Find your happiness…

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An Evening with Cathy Marie Buchanan

Book cover for The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan.
Please join us for ‘An Evening With Cathy Marie Buchanan’. Cathy Marie Buchanan will discuss the story behind her novel The Painted Girls and will participate in an onstage interview hosted by Susanna Kearsley on Monday, October 6, at 7p.m at the Central Library.

The Painted Girls is one of ten books nominated for the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen™ Award Program. The program was introduced to give adult library patrons the opportunity to vote for a work of Canadian fiction or non-fiction that they have liked the most from the nominated titles.

Susanna Kearsley, host of the evening, is an accomplished and award winning Canadian author.

Books will be available for purchase and author signing, courtesy of Blue Heron Books.

Registration is required. Register in person, online, or by calling any location of the Whitby Public Library.

Municipal 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.
Regional Councillor Introduction and Mayor's Q&A
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion on the prominent issues facing our businesses and community at large. 
Registration is not required for either event.


Overdrive eBook Enhancements

If you use our eBook collection, please note that Overdrive has released a new version of their app for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Windows 8. There are a number of enhancements, but the most interesting one is that new users no longer have to sign up for an Adobe Digital Editions account. Instead, they’ve streamlined the process with a new Overdrive account that also offers other benefits.
This change only affects new users of our eBook collection. If you already have the app, or use your computer to transfer books to an e-reader (ie. Kobo), you will not be affected by the changes and can continue to enjoy e-books the same as you always have. 

We’ll have updated instructions available on our eBook info page very soon. As always, drop us a line if you need help.

Tablet Workshops!

A Collection of Tablets.The Whitby Public Library has tablet workshops for both iPad and Android tablets. We offer a Basics and Beyond the Basics workshop for each type of tablet to help give you the skills you need to enjoy using your tablet!

Learn how to access your settings menu, connect to the Internet, download and use apps, and much more!


For information on sessions, including how to find out what workshop is best for you and your device contact any branch of the library, or visit our Programs and Events page.

Senior Wednesday Travel Program

Our Senior Wednesday Travel program is back, and meets the last Wednesday of each month.

On September 24th at 2 p.m., we head across America, Route 66 and beyond.  "Globe Trekker" Justine Shapiro follows the Blue Ridge Parkway,  journeying to Tennessee and the city of Nashville. She visits its famous country music sites and the old plantation home of U.S. President Andrew Jackson.  Justine then hits the legendary Route 66, stopping at a giant cattle auction in Oklahoma City.  She then joins the "Trail of Tears" memorial walk for Native Americans before crossing the Texas Panhandle into Arizona where she visits the world's best preserved meteor crater."

Join us as we travel through film, book display and taste!

Join us for Project Happiness during Culture Days

Logo for Culture Days. Culture Days is an annual event that encourages Canadians to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. 

The Central and Brooklin locations are hosting Project Happiness, where we will transform a space within the library into a happiness experience. 

Visit our Brooklin Branch to help build a happiness tree, join a yoga session or attend a poetry happy hour

At Central, help us complete a "Happiness is..." installation, share a smile in our pop up photo booth, view Ted Talks and music videos from our Project Happiness playlist, and make and take title recommendations to spread a little happiness.  Join us to relax, reflect, create and learn.


Our Mobile Catalogue App for Apple and Android Devices

Image of iPhone showing mobile catalogue app home screen.Did you know that the library has a downloadable app for Apple and Android devices?  Simply go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to find it, and use it to search the catalogue, place and manage your holds and check your account information.  
Forgot your library card at home or in your car?  Simply use the new library card barcode feature in our app!  Choose the 'More' option in the main menu and select ‘My Library Card Barcode' from the list.  A barcode is generated based on the barcode numbers in your library account and can be used to check out materials.  
For more information, please click here or ask staff today!

Under the Big Top

Many a child has dreamed of running away to join the circus when they got into trouble at home. But many kids were already home at the circus.

There are many families who have been part of this fascinating life for generations and their stories of thrilling feats, and often dangerous stunts, are as exciting as watching the performers themselves.

See our lists for more titles about the circus.

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Back to School

September has arrived and that means back to school!  Learn study strategies and tips for a successful and productive new school year.


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Big Screen Film Club is Back!

Divergent movie poster. Movies. Based on Books. Join us!

Adults (18+) are invited to join us on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a free screening of Divergent, based on the novel of the same name by author Veronica Roth.

"In a world divided by factions based on virtues,Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late." ~IMDb

This film is rated PG by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Closed captioning will be available for this film.

The Brooklin Branch Big Screen Film Club will meet every 3rd Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted. Watch the film and stay afterwards for a film and book discussion.

Register online, in person or by calling any location of the Whitby Public Library.



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