Find your happiness…

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An Evening with Cathy Marie Buchanan

Book cover for The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan.
Please join us for ‘An Evening With Cathy Marie Buchanan’. Cathy Marie Buchanan will discuss the story behind her novel The Painted Girls and will participate in an onstage interview hosted by Susanna Kearsley on Monday, October 6, at 7p.m at the Central Library.

The Painted Girls is one of ten books nominated for the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen™ Award Program. The program was introduced to give adult library patrons the opportunity to vote for a work of Canadian fiction or non-fiction that they have liked the most from the nominated titles.

Susanna Kearsley, host of the evening, is an accomplished and award winning Canadian author.

Books will be available for purchase and author signing, courtesy of Blue Heron Books.

Registration is required. Register in person, online, or by calling any location of the Whitby Public Library.

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. 
Meet and Greet with your Local Ward Candidates
Monday, September 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
Discuss the issues that impact Whitby residents and businesses.
Mayoral and Regional Councillor Candidates' Debate
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion and debate on the prominent issues facing our businesses and community at large. 
Registration is not required for either event.


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 Talks 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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Back to School

September has arrived and that means back to school!  Learn study strategies and tips for a successful and productive new school year.


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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!


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