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Tuesday January 2, 2018 - Wednesday January 31, 2018
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January Exhibits
12:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Drop by and visit any or all of the exhibits on display this month at the library!

 

Central Library

Lobby Display Case -  Works of the Brooklin Woodcarvers - http://ontariowoodcarvers.ca/brooklin/

Art Rail (second floor) - 

Archives and Local History Gallery (second floor) -  Feu de Joie:Whitby in 1867
 

Brooklin Branch

Glass Display Case - Wood Carvings by Mel Benaissa
LOCATION: Central Library
Thursday January 18, 2018
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this special half hour drop-in program that combines music, stories and gentle movements which enhance quiet time together. Please bring a baby a blanket.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins on January 18 and continues for six weeks until February 22.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 20th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 18 and runs until February 22.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Let's Make Music at Rossland Branch
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

During this 4 week program, caregiver and child will create one musical instrument each week, then sing and play songs with the new creation.

Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver.

Registration is required.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10 at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Rossland Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Almost Nearly Perfect PeopleThis month's Rossland Book Club selection is Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth. All of our book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. audiobook). 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 meeting.

To register, click on the blue button below, call 905-668-1886 or visit the branch.

Registration begins December 9th. 

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Do you want to practice your English language skills? We can help! Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more!  This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Big Screen Film Club: The Glass Castle at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Glass CastleAdults (18+) are invited to join us for a free screening of The Glass Castle, based on the memoir of the same title by author, Jeanette Walls.
 
“A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.”” ~IMDb

This film is rated 14A by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Runtime is 127 minutes.
Closed captions.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 16 spaces available.
 
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Page Turners at Central - FULL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Page Turners is a book club for grades 6, 7 & 8. This is a book club for strong readers, as we read a different book each month, discuss it and participate in a book-related activity.

Fall session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Sept. 21,  Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21 and Jan. 18th. The signup for this session will be online, beginning on Saturday, September 9 at 9 a.m.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Knitting Circle at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Like to knit and want to talk to other fellow knitters? Knitters 18+ can come and join us by the second floor fireplace every Thursday evening at the Central Library for a social hour of knitting. All skill levels are welcome.  Knitters are asked to bring their own supplies. 

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
Friday January 19, 2018
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together!

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Our Friday morning Family Fireside storytime resumes on January 19 at 10:30 a.m. This is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Hold On To Your Hat Drop In Family Storytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Celebrate National Hat Day a few days late with stories and songs. Then stay to make a hat to wear home.

All Ages. No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in this fun, interactive, drop-in program.

Registration is not required.

***Please note that for child under the age of 10 years, a parent/caregiver must remain in the library as per the Whitby Public Library Unattended Child Policy.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builder's Club at Rossland Branch
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play, and learn in this fun, interactive drop-in program.

This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Family Movie Matinee at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Families are invited to join us for a free movie screening of Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.

"Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park." ~ IMDb.com

All ages are welcome!
Rated PG by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Closed captions.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M. it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome.

This week: Science - Chemical Reactions!

Registration is required - Note: Registration includes all 5 weeks of the program. 

 
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Games Galore at Central
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Come hang out and play some board games! We have lots of games to choose from: work together to save the world with Pandemic, or fight for world domination with some old school Risk. We guarantee that our board games will have you not-bored-(games). All skill levels are welcome!

Every third Friday of the month, 7:00-8:45pm

Registration is not required, just drop in!

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
Saturday January 20, 2018
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including book, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There is 1 space available.
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Sign up for a 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment and we'll help you on your journey to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour long and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Monday January 22, 2018
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining January 15 and continues for six weeks until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 12th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sign up for a 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment and we'll help you on your journey to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour long and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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French Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Children of all ages and their caregivers can join us at our French Family Storytime at Central. Enjoy stories and songs in French, with a dash of English too!

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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3D Printer Orientation at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

Participants must be in grade 7 or older and have a Whitby Public Library card in good standing to attend this workshop and use the 3D printer.

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Tuesday January 23, 2018
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one storytime.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including audiobooks, eBook, magazines, movies, and music
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories, and fingerplays in an interactive environment. 

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10 at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet the developmental stages of your child. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-in Employment Help with John Howard Society
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The John Howard Society of Durham Region has partnered with the Whitby Public Library to provide personalized 1:1 employment services. Individualized job search or retention related programing can support and assist you on your path to successful employment. We can help with resume development, interview skills and job searching techniques.

This is a drop-in program and there is no need to register, just drop by between 1-5 p.m. for assistance. Help will be available on the first floor of the library behind the information desk.

Can't make it to this session? The John Howard Society will be visiting one of our locations every other week!

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Homeschool Club at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Homeschooling families are invited to explore the library's collections, listen to stories, do a variety of fun activities and crafts, and network with each other. Parents are encouraged to assist their children with some of the activities.

This 6 week program is designed to meet the needs of children grades JK-6

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- Learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- Learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It at Rossland Branch
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 2 to 4.

Enjoy hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Monster Marshmallows! Watch what happens when we expand the air pockets in marshmallows. Then turn the result into a yummy treat.

**Allergy alertCare is needed in the handling of hot materials.                                                                

Registration is required.

To register, click the blue button below or contact any branch.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
Wednesday January 24, 2018
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Caregivers and infants up to 3 years of age can come together for an hour of fun.  Enjoy a library story, activites and playtime.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins January 17 and continues for six week until February 21.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 to 35 months of age and their caregivers.

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10th at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Infant and Toddler Sleep Seminar at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Will your child only fall asleep with a bottle or while nursing? Do they wake numerous times at night? Do they need to be held, rocked, bounced or driven in their car seat to nap? Are all of you exhausted? Time for sleep!

Holly Jefferd, Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant, will be dispensing tips and advice on how to get your baby into a healthy sleep routine. Sleep is on the way!

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Chronic Pain Management at the Rossland Branch
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn about the sources of arthritis pain and how to handle it. From helpful tips to an overview of different medications, trained instructors from the Arthritis Society discuss different options for managing pain. When arthritis pain takes over your life, it's time to try a different approach.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- Learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- Learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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Meet Melville the Makerbot Replicator 2
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn about how the 3D printer works, see it in action and ask all of your questions! We’ll also use tablets to see where 3d object designs come from. Bring your own tablet, or use one of ours.

For kids 12 and under - families welcome!

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Zone
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Zone

Come create, craft, design and play at the library. Drop by the Central Library on Wednesday afternoons to take part in a variety of fun activities hosted by the Teen Advisory Group. Registration is not required, just drop in.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There is 1 space available.
 
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Drop In Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. for stories, songs, finger plays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and no registration is required. The winter session begins Wednesday, January 17.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sign up for a 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment and we'll help you on your journey to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour long and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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Knitting Circle at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adults 18+ are welcome to join fellow knitters of all skill levels at the fireplace.

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
Thursday January 25, 2018
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this special half hour drop-in program that combines music, stories and gentle movements which enhance quiet time together. Please bring a baby a blanket.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins on January 18 and continues for six weeks until February 22.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic at Central
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic is hosted by the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program in partnership with the Whitby Public Library. If your child is under three months of age and has not had a hearing screening, please book one online or call 1-888-703-5437 x4 to speak to the booking clerk.

To learn more about the Infant Hearing Program, visit the website at www.childdevelopmentprograms.ca/hearing.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 20th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 18 and runs until February 22.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Let's Make Music at the Rossland Branch
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

During this 4 week program, caregiver and child will create one musical instrument each week, then sing and play songs with the new creation.

Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver.

Registration is required.

To register, go to January 18.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Do you want to practice your English language skills? We can help! Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more!  This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Evening Fiction Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

January's selection is Joseph Boyden’s multiple award winning novel, Three Day Road. Publisher’s weekly has this to say about the novel: “Friendship is riven with resentment and war is stripped of glory in this remarkable, wrenching novel, the work of a gifted storyteller.

The Whitby Central Library Evening Fiction Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month at 7 pm in the Children's Program Room

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.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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The Keys to Building Strong Business Relationships
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Image of Tim Westhead.Discover fresh perspectives that will motivate clients in your business relationships. Learn practical no-cost and low-cost strategies and innovative takeaways to maintain a strong client base, energize working relationships, and build confidence and trust. This inspirational session will help you perform more effectively to grow your business. 

By the conclusion of this entertaining presentation, attendees will be able to:

1.  Identify 3 key motivational techniques to use in their business relationships;

2.  Apply 4 innovative, no-cost and low-cost methods to maintain a strong client base; and

3.  Utilize 4 successful strategies that build strong business and personal relationships and increase client prospects.

Be entertained and enlightened by this inspiring and powerful speaker, popular conference presenter, nominee for Canada’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and 2004 recipient of the University of Waterloo Faculty of Arts Alumni Achievement Award for “outstanding contributions to his professional field"! Enjoy an entertaining, informative session that provides the fundamentals to motivate your business contacts in ways that you would like, while making real and lasting connections with your clients. Try Tim’s simple-to-use but powerful approaches that build trust and energize relationships using motivational basics. Visit Tim Westhead to learn more about Tim.

This program is intended for adults and registration is required. Please see contact information and registration below.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 36 spaces available.
 
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Knitting Circle at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Like to knit and want to talk to other fellow knitters? Knitters 18+ can come and join us by the second floor fireplace every Thursday evening at the Central Library for a social hour of knitting. All skill levels are welcome.  Knitters are asked to bring their own supplies. 

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
Friday January 26, 2018
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Drop In Family Storytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together!

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Our Friday morning Family Fireside storytime resumes on January 19 at 10:30 a.m. This is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in this fun, interactive, drop-in program.

Registration is not required.

***Please note that for child under the age of 10 years, a parent/caregiver must remain in the library as per the Whitby Public Library Unattended Child Policy.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builder's Club at Rossland Branch
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play, and learn in this fun, interactive drop-in program.

This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Sign up for a 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment and we'll help you on your journey to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour long and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Friday's at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M. it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome.

This week: Technology - Let's Make A Movie!

Registration is required - Note: Registration includes all 5 weeks of the program. 

 
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Teen Advisory Group at Brooklin
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Whitby Public Library is looking for members for its Teen Advisory Group (TAG). As a TAG member, you will be able to have a say about what goes on at your library, assist with special events and programs, develop leadership skills, and earn community service hours. 

Interested youth in grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. The Brooklin TAG meets on the fourth Friday of every month (September through May).

If you have any questions, please contact teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Saturday January 27, 2018
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Sign up for a 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment and we'll help you on your journey to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour long and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
Monday January 29, 2018
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining January 15 and continues for six weeks until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 12th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sign up for a 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment and we'll help you on your journey to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour long and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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French Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Children of all ages and their caregivers can join us at our French Family Storytime at Central. Enjoy stories and songs in French, with a dash of English too!

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Tuesday January 30, 2018
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one storytime.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories, and fingerplays in an interactive environment. 

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10 at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet the developmental stages of your child. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Homeschool Club at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Homeschooling families are invited to explore the library's collections, listen to stories, do a variety of fun activities and crafts, and network with each other. Parents are encouraged to assist their children with some of the activities.

This 6 week program is designed to meet the needs of children grades JK-6

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- Learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- Learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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Midwifery: Planning For Your Pregnancy at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Midwifery Services of Durham will be here to discuss the common questions and concerns that arise in pregnancy and life with a new baby. Topics include nutrition, exercise, vaccines, birth plans, finding a care provider and preparing for baby. Midwifery care is covered by OHIP and funded for residents of Ontario without OHIP coverage. 

Image of Durham Midwives logo.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 36 spaces available.
 
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Tinkercad Basics at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Grade 7+

This workshop will cover the basic functions of tinkercad.com, a free web-based 3D design platform. Learn the tools and navigation necessary to get started designing your own 3D creations, printable on the Library’s 3D printer.

This is a fast-paced workshop. To get the most out of this workshop, participants should have very strong basic computer skills.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 9 spaces available.
Wednesday January 31, 2018
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Caregivers and infants up to 3 years of age can come together for an hour of fun.  Enjoy a library story, activites and playtime.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins January 17 and continues for six week until February 21.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 to 35 months of age and their caregivers.

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10th at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Wednesday Travel Program
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Please join us as we travel the world through film, book display and taste-no passport required!

 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- Learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- Learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Zone
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please note, there will be no Teen Zone meeting this week. Teens are welcome to drop by the Teen Area to hang out and enjoy some self-directed activities instead. Teen Zone will resume next week.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Drop In Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. for stories, songs, finger plays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and no registration is required. The winter session begins Wednesday, January 17.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Knitting Circle at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adults 18+ are welcome to join fellow knitters of all skill levels at the fireplace.

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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An Evening with R.J. Harlick
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us as we welcome R.J Harlick, author of the Meg Harris mystery series. Set in Western Quebec, “where the trees outnumber people a million to one,” Meg fled the big city after a failed marriage and ended up on the shores of Echo Lake where she struggles to establish a new life with the help of her new friends in the Migiskan Reserve.

Vicki Delany, author of the Constable Molly Smith mysteries and the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, is hosting the event. 

Books will be available for purchase through Blue Heron Books.

Registration is required for this event. Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location, or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
Thursday February 1, 2018 - Wednesday February 28, 2018
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February Exhibits
12:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Drop by and visit any or all of the exhibits on display this month at the library!

 

Central Library

Lobby Display Case - Brooklin Woodcarving Club http://ontariowoodcarvers.ca/brooklin/

Art Rail (second floor) - Watercolour & Ink artwork by Kathleen Kirke-Louie  https://katiandrob.com/

Archives and Local History Gallery (second floor) -  Feu de Joie:Whitby in 1867
 

Brooklin Branch

Glass Display Case - Preview of Brooklin Branch March Break Programs 
LOCATION: Central Library
Thursday February 1, 2018
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this special half hour drop-in program that combines music, stories and gentle movements which enhance quiet time together. Please bring a baby a blanket.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins on January 18 and continues for six weeks until February 22.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 20th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 18 and runs until February 22.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Let's Make Music at Rossland Branch
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

During this 4 week program, caregiver and child will create one musical instrument each week, then sing and play songs with the new creation.

Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver.

Registration is required.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10 at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Do you want to practice your English language skills? We can help! Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more!  This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Book Pirates at Central - FULL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Book Pirates is a book club for grades 4 & 5. This is a book club for strong readers, as we read a different book each month, discuss it and participate in a book-related activity.

Winter session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3. The signup for this session is online, beginning on Wednesday January 3 at 9:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Free Film Night: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Image of film cover for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

In 1951, cancerous cells from African-American Henrietta Lacks, led to breakthroughs that changed the face of medicine forever. Unwittingly, she became a pioneer for medical breakthroughs as her cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. An HBO original film, starring Oprah Winfrey.

TV-MA This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. Closed captions. Snacks welcome!

Registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 55 spaces available.
 
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Knitting Circle at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Like to knit and want to talk to other fellow knitters? Knitters 18+ can come and join us by the second floor fireplace every Thursday evening at the Central Library for a social hour of knitting. All skill levels are welcome.  Knitters are asked to bring their own supplies. 

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
Friday February 2, 2018
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Drop In Family Storytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together!

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Our Friday morning Family Fireside storytime resumes on January 19 at 10:30 a.m. This is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in this fun, interactive, drop-in program.

Registration is not required.

***Please note that for child under the age of 10 years, a parent/caregiver must remain in the library as per the Whitby Public Library Unattended Child Policy.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builder's Club at Rossland Branch
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play, and learn in this fun, interactive drop-in program.

This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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DCLS Durham College Lecture Series at Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by Durham College faculty members who are experts in their fields, this inspiring and engaging weekly series of talks will cover a variety of subjects. This series will run at the same time, each of the following Fridays: Feb 2, Feb 9, Mar 2, Mar 9, Mar 23 and Apr 6.

This week:

Presenter: Stephanie Ball

Topic: Access to Justice - The HUB Pilot

Accessing legal and social services is costly, complicated and often requires the navigation of multiple diverse agencies. The HUB Pilot attempts to address these issues by providing an integrated service delivery model which is resident focused.

This program is intended for adults and registration is required. Please see contact information and registration below.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 65 spaces available.
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Sign up for a 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment and we'll help you on your journey to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour long and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Saturday February 3, 2018
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Reading Buddies Registration at Brooklin
9:00 AM

Online registration begins today for the winter session of Reading Buddies. Reading Buddies is a program for children in grades 1-3, who require reading assistance. We match the younger children on a one-to-one basis with teen volunteers, who help them practice their reading and play literacy-based games with them. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness. The winter session runs from February 8, 2018 until April 5, 2018, with one week off at March Break.

Reading Buddies is offered from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Knit'B'Cause at Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knit'B'Cause is an intergenerational knitting program for children in grades 3-8. We teach the basics - how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl and how to cast off - while making items for various charity groups. We have made red scarves for AIDS, comfort dolls for an international aid organization and lap blankets for seniors, among other items. If you are in grades 3-8 and are interested in joining, please email ask@whitbylibrary.ca, providing your contact information, grade and name. The wool is provided but participants are expected to bring their own pair of 6mm needles.  Note: We are currently full. Please check back in the spring.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Registration for French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Online registration for French Reading buddies begins today. This program is for children in grades 2 and 3 enrolled in a French language or French immersion school who require additional reading support. Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

The winter session runs from February 8th until April 5th with one week off for March Break.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday Session A 4:00-4:40pm and Session B 4:50-5:30pm. Please click on Session A or Session B to select the time you prefer. You may only register your child for one session.

LOCATION: Central Library
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Registration for Reading Buddies at Central
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Online registration begins today for the winter session of Reading Buddies. Reading Buddies is a program for children in grades 1-3, who require reading assistance. We match the younger children on a one-to-one basis with teen volunteers, who help them practice their reading and play literacy-based games with them. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness. The winter session runs from February 6/7, 2018 until April 3/4, 2018, with one week off at March Break.

Reading Buddies is offered from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Please click on either Tuesday or Wednesday to select the day of the week you prefer.


 

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Sign up for a 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment and we'll help you on your journey to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour long and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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DIG Durham Integrated Growers: Starting a Community Garden at Central
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented by Durham Integrated Growers. Light refreshments will be provided. 

This program is designed to provide information on all elements of starting a community garden
It includes an introduction to:

    * Asset Based Community Development
    * Acquiring a Site
    * Site Design
    * Resources
    * Project Funding
    * Creating the Organization

This is an opporunity to get all your questions answered and everyone is welcome!  Visit www.durhamdigs.ca to learn more about us.

Registration is required and space is limited. Image of DIG log.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
There are 17 spaces available.
Monday February 5, 2018
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining January 15 and continues for six weeks until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 12th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Together We 'Hang' at Central
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Facilitated by FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism, in partnership with the Whitby Public Library, youth on the autism spectrum are paired with a peer volunteer for a social gathering fostering inclusion, acceptance and friendship.  Enjoy some fun programs hosted by library staff, too!

To register or volunteer, please contact Julie Cashin-Oster at 905-420-0388, ext. 3 or julie@footprints4autism.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
 
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French Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Children of all ages and their caregivers can join us at our French Family Storytime at Central. Enjoy stories and songs in French, with a dash of English too!

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Evening Non-Fiction Book Club at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Empire of the Summer Moon

Join us for the Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
All of our non-fiction book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. audiobook). 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 meeting.

To register, click on the blue button below, call 905-668-6531 x 2020.

Please pick up your copy of the book at the second floor information desk of the Central Library.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
Tuesday February 6, 2018
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one storytime.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories, and fingerplays in an interactive environment. 

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10 at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet the developmental stages of your child. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-in Employment Help with John Howard Society
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The John Howard Society of Durham Region has partnered with the Whitby Public Library to provide personalized 1:1 employment services. Individualized job search or retention related programing can support and assist you on your path to successful employment. We can help with resume development, interview skills and job searching techniques.

This is a drop-in program and there is no need to register, just drop by between 1-5 p.m. for assistance. Help will be available on the first floor of the library behind the information desk.

Can't make it to this session? The John Howard Society will be visiting one of our locations every other week!

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Homeschool Club at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Homeschooling families are invited to explore the library's collections, listen to stories, do a variety of fun activities and crafts, and network with each other. Parents are encouraged to assist their children with some of the activities.

This 6 week program is designed to meet the needs of children grades JK-6

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 6, 2018 and finishing on April 3, with 1 week off for March break..

For more information call 905-668-6531 ext. 2010 or drop by the Central Library.

 

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Family Law Information Session at Rossland Branch
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Durham Family Mediation Resource Centre will provide information for families experiencing separation or divorce. The goal is to inform family members about their rights and obligations, as well as provide information about how to settle matters outside of court and in the best interest of the children.                                                                    

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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Chronic Pain Management at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn about the sources of arthritis pain and how to handle it. From helpful tips to an overview of different medications, our trained instructors discuss different options for managing pain. When arthritis pain takes over your life, it's time to try a different approach.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 31 spaces available.
 
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3D Printer Orientation at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

Participants must be in grade 7 or older and have a Whitby Public Library card in good standing to attend this workshop and use the 3D printer.

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
Wednesday February 7, 2018
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Caregivers and infants up to 3 years of age can come together for an hour of fun.  Enjoy a library story, activites and playtime.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins January 17 and continues for six week until February 21.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 to 35 months of age and their caregivers.

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10th at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Zone
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Zone

Come create, craft, design and play at the library. Drop by the Central Library on Wednesday afternoons to take part in a variety of fun activities hosted by the Teen Advisory Group. Registration is not required, just drop in.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Wednesday Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 7, 2018 and ending April 4, with one week off at March Break.

For more information call 905-668-6531 ext. 2010 or drop by the Central Library.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Drop In Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. for stories, songs, finger plays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and no registration is required. The winter session begins Wednesday, January 17.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Knitting Circle at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adults 18+ are welcome to join fellow knitters of all skill levels at the fireplace.

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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The World This Week at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come join us and discuss the news, your views and the world at large. Adults 18+ are welcome. We meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at Central from 7-8pm. No Registration is required – drop in’s welcome.

We meet upstairs on the 2nd floor by the fireplace

Thursday February 8, 2018
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this special half hour drop-in program that combines music, stories and gentle movements which enhance quiet time together. Please bring a baby a blanket.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins on January 18 and continues for six weeks until February 22.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic at Central
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic is hosted by the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program in partnership with the Whitby Public Library. If your child is under three months of age and has not had a hearing screening, please book one online or call 1-888-703-5437 x4 to speak to the booking clerk.

To learn more about the Infant Hearing Program, visit the website at www.childdevelopmentprograms.ca/hearing.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 20th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 18 and runs until February 22.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Let's Make Music at Rossland Branch
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

During this 4 week program, caregiver and child will create one musical instrument each week, then sing and play songs with the new creation.

Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver.

Registration is required.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10 at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Valentine Story and Craft at the Rossland Branch
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Make a Valentine Craft and card after listening to a story.

All ages.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

French Reading Buddies/Copains de Lecture is a program for children in grades 2 and 3 enrolled in a French language or French immersion school who require additional reading support. Bienvenue copains! Joignez-nous pour pratiquer votre lecture en français.

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 8 week program begins February 8th, 2018 and ends April 5th with one week off at March Break.

 

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday Session A  4:00-4:40pm and Session B  4:50-5:30pm. 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Reading Buddies at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 8, 2018 and ending April 5, with one week off at March Break.

Registration begins on Saturday, February 3 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

French Reading Buddies/Copains de Lecture is a program for children in grades 2 and 3 enrolled in a French language or French immersion school who require additional reading support. Bienvenue copains! Joignez-nous pour pratiquer votre lecture en français.

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 8 week program begins February 8th, 2018 and ends April 5th with one week off at March Break.

 

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday Session A  4:00-4:40pm and Session B  4:50-5:30pm.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Do you want to practice your English language skills? We can help! Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more!  This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Appy Hour - RB Digital at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Curious about technology?
Join us for Appy Hour at the Brooklin Branch!
Learn how to use new apps, review current library apps, discuss apps and explore apps. Bring your device and questions!

This Month - RB Digital. Learn how to borrow an unlimited number of magazines from this online newsstand.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Art Talks with Olex at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Station Gallery Curator Olex Wlasenko for this dynamic 5-part lecture series at the Whitby Public Library’s (Central Branch) every second Thursday in early 2018. Expand your appreciation of art and culture with these popular art talks with the perfect blend of scholarly information, academic influence, humour and approachability.

When our Souls Dream

Thursday, February 8, 7:00 PM

In celebration of Black History Month, this illustrated art talk will explore the vibrant visual culture of Africa, the Caribbean and their respective diasporic communities around the globe. 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 71 spaces available.
 
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Knitting Circle at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Like to knit and want to talk to other fellow knitters? Knitters 18+ can come and join us by the second floor fireplace every Thursday evening at the Central Library for a social hour of knitting. All skill levels are welcome.  Knitters are asked to bring their own supplies. 

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
Friday February 9, 2018
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Drop In Family Storytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together!

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Our Friday morning Family Fireside storytime resumes on January 19 at 10:30 a.m. This is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in this fun, interactive, drop-in program.

Registration is not required.

***Please note that for child under the age of 10 years, a parent/caregiver must remain in the library as per the Whitby Public Library Unattended Child Policy.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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DCLS Durham College Lecture Series at Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by Durham College faculty members who are experts in their fields, this inspiring and engaging weekly series of talks will cover a variety of subjects. This series will run at the same time, each of the following Fridays: Feb 2, Feb 9, Mar 2, Mar 9, Mar 23 and Apr 6.

This week:

Design Thinking - A Human-Centered Approach to Solving Problems by Jordanne Christie

Design Thinking is a creative mindset and methodology for solving complex problems with a human-centered approach.  Focused on user empathy, collaboration, and experimentation, design thinking can be applied in any field—from architecture, business and social innovation, to healthcare, education and beyond. This interactive session will introduce the principles and processes of design thinking and participants will gain hands-on experience with design thinking by engaging in a simple design challenge.

This program is intended for adults and registration is required. Please see contact information and registration below.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 69 spaces available.
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Friday's at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M. it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome.

This week: Engineering - Who is Rube Goldberg?

Registration is required - Note: Registration includes all 5 weeks of the program. 

Saturday February 10, 2018
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Knit'B'Cause at Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knit'B'Cause is an intergenerational knitting program for children in grades 3-8. We teach the basics - how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl and how to cast off - while making items for various charity groups. We have made red scarves for AIDS, comfort dolls for an international aid organization and lap blankets for seniors, among other items. If you are in grades 3-8 and are interested in joining, please email ask@whitbylibrary.ca, providing your contact information, grade and name. The wool is provided but participants are expected to bring their own pair of 6mm needles.  Note: We are currently full. Please check back in the spring.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Monday February 12, 2018
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining January 15 and continues for six weeks until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 12th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There is 1 space available.
 
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French Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Children of all ages and their caregivers can join us at our French Family Storytime at Central. Enjoy stories and songs in French, with a dash of English too!

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Brooklin Branch Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Birth HouseThis month's Brooklin Book Club selection is The Birth House by Ami McKay. All of our book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. audiobook). 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 meeting.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There is 1 space available.
 
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Sculptris Basics at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of the free 3D design software Sculptris. This workshop cover the basic functions of Sculptris which can be used to digitally design your own custom objects, printable on the Library’s 3D printer.
 

This is a fast-paced workshop. To get the most out of this workshop, participants should have very strong basic computer skills.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 8 spaces available.
Tuesday February 13, 2018
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one storytime.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories, and fingerplays in an interactive environment. 

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10 at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet the developmental stages of your child. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Afternoon Non-Fiction Book Club
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The Tiger cover image.Join us for the Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is The Tiger by John Vaillant

All of our non-fiction book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. audiobook). 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 meeting.

To register, click on the blue button below, call 905-668-6531 x 2020.

Please pick up your copy of the book at the second floor information desk of the Central Library.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Homeschool Club at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Homeschooling families are invited to explore the library's collections, listen to stories, do a variety of fun activities and crafts, and network with each other. Parents are encouraged to assist their children with some of the activities.

This 6 week program is designed to meet the needs of children grades JK-6

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 6, 2018 and finishing on April 3, with 1 week off for March break.

For more information call 905-668-6531 ext. 2010 or drop by the Central Library.



 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Valentine's Day Party at Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Children in grades SK-3 are invited to join us for a fun hour of stories, games and crafts. This program is hosted by the WPL Teen Advisory Group. Registration is required. Please register online, in person at any Whitby Library location or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

***Please note that due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate caregivers along with the children in the program room. As per the Whitby Public Library Unattended Child Policy, a parent/caregiver must remain in the library during the program.   

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Wednesday February 14, 2018
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Caregivers and infants up to 3 years of age can come together for an hour of fun.  Enjoy a library story, activites and playtime.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins January 17 and continues for six week until February 21.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 to 35 months of age and their caregivers.

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10th at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Afternoon Fiction Book Club at Central
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This month’s selection is the 2014 Mythopoeic Award Winning novel The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. It has been nominated for Best Novel twice, first for a Nebula award for and second for a World Fantasy Award.

Entertainment Weekly gave the book a “A” grade, saying “The book's magic, filtered through the old-time hustle and bustle of the Lower East Side, lingers long after the final page”.

The Whitby Central Library Afternoon Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm in front of the main floor fireplace.

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.

LOCATION: Central Library
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Advisory Group
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Whitby Public Library is looking for members for its Teen Advisory Group (TAG). As a TAG member, you will be able to have a say about what goes on at your library, assist with special events and programs, develop leadership skills, and earn community service hours. 

Interested youth in grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. TAG meets on the second Wednesday of every month (September through May). No registration required.

If you have any questions, please contact teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca or call the Children’s and Adult Fiction Department at 905 668-6531 Ext. 2010.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Wednesday Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 7, 2018 and ending April 4, with one week off at March Break.

For more information call 905-668-6531 ext. 2010 or drop by the Central Library.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Drop In Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. for stories, songs, finger plays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and no registration is required. The winter session begins Wednesday, January 17.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Knitting Circle at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adults 18+ are welcome to join fellow knitters of all skill levels at the fireplace.

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
Thursday February 15, 2018
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this special half hour drop-in program that combines music, stories and gentle movements which enhance quiet time together. Please bring a baby a blanket.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins on January 18 and continues for six weeks until February 22.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 20th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 18 and runs until February 22.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Rossland Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

WonderThis month's Rossland Book Club selection is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. All of our book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. audiobook). 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 meeting.

To register, click on the blue button below, call 905-668-1886 or visit the branch.

Registration begins December 9th.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

French Reading Buddies/Copains de Lecture is a program for children in grades 2 and 3 enrolled in a French language or French immersion school who require additional reading support. Bienvenue copains! Joignez-nous pour pratiquer votre lecture en français.

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 8 week program begins February 8th, 2018 and ends April 5th with one week off at March Break.

 

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday Session A  4:00-4:40pm and Session B  4:50-5:30pm. 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Reading Buddies at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 8, 2018 and ending April 5, with one week off at March Break.

Registration begins on Saturday, February 3 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

French Reading Buddies/Copains de Lecture is a program for children in grades 2 and 3 enrolled in a French language or French immersion school who require additional reading support. Bienvenue copains! Joignez-nous pour pratiquer votre lecture en français.

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 8 week program begins February 8th, 2018 and ends April 5th with one week off at March Break.

 

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday Session A  4:00-4:40pm and Session B  4:50-5:30pm.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Do you want to practice your English language skills? We can help! Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more!  This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Big Screen Film Club: Victoria and Abdul at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Victoria & AbdulAdults (18+) are invited to join us for a free screening of Victoria & Abdul, based on Shrabani Basu's book “Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confident”.
 
“Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.” ~IMDb

This film is rated PG by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Runtime is 111 minutes.
Closed captions.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Page Turners at Central - FULL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Page Turners is a book club for grades 6, 7 & 8. This is a book club for strong readers, as we read a different book each month, discuss it and participate in a book-related activity.

Winter session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Feb. 15,  March 22 (due to March Break), April 19  and May 17. The signup for this session will be online, beginning on Wednesday, January 3 at 9:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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3D Printer Orientation at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

Participants must be in grade 7 or older and have a Whitby Public Library card in good standing to attend this workshop and use the 3D printer.

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Knitting Circle at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Like to knit and want to talk to other fellow knitters? Knitters 18+ can come and join us by the second floor fireplace every Thursday evening at the Central Library for a social hour of knitting. All skill levels are welcome.  Knitters are asked to bring their own supplies. 

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
Friday February 16, 2018
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Drop In Family Storytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together!

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Our Friday morning Family Fireside storytime resumes on January 19 at 10:30 a.m. This is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in this fun, interactive, drop-in program.

Registration is not required.

***Please note that for child under the age of 10 years, a parent/caregiver must remain in the library as per the Whitby Public Library Unattended Child Policy.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builder's Club at Rossland Branch
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play, and learn in this fun, interactive drop-in program.

This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Friday's at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M. it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome.

This week: Art - The Battle of Hot vs. Cold!

Registration is required - Note: Registration includes all 5 weeks of the program. 

 
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Games Galore at Central
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Come hang out and play some board games! We have lots of games to choose from: work together to save the world with Pandemic, or fight for world domination with some old school Risk. We guarantee that our board games will have you not-bored-(games). All skill levels are welcome!

Every third Friday of the month, 7:00-8:45pm

Registration is not required, just drop in!

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
Tuesday February 20, 2018
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one storytime.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories, and fingerplays in an interactive environment. 

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10 at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 16 and runs until February 20.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet the developmental stages of your child. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-in Employment Help with John Howard Society at Central
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The John Howard Society of Durham Region has partnered with the Whitby Public Library to provide personalized 1:1 employment services. Individualized job search or retention related programing can support and assist you on your path to successful employment. We can help with resume development, interview skills and job searching techniques.

This is a drop-in program and there is no need to register, just drop by between 1-5 p.m. for assistance. Help will be available on the first floor of the library behind the information desk.

Can't make it to this session? The John Howard Society will be visiting one of our locations every other week!

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Homeschool Club at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Homeschooling families are invited to explore the library's collections, listen to stories, do a variety of fun activities and crafts, and network with each other. Parents are encouraged to assist their children with some of the activities.

This 6 week program is designed to meet the needs of children grades JK-6

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Doors Open Whitby Committee
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It at Rossland Branch
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 2 to 4.

Enjoy hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. During this program, children will learn how to power a boat with no wind, no paddles, and no engine.

Registration is required.

To register, click the blue button below or contact any branch.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 6, 2018 and finishing on April 3, with 1 week off for March break.

For more information call 905-668-6531 ext. 2010 or drop by the Central Library.



 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Teen Advisory Group at Rossland
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Whitby Public Library is looking for members for its Teen Advisory Group (TAG). As a TAG member, you will be able to have a say about what goes on at your library, assist with special events and programs, develop leadership skills, and earn community service hours. 

Interested youth in grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. The Rossland TAG meets on the third Tuesday of every month (January through May).

If you have any questions, please contact teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
Wednesday February 21, 2018
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Caregivers and infants up to 3 years of age can come together for an hour of fun.  Enjoy a library story, activites and playtime.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins January 17 and continues for six week until February 21.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this half-hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins the week of January 15th and continues until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of the program.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 to 35 months of age and their caregivers.

This session begins the week of January 15th and run for 6 weeks until the week of February 19th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, January 10th at 10 am.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Infant and Toddler Sleep Seminar at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Will your child only fall asleep with a bottle or while nursing? Do they wake numerous times at night? Do they need to be held, rocked, bounced or driven in their car seat to nap? Are all of you exhausted? Time for sleep!

Holly Jefferd, Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant, will be dispensing tips and advice on how to get your baby into a healthy sleep routine. Sleep is on the way!

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Meet Melville the Makerbot Replicator 2
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn about how the 3D printer works, see it in action and ask all of your questions! We’ll also use tablets to see where 3d object designs come from. Bring your own tablet, or use one of ours.

For kids 12 and under - families welcome!

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M it! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Create a craft, play a game or test your thinking skills.

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teens at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Zone

Come create, craft, design and play at the library. Drop by the Central Library on Wednesday afternoons to take part in a variety of fun activities hosted by the Teen Advisory Group. Registration is not required, just drop in.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Wednesday Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 7, 2018 and ending April 4, with one week off at March Break.

For more information call 905-668-6531 ext. 2010 or drop by the Central Library.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Drop In Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. for stories, songs, finger plays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and no registration is required. The winter session begins Wednesday, January 17.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Knitting Circle at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adults 18+ are welcome to join fellow knitters of all skill levels at the fireplace.

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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The World This Week at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come join us and discuss the news, your views and the world at large. Adults 18+ are welcome. We meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at Central from 7-8pm. No Registration is required – drop in’s welcome.

We meet upstairs on the 2nd floor by the fireplace

Thursday February 22, 2018
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Infants up to 18 months of age and their caregivers can enjoy this special half hour drop-in program that combines music, stories and gentle movements which enhance quiet time together. Please bring a baby a blanket.

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins on January 18 and continues for six weeks until February 22.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic at Central
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic is hosted by the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program in partnership with the Whitby Public Library. If your child is under three months of age and has not had a hearing screening, please book one online or call 1-888-703-5437 x4 to speak to the booking clerk.

To learn more about the Infant Hearing Program, visit the website at www.childdevelopmentprograms.ca/hearing.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers.

The session begins the week of January 15th until the week of February 20th.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.
Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 18 and runs until February 22.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

French Reading Buddies/Copains de Lecture is a program for children in grades 2 and 3 enrolled in a French language or French immersion school who require additional reading support. Bienvenue copains! Joignez-nous pour pratiquer votre lecture en français.

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 8 week program begins February 8th, 2018 and ends April 5th with one week off at March Break.

 

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday Session A  4:00-4:40pm and Session B  4:50-5:30pm. 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Reading Buddies at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer.

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 8, 2018 and ending April 5, with one week off at March Break.

Registration begins on Saturday, February 3 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

French Reading Buddies/Copains de Lecture is a program for children in grades 2 and 3 enrolled in a French language or French immersion school who require additional reading support. Bienvenue copains! Joignez-nous pour pratiquer votre lecture en français.

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 8 week program begins February 8th, 2018 and ends April 5th with one week off at March Break.

 

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday Session A  4:00-4:40pm and Session B  4:50-5:30pm.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Do you want to practice your English language skills? We can help! Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more!  This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Evening Fiction Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This month's selection is Kate Morton's, The Distant Hours. This novel has been described by Booklist as "A spellbinding journey, a mystery whos well-paced revelations provide a surprising and deeply satisfying read".

The Whitby Central Library Evening Fiction Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month at 7 pm in the Children's Program Room.

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.

LOCATION: Central Library
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Tinkercad Basics at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Grade 7+

This workshop will cover the basic functions of tinkercad.com, a free web-based 3D design platform. Learn the tools and navigation necessary to get started designing your own 3D creations, printable on the Library’s 3D printer.

This is a fast-paced workshop. To get the most out of this workshop, participants should have very strong basic computer skills.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Knitting Circle at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Like to knit and want to talk to other fellow knitters? Knitters 18+ can come and join us by the second floor fireplace every Thursday evening at the Central Library for a social hour of knitting. All skill levels are welcome.  Knitters are asked to bring their own supplies. 

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
Friday February 23, 2018
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Drop In Family Storytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy together!

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Our Friday morning Family Fireside storytime resumes on January 19 at 10:30 a.m. This is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in this fun, interactive, drop-in program.

Registration is not required.

***Please note that for child under the age of 10 years, a parent/caregiver must remain in the library as per the Whitby Public Library Unattended Child Policy.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builder's Club at Rossland Branch
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to build, play, and learn in this fun, interactive drop-in program.

This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Teen Advisory Group at Brooklin
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Whitby Public Library is looking for members for its Teen Advisory Group (TAG). As a TAG member, you will be able to have a say about what goes on at your library, assist with special events and programs, develop leadership skills, and earn community service hours. TAG members will be expected to participate in a minimum of three library programs each month.

Interested youth in grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. The Brooklin TAG meets on the fourth Friday of every month (September through May).

If you have any questions, please contact teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Saturday February 24, 2018
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Knit'B'Cause at Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knit'B'Cause is an intergenerational knitting program for children in grades 3-8. We teach the basics - how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl and how to cast off - while making items for various charity groups. We have made red scarves for AIDS, comfort dolls for an international aid organization and lap blankets for seniors, among other items. If you are in grades 3-8 and are interested in joining, please email ask@whitbylibrary.ca, providing your contact information, grade and name. The wool is provided but participants are expected to bring their own pair of 6mm needles.  Note: We are currently full. Please check back in the spring.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Sunday February 25, 2018
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Black History Month Panel Discussion at Central
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

"Back to the Future - Reclaiming our Heritage!"

In celebration of Black History Month we will be hosting a panel discussion in which panelists will discuss: Back to the Future – Reclaiming our Heritage! This program is presented by the Congress of Black Women of Canada, Ajax/Pickering Chapter, Durham Welcome Centre and Immigrant Services, Culture Expressions Art Gallery Inc, and the Whitby Public Library.

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 68 spaces available.
Monday February 26, 2018
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers Rhymes and Storytimes: This half hour program for children aged three and four, features stories, counting, number songs and games.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining January 15 and continues for six weeks until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Because of space restrictions you may only register for one storytime program.

Registration is required.

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs until February 26, with no class on February 19.

Registration begins on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

Storytimes are designed to meet your child's developmental stage. Please ensure your child is the required age at the time of registration.

Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time.

Registration is required. 

To register, click on the blue button below or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Together We 'Hang' at Central
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Facilitated by FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism, in partnership with the Whitby Public Library, youth on the autism spectrum are paired with a peer volunteer for a social gathering fostering inclusion, acceptance and friendship.  Enjoy some fun programs hosted by library staff, too!

To register or volunteer, please contact Julie Cashin-Oster at 905-420-0388, ext. 3 or julie@footprints4autism.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
 
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French Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Children of all ages and their caregivers can join us at our French Family Storytime at Central. Enjoy stories and songs in French, with a dash of English too!

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this program.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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3D Printer Orientation at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

Participants must be in grade 7 or older and have a Whitby Public Library card in good standing to attend this workshop and use the 3D printer.

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Karolyn Smardz Frost: Black History Month Author Visit at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Karolyn Smardz Frost, author of Steal Away Home and winner of the Governor General’s Award and recently the Mathieu Da Costa Award from the Ontario Black History Society -- Black History Month event. The author will do a book-talk, Q&A with the audience, and book signing. (Paperback copies will be available for purchase at the event.)

In Steal Away Home, Karolyn Smardz Frost captures Cecelia’s epic story of courage. She was a teenager when she made her dangerous bid for freedom. Escape meant that she would never see her mother or brother again. She would be cut off from Fanny, the young mistress with whom she grew up, but who also owned her. This was a time when people could be property, and when a beloved father could be separated from his wife and children, to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Cecelia found a new life in Toronto’s vibrant African-American expatriate community. There she fell in love with her dashing rescuer, and initiated a correspondence with her former owner that would endure for more than two decades. Widowed, she braved the Fugitive Slave Law to cross back into the United States. When she eventually returned to the Kentucky she had known as a child, she found her home much changed in the wake of war. Reunited with her mother, Cecelia also renewed her complicated relationship with her former mistress. After years apart, the two lived within a few blocks of each other until Fanny’s death.

Smardz Frost’s impeccable research and vivid description takes the reader through the Civil War, the shameful backdrop of slavery and the very real and stirring tale of one woman’s struggle for freedom—and her return to her former home on her own terms, despite the risk involved.

This program is intended for youth 12+ and adults. Registration is required; please register using the button below.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 47 spaces available.