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In the Mood for Holidays

  • Book cover for Book of Holiday Awesome

  • Book cover for Holiday Cheer

  • Book cover for An Irish Country Christmas.

  • Book cover for My Two Holidays

  • Book cover for Mistletoe and Mayhem.

  • Book cover for Home for the Holidays.

  • Book cover for The Pioneer Woman Cooks: a year of holidays.

  • Book cover for  Silent Night

  • Book cover for Holidays on Ice.

  • book cover of Many Windows.

YOU Choose the 2015 Pass The Book Title

Pass the Book logo.This year, for the first time in Pass the Book history, we want YOU to choose the Pass the Book title.

See our Pass The Book web page for the nominees, and to vote for the book that YOU think should be the Pass the Book title.

Voting will be open until December 8, and the winning title will be announced on Family Literacy Day, January 27, 2015.

For more information about Pass The Book, visit

Library Board Recruitment

Image of orange gearhead.The Library is Whitby's "Doorway to Discovery", enriching and advancing our community with equitable access to information, ideas, inspiration and the joy of reading.   The Whitby Public Library is seeking motivated individuals to help guide library services as we continue to evolve into the future. 

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit applications through the Town of Whitby's website.  An information Open House will be hosted at the Whitby Central Library on the evening of  November 24th.  The application deadline is December 12th.

The Town of Whitby is also accepting applications for their other Advisory Boards and Committees.

November Noir Returns!

Book cover of Dying for Murder.November Noir, our annual celebration of Canadian mystery writers, has returned to the Whitby Central Library with an exciting new author visiting us next month!
We are thrilled to welcome Suzanne Kingsmill, author of the Cordi O’Callaghan mysteries, to the Central Library on November 27. Fans of mysteries, animals and adventure will not want to miss this evening!
In her most recent outing, Dying for Murder, zoologist Cordi O’Callaghan is looking forward to a relaxing birdsong study on an island off the coast of South Carolina. But trouble tends to follow Cordi. She finds herself drawn into a mystery when the director of the research station ends up dead.  
Kingsmill herself has led a pretty interesting life. She has survived, among other things, being trapped in the ocean by a shark, sleeping with a rattlesnake and being treed by a coyote!
She has a B.A in English literature, a B.Sc. in biology and a M.Sc. in zoology. In addition to her mystery series she has authored numerous magazine articles and four non-fiction books.
Hosted by Susanna Kearsley, author of bestselling novels The Winter Sea and The Firebird, the event begins at 7 p.m.
Books will be available for purchase through Blue Heron Books. The event is free however registration is required.

A Nostalgic Look at Christmas

Book Cover of The House Without A Christmas Tree.

Join us for a heart-warming Christmas film called “The House Without a Christmas Tree” at 7 pm on Thursday, Dec. 4.  A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946, wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past. Enjoy a cup of warm cider and some Christmas treats. Registration is required.

Please Disturb!

Thumbnail of a sign that says "please interrupt me."Each of our three branches has service points or desks where people can ask a question or seek help. Sometimes though, people apologize when they approach us at the desk. You can never go wrong with politeness, but it really isn't necessary. We're here to help - to help with the computers, to help find a book, to help find information for you on any topic imaginable. Sometimes we may be working on something, but if we're at that desk, job one is to help you. So ask away! And no need to apologize.

Christmas Baking


Baking truly has a season and Christmastime is it -- especially for cookies.

Baking special Christmas treats has become a tradition for many. So hang the stockings, deck the halls and get baking!                                                                                           

Good Housekeeping Christmas Cooking book cover.  Bake Me I'm Yours -Christmas  book cover.                 Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake  book cover.          Santa's North Pole Cooking  book cover.    

Try Before You Buy

Picture of collection of tablets.If you're thinking of buying a tablet or an e-reader, but are overwhelmed by all of the options and details, come and visit the Whitby Public Library’s Try Before You Buy event. Library staff will be showcasing a variety of tablets and ereaders, answering questions about devices, and offering suggestions on what to look for when you go to make your purchase.

You'll also get a chance to get your hands on and try the devices on display. Stop on by and have a friendly chat with us at one of our Try Before You Buy events! We look forward to helping take the stress out of your shopping experience.

Try Before You Buy times and locations:

Brooklin Branch – Tuesday, November 25th from 7 - 8:30pm

Brooklin Branch – Wednesday, December 3rd from 2 – 4pm

Central Library – Friday, December 5th from 5:30 – 8:30

Rossland Branch – Wednesday, December 10th from 2 – 4pm


No registration is required for these events, just drop by!


Scaredy Squirrel has some reading tips!

"It's a wonderful time of the year..."

starry winter night.

It's never too early to curl up on the couch and watch films celebrating the season of good will.

Here's a winter wonderland of titles suitable for all ages!

Town of Whitby Advisory Boards and Committees Open House

An Open House will be held on November 24, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at the Whitby Public Library, 405 Dundas Street West, for residents interested in learning more information related to serving on Town Advisory Boards and Committees, including the Whitby Public Library Board.

Please note you do not need to attend the information session in order to make an application for appointment.

Deadline for receipt of applications is December 12, 2014. Whitby Town Council will consider the names of citizens who wish to stand for appointment in January 2015.

An application form must be completed with supporting documentation or a resume. The application is available on-line at or at the Whitby Municipal Building, Office of the Town Clerk.