Farm, Fresh, Fantastic

  • Book cover for The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook.

  • Book cover for The Canadian Harvest Cookbook.

  • Book cover for Simply in Season.

  • Book cover for Plenty.

  • Book cover for Locavore.

  • Book cover for Fresh.

  • Book cover for Fresh with Anna Olsen.

  • Book cover for Farmers Market Desserts.

  • Book cover for Farm to Fork.

  • Book cover for Earth to Table.

TO2015 Interview Video Kiosk Available at the Central Library

Logo of Pan Am/Parapan Am Games for Whitby.Have you applied to volunteer for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games coming next summer? Interviews for volunteers will be taking place via online video and the Whitby Central Library can help. Volunteer interviewees without access to a computer with a webcam can call or email the Reference Department to set up a video interview at the Central Library. Call 905 668-6531, ext. 2020 or email us at Check out the Volunteer FAQ for more information.

Sunday and Summer Hours

Picture of a sun wearing sunglasses.Sunday hours at the Central Library and Brooklin Branch will end after Sunday, June 22 and will resume on Sunday, September 7.

All Whitby Public Library locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 1, Monday, August 4, and Monday, September 1.

The Central Library will close at 5 p.m. on Fridays from July 4 until August 29, inclusive.

Livros Portugueses / Portuguese in Print!

For the first time Whitby Library has Portuguese language books available, including a few children's titles!  Read them while you can as they are only here until April 2015, as part of a temporary collection shared with other libraries.  You might also want to browse our permanent collection of Portuguese DVDs.

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Muncipal Election Day - October 27

The 2014 Municipal Election is nearly here! The Whitby Chamber of Commerce and the Whitby Public Library want to help you make an informed decision on October 27 with two events at the Central Library this fall. 
Meet and Greet with your Local Ward Candidates
Monday, September 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
Discuss the issues that impact Whitby residents and businesses.
Mayoral and Regional Councillor Candidates' Debate
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion and debate on the prominent issues facing our businesses and community at large. 
Registration is not required for either event.


Bus Tour of Whitby for Newcomers

Image of Whitby Ethno-Cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee logo.Newcomers are invited on a free bus tour of Whitby on Saturday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This celebration of Culture Days is hosted by the Town of Whitby's Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and will begin at the Whitby Central Library, 405 Dundas Street West, with a tour of the library and refreshments. Participants will then board the bus for a fun, educational, family-friendly tour of our remarkable town. Points of interest include recreation centres, library branches, municipal and regional headquarters, historical sites, the Station Gallery, Port Whitby Marina, Heydenshore Park and much more. A newcomer can be a new immigrant to Canada who is settling in Whitby, or any new Whitby resident.
Space is limited and interested participants must pre-register. Register on-line or by calling or visiting any Whitby library location.
For more information on the newcomers' bus tour, visit  

Archives, Local History Room, and Microfilm Readers Reserved for Program

Please be advised that the Whitby Archives will be closed Wednesday, August 20 from 1:00-4:00 for our Junior Archivist Workshop. The Local History Room and the microfilm readers at the Central Library will be reserved from 1:30-4:00 for the same program. You can reach Archives staff by email at or you can contact the Reference Information Desk at 905-668-6531 ext. 2020. We aplogize for the inconvenience and appreciate your co-operation.

Job Searching Strategies for Teens

Back to school might be around the corner, but you might also be thinking about getting a job this school year (it's never too early to start saving for university or college). If that's the case, come out on August 28th from 1-3 PM for a workshop hosted by Northern Lights Canada that will help teens get ready for the job search process. Teens who participate will learn the basics of job searching and participate in a mock interview.

Prizes to be won!

Registration is required. Register online or by contacting any branch.

Can't make the session? Check out our On the Job Pinterest board for job hunting resources or see our materials on resumes and interviews.

Not a teen but still a job hunter? Stay tuned for adult resume and interview workshop dates coming this fall.

Free Film Night is Back!

Cover of My Afternoons with Margueritte.After our summer hiatus, Free Film Night returns on Thursday, Sept. 4th at 7:00pm with "My Afternoons with Margueritte" starring Gerard Depardieu. This film tells the story of Germain, a nearly illiterate fifty-something man who is considered the idiot of his small French town, meets elderly Margueritte, who is articulate and highly intelligent. Through their afternoon visits, Germain begins to realize he is smarter than he thought. In French with English sub-titles Not rated by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Registration required.
Register online at or by contacting any branch.

Ice Cream!

It's the perfect season to try making your own ice cream. Check out some of our great books about making ice cream and gelato for some cool inspiration!

125 Best Ice Cream Recipes book cover.The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato book cover.The Ice Cream Bible book cover.The Perfect Scoop book cover.

Hot Nights, Cool Jazz

The history of this music genre can be traced back over 100 years. It has its roots firmly planted New Orleans, Chicago, and New York City but it was in New Orleans that the flash of European horns ran into the rumble of African drums and it was like lightning meeting thunder. The locals took that sound and put it together with the music from churches and barrooms and they blew a new music - jazz.

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