~ From the Canadian Pacific Railway to Free Public Library~
~ From Fort William to Thunder Bay~
On April 28th, the Thunder Bay Public Library and over 900 members of the Thunder Bay community celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Brodie Resource Library. The Centennial Tea was a blast and the atmosphere at Brodie was joyful. Everyone enjoyed the cake, tea, coffee and lemonade. Building tours drew quite the crowd and the Library’s history became the focus of many conversations. Stories were shared about growing up in the early days of the Brodie Library; as well as lifelong library patrons who regaled us with stories of library service in Westfort prior to 1938. Thunder Bay showed its commitment to celebrating its history with a diverse crowd; everyone from regular library patrons to John Rafferty, Mayor Keith Hobbs, and representatives of the local Red Hat Society were in attendance. Our younger library and history enthusiasts enjoyed the Tales of Beatrix Potter storytime/craft session in the afternoon. There were also several sightings of Zoose the Moose throughout the day.
Just because the anniversary date has come and gone, don’t think the celebrations ended there! The Brodie Resource Library was featured during the 2012 Doors Open Thunder Bay program (September 8, 2012) along with other historically significant and architecturally unique sites around town. The building was once again a highlight during the Culture Days celebrations (September 28-30, 2012). TBPL further celebrated Culture Days with a crafting program at the Mary J.L. Black Branch Library that focused on the artwork of Norval Morrisseau.
Thanks for all the support Thunder Bay, can’t wait to see what the next 100 years will bring! Take a virtual tour of this online exhibit featuring images, stories, news clippings and facts pertaining to the development of library services in Fort William, Ontario.