Biblio File

  • 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?)

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/22/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 22, 2019

    The theme for evening story time on Tuesday April 23, 2019 at 7:00 is birthdays!  Come for stories, songs, rhymes and cake!  Everyone welcome.

    World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.  It was first organized by UNESCO in 1995.  Canada Book Day is celebrated on the same day to promote books and reading. We fully support taking as much time as possible on this day (and any day really) to take the time to read.

    In the spring when it’s melting and slushy out we hear people say “It’s the perfect reading weather!”  When it’s warm and sunny out we hear people say “It’s the perfect reading weather!”  When the leaves are falling and it’s cool and refreshing out we hear people say “It’s the perfect reading weather!”  When it’s cold and snowy out … okay you get it.  Reading can be enjoyed any day, any weather, any time, any place and by any age.  Visit the library!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/15/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 15, 2019

    Please note that the library will be closed on Friday, April 19th and Sunday April 21, 2019 for Easter weekend.

    There’s a slight chance that spring is on its way.  It’s the perfect time to sweep the winter out of your sunrooms and off your decks.  Consider taking a break from all that hard work by setting up a chair in the sun and grabbing your favorite reading material.  You may need a blanket.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/8/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 8, 2019

    We’ve been busy adding new and “new to us” books.  Over the month of March 60 new titles were added.  Come down and take a browse!

    P.S. Our books are much neater and easier to peruse than these.

    The library is an awesome place to work – if we do say so ourselves.  Please share this fun and interesting job opportunity with any students in your life.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (4/1/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    April 1, 2019

    When the e-reader was first put out there, many assumed that it would be the demise of the paper-filled book, and of libraries themselves.  That was over 20 years ago and we are still going strong!  The March 14, 2019 Clipper, when discussing local libraries, noted that “despite increased public access to online reading materials, attendance and activity at libraries has seen an increase from 2017 to 2018.” At the PPL, patron numbers have increased, as have number of books going out.  There is definitely a love for e-books as well and internet users have more than doubled.  We definitely see the appeal of the e-reader but are glad that people still love to come into the library and enjoy browsing the stacks. Thank you, patrons!

    Just days after his 90th birthday, Max Eisen has been named the winner of CBC’s annual Canada Reads competition for his Holocaust memoir By Chance Alone. Eisen’s 2016 book tells his story of being taken to Auschwitz at the age of 15 to work as a slave labourer. He came to Canada in 1949.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/18/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 18, 2019

    The shortlist has been announced for the annual Canada Reads debate.  During Canada Reads, five personalities champion five different books, each champion extolling the merits of one of the titles. The debate is broadcast over a series of five programs. At the end of each episode, the panelists vote one title out of the competition until only one book remains. This book is then billed as “the book that all of Canada should read.”  The theme for this year is “One Book to Move You,” and the debates take place March 25-28, 2019.

    The publisher of the winning Canada Reads title donates a portion of sales proceeds from the winning book to a charitable organization working in the field of literacy.

    The shortlist for 2019 includes Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung, Brother by David Chariandy, By Chance Alone by Max Eisen, Suzanne by Anais Barbeau-Lavalette and The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong.




  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/11/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 11, 2019

    Did you remember to change your clocks?  Moving the clocks forward gives us hope that spring might actually arrive, and gives us more evening light to read by! We have been busy cataloguing new (and new to us) books – stop by and check them out!

    Thank you to Tanis Thomas for this review of The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.   Tanis and her daughter both read and enjoyed this book.

    “Cherie Dimaline has written a strong story set in a dystopian future on Turtle Island (North America) that masterfully weaves contemporary and historical Indigenous culture and realities into a tale suitable for audiences ranging from teen to adult readers. While the main theme of the story is survival in a dark future, the message is one of hope, love, and humanity in the face of overwhelming challenges.  The protagonist, Frenchie, is a young man searching for his family and a sense of home with the survivors he encounters during his arduous journey “North” where Indigenous people are heading as they are being hunted by the government.  Without giving away too much of the story, there is heartbreak and joy experienced on his path, and in the end he learns about the meaning of strength, bravery, truth, and the will to live in a good way.  Overall, I think this is a great read for anyone interested in science fiction, Canada’s history, and the ongoing struggle for basic rights and equality that Indigenous people in our country face today.  It is a story that leaves this reader with a desire to learn more about Canadians shared history and future and to take action to help make the world a better place.”

  • The Biblio File: Library News (3/4/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    March 4, 2019

    When you think of a library, what comes to mind?  Do you imagine a quiet dusty place with severe looking employees just waiting to shush you?   Or do you picture a warm, welcoming place with comfy couches and chairs where you can laugh, chat, knit, work on a puzzle, read, do homework, scroll through your phone or just relax?

    Libraries are for people. We are enlisting your help to break the old library stereotype.  We want the word library to invoke a feeling of friendly fun and relaxation for people of all ages – with the added bonus of books, magazines and movies.

    Is there a chance that March might mean warmer temperatures and some melting snow?  It could go either way.  Don’t take the chance of being snowed in with no books!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (2/25/2019)

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    February 25, 2019

    We love reviews of our books!  Thank you to Jackie and Mike for your feedback.

    “Mike and I began reading The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada two weeks ago. We’ll be returning the four-volume set to the library shortly, but we feel we still have so much to learn from them.

    The first volume is full of maps which themselves are full of so much information we feel we haven’t absorbed everything we should. The other three volumes of the Atlas focus on Indigenous peoples – First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

    The volumes on each people are so accessible. They consist of articles that take up two pages and are written by many different authors. The topics are wide-ranging and current. We have learned about housing, relationship with the land, traditions, sport, language, education, and many other topics. On top of all the information in the text, there are many wonderful photographs of people, events, art, and history. And at the bottom of the pages there is a timeline highlighting events of importance for each people.

    We’ll be returning the volumes to the library soon because we want other people to have a turn with these books and their invaluable information. But we know that we’ll go back to reading them again and again, along the path to reconciliation towards which they point us. A great addition to our library!”

    Drop into the library on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 1:30 – volunteers will be here to help you with any questions about your device.  This event opportunity is offered by Two Rivers.