Crafting programs for all ages will be offered through the month. Little ones and their caregivers will have a great time at the Mary J. L. Black branch on December 4 10:30am in an effort to make space in the crafting closet. We’ll pull out all the supplies and see what we can make! Crochet, knitting, cross stitch, and other needlecraft enthusiasts are invited to the Country Park branch on December 6 2:30pm to share knowledge with others and get together with fellow needlers (light refreshments to be served and some supplies available). Tweens (ages 8-12) - did you know that you could make a Christmas tree out of an old book? Learn how to create different Christmas crafts using recycled books by registering for this upcycling program to be held at the County Park branch on December 9 2:30pm. Save money, help recycle, and bring an awesome craft home for the holidays.
Rodney Brown will be at the Mary J. L. Black branch on December 16 2:30pm. Generations of Thunder Bay children have grown up listening to the songs of Rodney Brown. Rodney's Christmas Concert features songs from his CD Merry Christmas to You. Children's holiday favorites and Rodney's own songs about Christmas Stars and the joys of Christmas giving will entertain and enlighten. All ages welcome and no registration is required.
A long standing star of TBPL will be celebrating her last hurrah on December 21 starting at 3:00pm. Carolyn Laatu has spent 33 years sharing stories, crafts, puppet shows, laughs, and more with our community. Drop-in for refreshments and best wishes as she heads into retirement. All ages are welcome, especially if you have a family where multiple generations were introduced to the library by Carolyn!
Movie screenings have arrived at TBPL and we are kicking off our new public performance subscription with some holiday themed films for the whole family. The Polar Express will be on at the Waverley branch on December 21 starting at 6:00pm and the Brodie branch will hold a double feature with Home Alone and Home Alone 2 on December 27 starting at 3:00pm. Show up, bring your family and friends, maybe some snacks, and kick back to enjoy some holiday spirit.
With all of these extras planned, don’t forget about the amazing recurring programs such as Youth Move, Build & Play @ Mary J, Lego Drop-In, Baby Time, Northern Nature Trading, Read Sing Play, Storytelling Circle, and more. With all of this activity you are sure to have plenty of reasons to feel jolly in the coming weeks. For full details and more information, check out the TBPL online calendar of events through our website (www.tbpl.ca) or call your nearest branch with any questions.
Looking ahead, have you considered getting a jump on your 2018 goals? Join one of our book clubs, get together with new friends to push the boundaries of your comfort zone and get inspired by the discussion and casual atmosphere. Book clubs are hosted at each branch by experienced library staff and will get your new year started on the right page. You could also create your own book club and take advantage of the TBPL Book Club in a Bag program to save a few (or several) dollars. Bags include ten copies of the book along with a discussion guide. There are currently over 150 titles available for Book Clubs in a Bag and it only takes a few steps to begin, starting at http://www.tbpl.ca/bookclubsinabag.
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