Farm, Fresh, Fantastic

  • Book cover for The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook.

  • Book cover for The Canadian Harvest Cookbook.

  • Book cover for Simply in Season.

  • Book cover for Plenty.

  • Book cover for Locavore.

  • Book cover for Fresh.

  • Book cover for Fresh with Anna Olsen.

  • Book cover for Farmers Market Desserts.

  • Book cover for Farm to Fork.

  • Book cover for Earth to Table.

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.  If you don't have access to a computer with a webcam call or email the Reference Department to schedule 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 Hours Resume

Picture of a clock.Sunday hours at the Central Library and Brooklin Branch will resume this Sunday, September 7.  Both locations will be open 1-5 p.m through Dec 7.  All library locations will be closed Sunday October 12 and Monday October 13.

The Central Library will once again be open until 9 p.m. on Friday evenings, from September 5.

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.



Free Film Night Returns

Blu-ray cover of My Afternoons with Margueritte.

After our summer hiatus, Free Film Night returns on Thursday, Sept. 4th at 7:00pm with "My Afternoons with Margueritte" starring Gerard Depardieu. This film tells the story of Germain, a nearly illiterate fifty-something man who is considered the idiot of his small French town, meets elderly Margueritte, who is articulate and highly intelligent. Through their afternoon visits, Germain begins to realize he is smarter than he thought.
In French with English sub-titles
Not rated by the Ontario Film Review Board
Registration required. Register online at or by contacting any branch.

Ignite Your Inner Entrepreneur!

Image of Ignite logo.Applications for Spark Centre's Ignite Pitch Competition are still open! They are looking for innovative, technology or invention oriented startups to pitch their business idea to a panel of executive entrepreneurs!   There is $55k to give away to three lucky winners including $5,000 for a post-secondary student!

Winners will also receive entry in Spark Centre's new Thrive program, which includes a four month term at one of Spark Centre's locations. You'll work rent free, have access to a multitude of advisory services and mentoring, preferred rates with service providers, and much more!

Through the Ignite process, successful applicants will learn how to pitch their ideas, have a chance to practice in front of real investors and entrepreneurs, and have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs in the area!  Local pitch competitions will take place in several cities around Durham Region to broaden their search for high potential startups, and the competition will once again have an expert Power Panel to help with the selection process.
 Applications close at 5:00pm on Friday, September 12th!  Don't delay, apply online now!

Grand Day 2014! Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 6

Image of yummy pancakes and syrup.Grand Day 2014 presents Pyjama Rama 2 at the Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre.

Join us for pancakes, sausages and magic with IncrediBrent, an outstanding performer/comedian and magician who will dazzle all ages. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  The location is 801 Brock Street South in Whitby.  

Wear your pyjamas, treat your grandparents to breakfast, have your picture taken, and  following the magic show, enjoy our craft stations.  Tickets are still available at the Central Library and Brooklin Branch.

They may also be purchased at the Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre.  $5 for an adult and $3 for children.

See you there!


New Self Checkouts to Serve You Better

Image of library user at the new self-checkout machine.The Central Library and the Brooklin Branch have introduced an improved self-serve checkout experience. The Rossland branch has had this new system in place for several months, with rave reviews coming from library users.

Our new self-serve machines do much more than just checkout your books. You can now see at a glance the number of items you have checked out, how many available and pending holds are on your account, the number of overdue items and your balance owing. The new system also lets you see detailed lists of all checked out and reserved items, and (drumroll please) you can now renew items right at the checkout machine!

Our new stations also have some customizable features. You can choose your preferred language and a text size to suit your needs. Don't want a paper receipt after checkout? You can have your receipt emailed to you instead, or you can choose the "no receipt" option.

Pretty neat! Drop by a WPL branch today to try out the new self-serve checkouts.

The Merryweather is on the Move!

Image of the Merryweather Steam Powered Fire Engine.The 1872 Merryweather steam powered  fire engine will be leaving the Central Library on Wednesday August 27 and move to its new home at the Centennial Building located at 416 Centre Street South.

The Merryweather has been showcased in the lobby at the Central Library since 2005.  The fire engine has been enjoyed and photographed by many library users and fans of vintage fire engines over the years. 


Last Chance for your Summer Reads!

Girl relaxing on a beach.September is just around the corner, and with it comes the end of our summer reading list program. This is the last week to fill out a short questionnaire about what you like to read and in return we’ll send you a handpicked list of recommendations.

If you decide to request a list, you’ll also be eligible to win a book prize pack! The link to enter the contest will be provided on your list of recommended reads.

Whether it’s Fifty Shades of Grey, Game of Thrones, or The Goldfinch that you like, we’ll find some great books for you. September 3rd is the last day to submit your questionnaire.

Resume and Interview Workshops are Back!

Job hunting can be tough, but with some help, you can revitalize your search or get started. The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre will be back once again this fall as hosts of our Resume and Interview Workshops. Each month, you can register to attend either the resume or interview workshop. Get great advice on how to get started or freshen up your current resume and learn some great tips to help you stand out during the interview.

All of these workshops will take place monthly, on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-12:30 in meeting room 2. Registration is required for each session on the following dates:

Can't make these dates? New sessions for 2015 will also be available, so keep you're eyes peeled or check out some great library book about resumes and interviews, or even use our online resume builder, Cypress Resume with your library card.

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