New Decade, New Library Programs

teen header image‘Tis the season to go skiing, sledding, and skidooing but soon the New Year will be upon us and the Library likes to plan ahead! You could say we have…2020 vision…And so should you! For Thunder Bay’s teens and tweens we’re revving up for a winter/spring season filled with fun stuff but if you’re looking to help in the community go to to find the right volunteer opportunity for you (we’re looking for Readers Are Leaders volunteers right now!)

I know most stainless steel fridges aren’t magnetic anymore but I’ll break it down month by month just in case anyone out there wants to tape this to their fridge!


If you’re anything like me you’re struggling to wake in pitch black and honestly still haven’t adjusted to the time change. To help brighten up your nights, County Park will help youth in grades 4-8 make DIY Glow Jars on Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm. Registration opens 2 weeks prior!

At Waverley you can come hang out with me starting Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm for Video Game Night where you can choose games from a Wii, PS3, or XBOX360. Additional dates include Feb 12, Mar 11, April 15 and May 13.


Waverley’s teen section needs a dazzling glow-up so we’re hosting a Bookend Painting night Feb 5 at 6:30 pm to give the shelves a new look. All teens/tweens welcome!

6 pm Feb 25 at Brodie and February 26 at County Park the library will celebrate Black History Month with a Paint Night! You’ll be able to find your rhythm and rhyme with a local Black artist. Registration opens 2 weeks prior for youth in grades 4-8.

Our partner Youth Move and library staff are hosting an Open Mic Night at Mary J L Black after hours starting Feb 26 at 6 pm! We’ll have an amp, a stool, a microphone and a fancy cup of water for all the teen and tween comedians, musicians, and poets. Not ready to perform? Stop by for the snacks or my riveting reading of Dr Seuss books!


March starts off with Button Making Mar 16 at 2:30 pm at Brodie so come use our button maker and make fun designs!

Mar 18 at 6:30 pm at County Park those in grades 4-8 can celebrate #StrongWomen by learning some self defense techniques and creating a vision board celebrating superheroes of international women’s history.

March 19 at 6:30 pm at Waverley we’re bringing back the Fandom Frolic and this year we’re doing all things Studio Ghibli! Join the group and do some trivia, crafting, and eat some snacks if you’re feeling it. Registration opens two weeks prior for any teens and tweens interested. Want to help with the program? Email!


Poetry month is here so we’re making Black Out Poetry Apr 8 at 6:30 pm at Waverley. Destroy things to make them more beautiful and make some buttons too.

April 25 at 10 am at Waverley come on in for First Aid Dogs. Learn basic CPR for your dog or cat, solutions to common injuries, what to put in a pet first aid kit, and more! Presented by Registered Veterinary Technician Anne-Marie Mayes. PETS do NOT attend this session. Those aged 12+ can register starting 2 weeks prior.

Let’s not forget Mother Nature this April either. County Park is hosting a Papier Mâché for Earth Day program where you’ll make a project using papier mâché! Please note this is a two-part craft continuing on Sat, April 25 at 10:30 am. Registration opens 2 weeks prior for those in grades 4-8.

Want more info? Visit us at, find us on Instagram @tbplteens, or email me at find out what fun stuff we’re up to!

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

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