Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday February 7th, 2016 February at TBPL

The word February comes from the Latin word februarius, in turn from februare meaning to "purify." In ancient Rome, Februarius was the "Month of Purification" and took the form of a month of fun celebrations and festivities. February is a transitional month with a change in the air, more daylight and a pickup in the forward momentum towards Spring. February is a fun and busy month at TBPL as well. There are a variety of things that will definitely inspire and motivate you to dabble in something new.

As always there are computer courses available, free of charge, in a variety of areas. One-on-one computer coaching uses Library equipment where staff will assist you with basic skills in MS Word, Email, webpage and library catalogue navigation, virtual collection and library databases investigation. Simply call 684-6815 to book your session for a time convenient to you.  

Coming up in March are more Ancestry classes. You will learn to use the online genealogy resource Ancestry Library Edition (LE) by exploring databases and record collections from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. You must know how to use a computer and Internet browser to register for this class. There is also an advanced Ancestry class. Pre-register by calling 684-6815 or online at under view all library events. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops.

Thunder Bay Public Library has you covered for business research and information through the PCensus database which is available at Brodie and Waverley for free public use. Through this resource you can determine market potential and target market, find Canadian demographics and consumer spending data and pinpoint suitable business locations. Not sure how to get started? Schedule a one-on-one session by calling Jesse at Brodie (624-4203 / or Lindsey at Waverley (684-6812 /

Need a little help downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks? For a few tips and to book a one-on-one session contact Margaret at 345-8275, extension 7251 or email at

Are you searching for a new job or something different to do? Come to the Waverley Library on Fridays this month from 1:30-3 and meet with a friendly Employment Advisor to discuss your employment goals and the ways that NEW (Northwest Employment Works) can help you along the path to employment. Call 475-6661 for details. The same program will be offered in the Brodie Reference Department on Tuesdays from 1:30-3.

FREE, drop-in financial planning seminars with a financial advisor are being offered in February and beyond. These one hour seminars will cover a specific topic as well as any questions you have about your financial situation. They are being offered at both the Waverley and Brodie Libraries. There is more information available at Upcoming sessions will be covering Registered Accounts and Insurance. For more information call Reference Services at 684-6815.
Maybe you are just looking to relax for a change. Join the many who have discovered the joy and creativity of “colouring for adults” at the Brodie Fireside Room on Monday evenings from 7-8:30. Group Colours is a fabulous way to both relax and meet others. The library supplies all the required materials as well as coffee and tea. For further information call Lori at 345-8275 ext 7259.

So celebrate the month of February at the Thunder Bay Public Library by participating in our fun activities and events. There is something for everyone.

Caron E Naysmith

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