Enter the Maker Studio

  • Book cover of The TAB Guide to DIY Welding.

  • Book cover of The Maker Movement Manifesto.

  • Book cover of Raspberry Pi Projects.

  • Book cover of The Steampunk User's Manual.

  • Book cover of The TAB Book of Arduino Projects.

  • Book cover of Build Your Own PC for Dummies.

  • Book cover of Invent to Learn.

  • Book cover of Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius.

  • Book cover of The Big Book of Maker Skills.

  • Book cover of Make: Tinkering.

Holiday Closing

Photograph of a young rabbit in the grass.Please note that all locations of the Whitby Public Library will be closed on Friday, April 3, Sunday, April 5 and Monday, April 6 for the Easter holiday. The Brooklin Branch and Central Library will be open 9AM-5PM on Saturday, April 4. The Rossland Branch will remain closed for repairs.

Rossland Branch Closed due to Flood - Update

March 13, 2015

The clean-up work on the water damage at the Rossland Branch is done and repair work is now underway.  We have been advised that this work will take a bit longer than anticipated and we are now looking at a re-opening date of April 7th.  The book drops remain open at this time. All programs, including March Break programs, are cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have holds at Rossland and would like them sent to the Central Library or the Brooklin Branch, please email askrossland@whitbylibrary.on.ca. Please include your library card number and let us know your preferred pick up location. You can also call 905 668-6531. Once your materials arrive at your new pickup location, you will be notified.

The Central Library and Brooklin Branch remain open to serve you.

If you have any questions, please call the Central Library at 905 668-6531, or email admin@whitbylibrary.on.ca.

Roll D12 Against Poison!

Book cover of The Elfish Gene.If you're somewhere in your forties, (probably) male and considered a "nerd" in the seventies or eighties, you may have once enjoyed a game called Dungeons & Dragons. Dungeons & Dragons, or D&D, is role-playing game played with dice, graph paper and imagination. Players create characters with definied characteristics and often, detailed personas to inhabit a world created by a Dungeon Master. In a the pre-internet, players could while away many enjoyable hours. They still can.

Mark Barrowcliffe was such a player. And by his own admission and description, he was obsessed with it, devoting every waking hour to playing, reading or talking about D&D, to the point where he became a monomaniacal bore. Then he experienced a rude awakening at the hand of some punk rockers and a fountain. Read his story and, if you dare, learn more about D&D.

April Film Club at Brooklin Branch - Wild

Wild movie DVD cover.Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 for the Brooklin Branch Big Screen Film Club. This month's selection is Wild, based on the novel of the same name by author, Cheryl Strayed, which chronicles a woman's 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Coast Trail after the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage. Stay afterwards for a book/movie discussion.

This film is rated 18A. Closed captioning will be available.
Register online, in person or by calling any location of the Whitby Public Library.

Read. Watch. Discuss.

Storytime Registration

 It's storytime at your library image.STORY TIME REGISTRATION

Spring Storytime registration at the Whitby Public Library will begin on Wednesday, April 1st,  at all three branches upon opening and in person. 

Telephone registraion will be accepted after 12 noon by calling your branch. 

The Babytime programs at the Central Branch remain drop-in, no registration required.  Our programs are one half hour in length and feature stories, songs and felt board tales.  The Spring session runs for a  six week period, beginning Tuesday, April 7th.

*Please check our website under Children's Programs and Storytimes, for individual dates, times and ages. And please note  the Rossland Branch is temporarily closed due to flooding.

 Join us!

Free Film Night at Central

Cover of The Good Lie film.

Join us for Free Film Night at the Central Library. On April 2nd  we will be showing the true story of the “lost boys of the Sudan” called THE GOOD LIE starring Reese Witherspoon. Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims travelled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America.

Closed Captioning is available

Rated 14A

Meeting Room 1 - 7:00pm


Susanna Kearsley Book Launch

Book cover of A Desperate Fortune.The Whitby Public Library is excited to be hosting an evening with Susanna Kearsley as she launches her latest novel, A Desperate Fortune, on April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Regal Room at the Whitby Centennial Building.

Hosted by author/interviewer Ted Barris, the evening will feature an onstage interview, reading and book signings.

A Desperate Fortune tells the story of amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas, who has been hired by a famous historian to crack the code of the mysterious, 300-year-old journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas. When Sara arrives in Paris, complications emerge from the journal's owner, the charming neighbour and the journal itself.

Books will be available to purchase the night of the event through Blue Heron Books.

Registration is required for this program. Register by clicking here  or by calling any branch of the Whitby Public Library. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Regal Room of the Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre Street South.



Please note that the Archives will be closed on Friday March 20th, reopening for regular hours on Monday March 23rd.

Earbud pricing increase

Image of dollar sign.The price of of earbuds has increased to $3.00 per pair.  We have kept headphones/earbuds at the low, low price of $2.00 for many years but due to the decreased value of the Canadian dollar, our costs have increased.

Earbuds are available for purchase at all library locations.



Seeds: sowing, gathering, saving

Even though summer may seem very far away, you can start growing seeds indoors to be ready to transplant in warmer months. Try using heirloom seeds to continue valuable species but whatever you choose enjoy fresh vegetables, flowers, and fruits grown in your own garden.

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