For Parents and Children

During this time of anxiety and upheaval, the Library is trying to do everything that we can to support you and your children, especially when there are times or circumstances when children cannot visit the Library is person or people are self-isolating. Whether in person or online, we provide options for you and your child to engage with books and other media and to continue to learn and be inspired with creativity.

See below for some things which are available for your young ones, including a good article by Reading Rockets providing advice on supporting your child during COVID times.

  • Library staff made a series of helpful video tutorials for how to access virtual resources or to use some of the great online resources we provide to persons with library cards.
  • All locations are all currently open with new hours!
  • If you do not have a mask we can provide one for you and we will also provide personal service to those who cannot wear a mask or are not comfortable entering the building if you call us ahead of your visit.
  • In-house programs are returning in May!. Watch for that!
  • We don't charge fines anymore!  This makes it easier and less stressful to borrow materials.

    Stock up on a variety of books, DVDs and book bundles for research and for fun!

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Connect - lists all the programs and services we are offering this month and next

Handy Book Lists  - have been curated by TBPL library staff to help you find recommended books to read, great for hard to locate themes and subjects like books for bereavements, on dyslexia, fractured fairy tales and more

100 Books Before Kindergarten  - sign up and get reading at home -- Contact us when you reach milestones for reading incentives!

With Your Library Card You can Access These Amazing Resources from Home

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temply   britanica

Read along with outstanding children's stories in English French or Spanish : Animated with sound and text

Kanopy Kids
Unlimited play of children's shows, videos like Science Max and the Storytelling Corner

KidsSpeak (part of Transparent Language)
Modules for children to learn another language like English, French, Chinese, Italian, Spanish

Libby (e magazines including those for kids)
Read the latest National Geographic for Kids, Minecraft and Coding mags like Raspberry Pi

Britannica for Children or Teens
Award-winning database with trusted, accurate and current information at age-appropriate levels

NoveList K-9
A search tool to help you find good books to read, get information about series, books on various subject, and read-a-likes. Provides a link to TBPL catalog so that you can place holds on the titles you want.

Online database with age-appropriate information for self-learning and school assignments

Comics Plus
Has graphic novels and comics for all ages, including popular series like Big Nate

Gale Elementary

A kid-friendly online research database for pictures, videos and age-appropriate information about people, places and many subjects.


CloudLibrary E-Books and E-Audiobooks
E-books for all ages,including children and youth
Thanks to the Thunder Bay Community Foundation for a donation which let us purchase additional beginner readers (EZBooks) for children learning to read or practicing their ready skills.

Enjoy our archived
storytimes, book talks and puppet shows on the Library Facebook page.


If you have suggestions for titles, ideas for book bundles, questions about services or are looking for help finding "that perfect book" contact us by phone, email or social media
345-8275 (for assistance with online tools and books) (to suggest books or ideas or ask questions)