Find your happiness…

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  • Cover of Happy Feet DVD.

  • Cover of Happy This Year.

  • Cover of My Happy Life.

  • Cover of Happy Hour at Home.

  • Cover of This is What Happy Looks Like.

  • Cover of 100 Things That Make Me Happy.

  • Cover of Be Happy.

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  • Cover of Happy: simple steps to get the most out of life.

Municipal Election Day - October 27

The 2014 Municipal Election is nearly here! The Whitby Chamber of Commerce and the Whitby Public Library want to help you make an informed decision on October 27 with two events at the Central Library this fall. Our Sept. 22 Meet and Greet with Local Ward Candidates was a great success.
Join us for the Regional Councillor Introduction and Mayor's Q&A
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion on the prominent issues facing our businesses and community at large. 
Registration is not required.


Upcoming Programs - Join Us!

Home Movie Day   Saturday, October 4   2-4pm
Home movies — boring rehash of the family vacation or insightful look at our shared cultural heritage? A lot of people will say ‘Who cares?’ but home movies tell us so much about our own family history as well as the history we share. Take Christmas morning — you can see everything from trends in toys to styles of interior design and fashion; from the foods we ate to local traditions. Your home movies are likely a lot more interesting than you remember!

Your home movies may be more convenient to watch in a newer media formats but the films can last decades longer. If you have home movies on film that you’ve never seen, or haven’t watched since you inherited them from your grandparents–don’t let your films decay!

Bring them to Home Movie Day!

Home Movie Day is an annual worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held in local venues.

  • Find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media as well as options for having the films transferred to more easily-viewable modern formats.
  • Get expert evaluation of your films, and learn how to preserve and store your films.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the potential historical and cultural value of your home movies.

This is a drop-in event but there will be a scheduled talk at 3pm.


Culturally Culinary   Tuesday, October 7   7-9pm

Image of Multiple Flags.Ontario, being one of the largest multi-cultural regions globally, is privileged with a diverse population and a wealth of cultural experiences waiting to be explored. The problem is that many people are reluctant to step out of their own cultural niche and one of those reasons is simply a lack of knowledge.
Culturally Culinary helps to bridge that gap by introducing unfamiliar foods from different cultures in the hope that participants will feel comfortable in expanding their supermarket choices. A variety of foods will be introduced, and methods of preparation, nutritional value and in some cases samples may be made available. Register online or call any branch of the library.

Upcoming Job Skills Workshops

Have a job inteImage of Person searching for jobs in the newspaper.rview coming up? Or just getting ready for the job hunt? Register to attend this month’s Interview Workshop on Tuesday, October 7th from 9:30-12:30.

We'll also be hosting a Resume Workshop on Tuesday, November 11th from 9:30-12:30, which you can also now register for.

Can’t make the workshops? Check out some of our great books on interviews and resumes.

Free Film Night

Cover of Saving Mr. Banks.Join us for Free Film Night on Thursday Oct. 2 at 7:00pm

In Saving Mr. Banks, author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Closed Captioning is available for this film

Rated PG

Registration required. Register online or contact any branch.

Meeting Room 1

Overdrive eBook Enhancements

Image of Download eBooks.If you use our eBook collection, please note that Overdrive has released a new version of their app for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Windows 8. There are a number of enhancements, but the most interesting one is that new users no longer have to sign up for an Adobe Digital Editions account. Instead, they’ve streamlined the process with a new Overdrive account that also offers other benefits.
This change only affects new users of our eBook collection. If you already have the app, or use your computer to transfer books to an e-reader (ie. Kobo), you will not be affected by the changes and can continue to enjoy e-books the same as you always have. 

The updated instructions for downloading eBooks can be found on our eBook info page . As always, drop us a line if you need help.

Tablet Workshops!

A Collection of Tablets.The Whitby Public Library has tablet workshops for both iPad and Android tablets. We offer a Basics and Beyond the Basics workshop for each type of tablet to help give you the skills you need to enjoy using your tablet!

Learn how to access your settings menu, connect to the Internet, download and use apps, and much more!


For information on sessions, including how to find out what workshop is best for you and your device contact any branch of the library, or visit our Programs and Events page.

Senior Wednesday Travel Program

Book cover of Route 66.Our Senior Wednesday Travel program is back, and meets the last Wednesday of each month.

On September 24th at 2 p.m., we head across America, Route 66 and beyond.  "Globe Trekker" Justine Shapiro follows the Blue Ridge Parkway,  journeying to Tennessee and the city of Nashville. She visits its famous country music sites and the old plantation home of U.S. President Andrew Jackson.  Justine then hits the legendary Route 66, stopping at a giant cattle auction in Oklahoma City.  She then joins the "Trail of Tears" memorial walk for Native Americans before crossing the Texas Panhandle into Arizona where she visits the world's best preserved meteor crater."

Join us as we travel through film, book display and taste!

Join us for Project Happiness during Culture Days

Logo for Culture Days. Culture Days is an annual event that encourages Canadians to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. 

The Central and Brooklin locations are hosting Project Happiness, where we will transform a space within the library into a happiness experience. 

Visit our Brooklin Branch to help build a happiness tree, join a yoga session or attend a poetry happy hour.

At Central, help us complete a "Happiness is..." installation, share a smile in our pop up photo booth, view Ted Photo booth sampleTalks and music videos from our Project Happiness playlist, and make and take title recommendations to spread a little happiness.  Join us to relax, reflect, create and learn.


Our Mobile Catalogue App for Apple and Android Devices

Image of iPhone showing mobile catalogue app home screen.Did you know that the library has a downloadable app for Apple and Android devices?  Simply go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to find it, and use it to search the catalogue, place and manage your holds and check your account information.  
Forgot your library card at home or in your car?  Simply use the new library card barcode feature in our app!  Choose the 'More' option in the main menu and select ‘My Library Card Barcode' from the list.  A barcode is generated based on the barcode numbers in your library account and can be used to check out materials.  
For more information, please click here or ask staff today!

Under the Big Top

Many a child has dreamed of running away to join the circus when they got into trouble at home. But many kids were already home at the circus.

There are many families who have been part of this fascinating life for generations and their stories of thrilling feats, and often dangerous stunts, are as exciting as watching the performers themselves.

See our lists for more titles about the circus.

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