JMCPL Response to 2017 Sask Budget Cuts

UPDATE April 4th, 2017:
Effective immediately, all inter-regional hold requests will be discontinued for the foreseeable future. Holds within Wapiti region will still continue until further notice. Items from outside of Wapiti must be returned to a branch of their respective regional or municipal libraries by the borrower in the absence of the means for inter-regional transfers.


A petition to restore public library funding is available to sign at the JMCPL Circulation Desk. We urge all our patrons to sign and help us protect Saskatchewan’s Public Libraries. We also strongly urge our patrons to telephone/write your local MLAs to discuss your concerns.

On March 22, 2017 the Saskatchewan Provincial Government announced a 58% cut to funding for the regional libraries, and 100% cut of provincial funds to municipal libraries in Regina and Saskatoon.  These cuts will directly impact the regional libraries’ ability to coordinate services to Saskatchewan’s rural public library branch network.

The reduction in capacity at the regional offices will have the following impacts on library services in Prince Albert:


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Teen Night – Riverdale Fan Club


Monday, April 24, 7:00

Drop in to this Archie comic themed club!  We’ll watch an episode, fan chat, and see who wins a prize!  Ages 13 to 18.  Don’t miss it!

Earth Day and Seedy Saturday

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Saturday, April 22, 9:30 to 4:00

Come down to watch films, a sustainable beekeeping presentation, displays, music by Life is Good, lunch and cookies, a children’s drop-in story time and craft and more!


  • 9:30 – Film:  Seeds: the Untold Story (94 mins)
  • 11:15 – Presentation by Ron Schriml – Keynote Address:  What’s Old is New Again – Musings of a Veteran Ecologist
  • 11:45 – Welcome from the City:  Don Cody, Kyle Anderson – Shopper – Publicizing positive information about Prince Albert, Farah Fox – PA Parkland Permaculture Guild, and Wes Clarke – Prince Albert Food Coalition and Food Bank update
  • 12:00 – Film:  To the Ends of the Earth (55 mins)
  • 1:00 – Presentation by Murray Hannigan – Hannigan’s Honey – Bee Knowledgeable:  Keeping Bees Alive in 2017
  • 2:00 – March in solidarity with Peoples Climate Movement
  • 2:30 – Children’s drop-in story time and craft – Story Corner
  • 3:00 – Music by Life is Good

Lunch provided by Learners with Purpose and sponsored by Back to Your Roots Soil Solutions Inc.

Displays: Prairie Garden Seeds, Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds, Seeds of Diversity, Broadview Farm Seeds, Anchor of Hope Ranch, Earth Connections, Back to Your Roots Soil Solutions, Hannigan Honey, Fox Hill Gardens, Renewable Power Intelligent Choice

Cookies by Grandmothers for Grandmothers

Everyone welcome!  You don’t want to miss it!

Co-sponsored by Prince Albert Chapter of Council of Canadians.

Easter Break Movie – Monster Trucks


Friday, April 21, 2:00 (105 min., PG)

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town. Monster Trucks is an action-filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.

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

OverDrive Technical Issues Resolved


OverDrive and Library2Go are back up and running! We apologize for the technical issues.

Library Board Meeting Tonight

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The Board of Directors for John M. Cuelenaere Public Library will be having a public meeting tonight, April 12th, at 6:00pm.

To learn more about the Library board and how to get involved please visit:

Easter Weekend Hours

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Spring “Book to Movie Club” – Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley


Thursday, April 27, 7:00

Now a major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, this #1 international best-seller tells the miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and home…but an identity long-since left behind.

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.  Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.  Lion is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.

Register beginning on Saturday, April 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 Meeting:
Thursday, May 25, 7:00:  The Circle by Dave Eggers

Seed Library is Here!

Just in time for Spring!

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The Prince Albert Seed Library is a collaborative effort between
Prince Albert Parkland Permaculture Guild and John M. Cuelenaere Public Library

What is a Seed Library?

A seed library is a library that lends seeds instead of books. The concept is that one would take out seeds in the spring with the intention of saving seeds and returning some of their saved seeds in the fall. Gardeners grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they let a few plants ‘go to seed.’ From those plants, they collect seeds to return to the Library to replenish its inventory.  Seed savers are also encouraged to gift their own varieties to the seed library for other people to try. The seeds that are available will be ones that can be grown locally, and are acclimatized to our local growing conditions.

For more information please visit the Seed Library page on our website:

BiblioCon 2017

BiblioCon Save The Date

UPDATE March 15th, 2017
We have our first guest announcement! We are pleased to announce Trent Gillespie, local science fiction writer, will be joining us at BiblioCon 2017!
Check out the Guests page for more information!