Belinda Betker and Cindy Clarke Book Launch

Monday, January 20, 7:00

In Phases, Belinda Betker deftly captures what it is like for those who don’t fit within rigid notions of what it means to be a “boy” or a “girl”. Capturing different phases in a life, with power and nuance she takes readers on a luminous journey of a young girl’s coming-of-age, her burgeoning sexuality (and the confusion and disorientation therein), the pitfalls of an unhappy marriage, the triumphant release of coming out, and the liberating power of drag.

Belinda Betker is a prairie-born poet living in Saskatoon. Her work is published in several anthologies, including Fast Forward: New Saskatchewan Poets, and Spring (Vols. 7, 8, & 9); as well as in various literary journals and chapbooks. She is a founding and long-time board member of the Saskatoon Writers Collective; and a founding/core member of two Saskatoon writing groups – Sisters’ Ink, and Obsessors.

Cindy Clarke is an assistant professor in curriculum studies at Brandon University and a poet. At an early age, her family immigrated from the urban sprawl of California to a small store located 100 kilometers north of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, on the side of the highway in the northern Canadian boreal forest.  The isolation and wildness of this isolated landscape became a force that influenced and shaped both Clarke’s academic and creative writing. Many of the poems from The Blue Dress first appeared in Clarke’s doctoral dissertation, Beyond the Muskeg, which won the University of Saskatchewan Outstanding Dissertation Award in Social Sciences in 2017.  In addition to many academic publications, Clarke has had poetry published in several journals including The Antigonish Review, FreeFall, and The Nashwaak Review.  She currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her partner, Brian, and their two dogs.

Come and meet these Saskatoon authors, and enjoy readings from their newly published works.  Everyone is welcome!  Books for sale.

Saturday Movie – Abominable

Saturday, January 18, 2:30 (92 min., PG)

In this expressive animated adventure, a young girl and her two friends encounters a baby Yeti, sometimes referred to as “the abominable snow monster.” Surprisingly, however, this magical creature turns out to be a good-natured beast who wants only to return to his family. His new friends attempt to help him make the trek from their Shanghai home to the very top of Mount Everest, all the while trying to avoid a nefarious collector who has his heart set on capturing a live Yeti.

If you would like to help us renovate the Mahon Auditorium, please visit to find information on how to donate.

Tween and Teen Craft – Fairy Lantern

Monday, January 20, 7:00

Make a magical glowing fairy lantern to take home!  Materials supplied!  Spots are limited.  For ages 9 to 15.

Registration begins on Thursday, January 2.

Adult Craft Night

Tuesday, January 21, 7:00

Sign up to design this unique owl felt wall hanging created by you!  Space is limited.  Materials supplied.

Registration begins on Thursday, January 2.

Hoopla Digital – New on Hoopla!

Hoopla Digital is an innovative service we offer at JMCPL that allows our patrons to listen to music and audiobooks, and watch movies and television shows all for FREE! All you need to sign up is your library card and an internet connection!

There are hold cues, and watching and listening right from your internet browser is a piece of cake. If you prefer to listen and watch on the go, it’s easy to download the Hoopla Digital app from your smart device’s App Store! The Hoopla app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire!

If you’d like to learn more about Hoopla or if you’d like to sign up and start using this awesome new service, please visit our Databases page, or go to the Hoopla Digital homepage!

Click the image above to see what’s new on Hoopla for January 2020! Or go to:

Temporary Hours of Operation at Bernice Sayese Centre

Hours of operation at the Bernice Sayese Centre location are temporarily changed to:

Tuesdays 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Wednesdays 12:30pm – 4:30pm

We apologize for any inconvenience caused and will announce when hours go back to normal.

Drop-In Winter Story Times

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 January 6 and end the week of March 1.  There’s no need to register for the following – just drop in and enjoy!

Bring Your Babies-Thursdays at 11:00
(for infants under 2, accompanied by an adult)

Bring Your Babies introduces your little one to the delightful world of stories, rhymes, bounces, and songs.  This is a twenty-minute program.

Preschool Story Time – Mondays at 10:30 and Tuesdays at 10:30
(suitable for children ages 2 to 5 who are ready to join a group)

Children enjoy stories, finger plays, songs, rhymes, coloring, crafts, and other activities in this forty-five minute program.

(Daycares are welcome but please call ahead!)

Winter Book Club – Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Thursday, January 30, 7:00

Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.

As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place.

Register beginning on Thursday, January 2, and pick up your book to get started reading!  Enjoy a great discussion and prizes too!  We’ll see you there!

Explore Lifelong Learning for Seniors Computer Class

Friday, January 24, 10:00 to 11:30

Are you a senior that is unsure about computers? In this class learn about laptop and internet basics, with a chance to ask questions and get assistance.

Laptops are provided.  Call 763-8496 to register beginning on Thursday, January 2.

Teen D.I.Y. Night – Nail Polish Marbled Mugs

Monday, January 27, 7:00

Register with a friend to create an original mug using nail polish!  Materials supplied! Spots are limited.  For ages 13 to 18.

Registration begins on Thursday, January 2.