Beyond Stephen King

One of the first things you notice working in a library is how books seem to come in trends. Once a subject is popular every publisher rushes to put out a book on a similar theme, sometimes by commissioning a work to be written, sometimes by pulling something from their backlist of older works  but usually... Continue Reading →


During the Christmas season, Santa Claus is a very prominent figure. Nicknamed the “jolly old elf,” he has elves helping out in his workshop, making toys for all the good boys and girls. This version of elves is quite different from the way elves are often portrayed in modern fantasy fiction. J.R.R. Tolkien’s elves are... Continue Reading →

Not-Yet-Classic Christmas Tales

Winter and the holiday season often find families reviving traditions from years past. For those that celebrate Christmas, there are tons of fun stories to read with the little ones in your life. Grab a book and create your own tradition! The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker is a delightful take on... Continue Reading →

Gifts in Jars by Natalie Wise

    Now that the holidays are upon us, many people are out searching for gifts for loved ones. However, with that comes busy shopping centres, overspending and overconsumption. That is why many people are choosing to reduce their purchasing of mass produced goods and seek out making some of their own gifts. These types... Continue Reading →

Holiday Baking

Have you started your holiday baking yet?  I haven’t yet and I don’t start to feel festive until the baking gets underway.  I have some standard recipes that I use year after year but I’m always looking to try something new. Here’s where the books and magazines at the library come in oh-so-handy. Maybe some... Continue Reading →

Managing Cultural Change

For the last six years Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) has been on a journey of transformation from a Traditional library to a Community Led library. In October 2012 TBPL was a Traditional library with a traditional strategy, structures, systems and organizational culture. Since that time TBPL has undergone a Fundamental Library Review which started... Continue Reading →

Interview with Bob Mayer

Bob Mayer is the grandfather of two future leaders of the Resistance Against the Machines, a NY Times Bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret and the feeder of Cool Gus. He’s had over 75 books published and sold over 5 million, including the #1 series Time Patrol, The Green Berets, Area 51,... Continue Reading →

The Winter is Coming Fantasy Display

Dragonflight The Colour of Magic City of Stairs Brown Girl in the Ring Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Inheritance Trilogy The Devourers The Dark Tower The Eye of the World Akata Witch Broken Crowns A Conjuring of Light The Bone Season The Lies of Locke Lamora Night Watch Under Heaven... Continue Reading →

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

I love Patricia Briggs’ books. So I was very excited to read Cry Wolf, the first book in her Alpha and Omega series. Cry Wolf is about werewolves Charles and Anna. Charles is a two-hundred year old very dominant alpha wolf (second to his father, the alpha of all the wolves in North America). Anna... Continue Reading →

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