Library Paperclips March 2018

Library PaperClips

Percy Gregoire-Voskamp, Librarian
While one thinks of a library as a place for printed books, it has also become an access point for eBooks. The Government of Manitoba, through Public Library Services and the rural public libraries of Manitoba, have joined forces to purchase licenses to download eBook and audio book titles for public library members. eLibraries Manitoba (eLM) is similar to a print library. The number of copies available for downloading is regulated by how many licenses are purchased for each title. Currently, we spend approximately $3,000 a year on eBooks.
In 2017, our members borrowed 14,088 eBooks. Of these, the majority were Adobe ePub eBooks, and OverDrive MP3 Audiobook formats (10,940). Adult fiction constituted the largest segment of items borrowed (8082), followed by adult non-fiction (2858). The top five authors included James Patterson, Lee Child, John Grisham, Debbie Macomber, and Nora Roberts.
A membership in your local library is required to start the process of borrowing from eLM. To access this service, go to our website, and click on the COLLECTION/MY ACCOUNT tab. Then click on CATALOGUE SEARCH/MY ACCOUNT in the drop-down menu. The PIN# required is usually the last four digits of the phone number used on your library membership.
A new feature, available on Elm but not yet featured on our website, is the new app LIBBY. This app needs to be on every device you wish to use, and is available at no cost from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Windows Store (on the Overdrive website). Once linked, you can search eLibraries Manitoba for eBooks and eAudiobooks. (You can also access eBooks directly through the advanced search in the catalogue by selecting the search filter format audiobooks (electronic) and books (electronic).
Celebrate International Women’s Day with a library movie rental – March 6th – 10th
Planning on a movie night? Check out a DVD to help celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. The library staff have chosen films with strong female characters, with plot lines that encourage discussion about the theme of the day, and others that are just plain entertaining! ALL PROCEEDS FROM SPECIALLY MARKED DVDs will be donated to the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre.

Unless stated otherwise, all programs require registration.

Musical Story Time – Thursdays, March 1, 8, & 15 – 10:15 am – 11:00 am – Children ages 2-6 and a caregiver.
It is going to be fun, fun, FUN when books and music join hands in this three week musical story time set. These sessions are guaranteed to set your toes tapping and your hands clapping. Funding has been provided by Healthy Child Coalition-Central Region.

Story Time – Fridays, March 2, 9, 16 & 23 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.
Join us as we share stories and crafts with a new theme each week.

Craftzone – Fridays, March 2, 9, 16 & 23 – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Children ages 6-12.
Drop by the library for some crafting fun! All supplies are provided.

First Saturday Coffee House – Saturday, March 3rd – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – all ages.
Calling all performers! If you have a talent that you would like to share, now is the time to shine in the spotlight. Sign up on the performance roster on Coffee House Day. Registration is not required for the public to attend.

Film Avond – Friday, March 9th – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Ages 18 and over.
“The Florida Project” tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times. The film is rated 14A and is not intended for children.

Dungeons and Dragons – Saturday, March 10th – 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.

Pi Day and Happy Birthday Albert Einstein –Wednesday, March 14th – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Suitable for families with children of all ages – Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Families are invited to the library to celebrate Einstein and Pi with fun activities and some awesome cake.

Dungeons and Dragons – Saturday, March 17th – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Ages 13-17
Dungeons and Dragons for young adults (for new and experienced players).

Winter Wheat Literary Festival – Saturday, March 17th – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Portage la Prairie’s premier literary event is meant for those who are interested in books, reading, writing, illustrating and learning about the publishing world. Discussion panels, readings, book sales, and signings will be the focus of the day. Light refreshments will be available.

Book Club – Canada Reads – Wednesday, March 21st – 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Ages 18 and over. Members will discuss the five finalists of the Canada Reads Debate prior to the live stream segments March 27th – March 29th. The authors are Sharon Bala – “The boat people”, Omar El Akkad – “American war”, Craig Davidson – “Precious cargo”, Mark Sakamoto – Forgiveness”, and Cherie Dimaline – “The marrow thieves”.

LEGO Club – Tuesday, March 27th – 11:00 am – 12:00 noon – Children ages 5-14.
Get ready to have some brick building fun. The challenge of the day – boat building.

Spring Break Story Time –March 27th and 28th – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Spring Break Craft Zone – March 27th and 28th – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Ages 6-12

Canada Reads Live Stream – March 27, 28 and 29 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Ages 18 and older
Bring a brown bag lunch and join fellow book lovers for the current incarnation of CBC’s popular Canada Reads debates. Registration is not required for this event.

Read Between the Frames – Wednesday, March 28th – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Ages 18 and older.
The movie, “The Darkest hour”, is based on the book by the acclaimed author and screenwriter, Anthony McCarten. This film covers the period immediately following Winston Churchill’s ascendancy to Prime Minister. “The darkest hour” is rated PG and is intended for adult audiences.

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!


All our programs are free!