Sunday, 3 January 2016

Sunday January 3rd, 2016 In Store @ Your Library for 2016

Welcome to a new year and loads of great things in the works at Thunder Bay Public Library! It would be impossible to try and list everything that we have planned for 2016, especially since there will be new projects and adventures throughout the year that I can’t possibly anticipate.

One of the easiest things to foresee though is that the Library has great new books and DVDs on the way this year. Complete lists of the New and Upcoming titles can be found on our website under the Browse tab. You can also sign up for monthly email updates and be the first to know about new and upcoming additions to the collection. To sign up, simply send an email to, and include your email address in your message. There are dozens of titles already in the online catalogue for items that will be released in 2016 and can be placed on hold to ensure you won’t miss out on future favourites.

Transparent Language will be an exciting new addition to the Library for anyone interested in learning a new language in 2016. This new program offers 100+ languages (including Finnish) as well as an App for fast and convenient access. More information can be found online at

Other new initiatives that you will see at TBPL this year include a book spine prose and poetry contest modeled after the recent battle waged online between Kansas Public Library and the Toronto Public Library.  Get your creative juices flowing and visit any location of the Library and find at least three books to compose your unique contest entry. Send a photo of your work to the Library before March 19 to qualify. Entries can be submitted through Facebook (TBayPL), Twitter (@TBayPL) or email (

Science North and TBPL are teaming up to introduce nature inspired programs this year – some of which will include this winter’s schedule for Northern Nature Trading, Science North: Game On! and the Geology, Lapidary and Jewelry Making Club. Full descriptions, times, locations, and registration requirements are available in the Connect @ Your Library Winter 2016 newsletter (which will be distributed throughout the city this week).

And if all that wasn’t enough, there is another new initiative launching this winter in partnership with Northwest Employment Works (NEW). A friendly employment advisor from NEW will be on site throughout the week (Tuesday afternoons at Brodie and Friday afternoons at Waverley) to discuss employment goals and how NEW can help you along your pathway to employment.

All of the above just covers the relatively new stuff happening in the next few months, but the tried and true deserve recognition as well. The World War One Thunder Bay Centennial Project continues to commemorate the impact of the First World War here in Thunder Bay. iHelp and eBook assistance continue at a rapidly growing pace. Workshops and lectures will be held on topics ranging from financial planning to genealogy, food innovation, forestry and more. Book clubs, Readers are Leaders, Youth Advisory Council and the Community Action Panel are all guaranteed sights around the Library this year. To find out what else is coming up that may be of interest, connect with us online at

Jesse Roberts 

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