Real Life 911

  • Book cover of Into the Breach: A Year of Life and Death With EMS

  • Book cover of Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat.

  • Book cover of Policing the Fringe: A Young Mountie's Story.

  • Book cover of Heat: A Firefighter's Story.

  • Book cover of The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the E.R.

  • Book cover of Blue Blood.

  • Book cover for Trauma: My Life as An Emergency Surgeon.

  • Book cover of Burning Down the House.

  • Book cover for Detective: The Inspirational Story of the Trailblazing Woman Cop Who Wouldn't Quit.

  • DVD cover for Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit

Exam Cram

Need a place to study?  We know the library can get crowded during exam time, so we’ve got you covered! 

Picture of a cartoon owl sitting on a book.

Extra study space is available at both the Central Library and the Brooklin Branch this week.

Central Library (Room One, next to Presse Café):

  • January 24, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • January 25, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • January 26, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Brooklin Branch (Program Room):

  • January 24, Noon – 5:00 pm
  • January 25, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Good luck on your exams!

Durham Region Health Neighbourhoods

Image of a map from the Durham Region Health Neighbourhoods website.The Durham Region Health Department has created a neat new tool to show how health varies in different areas across the Region. They started by creating fifty different neighbourhoods, each with about 12,000 people. Data was added for each neighbourhood for several different demographic, health and early child development indicators, allowing you to map and compare different parts of the Region. You can find the map viewer, neighbourhood profiles, feature reports and more on the Health Neighbourhoods website.


Senior Wednesday Travel Program

image of dvd cover for joanna lumley's greek odysseyOur Senior Wednesday drop-in Travel Program is on the last Wednesday of each month at the Central Library. On January 28th we will be  off on a Greek Odyssey with Joanna Lumley, embarking on a journey rich in history, myth and romance.  This will be a two part series concluding in the February program on Wednesday, February 25th.

We meet at 2:00 p.m. in Program Room 1, and travel through film, taste and books.  Drop-in and join us!


Celebrate Pongal

Image of Kolam rice flower drawing.We have an abundance of new Tamil language books at the Central Library.  Celebrate Pongal by harvesting some today!  Learn more about this and other festivals at the library or contact the Tamil Association.

Black History Month: Envisioning Our Future

Join Community Development Council of Durham and the Whitby Public Library for a special panel discussion on the history of the black community and current issues, as well as barriers and obstacles to achieving success and positive future directions. The event takes place on Sunday, February 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Whitby Central Library. Registration is open to those 16 years and older. Register online or call or visit any Whitby Public Library location.

Is it a Film Club or a Book Club in disguise?

Brooklin Branch Big Screen Film Club -- books to movies.The Big Screen Film Club at Brooklin Branch is a film club based on books. 

Adults (18+) are invited to read the current month's selection; then join us for a free screening of the film adaptation of the chosen title. Afterwards, there will be a discussion of the book AND the film. So, if you are looking for something a little different in your Book Club and you enjoy watching movies…check it out.

The Film Club meets every third Thursday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooklin Branch Program Room. Registration is required. Closed Captioning will be available.


Our selections for our Winter/Spring 2015 session are:

January 15 – The Hundred Foot Journey  by Richard Morais

February 19 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

March 19 – Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

April 16 – Wild by Cheryl Strayed

May 21 – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

June 18 – Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Free Film Night

Cover of THe Hundred Foot Journey film.Join us at the Whitby Central Library at 7:00pm on Thursday January 8  for the screening of "The Hundred Foot Journey" starring Helen Mirren. This film features Hassan, a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant, that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Check out the book too!

Register online or call or visit any branch. Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Hair! The History, the Power and Symbolism of Hair from Greek myth, to Biblical times, to the present.

Carolyn Taylor-Watts’ fascination with 20th century Greco-Turkish history and its aftermath led to two years of research, travel in Greece and Turkey, and eventually to the writing of “Helena: an Odyssey” with her heroine, a hairdresser.

Based on a family's true story, Carolyn discovered “Hair is one of the most powerful and persistent statements of who we believe we are and how we feel about ourselves …”

Over centuries among different cultures, it has been considered glorious. Or shameful and to be hidden. The belief in its potency, its very seductiveness, is the reason the world’s major religions require women to cover it.

Join us Thursday, January 15  at 7pm as she discusses her journey from ancient to modern times and how hair has played an integral part in all cultures, religions and ages.

Register online or contact any branch of the library.


Computer and Tablet Workshops

Picture of a computer.

Whether you got a new gadget over the holidays, or are just ready to learn a little more about how to use your computer or tablet, we’ve got great workshops that can help.

We offer:

  • introductory computer skills workshops
    • In a series of 5 workshops, we discuss how to use a mouse and keyboard, how to create and save a file, organize your saved files and get around on the Internet!
  • introductory tablet workshops
    • In a series of 2 workshops, we discuss the settings menu, apps, getting on the Intenet and much more. There are separate workshops for iPad and Android devices.
  • 1 on 1 appointments
    • for a little extra help on a specific topic.


Registration is required for all workshops. Register online or contact any branch.


New Zinio Titles!

Image of the Zinio Digital Magazine logo.Have you checked out Zinio yet? Zinio is our online newsstand of downloadable popular magazines, excellent for reading on tablets, laptops or PCs. If you've been using Zinio, you'll be pleased to hear that we've added seventeen new titles to our collection, including great magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, Dr. Oz, GQ, HGTV, Self, Vanity Fair, Wired and more! And if you haven't used Zinio, what are you waiting for? You can download full editions of the newest issues of over fifty magazines to read at your leisure. Enjoy!