Hands-On Workshops

Arts & Crafts | Gardening

Except where noted, registration is required for these programs. Registration begins two weeks prior to each event.  You can register by phone (345-8275), in person, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

Arts & Crafts

Afternoon Artist

Waverley Auditorium
Thursday, February 7 @1:30pm

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Wednesday, April 3 @1:30pm

Spend the afternoon learning to create a unique painting. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided at no cost (however participants are encouraged to bring their own apron in case of paint mishaps). This workshop is free, but with limited registration, so call early to reserve your spot. Register by calling 624-4200 or visit www.tbpl.ca/getinvolved and click on Online Calendar.

Card-Making Classes


County Park Library
Wednesdays @ 2pm
January 23, February 20, April 24

Join our returning artist, Leslie Cano, for a makre-and-take workshop featuring card-making for any occasion. No experience is necessary and all materials are included. 

Space is limited, register two weeks before program date by calling 345-8275 ext. 7401 or visit www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

Cat Castles

Waverley Auditorium
Tuesday, April 23 @ 6 pm

Create your very own cat castles using cardboard boxes and other materials to make a special and cute hide-out for your kitty. Chat with other animal lovers too. Supplies provided. Registration begins April 9. For more information, please call 684-6816 or visit www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar to register.



Waverley Auditorium
Saturdays @ 2:30pm

January 19, February 9, March 30

Drop in to knit, crochet, sew, or practice any other craft you can think of! We have large tables if you need the space to work and can help with knitting emergencies. Other emergencies will depend on who is present to lend a hand. Contact Ruth at 624-4206 or email rhamlin-douglas@tbpl.ca for more information.

Crafts with Candice - Photo Transfer to Canvas

Saturdays @ 1pm

Come in and learn to make a cool craft! Register two weeks before each program date. Visit www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar and click on the program date (all ages).

  • January 19 - Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
  • February 16 - Waverley Auditorium
  • March 16  - Brodie Story Hour Room

Happiness Rocks

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Wednesday, January 23 @ 1:30pm
Wednesday, March 13 @ 10 am

Waverley Auditorium
Thursday, February 21 @ 2pm
Wednesday, April 17 @ 2pm

It is said that the simplest acts of kindness can change someone's day. Join us as we partner with the Thunder Bay Rocks Group and paint "Happiness Rocks" to spread around the community and brighten people's lives. Considered random acts of art, rocks can be painted by all ages with bright colours, images, intricate designs or simple messages, then shared with total strangers. Supplies are included, but you are welcome to bring your own. Let's make the world a happier place one rock at a time. Pre-register beginning 2 weeks prior to each class by phone, in person, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

Home Made Visible Screening & Workshop

Waverley Auditorium
Saturday, March 2 @ 2 pm

Drop in for a screening of six short films by Indigenous and visible minority artists, plus a workshop. Watch for more details.

The Maker's Path

Registration is required for each session as spaces are limited. To reserve your spot, call 684-6813 or visit us at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

  • beadingBeading Circle
    Brodie Story Hour Room
    Monday, Januray 21 @ 1:30 pm
    Tuesday, January 22 @ 1:30 pm
    Drop in to finish an old project or begin a new one in the company of others who enjoy beading. Please bring your own supplies.
  • MiniTipi Night Lights
    Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room @ 3:30 pm
    March 19 and March 21
    Build your own miniature tipi night light with Sharon Johnson. Sterling Tipi-Nightlight Creations will be on hand to take you through step-by-step instructions to create your own. The tipi-nightlight will add a touch of warmth to your home as the flickering light has the look of a fire burning inside the tipi, with tiny firewood placed in the centre. To register, call 684-6813 or visit www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

The Maker's Path is an Indigenous arts and crafts program intended to provide beginner-crafters the basics of beading and sewing. No previous experience needed. 

Mystic Musings with Katherine Keeping

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room

Tea Leaf Reading - February 19 @ 1:30pm
Mini Teal Leaf Reading - April 9 @ 6:30pm
Mini Tarot Card Reading - April 23 @ 6:30pm

Join us for tea leaf reading and tarot card reading. Preregister two weeks before each program date in person, by phone or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

Ontario Arts Council Grantwriting 101: Project Design Labs for Artists

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm

January 8 - Project Design Lab 
February 12 - Budgets and Beyond
March 12 - Introduction to NOVA

This workshop series is designed to help guide artists and makers through a few of the many parts of creating an Ontario Arts Council grant application. Sign up for any or all workshops that interest you! RSVP to aforslund@arts.on.ca or 632-4575. Spaces are limited! Hosted by the Thunder Bay Public Library.


Kitchen Herb Garden

Waverley Auditorium
Tuesday, March 26 @ 6 pm

Create your very own herb garden to use in your kitchen! All supplies will be included. Pre-register beginning two weeks before the program date in person, by phone, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.