Library programming defies pandemic boredom

Library programming defies pandemic boredomBooks may not be flying off the shelf at a normal pace at the Portage la Prairie Regional Library due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but pages in its interactive programming continue to turn. "Why not while away the winter days with reading?,” suggests library Programming Coordinator Ashley Nelson. “Pick up a reading challenge at the…

Tree of Warmth needs some love

Tree of Warmth needs some loveThe Portage La Prairie Regional Library’s Tree of Warmth is a work in progress. The library is still decorating its Tree of Warmth with mittens, gloves, slippers, scarves, and anything else that is warm. This year all items will be donated to the Portage Bear Clan, who will then distribute the items to people in…

1st Saturday Coffee House returns

1st Saturday Coffee House returns“How about that?” an exuberant Tom Howe said last year about the growing interest in a coffee house program he started in 2018 at the Portage la Prairie Regional Library. Tom passed away this year, but the “1st Saturday Coffee House” he founded will continue, as per his wishes. The Herman Prior Activity Centre is…

Pastoral public art scene vandalized

Pastoral public art scene vandalizedOnce riddled with unsightly graffiti, the alley behind the library and Herman Prior Activity Centre went through a renaissance of sorts when about two years ago a local artist — Yvette Cuthbert — volunteering her time, organized the painting of a huge pastoral forest scene. Up until sometime over the long weekend vandals respected the…

Library declares teen photo contest winner

Library declares teen photo contest winnerThe Portage La Prairie Regional Library has declared a winner in its Teen Photo Contest earning praise from the judge who may very well be her teacher at PCI this year. Gabrielle Chappellaz's black and white scenic caught Judge Mrs. Sevcenko's eye who also had praise for the quality of submitted entries. "What wonderful submissions…

Acoustic open mic Saturday at library

Acoustic open mic Saturday at library  The popular once a month Saturday afternoon gatherings for acoustic musicians, magicians, poets, comedians and other entertainers is scheduled for this Saturday at the Portage La Prairie Regional Library. The 1st Saturday Coffee House at the library is in its third season and is finding acceptance and a niche in the community. Casual, fun…

Acoustic Coffee House at the library on Saturday

Acoustic Coffee House at the library on SaturdayThe "1st Saturday Coffee House” series at the Portage La Prairie Regional Library continues this Saturday, Dec. 7. The acoustic-only open mic format has become a favourite amongst not only the casual performer but judging by the Coffee House attendance, the free matinee event is a performer and patron favourite. The all-acoustic venue — the…

Library to host “1st Saturday Coffee House”

Library to host “1st Saturday Coffee House”This Saturday, Nov. 2, is the second “1st Saturday Coffee House” at the Portage La Prairie Regional Library. The acoustic-only open mic format has become a favourite amongst not only the casual performer but judging by the Coffee House attendance, the free matinee event is a performer and patron favourite. “How about that?” says an…

Library to host “1st Saturday Coffee House”

Library to host “1st Saturday Coffee House”This Saturday, Nov. 2, is the second “1st Saturday Coffee House” at the Portage La Prairie Regional Library. The acoustic-only open mic format has become a favourite amongst not only the casual performer but judging by the Coffee House attendance, the free matinee event is a performer and patron favourite. “How about that?” says an…

1st Saturday Coffee House at the Library returns Oct. 5

1st Saturday Coffee House at the Library returns Oct. 5The popular Saturday afternoon gatherings for acoustic musicians, magicians, poets, comedians and other entertainers returns Oct. 5 to the Portage La Prairie Regional Library. This is the third season for the 1st Saturday Coffee House at the library and organizer Tom Howe says he is pleased with its acceptance in the community. “This is very…