Biblio File

  • 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.




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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    August 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    August 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 29, 2019

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

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

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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 15, 2019

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

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



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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    July 1, 2019

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

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

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


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

    Pinawa Public Library

    The Biblio File
    June 24, 2019

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

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

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