When Giving is the Gift

This year, like no other, has tested our collective will, generosity and conscience. We know that there are many suffering in our community for many reasons that have now been highlighted or manifested due to COVID-19. One of the ways we see this at the library is in our decreased ability to support the less... Continue Reading →

Ukrainian Folk Tales

My household celebrates Ukrainian Christmas with many of the traditional twelve dishes on Ukrainian Christmas Eve, including meatless-borscht, perogies, and kutia (yum!) While planning what we’re going to make this year, I started wondering about other Ukrainian traditions. My love of books inevitably turned me to the Thunder Bay Public Library, searching for Ukrainian folklore.... Continue Reading →

Bridging the Digital Divide

Public libraries in Canada have existed for a few centuries and the current concept of free, tax-supported institutions dates from 1883 at Saint John, Guelph, and Toronto (source: The Canadian Encyclopedia). One of the tenets of the public library system is access, and not only to collections but to programs and services. One of the... Continue Reading →

Interview with Mary Beth Leatherdale

Mary Beth Leatherdale writes, edits and consults on books, magazines and digital resources for children and youth. She is the author of Terry Fox and Me, editor of Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees, and co-editor of three award-winning anthologies with Lisa Charleyboy. She lives in Toronto with her family and her dog, Champ.... Continue Reading →

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