Liar, Liar

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." Albert Einstein. The themes that appear in books are usually a reflection of what is happening in society at large, so it's no surprise in these days of 'fake news' and 'alternative facts' the fine line between truth and lies... Continue Reading →

The Needs Based Library

Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) is using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to develop a needs based library service. In 1943 Abraham Maslow published his seminal paper on A Theory of Human Motivation. He concluded that “Human needs arrange themselves in hierarchies of pre-potency. That is to say, the appearance of one need usually rests on... Continue Reading →

Earth Day

Yesterday was Earth Day!  This year’s Earth Day is dedicated towards ending plastic pollution. Plastics have made our lives much easier, but their widespread use, especially of single-use plastics, have polluted the world’s natural environment because they do not decompose. So this year, why not join the growing number of people who are striving to... Continue Reading →

Stalin by Stephen Kotkin

Who was Josef Stalin? An evil dictator who murdered millions? Or a geo-political giant who dominated the Soviet Union and the world stage? Stephen Kotkin leans toward the latter interpretation in Stalin: paradoxes of power, 1878-1928. In this first volume of an epic trilogy, Kotkin suggests that Stalin was “an indomitable Communist and leader of inner strength,... Continue Reading →

Fire and Fury at the Library

The book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by author Michael Wolff is generating a lot of controversy worldwide.  For those who don’t care for the current president, the book confirms all their worst fears and suspicions; while those who support Mr. Trump are proclaiming the book as lies and “fake news”.   Many... Continue Reading →

Reading with Board Books

Reading with your child is one of the best activities you can do together. Reading can benefit a child’s development as each story you read together will introduce them to new sounds, words and letters. Visit the Thunder Bay Public Library and begin your child’s reading journey. Our collection of board books is great for... Continue Reading →

Encore @your Library

Meet the new Library catalogue! Visit to begin, or start at our home page and navigate from there. Instead of the old look - and let’s be frank, it was a bit dated! - we now have have a simple search page that looks a lot more like the searches you’re used to doing... Continue Reading →

Interview with Emily Berry

Emily Berry is a poet and editor living in London. She is the author of two books of poems, Dear Boy (Faber & Faber, 2013) and Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber, 2017). A selection of her work appears in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If I’m Scared We Can’t Win (Penguin, 2016). She edits The Poetry... Continue Reading →

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