Monday, 26 December 2011

Monday December 26, 2011 Follow all Instructions Carefully!

Most of us have done this: we get a new toy, gadget or whatever, take it out of the box, and play around with it only to realize we don’t know how it works. By this point, we have already thrown out the box with the instructions still inside. With Christmas only yesterday, hopefully you have avoided this disaster and still have the instructions lying around. At the Thunder Bay Public Library, we have tons of instructional manuals, guides and how-to books on just about everything from making slime to building a house. We may not be able to help you get your new gizmo working, but we can help you discover how you can put it to use.

For example; one of the hottest gifts this year was the eReader. With your Library card you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks for free, 24/7! But before you start downloading, check out our instructional videos and guides available on our website. Just go to and click on Overdrive under Quick Links. Overdrive also provides helpful user guides. If you still need assistance, the Library offers classes to show you how to download items onto your eReader device. More information is available on our website.

Did you get a 12” double-bevel sliding compound mitre saw for Christmas? After you read the instructions on how to use the tool properly without losing any fingers, come down to the library and browse our collection of building and construction how-to books. You’ll find books on trim, decks, sheds, roofs, framing, gazebos, cabinets, and much more.

Are you looking for a recipe to try with your new kitchen appliance? The library has a huge selection of recipe books to help you create a delicious masterpiece. Get some new ideas from the Big Book of Home Cooking or Betty Crocker Cooking Basics. Cookbooks for speciality appliances are available too such as recipes for slow cookers, blenders, bread machines, and microwaves.

Need something to watch on your new 64” plasma TV? The Library has DVDs that you can borrow including new feature films and television series such as The Help, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Modern Family. Don’t waste any time; read those instructions and get your home theatre system hooked up correctly so you can sit back and enjoy.

If Santa left you a new car under the tree this year, maintain your new ride by checking out the Library’s collection of automotive manuals. Repair guides and diagrams are also available through our virtual collection. Just go to, click on the Research tab, then the picture of the Sleeping Giant. From the list of databases you will find the Auto Repair Reference Center and the Chilton Auto Repair.

For more information on how you can access these wonderful items and more, call or visit one of your Library branches. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to provide you with instructions on how to get the most from your Library card, search the catalogue, and browse through our Virtual Collection.

Lindsey Long

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