July 2018 – Library Paperclips

Library PaperClips

by Percy Gregoire-Voskamp, Librarian

40th Annual Spectacular Summer BOOK SALE!
Our 40th annual summer book sale starts July 3rd at 10:00 am and will run until September 29, 2018!  This is our major fundraiser and it is made possible because the public not only buys what is offered but also donates the majority of the material in the sale.
Suzy, our book sale mastermind, is going to tempt you with new items every day, and then change the categories available to purchase on a monthly basis.  You will need to come often to make sure that you do not miss that treasure you may have been looking for.
Some of the selections available in July will include:
Hard Cover Adult Fiction, Collectable and Signed Books, Primary Picture Books, Cookery, “Like New” Mass Market Paperbacks, Junior and Young Adult Fiction, History and Politics, Assorted Book Sets, Magazines and Much More!
Keep checking our web site www.portagelibrary.com and our bulletin board for sale updates!

SUMMER READING CLUB! “Follow Your Passion”!
Sign up for the TD Summer Book Club and a inspired summer of reading fun for ages 0-12.  Register at the library and get the official club notebook, stickers, and a prize.  Ask the library staff how to win great prizes by doing reading challenges.
The Reading Club ends August 18th.

Unless stated otherwise, all programs require registration.
As snacks may be served at some events, please alert us of any allergies.

Tuesdays, July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st       
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm      
Ages 6 to 8
An hour of fun with activities designed for children in grades 1-3.
The weekly sessions are designed around the Reading Club theme “Follow Your Passion” :
July 3rd – Bubblemania
July 10th – Rhymin’ Time ‘n ’Slimin’
July 17thEngineering Excitement
July 24thUnicorn Science
July 31st  – Pirates on the Prairie

Wednesdays, July 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th 
10:30 am – 11:15 am      
Ages 2 to 5
Every session is filled with stories, crafts, and activities especially designed for preschoolers.
The sessions include:
July 4thBubblemania
July 11th – Rhymin’ Timin ’n’ Slimin’
July 18th – Engineering Excitement
July 25th – Unicorn Science
Thursdays, July 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ages 9 to 12

Don’t worry, no boring lab reports in these sessions!  Jeana, Portage Library’s Summer Student, is excited to share her love of science, math, and engineering with some fun activities that are perfect for kids in grades 4 to 7.
The sessions include :
July 5th
July 12th Rhymin’ Time ’n’ Slimin’
July 19thEngineering Excitement
July 26thUnicorn Science
Fridays, July 6th , & 20th
6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
All ages – children 5 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver.
July 6th  “Finding Nemo” (Rated G)
July 20th “Lilo and Stitch”
(Rated G)
Saturdays, July 7th, & 21st
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Ages 5 to 14
Drop by the library for some LEGO time with other brick enthusiasts.
FILM AVOND “Finding Your Feet”
Friday, July 13th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages 18 and over
“Recently separated, and seeking a new environment to heal, Sandra, a middle class and superficial woman close to retirement, finds refuge in London with her free-spirited sister Bif.”
This film is rated PG with language that may offend.
Fridays, July 13th, & July 27th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ages 5 to 14

Saturdays, July 14th, & 28th      
10:00 am – 11:30 am   
Ages 3-12 (Children 5 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver)
What is better than a Saturday morning movie and a bowl of cereal?
July 14th“HORTON HEARS A WHO” This film is rated G.
July 28th“THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE” This film is rated G with violence.
BOOK CLUB – “MONKEY BEACH” by Eden Robinson
Wednesday, July 18th        
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm       Ages 18 and over
“A haunting coming-of-age story (whose) tragic elements are leavened with wonderful moments of humour.”
Portage la Prairie Regional Library Book Club 3rd Wednesday of Each Month.
Wednesday, July 25th    
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm    
Ages 18 and up
“Notes on a Scandal” is based on a book by Zoe Heller. 
“Barbara Covett, a veteran teacher at St. George’s, senses a kindred spirit in Sheba Hart, the school’s new art teacher. The younger woman’s charisma intensely draws in the older, and the two become friends. Then Barbara learns of Sheba’s affair with a teenage student and becomes the keeper of the explosive secret.”
This film is rated 14A – Not recommended for children, sexual content, and coarse language.



Percy Gregoire-Voskamp, Librarian

In a perfect world, one with unlimited funds and space, I would buy every book published.  However, that is not reality.  That does mean having to gauge the budget, and to use it to meet the most important wants and needs of our patrons. The reading habits of its patrons varies from one library system to another, and even among branches within the same system.  Likewise, a best seller in New York can die a slow death in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie.  Many decades ago, the head buyer for Eaton’s in Winnipeg remarked that while she purchased common material for each store, she did buy very different material for each one as well.

Having said that, although an individual library cannot purchase everything, collectively we have amassed a huge number of volumes.  With some exceptions, we have access to virtually any book on any public library shelf in the country.  We are able to ask for those titles missing in our collection through our Inter-Library-Loan service.  One has simply to ask, and we will attempt to locate the title and have it shipped to us.  Fortunately, Canada Post provides a reduced rate for this purpose.  Normally we would search the Manitoba database before looking for material out of province.  As a rule, other libraries do not charge for loaning material, but occasionally there is an exception.  We always ask if there are charges before the other library sends the item to us.  The rules of the loan are those of the owning library (not of our library) and should be respected.   So, if you want to us to get that book you always wanted to read, ask for an Inter-Library-Loan.  We are not always successful, but it is a rare event when we have to call and let a patron know that an item is not available.

All Programs are FREE! Unless stated otherwise, all programs require registration.

40th Annual Spectacular Summer BOOK SALE!!!! STARTS JULY 3!!!

Friday, June 8th – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Ages 18 and over.
Katja’s life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack.   After a time of mourning and the lack of justice, Katja seeks revenge.
The film has English subtitles.

This film is rated 14A with Coarse Language and a Mature Theme.
Saturday, June 9th  – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Ages 18 and over.
This is an opportunity for players to come out and try Role Playing Games other than Dungeons and Dragons.
Saturday, June 16th – 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Ages 0 – 12 and a caregiver.
In the words of Neil Gaiman, “a book is a dream you hold in your hands.”
The library kicks off its summer of reading fun with a party inspired by famous dreamers.
Come to the library to register children for the summer reading club and stay for some fun!
Registration for the event itself is not required.
Saturday, June 16th  – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Ages 13 – 17.
This is an opportunity for players to come out and try Role Playing Games other than Dungeons and Dragons.
BOOK CLUB – “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders
Wednesday, June 20th – 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Ages 18 and older.
From the seed of historical truth, the author spins an unforgettable tale of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.
Wednesday, June 27th  – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Ages 18 and older.
Based on the novel by Brian Selznick, “Wonderstruck” follows two children from different eras who secretly wish that their lives were different.
The movie is rated G with a Mature Theme and Language Which May Offend Some.

Remember, all programs are FREE!
Call the Library (204-857-4271), or check the Events Calendar on our website for more details about our upcoming events.
Hope to see you soon!