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Wednesday November 1, 2017 - Thursday November 30, 2017
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November 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 - Road Watch Program -  Whitby Road Watch 

Art Rail (second floor) - Create Your Comic Self Patron artwork made during the Draw Your Superhero Self! program. This program is in celebration of the Whitby Comic Arts Festival (WhitCAF)  WhitCAF 

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

Brooklin Branch

Glass Display Case - Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 152 in honour of Remembrance Day
Tuesday November 21, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
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 enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 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.

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.

The session begins the week of October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

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 October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

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, October 25.

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 October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 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 for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 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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Doors Open Whitby Committee
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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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
 
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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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NoSTEMber Stuff at Rossland Branch
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 Grades 2-4

Enjoy hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Make a catapult, an exploding boomerang, and a collaborative cup tower tree.

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
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 October 3, 2017

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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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French 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 Tuesday.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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RBC Guest Speaker Series Presents: Investment Properties as a Key Element in your Portfolio
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Guest Speakers Karen Robertson of RBC Dominion Securities and Trevor Watson from Century 21 will discuss:

  • How to search for an investment property
  • What to look for in an investment property
  • Review tax advantages of rental properties

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 21 spaces available.
 
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How to Take Great Picture: Adult program at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The upcoming holiday season will be a great time to put your newfound photography skills into action. Forget selfies! Learn how to use your cellphone or tablet's camera to compose great shots, and wow your friends and family. Join Matthew from MSarookanianPhotography and learn how to Take a Great Picture!

Image of photo composition nature shot.Registration is required and space is limited.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 5 spaces available.
Wednesday November 22, 2017
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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 November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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.

The session begins the week of October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

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 October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

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, October 25.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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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
 
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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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 for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 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 - FULL
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 October 4, 2017

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 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

The session begins Wednesday, September 13 and  continues until December 6.

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 November 23, 2017
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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 November 2 and continues until December 7.

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 October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 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 November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 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.

 
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Infant and Toddler Sleep Seminar at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Will your child only fall asleep with a bottle or while nursing? Do they wake numerous times a 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 Sleep Consultant, will be dispensing tips and advice on how to get your baby into a healthy sleep routine. Sleep is on the way!

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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3D Printer Orientation at Central
2:30 PM - 4:00 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
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A - FULL
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. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday 4:00-4:40 and 4:50-5:30pm. You may only register your child for one session.

 

For more information contact:

Linda Sellors    905-668-6531 X 2010       lsellors@whitbylibrary.on.ca

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

This program is now FULL.

This eight week program pairs children (Grades 1-3) who would benefit from additional reading support with a teen volunteer. Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy based games.

Registration begins on Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B - FULL
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. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday 4:00-4:40pm and 4:50-5:30pm. You may only register your child for one session.

 

For more information contact:

Linda Sellors    905-668-6531 X 2010       lsellors@whitbylibrary.on.ca

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Adult Knitting Circle at Rossland Branch
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Adults 18+ are welcome to join fellow knitters of all skill levels. Knitters are asked to bring their own supplies. Beginners please bring #9 or larger knitting needles. This program runs on Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, from September 5 to October 10.

Drop in. No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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English Conversation Circle at Cental
6:30 PM - 9:00 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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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An Evening of Crime with Crime Writers of Canada at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We are very pleased to help celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Crime Writers of Canada. Join us as we welcome four Canadian crime writing authors as they share stories about their craft and their novels.

Mel Bradshaw holds degrees in philosophy from Oxford and University of Toronto, has taught English in Canada and Southeast Asia and has published crime novels set in three different eras. Victim Impact features biker gangs and courtroom drama in the twenty-first century Golden Horseshoe. Victorian Canada provides the setting for Death in the Age of Steam, which was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award, His latest book, Winner’s Loss, completes a trilogy of police procedurals set in the 1920s.

Jane Burfield: A member of Mesdames of Mayhem, Jane won the Bony Pete Short Story Award in 2001 for the first short story she wrote. After several more years of success with the Bloody Words story contest, she decided writing was a misery-making but delightful challenge. She has had short stories published in Blood on the Holly and Bloody Words, the Anthology.

Madeline Harris Callway's debut thriller, Windigo Fire was short-listed for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel and founded with 14 other women crime writers The Mesdames of Mayhem to promote Canadian Crime Fiction.

Rosemary McCracken writes the Pat Tierney mystery series and teaches novel writing at George Brown College. Safe Harbor, the first novel in the series, was shortlisted for Britain's Debut Dagger Award in 2010. She has followed that up with Black Water and Raven Lake.

Books will be available for purchase and signing during the event.

 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 29 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 November 24, 2017
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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 Program Room
 
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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.

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

Friday morning Fireside Family Storytime is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

The session begins on September 15 and continues until December 8.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Junior Builder's 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. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

***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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Durham College Lecture Series: The Virtual Residential School System
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: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Nov. 3, 17, and 24, concluding on Dec. 1.

Presenter: Kevin Baker

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and more recently, artist Gord Downie, have done an incredible job raising mainstream awareness about the abuses and atrocities committed in Canada’s residential school system and the horrible, multi-generational pain and suffering that has followed. For many Canadians, residential schools are now a source of considerable shame and embarrassment. We ask ourselves, (with a modicum of moral superiority), how government, churches, and the general public, could have conspired to do something so morally incomprehensible and we tend to view residential schools as some sort of historical oddity. Baker maintains, however, that the cultural reformation, (genocidal), objectives of the residential school system have never really been abandoned by the state. Instead, Baker argues, government has simply modernized and virtualized its disciplinary techniques.

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 22 spaces available.
 
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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: Engineering - Shapes and Structures!

Registration is required

Registration begins on October 18th at 9am

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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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
Monday November 27, 2017
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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 October 30 and continues for six weeks until December 4.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 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.

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 October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 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 9 and runs until February 13.

Registration begins on January 4 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.

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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Building a Community one Brick at a Time
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Drop in on the new day and time to create your story, build your adventure and play.  We'll supply the LEGO.

All you bring is your imagination.  Mondays at Central 4:15 to 5:15 pm in the Children's program room.  

This program is for children in grades 2 to 5.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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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 new 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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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
7:00 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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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 10 spaces available.
Tuesday November 28, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
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 enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 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.

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.

The session begins the week of October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

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 October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

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, October 25.

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 October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 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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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
 
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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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 for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 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
 
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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French 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 Tuesday..  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

 
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
 
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
7:00 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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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 5 spaces available.
Wednesday November 29, 2017
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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 November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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.

The session begins the week of October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

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 October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

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, October 25.

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 21 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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Wednesday Travel Program at Central
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 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)
 
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Beat Holiday Stress at Rossland Branch
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests – stress and depression. The holidays can present a dizzying array of demands – parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining. Learn practical tips and ways to minimize the stress that comes with the holidays.

This program is for adults. Space is limited.

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 22 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
 
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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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 for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 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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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 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

The session begins Wednesday, September 13 and  continues until December 6.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Coffee Chat with Mayor Don Mitchell at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Mayor Don Mitchell for a fireside coffee chat. Ask about the Town’s plans for the future, current projects and more.

No registration required. Just drop in to the fireplace area on the first floor.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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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 November 30, 2017
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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 November 2 and continues until December 7.

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 October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 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 November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 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.

 
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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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Financial Literacy Workshop for Newcomers and New Canadians
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join the Welcome Centre Immigration Services for a Financial Literacy Workshop for Newcomers and New Canadians. Protect your money against investment fraud!

  • Learn how to recognize and prevent investment fraud
  • Learn the warning signs of fraud
  • Common types of fraud
  • What to do if you suspect fraud
  • Questions to ask before you invest
  • Where to find unbiased financial information

Pre-registration through the Welcome Centre is required. Please call 905-686-6466 or 1-800-214-7163. Childminding is available.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Adult Knitting Circle at Rossland Branch
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Adults 18+ are welcome to join fellow knitters of all skill levels. Knitters are asked to bring their own supplies. Beginners please bring #9 or larger knitting needles. This program runs on Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, from September 5 to October 10.

Drop in. No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Christmas is Coming Family Story and Craft at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited for an hour of Christmas stories, songs and a craft!

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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English Conversation Circle at Cental
6:30 PM - 9:00 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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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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 4 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 December 1, 2017
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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 Program Room
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Friday morning Fireside Family Storytime is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

The session begins on September 15 and continues until December 8.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Junior Builder's 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. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

***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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Durham College Lecture Series: Detecting Deception During an Investigative Interview
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: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Nov. 3, 17, and 24, concluding on Dec. 1.

This week's topic: Detecting Deception During an Investigative Interview

A police officer’s ability to detect deception during an investigative interview is a science. Lying is a universal language that we are all familiar with both from lying and being lied to. Many times guilty body language and speech gives people away, but sometimes lying can be very subtle. An interview is primarily used to seek the truth and can demonstrate innocence or guilt. In the pursuit of truth, police must also adhere to many rules to ensure that a statement is admissible in court. Let’s explore this topic together!

Presented by: Jason Vassell

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 15 spaces available.
 
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Teens at Brooklin
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Youth in grades 7-12 can come to the Brooklin Branch on the first Friday of the month to create, craft, design and play! Join us this week as create one of a kind picture frames for you to keep or give as gifts.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Saturday December 2, 2017
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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)
 
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Cardboard Christmas Tree at Rossland Branch
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 Grades 2-4

Children will construct a cooperative project  with cardboard to enjoy at the library during the holiday season, using their imagination and our new Makedo kit.

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

 

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
Monday December 4, 2017
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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 October 30 and continues for six weeks until December 4.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 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.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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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 October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 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 9 and runs until February 13.

Registration begins on January 4 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.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's 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
There is 1 space available.
 
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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 new 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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Non-Fiction Book Club at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Join us for the Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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 December 5, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
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 enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 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.

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.

The session begins the week of October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

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 October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

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, October 25.

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 October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 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 for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 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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Storm Chasing in Ontario at the Rossland Branch
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join professional photographer and storm chaser David T. Chapman for this exciting, educational and powerful visual presentation. See a tornado’s full life cycle from start to finish and how a few have become tornadic supercells; David has documented over twenty in Ontario!

View some of the most breath-taking photographs of lightning, as David not only shows you the images but describes what it took to get them. Examine upward lightning, cloud to air, and “Bolt from the Blue Lightning”. He’ll explain how he was able to read the storms so that he could place himself in the perfect position to capture his shots.

Enjoy some of the most intense weather our province has to offer while staying warm and dry!

Registration is required and space is limited.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French 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 Tuesday.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Stormchasing in Ontario at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join professional photographer and storm chaser David T. Chapman for this exciting, educational and powerful visual presentation. See a tornado’s full life cycle from start to finish and how a few have become tornadic supercells; David has documented over twenty in Ontario!

Image of a lightning storm.

View some of the most breath-taking photographs of lightning, as David not only shows you the images but describes what it took to get them. Examine upward lightning, cloud to air, and “Bolt from the Blue Lightning”. He’ll explain how he was able to read the storms so that he could place himself in the perfect position to capture his shots.

Enjoy some of the most intense weather our province has to offer while staying warm and dry!

Registration is required and space is limited.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 34 spaces available.
Wednesday December 6, 2017
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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 November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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.

The session begins the week of October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

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 October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

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, October 25.

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 for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch 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 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

The session begins Wednesday, September 13 and  continues until December 6.

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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Storm Chasing in Ontario at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join professional photographer and storm chaser David T. Chapman for this exciting, educational, and powerful visual presentation. See a tornado’s full life cycle from start to finish and how a few have become tornadic supercells; view breath-taking photos of lightning; examine upward lightning, cloud to air, and “Bolt from the Blue Lightning”.  Enjoy some of the most intense weather our province has to offer while staying warm, safe and dry!

Space is limited.

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.
Thursday December 7, 2017
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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 November 2 and continues until December 7.

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 October 30 until the week of December 4.

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, October 25 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 November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 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.

 
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3D Printer Orientation at Central
2:30 PM - 4:00 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 4 spaces available.
 
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Elf on the Shelf Movie Night and Craft at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Come join us as we welcome back our Scout Elf, Larry.

Hear the magical tale of shelf elves and stay for the movie, "An Elf's Story". It is a delightful story of the McTuttle family and their young elf, Chippey, who lost his Christmas Magic.

Create an Elf of your own to take home and spread the Christmas Magic and holiday cheer throughout your family!

This film is unrated by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Close captioning will be available.

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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English Conversation Circle at Cental
6:30 PM - 9:00 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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

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.

Fall session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7 and Jan. 11th. The signup for this session is online, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Free Film Night at Central: We Bought a Zoo
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Following his wife's untimely death, Los Angeles journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), decides to make a fresh start by quitting his job and moving his children to an 18-acre property containing the Rosemoor Wildlife Park. Though closed for years, Rosemoor is still home to many animals, cared for by Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson), and her small staff. Mee opens his heart and his checkbook as he, Kelly and the others work to renovate and reopen the zoo. Loosely based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee. A great film to see before the holidays!

Rated PG by the Ontario Film Review Board. Closed captioned.

Comedy/Drama. Running time: approx. 2 hours. Released Dec/2011

Registration is required. Snacks are welcome. 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 64 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 December 8, 2017
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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 Program Room
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Friday morning Fireside Family Storytime is an all ages, half hour program full of songs and stories for children and their caregivers. 

The session begins on September 15 and continues until December 8.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Junior Builder's 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. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

***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
 
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 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: Art - Shadows!

Registration is required

Registration begins on October 18th at 9am

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Saturday December 9, 2017
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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. We are currently full and our waitlist is full as well.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Book Club Registration
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration begins Saturday, December 9 at 9am for book clubs sessions at all locations.

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To register for individual book club sessions, visit bit.ly/2jhy7qm

Brooklin Branch Club meets the third Monday of every month.

Rossland Branch Club meets the third Thursday of every month.

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Central Library Afternoon Fiction Club meets the second Wednesday of every month.

Central Library Evening Fiction Club meets third Thursday of every month.

Central Library Afternoon Non-Fiction Club meets the second Tuesday of every month.

Central Library Evening Non-Fiction Club meets the first Monday of every month.

Register online or contact any branch beginning Saturday, December 9.

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Book Club Registration
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration begins Saturday, December 9 at 9am for book clubs sessions at all locations.

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To register for individual book club sessions, visit bit.ly/2jhy7qm

Brooklin Branch Club meets the third Monday of every month.

Rossland Branch Club meets the third Thursday of every month.

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Central Library Afternoon Fiction Club meets the second Wednesday of every month.

Central Library Evening Fiction Club meets third Thursday of every month.

Central Library Afternoon Non-Fiction Club meets the second Tuesday of every month.

Central Library Evening Non-Fiction Club meets the first Monday of every month.

Register online or contact any branch beginning Saturday, December 9.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Book Club Registration
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration begins Saturday, December 9 at 9am for book clubs sessions at all locations.

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To register for individual book club sessions, visit bit.ly/2jhy7qm

Brooklin Branch Club meets the third Monday of every month.

Rossland Branch Club meets the third Thursday of every month.

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Central Library Afternoon Fiction Club meets the second Wednesday of every month.

Central Library Evening Fiction Club meets third Thursday of every month.

Central Library Afternoon Non-Fiction Club meets the second Tuesday of every month.

Central Library Evening Non-Fiction Club meets the first Monday of every month.

Register online or contact any branch beginning Saturday, December 9.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
Monday December 11, 2017
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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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Brooklin Branch Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This month's Brooklin Book Club selection is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling. 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 begins Saturday, August 19 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 CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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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.
Tuesday December 12, 2017
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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.

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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Afternoon Non-Fiction Book Club
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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Join us for the Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

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 2
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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DeSTEAMber Stuff at Rossland Branch
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Grades 1 to 3

Enjoy hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Make a 3D Christmas tree and a symmetrical snowflake.

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Snowman Party at Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Do you want to build a snowman? Children in grades Kindergarten - 3 are invited to join us for an hour of snowman-themed crafts and activities.This program is hosted by the Whitby Library's Teen Advisory Group. Registration is required. Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French 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 Tuesday.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

 
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Adult Paint Night with Diane Ptolemy at Rossland Branch
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Adult Paint Night with Diane Ptolemy   Theme: By Starlight 

Anyone who has never held a paintbrush can follow Diane's step by step instructions to create a beautiful canvas ready for hanging and have fun while doing it. Diane is an illustrator/artist and has completed historical murals in Dr. Robert Thornton Public School and Col. Farewell Public Schools. Her work has been shown in juried exhibitions with the Oshawa Art Association. Check out her website or Facebook page.

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday December 13, 2017
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Movement, Music and Babies at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This special half hour drop-in program combines music, stories and gentle movements which enhance quiet time together. Please bring a baby blanket.

Infants (up to 18 months) and their parents or caregivers are welcome!

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Fiction Book Club at Central
2:00 PM - 3:30 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 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
 
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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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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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3D Printer Orientation at Central - CANCELLED
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
Thursday December 14, 2017
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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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Rossland Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

A Tree Grows in BrooklynThis month's Rossland Book Club selection is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. 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.

 

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Big Screen Film Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adults (18+) are invited to join us for a free screening of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on the true story written by Rebecca Skloot.
 
“An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.” ~IMDb

This film is rated 14A by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Runtime is 93 minutes.
Closed captioning will be available.

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 24 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circle at Cental
6:30 PM - 9:00 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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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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 December 15, 2017
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Fireside Storytime and Christmas Special
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 Our usual Fireside Storytime is a Christmas Special this morning!

Following the program please join us in the Children's Program Room for festive craft making.

All ages

Drop-in

10:30 a.m.

 
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Christmas Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us for Christmas stories and songs, followed by a Holiday craft session!

All ages welcome!

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: Math - Money Matters!

Registration is required

Registration begins on October 18th at 9am

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Games Galore at Central
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Come hang out and play some board games! Bring your own or choose from our in-house selection. Cooperate with friends –both old and new- and thwart your rivals. We guarantee that our board games will have you not-bored-(games). Okay, we’ll work on our puns, but only if you work on your game ‘cuz I bet you couldn’t trade 100 sheep for one wood *airhorn noise*. But actually we’re open to players of all skill levels, and request that everyone keeps gameplay friendly and fair. 18+
Third Friday of the Month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
Monday December 18, 2017
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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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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.
Tuesday December 19, 2017
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Movement, Music and Babies at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This special half hour drop-in program combines music, stories and gentle movements which enhance quiet time together. Please bring a baby blanket.

Infants (up to 18 months) and their parents or caregivers are welcome!

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch 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
 
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.
Wednesday December 20, 2017
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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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Teens at Rossland - CANCELLED
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This program has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to join us on the third Wednesday of every month as we get creative at the Rossland Branch. This month, we will be making unique votive holders using our favourite quotes and photos. Keep them for yourself, or give as a gift. All supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring small photographs to personalize your craft. Registration is required. Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location or by calling 905-668-1886.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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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 December 21, 2017
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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 December 22, 2017
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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
Wednesday December 27, 2017
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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 December 28, 2017
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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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Family Movie Matinee at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Families are invited to join us for a free movie screening of Cars 3 this holiday season.

"Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world." ~ IMDb.com

All ages are welcome! Registration is not required.

This film is G by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Close captioning will be available.

***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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Kids Create at Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Create your own individual artwork. Please wear old clothes as this could get messy!

Drop-in for JK-Grade 8.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Friday December 29, 2017
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Family Movie Matinee at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Families are invited to join us for a free movie screening of Ballerina this holiday season.

"An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house." ~ IMDb.com

All ages are welcome! Registration is not required.

This film is G by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Close captioning will be available.

***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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Family Movie Matinee at Central
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Families are invited to join us for a free movie screening this holiday season.

All ages are welcome!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Central Library
Wednesday January 3, 2018
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Winter WonderCraft at Brooklin
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children (Grades JK+) and their caregivers are invited to warm up with some wonderful winter crafts. Drop by and get your craft on!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Elf is Elvis at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us for a live action puppet show. Shake, rattle and roll as an everyday elf becomes a rock legend. Elves and snowmen and Santa – oh my! 

All ages are welcome!

Reigistration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Stickerpalooza at Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Children of all ages and their caregivers can drop in to use our huge collection of stickers and foam pieces. Create unique pictures, cards, bookmarks and more!

No registration required, just drop in anytime between 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Sphero Paint Party @ Rossland Branch
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sphero Sprk+ Paint Party Grades 4-6

Have fun-tastic time painting with our new Sphero Sprk+ robots!  Learn how this robot works while creating your masterpiece.  Be prepared to get messy.

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
Thursday January 4, 2018
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Winter WonderCraft at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Children (Grades JK+) and their caregivers are invited to warm up with some wonderful winter crafts. Drop by and get your craft on!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Free Film Night: Maudie
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Image of Maudie DVD film cover. An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Maud Lewis, who became one of Canada's premier folk artists. Filmed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Rated PG by the Ontario Film Review Board. Closed captions. Snacks welcome!
 
Please register for this program using the link below. 
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
Friday January 5, 2018
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S.T.E.A.M. Drop In!
2:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M. Drop In! 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 is not required.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Tuesday January 9, 2018
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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: Central Library
 
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Afternoon Non-Fiction Book Club
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Quiet cover image.Join us for the Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is Quiet by Susan Cain

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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
Wednesday January 10, 2018
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Afternoon Fiction Book Club at Central


January’s selection is the New York Time’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Library Journal has described it as a book that “grabs the reader with its damp, icy fingers and doesn't let go until the last shocking secret has been revealed”

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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Friday's at Central Registration
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 is required - Note: Registration includes all 5 weeks of the program. 

January 19th – Chemical Reactions!

January 26th – Let’s Make A Movie!

February 9th – Who is Rube Goldberg?

February 16th – The Battle of Hot vs. Cold!

March 2nd – Math Game Madness!

Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM     
Thursday January 11, 2018
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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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English Conversation Circle
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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

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.

Fall session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7 and Jan. 11th. The signup for this session is online, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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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.

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Thursday, January 11, 7:00 PM

The artist’s day job is unveiled. Contemporary artists participate in multiple labour forces; sometime in the art world, sometimes outside. This encore presentation glimpses into the lives of practicing artists, their art and their “bread and butter.”

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 75 spaces available.
Monday January 15, 2018
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Brooklin Branch Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Billion Dollar SpyThis month's Brooklin Book Club selection is The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman. 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 begins Saturday, December 9 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, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday January 16, 2018
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Introduction to Chair Yoga at the Rossland Branch
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Chair yoga is a great way to relax from head to toe without the stress of getting out of your chair. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga may result in improved muscle tone, breathing habits, reduction of stressbetter sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Register online or contact any branch.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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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.
Thursday January 18, 2018
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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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
 
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English Conversation Circle
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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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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
Friday January 19, 2018
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 4:00 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. 

Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM     
Monday January 22, 2018
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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.
Tuesday January 23, 2018
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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
Wednesday January 24, 2018
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Chronic Pain Management at the Rossland Branch
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Improve your understanding of chronic pain management, learn about different coping methods, and take an active role in your pain management. The program's intention is to help those with chronic pain, as well as to teach family members, partners and friends how to support people with chronic pain.

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
Thursday January 25, 2018
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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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English Conversation Circle
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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 44 spaces available.
Friday January 26, 2018
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S.T.E.A.M. it Friday's at Central
4:00 PM - 4:50 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. 

Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM     
 
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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
Tuesday January 30, 2018
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Midwifery Adult Program 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 40 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 10 spaces available.
Wednesday January 31, 2018
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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!

Thursday February 1, 2018
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English Conversation Circle
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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Book Pirates at Central
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 85 spaces available.
Monday February 5, 2018
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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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday February 6, 2018
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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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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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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.
Wednesday February 7, 2018
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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
Thursday February 8, 2018
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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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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. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday 4:00-4:40 and 4:50-5:30pm. You may only register your child for one session.

 

For more information contact:

Linda Sellors    905-668-6531 X 2010       lsellors@whitbylibrary.on.ca

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's 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. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday 4:00-4:40 and 4:50-5:30pm. You may only register your child for one session.

 

For more information contact:

Linda Sellors    905-668-6531 X 2010       lsellors@whitbylibrary.on.ca

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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English Conversation Circle
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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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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 75 spaces available.
Friday February 9, 2018
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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. 

Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM     
Monday February 12, 2018
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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 begins Saturday, December 9 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, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 10 spaces available.
Tuesday February 13, 2018
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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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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
Wednesday February 14, 2018
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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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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
Thursday February 15, 2018
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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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday 4:00-4:40 and 4:50-5:30pm. You may only register your child for one session.

 

For more information contact:

Linda Sellors    905-668-6531 X 2010       lsellors@whitbylibrary.on.ca

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's 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. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday 4:00-4:40 and 4:50-5:30pm. You may only register your child for one session.

 

For more information contact:

Linda Sellors    905-668-6531 X 2010       lsellors@whitbylibrary.on.ca

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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English Conversation Circle
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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Page Turners at Central
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.
Friday February 16, 2018
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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. 

Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM     
Tuesday February 20, 2018
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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
Wednesday February 21, 2018
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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
Thursday February 22, 2018
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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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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. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday 4:00-4:40 and 4:50-5:30pm. You may only register your child for one session.

 

For more information contact:

Linda Sellors    905-668-6531 X 2010       lsellors@whitbylibrary.on.ca

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's 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. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

Two 40 minute sessions every Thursday 4:00-4:40 and 4:50-5:30pm. You may only register your child for one session.

 

For more information contact:

Linda Sellors    905-668-6531 X 2010       lsellors@whitbylibrary.on.ca

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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English Conversation Circle
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.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

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
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 10 spaces available.
Friday February 23, 2018
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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
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 70 spaces available.
Monday February 26, 2018
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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.
Tuesday February 27, 2018
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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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Mindfulness at Central Library
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Image of a drop of water in a pool of water. Join Joan Hunt, certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, as she demonstrates how to develop “mindfulness” in our busy lives. Learn through practice to settle in the moment; awaken your senses, and develop an awareness of breathing and body. In this workshop, you'll learn through doing. As such, the majority of the session will focus on the act of meditation, or "the practice." 

This program is intended for adults and registration is required. 

 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A