into focus.

    The longlist includes:  NDN Coping Mechanisms by Billy-Ray Belcourt, Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles, Radicalized by Cory Doctorow, Sputnik’s Children by Terry Favro, Amphibian by Carla Gunn, We Have Always Been Here by Samra Babib, Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox, The Dishwasher by Stephane Larue (translated by Pablo Strauss), Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, The Youth of God by Hassan Ghendi Santur, From the Ashes by Jessee Thistle, The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp, Worry by Jessica Westhead, The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter, Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong.

    Storytime will start up again this week!  The theme this week is dinosaurs and the Wednesday at 2:15 storytime with a craft will now be held at the F.W. Gilbert school library until the weather warms up.  Thursday morning story times are 9:30 at the daycare and 10:30 with us at the PPL.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (1/6/2020)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    January 6, 2020

    Happy first official Biblio File of the New Year!  To ring in the New Year we would like to introduce our new and improved coffee nook!  We have revamped the area to include a new coffee machine and organic fair trade coffee.  For this week (January 6th to 10th) we would like to offer free coffee to our patrons and encourage you to bring in some of your left over holiday dainties to share!  We planned to promote this as a generous way to help you to clear out your freezer but the truth is we just love dainties. After this initial week, to encourage a greener environment, coffee will be $2.00 unless you bring your own cup – then price will drop to $1.00.

    What are your reading resolutions for this year?  Have you always wanted to read the classics?  Maybe you’d like to read one book a month?  Start up a book club?  Set a goal to finish off (or start) your nightstand TBR pile?  Challenge yourself to read something outside of your regular book choices this year – you might find a whole new genre to explore. The beauty of the library is that it’s risk (and cost) free to try something new!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/23/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    December 23, 2019

    Happy holidays everyone!  We will be open tonight, Monday, December 23rd from 6:30-9:00 and then closed for holidays until Thursday, January 2, 2020.  Public Service Announcement:  DO NOT GO BOOKLESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  Make sure that you are stocked up – come see us tonight.  Many new and “new to us” books have been added to our NEW shelves over the last week.

    If you are a fan of the Shopaholic series then you won’t want to miss out on this one – just in time for Christmas.  Feelings toward the series star Becky Bloomwood can go either way – you either love her quirky haphazard ways, or feel like you are reading an endless episode of Three’s Company where you just wish everyone would communicate already!! Whichever feelings these books muster up, they are still a fun, easy read for the holidays!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/16/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    December 16, 2019

    Just a heads-up that we will be closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for the holidays!  Don’t be caught without something to read over the break! Fun fact: we have 213 books in the library with the word “Christmas” in the title…get festive!


    If you are looking for an easy read set in a tropical location to take your mind of the cold we suggest books one and two of the Paradise trilogy by Elin Hilderbrand.  Book three won’t be out until the new year so you will be left on the edge of your seat!

    “Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John.

    After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/9/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    December 9, 2019


    You know what’s fun?  Graphic novels!  We have been doing some reorganizing.  The junior/teen and adult graphic novels now all have their own section.  Some of these are purely for entertainment but others are new fun ways to learn – think Manga Shakespeare (if you can).  Graphic novels can be the start of a love for reading – at any age.

    Number 15 in the Inspector Gamache series has arrived!  Get your name on the reserve list!

    “It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.
    As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.
    Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search.
    As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/2/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    December 2, 2019


    Happy December!  Come down to the library with the kids and spend some time in our children’s area!  There’s something for all ages – board books, picture books, first readers, easy read, junior fiction and junior and early years non-fiction!  Did you know that we also have children’s magazines and lots of movies?

    Join us at the library on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 7:00 for our evening Christmas story time.  There will be guest readers, songs and a bedtime snack.  Wear your comfy pajamas!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/25/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    November 25, 2019

    Shop local!  Don’t miss Pinawa’s 15th annual Winter Town Market on Saturday December 7, 2019 at the Pinawa Community Centre!  The library will have a table of amazing bargains!  Perfect for in a stocking or under the tree…or just to you from you!

    Ian Williams has won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize of $100,000.00, Canada’s richest literary award for fiction, for his novel Reproduction.

    “Felicia and Edgar meet as their mothers are dying. Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family, come together only because their mothers share a hospital room. When Felicia’s mother dies and Edgar’s “Mutter” does not, Felicia drops out of high school and takes a job as Mutter’s caregiver. While Felicia and Edgar don’t quite understand each other, and Felicia recognizes that Edgar is selfish, arrogant, and often unkind, they form a bond built on grief (and proximity) that results in the birth of a son Felicia calls Armistice. Or Army, for short.

    Some years later, Felicia and Army (now 14) are living in the basement of a home owned by Oliver, a divorced man of Portuguese descent who has two kids–the teenaged Heather and the odd little Hendrix. Along with Felicia and Army, they form an unconventional family, except that Army wants to sleep with Heather, and Oliver wants to kill Army. Then Army’s fascination with his absent father–and his absent father’s money–begins to grow as odd gifts from Edgar begin to show up. And Felicia feels Edgar’s unwelcome shadow looming over them. A brutal assault, a mortal disease, a death, and a birth reshuffle this group of people again to form another version of the family.

    Reproduction is a profoundly insightful exploration of the bizarre ways people become bonded that insists that family isn’t a matter of blood.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/18/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    November 18, 2019

    Do you have some extra change in your couch cushions or drink holder?  Do you often find stray coins in the washer or dryer?  We are starting to take the 2018 magazines off the shelf to make room for new issues and they will be sold by the bundle!  Great for crafts, scrapbooks, or just leaving on the table to leaf through with a cup of coffee.  Make sure to check them out the next time you are outside the library!

    We think it’s safe to say that the snow is here to stay.  What’s better on a cold day that a cup of hot chocolate and a good book?  We are busy adding new books to our shelves daily.  To see the newest 100 books added just go to our website and “search our catalogue.”  The most recently added books will show, along with the most recently viewed.  Grab a scarf and come for a browse and a visit – our reading area is looking especially cozy with our chess set, ongoing jigsaw puzzle, coffee table magazines and our new travel and culture display.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/11/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    November 11, 2019


    We are very lucky to have such a supportive community!  We would like to extend a big thank you to all that attended our Quiz Night – with your help we raised $3,437.18 for the library!

    We would also like to thank The Pinawa Foundation, the Youth in Philanthropy Club, The Lion’s Club and all of the individuals who generously donated to our travel and culture centre! We couldn’t do it without you!

    We will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 for Remembrance Day.  There is a reason that we have the freedom to read – always remember the sacrifices that were made, and be grateful.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/4/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    November 4, 2019

    The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is a two-week-long learning experience during which students study the interwoven First and Second World War history of Canada, Great Britain, and France.  Sixteen prizes were awarded: fourteen for Canadian students, one for a British student from Great Britain, and one for a French student from France.  Our own Sophie Long was one of the Canadian students awarded this prestigious prize.

    For two weeks this summer, in Belgium and France, Sophie, along with the other prize winners, attended lectures, visited former battlefields, trenches and underground tunnels, as well as museums and cemeteries, and explored monuments such as the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.  Prize recipients also participated in commemorative ceremonies and met a few of the remaining veterans and members of the French Resistance.

    Sophie will be talking about her experiences at the library on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00.  There will be complimentary croissants after the presentation.  Everyone welcome!

    What’s everyone reading?  What’s everyone buying? (Or might we suggest…borrowing?)  Did you know that on our website you can browse the Globe and Mail and New York Times Bestsellers and book review lists, along with Goodreads and CBC Books?  Just go to the “explore” tab.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/28/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    October 28, 2019


    The 2019 Booker Prize for fiction was announced on October 14, 2019.  The prize was awarded jointly to Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and Bernadine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other.  This was the first time that the prize was shared since 1992, despite a rule change barring joint winners.  This has sparked a lot of discussion both for and against the decision.

    The Knit Shift with Anne Shifflett is back at the library on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.  Share patterns and tips, get help if you are stuck or just chat with friends over a tea or coffee.  Everyone welcome!

    Be sure to join us for a special Halloween story time on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. There will be stories, songs, rhymes and a snack.  Don’t forget to dress up!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/21/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    October 21, 2019


    Have you been by the library lately and seen our new travel and culture display?  We have a fun new rotating bookcase filled with guides, interest and armchair travel books, and a brand new map and globe for you to peruse, or plan your next adventure! If you have any travel books or guides less than 5 years old that you are willing to part with we would love to take them off your hands. Or do you have any suggestions for books that we could add to this collection?  Let us know!

    Boo! Join us at the library on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for a s-BOOK-tacular Halloween story time!  There will be stories, songs, and a nighttime snack.  Don’t forget to dress up!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/14/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    October 14, 2019

    We will be closed on Sunday, October 13th and Monday, October 14th for Thanksgiving weekend.

    Have you ever read a book that you were thankful for?  Did it have an impact on your life or inspire you in some way?  Maybe it just gave you a laugh (or cry) when you really needed one.  We would love to hear about it.

    Home Grown alert!  Patron Myrna Tiede dropped off at book to our library a few weeks ago written (and generously donated) by her brother, Gary Schnellert.  Small Farm in the Swamp is a series of short stories about their childhood years on a small farm in a one bedroom house with no running water.

    “Enjoy a nostalgic trip back in time to the 1950’s and travel with the Schnellert family and neighbors through a series of short stories that chronicle the struggles and hardships, triumphs and joys of life in the Beausejour, Glenmoor, and Overwater areas of rural Manitoba. These narratives, told with humor and fond recall, capture many situations the family faced and serves as a genuine reflection of the lifestyle that was instrumental in shaping an entire generation. The reader will be left with an appreciation of the tremendous work ethic, strong faith, and absolute determination of the family as they coped with the foibles of farming on reclaimed swampland. Together with his large extended family and a caring and united community the author recounts the joys, fears, sorrows, and always the unending hope they embraced as they tackled unique challenges in a joint effort to survive and thrive. On reading the collected stories one comes to appreciate fully the author’s words, “I got my first and most memorable education at the school of hard knocks on the family farm.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/7/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    October 7, 2019

    Congratulations to team “We Thought this was Multiple Choice” the winners of 2019 Quiz Night!  Kelly Klick, Tom McMahon, Heather Boer, Michelle Long, Jeff Long, Susan Barnett, Kevin Dearing and Miyoko Rasmussen – wear your medals proudly!  This lucky team won free registration for next year, books, and some seriously spiffy “brag” bags generously donated by Leave it 2 Lou Designs!

    Congratulations to Carol Sandul for winning the Chase the Ace side game, Kevin Dearing for winning the 50/50 draw and Georgina Milne who won the True/False game!  A great night was had by all and we are very grateful for the response to this fun fund raising event for our library!

    Do you like chess?  Patron Stan Sysdek has generously donated this lovely set to the library.  Grab a coffee and settle in for a game – we are so much more than just books!


    Did someone say coffee??  Cooler days = hot coffee and books.  We are working on something new for our library (stay tuned!) but in the meantime are offering our coffee and tea free while it lasts!  Bring your own travel mug and fuel up. The emoji is either very excited about this or very caffeinated – hard to say which.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/30/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    September 30, 2019

    Time and space are running out for our 9th annual quiz night!  Don’t miss out on this fun library fund raiser!  October 4, 2019, doors open at 6:30 at the Pinawa Community Centre.  Quiz night practice: who is the owner of this funky hourglass? Go!

    Grassroots – Pinawa Early Childhood Development Committee – has generously sponsored some exciting new editions to our Board and Picture books sections.  The Library Mouse books are a favourite – colorful and fun and set in…well, the library…so we love them!

    Story time is back!  Story time will be held on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings at the library!  It will begin on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 2:15 p.m., and Thursday October 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/23/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    September 23, 2019

    Have you registered for Quiz Night?  Run – don’t walk – to the library!  Today is the last day for early bird savings – $120.00 per team.  The price will change to $160.00 per team as of tomorrow, September 24, 2019.

    The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, who passed away from cancer the year before. The award recognized excellence in Canadian fiction – long format or short stories – and endowed a cash prize annually of $25,000.00, the largest purse for literature in the country.

    In 2005, the Giller Prize teamed up with Scotiabank to create the Scotiabank Giller Prize.  Now in its 26th year, the prize is focused on highlighting the very best of Canadian fiction.  This year, 117 works of literature were submitted for consideration, with the longlist narrowed down to 12.  The prize now awards $100,000.00 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000.00 to each of the finalists.  The winner will be announced on November 18, 2019.

    • Days by Moonlight by Andre Alexis
    • Testaments by Margaret Atwood
    • Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis
    • Greenwood by Michael Christie
    • Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles
    • Innocents by Michael Crummey
    • Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds
    • Late Breaking by K. D. Miller
    • Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin
    • Lampedusa by Steven Price
    • Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta
    • Reproduction by Ian Williams
  • 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.