An Indigenous Partnership: A Shared Community Hub

Decolonization is a necessary process for creating community led and needs based public libraries. Partnerships with Indigenous organizations are a step towards decolonization. Partnerships transform strategies, structures and systems and challenge the organizational culture. At Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) decolonization is an outcome of our Reconciliation and Relationship Building Strategy and Action Plan. This... Continue Reading →

Forbidden by Eve Bunting

While I normally don’t read much young adult fiction, the cover of this book kept catching my eye so when it was recommended by a patron whose tastes I normally share, it was hard to resist.  Proving that going with your first instincts it usually the right course, the book was a treat. The story... Continue Reading →

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

In spite of the fact that we live in a culture of over-consumption, the minimalism and simple living movement has been gaining traction. Many individuals are consciously steering away from over-consumption and finding more meaning in wellness and relationships. Cait Flanders is one of those people striving for a better life. For one year, she... Continue Reading →

Taking the Library on Vacation

Summer is finally here and it’s time to make the most of the weather.  For many, the arrival of summer means heading out to camp to enjoy the wonders of nature, some amazing barbeques and the company of good friends.  Others take their camp with them, in the form of a tent, a trailer or... Continue Reading →

Favourite Fantasy Books

In honour of my birthday this week, I wanted to share a couple of my favourite fantasy books from when I was growing up. When I was younger, I absolutely loved unicorns. So I was really excited when Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville came out; Into the Land of the Unicorns... Continue Reading →

Interview with Marion Agnew

Marion Agnew is an editor and writer who lives and works in Shuniah, Ontario. She has worked as an administrator for a federal science improvement grant, a writer-editor, a science education specialist, a senior editor, and as a freelance writer; she has freelanced for software and craft magazine publishers, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Last fall,... Continue Reading →

Northern Nature Trading

Have you visited the Northern Nature Trading program at the Mary J.L. Black Library yet? Located in the Commons Room, Northern Nature Trading (NNT) is an interactive program developed by Science North and has been available to the public at Mary J.L. Black since early 2016. Open to all ages, the program encourages people to... Continue Reading →

New & Upcoming Fiction for June 2018

Atherton, Nancy                   Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom Atkins, Ace                           The Sinners Barclay, Linwood                  A Noise Downstairs Brown, Sandra                      Tailspin Coes, Ben                             Bloody Sunday Cooper, Ellison                     Caged Coulter, Catherine                Paradox Davis, Lindsey                       Pandora's Boy Delaney, J P                          Believe Me Doiron, Paul                          Stay Hidden Dunn, Carola                        The Corpse at the Crystal Palace Evanovich, Janet                   The Mark... Continue Reading →

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