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Free Film Night at Central

Cover of film called Skin.

Please join us in celebrating Black History Month by coming to our screening of SKIN. Set in South Africa against a backdrop of racial segregation and discrimination, this powerful film tells the true story of Sandra – a beautiful girl with dark skin born to white parents. Sandra’s father fights tirelessly to have her accepted as “white” and Sandra find solace in the attention of a black man.

Based on the book  When She was White: the True Story of A Family Divided by Race by Judith Stone

This film has not been rated by the Ontario Film Review Board but does contain violence. Closed captioned.

Registration is required.

A Helping Hand to Help Yourself

365 Tips cover.Settling in Canada as a newcomer can be stressful. The Self-Counsel Press has created a Newcomer Series to provide help on many topics.   Immigrate to Canada  provides information on how to complete government paperwork for a family member or yourself.  365 Tips for Newcomers is a great book to look at once you arrive in Canada.  It gives instructions on how to find a doctor, open a bank account, search for the right schools, and buy real estate.  If you find these books useful, also take a look at the Canadian Newcomer series for more advice on how to settle into your new home.

Valentines for Vets.

From now up until February 7 children of all ages are encouraged to make a valentine card at home or they can make a valentine card here at the Children's and Adult Services department.  If you choose to create one at the Central Branch we have the craft supplies here.   Thoughtful messages and poems are welcome to show them we are thinking of them.

Cards will be sent c/o Veterans Affairs Canada to be distributed across Canada to our Veterans in long-term care facilities.


Town of Whitby Sports Facility Strategy

Town of Whitby Logo.The Town of Whitby is developing a Sports Facility Strategy intended to provide guidance for the provision of indoor and outdoor sports facilities over the next 20 years. The strategy is intended to respond to population growth, trends in sports, changing demographics and community fiscal resources.

The Town is hosting two Public Information Centres. Each will feature a presentation followed by a question and answer period.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Whitby Municipal Building, 575 Rossland Road East , 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Brooklin United Church, 19 Cassels Road East, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Draft Sports Facility Strategy: Recommendation Plan is available for review and comment. It contains recommendations for indoor and outdoor sports facilities including or related to the number of facilities required by type, the approximate size and general location, along with an implementation and funding plan. 

Durham Region Health Neighbourhoods

Image of a map from the Durham Region Health Neighbourhoods website.The Durham Region Health Department has created a neat new tool to show how health varies in different areas across the Region. They started by creating fifty different neighbourhoods, each with about 12,000 people. Data was added for each neighbourhood for several different demographic, health and early child development indicators, allowing you to map and compare different parts of the Region. You can find the map viewer, neighbourhood profiles, feature reports and more on the Health Neighbourhoods website.


Senior Wednesday Travel Program

image of dvd cover for joanna lumley's greek odysseyOur Senior Wednesday drop-in Travel Program is on the last Wednesday of each month at the Central Library. On January 28th we will be  off on a Greek Odyssey with Joanna Lumley, embarking on a journey rich in history, myth and romance.  This will be a two part series concluding in the February program on Wednesday, February 25th.

We meet at 2:00 p.m. in Program Room 1, and travel through film, taste and books.  Drop-in and join us!


Celebrate Pongal

Image of Kolam rice flower drawing.We have an abundance of new Tamil language books at the Central Library.  Celebrate Pongal by harvesting some today!  Learn more about this and other festivals at the library or contact the Tamil Association.

Black History Month: Envisioning Our Future

Community Development Council Durham Logo.Join Community Development Council of Durham and the Whitby Public Library for a special panel discussion on the history of the black community and current issues, as well as barriers and obstacles to achieving success and positive future directions. The event takes place on Sunday, February 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Whitby Central Library. Registration is open to those 16 years and older. Register online or call or visit any Whitby Public Library location.

Is it a Film Club or a Book Club in disguise?

Brooklin Branch Big Screen Film Club -- books to movies.The Big Screen Film Club at Brooklin Branch is a film club based on books. 

Adults (18+) are invited to read the current month's selection; then join us for a free screening of the film adaptation of the chosen title. Afterwards, there will be a discussion of the book AND the film. So, if you are looking for something a little different in your Book Club and you enjoy watching movies…check it out.

The Film Club meets every third Thursday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooklin Branch Program Room. Registration is required. Closed Captioning will be available.


Our selections for our Winter/Spring 2015 session are:

January 15 – The Hundred Foot Journey  by Richard Morais

February 19 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

March 19 – Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

April 16 – Wild by Cheryl Strayed

May 21 – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

June 18 – Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Free Film Night

Cover of THe Hundred Foot Journey film.Join us at the Whitby Central Library at 7:00pm on Thursday January 8  for the screening of "The Hundred Foot Journey" starring Helen Mirren. This film features Hassan, a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant, that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Check out the book too!

Register online or call or visit any branch. Closed captioning will be available for this film.