2014 Evergreen Award Nominees

  • Book cover of Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World.

  • Book cover of An Inquiry into Love and Death.

  • Book cover of The Cat.

  • Book cover of Flee, Fly, Flown.

  • Book cover of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America.

  • Book cover of The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country.

  • Book cover of The Painted Girls.

  • Book cover of River of Stars.

  • Book cover of The Silent Wife.

  • Book Cover of The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement.

An Evening with Tanis Rideout - Above All Things

Book cover of Above All Things.

The Whitby Public Library is thrilled to be hosting an evening with Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things, the 2014 Durham Libraries Pass the Book selection, on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

In Above All Things, Rideout weaves together the harrowing story of George Mallory’s ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest with that of a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.

Hosted by Susanna Kearsley, author of The Firebird, the evening will feature an on-stage interview followed by a reading and book signing. Books will be available for purchase through Blue Heron Books.

Register by calling any branch of the Whitby Public Library or online.

Once you’ve read the book, be sure to enter our draw to win a fabulous prize pack at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park in Oshawa.

World Fest Whitby

World fest Whitby poster.

Come and celebrate Whitby's culture and diversity at the 1st Annual World Fest Whitby! This event will take place at the McKinney Centre (222 McKinney Drive, Whitby), on Saturday, May 3rd from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. It is hosted in partnership with the Town of Whitby, Brooklin Optimist Club, the Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and the Whitby Youth Council.

The event will include cultural dancers, musicians and entertainers and will feature Brooklin Mini Idol and Whitby Idol Finalists. There will also be interactive cultural booths and food vendors.

Complete your World Fest Whitby passport for a chance to win prizes!

Thanks for Asking!

The askON text reference service pilot project is coming to a close. For the past four months, the Whitby Public Library, in partnership with other Ontario libraries, offered patrons the opportunity to send reference queries and questions about library services via text message. The project coordinators are wrapping up the project and will be assessing the service and its impact. Thank you to all those who texted your questions and if you need assistance, we are just a phone call or email message away! 

Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary

Book cover of Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary.Newspapers have changed a lot over the last few years, as readers move to other sources for their news, sports and classified ads. An even more pronounced change has taken place on the comics page. Now reduced to a few strips on a quarter-page, the comics were once a huge draw and much-loved entertainment for young and old. More than just four panels and a joke, they boasted long storylines and impressive artwork. One of the most famous comic strips of the era was L'il Abner, a universe of characters set in the hillbilly community of Dogpatch. L'il Abner's creator, Al Capp, was himself a larger-than-life character. Loss of a leg due to a childhood accident, farsighted business and marketing acumen, legendary feuds, head-to-head battles with the 1960s counterculture movement and a series of sexual assault controversies are all detailed in Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary.

iPad and Android Tablet Workshops

Various tablets.The Whitby Public Library now offers a series of tablet training workshops! Join us for Basics or Beyond the Basics for either the iPad or Android devices (such as the Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, Google Nexus). We’ll explore the settings menu, practice connecting to wireless Internet networks, talk about apps and much more. For more information, or to register, visit our Programs and Events page or contact any branch of the library.  

Senior Wednesday Travel Program

On Wednesday, April 30th, our Senior Wednesday Travel program continues a journey that explores the world's longest river from mouth to source.  Join us for Joanna Lumley's Nile, a two part program that will conclude on this day. At this time we will learn where we are headed next month!

Touring through multiple countries, this exciting trip will include cities, deserts, highlands and thousands of years of history.

Joins us as we travel through film, book display and taste.  This is a drop-in program that meets at the Central Branch the last Wednesday of each month, at 2 p.m.

Join us for Free Film Night

Cover of Philomena Film.

Join us for a free screening of PHILOMENA - a story worth telling about a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Starring the fantastic Jundi Dench! If you are not able to attend the screening you can put your name on hold for the book.

Thursday, May 1st, 7:00pm in Meeting Room 1

Registration is required. Register online or call or visit any branch.

Closed captioning is available for this film

Rated  PG

a young Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea in Ireland after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years seeking for him in vain. - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/item/show/573968061_philomena#sthash.zBSRbIvp.dpuf
a young Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea in Ireland after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years seeking for him in vain. - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/item/show/573968061_philomena#sthash.zBS...
a young Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea in Ireland after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years seeking for him in vain. - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/item/show/573968061_philomena#sthash.zBSRbIvp.dpuf
a young Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea in Ireland after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years seeking for him in vain. - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/item/show/573968061_philomena#sthash.zBSRbIvp.dpuf
a young Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea in Ireland after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years seeking for him in vain. - See more at: http://whitby.bibliocommons.com/item/show/573968061_philomena#sthash.zBSRbIvp.dpuf

Resume Workshop on April 25th

Job hunting? Your resume is your first impression. Make a good one by attending our workshop on Friday, April 25th at 9:30 AM at the Central Library. Register online or by contacting any branch of the Whitby Library.

Can’t make the workshop? Check out some of our great books on resumes and job interviews.

2014 Evergreen Award Launches on Wednesday April 23

Logo for the OLA Evergreen Award.You're invited to join us at any location of the Whitby Public Library on Canada Book Day, Wednesday, April 23, for the 2014 launch of the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award Program.

Discover this year's picks and enter a draw to win a beautiful spring potted plant. Treats will be served from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Please visit our 2014 Evergreen Award page for more information.

Whitby and the Nation Say Goodbye to Jim Flaherty, MP for Whitby-Oshawa

Thousands of people came yesterday to the Abilities Centre to pay their respects to Jim Flaherty, MP and former federal Finance Minister. Mr. Flaherty's funeral will be held today at St. James Cathedral in Toronto. Books of condolences are available at the Whitby Municipal Building, 575 Rossland Road East; Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre, 801 Brock Street South; Brooklin Community Centre and Library, 8 Vipond Road, Brooklin. The community can also express their condolences online.

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