Help for Parents

TumbleBook Library logoDear parents, finding information on the internet can be overwhelming. As a parent, you want to make sure you are doing the best for your child. However, with so much “advice” available at your fingertips, it can get a little scary.  But don’t forget, your Thunder Bay Public Library is also a great resource for parenting information. We have books on everything involved in raising a small human; from pregnancy to delivery, from breastfeeding to making your own baby food, and everything in between. We have books in print, ebooks and books that you can listen to when your hands are full. And as those little fingers and toes begin to grow, TBPL is still here to help. From learning to read to studying for their driver’s license, the Thunder Bay Public Library can help every step of your child’s life.

RB Digital LogoWhen you can’t find the time to venture out, you can browse the Library’s collection from the comfort of your home by going to our website,, logging into your library account (button is located in top right corner), and search the catalogue. When you see a title you like, you can reserve it, and then we’ll find the books for you, send them to the library you want to pick them up from and let you know when your items are ready. And while you’re on our website, you can check out other online collections; RBDigital for magazines, Overdrive for ebooks and audiobooks, as well as TumbleBook Library for children’s stories.

On those days you need to get out of the house, head down to the Library and browse the shelves, play a game, or attend a program. We offer a variety of programs for children, free of charge. These programs offer time for both you and your little one to socialize with other adults and children. Program details can be found in our newsletter Connect, and on our website. During your visit, sign your child up for a Library card. Children of all ages (yes, even your newborn) can join the Library, for free! You will also be happy to know that in 2018, there are no late fees on children’s materials. So if you are still enjoying that story book a few days passed the due date, that’s ok. And parents don’t forget to pick up some items for you. Relax with a fun movie or TV series, catch up on the latest news and trends with a magazine, or lose yourself in the newest bestselling novel. The Thunder Bay Public Library is your family’s destination for fun and learning.

Lindsey Long – If you have a comment about today’s column, we would love to hear from you. Please comment below!

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