NEW! Free Resources From TBPL

In our May 2 column we mentioned that many groups and organizations have stepped up to make their resources free during this pandemic. Businesses that typically sell online products to libraries have also been allowing free access for short periods of time, usually a month or two. Today we’ll be looking at a few that we’ve recently added to our website, located at Don’t forget that you can get a free library card by emailing with your name, address, and phone number. This applies to all non residents of Thunder Bay too!

UK National Theatre Logo

Check out the UK National Theatre for the best of British National Theatre. It features streaming performances, production documents, costume design, and other details about thirty plays including Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller and nine different Shakespeare productions. Don’t wait though, this resource is only available until June 6.

Summa Video logoSumma and Summa Kids is a Canadian streaming video on demand collection that provides “unlimited access to thousands of hours of captivating and informative video covering a vast array of topics, from interesting and fun DIY projects to nature documentaries presented in stunning detail. Summa also gives you access to an unrivalled collection of content featuring Indigenous voices and issues. Summa Kids includes a wealth of kid-targeted video programming focused on children under 12.” These products are available until the end of June.

Flipster Digital Magazines logoFlipster is a diverse collection of e-magazines with over 25 categories including art, automotive, consumer, family & kids, food & cooking, hobbies, home & garden, science & technology, sports, and teens. Get the Flipster Digital Magazines app for iOs or Android to download and read digital issues on your favourite device. You’ll need to create an Ebsco account, easiest done from our website. This free trial expires at the end of July.

Cricket eBooks for Kids logoCricket eBooks for kids contains around 750 award winning, short-form fiction and nonfiction ebooks for students from pre-K to grade 8 by Cricket Media. This unique e-book collection contains a wide range of subjects to help young readers explore and expand their worlds. If you’ve created an account for Flipster you can use it to download and read titles on your PC; if not, just create a new one. If you wish to read a book on your phone, tablet or ereader you will need to transfer it from your PC to your Adobe Digital Editions-compatible eBook Reader device (you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer first).  This is available until the end of July as well.

You can find these free trials with all of our online products at (we’ve created a button on the right side of each page of our website for quick access). We hope that you enjoy all of these new resources and would really appreciate hearing what you think of them. Send us an email at with your feedback. 

Sylvia Renaud – If you have a comment about today’s column, we would love to hear from you.


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