Let it Snow

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  • Let it Snow.

  • Cover of Let it Snow:  3 romances.

  • Cover of Cold Snap.

  • Cover of Let it Snow:  keeping Canada's winter sports alive.

  • Cover of future of ice.

  • Cover of Ice.

  • Cover of Winter Wise:  Travel and Survival in Ice and Snow.

  • Cover of Stella Queen of the Snow.

  • Cover of Let it Snow by Chanticleer.

Sunday and Holiday Hours

The Central Library and Brooklin Branch will be closed on the following Sundays: December 14, December 21 and December 28. Sunday hours resume on January 4.

All locations will be closed on Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, Friday, December 26 and Thursday, January 1. All locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31.

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!


The holiday season is fast approaching which means that trip (or probably several trips) to the mall.

Do you know why you buy certain products? Why you choose to shop in a particular store? Or why you opt for a certain size container? It might surprise you to find that you may be influenced in your choices of consumer goods more than you think.


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A Delightful Addiction

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I have stumbled upon a culinary find so great that to not share it would be unforgivable. It is a treat that is more a candy than a cookie or dessert. This confection called Christmas Crack has a highly addictive quality but in spite of this, it will become a holiday tradition for years to come!

Christmas Crack Recipe


  1. 1 cup of butter
  2. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 sleeve of Saltine Crackers
  4. 1 bag of chocolate chips
  5. assorted toppings such as pretzels or m&m's


  1. First preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a sheet cake pan or jelly roll pan with foil that has been well oiled. You need a pan with sides.
  3. Lay out the crackers in a single layer in the bottom of the pan. Lay the crackers in the bottom of the pan in a single layer with little to no space between crackers. It will take about one sleeve of saltines.
  4. Next put the 1 cup of butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar into a pan on the stove and bring it to a boil. You need to stir it constantly until it is well blended and you can’t see the butter on the top anymore. Once it is blended let it boil for 5 minutes while stirring. Make sure you have the crackers done before this step.
  5. When it is ready the toffee will pull away from the edge of the pan easily.
  6. Now you need to pour the toffee over the top of the crackers and spread it out.
  7. Straighten up any wayward crackers with a fork. Then immediately place this in the oven for 5-6 minutes. After 5 minutes pull it out of the oven and spread the chocolate chips on top carefully, the mixture will be extremely hot.
  8. As the chips melt smooth them with a spatula to make an even layer of chocolate.
  9. Let this stand until cooled or you can pop it into the freezer to speed up the process.

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The Fault in Our Stars at Brooklin Branch

The Fault in our Stars at Brooklin Branch Join us for the Big Screen Film Club at Brooklin Branch on Thursday, December 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the program room. This month's selection is The Fault in our Stars (rated PG); based on the novel of the same name by author, John Green.  Stay afterwards for a discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Closed captioning will be available.

Register online, in person or by calling any location of the Whitby Public Library.


Senior Wednesday Travel Program

We have an early Senior Wednesday Travel program this month, on Wednesday, December 17th.

We are traveling with Rick Steves for an exciting European Christmas with all the traditions and music of England, Norway, France, Germany, Italy and the Swiss Alps.

This is a drop-in program at 2 p.m.  Join us as we travel through film, taste and book display.

Holiday Cooking - and Eating!

The holidays are quickly approaching, and with them come all of the tasty treats! Whether you are hosting a dinner or just visiting friends, sometimes you need a little extra inspiration. We’ve got a great selection of holiday cookbooks for meals, treats, and fun stuff for kids

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Hidden Treasures of Your Library Catalogue

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Your library catalogue goes beyond simply searching for a title or author. It lets you keep track of your borrowing, place holds, view and create lists, and much more. Write comments and rate books that you adore, while reading reviews and feedback from others. Discover, Explore and Connect with the library community, learn all the tips and tricks of your library catalogue in this one hour demonstration.

Adults are welcome!


Join us at the Brooklin Branch on Thursday, December 11 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

Registration is required. Register in person, online, or by phone.



Montreal Massacre 25th Anniversary

Plaque.It’s hard to believe December 6th will mark twenty-five years since the shootings at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique.  Take a moment to look at CBC’s Remember the 14 to learn more about these bright young women, or one of these library resources to get an historical perspective of the massacre.

Have you heard?

Santa Claus is coming to town! 

He’ll be here tonight, to help light Celebration Square, and back Saturday morning for the parade in his honour. 

Have you ever wanted to know more about the man behind the beard?  If you’re interested in the life and the magic that is Santa, add these titles to your Christmas reading list:

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