Carnivore's Delight

  • Cover of Steak.

  • Cover of Cleaving.

  • Cover of Odd bits.

  • Cover of Bones.

  • Cover of The ethical butcher.

  • Cover of Carnivore Chic.

  • Cover of In meat we trust.

  • Cover of The cook and the butcher.

  • Cover of The Carnivore's Manifesto.

  • Title of the Compassionate Carnivore.

The award-winning How-to in 10 Festival and Road Show returns on May 2!

How-to learn almost anything in 10 minutes festival and road show.Love to learn new things but never seem to have enough time? Come to the How-to in 10 Festival and Road Show at the Central Library on Saturday, May 2, 12 noon - 4 p.m. for the opportunity learn new skills in about 10 minutes or so with more than 25 activities. You are guaranteed to have a great time learning from the experts! Easy, fun, convenient and free!

This year, learn how to: print a 3D cookie cutter, preserve memories, take a selfie, do henna for health, communicate with American Sign Language, write your name in Chinese, tie a fishing lure, strum a ukulele, make jewelry, play a guitar chord, prep like a chef, make a raw vegan appetizer, say hello in 10 languages, focus on the food groups, tie a knot and so much more!

Check out the full list at Don't forget to check out the How-to in 10 events happening in Clarington, Oshawa, Port Perry, Pickering and Uxbridge.

The event is sponsored regionally by Veridian Connections and Ontario Power Generation.

Rossland Branch re-opens on Saturday, April 4

The Rossland Branch is now open! Patrons who had holds on the shelf before the closure will have until April 14 to pick them up.

Patrons will be able to once again place holds on Rossland materials and choose Rossland as their pick-up location. Those that changed their holds pick-up location to the Central Library or Brooklin Branch can call, email or visit any location to change the pick-up back to the Rossland Branch. Please have your library card ready.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Rossland Branch at 905 668-1886 or email

We thank all of our patrons for their patience as the repair work took place and we look forward to seeing everyone back at the Branch.

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.


Introduction to Geocaching

Thursday, April 23      7 – 9 pm
Meeting Room 1 at Central Branch

Do you own a smartphone with GPS capabilities? If so, then you already have a tool you can use for geocaching.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online with the community.

Ken (kenas) and Chris (BayBerryBrooklin-BBB), active geocachers in the Durham Region, will explain the basics of the game and why it is a great activity for families, and individuals of all ages to participate in.

Join us for a fun evening learning how to Scavenger Hunt.

Families Welcome!

Register online or contact any branch of the library.

Genie in a Bottle: a Pass the Book Program at Brooklin

Genie bottle craft.


In this year’s Pass the Book, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, Ahmed is a Jinni who has arrived in New York City in 1899. As a being made of fire, he has been trapped in a copper flask for centuries, and is released by Arbeerly, the tinsmith.

Teens (Grade 7-12) are invited to make their own opulently adorned genie bottle that any Jinni would be proud to call home! Join us on Wednesday April 29 at 7p.m.

Register online or by contacting any branch.

Spring Bulbs

April showers bring May flowers.   Spring bulbs add colour and texture to the garden. Create a lovely garden landscape using bulbs in your garden. Happy planting and happy spring!



Bulbs in the basement book cover                   Bulbs

Welcome Back Patron Appreciation at the Rossland Branch

Photograph of pink and white tulipsWe value our patrons and appreciate your patience and understanding during the repair work at the Rossland Branch. Please join us at the Rossland Branch on Tuesday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for refreshments. There will be a draw for a beautiful spring plant paired with some books, as well as a children's prize pack.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Children's Programs at Rossland

Photograph of children reading

We are offering two drop in programs this spring at the Rossland Branch starting next week. Join us for stories and fun!

Drop In Babytime
Infants (0-18 months) and their caregivers can enjoy this half hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment. Babytime is being held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

The program begins on Thursday, April 16 and runs for five weeks until May 14.

Registration is not required for this program.


Drop In Family Storytime
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to this half-hour of stories, songs and fingerplays. Family Storytime is being held on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m beginning Friday, April 17.
Registration is not required. All ages are welcome.


Anchors Away!

Cover of Dead Wake.

If you want an exciting and informative non-fiction read, you’ve got to try “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson. This engrossing book describes the events of May 7th, 1915 when the British liner, Lusitania, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat off the coast of Ireland. Larson, through extensive research, has incredible knowledge of certain events in history and has a way of making his non-fiction books read, so effortlessly, like fiction. Did you now there were 157 barrels of candy, over 500 lbs of tobacco and some very valuable works of art on board?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania and is being commemorated with a special voyage of the MS Queen Victoria in May.

Check out Larson’s other works, The Devil in the White City (movie is in the making), Thunderstruck and In the Garden of Beasts which are equally engaging.


Photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.It may not be the next Oprah's Book Club, but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has launched a project called A Year of Books. Every two weeks or so, he suggests a book related to new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies, and opens things up for discussion on the Facebook page. The titles chosen thus far are quite cerebral and deal with interesting ideas and concepts.

If you'd like to follow along, we've created a book list and we'll keep it up to date as new items are added. There are six titles so far and we're looking into Rational Ritual, added earlier today.