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Library Book Clubs

Book clubs have gone virtual! Send us an email at for more information.


Food to Grow On Book Club

Health Unit Workshop

Friday, November 25

Waverley @ 10:30 am

Feeding children is not always easy - learn more from Registered Dietitian Kim McGibbon at one of three presentations happening in partnership with Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Each family that attends will receive a copy of the book Food to Grow On by Sarah Remmer, RD and Cara Rosenbloom, RD. If you would like to attend virtually, please email  

Please note that this is a child friendly event but there is no child care available. Register online here


Cookbook Club

Holidays & Special Occasions

Wednesday, Nov 30

Brodie @ 5:30 pm

Do you like experimenting with food, trying new recipes, and sharing your results with friends? If so, register for our monthly Cookbook Club. Each month, we’ll pick a theme and sign out a theme-related book to you. Try out some recipes from the book for a couple of weeks and then we’ll meet to review the books and discuss the recipe results. 

Register online at, in person at any library location, or by calling 345-8275. Registration opens November 2.

Book Clubs in a Bag



Each bag contains ten paperback copies of one title, discussion questions, author information, and reviews, for use by book clubs. TBPL has over 200 books to choose from, so there is sure to be something for every club!


You can find all our Book Bags by clicking here and place your selection on hold with your card number and PIN. Book Bags have a loan period of 8 weeks and holds are on a first come, first served basis.


For assistance, please call the Mary J.L. Black Community Hub at 345-8275 ext. 7300, or email

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Book Club in a Bag?
A Book Club in a Bag is a kit containing 10 copies of one title for use by book clubs and book discussion groups. When you pick up a kit, you will also be given a discussion guide with a plot summary, author information and questions to stimulate discussion.

Who can borrow a Book Club in a Bag?
Book Club kits can be borrowed by any book club. Members of the club with a valid Thunder Bay Public Library card can check out a Book Club in a Bag for distribution to club members.

Can a Book Club in a Bag set be reserved in advance?

No. Book Club Bags can be placed on hold through the library’s online catalogue. They are on a first come, first served basis.

Where can Book Club in a Bag kits be picked up?
Book Club in a Bag kits can be picked up at any of the 4 Community Hubs of the Thunder Bay Public Library. 

Where can Book Club in a Bag kits be returned?
Kits can be returned to any of the Thunder Bay Public Library locations.

Who is responsible for returning Book Club in a Bag Kits?
The person who borrows the kit is responsible for returning it to the Library.

How long can book clubs keep a Book Club in a Bag kit?
Book Club kits have a 8-week loan period.

Can Book Club in a Bag kits be renewed?
No. Book Club kits are not renewable.

Are there fines on Book Club in a Bag kits?

No. There are no overdue fines for Book Club kits, however it is important to return all 10 books in the Book Club kit on time as other book clubs may have reserved the kit and are waiting for it. Also, there will be a charge for any lost or damaged items.


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The Book Club Hub

Not sure which book club bag is best for your group to read next? Check out the Book Club Hub articles on our TBPL Off the Shelf blog for more information!

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Community Book Clubs

Calling All Book Clubs!

Calling all Book Clubs!  Do you belong to a book club?  If so, your library wants to hear from you!  We maintain a directory of local book clubs which is used to keep you informed of future author visits and new library services that may be of interest to your group. Call the Mary J.L. Black Community Hub at 345-8275 ext. 7300 or email

Need some ideas for new book club books?

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Online Book Clubs

Dear Reader logo

  • Do you enjoy reading but find that you just don’t have the time?
  • Are you running out of authors to read and want to discover some new ones?
  • Do you ever dream of being able to sample your books before you commit to borrowing or purchasing them?

If you have responded Yes to any of these questions, then you’ll want to check out Dear Reader, our online book club. Here’s how it works.  Each day, Monday through Friday, the subscribers are emailed a portion of a book that takes about 5 minutes to read.  By the end of the week, subscribers have read two to three chapters from the book and if they like it, they can check it out of the library or fill out a suggestion card  if you think the book is good and the library should have it.  New books are featured every week. There is no charge for this service!

There are 11 book clubs to choose from. Something for every age and taste:

  • Fiction
  • NonFiction
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Good News
  • Horror
  • Business
  • Teen
  • Audio books (that you can listen to in your email)
  • and a special sneak preview Pre Pub Club that lets you start reading books that aren’t even published yet.

Click on the logo to join!


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