Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fantastic News

Letter from John Pateman, CEO Thunder Bay Public Library to the Chronicle Journal

Further to the piece on Sheila Burnford (CJ, Feb. 5) your readers may be interested to learn that Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) is working in partnership with Lakehead University to bring the Sheila Burnford collection to Thunder Bay. LU is liaising with the Burnford family to acquire Sheila’s personal archive which includes manuscripts and the typewriter which she wrote her famous books on. The aim is to establish a Sheila Burnford Study Room at TBPL which will complement our local history and genealogy collections.
Sheila Burnford is a literary figure of local, provincial, national and international significance and bringing her collection to Thunder Bay will help to boost tourism and the local economy. This will be a community-led and -driven project and we will aim to engage and involve as many individuals and organizations in the community as possible. There will be the potential for many spinoff projects encompassing the performing and visual arts, young people and First Nations communities. We will keep the CJ updated on news of this exciting project.

John Pateman, CEO Thunder Bay Public Library

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