Fall Fiction

  • Cover of When Autumn Leaves.

  • Cover of Autumn Bride.

  • Cover of THe Thousand Autumns.

  • Cover of First Frost.

  • Cover of Still Life.

  • Cover of Autumn Killing.

  • Cover of An Event in Autumn.

  • Cover of Speak of the Devil.

  • Cover of The Lay of the Land.

  • Cover of Wicked Autumn.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Central Library and the Brooklin and Rossland Branches will be open on Saturday, October 10. All locations will be closed on Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Evergreen Voting 2015

Evergreen Logo

The Whitby Public Library is once again participating in the OLA Evergreen Award Program.


Ten books are nominated each year 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.


To vote online click here.


2015 Nominated Titles

Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick
Forgiveness: A Gift From My Grandparents by Mark Sakamoto
Juliet Was A Surprise by Bill Gaston
Little Bastards In Springtime by Katja Rudolph
The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner
Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
Somewhere In France: A Novel Of The Great War by Jennifer Robson
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
Who By Fire by Fred Stenson

Star Wars Reads Day at Central

Star Wars reads Day logo with Yoda.

Children of all ages are invited to celebrate all things Star Wars at the Central Library on Saturday, October 10th. Drop by the children's area anytime between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm to check out our activity sheets and colouring pages. Pick up some Star Wars books to read and try your hand at our scavenger hunt to receive cool posters and bookmarks (while supplies last), and be entered into a draw to win a Star Wars Reads prize pack. No registration required.

Durham Business Summit

Photo of Pinball Clemons.Less than two weeks to the 2015 Durham Business Summit! This is your chance to see the always popular and electrifying keynote speaker Pinball Clemons.There are also three workshops on HR, customer experience and cash flow strategy, as well as an expert panel and closing speaker. Add in a chance to network with other business pros and exhibitor's booths from leading Durham businesses

It's a full day of inspiration and learning - "the best day you'll spend out of the office all year!" And if last year's summit is any indication, it will be exactly that. Get your tickets now!

Celebrate Ontario Public Library Week with us!

Ontario Public Library Week bookmark.

October is Canadian Library Month and October 18 to 24, 2015 is Ontario Public Library Week.  To celebrate, all Whitby Library locations are offering the following activities and services:

  • Online Scavenger Hunt:  Explore our new website with an exciting Scavenger Hunt for your chance to win a Town of Whitby Skate and Swim Pass.  Our new website will be launched on October 19 with a link to the Scavenger Hunt.  You must have a valid Whitby Library card to participate.  Available until October 24.
  • Library Display and Twitter Draw:  Each library location will host a display during the week asking the question:  What did you DO at your Whitby Library?  Write your answer on a card and add it to the display.  As a bonus, share your answer on Twitter using the hashtag #mywhitbylibrary and be entered into a draw for your chance to win a Town of Whitby Skate and Swim Pass.  You must have a valid Whitby Library card to win.
  • Free Library Card Replacement:  Lost your library card?  Throughout Ontario Public Library Week, we'll waive the $2 fee for a replacement card.  Available at any service desk at all locations.
  • Refreshments and Prize Draw:  Enjoy some refreshments and enter a draw for a beautiful fall plant.  Happening at all library locations on Saturday, October 24, from 2-4pm.

October Programs for Adults

BOUNDARIES (for Women)    Monday, October 5     7 pm

Are you saying Yes when you want to say No?

Registered psychotherapist Minni Sharma knows that relationships, whether spouse, family, neighbour or co-worker, can deteriorate when there aren’t proper boundaries between each individual. The evening will include: learning assertive communication, learning what healthy boundaries are, what healthy relationships are, and goal setting. Join us and learn this important skill that you can apply in both life and business.

Register online or contact any branch of the library.


ARE YOU A SAVVY CONSUMER?   Tuesday, October 6  7pm

Come enjoy an evening with award-winning CTV News journalist Pat Foran. Using the trademark style of his popular and educational segments on "Consumer Alert", Pat will discuss consumer protection subjects such as how to protect yourself from scams and how to save money and improve your financial literacy. Pat will also speak about his latest book "The Smart, Savvy Young Consumer." The best selling book focus on financial advice for young people between the ages of 17 and 35. Come with your questions and concerns. Pat will also have books on hand to sign.

Register online or contact any branch of the library.

Reading Buddies Program Update

Children reading on their stomachs.Registration for the Central Library's English and French Reading Buddies programs begins Sat. Oct. 3rd at 9am. Please note that due to the high demand for these programs, the English session will now be offered to grades 1 to 3 and the French session grades 2 & 3.

Ted Barris talks about Fire Canoe at Central

Cover of Fire Canoe.

Join us at the Whitby Central Library on Thursday, October 8 when historian Ted Barris explores Canada’s race to become a nation by sharing stories from his book Fire Canoe.

“In large measure the national dream of a Canada from sea to sea was realized aboard the large Mississippi-style paddlewheel steamers that began plying western waterways on the eve of Canadian Confederation,” Barris says.

“At a critical moment in Canada’s history, the short-lived but timely arrival of steamboats made the difference in building a nation.”

In Fire Canoe, an aboriginal name for steamboats, Barris shares stories about the people who were carried on the boats, the impact of the trips across the prairies and how competition for business sparked “cutthroat steamboat races on the water.”

Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster.  The author of 16 non-fiction books, he is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. In 2014 he received the Libris Best Non-Fiction Award for his book “The Great Escape: A Canadian Story.”

To hear more about Fire Canoe and this piece of Canada’s history, join us at the Central Library at 7 p.m. on October 8.

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

Registration is required. Register at any branch or online.


Town of Whitby Seed and Plant Exchange Day

Photograph of flower petals.Residents are invited to bring seeds, cuttings and plants for exchange with fellow gardeners on Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m. - 12 noon at Rotary Centennial Park, 800 Brock Street South. Seeds and cuttings from the Municipal Gardens will be shared while plant material is available. The Town of Whitby Horticultural Staff and Whitby In Bloom Committee members will be available for questions. For more information, please call 905 668-3437.

It's Not Too Late...

..to sign up your children for one of our tweens or teens bookclubs!  These clubs are for strong readers who enjoy discussing complex books and participating in book-related activities. Each book club meets monthly, and participants are expected to attend every meeting. This year, there will be two separate sessions that participants may join. The Fall session runs from September to January, and the Winter Session runs from February to May. Registration for the Fall session begins on Saturday, September 5 at 9:00 a.m. Register online or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. Space is limited.  

Book Pirates – for students in grades 4 & 5.  This club meets Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3 and Jan. 7 from 7-8 p.m. - THIS SESSION IS FULL

Page Turners – for students in grades 6 & 7. This club meets Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17 and Jan. 21 from 7-8 p.m.

Books and Bites – for students in grades 8 & 9.  This club meets September 24, October 22, Nov 26, December 22 and January 28 from 7-8 p.m.picture of tweens reading.