Summer at the Library newsletters

  • Summer at the Library Newsletter August 28, 2020 (8/28/2020)
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    Summer at the Library Newsletter
    August 28, 2020

     

     

    As the number of Covid-19 cases in Manitoba grows higher, the Pinawa Public Library is encouraging the use of masks when in close proximity with other patrons in the library. We have available disposable masks at the library in case you do not have your own. Further policy on masks may come in the upcoming weeks.

     

     

    This week’s book highlight is Songs for the End of the World, by Canadian author Saleema Nawaz. Written and revised between 2013 and 2019, Nawaz’s book about a new coronavirus draws many parallels with today’s situation. Her three main characters—a first responder in hard-hit New York, a pregnant singer questioning the world into which her child is coming, and a novelist whose bestseller is about a plague with eerie similarities—go through the pandemic creating connections to one another, and to the mysterious AMARIS girl, a woman at the first infection site. As the novel travels back and forth in time, it communicates a powerful message: none of us are ever truly alone, and realizing that may be what saves us.

    Be sure to check out the rest of our new books at the Pinawa Public Library!

  • Summer at the Library Newsletter August 21, 2020 (8/21/2020)

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    Summer at the Library Newsletter

    August 21, 2020

     

     

    Storytime is over for the summer as of this past Wednesday. We want to thank everyone who came out to listen to some stories, and we hope you enjoyed Storytime this year as much as we did. Thank you for making a different year a success!

     

     

    This week’s Book Highlight is Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump. This bestselling book is written by President Donald Trump’s niece, a clinical psychologist, who reveals how specific events, general family patterns and a strained relationship with his father helped create who Donald Trump is. Mary recounts her first-hand view of family events and history to create an understanding of what makes Donald and the rest of the Trump family tick, and what makes them powerful. This book is currently out, so make sure to put your name on the reserve list through our website, by phone/email or by coming down to the library.

    Be sure to check out the rest of our new books at the Pinawa Public Library!

  • Summer at the Library Newsletter August 14, 2020 (8/14/2020)
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    Summer at the Library Newsletter
    August 14, 2020

     

     

    On May 25, 2020, George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin triggered months of protests and social change that are still ongoing. To affirm that black lives matter, and recognizing our patrons might want to read about this subject, we have set up a Black Stories Matter book display, which displays books in our collection written by black authors.

     

     

    Next week is our last storytime of the summer, where we’ll be reading some of our favourite books, and have party-themed jokes, snacks and a craft. Reminder to register; all our Wednesday slots are filled, and we only have a couple slots open for Tuesday. We hope to see you and your kid/grandkid on the rocks in front of the library at 1:30 Tuesday or Wednesday!

     

     

    This week, Summer at the Library highlights She, a Scandinavian-style suspense crime novel by Scottish author Pete Brassett. The first book in the Detective Inspector Munro series, She follows burly Scottish Detective Inspector James Munroe and Charlotte West, a Detective Sergeant new to the force with lots to prove. Their first case together is a missing person investigation turned serial killer hunt that becomes deadly when bodies are found sliced to pieces. A woman was placed at the scene of the crime, but finding her identity turns out to be a challenge harder than either of them imagined.

    Be sure to check out the rest of our new books at the Pinawa Public Library!

  • Summer at the Library Newsletter August 7, 2020 (8/7/2020)
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    Summer at the Library Newsletter
    August 7, 2020

     

     

    Next week’s storytime theme is dinosaurs! Join us on the rocks in front of the library for dino-themed jokes, stories, snack and a craft. Registration is necessary; we only have a few spots left. We hope to see you on the rocks at 1:30 Tuesday or Wednesday!

     

     

    Our book highlight this week is Potlatch Blanket for a China Man, by Canadian author Mei-Li Lee. Drawing on the multicultural history of British Columbia, Lee’s historical fiction story follows Tew Kin, a young scholar, from his home in China to the new colony in a distant world. Tew makes new friendships and alliances amongst other marginalised peoples—First Nations, Blacks, Hawaiians, Mexicans—but an accusation of murder forces him to flee. Following Tew from China to Fort Hope, from Langley to Barkerville, Potlatch Blanket for a China Man gives another perspective on colonial Canada.

    Be sure to check out all our new books at the Pinawa Public Library!

  • Summer at the Library Newsletter July 31, 2020 (7/31/2020)
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    Summer at the Library Newsletter
    July 31, 2020

     

     

    Please note the library will be closed for the August Long Weekend. We re-open on Tuesday August 4 at 1:00. Have a great long weekend!

     

     

    Did you grow up on Robert Munsch books? Join us for a Robert Munsch-themed storytime next week with jokes, stories, snack and a craft! Registration is required. We hope to see you and your kids/grandkids on the rocks in front of the library at 1:30 Tuesday or Wednesday!

     

     

    This week, we highlight Possess the Air, a biography of Italian freedom fighters by Canadian author Taras Grescoe. In 1931, at the height of Mussolini’s power, leaflets dropped down onto Rome from the sky by resistance members determined to broadcast the dictator’s power and xenophobia. Possess the Air is an account of those fighters; ordinary Italian citizens who spoke up when most of the country remained silent or were willing to trade their liberty for the extreme nationalism and glory provided by fascism—elements that exist in society today.

    Be sure to check out the rest of our new books at the Pinawa Public Library!

  • Summer at the Library Newsletter July 24, 2020 (7/24/2020)
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    Summer at the Library Newsletter
    July 24, 2020

     

     

    Do you love stories that take you into a new world of fantasy and adventure? If so, come to storytime next week, where we’ll have magic-themed jokes, stories, snack and a craft. Remember to register! We hope to see you and your kids/grandkids on the rocks in front of the library at 1:30 Tuesday or Wednesday!

     

     

    This week, Summer at the Library highlights The War Widow, by Tara Moss; a crime novel set in Sydney, Australia just after the end of the Second World War. Billy Walker, the protagonist, is a former war correspondent, but finds herself pushed to the sidelines by the newspapers to find jobs for the returning soldiers. Billy decides to re-open her lost father’s private investigation agency, and clients start knocking. But then European immigrants appear at her door, their son missing, and as Billy starts to investigate, the people she questions show up dead. As the danger grows, Billy realizes that the aftereffects of the war are still haunting her and the rest of Sydney. This is the first book in the Billy Walker Mystery series.

    Be sure to check out the rest of our new books at the Pinawa Public Library!

  • Summer at the Library Newsletter July 17, 2020 (7/17/2020)
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    Summer at the Library Newsletter
    July 17, 2020

     

     

    Do good books make you want to put on your cape and fly? Next week’s storytime theme is superheroes, where we’ll have hero-themed jokes, stories, snack and a craft! A new feature has been added, starting next week: a book thermometer. Together, count up the books your kid/grandkid reads over the week and add them to our thermometer at storytime as we try to reach our goal of 50 books! There are only four spots left for each session next week, so make sure you register. We hope to see you and your kids/grandkids on the rocks in front of the library at 1:30 on Tuesday or Wednesday!

     

     

    What would you do if you had all the time and money in the world? That is the question posed by this week’s book highlight: The Price of Time, by Tim Tigner. The bestselling mystery author’s newest series follows partners Zachary Chase and Skylar Fawkes as they hunt down scientists who may have discovered the fountain of youth and the secret to immortality. And as the protagonists try to keep this discovery a secret, the novel asks a question of its reader: “Would your character change if you had all the money in the world? And all the time? Would you become a better person? Or worse?”

    Be sure to check out the rest of our new books at the Pinawa Public Library!

  • Summer at the Library Newsletter July 10, 2020 (7/10/2020)
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    Summer at the Library Newsletter
    July 10, 2020

     

     

    Inter-library loan is back! Starting Monday July 12, the Pinawa Public Library will be resuming limited inter-library loan service. Currently, we will only be servicing loans inside Manitoba, and excluding university loans. As many libraries are still closed or have not opted to resume inter-library loan service yet, book options may be limited and we might not be able to borrow the book you would like.

     

     

    The theme for this week’s storytime is animals! Join us on the rocks outside the library at 1:30 on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons for jokes, stories, snack and an easy craft! Reminder, registration is necessary, especially as there are six spots left on Tuesday and only two left for Wednesday. We hope to see you and your child/grandchild at storytime this week!

     

     

    This week, our book highlight is a non-fiction one by Dr. Merv Letts. Flashback of a Prairie Kid: Growing up on the Prairies in the little town of Minnedosa, Manitoba in the 1940s and 1950s is a collection of Dr. Letts’ memories growing up in Minnedosa, and the challenges it and other small Manitoba towns faced in the 1940s and ‘50s. Some of his memories focus on the war effort in prairie towns, others on sports like hockey on open-air rinks or curling, and the book is full of pictures from Dr. Letts’ adventures. Be sure to come by the Pinawa Public Library to check out the rest of our new books!

  • Summer at the Library July 3, 2020 (7/3/2020)
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    Summer at the Library
    July 3, 2020

     

     

    It’s summer and the library is open for our summer hours! In case you missed it, we are back to semi-normal service. Library entrance is open to three people at a time on a first come, first serve basis. The computers are also open, but are limited to half an hour maximum usage and need an appointment. If you feel safer reserving online and picking up books from the back doors, we are continuing that service.

     

     

    The children’s program returns this upcoming week with storytime on Tuesday July 7 and Wednesday July 8! The theme this week is Under the Sea. We only have six spots left in each slot, so register your child/grandchild quickly. We hope to see you on the rocks in front of the library at 1:30 next week!

     

     

    Each week the Summer at the Library newsletter will preview a book new to our collection. This week, we’re looking at Translated From the Gibberish by Indian-Canadian author Anosh Irani. Irani moved to Vancouver from Mumbai in 1998, where he began his career as an award-winning author and playwright. Translated From the Gibberish is a collection of short memoirs of Irani’s adventures in Canada and one short story based on Irani’s experiences as an Indian immigrant in Canada. Be sure to come by the Pinawa Public Library to check out more of our new books!

    An excerpt from Translated From the Gibberish:

    I once had a yoga teacher who would use the word “exile” when he meant to say “exhale.” This was because of his accent. I was still in Bombay, before leaving for Canada twenty years ago. I had a perpetually blocked nose thanks to a deviated septum, and my family doctor – Dr. Hansotia – sent me to this man.

    “Exile! Exile! Exile!” the teacher would say, letting out the breath from his belly and mouth at great speed, encouraging us to do the same. I found the idea of breathing in a closed space with fifteen other humans quite repugnant – all those germs moving around with the arrogance of frequent flyers, threatening to enter whomever they chose. But the word “exile” stayed with me, purely for its comic effect. Back then, I hardly knew what “exile” meant. Little did I know that the word would enter me more than any other germ, cause me to sneeze, writhe with fever, laugh, dance, dream, cry, do who knows what, as time went on, as a result of hurling myself from Bombay to Vancouver like a swashbuckling pirate.