National Humour Month: Lift Your Spirits!

  • Book Cover of Enter Laughing.

  • Cover of Book The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

  • Book Cover of Still Foolin' Em.

  • Cover of Book Bossypants.

  • Book Cover of Me Talk Pretty One Day.

  • Book Cover of Monty Python Live.

  • Book Cover of I Didn't Ask to Be Born (but I'm Glad I Was).

  • Book Cover of A Confederacy of Dunces.

  • DVD cover of Caddyshack.

  • DVD cover of The Best of the Original An Evening at the Improv, Disc 1 & 2.

Holiday Closing

Image of a cute bunny.All library locations will be closed for the Easter holiday on Friday, April 18, Sunday, April 20, and Monday, April 21.

Regular hours are in effect for Saturday, April 19.


An Evening with Tanis Rideout - Above All Things

Book cover of Above All Things.

The Whitby Public Library is thrilled to be hosting an evening with Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things, the 2014 Durham Libraries Pass the Book selection, on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

In Above All Things, Rideout weaves together the harrowing story of George Mallory’s ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest with that of a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.

Hosted by Susanna Kearsley, author of The Firebird, the evening will feature an on-stage interview followed by a reading and book signing. Books will be available for purchase through Blue Heron Books.

Register by calling any branch of the Whitby Public Library or online.

Once you’ve read the book, be sure to enter our draw to win a fabulous prize pack at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park in Oshawa.

2014 Evergreen Award Launches on Wednesday April 23

Logo for the OLA Evergreen Award.You're invited to join us at any location of the Whitby Public Library on Canada Book Day, Wednesday, April 23, for the 2014 launch of the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award Program.

Discover this year's picks and enter a draw to win a beautiful spring potted plant. Treats will be served from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Please visit our 2014 Evergreen Award page for more information.

Whitby and the Nation Say Goodbye to Jim Flaherty, MP for Whitby-Oshawa

Thousands of people came yesterday to the Abilities Centre to pay their respects to Jim Flaherty, MP and former federal Finance Minister. Mr. Flaherty's funeral will be held today at St. James Cathedral in Toronto. Books of condolences are available at the Whitby Municipal Building, 575 Rossland Road East; Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre, 801 Brock Street South; Brooklin Community Centre and Library, 8 Vipond Road, Brooklin. The community can also express their condolences online.

Plan Your Spring!

We have a great lineup of programming for adults this spring! Join us and enjoy a variety of workshops, lectures and presentations.

Maybe you are itching to get outside? Join us for our Urban Farming & Sustainable Living series.

Community Gardening – April 29

Beekeeping – May 6

If you are feeling creative try your hand at making book page Paper Flowers - May 5.

Prepare for swimsuit season with our Exercise and Nutrition for Weight Management on May 22.

Wills, estates and Power of Attorney on June 3 will be covered by a licensed paralegal.

Click on the appropriate link to register or go to

Whatever your interest, we hope to see you!

Image of Whitby Ajax Garden Project logo.Image of beekeeper.Image of book page flower.Image of clip art for weight management.Image of last will.


It's all about the Easter Bonnet!

Easter DVD's for the whole family to enjoy!

DVD sleeve.

Come as you are

Cover of Nevermind.

Cover of Heavier than Heaven.On the 20th anniversary of his death, music lovers remember the too short life and consider the lasting impact of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.  Described by Rolling Stone as the “most important artist of the nineties” and in Friday's CBC feature, by author Charles Cross as the “last rock star”, Cobain attracted fans from punk to pop, and just as many critics.  With his early death, he joined Joplin, Hendrix and Morrison in the 27 club.   This membership, along with recently released photos by Seattle PD and Nirvana’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will ensure ongoing interest in the man and his music.


Your Network is Your Net Worth

Join us on WednesImage of people in a business setting. day, April 16th and learn how to network and connect successfully.  Networking is one of the most important activities you can do for your business and life success.

Take the fear out of networking

-Share your message effectively to create awareness
-Learn how to engage people and keep them interested
-Learn tools, tips and tricks to make you a natural connector!

This seminar will be led by Teresa Shaver, Executive Director of BACD. She will share key points on how to utilize a variety of networking techniques, identify networking opportunities and how, through collaborations, to excel your business.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Business Advisory Centre of Durham. The BACD is a nonprofit organization in working with the Regional Municipality of Durham and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment offering support to the small business owner in the Durham Region.

Register online or by contacting any branch of the library.

World Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), which highlights the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism.  Drop by and visit the Autism OntarioDurham Region information booth in the Central Library Lobby on Wednesday morning or check out the many resources regarding autism in our collection.

Public Information Centre - Brooklin Secondary Plan and Transportation Master Plan Study

The Town of Whitby is undertaking a comprehensive study to prepare a Secondary Plan and Transportation Master Plan to enable the Town to guide and manage growth in the Brooklin area.

The purpose of the Secondary Plan is to determine the land use designations for the urban expansion areas north and west of Brooklin, the industrial lands adjacent to the future Highway 407 and the lands in the vicinity of the Conlin Road/Anderson Street intersection, as well as to update the existing Brooklin Community Secondary Plan.
The purpose of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is to determine transportation infrastructure and mobility requirements to suport existing and future transportation needs for the Brooklin area. The study will address the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.
The first Public Information Centre (PIC) is scheduled as follows:
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Brooklin United Church, 19 Cassels Road East, Brooklin
The first PIC/visioning workshop will present the purpose of the Brooklin Study, and provide a preliminary overview of existing conditions. This PIC will also provide an opportunity for local residents, land owners and other interested individuals to discuss the scope and goals of the study and their vision for Brooklin, through a visioning workshop, with members of the study team.
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