fishing rod, as part of the Library’s Tackle Share program. Young people 16 years of age and younger can borrow fully-rigged fishing rods and reels along with basic tackle (no hooks) from the Brodie and Waverley Libraries. All fishing gear was generously donated by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Gear can be borrowed from the circulation desk for three weeks.
Big Boreal Adventure (BBA) guidebooks, maps and kits that are available at all four branches. The BBA is an accessible, nature-based scavenger hunt that is designed to “encourage people to get outside, explore, have fun with family & friends, and learn about natural areas in the city of Thunder Bay” (quote from the Big Boreal Adventure website). Kits include a guide and/or storybook(s), compass, magnifier, binoculars, and laminated instructions on making a compass. If you missed the most recent Family Day on July 21, there will be another one in August to look forward to.
borrow an electronic energy meter kit. With the high cost of electricity, the Thunder Bay Public Library and EcoSuperior Environmental Program are offering a valuable tool allowing consumers to monitor their electricity use and make smart energy choices. Kits are available at all four branches and include an electronic energy meter, instructional leaflet from EcoSuperior and an owner’s manual booklet.
Unconventional collections such as these can be expected from public libraries across the country these days. The North Bay Public Library loans out specialty cake pans (great for holidays, birthday parties, etc) and the Greater Victoria Public Library has a large collection of video games available for patrons to borrow. As with all collections at TBPL, the walking poles, pedometers, fishing gear, BBA kits, and energy meters can be looked up in our online catalog or by contacting your local branch for more information.