The Lady Investigates

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  • Book cover of And Only to Deceive.

  • Book cover of Secrets of a Lady.

  • Book cover of The Gilded Shroud.

  • Book cover of Cocaine Blues.

  • Book cover of Bellfield Hall.

  • Book cover of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

  • Book cover of Silent in the Grave.

  • Book cover of Soulless.

  • Book cover of The Anatomist's Wife.

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.

Whitby and Brooklin Walking Tours

The summer months are great for afternoon walks and evening strolls. Why not explore the history of our community while you're at it with a Byron Street looking south toward Dunlop Street.walking tour?

In partnership with LACAC Heritage Whitby, we've created self-directed walking tours for historic streets in Whitby and Brooklin. There are 11 tours to take, and each walking tour brochure has a map and descriptions of various historic sites.

Walking tour brochures can be picked up at the Central Library, or you can download them from our Walking Tours of Whitby web page.

So, grab some friends, your better half, the kids and the dog and get some exercise while becoming better acquainted with your home sweet home.


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It's not too late to plan for a family camping trip this summer.   The Ontario Parks website  and Parks Canada website provide information about camping in Ontario. The resources of the Whitby Public Library will also help in organizing your vacation.

Have you got your Summer Reads yet?

Image of woman on the beach with a plane in the air. Whether you’re heading to the cottage, beach, or stuck inside because of a rainy day, don’t get caught without a good book. We’ll even pick ‘em for you until September 2nd. All you need to do is let us know what kind of books you like and within one week we’ll send you a list of handpicked recommendations by email or to a branch location of your choice.

If you decide to request a list, you’ll also be eligible to enter to win a book prize pack, and the link to enter will be sent to you on the list that you receive. Make sure that you let us know some books that you’ve liked and some you haven’t.

So don’t delay, get your Summer Reads today! Whether it’s Fifty Shades of Grey, Game of Thrones or The Goldfinch that you like, we’ll find books for you.

Colombian Author Wins Major Literary Prize

Author Juan Gabriel Vasquez's third book, El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer (in English, The Sound of Things Falling), has won the Dublin Literary Award. Canadian Anne McLean also received part of the prize money for her translation of the book from Spanish to English.

Read this CBC article to find out more about Vasquez's " 'literary thriller' set against the Colombian drug trade" during the reign of drug lord Pablo Escobar. To give you a taste of what's in the novel and Vasquez's writing style, CBC Books has put together a collection of memorable (English-translated) quotes from El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer.

Nominations for the Dublin Literary Award are submitted by 150 public libraries around the globe, including several in Canada.

Notice of Service Interruption

Repair symbol of wrench and hammer.Single study rooms will be closed for renovations July 9 through 11. 

In order to improve accessibility, ventilation and to reduce vandalism, doors and sidelights will be permanently removed and desktops will be replaced.

The shelves for books numbered 973.5203 - 999.9999 will be blocked off during these dates.  Please see staff for help retrieving items from this area.

We’ve got lots of tables and study carrels as alternates--or why not take your laptop into Celebration Square and soak up the sun?

No games 'til Friday!?!?

Cover of Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby.Gaah!!  If you've reviewed all the highlights, watched all the pvr'd matches and still find yourself wanting more, try filling the next couple of days with a film or book about the beautiful game.  The breadth of topics is as wide as the sport's appeal.  From strategy to soccer's political, economic or criminal aspects, from inspired teams to glamorous superstars, there's something for everyone.

Portrait of a Canadian

I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.

J'affirme solennellement que je serai fidèle et porterai sincère allégeance à Sa Majesté la Reine Elizabeth Deux, Reine du Canada, à ses héritiers et successeurs, que j’observerai fidèlement les lois du Canada et que je remplirai loyalement mes obligations de citoyen canadien.

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Did You Know....

Image of the header of the Whitby Library business blog....that we have a business blog? We talk about business books, business events in the community, useful business resources and more. We highlight the doings of the terrific business organizations in Whitby, like the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, Business Advisory Centre Durham and Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program. We also highlight our own unique business resources, like our PCensus demographic profile program and Reference Canada business listing database. Just click on the business link on the right-hand side of the page to learn more about the business resources available at your library.

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