Culture Days: Storytelling through Culture – Writing your Life Story with facilitator Lynda Monahan, at the Riverbank

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Saturday, October 1, 1:00 to 2:00

Have you been thinking about writing your life story but aren’t sure how (or where) to start?  Drop in and find out!  We’ll see you at the Riverbank!

 Lynda Monahan’s newest poetry collection, Verge, was published in the spring of 2015 with Guernica Editions. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, A Slow Dance in the Flames and What My Body Knows, both published by Coteau Books. Her work has been published in many Canadian and American literary magazines and anthologies and broadcast on CBC radio.
She facilitates a number of creative writing workshops and has been writer-in-residence at St. Peter’s College facilitated retreat and at Balfour Collegiate in Regina. She facilitated the teen writing camp for Sage Hill Writing Experience. She is editor of several collections including Second Chances: stories of brain injury survivors, With Just One Reach of Hands for the CMHA Writing For Your Life program and Skating in the Exit Light, a poetry anthology. She has served on the council for the League of
Canadian Poets and on the board of Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. She is currently writer-in-residence at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Visit https://sk.culturedays.ca for Prince Albert activities!

Wednesday Movie – Eye in the Sky

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Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 (102 min., 14A)

Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.


Fall Drop-In Story Times

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Get your children excited about books and reading by bringing them to Story Time programs at the library!  Choose from the following 9 week programs which begin the week of September 19 and end the week of November 14.
Day cares are welcome to drop-in as well, but please call ahead!
Bring Your Babies - Thursdays at 11:00
Preschool Story Time
Mondays at 10:30, Tuesdays at 10:30, Tuesdays at 2:00, and Wednesdays at 2:00
For detailed information please visit:  http://www.jmcpl.ca/storytimes/.

Strategic Planning Public Consultation Meeting

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Do you want to be involved in the future of the library? Do you want a say in what renovations, programs, and collections decisions we make in the next five years? If yes, the library needs you!

If you have ideas about future building renovations, programs, services, collections development, etc. please join John M. Cuelenaere Public Library at our public consultation meeting on

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 6:00pm in Room Three of the Library basement.

We value and appreciate any and all input our patrons can provide!

If you have ideas, but are unable to attend the meeting please email: library@jmcpl.ca

Fall “Book to Movie” Club – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Thursday, September 29, 7:00

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut. (From the publisher.)

Register beginning on Thursday, September 1, and pick up your book to get started reading!  Enjoy a great discussion and prizes too!  We’ll see you there!

Upcoming Book Club Meetings:
Thursday, October 27, 7:00:  13 Hours:  The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff
Thursday, November 24, 7:00:  The Nazi Officers Wife:  How one Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith H. Beer

Food Bank Donations

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John M. Cuelenaere Public Library is now accepting donations for the Prince Albert Food Bank!

If you would like to help out this worthy charity please bring non-perishable food items to the Circulation Desk at the library!

They are specifically looking for:

  • canned and packaged soups
  • dry pastas
  • canned meats, such as tuna or ham
  • canned vegetable and fruits
  • canned tomatoes/ tomato sauce
  • rice
  • oatmeals
  • dry cereals

The New PressReader!

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Starting today, August 23rd, 2016, we have a new digital newspaper and magazine platform. PressReader is a new and improved version of PressDisplay. You’ll still have access to your favourite news papers, such as The Prince Albert Daily Herald, Leader Post, and The Globe and Mail, plus many more!

PressDisplay will remain available until August 31st, 2016 to allow patrons a chance to get used to the new platform without service interruptions, however after August 31st PressDisplay will be unavailable.

To visit PressReader and get started today you can visit our Databases page and look under the category News & Magazines or you can click here: PressReader

Municipal Library Status

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UPDATED JULY 5th, 2016

There have been many questions regarding the recent news about JMCPL re-establishing its municipal library status.

In order to answer some questions we here at JMCPL have created this document: Municipal Library Status Info

If you would like to read the Prince Albert Daily Herald article you can access it here:
Prince Albert Dairy Herald Article – June 28th, 2016

If you would like to read the blog post by City Councillor Lee Atkinson regarding the switch to municipal library status you may access it here:
The View From Ward Three Blog Post – July 4th, 2016

We will release more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions please email: library@jmcpl.ca

Transparent Language – New Online Language Tool!

John M. Cuelenaere Public Library is excited and proud to be launching a new online service for our patrons!

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Whether you want to spruce up your French for a job interview, polish your Spanish for that tropical getaway, or learn a new language all together Transparent Language Online for Libraries is a simple and effective way to do it!

There are over 100 language to choose from, including aboriginal languages such as, Cree, Dene, Dakota, and Ojibwe. The list of available languages keeps growing and there are even programs for English as Second Language learners! For a list of available language please click here.

To get started on your internet browser or mobile device all you need is a library card and PIN, which you can get from our friendly Circulation Services staff members. Go to the Databases tab at the top of the main page and scroll down until you find Transparent Language Online. Click the link, log in with your library card number and PIN, then create your own personal account to start learning! Transparent Language will keep track of your progress for you, help you build your core vocabulary, and teach you grammar for any of the languages you choose! Lessons cover all four language learning skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Informational handouts are available at the Information Desk!

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Save Our Seats Fundraising Campaign

Save Our Seats Fundraising Campaign

John M. Cuelenaere Public Library prides itself in being able to show free movies to our patrons in the Mahon Auditorium! Unfortunately, our auditorium has seen better days. In order to continue showing movies to our patrons in comfort and style we’ve been slowly upgrading the space.

What we’ve done so far:

  • Upgraded our projector for crisper pictures.
  • Switched from small screen to a matte theatre quality paint on the wall, allowing for bigger projection space.
  • Upgraded to a Bluray player

What we plan to do with your help:

  • Replace the  old worn out seats with new, more comfortable ones!
  • Replace the carpeted areas!
  • Revamp the stage area to look more like a theatre stage.
  • Repaint the walls

If you would like to help us renovate the Mahon Auditorium please visit:
http://www.jmcpl.ca/save-our-seats
to find information on how to donate!