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.

Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Day

Saturday, November 16, 1:00 to 3:00

Activities for children and adults of all ages!
Meet your Sesame Street friends and learn about community resources for families affected by incarceration. Talk, sing, read, write and play together
at Sesame Street activity stations, share cookies with Cookie Monster or read a book with Elmo!
There will be a special presentation of Canadian Families and Corrections Network and Sesame Street resources to the community.
All families and children welcome!

The Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Day is brought to you by ….
Canadian Families and Corrections Network and our friends Parkland Restorative Justice, Prince Albert & Area Community Foundation, Affinity Credit Union,
John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, and, of course…. Sesame Street!

NFB Film Club Night – We Will Stand Up

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 (98 min.)

On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fall Book Club – The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Thursday, November 28, 7:00

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father.  While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is smiling serenely and holding just one baby.

Who is the child, and what really happened that day?

Register beginning on Friday, November 1, and pick up your book to get started reading!  Enjoy a great discussion and prizes too!  We’ll see you there!