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Tuesday April 13, 2021
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Seniors' Centre Without Walls
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In partnership with the Town of Whitby, we’ll connect seniors 55+ by phone for engaging activities and thoughtful conversation in this teleconference style program. Connect, chat, thrive.

Join us to learn about the history of Whitby.

 
CONTACT:  Michelle at Whitby 55+  905-444-1771  
 
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Library at Home: Preschool Stories & More
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool children and caregivers join library staff online to expand language development and number familiarity through stories, songs and movement.

This 6-week live online program will run on Tuesdays from March 9 to April 13 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

This program is for children 2 to 5 years of age with a caregiver. 

*If you are registering one day before or on the day of the program please email askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca to make sure you recieve the email with the WebEX link* 

CONTACT:  askcaf  905 668 6531ext2010   askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Among Us
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Are you sus? Teens (grades 7-12) will meet via Webex to play this popular game. Teens will need a computer and/or a tablet or smart phone to participate, and will need to download the Among Us app prior to the program. Among Us is available to download for free to a phone or tablet. New players are welcome! Login information will be sent the day before. If the program is full, please add your name to the waitlist. You will be contacted if space opens up. 

Please note: teens are welcome to turn cameras and mics off during the program, but they will be asked to introduce themselves to the group with their camera on at the beginning. If this is not possible, an alternate arrangement should be made with staff prior to attending the program.

Questions? E-mail teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Online
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Exploring the Birds of Ontario II
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Image of red tailed hawk babies in nest.In part one of this series, we covered the beautiful backyard birds along with birds of prey. In this program you will see some different photos and videos of these birds again, along with additions like warblers, winter finches and herons. We will also be looking at the nesting process of owls and a particular, popular songbird that generally everyone has had the pleasure to enjoy in their own yard. This show will have humour, bloopers and facts along with stunning imagery that audiences of any age will enjoy.  

How will this work? We're providing live programs using WebEx and can also find WebEx instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

Please register using the button below.

CONTACT:  askreference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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WPL Teens: Dungeons and Dragons Game Night
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Teens (grades 7-12) will have fun playing this popular game. Every Tuesday in April we will play a new one-shot game together. Please sign up for each week that you would like to play. This program is designed for beginners who are new to the game. More experienced players are welcome to join in if they are confortable going at a slower pace. A free Roll20 (https://roll20.net/) account will be required to play.  Questions? Email teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Online
Wednesday April 14, 2021
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Central Fiction Book Club
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This month’s selection is The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The Whitby Central Library Afternoon Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 2 pm. These meetings will be run online for the time being. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

There will be a copy of each month's selection available for the first 12 registrants. Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting.

Please Contact staff if you need alternate arrangements made to pickup your copy of the book.

CONTACT:  askcaf  905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Teen Cafe
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Cafe is a safe online space where youth in grades 7-12 can hang out, create together, play games, and more. Registration is required. Teens only need to register once in order to attend the Winter and Spring sessions of Teen Cafe, which will run on Wednesdays from January 6 to May 26. Register here.

We're providing live programs using WebEx. We will email you login info and instructions before the program. You can also find the instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. Participants will be able to see and talk to each other throughout the program.

Please note: teens are welcome to turn cameras and mics off during the program if necessary, or out of comfort, but they will be asked to introduce themselves to the group with their camera on during their first program. If this is not possible, an alternate arrangement must be made with staff prior to attending the program.

Please email teenservices@whitbylibrary.com if you have any questions.

LOCATION: Online
 
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Spies, Secret codes, and Ciphers
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spies, secret codes, and ciphers.  History is full of examples of these mysterious things.  Would you like to try your hand at writing and unlocking some secret codes?  We’ll delve into a bit of history, then put our spy skills to the test!   

This online program is for children in Grade 3-6.  You will need to pick up your spy bag at the children's desk of the Central branch before the day of the program.  Please wait for notification that your spy bag is ready for pickup.

This is a live program using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask take part in real-time and see and hear others who are participating.

 

CONTACT:    905 668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Thursday April 15, 2021
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Stories, Songs and Stretches
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on early literacy and embodied play, Stories, Songs and Stretches is an interactive time for your child and you to enjoy stories, mindful movement, and play.

You may wish to use a yoga mat or a towel during the program, although neither are necessary. We will be moving on the floor during the session so please choose what will be most comfortable for you and your child. 

For children aged 3 and 4 with a caregiver.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

 

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Rossland Branch Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

My Sister, the Serial KillerThis month’s selection is the hot new title, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. My Sister, the Serial Killer is a dark comedy about a woman who always come to the aid of her sister, no matter what she's done. But her loyalty is tested when her sister starts dating someone she knows. 

The Rossland Branch Book Club meets every 3rd Thursday from 2:30-3:30. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx here. Video log-in details will be sent to you via email.

All our book club selections are available in alternate formats (e.g. audiobook).  If you require an alternate format, please speak with the book club co-ordinator.

Registration is required. The first 12 people to register will receive a copy of the book to borrow.  Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting.

Please contact the Rossland Branch to arrange an appointment time to pick up your copy.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Make Your Eyes Pop!: Spring Edition
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Image previewOut with the old and in with the new! Let's freshen up your day-to-day look with these easy tips and tricks! Let's get glowin'! 

This meeting will be run online. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

Registration is required. Register online or by calling any location

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Virtual English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual Conversation Circles are being offered across Durham Region by Community Development Council Durham volunteers. Practice English, meet new people, stay connected.  Learn more about life and culture in Canada while improving your skills and confidence!  We look forward to hosting in-library sessions in the future.

Join Whitby participants online Thursday evenings or you can connect with another Durham Region group on a different day or time. 

For more information please contact Community Connections at 905 686-2661, ext. 121 or communityconnect@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Online
Saturday April 17, 2021
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The Great Create - For Earth Day
10:00 AM

Spring is in the air. Let’s get crafty with it. Pick up a supply kit during contactless pickup hours at any branch. 

Supplies are first come, first severed so act fast! (Kits will be available 3 weeks before the program date). 

This is a pre-recorded video that you can find on Whitby Library's YouTube channel. It will go live at 10:00 am.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Monday April 19, 2021
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Monday is Murder at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you a fan of mysteries? Do you like your mysteries hard boiled? Cozy? Thriller?

Personally, I like mine with a cup of tea and the murder off stage.

Why don’t you join us once a month when we can share a pot of tea and some suggestions of new titles, and a few old ones, that you may want to try.

We are currently meeting on Slack. An invitation will be sent to you to join.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There is 1 space available.
 
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Brooklin Branch Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Library BookThis month's selection is The Library Book by Susan Orlean. On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

The Brooklin Branch Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

These meetings will be run online for the time being. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx here. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

There will be a copy of each month's selection available to the first 12 registrants.

Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting. 

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191 x 3001  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There is 1 space available.
Tuesday April 20, 2021
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Seniors' Centre Without Walls
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In partnership with the Town of Whitby, we’ll connect seniors 55+ by phone for engaging activities and thoughtful conversation in this teleconference style program. Connect, chat, thrive.

Join us as we ponder the imponderable questions - choose the correct answer from the choices given.

 
CONTACT:  Michelle at Whitby 55+  905-444-1771  
 
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Library at Home: Preschool Stories & More
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool children and caregivers join library staff online to expand language development and number familiarity through stories, songs and movement.

This 6-week live online program will run on Tuesdays from April 20 to May 25 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

This program is for children 2 to 5 years of age with a caregiver. 

*If you are registering one day before or on the day of the program please email askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca to make sure you recieve the email with the WebEX link* 

CONTACT:  askcaf  905 668 6531ext2010   askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 27 spaces available.
 
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Page Turners Online
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Page Turners is still online! Join us for April's choice, The List by Patricia Forde. It's been described as Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver for middle grade readers!

 You are The Wordsmith now. Are you ready for the challenge? The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To make sure humans are able to survive, everyone in Ark must speak List, a language of only 500 words. Everyone that is, except Letta. As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. Forbidden words like freedom, music, and even pineapple tell her about a world she's never known. One day her master disappears and the leaders of Ark tell Letta she is the new Wordsmith and must shorten List to fewer and fewer words. Then Letta meets a teenage boy who somehow knows all the words that have been banned. Letta's faced with a dangerous choice: sit idly by and watch language slowly slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom . . . or banishment. (Bibliocommons)

 

We are a book club for grades 6, 7 & 8. This  book club is for strong readers, as we read a different book each month, discuss it and participate in a book-related activity where possible. The meetings will be online for the time being. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx here. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

Registration is required and space is limited to 12 participants. Due to the current Covid situation, we will be using Hoopla to access copies of the book.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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WPL Teens: Dungeons and Dragons Game Night
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Teens (grades 7-12) will have fun playing this popular game. Every Tuesday in April we will play a new one-shot game together. Please sign up for each week that you would like to play. This program is designed for beginners who are new to the game. More experienced players are welcome to join in if they are confortable going at a slower pace. A free Roll20 (https://roll20.net/) account will be required to play.  Questions? Email teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Online
Wednesday April 21, 2021
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Genealogy Club
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Genealogical research is one of the most popular and fastest growing hobbies in North America. So why not start your research while you are at home? Join us and see what genealogical resources the library has to offer. Ask questions, share discoveries, and give tips to fellow researchers. This program is for beginners as well as experienced researchers.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating.

CONTACT:  Whitby Archives    archives@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 21 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Teen Cafe
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Cafe is a safe online space where youth in grades 7-12 can hang out, create together, play games, and more. Registration is required. Teens only need to register once in order to attend the Winter and Spring sessions of Teen Cafe, which will run on Wednesdays from January 6 to May 26. Register here.

We're providing live programs using WebEx. We will email you login info and instructions before the program. You can also find the instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. Participants will be able to see and talk to each other throughout the program.

Please note: teens are welcome to turn cameras and mics off during the program if necessary, or out of comfort, but they will be asked to introduce themselves to the group with their camera on during their first program. If this is not possible, an alternate arrangement must be made with staff prior to attending the program.

Please email teenservices@whitbylibrary.com if you have any questions.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Infant and Toddler Seminar presented by Holly Jefferd, Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Image previewSleep is on the way! Receive tips and advice on how to get your baby into a healthy sleep routine. 

How will this work? We're providing live programs using a video link. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

Registration is required. Register online or by calling any branch. 

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191 x 3001  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 16 spaces available.
 
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The Brain’s Journey to Resilience
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

It feels like life occurrences are beyond our control right now. Candace Singh from Canadian Mental Health Durham will help us appreciate and acknowledge our presence in our recovery journey and the resilience we have demonstrated through our journey.

How will this work? We're providing live programs using a video link. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

Registration is required. Please register online below or by contacting any branch

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 45 spaces available.
Thursday April 22, 2021
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Stories, Songs and Stretches
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on early literacy and embodied play, Stories, Songs and Stretches is an interactive time for your child and you to enjoy stories, mindful movement, and play.

You may wish to use a yoga mat or a towel during the program, although neither are necessary. We will be moving on the floor during the session so please choose what will be most comfortable for you and your child. 

For children aged 3 and 4 with a caregiver.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

 

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Virtual English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual Conversation Circles are being offered across Durham Region by Community Development Council Durham volunteers. Practice English, meet new people, stay connected.  Learn more about life and culture in Canada while improving your skills and confidence!  We look forward to hosting in-library sessions in the future.

Join Whitby participants online Thursday evenings or you can connect with another Durham Region group on a different day or time. 

For more information please contact Community Connections at 905 686-2661, ext. 121 or communityconnect@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Online
Saturday April 24, 2021
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French Reading Resources To-Go Kits

Register online and then pick up your kit at the library!

A take-home kit for children in grades 1-3 who require additional French reading support. This reading kit has a week’s worth of books to practice French reading, fun literacy-based activities, as well as tips and resources for parents.

French Reading Resources To-Go Kits will be available for pick up at the Central Library and Brooklin Branch on Saturday, April 24.  If you wish to pick up your kit at the Rossland Branch, it wil be available after April 24. 

Registration begins Thursday, April 1 at noon.
Registration closes Tuesday, April 20 at 6pm.
Pick up Saturday, April 24.
 
CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Reading Resources To-Go Kits

Register online and then pick up your kit at the library!

A take-home kit for children in grades 1-3 who require additional reading support. This reading kit has a week’s worth of books to practice reading, fun literacy-based activities, as well as tips and resources for parents.

Reading Resources To-Go Kits will be available for pick up at the Central Library and Brooklin Branch on Saturday, April 24.  If you wish to pick up your kit at the Rossland Branch, it wil be available after April 24. 

Registration begins Thursday, April 1 at noon.
Registration closes Tuesday, April 20 at 6pm.
Pick up Saturday, April 24.
 
CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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National Poetry Month Workshop
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Image of Brooklin Poetry Society logo.Join the Brooklin Poetry Society for an afternoon of verse. Explore what poetry means to you. Take part in creative writing exercises and a spontaneous poetry-generation event lead by BPS president FJ Doucet and Past President Renée M. Sgroi. Open to youth 14+ and adults of all ages.

How will this work? We're providing live programs using WebEx and can also find WebEx instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

Please register using the button below.

CONTACT:  askreference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 19 spaces available.
Tuesday April 27, 2021
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Seniors' Centre Without Walls
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In partnership with the Town of Whitby, we’ll connect seniors 55+ by phone for engaging activities and thoughtful conversation in this teleconference style program. Connect, chat, thrive.

Join us to learn about the history of Canada's Residential School System as well as Canadian singer Gord Downie's "Secret Path".

CONTACT:  Michelle at Whitby 55+  905-444-1771  
 
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Library at Home: Preschool Stories & More
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool children and caregivers join library staff online to expand language development and number familiarity through stories, songs and movement.

This 6-week live online program will run on Tuesdays from April 20 to May 25 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

This program is for children 2 to 5 years of age with a caregiver. 

*If you are registering one day before or on the day of the program please email askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca to make sure you recieve the email with the WebEX link* 

CONTACT:  askcaf  905 668 6531ext2010   askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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WPL Teens: Dungeons and Dragons Game Night
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Teens (grades 7-12) will have fun playing this popular game. Every Tuesday in April we will play a new one-shot game together. Please sign up for each week that you would like to play. This program is designed for beginners who are new to the game. More experienced players are welcome to join in if they are confortable going at a slower pace. A free Roll20 (https://roll20.net/) account will be required to play.  Questions? Email teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Online
There are 2 spaces available.
Wednesday April 28, 2021
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Virtual Teen Cafe
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Cafe is a safe online space where youth in grades 7-12 can hang out, create together, play games, and more. Registration is required. Teens only need to register once in order to attend the Winter and Spring sessions of Teen Cafe, which will run on Wednesdays from January 6 to May 26. Register here.

We're providing live programs using WebEx. We will email you login info and instructions before the program. You can also find the instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. Participants will be able to see and talk to each other throughout the program.

Please note: teens are welcome to turn cameras and mics off during the program if necessary, or out of comfort, but they will be asked to introduce themselves to the group with their camera on during their first program. If this is not possible, an alternate arrangement must be made with staff prior to attending the program.

Please email teenservices@whitbylibrary.com if you have any questions.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Thursday April 29, 2021
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Stories, Songs and Stretches
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on early literacy and embodied play, Stories, Songs and Stretches is an interactive time for your child and you to enjoy stories, mindful movement, and play.

You may wish to use a yoga mat or a towel during the program, although neither are necessary. We will be moving on the floor during the session so please choose what will be most comfortable for you and your child. 

For children aged 3 and 4 with a caregiver.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

 

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Virtual English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual Conversation Circles are being offered across Durham Region by Community Development Council Durham volunteers. Practice English, meet new people, stay connected.  Learn more about life and culture in Canada while improving your skills and confidence!  We look forward to hosting in-library sessions in the future.

Join Whitby participants online Thursday evenings or you can connect with another Durham Region group on a different day or time. 

For more information please contact Community Connections at 905 686-2661, ext. 121 or communityconnect@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Online
Monday May 3, 2021
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Evening Non-fiction Book Club: The Monk of Mokha
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Image of The Monk of Mokha book cover.

Runs the first Monday of each month (except January), or Tuesday on holiday Mondays. 

This month's selection is The Monk of Mokha by Dave EggersThe true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.

We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx hereThe book club coordinator will email you to arrange for pick up of your book club copy of the book.

All of our non-fiction book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. ebook). If you require an alternative format, please speak with the book club coordinator.

Registration is required. The first 12 people to register will receive a copy of the book to borrow. Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the online meeting.

Please register online below or contact any branch.

 

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 4 spaces available.
Tuesday May 4, 2021
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Seniors' Centre Without Walls
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In partnership with the Town of Whitby, we’ll connect seniors 55+ by phone for engaging activities and thoughtful conversation in this teleconference style program. Connect, chat, thrive.

 

CONTACT:  Michelle at Whitby 55+  905-444-1771  
 
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Library at Home: Preschool Stories & More
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool children and caregivers join library staff online to expand language development and number familiarity through stories, songs and movement.

This 6-week live online program will run on Tuesdays from April 20 to May 25 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

This program is for children 2 to 5 years of age with a caregiver. 

*If you are registering one day before or on the day of the program please email askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca to make sure you recieve the email with the WebEX link* 

CONTACT:  askcaf  905 668 6531ext2010   askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Book Pirates Online
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Book Pirates is still online! Join us for May's choice, The Barren Grounds by David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home -- until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom. A portal opens to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive. But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything--including them.--Page [2] of cover.(Bibliocommons, Silver Birch nominee)

We are a book club for grades 4 and 5. This  book club is for strong readers, as we read a different book each month, discuss it and participate in a book-related activity where possible. The meetings will be online for the time being. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx here. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

Registration is required and space is limited to 12 participants. You will be contacted by the book club coordinator when your book is available.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Intro to Dungeons and Dragons
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Adults (18 +) will have fun learning the ins and outs of this popular game during a four-week session. Participants will be introduced to the basics of the game, and then will put their new skills to use through game play. This program is designed for beginners who are new to the game. A free Roll20 (https://roll20.net/) account will be required to play. Participants are committing to attend all four sessions when they register. This program will take place Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7-9 pm. Please note: this program will be a repeat of the March Intro to Dungeons and Dragons program, and is intended for new participants. Questions? Email teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Online
There are 5 spaces available.
Wednesday May 5, 2021
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Toddler Seminar presented by Holly Jefferd, Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Image previewSleep is on the way! Receive tips and advice on how to get your toddler into a healthy sleep routine. Please note the focus of this seminar will be exclusive to Toddlers. 

How will this work? We're providing live programs using a video link.. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

Registration is required. Register online or by calling any branch. 

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191 x 3001  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Teen Cafe
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Cafe is a safe online space where youth in grades 7-12 can hang out, create together, play games, and more. Registration is required. Teens only need to register once in order to attend the Winter and Spring sessions of Teen Cafe, which will run on Wednesdays from January 6 to May 26. Register here.

We're providing live programs using WebEx. We will email you login info and instructions before the program. You can also find the instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. Participants will be able to see and talk to each other throughout the program.

Please note: teens are welcome to turn cameras and mics off during the program if necessary, or out of comfort, but they will be asked to introduce themselves to the group with their camera on during their first program. If this is not possible, an alternate arrangement should be made with staff prior to attending the program.

Please email teenservices@whitbylibrary.com if you have any questions.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Thursday May 6, 2021
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Stories, Songs and Stretches
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on early literacy and embodied play, Stories, Songs and Stretches is an interactive time for your child and you to enjoy stories, mindful movement, and play.

You may wish to use a yoga mat or a towel during the program, although neither are necessary. We will be moving on the floor during the session so please choose what will be most comfortable for you and your child. 

For children aged 3 and 4 with a caregiver.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

 

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Virtual English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual Conversation Circles are being offered across Durham Region by Community Development Council Durham volunteers. Practice English, meet new people, stay connected.  Learn more about life and culture in Canada while improving your skills and confidence!  We look forward to hosting in-library sessions in the future.

Join Whitby participants online Thursday evenings or you can connect with another Durham Region group on a different day or time. 

For more information please contact Community Connections at 905 686-2661, ext. 121 or communityconnect@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Online
 
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An Evening with Genevieve Graham
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We are delighted to be welcoming bestselling author Genevieve Graham to a virtual visit with us to talk about her latest book, Letters Across the Sea. Graham, author of The Forgotten Homechild  is back with another compelling story from Canada's history. In Letters Across the Sea, "a young Protestant woman and her Jewish neighbour are caught up in the terrible wave of hate sweeping the globe on the eve of war in this powerful love story."

Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

How to participate:

The event will be on Facebook Live. https://bit.ly/3cZWKBW You don't have to have a facebook account to attend.

Registration is not required. 

LOCATION: Online
Saturday May 8, 2021
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Teen Take Out Kit
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to register for their own Teen Take Out Kit. Register online, and then pick up your kit at any WPL location. Each kit will contain two library books, as well as additional activities and treats to keep. Register here. Registration is limited. Questions? Email teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

Please note: Teens must include their library barcode number when they register, and library accounts must be in good standing in order to participate. 

LOCATION: Online
Monday May 10, 2021
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Digital Film Club: Incendies
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Incendies - WikipediaWatch. Discuss. Connect. Movies are better when they’re shared.

It’s like a book club, but with a twist! Sign up for Kanopy today with your library card and stream the film from home prior to the discussion! Registrants will receive a link prior to the event to join the discussion.   

 This month's pick is Incendies (2010)!

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

This meeting will be run online. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

Registration is required. Register online or by calling any location

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 23 spaces available.
Tuesday May 11, 2021
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Seniors' Centre Without Walls
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In partnership with the Town of Whitby, we’ll connect seniors 55+ by phone for engaging activities and thoughtful conversation in this teleconference style program. Connect, chat, thrive.

 

CONTACT:  Michelle at Whitby 55+  905-444-1771  
 
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Library at Home: Preschool Stories & More
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool children and caregivers join library staff online to expand language development and number familiarity through stories, songs and movement.

This 6-week live online program will run on Tuesdays from April 20 to May 25 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

This program is for children 2 to 5 years of age with a caregiver. 

*If you are registering one day before or on the day of the program please email askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca to make sure you recieve the email with the WebEX link* 

CONTACT:  askcaf  905 668 6531ext2010   askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Calligraphy for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Image of the words Calligraphy Workshop on paper with pen and pencil.Want to try a creative new hobby? Calligraphy is artistic, stylized, or elegant handwriting or lettering. Learn the basics of faux and pencil calligraphy and make a personalized bookmark! This workshop is intended for adults and teens.

Materials: Pencil, any kind of pen or marker and any paper but lined or graph if possible. Also, if possible, a piece of cardstock for the bookmark, 2” x 7”, but any kind of paper will work.

How will this work? We're providing live programs using WebEx and can also find WebEx instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

Please register using the button below.

 

CONTACT:  askreference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 46 spaces available.
 
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Intro to Dungeons and Dragons
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Adults (18 +) will have fun learning the ins and outs of this popular game during a four-week session. Participants will be introduced to the basics of the game, and then will put their new skills to use through game play. This program is designed for beginners who are new to the game. A free Roll20 (https://roll20.net/) account will be required to play. Participants are committing to attend all four sessions when they register. This program will take place Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7-9 pm. Please note: this program will be a repeat of the March Intro to Dungeons and Dragons program, and is intended for new participants. Questions? Email teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Online
Wednesday May 12, 2021
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Central Fiction Book Club
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This month’s selection is the best-selling novel, Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng. The New York Times praises Ng, and states that she “offers a nuanced and sympathetic portrait of those terrified of losing power. It is a thrillingly democratic use of omniscience, and, for a novel about class, race, family and the dangers of the status quo, brilliantly apt.”

The Whitby Central Library Afternoon Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 2 pm. These meetings will be run online for the time being. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

There will be a copy of each month's selection available for the first 12 registrants. Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting.

Please Contact staff if you need alternate arrangements made to pickup your copy of the book.

CONTACT:  askcaf  905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Teen Cafe
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Cafe is a safe online space where youth in grades 7-12 can hang out, create together, play games, and more. Registration is required. Teens only need to register once in order to attend the Winter and Spring sessions of Teen Cafe, which will run on Wednesdays from January 6 to May 26. Register here.

We're providing live programs using WebEx. We will email you login info and instructions before the program. You can also find the instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. Participants will be able to see and talk to each other throughout the program.

Please note: teens are welcome to turn cameras and mics off during the program if necessary, or out of comfort, but they will be asked to introduce themselves to the group with their camera on during their first program. If this is not possible, an alternate arrangement should be made with staff prior to attending the program.

Please email teenservices@whitbylibrary.com if you have any questions.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Thursday May 13, 2021
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Stories, Songs and Stretches
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on early literacy and embodied play, Stories, Songs and Stretches is an interactive time for your child and you to enjoy stories, mindful movement, and play.

You may wish to use a yoga mat or a towel during the program, although neither are necessary. We will be moving on the floor during the session so please choose what will be most comfortable for you and your child. 

For children aged 3 and 4 with a caregiver.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

 

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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White Pine Author Visit with Anna Priemaza
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Calling all teen readers! We can't battle this year, but we can still talk books. Join us for a virtual author visit with Anna Priemaza. Anna’s book Fan the Flame is a 2021 White Pine Award nominee. Anna will discuss her writing process and her career, offering tips and tricks for teen writers. She will also talk about writing characters with mental illness and will share her own journey with mental health. The program will end with a Q & A with the author. This event will take place over Zoom. The link will be emailed a couple of days before the program takes place.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Virtual English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual Conversation Circles are being offered across Durham Region by Community Development Council Durham volunteers. Practice English, meet new people, stay connected.  Learn more about life and culture in Canada while improving your skills and confidence!  We look forward to hosting in-library sessions in the future.

Join Whitby participants online Thursday evenings or you can connect with another Durham Region group on a different day or time. 

For more information please contact Community Connections at 905 686-2661, ext. 121 or communityconnect@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Online
 
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Virtual Birthday Party
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Grades JK-3

Join us for a virtual birthday party! We will meet online using Webex for stories, games and a dance party! Plus, we will provide an activity kit with props for the party and activities for kids to do on their own time. This program is presented by the Whitby Library’s Teen Advisory Group. Register online to reserve your spot. Activity Kits will be available for pick up on May 1. 

LOCATION: Online
Saturday May 15, 2021
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The Great Create - For Junior Spies
10:00 AM

Spring is in the air. Let’s get crafty with it. Pick up a supply kit during contactless pickup hours at any branch. 

Supplies are first come, first served, so act fast! (Kits will be available 3 weeks before the program date). 

This is a pre-recorded video that you can find on Whitby Library's YouTube channel. It will go live at 10:00 am.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Monday May 17, 2021
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Monday is Murder at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you a fan of mysteries? Do you like your mysteries hard boiled? Cozy? Thriller?

Personally, I like mine with a cup of tea and the murder off stage.

Why don’t you join us once a month when we can share a pot of tea and some suggestions of new titles, and a few old ones, that you may want to try.

We are currently meeting on Slack. An invitation will be sent to you to join.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Brooklin Branch Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This month's selection is The Colour of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe. After moving with her husband to the tiny, bustling island of Macau, Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in a foreign land--a lone redhead towering above the crowd on the busy Chinese streets. As she is forced to confront the devastating news of her infertility, Grace's marriage is fraying and her dreams of family have been shattered. She resolves to do something bold, something her impetuous mother would do, and she turns to what she loves: baking and the pleasure of afternoon tea.

Grace opens a café where she serves tea, coffee, and macarons --the delectable, delicate French cookies colored like precious stones--to the women of Macau. There, among fellow expatriates and locals alike, Grace carves out a new definition of home and family. But when her marriage reaches a crisis, secrets Grace thought she had buried long ago rise to the surface. Grace realizes it's now or never to lay old ghosts to rest and to begin to trust herself. With each mug of coffee brewed, each cup of tea steeped and macaron baked, Grace comes to learn that strength can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of places.

A delicious, melt-in-your-mouth novel featuring the sweet pleasures of French pastries and the exotic scents and sights of China, The Color of Tea is a scrumptious story of love, friendship and renewal.

The Brooklin Branch Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

These meetings will be run online for the time being. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx hereVideo login details will be sent to you via email.

There will be a copy of each month's selection available to the first 12 registrants.

Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting. 

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191 x 3001  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Tuesday May 18, 2021
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Seniors' Centre Without Walls
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In partnership with the Town of Whitby, we’ll connect seniors 55+ by phone for engaging activities and thoughtful conversation in this teleconference style program. Connect, chat, thrive.

 

CONTACT:  Michelle at Whitby 55+  905-444-1771  
 
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Library at Home: Preschool Stories & More
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool children and caregivers join library staff online to expand language development and number familiarity through stories, songs and movement.

This 6-week live online program will run on Tuesdays from April 20 to May 25 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

This program is for children 2 to 5 years of age with a caregiver. 

*If you are registering one day before or on the day of the program please email askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca to make sure you recieve the email with the WebEX link* 

CONTACT:  askcaf  905 668 6531ext2010   askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Page Turners Online
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Page Turners is still online! Join us for May's choice, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.

Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee's space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min's quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams. This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination. (Bibliocommons)

We are a book club for grades 6, 7 & 8. This  book club is for strong readers, as we read a different book each month, discuss it and participate in a book-related activity where possible. The meetings will be online for the time being. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx here. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

Registration is required and space is limited to 12 participants. Due to the current Covid situation, we will be using Hoopla to access copies of the book.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Slither, Hop and Crawl
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about the extraordinary amphibians and reptiles that secretly live in our many ecosystems in Ontario. This interactive workshop will help you identify various species of frogs, salamanders, snakes and turtles and how you can play a part in their survival!  

Families are welcome. Get ready for pond season.

How will this work? We're providing live programs using a video link. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668 1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 31 spaces available.
 
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Intro to Dungeons and Dragons
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Adults (18 +) will have fun learning the ins and outs of this popular game during a four-week session. Participants will be introduced to the basics of the game, and then will put their new skills to use through game play. This program is designed for beginners who are new to the game. A free Roll20 (https://roll20.net/) account will be required to play. Participants are committing to attend all four sessions when they register. This program will take place Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7-9 pm. Please note: this program will be a repeat of the March Intro to Dungeons and Dragons program, and is intended for new participants. Questions? Email teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Online
Wednesday May 19, 2021
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Genealogy Club
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Genealogical research is one of the most popular and fastest growing hobbies in North America. So why not start your research while you are at home? Join us and see what genealogical resources the library has to offer. Ask questions, share discoveries, and give tips to fellow researchers. This program is for beginners as well as experienced researchers.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating.

CONTACT:  Whitby Archives    archives@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Teens at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Cafe is a safe online space where youth in grades 7-12 can hang out, create together, play games, and more. Registration is required. Teens only need to register once in order to attend the Winter and Spring sessions of Teen Cafe, which will run on Wednesdays from January 6 to May 26. Register here.

We're providing live programs using WebEx. We will email you login info and instructions before the program. You can also find the instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. Participants will be able to see and talk to each other throughout the program.

Please note: teens are welcome to turn cameras and mics off during the program if necessary, or out of comfort, but they will be asked to introduce themselves to the group with their camera on during their first program. If this is not possible, an alternate arrangement should be made with staff prior to attending the program.

Please email teenservices@whitbylibrary.com if you have any questions.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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The Art of De-Cluttering and Downsizing your Stuff!
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Image of an organized desk.Don't just spring clean...spring clear! with Downsizing Diva. Want to simplify your home? Get organized? Thinking about moving? Most of us have too much stuff. Lighten-up; it’s spring!

“I might use it one day” is a trap and we’re often at a loss as to how to let go of sentimental treasures. We have stuff boxed in the basement, in corners of closets and tucked away in the attic. Take this opportunity to lighten up!

How will this work? We're providing live programs using WebEx and can also find WebEx instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

Please register using the button below.

CONTACT:  askreference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 52 spaces available.
Thursday May 20, 2021
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Stories, Songs and Stretches
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on early literacy and embodied play, Stories, Songs and Stretches is an interactive time for your child and you to enjoy stories, mindful movement, and play.

You may wish to use a yoga mat or a towel during the program, although neither are necessary. We will be moving on the floor during the session so please choose what will be most comfortable for you and your child. 

For children aged 3 and 4 with a caregiver.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

 

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Rossland Branch Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

A Gentleman in MoscowThis month’s selection is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin and has to watch from a window as some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold. 

The Rossland Branch Book Club meets every 3rd Thursday from 2:30-3:30. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx here. Video log-in details will be sent to you via email.

All our book club selections are available in alternate formats (e.g. audiobook).  If you require an alternate format, please speak with the book club co-ordinator.

Registration is required. The first 12 people to register will receive a copy of the book to borrow.  Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting.

Please contact the Rossland Branch to arrange an appointment time to pick up your copy.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Virtual English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual Conversation Circles are being offered across Durham Region by Community Development Council Durham volunteers. Practice English, meet new people, stay connected.  Learn more about life and culture in Canada while improving your skills and confidence!  We look forward to hosting in-library sessions in the future.

Join Whitby participants online Thursday evenings or you can connect with another Durham Region group on a different day or time. 

For more information please contact Community Connections at 905 686-2661, ext. 121 or communityconnect@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Online
Tuesday May 25, 2021
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Seniors' Centre Without Walls
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In partnership with the Town of Whitby, we’ll connect seniors 55+ by phone for engaging activities and thoughtful conversation in this teleconference style program. Connect, chat, thrive.

 

CONTACT:  Michelle at Whitby 55+  905-444-1771  
 
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Library at Home: Preschool Stories & More
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preschool children and caregivers join library staff online to expand language development and number familiarity through stories, songs and movement.

This 6-week live online program will run on Tuesdays from April 20 to May 25 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

This program is for children 2 to 5 years of age with a caregiver. 

*If you are registering one day before or on the day of the program please email askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca to make sure you recieve the email with the WebEX link* 

CONTACT:  askcaf  905 668 6531ext2010   askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Intro to Dungeons and Dragons
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Adults (18 +) will have fun learning the ins and outs of this popular game during a four-week session. Participants will be introduced to the basics of the game, and then will put their new skills to use through game play. This program is designed for beginners who are new to the game. A free Roll20 (https://roll20.net/) account will be required to play. Participants are committing to attend all four sessions when they register. This program will take place Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7-9 pm. Please note: this program will be a repeat of the March Intro to Dungeons and Dragons program, and is intended for new participants. Questions? Email teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Online
Wednesday May 26, 2021
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Infant and Toddler Seminar presented by Holly Jefferd, Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Image previewSleep is on the way! Receive tips and advice on how to get your baby into a healthy sleep routine. 

How will this work? We're providing live programs using a video link. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear other participants at the same time.

Registration is required. Register online or by calling any branch. 

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191 x 3001  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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Teens at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Cafe is a safe online space where youth in grades 7-12 can hang out, create together, play games, and more. Registration is required. Teens only need to register once in order to attend the Winter and Spring sessions of Teen Cafe, which will run on Wednesdays from January 6 to May 26. Register here.

We're providing live programs using WebEx. We will email you login info and instructions before the program. You can also find the instructions here. You can participate on any kind of device. Participants will be able to see and talk to each other throughout the program.

Please note: teens are welcome to turn cameras and mics off during the program if necessary, or out of comfort, but they will be asked to introduce themselves to the group with their camera on during their first program. If this is not possible, an alternate arrangement should be made with staff prior to attending the program.

Please email teenservices@whitbylibrary.com if you have any questions.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
Thursday May 27, 2021
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Stories, Songs and Stretches
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on early literacy and embodied play, Stories, Songs and Stretches is an interactive time for your child and you to enjoy stories, mindful movement, and play.

You may wish to use a yoga mat or a towel during the program, although neither are necessary. We will be moving on the floor during the session so please choose what will be most comfortable for you and your child. 

For children aged 3 and 4 with a caregiver.

We're providing live programs using WebEx and we'll email you instructions before the program. You can also access them here. You can participate on any kind of device. We'll send you a link to join the online meeting in advance and you'll be able to ask questions in real-time and see and hear others who are participating. 

 

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Virtual English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual Conversation Circles are being offered across Durham Region by Community Development Council Durham volunteers. Practice English, meet new people, stay connected.  Learn more about life and culture in Canada while improving your skills and confidence!  We look forward to hosting in-library sessions in the future.

Join Whitby participants online Thursday evenings or you can connect with another Durham Region group on a different day or time. 

For more information please contact Community Connections at 905 686-2661, ext. 121 or communityconnect@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Online
Saturday May 29, 2021
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French Reading Resources To-Go Kits

Register online and then pick up your kit at the library!

A take-home kit for children in grades 1-3 who require additional French reading support. This reading kit has a week’s worth of books to practice French reading, fun literacy-based activities, as well as tips and resources for parents.

French Reading Resources To-Go Kits will be available for pick up at the Central Library and Brooklin Branch on Saturday, May 29.  If you wish to pick up your kit at the Rossland Branch, it wil be available after May 29. 

Registration begins Saturday, May 1 at 10:00 am.
Registration closes Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00 pm.
Pick up Saturday, May 29.
CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Registration will begin on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM     
 
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Reading Resources To-Go Kits

Register online and then pick up your kit at the library!

A take-home kit for children in grades 1-3 who require additional reading support. This reading kit has a week’s worth of books to practice reading, fun literacy-based activities, as well as tips and resources for parents.

Reading Resources To-Go Kits will be available for pick up at the Central Library and Brooklin Branch on Saturday, May 29.  If you wish to pick up your kit at the Rossland Branch, it wil be available after May 29. 

Registration begins Saturday, May 1 at 10:00 am.
Registration closes Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00 pm.
Pick up Saturday, May 29.
CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Registration will begin on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM     
Monday May 31, 2021
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Chit Chat, Trivia, and Games
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Stay connected this spring, meet new friends, and play fun games all from the comfort of your home! Facilitated in partnership with the Town of Whitby through Zoom , test your trivia knowledge! Registration required.

CONTACT:  Community Engagement   9056686531  mdawson@whitbylibrary.ca
Monday June 7, 2021
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Evening Non-fiction Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Runs the first Monday of each month (except January), or Tuesday on holiday Mondays. 

This month's selection is The Billionaire Murders by Kevin DonovanAn investigation into the mysterious deaths of Canadian millionaires Barry and Honey Sherman. The author is the Chief Investigative Reporter for the Toronto Star , where he has worked for more than 30 years, winning multiple awards.

We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx hereThe book club coordinator will email you to arrange for pick up of your book club copy of the book.

All of our non-fiction book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. ebook). If you require an alternative format, please speak with the book club coordinator.

Registration is required. The first 12 people to register will receive a copy of the book to borrow. Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the online meeting.

Please register online below or contact any branch.

 

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Wednesday June 9, 2021
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Central Fiction Book Club
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This month’s selection is the widely popular novel Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. The Guardian describes the novel as being “knit into a work of fiction as rich, as beautiful, as melancholy as life itself, written in the visionary language of memory.”

The Whitby Central Library Afternoon Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 2 pm. These meetings will be run online for the time being. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

There will be a copy of each month's selection available for the first 12 registrants. Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting.

Please Contact staff if you need alternate arrangements made to pickup your copy of the book.

CONTACT:  askcaf  905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 3 spaces available.
Thursday June 17, 2021
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Rossland Branch Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moon of the Crusted SnowThis month’s selection is Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. Moon of the Crusted Snow is a story about a small northern Anishinaabe community that is cut off from power at the beginning of winter. The winter months pass slowly and food supple dwindles, but the greatest threat to survival comes from within the community itself.

The Rossland Branch Book Club meets every 3rd Thursday from 2:30-3:30. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx here. Video log-in details will be sent to you via email.

All our book club selections are available in alternate formats (e.g. audiobook). If you require an alternate format, please speak with the book club co-ordinator.

Registration is required. The first 12 people to register will receive a copy of the book to borrow. Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting.

Please contact the Rossland Branch to arrange an appointment time to pick up your copy.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 4 spaces available.
Monday June 21, 2021
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Monday is Murder at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you a fan of mysteries? Do you like your mysteries hard boiled? Cozy? Thriller?

Personally, I like mine with a cup of tea and the murder off stage.

Why don’t you join us once a month when we can share a pot of tea and some suggestions of new titles, and a few old ones, that you may want to try.

We are currently meeting on Slack. An invitation will be sent to you to join.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
 
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Brooklin Branch Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

From the AshesThis month's selection is From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually, the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts. Throughout it all, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling with all that had happened, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. Finally, he realized he would die unless he turned his life around.

The Brooklin Branch Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

These meetings will be run online for the time being. We're hosting our programs on WebEx. Please find instructions for using WebEx here. Video login details will be sent to you via email.

There will be a copy of each month's selection available to the first 12 registrants.

Waitlisted registrants who have read the book are welcome to attend the meeting. 

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191 x 3001  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
There are 3 spaces available.
Thursday July 15, 2021
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Scientists in Situ - Colour my World
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Colour is everywhere! Without it our world would be a very dull place. Use colour to watch water defy gravity, explore rainbows and create a sun catcher. Use chemistry to create new colours. Curious? Come and explore some colourful science.

The Program is for Children Ages 4-12

Registered Participants will be contacted approximately two weeks before the workshop to pickup their packages, and will receive a link to the program approximately one week before the event date. 

This Program was made possible by the Mayor's Community Development Fund. 

CONTACT:  Ask Caf  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Registration will begin on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM     
Thursday July 22, 2021
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Scientists in Situ - Investigate It!
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Be a detective! Test your powers of observation and deduction as you use forensic science to solve the mystery of the missing car. Fingerprints, footprints, handwriting analysis and more… Can you identify the culprit?

The Program is for Children Ages 4-12

Registered Participants will be contacted approximately two weeks before the workshop to pickup their packages, and will receive a link to the program approximately one week before the event date. 

This Program was made possible by the Mayor's Community Development Fund. 

CONTACT:  Ask Caf  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Registration will begin on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM     
Thursday August 5, 2021
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Scientists in Situ - Up and Down, All Around
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Explore how things move! Discover the science behind a magic trick, defy gravity by creating a balancing bird, and engineer an elastic racer to chase down Newton’s Laws. We’ll be on the move!

The Program is for Children Ages 4-12

Registered Participants will be contacted approximately two weeks before the workshop to pickup their packages, and will receive a link to the program approximately one week before the event date. 

This Program was made possible by the Mayor's Community Development Fund. 

CONTACT:  Ask Caf  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Registration will begin on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM     
Thursday August 12, 2021
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Scientists in Situ - Sticky Science
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Get sticky with it! Discover the science of sticky. Make your own glue from food products and test them to see how they hold. Create your own sticky art. And of course, there will be silly putty!

The Program is for Children Ages 4-12

Registered Participants will be contacted approximately two weeks before the workshop to pickup their packages, and will receive a link to the program approximately one week before the event date. 

This Program was made possible by the Mayor's Community Development Fund. 

CONTACT:  Ask Caf  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Registration will begin on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM     
Monday September 20, 2021
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Monday is Murder at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you a fan of mysteries? Do you like your mysteries hard boiled? Cozy? Thriller?

Personally, I like mine with a cup of tea and the murder off stage.

Why don’t you join us once a month when we can share a pot of tea and some suggestions of new titles, and a few old ones, that you may want to try.

We are currently meeting on Slack. An invitation will be sent to you to join.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Monday October 18, 2021
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Monday is Murder at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you a fan of mysteries? Do you like your mysteries hard boiled? Cozy? Thriller?

Personally, I like mine with a cup of tea and the murder off stage.

Why don’t you join us once a month when we can share a pot of tea and some suggestions of new titles, and a few old ones, that you may want to try.

We are currently meeting on Slack. An invitation will be sent to you to join.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Monday November 15, 2021
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Monday is Murder at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you a fan of mysteries? Do you like your mysteries hard boiled? Cozy? Thriller?

Personally, I like mine with a cup of tea and the murder off stage.

Why don’t you join us once a month when we can share a pot of tea and some suggestions of new titles, and a few old ones, that you may want to try.

We are currently meeting on Slack. An invitation will be sent to you to join.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online
Monday December 20, 2021
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Monday is Murder at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you a fan of mysteries? Do you like your mysteries hard boiled? Cozy? Thriller?

Personally, I like mine with a cup of tea and the murder off stage.

Why don’t you join us once a month when we can share a pot of tea and some suggestions of new titles, and a few old ones, that you may want to try.

We are currently meeting on Slack. An invitation will be sent to you to join.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Online

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