Library Paperclips May 2018

Library PaperClips


Percy Gregoire-Voskamp, Librarian

While the previous articles regarding the library have revolved around digital material, there is a service we provide to city residents who love to read but who may have a problem getting to the library because of visual or physical difficulties.

The library is fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers to provide a Library-at Home Service to help alleviate those issues.  The volunteers will a make a visit to an apartment, a private residence or an institution. Once a person has become a library member (or is one already) and registered for this service, these volunteers will visit the member every second Tuesday with his or her favourite reading material.  This includes magazines, cd audiobooks, and regular and/or large print books.  The items the patron borrowed two weeks earlier will be returned to the library by the same volunteers.  They do take a one month “holiday” in the summer, otherwise they will arrive at the patron’s door on schedule.
Please call the library for more information regarding this free service.

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

TD CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK  May 7th to 12th

Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, & 24 – 10:15 am – 11:00 am – Children ages 2 – 6 and a caregiver.
It is going to be fun! Fun! Fun!  Books and music join hands in this four-week musical story time set.  These free sessions are guaranteed to set your toes tapping and your hands clapping.  Funding provided by the Healthy Child Coalition – Central Region.
Tuesday, May 8th – 7:00 pm – All ages
Local author Janet Shindle will be reading from her first book, a heartfelt children’s story of love, loss, memory, and acceptance.  Copies of “Nana’s magic swing” will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Registration is not required for this event.
Friday, May 11th – 10:00 am – 11.00 am – School-aged children
The library is excited to host Rina Singh, an internationally published children’s author.  Rina has written many critically acclaimed books for children, including “A Forest of Stories”, which has been translated into a number of languages.  Rina’s presentation, although geared to children, will be of interest to readers and writers of all ages.  For more information about the author, visit her website at
Registration is not required for this event. 
Friday, May 11th – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm –For ages 18 and over.
“The Lobster” is a 2015 absurdist dystopian black comedy.  In the film’s setting, single people are given 45 days to find a romantic partner, otherwise, they will be turned into an animal of his or her choice.
The movie is rated 14A with Violence, Disturbing Content and Language that May Offend. 
Saturday, May 12th – 10:00 am – 10:45 am – Children ages 3-6
Youth Councillor for the City of Portage la Prairie, Tee Tee Appah, is partnering with the library for a special children’s event.  Taking the best of fansy and pre-historic, children will hear stories, play games, make a craft, and, of course, drink some special ‘dino-tea”.
Saturday, May 12th – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – ages 18 and over.
The library invites interested young adults and adults to an introduction to this fun, yet sometimes complicated, pastime. The library will serve to introduce new players to the game as well as provide a neutral, easily accessible environment for new and experienced players.  Anyone interested in learning to create his or her own character should come at 11:30, otherwise, a pre-made character will be provided.
‘Tis a long time to be in the dungeon – bring a lunch or snack if ye wish!
BOOK CLUB: “American heiress” by Daisy Goodwin
Wednesday, May 16th – 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Ages 18 and over.

To celebrate the upcoming royal wedding, book club members will be discussing a period romance set in England.
Wednesday, May 16th – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – ages 16 and older
“Our people will be healed”, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education.  This documentary depicts the interactions amongst the teachers and the students of the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House. This film was chosen as an official selection for several prestigious film festivals.
This film is rated PG, Not Recommended for Young Children.
Saturday, May 19th – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Ages 13-17
Dungeons and Dragons for young adults (for new and experienced players). Anyone interested in learning to make his or her own character should come at 11:30, otherwise, a pre-made character will be provided.
‘Tis a long time to be in the dungeon – bring a lunch or snack if ye wish!
Wednesday, May 23rd – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Ages 18 and older.
The film is based on Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name.   Annette Benning plays Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame who finds romance and happiness with a younger man.  However, her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.
The film is rated 14A with Coarse Language.
Saturday, May 26th – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Adult Workshop
You, along with the rest of the group, will become family history detectives.  Participants will learn how to find, and evaluate clues in actual case studies; helping you develop the skills necessary to pursue your own family history.
This fascinating information session will be led by Bill Curtis from the Manitoba Genealogy Society.

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