Artist in the Community Shannon Kelly


Wednesdays 12:00 to 5:00 beginning Wednesday, January 2

Shannon Kelly is the creator and Editor of Women’s Magazine “Vintage Gypsy” based out of Prince Albert, SK. She is the curator for the Rock My Gypsy Soul Music Festival and creator and facilitator for the “Write Your Way Home” 6-week intensive writing workshop offered through Vintage Gypsy. She is a storyteller, a community builder and a humanitarian. She believes that we all have a story to tell and that each story is unique and important.
She hopes to fill Lynda’s shoes with grace and bring new and exciting ideas and workshops to the library in the coming year.

Shannon is available for consultation in the Library via appointment and is available for walk in visits on Wednesday afternoons at the library. You can contact her at or by phone at: 306-930-6693.

Welcome Reception for Artist in the Community Shannon Kelly
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00
Come down to the library and meet Shannon, and help us welcome her to her new role as Artist in the Community at JMCPL.
Everyone welcome!

Wednesday Movie – Puzzle


Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 (103 min., 14A)

When an ordinary, unappreciated mom living in a quaint town realizes shes has an exceptional talent for figuring out jigsaw puzzles, it changes her whole life in so many unimaginable ways. It leads to her sneaking away to New York City, where she teams up with a gentleman for an exciting puzzle competition. During this time, she gets a taste of what independence is actually like. This mom then starts to see herself in a new, positive light that will forever change both how she sees herself as well as life in general.

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

Explore Lifelong Learning – The Future of the News Industry


Tuesday, January 22, 7:00

Presented by Peter Lozinski

In the golden age of newspapers, owning a news outlet was lucrative.  But those days are past. According to data collected by the Local News Research Project at Ryerson University, over 250 Canadian news outlets have closed in the last ten years — an the majority were local, community newspapers. Media outlets across North America have closed small regional outlets to focus on urban centres, leaving more and more communities as news deserts.

With distrust in legacy media growing amidst the rise of the moniker “fake news,” how can local media survive?  Join Prince Albert Daily Herald editor Peter Lozinski as he explores where the local news industry is going, why community outlets are here to stay and what it will take to sustain community news in the ever-changing media environment.

Peter Lozinski is the editor of the Prince Albert Daily Herald and a graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism. He worked at the Daily Herald during its transition to an employee owned and operated business and has led the Prince Albert newsroom for the last two years.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Peter spent three months as a city hall and sports reporter at the now-defunct Moose Jaw Times-Herald and two years as an editor and a reporter at the Cold Lake Sun, a weekly newspaper in Cold Lake, Alberta.  Peter also served as a section editor and newsroom manager of the Ryersonian, the official newspaper of the Ryerson School of Journalism. Upon graduating, Peter received the Dick Lunn Memorial Award, given to the student who has made the most significant contribution to the Ryersonian.

Peter lives in Prince Albert and plays in the Prince Albert Concert Band and has recently taken an interest in community theatre.

Everyone welcome!

Public Consultation by Libraries Engagement Panel

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The province is in the process of studying the governance, legislation, and the future state of public libraries in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Public Libraries Engagement Panel has produced its public report (available in the link below) and requests your input! Please fill out the survey in the link below to offer your feedback.

Adult Craft Night – Felt Flower Wreath

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Monday, January 21, 7:00

Spruce up your home décor with this unique wreath created by you!  All materials supplied.  Space is limited.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 2.

Winter Book Club – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


Thursday, January 31, 7:00

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man.  When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.  Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family.  She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers.  In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.  But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture.  Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

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

Tween and Teen Craft – Ornamental Mirror


Monday, January 28, 7:00

Add some pizzazz to your locker or home space with this cool DIY mirror!  Materials supplied! Spots are limited.  For ages 9 to 15.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 2.

Drop-In Winter 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 January 7 and end the week of March 4.
Bring Your Babies – Thursdays at 11:00, Preschool Story Time – Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30 and Wednesdays at 2:00.
Visit: for details.

*NEW* Family Storysack Readings – Wednesdays at 10:30
This 6 week program beginning Wednesday, January 9 will allow families to explore creative storytelling using Storysacks!
It’s a fun way to read a book!  Check it out!
Presented by Prince Albert Literacy Network.

Regular Hours

We are officially back to our regular hours as of September 4th.

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Geneaology and Family History Resources at JMCPL


If you are a budding genealogist interested in researching your family history John M. Cuelenaere Public Library can help you out! We have compiled a list of resources to help you in your research. Both physical AND digital resources, as well as links to various local historical and genealogical societies.

To get started on your family history go to:


Click the Collections tab at the top of the page and then click Genealogical Resources.

Happy researching, patrons!