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.

All library locations are closed indefinitely due to health concerns related to the coronavirus. Please email any questions to comments@tbpl.ca

Arts & Crafts

Afternoon Artist


Spend the afternoon learning to create a unique painting. No experience necessary.  Supplies will be provided at no cost. Participants are encouraged to bring their own apron or wear old clothes in case of paint mishaps. This workshop is free, but with limited registration, so call early to reserve your spot. Pre-register beginning two weeks before by phone, in person, or online at www.tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar.

Happiness Rocks

This program has been cancelled.

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. 

Make a Dreamcatcher

This program has been cancelled.

Make your own traditional dream catcher and learn the meaning and purpose behind it. Supplies are included.

The Maker's Path

Introduction to Woodlands Painting for Youth


Explore the work of Anishnaabe artists Norval Morriseau, Roy Thomas, and Kevin Belmore. During this 2 day workshop you will learn how to interpret lines and symbols used by these artists to tell a story of your own. Supplies will be provided. For ages 12-18.

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. 

Stained Glass Sun Catcher

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room

Registration Required.

Join us as we turn a used CD into a mandala style sun catcher. This is a two-part session, so please make sure you are able to attend both dates. All materials supplied. 


"Beat It" Rhythm Circle

Brodie Story Hour Room

Registration Required.

Have you ever wanted to make music, but felt like you had no rhythm and two left feet? Then this is the class for you. A good time is guaranteed as you play boomwhackers, percussion instruments, found objects, and even your own body, and actually make music while doing it. No experience necessary. Instruments supplied. Ages 15+

Sign With Us

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Thursdays @ 6pm - 7:30pm

To be announced.

Everyone is welcome to drop in for this opportunity to practice American Sign Language (ASL), learn about Deaf Culture, and so much more. Experienced signers, new to ASL, Deaf, Hard of Hearning, and Hearing. Open to ages 0-110! Email cmarsonet@tbpl.ca for more information.