Joanne Panas Book Launch – The Battle for the Gift

Monday, November 18, 7:00

The world has started to experience unprecedented climate change and violence. It’s like all hell has let loose, and only a few with the gift to see can do anything about it.

Tyler, a selfish, addiction-ridden criminal, shrugs off the horrifying visions with the booze and drugs until his hardened lifestyle gets him beaten to within an inch of his existence. There is a battle between the angels and demons for his soul as he sinks into a place that is so real—the smells, the fear, the pain. A voice calls and wrenches him from its depths.  After a lengthy hospital stay, Tyler is surprised to find his bill is paid in full. He decides to see the priest who befriended him and his grandfather, who he feels had something to do with his survival. The priest is right where Tyler expects him to be, assisting the poor from his church slash home and shelter. It is here Tyler receives a gift. He visits his grandfather and learns of the love and prayers that went out for him. Their conversation goes to the time his grandmother was dying of cancer and how his grandfather discovered the wretched beasts that tormented her. Tyler thinks about his brush with death: So it wasn’t just a dream?

Tyler is compelled to go back to the alley where he nearly lost his life, and there he meets his destiny. His guardian angel directs him to a struggling community and marketplace that is plagued by a ruthless gang, with a mysterious monastery run by monks who live by the Oldest Book in the world and a girl who shows up when terrible things happen.  Tyler’s eyes are opened to the truth of two worlds—the natural and the supernatural.

Joanne had an extensive martial arts background, but  now dedicates her time to studying the Ancient Manual and writing.  She and her husband, Dennis, live in Prince Albert with a view of the beautiful North Saskatchewan river that teems with all kinds of wildlife, a constant reminder of the Creator’s love for us.

Books for sale.  Everyone welcome!

Tween and Teen Craft – Winter Fox

Monday, November 18, 7:00

Make and frame this cute faux stained-glass fox!  Materials supplied!  Spots are limited.  For ages 9 to 15.

Registration begins on Friday, November 1.

David McGrane, John Whyte, Roy Romanow, and Russell Isinger, EDS. Book Launch

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00

Back to Blakeney:  Revitalizing the Democratic State

Allan Blakeney believed in government as a force for good. As premier of Saskatchewan, he promoted social justice through government intervention in the economy and the welfare state. He created legal and constitutional structures that guaranteed strong human rights, and he safeguarded the integrity of the voting system to support a robust democracy. Blakeney encouraged excellence in public administration to deliver the best possible services and used taxes to help secure equality of opportunity.

In Back to Blakeney, a diverse set of scholars reflects on Blakeney’s achievements, as well as his constitutional legacy—namely, the notwithstanding clause—and explores the challenges facing democracy today.

David McGrane, Professor of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan and former Premier Roy Romanow will be in attendance to speak about the book.  Everyone is welcome!  Books for sale.

Teen Craft Night – D.I.Y. Christmas Photo Props

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00

Get ready for Christmas fun!  Enjoy making your own Christmas Photo Props!  Materials supplied! Spots are limited.  For ages 13 to 18.

Registration begins on Friday, November 1.

Book Club in a Bag Launch

Thursday, November 21, 7:00

Everyone is welcome to the launch of our new Book Club in a Bag collection at JMCPL!  Find out everything this service will provide for JMCPL patrons, guidelines for usage, how to use the kits, and what titles will be available for borrowing with your library card!

Also, enjoy learning about the subject of writing and being an author presented by local published writer Lynda Monahan.  Lynda is an author of three collections of poetry, A Slow Dance in the Flames, What My Body Knows, (Coteau Books) and Verge (Guernica Editions). She facilitates creative writing workshops and has been writer-in-residence at St. Peter’s College facilitated retreat and the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She is editor of Second Chances: stories of brain injury survivors, Skating in the Exit Light, a poetry anthology, and With Just One Reach of Hands, an anthology of the writing of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Writing For Your Life group, which she also facilitates. She recently finished a term as writer in residence at the JM Cuelenaere Library in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Drop-In Family Law Information Session

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 to 8:30

Do you need help with court forms and processes?  Do you wonder if you have options other than going to court?  Come with your questions!

 No registration is required.  For more information, contact or call 1-888-218-2822 (ext. 2).

 Co-sponsored by Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, Family Law Saskatchewan, Law Society of Saskatchewan, and Government of Saskatchewan.

Wednesday Movie – Fast Color

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 (100 min., PG13)

Magical gifts can become a curse when they can’t be controlled. Ruth’s powers have cursed her with seizures that that cause earthquakes or floods. Because her magic is a danger to those around her, she has chosen to keep her family safe and live her life as a lonely wanderer. Then, when she is hunted by mysterious threats, she runs back to the family she abandoned long ago. Once home, she attempts to mend her broken bond with her mother and the daughter who’s never met her. But will those who chase her find her there? And is the bigger threat the power inside her, or can she learn to find the power she needs within herself?

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

Board Meeting

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 19th at 5:00pm

John M. Cuelenaere Public Library is governed by a Board that is appointed by the Prince Albert City Council on an annual basis.  All meetings are open to the public and are generally held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Boardroom.  For more information, current agendas, meeting notifications, and previous minutes, visit the City of Prince Albert website.

If you are interested in joining the library board please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 306-953-4305 or for further information.

Tween and Teen Writing Group

Monday, November 25, 7:00

Write a fun free-lance piece!  Make a cool “inkstand” for your pens!

Registration begins on Friday, November 1.  For ages 9 to 15.  All materials are supplied.

Explore Lifelong Learning: Seniors Computer Class

Friday, November 29, 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 Friday, November 1.