Hands-On Workshops

Arts & Crafts | Activities

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
Friday, September 27 @ 1:30 pm - 4 pm

Come and join us as we celebrate Culture Days by creating a unique Indigenous Woodland-inspired acrylic painting. "Brush up" on some painting techniques while at the same time learning the Indigenous significance of the colours, shapes, and images presented. All supplies are included, but you might want to bring an apron or wear old clothes in case of paint mishaps.  Ages 15+

Supplies are included, but if you have an old painting you'd like to alter, you're welcome to bring it. This workshop is free, but with limited registration, so call early to reserve your spot. Pre-register for each class by phone, in person, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

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Beeswax Wrap Workshop with Ocean Bridge

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Saturday, September 21 @ 2:30 pm

Caitlyn Harvey and Erin Van Breda are apart of the 2019 Ocean Bridge Cohort, come learn about Ocean Bridge and join them for a Beeswax Wrap Workshop! All materials will be provided, and the workshop is free. Pre-register beginning 2 weeks prior by phone, in person, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

Christmas Luminaries

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Wednesday, December 11 @ 10 am - 12 pm

Light up your Christmas table or mantle with a mason jar luminary. Supplies will be included. Pre-register beginning 2 weeks prior by phone, in person, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

DIY String Art

Waverley Auditorium
Tuesday, November 12 @ 6:30 pm

It's getting chilly out there! There is no better time to craft. Create your own string art with embroidery string, nails and wood! Create something you're proud of and show if off in your house or give it as a gift. Teens and Adults welcome!

Pre-register beginning 2 weeks prior by phone, in person, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

Happiness Rocks

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Wednesday, September 11 @ 10 am - 12 pm

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.

Knit & Crochet at Mary J.

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Saturdays @ 2 pm
October 19, November 16, December 7

Come and join us to craft and socialize! All levels are are welcome and we're happy to help beginners get started. Limited supplies are available for new knitters/crocheters to use. Refreshments are provided.For more information, contact Ruth at 624-4206 or email rhamlin-douglas@tbpl.ca.

Make a T-Shirt Book Bag

Thursdays @ 2:30 pm
October 17 - Brodie Story Hour Room
November 14 - County Park Mall Space

Plastic bags and discarded clothing are two things that fill up our landfills and wreak havoc on the environment. Why not do what you can to eliminate waste? We will show you how to make a simple reusable book bag/shopping bag out of a t-shirt. There is no sewing involved, so it is quick and easy. Please bring a clean t-shirt you no longer wear and sharp scissors if you have them. Ages 15+

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.

  • beadingMini Tipi Night Lights
    Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
    Tuesday, October 22 & Thursday, October 24
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Register for this two-day workshop with Sharon Johnson. The tipi-night light will add a touch of warmth to your home as the flickering light has the look of a fire burning inside the tipi. Registration begins two weeks prior to the program date in person, by phone at (807) 345-8275 ext 7252, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.
  • Drop-in Sessions
    Waverley Indigenous Knowledge Centre
    Tuesdays @ 2 pm - 3:30 pm
    September 10, November 5
    Join us for drop-in crafts and teachings from the AETS Elders in residence. No registration required. Supplies will be provided.

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. Please visit Indigenous Programming for information on other Indigenous Programs offered at the Thunder Bay Public Library. 

Tin Can Lantern Making

Waverley Auditorium
Tuesday, November 26 @ 6:30 pm

Get your craft on with us to paint and design your own tin can lantern! Teens and Adults welcome! Pre-register beginning 2 weeks prior by phone, in person, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

Activities

Metal Detecting Basics for the Beginner and Beyond

Waverley Auditorium
Tuesday, October 15 @ 7 pm

Drop in for this presentation by expert Terry Wilson. Learn the who, what, where and whys of metal detecting. An assortment of unearthed items will be on display. For more information call Trisha at 624-4200. Ages 18+