Sunday, 15 November 2015

Sunday November 15th, 2015 Your Library Online

As the weather grows colder you might be less inclined to leave your warm house. This does not mean you can not visit your Library! There are a wide range of collections and services you can use from the comfort of your home through our website:

Go to to learn about OverDrive, hoopla and Tumblebooks. OverDrive is our main collection of eBooks and eAudioboks. You can install the OverDrive app on your smart phone, tablet or tablet-like eReader, or use it to read on your computer or download books to basic eReaders and portable audio players. There’s also an app for hoopla, which gives you easy access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, TV shows and movies. Tumblebooks is a fun, interactive collection of eBooks for kids. Tumblebooks can read to your child, or have them read themselves.

There is a whole lot more than eBooks available online from your Library. Go to to discover what else we have for you! Naxos Music Library is a well-used service which allows you to stream classical, jazz, world and popular music from an app or website. Liner notes, music history, composer information and more additional resources may be found on the Naxos website.

Logging in to My Giant Search gets you access to reliable information you can use for research, projects, homework, hobbies and more. Databases of newspaper, magazine and journal articles, online reference books and how-to manuals will be at your finger-tips. Most databases include tools that help you cite information, expand your research and save your work. Online auto-repair manuals include wiring diagrams, recall information and useful tips. Powerspeak Languages is an online language-learning program that will teach you to speak French, Spanish, German, Mandarin and English as a second language for Spanish speakers. NoveList is a treasure-trove for avid readers, and NoveList K-8 can help you develop a love of reading in children.

The World War One -- Thunder Bay Centennial Project ( is a growing collection of personal stories, photographs, newspaper articles and more chroniclling the War years in our City. Exploring this section of our website in engrossing, fascinating and revealing.

If you like history, click over to the Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History, a searchable collection of images and articles. You can find photos of the original Chippewa Park dance pavilion, people enjoying Boulevard Lake in the 1940s and the Pagoda in 1939. We have posted some of the images on HistoryPIN, a social historical photo sharing website and app.

Are you on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest? So are we! Go to for links to our social media sites. Following your Library on social media will keep you in the loop about events, new books and services. It also gives you the opportunity to share your stories, ideas and photos.

Speaking of sharing, use the Contact Us link to send us feedback. We also have a purchase suggestion form online which you can use to let us know if there’s a book, movie or CD you would like us to add to the collection. It’s at

You can log in to your Library card account through our website -- click on the “My Card” link.  Once logged in you can check due dates, renew, place holds, pay your fines, and make lists of books. Have a look at the videos at to discover all the things you can do online with your card.

If you need some fresh air and feel like venturing out you can find the hours and locations of Library branches at, and check our online calendar to discover all the interesting events we have planned:  Hope to see you online or in person at your Library soon!

Joanna Aegard

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