Tuesday, May 17, 2016

390 Thunder Bay, ON Mary J. L. Black Branch

This is the newest of the Thunder Bay branch libraries. The building is handsome, with a curved glass wall on one side. At the corner of the sidewalk is a station for making minor bike repairs, and a very nice addition to any site where you want to encourage travel sans car. It appeared that there is a walking/biking trail close to the library property.

A sign at the door says that children nine and under must be accompanied by an adult. There is a sign in the lobby that lays out a 16-point behavior policy. I didn't read it thoroughly, but wondered whether it is a response to problems that have occurred, or an attempt to stop problems before they occur.
A large, attractive mosaic in the lobby represents  a First Nation person.

Entering the library, I saw that a study room is supported by a named individual, and the self-checkout station is supported by another named individual. It appears that many places and "things" within the library have this sort of support, a good sign of community support  in a new library, in my opinion.


A Young Adult area has a good collection of books, but no seating. Perhaps the seating just hasn't arrived? Or needs a "supporter?"

A community program room held a small meeting when I walked by. I saw a bright rug on the floor and a puppet theater on the wall, indicating that this meeting room is used by all ages.
Inside the curved window wall are study tables; a TV with the volume very low is mounted high on the wall nearby.  At the end of this space is a fireplace, a Keurig coffee machine, and a cluster of upholstered seating.


A playroom with glass walls and doors that can be closed holds varied toys. It has looks out on a reading garden, not yet open in the current chilly weather. There are two computers for kids, a collection of books in French, and an assortment of graphic novels, as well as all the types of books one would expect.

5/16/2016

Library website: http://www.tbpl.ca/

The handsome window wall

From the parking lot

The entrance





2 comments:

  1. I'd like to add that this branch was moved back in 2011. Prior to that, Mary J.L. Black used to be three blocks away on Brock Street. Here's a video which shows the old branch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_y3zhripRc

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  2. Thanks for the response, Shauna, and for the video link. It's great that the old branch was documented--and that you were able to build a new facility. I love to see libraries thriving.

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