The Lady Investigates

  • Book cover of Her Royal Spyness.

  • Book cover of And Only to Deceive.

  • Book cover of Secrets of a Lady.

  • Book cover of The Gilded Shroud.

  • Book cover of Cocaine Blues.

  • Book cover of Bellfield Hall.

  • Book cover of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

  • Book cover of Silent in the Grave.

  • Book cover of Soulless.

  • Book cover of The Anatomist's Wife.

TO2015 Interview Video Kiosk Available at the Central Library

Logo of Pan Am/Parapan Am Games for Whitby.Have you applied to volunteer for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games coming next summer? Interviews for volunteers will be taking place via online video and the Whitby Central Library can help. Volunteer interviewees without access to a computer with a webcam can call or email the Reference Department to set up a video interview at the Central Library. Call 905 668-6531, ext. 2020 or email us at askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca. Check out the Volunteer FAQ for more information.

Sunday and Summer Hours

Picture of a sun wearing sunglasses.Sunday hours at the Central Library and Brooklin Branch will end after Sunday, June 22 and will resume on Sunday, September 7.

All Whitby Public Library locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 1, Monday, August 4, and Monday, September 1.

The Central Library will close at 5 p.m. on Fridays from July 4 until August 29, inclusive.

Join us to see Birds of Prey at the Brooklin Branch

 

Canada is home to some of the most spectacular species of birds of prey in the world! Experience the majesty of these birds up close, and learn about the species that we share this beautiful country with.

 

 

Children (Grades 3+) are welcome to join this unique interactive presentation. Register online, in person, or by contacting any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

100 years since the start of the First World War

Photo of Whitby soldiers at George Dryden's House in 1917.

July 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Over 300 soldiers from Whitby and Whitby Township participated in the conflict between 1914 and 1918. When armistice was declared in 1918,  Whitby and Whitby Township had suffered the loss of 43 and 42 men, respectively. You can learn more about Whitby's contribution to the First World War by visiting our online historical images collection. Also watch for an exhibit at the Central Library in November.

 

Revel in a Road Trip

Cover of gun guys.Cover of Timbit Nation.Cover of Kiss the Sunset Pig.Cover of Driving Mr. Albert

Nothing says summer like a road trip. Whether you're heading across country or to cottage country, there's something magical about anticipating what lies beyond the next curve in the road. If you're not able to head out yourself, there's an abundance of travel writing and memoirs by those who've gone before you. Just pick up a book, and go!

Nothing says summer like a road trip. Whether you're heading across country or to cottage country, there's something magical atout the anticipation of what lies beyond the next curve in the road. If you're not able to pack up the car and just go yourself, there's an abundance of travel writing and memoirs by those who've gone before you. Just pick up a book, and go! - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/list/share/110747401_wpl_reference/310298687_revel_in_a_road_trip#sthash.z6dz6a8q.dpuf
Nothing says summer like a road trip. Whether you're heading across country or to cottage country, there's something magical atout the anticipation of what lies beyond the next curve in the road. If you're not able to pack up the car and just go yourself, there's an abundance of travel writing and memoirs by those who've gone before you. Just pick up a book, and go! - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/list/share/110747401_wpl_reference/310298687_revel_in_a_road_trip#sthash.z6dz6a8q.dpuf
Nothing says summer like a road trip. Whether you're heading across country or to cottage country, there's something magical atout the anticipation of what lies beyond the next curve in the road. If you're not able to pack up the car and just go yourself, there's an abundance of travel writing and memoirs by those who've gone before you. Just pick up a book, and go! - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/list/share/110747401_wpl_reference/310298687_revel_in_a_road_trip#sthash.z6dz6a8q.dpuf
Nothing says summer like a road trip. Whether you're heading across country or to cottage country, there's something magical atout the anticipation of what lies beyond the next curve in the road. If you're not able to pack up the car and just go yourself, there's an abundance of travel writing and memoirs by those who've gone before you. Just pick up a book, and go! - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/list/share/110747401_wpl_reference/310298687_revel_in_a_road_trip#sthash.z6dz6a8q.dpuf
Nothing says summer like a road trip. Whether you're heading across country or to cottage country, there's something magical atout the anticipation of what lies beyond the next curve in the road. If you're not able to pack up the car and just go yourself, there's an abundance of travel writing and memoirs by those who've gone before you. Just pick up a book, and go! - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/list/share/110747401_wpl_reference/310298687_revel_in_a_road_trip#sthash.z6dz6a8q.dpuf

 

Whitby and Brooklin Walking Tours

The summer months are great for afternoon walks and evening strolls. Why not explore the history of our community while you're at it with a Byron Street looking south toward Dunlop Street.walking tour?

In partnership with LACAC Heritage Whitby, we've created self-directed walking tours for historic streets in Whitby and Brooklin. There are 11 tours to take, and each walking tour brochure has a map and descriptions of various historic sites.

Walking tour brochures can be picked up at the Central Library, or you can download them from our Walking Tours of Whitby web page.

So, grab some friends, your better half, the kids and the dog and get some exercise while becoming better acquainted with your home sweet home.

Camping

total outdoorsman book cover   happy camper book cover   go wild book cover.

 

It's not too late to plan for a family camping trip this summer.   The Ontario Parks website  and Parks Canada website provide information about camping in Ontario. The resources of the Whitby Public Library will also help in organizing your vacation.

Have you got your Summer Reads yet?

Image of woman on the beach with a plane in the air. Whether you’re heading to the cottage, beach, or stuck inside because of a rainy day, don’t get caught without a good book. We’ll even pick ‘em for you until September 2nd. All you need to do is let us know what kind of books you like and within one week we’ll send you a list of handpicked recommendations by email or to a branch location of your choice.

If you decide to request a list, you’ll also be eligible to enter to win a book prize pack, and the link to enter will be sent to you on the list that you receive. Make sure that you let us know some books that you’ve liked and some you haven’t.

So don’t delay, get your Summer Reads today! Whether it’s Fifty Shades of Grey, Game of Thrones or The Goldfinch that you like, we’ll find books for you.

Colombian Author Wins Major Literary Prize

Author Juan Gabriel Vasquez's third book, El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer (in English, The Sound of Things Falling), has won the Dublin Literary Award. Canadian Anne McLean also received part of the prize money for her translation of the book from Spanish to English.

Read this CBC article to find out more about Vasquez's " 'literary thriller' set against the Colombian drug trade" during the reign of drug lord Pablo Escobar. To give you a taste of what's in the novel and Vasquez's writing style, CBC Books has put together a collection of memorable (English-translated) quotes from El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer.

Nominations for the Dublin Literary Award are submitted by 150 public libraries around the globe, including several in Canada.

Notice of Service Interruption

Repair symbol of wrench and hammer.Single study rooms will be closed for renovations July 9 through 11. 

In order to improve accessibility, ventilation and to reduce vandalism, doors and sidelights will be permanently removed and desktops will be replaced.

The shelves for books numbered 973.5203 - 999.9999 will be blocked off during these dates.  Please see staff for help retrieving items from this area.

We’ve got lots of tables and study carrels as alternates--or why not take your laptop into Celebration Square and soak up the sun?

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