About APL

Staff & Board

CEO / Librarian

Tracey Sinclair

Head of Youth Services

Shelly Palmai

Library Assistant

Billie Costello


Chris Spilchuk


Heather Niskanen


Janelle Zacharias


Mary Makarenko
Pam Degagne
Shaunna Sekulich
Teri Nelson


The first library in Atikokan was opened on December 16, 1952, in a space rented for $30.00 a month in a building on Main Street. Equipment for the library was donated, as were the 700 books on the shelves.

By December of 1953, the library had a membership of 270 and the number of books had risen to 2,000. At this point, the building was sold, and the library was moved to a place on Burns Street, where it re-opened on June 12, 1954. In September 1954, it joined the Thunder Bay Co-Operative, and membership had risen to 508. Larger premises were needed, and on May 12 1960, the library was once again moved to a building donated by Steep Rock Iron Mines on Clark Street, which officially opened on August 2 1960, and organized as a public library. The old building was sold, plans were submitted for a new library as a Centennial project, and on June 6 1966, the present library was officially opened.