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Reference Library Catalogue Guide

Hey, it’s Aaron, one of the Them Days summer students. In this long post I’m going to show you how to use Them Day’s new reference library catalogue to find any books you may be looking for. To get to the website you can click this link to be brought to the website Them Days Library.


Once you’re on this page you can use the Search Catalogue option to search for different titles, authors, and categories.


From here you can browse through different categories:


Browse by different authors:


Or by different publishers:


If you already know what book you’re looking for, you can use the search bar in the top right corner to search for it.



From the bar at the top of the page you can also search the database from A-Z:


See the top collections:


And see any new arrivals that get added to the library:


Still have questions? You can click on “Ask a Librarian” to find our contact info.


Once you found the book you were looking for, or need further help looking for something, you can come on down here to 3 Courte Manche Street and we’ll gladly help you find what you need. Please note that we don’t lend out books, but we have a wonderful reading room that is open 8:30 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:30 for your reading needs.

That’s all for this post, you now should be able to use the Catalogue like a pro. Be sure to check back soon for more posts on the blog.

  • Aaron C.

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IDThemDays Week in Review (March12-16)

Hello everyone! Another week!

All the three photos posed in our social media last week were identified!  Thanks! And I am finishing my work on those photos identified in our “Pie with Pei” event! Yes, it took a bit of time to get them organized!

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IDThemDays Week in Review (Feb.26- March 9)

Sorry I missed the weekly review last week!

I have been working on those identified photos from our Pie with Pei event on March 2, which was quite successful! All the photos from 14 collections I prepared for this event had been looked through. For a few collections, we even got the information for every photo inside.Through this event, 55 photos were partly or fully identified! Thanks for everyone who came to help #IDThemDays project!


Pie with Pei Event

We also had a lot of responses to our social media photos. 5 of 6 photos posted were identified. We accidentally posted two photos from Cartwright which I thought would be very hard to be identified, but they were both identified very quickly!!! Thanks!


This photo below is not identified yet. Let us know if you have information on it!

This one below had been posted two years ago. Sorry for that, but we got new information on it!

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“Pie with Pei” event and IDThemDays week in review (Feb.19- Feb.23)

If you are in town this Friday, welcome to join our first #IDThemDays photo identify event in our office! We will have pies and lots of “mysterious” photos for you!

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It looks like a very successful week with all the three photos posted identified. Thanks for your help in our social media comments! It was very interesting to see that more and more details were dug out when people were commenting on the photo of a freighter in Pack’s Harbour.

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Friday Retailer: Dorothy’s Crafts and Sewing


Hello, dear readers! I hope your Friday is going along nicely and that you are all geared up for an exciting weekend. Today we’ll take a look at another retailer where Them Days is available.
Dorothy’s Crafts and Sewing  is owned and operated by Dorothy Clark. While Dorothy is originally from Glewnood, Newfoundland, she has lived in Goose Bay for many years and purchased the craft shop seven years ago. The previous owner, a woman named Phyllis, taught Dorothy how to make jackets and boots, along with many other crafts. While it’s not as busy as it was in years gone by with a smaller town population, many people still frequent Dorothy’s for their craft needs. If you’re looking for sewing to be done, that can be handled as well, whether it’s a small job or a custom made parka that you’re looking for. Many members of parliament have stopped in over the years to buy crafts from this central location.dorothy sign.JPG

Dulcy McNeill has worked alongside Dorothy for many years, and has run the shop for months at a time. A former Hudson’s bay employee whose family originally comes from the north coast of Labrador, Dulcy started off working at a craft shop in North West River over fifteen years ago. Dulcy initially wondered how she’d gotten on selected to come on board, as she wasn’t a trained craftsperson. However, over the years, she has learned to make mitts, slippers and dream catchers to name a few of her crafts. Much of her work has been self taught.


Some of the mitts available at Dorothy’s Crafts and Sewing

Of course, you can find Them Days at Dorothy’s, but there are also many books available about Labrador at Dorothy’s. You can also find carvings, jewelry, sweaters, small statues of huskies, albums of local musical artists, as well as beautiful coasters, all with the theme of Labrador.

So, while you’re out doing your Saturday shopping at the dollar store in the TNR building or getting your hair done at the Hair Studio, pop into Dorothy’s to get a nice gift for someone. “I’ve never thought of moving” says Dorothy, on account of how close she is to local hotels which house visitors to Goose Bay. Valentine’s Day isn’t far away, so it’s not too early to start shopping! Dorothy’s is located at 367 Hamilton River Road in Goose Bay and is open 10am-9pm daily.


A sweater with the theme of the Labrador flag


Just some of the carvings available at Dorothy’s

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Meeting Our Retailers: Slippers n Things

Hi readers! We’re wrapping up after a busy week at Them Days. We’ve got a great new plan for 2018. Every second Friday, we will post a profile of a retailer where you can purchase copies of Them Days. The first retailer we will look at is right here in Goose Bay, about a five minute walk from our office, Slippers n Things.

Entrance to building.

This is the store entrance located on 55 Grenfell.

Slippers n Things is a craft shop owned and operated by members of the Voisey family in Goose Bay. Since they opened their doors in 2006, they’ve had people from all over the world come through their doors to purchase their excellent products. You don’t just have to shop; many people enjoy having a cup of tea and a “touton” while browsing. A touton is a popular snack in Newfoundland and Labrador, also known as a stove cake. They’re fried dough and taste best with butter or red berry jam.

There’s lots of different things you can get at Slippers n Things, such as slippers(as the title might suggest), sealskin boots and bags, Labradorite jewellery, pottery, books about Labrador, ornaments…the list goes on and on. Of course, they carry issues of Them Days there and we are grateful to be included along so many other fine things from Labrador.

Tash Voisey-Canning has worked at the shop since its inception, and has had many fond memories of seeing people come through their doors. Many musical artists who performed in Goose Bay have stopped into the shop to browse and shop; this includes Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, and Jann Arden! Jann Arden might be a great fit for the shop; not only is she a true Canadian star but she is also a  great supporter of the northern seal hunt.

Fur hats on a rack.

Some of the fur hats available.

However, according to Tash, the biggest star in her opinion to cross through the doors of Slippers n Things was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau came to Goose Bay in 2013 before he was elected to lead the nation.

It’s not just famous Canadians who are welcome at Slippers n Things, though: Anyone can pop into the shop from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. Their address is 55 Grenfell Street. Thank you, Slippers n Things, for preserving Labrador heritage and showing the world all the excellent crafts we can make right here in Labrador! Be sure to pop by for a touton and to get a copy of Them Days, or visit their website.



Sealskin boots on a shelf.

These are just some of the sealskin footwear available.

Colourful hats with the Labrador flag

Just one example of the Labrador themed products.


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Tom Takes Off…Sort of

Hello, readers!

My temporary stint of working at Them Days has come to an end. I’ve been home in Goose Bay for almost a month; which is the longest time I’ve been home in about six years!!! It’s been a fun jaunt and while I wish I could stay longer and keep writing, it’s time for me to go back to the ocean.

While I’ve been here, I’ve conducted interviews with many notable Labradorians as well as transcribing and arranging interviews for other people around town. It’s been a blast, so look to the next issues of Them Days to see my writing pop up! I’ve also left the legacy of using lots and lots of tiger balm and drinking lots of tea.

I’ve also had a great time interviewing some of the different retailers that carry Them Days, so be sure to keep checking the blog in the coming weeks as I profile different places around town where you can purchase Them Days! Hopefully it’ll give you a better idea of the different places around Goose Bay where you can purchase our magazine, and give you ideas of places to send your friends shopping!

Yesterday a meeting was planned to take place over the lunch hour, when we are not open to the public. As the people required for this meeting filed in, we realized a terrible truth: the door to the reading room had run off! It became apparent we’d need to track it down so we could give people a chance to get some peace and quiet while reading some of our material, and so that we have a room where people can have privacy while having a meeting.

After a quick investigation, it turned out that the room was in the shed in the back of the building. So today, myself, Aimee and Tabea put on our winter boots, grabbed shovels and set out to the back yard to get the door from the shed. What a journey it was! Although it only took about ten-fifteen steps each way, the snow kept sinking beneath us as we made our way to the shed. We’d take a few steps on top of the show, and feel as though maybe we’d learned the art of walking on the snow drift without it sinking beneath us–and just like clockwork, we would sink back down again. It’s possible that I compared us to the ladies famous from the midwifery Canadian heritage moment.

However, thanks to our team work, the reading room now has a door again! It’s currently defrosting in the lobby.

Our December issue is at the printers, and should be out soon! We’re sorry about the delay but it is a fantastic issue and we’re sure you will enjoy the stories that we love to bring to you.

I must depart for the ocean now-it’s been a slice, Labrador as per usual, and I can’t wait to come back again soon!

Until next time,


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