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Earth Day 2015

April 14, 2015


Red River College will once again be celebrating Earth Day. From April 20-24th, RRC staff and students have the opportunity to participate in learning activities that demonstrate the social, economic, and environmental spirit of sustainability and help you strengthen and renew your commitment to healthy planet living.

At both the Notre Dame Campus and the Roblin Centre, the Library will be participating in the “Sustainable Living EcoFair”:

  • Notre Dame Campus: Monday, April 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Roblin Centre: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

You may visit more than ten sustainability booths and enjoy some delicious local foods. Come on down and compete in some rousing sustainability games!

NDC Library Window Display

Check out the “Earth Day” display at the Notre Dame Library. We are featuring many wonderful items from our collection.

The entire list of items in our Window Display is located here:

Blue future : protecting water for people and the planet forever

blue futureIn her bestselling books Blue Gold and Blue Covenant, world-renowned water activist Maude Barlow exposed the battle for ownership of our dwindling water supply and the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to reclaim water as a public good. Since then, the United Nations has recognized access to water as a basic human right-but there is still much work to be done to stem this growing crisis. In this major new book, Barlow draws on her extensive experience and insight to lay out a set of key principles that show the way forward to what she calls a “water-secure and water-just world.” Not only does she reveal the powerful players even now impeding the recognition of the human right to water, she argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Focusing on solutions, she includes stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as government policies that work for both people and the planet. At a time when climate change has moved to the top of the national agenda and when the stage is being set for unprecedented drought, mass starvation, and the migration of millions of refugees in search of water, Blue Future is an urgent call to preserve our most valuable resource for generations to come.


Consumed : food for a finite planet

Consumed-719x1024Sarah travelled the globe to research her new book. In Consumed she reports on the efforts of people—in cities and on farms, from New York to rural India—who are putting together a new way of feeding the world that is resilient to the inevitable shocks that climate change will throw our way. Sarah tells the untold stories of this massive but little known global social movement that is changing all aspects of food. With her eye on the year 2050, Sarah lays out the decade by decade targets we must meet so that by mid-century we can feed ourselves in an ever increasingly turbulent world.


Eau Canada : the future of Canada’s water

eaum canadaAs the sustainability of our natural resources is increasingly questioned, Canadians remain stubbornly convinced of the unassailability of our water. Mounting evidence suggests, however, that Canadian water is under threat. Eau Canada assembles the country’s top water experts to discuss our most pressing water issues. Perspectives from a broad range of thinkers – geographers, environmental lawyers, former government officials, aquatic and political scientists, and economists – reflect the diversity of concerns in water management. Arguing that weak governance is at the heart of Canada’s water problems, this timely book identifies our key failings, explores debates over jurisdiction, transboundary waters, exports, and privatization, and maps out solutions for protecting our most important resource.

Get out! : 150 easy ways for kids and grown-ups to get into nature and build a greener future

get outThis book is chock full of fresh ideas for getting kids –and adults– to appreciate nature, get outdoors, and care for the environment. Features chapters on everything from being a green consumer and green eating to choosing an issue and taking a stand.




The mom’s guide to growing your family green : saving the earth begins at home

moms guide“This is an invaluable, user-friendly resource for the regular mom who cares about her family, her home, her community, and the local schools. With tips for home and garden, shopping, travel, school, work, and the community, this is the complete guide to becoming a green mom for the benefit of the whole family as well as the earth.” — Back cover.




We need your books!

April 14, 2015

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-300x282The Library will once again be participating in the Sustainable Living EcoFair.

We are hosting a Book Exchange – bring in your gently used books and exchange them for others that are new-to-you. Or donate them to the Library’s ongoing Recreational Reading Book Exchange – we are always looking for new titles!

Everyone who participates in the exchange may enter a draw for an eco-prize.

And, get rid of your clean plastic bags at the same time! Swap a dozen or more for a re-usable Library bag.

The event will be held on:

  • Notre Dame Campus: Monday, April 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Roblin Centre: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For your convenience, books may be dropped off in the Library before the event.

World Poetry Day

March 20, 2015

Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. – United Nations World Poetry Day Page

In celebration of World Poetry Day (March 21), I decided to take the chance to feature some of the items that can be found in the RRC Libraries digital collection. If you need instruction on how to use our EBSCOhost e-book collection check out this blog post we did explaining how to use the E-Book collection.

I like poetry, but I tend to have a hard time pinning down the titles and collections I want to read when in a book store. E-Books offer the perfect ability to browse and find something you like out of a superior selection to what you will find on (or what would fit on) a shelf. From a quick online browse of the collection, I pulled a list of about 30 titles I liked. All were worth featuring on this blog post. I couldn’t manage to par it down to less than 11 titles even though I was only planning to feature 10.

A quick search of the E-Book collection under the subject ‘poetry’ gave 6,907 titles for me to browse through. There is a lot discover, all of which is available free to students as part of the RRC online collection.

With the rise in popularity of formats like graphic novels you see a current demand for shorter reads. Poetry browsing and reading makes for a quick study break for students, so take a shot at browsing our E-Books collection to find what you like.

To get you started, take a look at the following list of titles that cover quite a range of interests, you’ll find Love Poems for Supervillains, anti-hero busboys, post-apocalyptic worlds, compelling descriptions of nature, the complexity of human relationships, and the outcomes of human actions explored in these collections of poems. Happy World Poetry Day!

Doom : Love Poems for Supervillains

DoomLove Poems for Supervillains is an edgy and erotic investigation of comic book bad boys. These poems employ a language that is highly technical and dense, but it becomes witty, intimate and even tender in its specificity. These poems address the results of abuses of power and taken together present a case study in the pathology of villainy… – Google Books



American Busboy

American BusBoyIn American Busboy, a wry anti-mythology, the anti-hero busboy in an anonymous Clam Shack! tangles with the monotonous delirium of work, the indignities and poor pay of unskilled labor, the capricious deus ex machina of mean-spirited middle management, the zombified consumption of summer tourists, while jostling for the goddess-like attentions of waitresses and hostesses—all battered up in sizzlingly crisp wit and language, and deep-fried in a shiny glaze of surrealism. —Lee Ann Roripaugh –Google Books


Creamsicle Stick Shivs : Poems

CreamsicleJohn Stiles’ first collection of poetry, Scouts Are Cancelled, explored the dialect and the dilemmas of down-home life in Nova Scotia’s rural Annapolis Valley. In his second collection, the poet expands his horizons. Chronicling his movements from Canada’s east coast to Toronto’s self-obsessed urban core, following his heart around the world to find love and employment in England, these poems resonate with profound ideas and offbeat observations on people and place, on the variables that combine to create a person’s identity, and what it means to leave, to seek, and to desire a home.Alive with Stiles’ distinct linguistic charms and poetic good nature, Creamsicle Stick Shivs is a book of subtle inventiveness and undeniable roguish delight. – Google Books

Immortal Sofa : Poems

SofaIn accessible poems full of rich detail and painterly images, Maura Stanton looks under the surface of the ordinary, hoping to find the magic spark below the visible. In poems both humorous and elegaic, she gathers strange facts, odd events, and overlooked stories to construct her own vision of immortality, one made up of fragments of history and geography and the illusions of yearning human beings. From elephants in Ceylon to Nazi prisoners in Ireland, from Beowulf to Jane Austen, from sonnets to prose poems to blank verse, Immortal Sofa conjures our complex existence in all its sorrowful but astonishing variety. – Google Books

Mister Martini : Poems

MartiniSpare yet evocative, the poems in Mister Martini pair explorations of a father-son relationship with haiku-like martini recipes. The martini becomes a daring metaphor for this relationship as it moves from the son’s childhood to the father’s death. Each poem is a strong drink in its own right, and together they form a potent narrative of alienation and love between a father and son struggling to communicate. – Google books



Tiny, Frantic, Stronger

TFSIn Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, Jeff Latosik considers states of durability and longevity in an age of ephemeral mores and instant gratification. Probing the pressure points where notions of physical, psychological, and technological strength continually threaten to erupt into their opposites, these poems ask which aspects of our daily lives might actually last beyond the here and now, beyond their own inherent limitations of time, person, and place. –Insomniac Press Publisher


Little Black Daydream

Black DaydreamWry, spry, entrancing and intelligent, the poems of Little Black Daydream invite us into a richly imagined future: not just post-apocalyptic, but post-everything. What a haunting, dark, and oddly comic world, where inhabitants “fashion hobo bags out of surplus Che Guevara tee-shirts / and fill them with the molars of the dead,” and where “the Secretary of Consolidated Debt tells his sons each morning: / when I was your age, no independent clause.” We wake from our Little Black Daydream bolstered by our imaginative sojourn in this precisely rendered world. This book is a major accomplishment.
–Beth Ann Fennelly, Unmentionables

Voodoo Inverso

VoodooIn this debut collection, Voodoo Inverso, Mark Wagenaar composes a startling mystical imagism and sets it to music, using self-portraits to explore differing physical and spiritual landscapes. He uses a variety of personae—a victim of sex trafficking in Amsterdam, a fichera dancer, a portrait haunted by Dante, a carillonneur of starlight, an elephant in pink slippers remembering its beloved—to silhouette the intricacies and frailties of the body and the world. In a series of “gospels” and “histories”—such as the poems “History of Ecstasy” and “Moth Hour Gospel”—he shines a light on the possibilities of transcendence and transfiguration, weaving together memory and loss with desire and hope. – Google Books


Hagiography… Currin’s poems present thought as a bright, emotionally complex event, a place where mind and sense and the natural world they move through become indistinguishable elements in a mysterious, familiar, vexing, fascinating, and continuous human drama. There are no saints in this hagiography only ghosts, sisters, spiders, birds This is an anti-biography. It starts with death and ends with birth. In between: life after life. – Google Books


Li’l Bastard : 128 Chubby Sonnets

Bastard…Li’l Bastard is a collection of ‘chubby sonnets’ – sixteen-line poems organized in eight twenty-poem sequences – that explore the poet’s obsessions and engagements with America and Canada, popular culture, love and death, aging, baseball and beer and Barnaby Jones. Adopting a wild array of tone and artistic strategies, from picaresque to fantasy, to observational humour and the simple song lyric, these poems map the poet’s midlife crisis on a wild flight that touches down in Montreal, Chicago, Nashville, Texas and Los Angeles. Poignant and often achingly funny, Li’l Bastard will no doubt cement McGimpsey’s status as a beloved and ever-surprising original. This work was a Finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. – Google Books

The Porcupinity of the Stars

StarsIn this much-anticipated new collection, poet and musician Gary Barwin both continues and extends the alchemical collision of language, imaginative flight and quiet beauty that have made him unique among contemporary poets. As the “Utne Reader” has noted, what makes this work ‘so compelling is Barwin’s balance of melancholy with wide-eyed wonder.’ “The Porcupinity of the Stars” sees the always bemused and wistful poet reaching into new and deeper territory, addressing the joys and vagaries of perception in poems touching on family, loss, wonder, and the shifting, often perplexing nature of consciousness. His Heisenbergian sensibility honed to a fine edge, the poems in this bright, bold and intensely visual book add a surreptitious intensity and wry maturity to Barwin’s trademark gifts for subtle humour, solemn delight, compassion, and invention.”

International Women’s Day

March 6, 2015


A selection of books in honor of International Women’s Day featuring fiction, and non-fiction stories by female authors, will be showcased to commemorate International Women’s Day at the John and Bonnie Buhler Library during the month of March.

The first official International Women’s Day was held in 1911. This year’s theme, for International Women’s day is “Make it Happen” encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women. For more information on International Women’s Day visit

Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles you will find on display this month:

Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood

In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning. – Google Books

In search of April Raintree by Beatrice Mosionier

Story of two Metis sisters placed as foster children in separate homes and their struggles in the search for identity. – Google Books

River where blood is born by Sandra Jackson-Opoku

A delicate tapestry unfolds within these pages, a story stitched together with the threads of Ananse, the spider of African myth, and the wisdom of the ancestors. The River Where Blood Is Born takes us on a journey along the river of one family’s history, from ancient Africa into today’s America.” “It is through the lives of Mother Africa’s many daughters that we understand the real meaning of roots… –BOOK JACKET


Also Check out these titles from the Red River College E-book Collection.

Changing Women, Changing Nation : Female Agency, Nationhood, and Identity in Trans-Salvadoran Narratives by Yajaira M. Padilla

changing womenChanging Women, Changing Nation explores the literary representations of women in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives during the span of the last thirty years. This exploration covers Salvadoran texts produced during El Salvador’s civil war (1980–1992) and the current postwar period, as well as US-Salvadoran works of the last two decades that engage the topic of migration and second-generation ethnic incorporation into the United States. Rather than think of these two sets of texts as constituting separate literatures, Yajaira M. Padilla conceives of them as part of the same corpus, what she calls “trans-Salvadoran narratives”—works that dialogue with each other and draw attention to El Salvador’s burgeoning transnational reality. Through depictions of women in trans-Salvadoran narratives, Padilla elucidates a “story” of female agency and nationhood that extends beyond El Salvador’s national borders and imaginings. – Google Books


Graphic Women : Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics by Hillary L Chute

graphic womenSome of the most acclaimed books of the twenty-first century are autobiographical comics by women. Aline Kominsky-Crumb shows women’s everyday lives especially through the lens of the body, Phoebe Gloeckner places teenage sexuality at the center of her work while Lynda Barry uses college and empty spaces to capture the process of memory. Marjane Satrapis Persepolis experiments with visual witness and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home meticulously incorporates family documents to re present the past. These five cartoonists move the art of autobiography and graphic storytelling in new directions particularly through the depiction of sex gender and lived experience Hillary L. Chute explores their interplay of words and images and counterpoint of presence and absence Intertwining aesthetics and politics these women both rewrite and redesign the parameters of acceptable discourse. – Google Books


Women Matter : Femmes Matiáere: French and Francophone Women in the Material World. By Long, Imogen and Allison, Maggie

430788_coverBased on papers given at the biennial Women in French conference held in Leeds in May 2011. Drawing on a range of interconnecting disciplines and forms of cultural production, it explores the relationship between French and Francophone women and the material world. –WorldCat







Freedom to Read Week

February 23, 2015


Freedom to Read Week is an annual event organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council. It encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Challenged Works List

This selective list, prepared by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, provides information on more than 100 books, magazines, graphic novels and other written works that have been challenged in the past decades. Each challenge sought to limit public access to the work in schools, libraries, or bookstores. Some challenges were upheld; others were rejected. Some challenges remain unresolved.

Read more:

Challenges to Publications in Canadian Public Libraries

The Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom, in partnership with the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee, developed an annual survey to investigate challenges to books, magazines and DVDs in Canadian public libraries. The results of the most recent surveys are posted here.

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Book Signing by Peter Denton – Tue 2 Dec @ NDC Library

November 28, 2014

"technology & Sustainability" - Peter Denton

“technology & Sustainability” – Peter Denton

technology & Sustainability” is the latest book authored by Peter Denton, one of our very own instructors at RRC.

Peter teaches in the areas of ethics and technical communications and writes about cultural changes that may be required to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

The book is being launched at McNally Robinson on Friday 28 November but Peter will be offering his work in the NDC Library on December 2.

What: Book Signing
Where: Notre Dame Campus Library
When: Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

For more information see:

Library Art Contest Showcase

November 14, 2014

The Red River College Library would like to thank all those who responded to our “Library Art Contest”.  Students were asked to add their artwork to a Library Catalogue Card, which was provided to them.  The idea was to illustrate the front of the card, while incorporating the card’s original wording or concept.  Entries were judged on the quality of the artwork, the artistic interpretation and creativity.

Since we received so many awesome entries, we’d like to showcase some of the other entries we received.  Please enjoy this wonderful collection of artwork!

(Click the thumbnails below to view the full sized image)

Library Art Contest Winners

November 7, 2014

The Red River College Library would like to thank all those who responded to our “Library Art Contest”.  Since we received so many wonderful entries, it was difficult to choose a winner. However, at the end of the process we have made the choice of two winners: Adam Brandt: Trouble at Lachine Mill and Amy Wood: Generals Die in Bed.

The winning entries are found below.  Please continue to watch the Library web site as we will soon be posting all the fantastic entries we received for this contest.  Thank you to all contestants!

Adam Brandt: Trouble at Lachine Mill

Adam Brandt: “Trouble at Lachine Mill”

Amy Wood - “Generals Die in Bed”

Amy Wood: “Generals Die in Bed”

Updated 14 Nov 14 – Added photos of winners receiving awards.

Adam Brandt - Norman Beattie

Adam Brandt – Norman Beattie

Paddy Burt - Amy Wood

Paddy Burt – Amy Wood

2014 Library Art Contest – Win a $50 Gift Card

September 30, 2014


October is Canadian Library Month. The Library invites you to show off your artistic talent by illustrating a 3 X 5 library index card.  This is the second year that we are running this contest.  You may review last year’s winners here.



  • Open to all RRC students
  • Choose up to 3 cards from any Library location.
  • Illustrate the FRONT of the card incorporating the card’s wording or concept.
  • Use any physical media.
  • Write your name and contact information clearly on the back.
  • Entries must be submitted to either Library location by 4:30PM Friday 31 October 2014.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Quality of the artwork.
  • Artistic interpretation.
  • Creativity.


  • Entries must be submitted to either Library location by 4:30 pm on Friday 31 October 2014.
  • Winning cards will be displayed in the Library.


card examples

For More Information

Check out our posters throughout the campus. If you have any further questions you are invited to make inquiries at any of our Library Reference Desks.

Red River College Libraries will live stream #TEDxManitoba

June 4, 2014

tedx-logo-headerTEDxManitoba is a locally organized conference in its fourth year.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

When: June 12, 2014  (Speakers scheduled 9:00AM – 4:30 PM)
Where: Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre, 140 Rupert Avenue

For individuals interested in attending, tickets are no longer available, however, on June 12th you may still connect to watch the live stream on the web site.

The Red River College Library will be live streaming TEDx Manitoba at both the Notre Dame and the Exchange District Campus Library locations.  Come on down and enjoy a few TED talks with us!

List of Speakers

Hosted by emcees, Aisha and Ismaila Alfa, TEDxManitoba 2014 will be a day full of big ideas, passionate stories, life reflections, insights and expertise.

The 2014 TEDxManitoba speakers include: (subject to change)

  • Ali Ashtari, PhD: Head of Research at Invenia and Canadian immigrant
  • Brian Bowman: Partner with Winnipeg’s Pitblado Law
  • Angela Cassie: Director, Communications and External Relations at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Pay Chen: Toronto-based radio and television host, producer and writer
  • David Gingera: Founder and President of urban agriculture venture CitiGrow
  • Althea Guiboche: Winnipeg single parent, poet and author battling homelessness and poverty
  • Joe Kalturynk: Founding director of RAW:Gallery of Architecture and Design and Founding partner and designer of RAW:almond 2013/14
  • Jo MacDonald: Winnipeg educator
  • Andrew John Milne: Winnipeg artist technologist
  • Leif Norman: Full time commercial and event photographer
  • Sandi Reimer: Administrative professional for the Province of Manitoba and inspirational runner
  • David Samborski: Engineer and writer
  • Nick Skytland: Houston-based open innovation, data and technology consultant
  • Chris Summerville: CEO of the Schizophrenia Society and Executive Director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society
  • Ted Geddert: Builder of well-designed and architecturally inspiring prefab houses

Stay connected for additional TEDxManitoba information

Watch for Live Tweets from @RRCLibrary!

Mark Nelson from the Red River College Library will be in attendance and live tweeting #TedXManitoba on the @RRCLibrary Twitter account.  Twitter users are invited to follow along and engage!

What was discussed at past TEDxManitoba sessions?

You may watch many of the previous presentations on the TEDxManitoba Youtube Channel, including this wonderful presentation shown below.