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On the Shelf by Lori Kauzlarick


Gardening season has begun – finally!!
Thunder Bay Public Library and Roots to Harvest have come together to create Canada’s very first Garden Tool Lending Library. It’s a great way to have access to tools which you may want to try out before you buy, or just need use of for a limited time. We have indoor sheds at both Brodie and Waverley. They have everything you need to start and tend to a yard and garden – wheelbarrow, push lawnmower, fence post digger, a variety of rakes, shovels and hand tools. All the items can be borrowed for a week from Waverley or Brodie branches (no delivery to other locations) and can be renewed twice and put on hold just like books! If you have children in your gardening plans, there are even sets of junior –sized tools. All you need is a TBPL library card.
Lots of people want to build a garden, so it’s important to bring your tools back in time and in good clean condition. We ask that you return the items to the branch from which you borrowed and that they be cleaned and in the same condition as which you borrowed them. There will be charges for tools returned late, damaged or unclean.
Of course, the TBPL also has a multitude of resources to help you get the job done right. From helpful how-to books to agriculture focused documentaries and programmes. Here are some titles that you may find useful:
Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening by Mother Earth News. “For years, millions of readers have turned to Mother Earth News for trusted advice on growing vegetables and fruits. This book harnesses decades of wisdom, bringing together all the indispensable techniques, complete growing guides, helpful tips, useful photographs, and inspiring illustrations for which Mother Earth News is known.”
The Backyard Gardener: Simple, Easy and Beautiful Gardening with Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers by Kelley Orzel. “The “garden to table” movement is inspiring another generation of gardeners but many of them have questions. How important is composting? Is seed saving really worth it? Focusing on sustainable, organic growing practices and plants, The Backyard Gardener is a comprehensive handbook that will help get them started.
Kelly Orzel covers everything from soil selection to growing and harvesting. Sidebars such as “garden center survival tips” offer useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This guide also features photographs of beautiful plant bed designs, propagation techniques, and much more”.
The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden : 326 fast, easy, affordable ways to transform your yard one project at a time by Sally Roth. “Simplifying the garden design by showing aspiring gardeners how to tackle one small area at a time, a helpful resource provides garden plans for 10 unique areas that can be linked together over time to create a unified yard, plants that are dependable and easy to find and tips on how to avoid the most common planting mistake.”
So keep TBPL in your gardening plans and my you have a bountiful harvest!
Rumour has it that Barb is retiring from the library and that this will be her last column.
All of us at Thunder Bay Seniors Paper wish Barb a wonderful retirement and thank her for her years of keeping us informed about the great reading available at the Thunder Bay Libaries.

May 2017
This May, the Thunder Bay Public Library is wholeheartedly embracing crafters! We have some very crafty staff who are inviting adults to come to the library with their crafts (or to learn a new one).
Have you ever wanted to learn to knit, crochet, or cross stitch? Or do you just want to socialize with your fellow needlers and enjoy some refreshments? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then County Park’s Needle Crafts afternoon is for you. There will be some supplies for people wanting to try out a new needle craft, or you can bring your own projects from home. You’ll also get to meet Barb, your regular On the Shelf columnist, at this event. County Park’s Needle Crafts will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 2:30pm. For more information, and to let Barb know you’re interested in the afternoon, contact her at 684-6811 or email her at bphilp@tbpl.ca.
If you’re free on Saturday afternoons, come to Waverley for our Crafter-noons. A Crafter-noon is a two-hour Saturday drop in program Ruth is running where everyone is invited to bring their own crafty project from home and come socialize. Ruth will be on hand and is willing to help you out with knitting and basic needlework, which makes this a great alternative if you’re still working or otherwise can’t make it to County Park’s Needle Crafts. Of course, Crafter-noons are not limited to needlework; you are very welcome to bring whatever craft project you’re working on. Saturday Crafter-noons are being held on May 13th and June 10th at 2:30pm in the Waverley Ground Floor Learning Space. For more information, contact Ruth at 624-4206 or email her at rhamlin-douglas@tbpl.ca.
Colour Me Calm, Waverley’s Adult colouring club, has also been extended into May. Colour Me Calm invites adults of all ages to get together to socialize and colour. I provide colouring sheets and pencil crayons, but you are also welcome to bring your own supplies from home. I can wholeheartedly attest to the calming effects of colouring: if you’re in a bad mood, just a few minutes focussed on your pencil crayons and colouring sheet will have you feeling better in no time! Colour Me Calm meets on Thursdays May 4th and 18th at 7pm in the Waverley Ground Floor Learning Space.
For more information, you can contact me at 345-8275 ext. 6814, or email wavcolouringclub@tbpl.ca.

February 2017

Have you ever thought of starting a book club? Clubs often are “closed” – that’s where you need to be “a friend of a friend”. But you don’t let that stop you. The library serves a great number of book clubs in Thunder Bay and we can serve yours! We have approximately 6 active clubs meeting in the library as well as many, many clubs using the TBPL Bookclub in a Bag service. These bags contain 10 copies of the title as well as author bio and discussion questions – everything you need for a book club! Except, of course, the food!! So go ahead, start a book club. Get some of your friends together, chose a home, or book a room at the library. Then browse the book club in a bag titles – http://www.tbpl.ca/bookclubsinabag — reserve one, and go to it!
If that doesn’t sound like “your cup of tea”, then try our online book clubs – check out http://www.tbpl.ca /online-book-clubs. You won’t get the “face-to-face” time, but you will be involved in discussion! It’s that discussion that people are looking for. It helps to bring out hidden or different meanings or nuances of the story which in turn leads to greater understanding and perhaps enlightenment!
So to help you get started, here are some top titles recommended for book clubs from the online service – GoodReads. All titles can be found as a Book Club in a Bag: The Help, The Book Thief, All the Light We Cannot See, Me Before You, Girl on the Train, Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Light between Oceans, Rosie Project.
If reading is not your thing, then look at starting a “film club”. Discussing films is just as enlightening as discussing a book – heck, many films are based on books nowadays!! Again the library can help – we have a large collection of DVDs, many of which are film festival titles and foreign films. You can also check out our online collection – Hoopla – from our website. You may find titles that are not available on NetFlix!
Happy Reading or Viewing!!
Barb’s book suggestions:
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
All my Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

January 2017
At the recent Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Senior Summit, aside from hearing the motivational words of our 94 year young speaker –Hazel McCallion – we heard from Dr. Trevor Bon, Geriatrician, Geriatric Assessment Program, St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr Bon spoke of the importance of keeping healthy as we age. Keeping both physically and mentally fit as we age has a direct impact on our happiness and longevity. TBPL was pleased to be a sponsor and supporter of this event. Here are some titles from our collection that may help you to age more healthily! Don’t forget to also check out our online collection of ebooks through the Overdrive platform.
A Short Guide to a Long Life by David Agus. “The New York Times bestselling book of simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy life. A Short Guide to a Long Life is divided into three sections (What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor’s Orders) that provide the definitive answers to many common and not-so-common questions: Who should take a baby aspirin daily? Are flu shots safe? What constitutes “healthy” foods? Are airport scanners hazardous? Dr. Agus believes optimal health begins with our daily routines. His book will help you develop new patterns of personal health care, using inexpensive and widely available tools that are based on the latest and most reliable science.”
Aging as a Spiritual Practice : a Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser by Lewis Richmond. “ For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, a fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself. Aging as a Spiritual Practice guides readers through the four key stages of aging–such as “Lightning Strikes” (the moment we wake up to our aging)–as well as the processes of adapting to change, embracing who we are, and appreciating our unique life chapters. Breath by breath, moment by moment, Richmond’s teachings inspire limitless opportunities for a joy that transcends age.”
The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing : How to Live Longer, Look Younger and Feel Great by Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne. “Life expectancy is increasing, but this is only good news if you stay well and can enjoy it. The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing draws on the latest research findings, and the health secrets of long-lived people, to outline the diet and lifestyle that will help you stay healthy, look younger and feel great as you age. It explains how your body changes as you age and what you can do to avoid the illnesses of old age, as well as the aches, pains, poor sleep and eyesight deterioration that many believe are an inevitable part of ageing. “
Keep TBPL “top of mind” as you enter 2017 and let us help you keep to your resolutions.
December 2016
I know the Christmas season is upon us – it seems to arrive earlier and earlier every year! You may be feeling you want to “get away” from all this commercialism! Thus, for many, now is also the time to begin booking your winter vacation or even more broadly, your travel plans for the coming year. The library should be your number one stop in your planning process. Our collection has the full range of Fodor’s, Frommers, Blue Guides, Lonely Planet, Rick Steves and every other travel guide you can think of! Below are a few items you will soon find on our shelves.
Easy Reading Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico, by AAA provides 40% larger print than a standard atlas, and more than 50 inset maps of major cities and metro areas for easier navigation.
Four Seasons of Travel : 400 of the World’s Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall by National Geographic Staff. ” Spanning the globe with dozens of top places to go each season, National Geographic’s expert travel writers and photographers invite you to experience the world’s most tempting locales. Covering festivals, harvest celebrations, summer and winter sports and activities, local markets, animal migrations, and more, this lavish, beautifully photographed book is both inspiring and useful. In addition, a dozen famed authors, actors, athletes, journalists, and others–including Alec Baldwin, Christopher Buckley, –offer personal reflections on some of their favorites places in the world during the best times to visit. ”
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day : Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes. ” No money? No problem. You can start packing your bags for that trip you’ve been dreaming a lifetime about. For more than half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers on his enormously popular travel blog that traveling isn’t expensive and that it’s affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn’t have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury. Offering a blend of advice ranging from travel hacking to smart banking, you’ll learn how to: * Avoid paying bank fees anywhere in the world * Earn thousands of free frequent flyer points * Find discount travel cards that can save on hostels, tours, and transportation *, Nomadic Matt shows you how to stretch your money further so you can travel cheaper, smarter, and longer.”
Merry Christmas from all of us at TBPL, and Happy Travels!
November 2016
TBPL is a proud supporter of and partner with the Age-Friendly Thunder Bay committee (AFTB). For the past few months, AFTB has been working with older adults and a number of community service organizations to identify ways to improve the quality of life for Older Adults in our community. As the baby boom population ages, it is important that the residents of Thunder Bay continue to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. Older adults want to live independently, socialize with family and friends, participate in community events and activities and contribute to the community. It is projected that older adults, 60 years and over, will make up 33% of the District of Thunder Bay’s population in 2036. These adults will have varying income levels, diverse language, cultural identity, disabilities, and interests. We need your help to vet these priorities. Help us develop the first Thunder Bay Community Wide Action Plan.
The second Age Friendly Senior’s Summit will be held on Tuesday, November 15th. Join us for a Luncheon and planning workshop, featuring our Age Friendly Guest Speaker, Hazel McCallion. Hazel McCallion is 95 years-young and was Mayor of Mississaujga
for 36 years. She continues to work as the Special Advisor to the University of Toronto Mississauga and Chancellor of Sheridan College. A former professional women’s hockey player, she is known to be out-spoken and gutsy.
“Ageism is getting old! Every person, young or old, can live life with purpose,” said McCallion. “This purpose doesn’t end when you get older; society must recognize that older people can and want to continue to make a contribution, and this begins with tackling ageism.”
Hope to see you there. Details are in the poster below.

Oct 2016
A few years ago, adult colouring exploded in popularity! Adult colouring books have existed for over fifty years, but the current craze took off when Johanna Basford was approached to draw a colouring book for children; she convinced her publisher to let her create one for adults instead. That book, Secret Garden: an Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book, has since sold over two million copies. Three years after Secret Garden was published, it’s not uncommon to see colouring books and supplies in many different (and sometimes unexpected) stores.
There has been lots of speculation as to why the new adult colouring books are so popular while older ones were not. It helps that colouring is now considered an effective de-stressor, which is badly needed in our over-busy lives. The calming effects of colouring have been noted by psychiatrists and psychologists; even the well-known psychiatrist Carl Jung reportedly had his patients colour Mandalas to help them de stress.
What makes colouring so great at fighting stress and anxiety? For one thing, colouring uses both the logic and creative parts of the brain. Logic is used for picking out colours and deciding where to use them; creativity comes into play when we start mixing colours in the patterns. Colouring is also similar to meditation because your whole brain focuses on the here-and-now. While it does not appear to be a substitute to traditional art therapy, colouring has been found to have therapeutic effects for people with anxiety, and may help alleviate epileptic attacks in some patients.
Knowing how much colouring helps adults de-stress, this fall the Thunder Bay Public Library is running an adult colouring club at the Waverley Library called Colour Me Calm. This drop-in program is open to adults new to colouring as well as those who are experienced colourists. Colour Me Calm will be running every second Thursday night for the rest of the fall. Colouring supplies and refreshments will be provided! If you’d like more information, call me at 345-8275 ext 6814 or email wavcolouringclub@tbpl.ca. I hope to see you at our next night on October 13th!

Sept 2016
Autumn always feels like a new beginning. Sounds strange given that it comes during the ninth month of the year and the gardens and plants are nearing the end of their life cycle!! But, in terms of personal and social life, things return to ‘normal’ at this time: school starts up again, many groups/organizations/classes all get back into the “swing of things”, the summer vacation period ends. That’s why I see it as a time of new beginning.
Of course, the library gets back into full program mode as well and we return to our full slate of library hours. On the docket for the fall is the return of the LU In Conversation Series at the Waverley library at 2 pm. This highly successful series, now in its fourth year, returns with a whole new line-up.
October 15 sees Dr. Matt Tocheri from the Department of Anthropology present Homo Floresiensis: the So-called “Hobbits” of Human Evolution.
November 26 welcomes Dr Anthony Lariviere from the Department of Philosophy with “Privacy, Security and Secrecy”. In 2017 watch for topics such as Call Centres and Nitrogen. These talks provide you with an opportunity to hear about research happening at your University and to experience the lecture-type setting without venturing into the halls of academia.
A new partnership with the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) saw the introduction of the public legal education series last year and we are pleased to expand the topics of that series. Both sessions start at 7 pm at the Waverley library.
On September 19 join us for Tenant and Landlord Law presented by Rene Larson – if you are a landlord experiencing issues with a problem tenant, or a tenant with a negligent landlord, then this is a presentation you will want at attend. Register by calling 285-7777.
October 25 will be Family Law 101 – separation, adoption, custody rights as presented by Samuel Bachinski of Carrel and partners. Please note that these seminars present an opportunity to gain knowledge and insight from a professional but are not intended to provide legal advice.
October 1 sees the Thunder Bay Public Library join forces with the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop to present “A Celebration of the Written Word in NWO” as part of Culture Days! Thunder Bay has a very active writing community and this afternoon celebration – 2 pm – complete with readings from old and new works, some great refreshments and musical interlude will be a must attend! It all happens at the Waverley branch.
Heard the buzz about the latest trend? Looking for a creative way to relax and meet new people? Join Colour Me Calm, the new Adult Colouring Club at Waverley commencing September 29, 7 pm at the Waverley Auditorium. Supplies and refreshments will be provided! For more information, call Shauna at 345-8275 ext 6814 or email wavcolouringclub@tbpl.ca.
So, hopefully I have convinced you that the fall is not the end, it is the beginning and you can start afresh at your library!

June 2016

June is Seniors Month and as a member of Age-Friendly Thunder Bay, TBPL joins the rest of the community in celebrating Seniors!! This is a fast-growing segment of our community and a very busy one too. Having visited the 55+ Centre last month for their Health and Wellness Fair, I was overwhelmed with all the activities going on at the Centre on a regular basis not to mention the crowds attending this specific event. It was great to see so many people engaged with life!!
Here is a list of some of the activities/events at the library this month which may be of interest to Seniors, and the wider public:
Tax and Estate Planning – June 16, 6:30 Waverley auditorium.
Retirement Explorers – Safe Cycling – Jun 17, 1 pm Mary JL Black Library. Register by calling Jennifer at 684-2403.
Ontario Genealogical Society meeting – June 8, 7 pm Brodie Story Hour Room. Contact thunderbay@ogs.on.ca for more information.
Finn Fest. For more info check www.finnfestival2016.com.
Events at the Waverley Auditorium:
June 24, 2 pm Mark Munger Book Talk.
June 25 2 pm, Mini Film Fest: films by Tinna Meling.
One Book, One Community Book Launch. Join us as we kick off this first-ever Literary event in Thunder Bay. June 20 10:30 am at the Waverley library
One on One computer coaching. Call 684-6815 to book your one-hour appointment at Brodie or Waverley library.
eBook help with your eBook reader or tablet. Call Margaret at 345-8275 ext 7251 or mdemillo@tbpl.ca to book an appointment.
If nothing there caught your eye, then here are some new books on our shelves that may interest you:
Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy until you’re 80 and beyond. By Chris Crowley and Henry S., Lodge, MD. “Through their New York Times bestselling program, you’ll discover how to put off 70 percent of the normal problems of aging – weakness, sore joints, bad balance – and eliminate 50 percent of serious illness and injury. How, in fact, to become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, and continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure.”
Walking the Nile by Levison Wood. “Starting in November 2013 in a forest in Rwanda, where a modest spring spouts a trickle of clear, cold water, Wood set forth on foot, aiming to become the first person to walk the entire length of the fabled river. He followed the Nile for nine months, over 4,000 miles….”
The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. “With insight and honesty, this debut novel taps into our greatest joys and deepest fears, skillfully revealing the underbelly of a dark family secret and its shocking consequences that span decades and ripple through many lives.
Have a Film fest at home:
The Lady in the Van. Starring Maggie Smith
The Revenant. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Remember. Starring Christopher Plummer

May 2106

Summer is upon us! A time when we get outside and enjoy the sun. Whether it is gardening, cycling, or walking, being active outdoors becomes more of a priority when the sun starts giving us longer days. Local, Provincial and National groups and associations take advantage of this desire as well. Seems to me every weekend there is some fundraising walk or run. It commences in May with the Hike for Hospice and goes straight through to late September with the Terry Fox Run.
Being active plays an important part in maintaining good health as we age. Often we think it needs to be onerous and sweat-producing to be considered “active” and truly contribute to this goal of good health. But in actual fact, in need not be. Yoga is increasing in popularity as a crucial component of good overall health maintenance. Then, of course there is a good old-fashioned stroll!! Walking is being touted as an achievable fitness goal for many “couch potatoes”. Yes, you can build up a good sweat if you want to, but by and large, you can partake in a nice walk, enjoy the scenery, and catch up on the news with a friend. Walking can be either a work-out, or a social activity – or if you own a dog, a daily necessity. To help you “up the ante” a bit, the library, through a sponsorship with Chartwell Thunder Bay Retirement Residences, has walking poles available for loan. Having walking poles not only increases your cardio because you are moving your arms more widely and often, but also assists with stability. If you want to learn more about pole walking plan to attend one of the upcoming sessions at the library. Join Nancy Angus on May 10 at 6 pm at the Mary JL Black branch – limited spaces available; register online or by calling Ruth at 624-4206. Or on June 10th at 1:00 again at Mary JL Black through the 55+ Centre – call Jennifer at 684-2403 to register.
In addition to a variety of books and dvds to help you improve your walking work-out, we have pedometers for loan as well. Walking adventure tours, as well as city walking tours are also growing in popularity. If you have travel plans this summer, make sure you take a look at this resource (in book format):
1001 Walks you must take before you die: Country Hikes, Heritage Trails, Coastal Strolls, Mountain Paths, City Walks., ed. by Barry Stone. “This latest volume in the hugely popular 1001 series is the ideal guide to the world’s most exhilarating walks, hikes and views. Walking remains one of our favorite pastimes and one of the easiest – and healthiest – ways to explore the world. Whether it’s a day spent as a flaneur absorbing the sights and sounds of Paris or New York, meandering around the visually stunning Italian lakes, or exploring California’s historic John Muir Trail, the simple act of walking touches a chord that runs deep within us all.”

April 2106

So, have you have visited the Waverley library recently? The majority of the adult collection is now located on the main floor. Large Print collection, as well as the Young Adult and Children’s collection will continue to be on the lower level – at least for now! – and staff will continue to be available to assist you with your needs. Wondered what is going in this great open space? Answer is: A Small Business Zone – SBiz!!
Libraries have long been known for their ability to transform with changing times. In the nineties, doom and gloom was predicted for libraries because of the Internet. At the turn of the millennium (and even today!), ebooks were touted as the final straw that broke the proverbial “library” camel’s back! But libraries are still here – they are different – but still here. While constantly under siege to prove their worth, libraries keep doing just that – proving that they are necessary and relevant. They just keep adapting and forming new partnerships as society keeps on evolving.
The Thunder Bay Public Library is no different. TBPL – in its effort to fulfill its vision and strategic direction has teamed up with the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, and Thunder Bay’s Community Economic Development Commission to create a business incubator space at the Waverley Library. It builds upon the new MakerSpace that opened at Waverley just over 1 year ago. The small business zone will support our local economy making TBPL more relevant to entrepreneurs and the business community. A healthier small business sector creates a healthier community. A community that people want to make their home!
Stay tuned for further details as this new venture develops.
April Programs of interest:
Armchair Travel: Tunisia. April 19 Waverley Library. Join Marc and Susan Bertrand as they take you on an exotic tour of Tunisia (northern Africa), where you will explore some of the world’s best preserved Roman architecture; camp in the Sahara desert; sleep in a cave hotel, and visit the sites where the Star Wars movies were filmed.
Armchair Travel: Arctic. April 12 Waverley Library. Head to Canada’s North and the coast of Greenland, with Susan Marrier and Mary McVicar. Visit coastal communities, see Inuit carvers at work, experience throat-singing; see amazing northern vistas, flora, and fauna, as we travel the good ship Ocean Endeavour with Adventure Canada into the Arctic.
Retirement Explorers. Every Friday afternoon in April at 1 pm at the Mary JL Black Library. Join the group of retirees who pursue active recreation options. Retirees and soon-to-be retirees are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Jennifer at 684-2403.
Walk a Mile Film Screenings & Community Conversation Series continue April 11 and 21 1at 6:30 in the Waverley Library Auditorium. These film screenings and discussions are a way to encourage dialogue and understanding among all members of our community.
Hope to see you @ Your Library! and Happy Spring!

Feb. 2016

Well, we made it through the long and often cold month of January. After all the buildup and excitement of Christmas, January can always be such a letdown – particularly when the Christmas bills arrive! If you like the outdoors, the crisp sunny days of January can be wonderful, but for many, January is the worst month and February travel to warmer climes is the only way to get through.
If you are one of the lucky ones who can get “away”, you may also be one of the ones who like to read while you travel. In years past, paperbacks and sometimes books on tapes (if hitting the road was in your travel plans) were just the ticket: light-weight and portable. But technology– and the airlines with their weight restrictions and luggage fees – has changed all that. E-books, whether print or audio, are wonderful formats for any traveler: Easily accessible and no added weight. And the best thing is that you can borrow more from wherever you are as long as you have internet access – TBPL can go right along with you.
So now that I have convinced you of the travel merits of the e-book format, the next question is do you have a “portable device”? Unlike print format where you only need to know how to read in the language that the book is written, e-books have a learning curve all their own. You need to know how to operate the “device” you are using. Dedicated E-book readers are declining in popularity at almost the same rate as the smart phone market is increasing. Why have multiple devices – camera, music player, phone – when you can have it all in one? Once you have your chosen device, do you know how to use it? and how to use the “platform” from which you will be borrowing your e-book? Again, the library’s got you covered.
If you need help with learning how to use your device to access library resources, you can book a one-on-one appointment with library staff – Contact Margaret at mdemillo@tbpl.ca or 345-8275 x7251.
She can help you navigate your device and how to use “Overdrive “ the main electronic platform from which the library e-books are borrowed.
Once you have the device, know how to use it and know how to access the library platform, you are set to go. You will find thousands and thousands of titles both in print and audio format. You will never have to worry about running out of reading materials while you are away and you will have more room in your luggage for your beach gear! Happy traveling!
Program Alert –

February 20 2 pm Mary J L Black Library. LU in Conversation: What is the future of Forestry in Northwestern Ontario with Dr. Mathew Leitch.

Free Public Legal Education programs at the Waverley Library and presented by Ontario Bar Association member Rene Larson. Register by contacting 285-7777

March 1st-7 pm Preparing Last Will and Testament and Powers of Attorney
March 5th- 2 pm Duties of an Executor to Administer an Estate.

Jan. 2016

Surprise, it’s still me! Barb Philp, your regular columnist, will be back next month.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s. New Year’s Day is often the time when people make resolutions to lead happier and healthier lives. I don’t know about you, but I find resolutions too vague. If you don’t break your resolution down into smaller, more measurable goals, it’s much harder to avoid getting derailed.
For 2016, my goal is to lead a healthier life. Since that’s incredibly vague, let’s break it down a little better. I know that staying active and healthy eating are both going to be important for meeting this goal. For me, being active is the easy part of this equation. I love walking, swimming and yoga; during the winter, I also enjoy cross country skiing. So if I make (and stick to) specific weekly goals I know I’ll be more active.
So what about healthy eating? I’m a real fan of Rick Gallop’s The GI Diet, which makes the Glycemic Index more accessible by breaking foods into three categories: green light foods that you can eat as much of as you want, yellow light foods that should be eaten in moderation, and red light foods that should be avoided because they hit your bloodstream much faster than green light foods. Here at the Thunder Bay Public Library, we have several of Gallop’s books, which are all full of great advice and fantastic recipes for green light meals and snacks. We’ve also got books on the glycemic index by other authors as well.
So for January, I’ve decided that I’m going to eat only green light foods every day except on Ukrainian Christmas Eve, where I’m going to eat perogies and kutya without guilt. At the beginning of each month I’ll reassess and see if it’s time to add in some yellow light foods or if I want to keep eating only green light for a little longer.
Good luck to everyone else who has set their own goals for 2016. I hope you have a happy and healthy year!

Dec. 2015

December is the start of the coldest months of the year. Once the snow falls it’s tempting to hibernate until spring. But hibernating makes the long, dark months of winter linger on. That’s why it’s best to go out and be active instead! Living in Thunder Bay means you can enjoy all kinds of winter activities, like snowshoeing, skiing, skating, and ice fishing. But sometimes the weather is just too cold, even when you’re bundled up. When that’s the case, there are plenty of indoor activities to choose from, many of which are available for free at the Thunder Bay Public Library.
For the literary crowd, why not try a book club? Waverley, Brodie, and Mary Black have clubs that meet monthly. The Casual Clerisy Club also meets monthly either at Waverley or at the 55 Plus Centre on Red River Road. Next they’re discussing poetry on December 8th at the 55 Plus Centre. For more information on any of these clubs, go to tbpl.ca/bookclubs.
The library is also a meeting place for the Northern Ontario Writers’ Workshop, who put on readings and workshops every month at Mary Black and Waverley. Their schedule is on tbpl.ca/writers and on their website, nowwwriters.ca.
The Retirement Explorers will continue meeting in the new year at Mary Black on Friday afternoons. Retirement Explorers are retirees and soon-to-be retirees who are exploring a wide range of activities (for example, they talked about snowshoeing during their November 27th meeting). If you’re interested, give Nancy Angus a call at 684-2403. Nancy is also the contact person for anyone interested in Wit Knits, a group of knitters and crocheters who meet at Mary Black on Thursdays at 1:30pm.
There are many other programs and services that are offered at the library, including genealogy workshops, the Lakehead University In Conversation lectures, and the Makerspace; you’re sure to find something that interests you!
Let’s not forget that December is also the time for warm gatherings with friends and family. Happy holidays to everyone, and I hope you’ll join me in welcoming your regular columnist, Barb Philp, back starting next month.

Nov. 2015 by Shauna Kosoris

It’s been five years since Canada’s last surviving World War I veteran passed away at age 109. Fewer and fewer people today were alive during the Great War and even fewer people remember it. Today’s world is also quite different from 1914-1918, making it harder for us to imagine what things were like one hundred years ago. Luckily all is not lost, thanks to efforts like the World War One – Thunder Bay Centennial Project. Local organizations have partnered together to collect stories and put on displays about the contributions Fort William and Port Arthur made to the Great War.
The Thunder Bay Public Library has a website devoted to the Centennial Project (tbpl.ca/worldwarone), which has many interesting pictures and facts about life one hundred years ago in the Lakehead. There’s information about the 52nd and 94th battalions, which were made up of local people from Fort William, Port Arthur, and the surrounding communities. There are many stories and facts about individuals, ‘Enemy Aliens,’ the First Nations who enlisted, and the local industries who contributed to the war effort. There’s even a section about life in Thunder Bay, including how local sports fared during the war.
The most interesting part of the Centennial Project website is the Timeline, which shows what was happening 100 years ago in Port Arthur and Fort William. In November 1915, the 52nd New Ontario Battalion left the Twin Cities for St. John, New Brunswick. On their way, they were inspected on Parliament Hill by H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught, Sir Robert Borden and Major-General Sam Hughes. On November 23, the 52nd sailed from St. John to England aboard the California. November 1915 also saw the beginning of recruitment for the 94th New Ontario Battalion in Fort William and Port Arthur. Gaining momentum throughout the month, there was speculation that the unit would be at full strength by early 1916.
This project is still a work in progress.
Community involvement is always welcomed; you can contact ww1project@tbpl.ca, or visit the Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History database to search or share your stories.

Oct. 2015 by Shauna Kosoris

This November, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA)’s Lit On Tour is coming once again to Thunder Bay. This year, Lakehead University, the Northern Women’s Bookstore, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, CBC Radio, and the Thunder Bay Public Library have all partnered with the IFOA to bring four authors to Thunder Bay on November 4th to read from their latest works. CBC’s Lisa Laco, host of Superior Morning, will be emceeing. Although I have wanted to attend since the IFOA started coming to Thunder Bay, last year was the first time I was able to go. I had a lot of fun listening to the readings and am really looking forward to this year’s line up of Dionne Brand, Elizabeth Hay, Miranda Hill, and Alexander MacLeod.
Dionne Brand is a poet and novelist. Her latest novel is Love Enough. Her book of poetry, Ossuaries, won the Griffin Poetry Prize, and her literary honours include the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award and the 2006 Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. She was Toronto’s third Poet Laureate from 2009–2012.
Elizabeth Hay’s novel, Late Nights on Air, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has been a national bestseller. Her other works include A Student of Weather (finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Ottawa Book Award), Garbo Laughs (winner of the Ottawa Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award) and Small Change (stories). In 2002, she received the prestigious Marian Engel Award. Hay presents His Whole Life, a captivating and unconventional coming of age story set in mid-1990s Quebec.
Miranda Hill is the author of the critically acclaimed story collection Sleeping Funny, which won the City of Hamilton Award for Fiction, and of the story “Petitions to Saint Chronic,” which won the McClelland & Stewart/Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Readers’ Digest and The New Quarterly. Hill is also the founder and executive director of Project Bookmark Canada, the organization building Canada’s literary trail. Hill lives, reads and writes in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Woody Point, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Alexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame and McGill, and currently teaches at Saint Mary’s University. MacLeod presents a reading from his celebrated first collection of stories, Light Lifting, which offers a suite of darkly urban and unflinching elegies that explore the depths of the psyche. It was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and won the Atlantic Book Award.
I hope we’ll see you at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on November 4th to hear these authors read at 7pm.

Sept 2015

I always enjoy the change of season and feel so blessed to be living in a part of the world where there are 4 distinct ones. Fall brings the beauty of colour, the crunching of leaves, the crispness in the air, and my favourite, the smell of a wood-burning fire (my thanks to Both Hands Pizzeria for providing that wonderful aroma to downtown PA!). Fall also brings harvest, and for those of Italian descent, possibly winemaking. While not Italian, I do enjoy a good glass of Chianti.
The library can help you with your wine interests! Whether you are into making wine in your home or using one of the local wine-making establishments, whether it is Wine tasting or wine tours – we’ve got you covered! Here is a sampling of titles – both in hard copy and e-format – to help you with whatever and wherever your wine interests take you.
Wine appreciation: 500 wines for 100 occasions by David Williams
Choose the right wine for every occasion from 500 recommended wines. There is a perfect wine for every occasion, no matter the budget, mood, or type of cuisine. This practical and beautifully designed book promotes wine knowledge and appreciation by helping solve the common dilemmas of matching wine to an occasion, setting, or cuisine. Organized into one hundred common events and holidays, the book recommends wines suited to any scenario: first dates, graduations, holiday gatherings, and many other occasions.
Making your own wine at home : creative recipes for making grape, fruit, and herb wines by Lori Stahl
Get started today with this practical guide to making your first bottle of perfect homemade wine. Author Lori Stahl demystifies essential winemaking techniques with friendly, jargon-free instructions and gorgeous color photography. She begins by taking you step by step through making wine from a kit, and then shows you how to go beyond the kit with creative additions. Soon you’ll be making your own flavorful wine from fresh grapes, apples, berries, and even flowers and herbs.
John Schreiner’s Okanagan wine tour : the wineries of British Columbia’s interior
Now in its fifth edition, the Guide has more wineries than ever before. Featuring profiles on all the old favourites as well as 30 brand new wineries. It remains the most comprehensive guide for visiting the wineries of the Okanagan: Okananan, Similkameen, Thompson River Valleys and the Kootenays with insider tips from Canada’s most prolific wine writer.
In e-format, we have:
The Everything guide to wine by Peter Alig
Grandi Vini: An Opinionated Tour of Italy’s 89 Finest Wines by Joseph Bastianich
Chicken Soup for the Winelover’s Soul by Jack Canfield
For the next few months, please enjoy the musings of our guest columnist, TBPL staffer, Shauna Kosoris. Cheers!

June 2015

As summer approaches, I thought I would pull together a list of titles for your summer reads and being a librarian, I thought I would focus on titles with a literary or book theme.  I’ll chose titles both that I have read and not read, titles that are both new and older, but all the titles are available from the library collection – both hard copy and virtual.
Enjoy the list and enjoy the summer!  Happy reading.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. (2014)
“A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances”.
The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl (2015)
“Near the end of the nineteenth century, two bookaneers–literary pirates seeking authors’ manuscripts to steal–are caught up in a colonial war on Samoa as they compete for Robert Louis Stevenson’s last manuscript and make a fortune before a new international treaty ends the bookaneers’ trade.”
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon.  (2004)
“A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author’s works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written”.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore  by Robin Sloan (2012)
“The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco web-design drone and landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything. Soon he embarks on a complex analysis of the customers’ behaviour and ropes his friends into helping him figure out just what’s going on”.
Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (forthcoming June 2015)
Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, finds a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations.


Human Library
TBPL and Leadership Thunder Bay are happy to bring the fourth Human Library to Thunder Bay.  On May 2 between 10:30 and 3:00, the Waverley library will be abuzz in conversation!  In a Human Library, people become the books and are “borrowed” for short conversations in the library.  This type of library offers a unique opportunity to talk with people you might not otherwise meet, offers you a unique opportunity to ask questions and to learn about a different lifestyle, a different career, a different perspective.
The first Human Library was held in Denmark in 2000 and since then, events have been held across the globe. While the first Human Library was focussed around stopping the violence and encouraging dialogue, the same underlying themes come to the surface today. With dialogue comes understanding, and it is hoped that with understanding comes peace. Visit www.humanlibrary.org for more information.
To attend the Human Library simply show up at the Waverley library in the Reference Department and stop by the Human Library Circulation Desk.  Conversations are set for 15 minutes in length and you can sign up for as many spots as you like which are available.  You may have to wait for your turn, but what better place to spend some time than at the library.  You may find that you want to check out a paper book to take home!
The collection this year is quite diverse and consists of the following books:
• a war bride,
• a war veteran living with PTSD,
• a vegan,
• a former NHL hockey player,
• a family member affected by suicide,
• a person living with  mental illness,
• a person who overcame an eating disorder and
• LGBTQ members of our community.
If you aren’t sure how you would start up a conversation with someone you don’t know, that’s OK, we have a cheat sheet to help get you started.  So please join the library and the members of this year’s class for Leadership Thunder Bay as we celebrate the diversity of people who call Thunder Bay their home.

April 2015
There is always something happening at the library – new stories daily!!  In April you will find the Waverley library transformed as we introduce the new RFID technology to the north side of town.  This new technology makes it much easier for you to check out your own materials – no more waiting in line.  Many people think that this means we are replacing our staff with machines!!  But, it is quite the contrary.  These machines take the routine task out of the hands of the staff so they are free to assist you when you really need it.  It means they no longer have the pressure of seeing a line-up form behind a library user who is needing a little bit more time with a transaction.  So, don’t be dismayed with the kiosks, feel empowered with the freedom of choice and comforted with knowing the staff now can take extra time with you when you need it.  You can help yourself  now by getting your PIN set.  This PIN ensures that you and you alone are using your library card – so it is good thing and worth the effort of remembering it.
Also in April, The Armchair Experiential Travel series returns!  We are pleased to have 2 dates booked.  This is your chance to come  and hear about some not so usual vacations and enjoy vicariously the thrills of travel and adventure!  All talks take place at the Waverley Library at 7 pm.
On April 7, join us for Buen Camino. Keith Nymark, Cathy Farrell, Karin McIntosh, Janet Clark and Dale Shippam  present their experience as several of the thousands of pilgrims who have walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  Come to share stories and find out if you want to experience the Trek!
On April 14, we go Trekking in Bhutan-Land of Thunder Dragon.  Join Heart Transplant recipient Dale Shippam as he takes us to this remote Himalayan country where “Gross National Happiness “ is considered more important than Gross National Product.
Looking to May, we have the fourth Human Library set for Saturday May 2 at the Waverley library 10:30 to 3 pm.  This year the library is partnering with Leadership Thunder Bay as the Human Library becomes a CAP (Community Action Project) for a group from this year’s LTB class.  Plan to join us!  You can find out more on our website – www.tbpl.ca

Jan. 2015

Cold weather got you cooped up for the winter? Wanting to catch up on your movie viewing? Then we have a new service you will want to check out. It’s our new online service called Hoopla. It provides online access to thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobook titles – Kind of like Netflix! But it’s free to you with a Thunder Bay Public Library card. You need to have an email address and set a PIN on your library card. Download the free hoopla digital mobile app on your device or visit hoopladigital.com on your PC, set up your account and away you go. Here are few details about the service.

Loan periods vary. You can enjoy most movies and TV content for 72 hours (3 days) after borrowing. Music albums are available for 7 days, and audiobooks are available for 21 days. All these items are automatically returned but limits exist. You can borrow 8 items per month. But the really good thing is it that there’s no waiting – access is 24/7 with no “holds” lists.

Hoopla offers an extensive catalogue of foreign films and other hard-to-find content in addition to mainstream movies, TV and music. Best of all, you get same day release of popular music albums. Content changes and Hoopla assists with browsing by putting together themed collections. Due to copyright limitations some titles don’t last long, so check back often to get it while it’s available!

Downloading is temporary. Borrowed titles are only available for temporary download on mobile devices, such as iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) and supported Android phones or tablets. All titles are streamed so you do need an Internet connection, at least to start.

Help is available. There is an extensive section in hoopla itself: https://www.hoopladigital.com/support plus our personal technology assistant is ready to help as well. Just call Margaret at 345-8275 (extension 7251) or email mdemillo@tbpl.ca to make an appointment.

No privacy worries. No one can see what titles you have borrowed. As an added bonus, there are no ads either.

Like what you’re reading? You can get to Hoopla right from the library’s webpage (www.tbpl.ca) by clicking on Online Stuff. I’m sure you will indeed find something you like with Hoopla!

Dec. 2014

As a follow-up to my column last month, I am pleased to report that another successful IFOA reading was held on Nov 6 in the superlative venue of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The authors on the tour were thrilled to be reading in such a cultural venue!!

Having just returned from vacation, I find myself under the pressure of the clock to get a column in for this paper! Not only the paper deadline, but the time I have available in a day to devote to column-writing!! and the more you stress, the more the writer’s block grows!!! What can I write about that will inspire people to use the library? What program can I promote? what great story can I tell? Tick, Tick, Tick, the clock moves ever closer to the deadline….

CHRISTMAS!!! That’s it! This column provides a great opportunity to bring Holiday Greetings and gift giving ideas!! One of the best gifts you could give someone is sharing your love of the library. Did you know that half the population of the city of Thunder Bay does not have a library card or use the library actively? Think of what a gift you could be giving to your friends and family by just telling them about the library. It truly reflects the most positive aspects of the well-worn phrase “The Gift that keeps on Giving”!

So Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings! Happy Hanukkah! Enjoy your Kwanzaa or St. Nicholas Day, or Winter Solstice in whichever way that brings peace and joy to your and yours!

Look forward to seeing your At Your Library in 2015.

Nov. 2014

The International Festival of Authors LitonTour is set to land in the city November 6th! This will be the 4th visit of LitonTour to Thunder Bay, and I know that there are many who plan annually to attend regardless of which authors make up the tour. They know that the Tour offers them a unique opportunity to experience the written word by new as well as seasoned literary vets and they wouldn??t miss the reading for anything! It is a fabulous testament to the quality of LitonTour and we are so fortunate to be able to host them. This year the partners of Lakehead University, Northern Woman??s Bookstore, CBC Radio 88.3 FM along with your Thunder Bay Public Library are thrilled to be joined by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery who will provide a new venue for the Tour. While you enjoy the reading you can also enjoy the 2014 Northern Ontario Juried Exhibition which showcases art from around Northern Ontario. So plan to come early and browse the hall before the reading commences at 7 pm.

This year we have the following authors:

Alison Pick is the author of Far to Go, which was longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction and was named a Top 10 of 2010 Book by NOW Magazine and the Toronto Star. She is also a noted poet. Pick will be presenting her moving and unforgettable memoir, Between Gods, which explores family secrets and the rediscovered past.

Michael Winter is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including The Architects are Here, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and The Death of Donna Whalen, which was nominated for the Writers?? Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers?? Prize. He is also the recipient of the Writers?? Trust Notable Author Award. Winter will be reading from his non-fiction debut, Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead, a uniquely gripping account of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who were all but annihilated 100 years ago during the Battle of the Somme in World War I.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, as well as the story collection Way Up, which won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. She is also an award-winning instructor with the University of Toronto??s School of Continuing Studies. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, The Walrus, Num???ro Cinq, Joyland and Storyville. Kuitenbrouwer will read from All the Broken Things, a spellbinding novel of exceptional heart and imagination about the ties that bind us to each other.

Hope you can join us November 6th 7 pm at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. It will be a truly artistic and cultural evening!

Sept 2014

Do you feel that you are headed up Cyber Creek without a paddle? Have no idea what Twitter is, or Pintrest, or SnapChat? Want to Facetime with grandchildren who live “away”, but you don??t know how? Then you will want to come out to this documentary screening. The Thunder Bay Public Library is proud to join with other community partners for an Age-Friendly Thunder Bay presentation of Cyber-Seniors. This Canadian documentary has kick-started a global movement of partnering youth with seniors in an attempt to bridge the digital divide. “It is a humorous and heartwarming documentary featuring the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors.” The film has been making waves on the film festival circuit in both the United States and Canada. Huffington Post listed it as a “must-see movie”, NBC News reviewed it as “Charming, Hilarious and Poignant”. If you are already comfortable “surfing the ??net”, please see www.cyberseniorsdocumentary.com for more information on the film and its positive reception at numerous North American film festivals.

Join us on Saturday September 27 at 2:00 pm at the Bora Laskin Theatre . Free tickets are available from any library location commencing Sept 8.

The Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Committee is proud to be leading this initiative along with community partners, Chartwell Thunder Bay Retirement Residence, Hilldale/Isabella Retirement Living, 55+ Centre (City of Thunder Bay), Thunder Bay Public Library, Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (Lakehead University) in addition to Lakehead Public Schools and Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. The Cyber-Senior movement has the goal of engaging youth mentors to enable at least a million senior citizens to expand their social and physical worlds by making new connections via the Internet . After the screening, you will have the opportunity to sign up and learn about Cyber Buddy programs rolling out in the community. This is where you get into your Cyber Creek canoe and learn from the “youth pros” on how to paddle it! A variety of “launch” options will be available: general learning get-togethers through to weekly one-on-one meetings. The choice is yours!

Plan to attend!! Come and spend the afternoon watching a great film, connecting with engaged youth and join the Cyber-Senior movement! You could even win a prize!

June 2014

Books getting buzz – stock up for your summer reads!

Because I am a librarian, people assume that I read all day – I can assure that while I wish that is what I did all day, it certainly is not reality!! I am a reader but not what I would call an “avid” reader. Of course, ordering fiction titles for the library collection exposes me to all the upcoming titles, and I always seem to have an antenna out for books being talked about “out in the community” – which nowadays seems to be more in social media than good old-fashioned “word of mouth”. Publishers push the hype through e-newsletters which I receive and I do subscribe to Goodreads – an online “social catalogue” that helps people share their thoughts and reviews on books.

So, based on my informal investigation, here are some titles that are getting some buzz – many nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction. Add them to your summer reading list – that is, if summer ever comes!!

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. “The New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell returns with a simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters . . . sometimes too unbreakable.”

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. “An instant national bestseller, this stunningly evocative, beautifully rendered story told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway??s first wife, Hadley, has the same power and historical richness that made Loving Frank a bestseller. No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view – that of his first wife, Hadley.”

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. “A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love . Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker; a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, and his brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father??s money and his mind);born in the Age of Enlightenment, she bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.”

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. “Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution: the Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author gives us a powerful new novel–set in both India and America–that explores the price of idealism, and a love that can last long past death.”

Other titles to check out: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, The Good Lord Bird, The Woman Upstairs, Tale for the Time Being, Claire of the Sea Light, The Circle, and Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. Happy reading!!

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”


May 2014
Thunder Bay is fortunate enough to boast a vibrant film community.? There is SilverCity which screens feature films as well as monthly Opera – Live at the Met – and classic films.? Add to that the Bay Street Film Festival (BSFF) which screens monthly films at the Finlandia, Environmental Film Network (EFN) screening monthly films at the Paramount Theatre, North of Superior Film Association (NOSFA) showing films monthly at SilverCity and you see just how vibrant it is.? Of course when these groups hold their festivals, things really heat up!
The library contributes to this vibrancy with our National Film Board (NFB) film club which screens NFB films monthly at the Mary JL Black library.? The next screening is set for May 2 at 2 pm.? You??ll see ??Classics from the NFB Oscar Collection??.? The library has long seen the educational, informational and recreational benefit of video.? Prior to the 1980??s, we had a filmstrip collection as well as the loaning and screening of 16mm NFB reel-to-reel film.? In the 80??s we added Laser Video Discs (LVD) to the circulating collection and soon thereafter the VHS video collection was born.? We have kept abreast of technological advances by introducing the DVD collection in the 90??s, and soon we will be offering? streaming/downloading video from our website! Stay tuned for details on that service.
With all these technological advances – accessing video from home, big screen home theatre systems – one would wonder why we continue to have such a vibrant film community – why don??t people just watch at home?? My sense is that watching a film in a group setting on the Big Screen is a totally different experience from watching a movie in the comfort of your home and is an experience people want.? Many of the film groups mentioned above take that group experience a little further and add post screening discussion panels with experts/ directors.? Even the informal discussions is a ??value-added?? that people are looking for.
In keeping with that premise, the library is looking to revive the ??Armchair Travel Series??.? Do you remember coming to the library to attend local travelogues? to hear from local personalities who presented their slide show of their trips to exotic places?? With digital photography and video now literally in ??palm of your hand??, and projection equipment easy and accessible, it is time to see if there are local adventurers who would like to share their experiences with the community. Sure you can borrow a travel documentary dvd and watch it at home, but wouldn??t it be much better to have a conversation with someone who has been to that place you want to visit?? If you have travelled, have a visual show of your adventures and would like to present them to the community, please contact me – 684-6811 or bphilp@tbpl.ca

April 2014
Will Spring ever come?? By now we are all beginning to wonder!?? At this rate, I think we will be lucky if we see grass by the May Long Weekend.? This has been the longest and coldest winter I ever remember.? I will be so glad to see the end of it!
Spring is a special time. The days get longer, the first tulip buds pop through the melting snow and we spend more time outside greeting neighbours that we have barely seen all winter!? That renewal theme carries on to our traditions as well. As a child, I remember getting a new spring outfit for Easter – gloves, hats – the whole shebang!? It always felt so good to put on that new outfit – complete with white gloves and white straw hat with bright flowers.? Funny thing is, I never did the same with my own daughter! no hats and gloves.? No fancy outfit – I would let her pick her own outfits to express her own individuality!? That??s what we moms were suppose to do!? Overall,? I think society has lost some of its formality, some of its ??pomp and circumstance??!? Regardless of your position on fashion and the de-formalizing of society, spring and fashion just seem to go together.
If you are interested in popular culture and fashion then be sure to check out the last LU In Conversation session happening Saturday April 19 at 2 pm at the Mary J L Black Library.?? Flappers, Fashion and Femininity in the 1920??s, presented by Dr. Jane Nicholas, Associate Professor of Women??s Studies. Join her in conversation as she explores facets of consumerism, appearance, the making of the modern body, popular culture, and the creation of modern feminine subjectivity.? These Lakehead U sessions have opened up a whole new avenue for public lectures.? This is your chance to converse with those knowledgeable in vast fields of study, research and inquiry.? Be sure to join us.
If you would like to learn more about Canadian Fashion and Canadian Women, check out these titles:
Fashion : a Canadian Perspective,? ed by Alexandra Palmer. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2004.
Fashion: A Canadian Perspective challenges readers to consider aspects of Canadian identity in terms of what its citizenship has chosen to wear for the last three centuries, and the internal and external influences of those socio-cultural decisions. Covering a broad range of topics, such as the iconic Hudson Bay Blanket Coats, garment factories of the late 1800s, specific Canadian fashion couturiers whose influences reach international stages, and the contemporary role of fashion journalists and their effect on trends. In a country that has given birth to such global fashion corporations as Club Monaco, Roots, and MAC, Fashion: A Canadian Perspective develops the first intriguing and readable historiography.??
Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : Women of the Great White North, a Celebration of Canadian Women, by Ann Douglas. ?? This is the first Canadian pop culture book to focus exclusively on the lives of Canadian women.??
Check out all this and more @ Your Library.