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Tuesday January 1, 2019 - Thursday January 31, 2019
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January Exhibits

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

 

Central Library

Lobby Display Case - Learning Disabilities Association of Durham Region http://www.ldadr.on.ca/

Art Rail (second floor) - Landscapes by Robert McAffee https://www.robertmcaffee.com/

Archives and Local History Gallery (second floor) - The Canoe Diaries
 
Brooklin Branch
 
 
 
 
LOCATION: Central Library
Wednesday January 23, 2019
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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 for a story and stay to play with new friends!

Registration is not required for this program.

It is held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for six weeks beginning January 16 and continues until February 20.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babies, Music and Movement at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

0-18 months with caregiver

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 16th to February 20th.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch. 

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Cafe at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Central Library's Teen Café is a safe space where youth in grades 7 to 12 can hang out, create, play and do homework. Snacks will be provided. This program is hosted by the Central Library’s Teen Advisory Group. No registration required, just drop in.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x 2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.

It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–7:00 p.m. from January 16 until May 29.

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies and share your projects and ideas.

For Adults 18+

No registration is required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin 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, such as 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.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday January 24, 2019
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Babies, Movement and Music at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Babies, Movement and Music provides a playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes for infants from birth to 18 months of age with their caregivers.

It is held on Thursdays from 9:30–10:00 a.m. beginning January 17 and continues until February 21.

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
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.

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

This program is for children aged 19-35 months with a caregiver. 

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th to February 21st.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

Children 3-4 years old are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 
It is held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 17 and runs for six weeks until February 21.
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.
Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time. 

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 ex 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness. 

This registered program is for children aged 3-4. 

This program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th until February 21st. 

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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One-on-One computer Help at Rossland
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.

Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- Learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- Learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There is 1 space available.
 
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ScreenWise: Digital Kids at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Digital devices can be effective tools in supporting a child's learning, creativity and development. Children (JK- Grade 4) with their caregiver are invited to explore the best apps, games, and activities. Make digital learning fun!

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Teen Advisory Group at Rossland
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Grades 7-12

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

Interested youth are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. TAG at the Rossland Branch meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. No registration required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

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

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

Registration is not requiredPlease let us know if you require any accessibility accommodations. 

For more information contact: Maria Abogado at CDCD   905-686-2661 ext.109   mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Create Your Own Alphabet Board Game at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Families are welcome to join us in celebrating Family Literacy Day by creating your own alphabet board game. We will supply the materials, but feel free to bring pictures with you to personalize your game. A parent completes the registration form for the whole family, but there is a space to indicate how many family members are coming. There is room for 12 families.

Registration is online beginning Saturday January 12 at 9 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Evening Fiction Book Club at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This month’s selection is the wildly popular novel The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Publishers Weekly describes the novel as “A psychologically astute debut.” “The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting.”

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

This Month we are meeting on January 24 at 7 pm in the Children's Program Room.

CONTACT:  Erin Wilson  905-668-6351 ex.2010  ewilson@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle open to those 18+ for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own supplies.

Fireside Stitchers at Central meet every Thursday at the 2nd floor fireplace.

No registration is required. Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 x 2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Friday January 25, 2019
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This is a drop-in program for children ages 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Together, families listen to stories and sing songs in a playful environment.

All ages are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Special Fireside Family Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

We will have a special Fireside Family Storytime followed by a craft in anticipation of Family Literacy Day.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builders Club at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment. 

This is a drop-in program for children aged 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 1 - Grades 1-3

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M.! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  This 5 week program is offered at the Central Library on Fridays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting January 25, 2019 and ending February 22, 2019.

 

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Saturday January 26, 2019
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Knitting Bootcamp for Kids at Central - Part 2
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knitting Bootcamp - Part 2 Grades 3– 8

Knitters who know how to cast on and are familar with the knit stitch are welcome to join us as we build on the skills learned in the first knitting bootcamp. Please bring 6 mm needles. We will supply the wool. Registration begins on Saturday January 19 at 9 a.m. Spaces are limited.

Central Library Saturdays Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23  9:00–10:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments at Central
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There is 1 space available.
 
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Game Time at Brooklin
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hang out and play some board games! We have lots of games to choose from - fight for world domination with some old school Risk or see if you are the better Scrabble wordsmith!

All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
Monday January 28, 2019
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning January 14 and runs for six weeks until February 25 (there is no session on Febrauary 18 because of the Family Day holiday.) 

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engagin familiar setting.

This program is for children 19-35 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

It is held on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 14 and runs for six weeks until February 25 (there isn't a session on February 18 because of the Family Day holiday.)

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There is 1 space available.
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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French Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Families listen to French stories (with a dash of English too!) and sing songs together in a playful environment.

Prior French knowledge is not required. 

It is held on Mondays from 6:30–7:00 p.m. beginning January 14 and continues until May 27 (there is no session on Family Day, Easter Monday and Victoria Day)

Drop in and join us!

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Chess Night at Central
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Improve your skills, have fun and meet other local chess enthusiasts.  Join members of Durham Chess for an evening of casual play.  Choose from two time controls: one 40/40 min game or two 20/20 min games. Meet in the Local History room on the second floor.

Mondays, drop in, no registration required.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Tuesday January 29, 2019
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

It is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs for six weeks until February 19. 

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand French language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.  No prior French knowledge required. 
It is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs for six weeks until February 19. 
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
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.

Children (Grades JK-6) are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Appy Hour at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Travel Apps at Central

Find deals, book flights, reserve accommodations, pack your bags, and get out of town with travel apps. Bring your fully charged device and explore travel apps that can fuel your wanderlust.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 Ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday January 30, 2019
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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 for a story and stay to play with new friends!

Registration is not required for this program.

It is held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for six weeks beginning January 16 and continues until February 20.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babies, Music and Movement at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

0-18 months with caregiver

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 16th to February 20th.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch. 

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Infant and Toddler Sleep Seminar at Rossland
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!

This program is for adults.

This is a registered program. To register click the blue register button or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library. 

Registered patrons are encouraged to arrive on time to ensure your spot. Drop ins are welcome to fill empty seats once the program begins.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Central
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table on the 2nd floor.

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Wednesday Travel
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us the last Wednesday of each month as we travel through film taste and books.

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

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Cafe at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Central Library's Teen Café is a safe space where youth in grades 7 to 12 can hang out, create, play and do homework. Snacks will be provided. This program is hosted by the Central Library’s Teen Advisory Group. No registration required, just drop in.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x 2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.

It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–7:00 p.m. from January 16 until May 29.

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies and share your projects and ideas.

For Adults 18+

No registration is required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
Thursday January 31, 2019
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Babies, Movement and Music at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Babies, Movement and Music provides a playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes for infants from birth to 18 months of age with their caregivers.

It is held on Thursdays from 9:30–10:00 a.m. beginning January 17 and continues until February 21.

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

This program is for children aged 19-35 months with a caregiver. 

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th to February 21st.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Brooklin
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table in the lobby. 

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

Children 3-4 years old are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 
It is held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 17 and runs for six weeks until February 21.
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.
Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time. 

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 ex 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness. 

This registered program is for children aged 3-4. 

This program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th until February 21st. 

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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One-on-One computer Help at Rossland
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.

Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- Learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- Learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Registration is not requiredPlease let us know if you require any accessibility accommodations. 

For more information contact: Maria Abogado at CDCD   905-686-2661 ext.109   mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Hand Reflexology Workshop at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Book cover image Hand Reflexology.

Enjoy this interactive program with a Registered Reflexology Practitioner. Learn which reflexology points on your hands map to your body and learn how to stimulate these reflexes to promote better health! Reflexology can relieve tension, detoxify, ease pain, improve circulation, soothe arthritis and relax your body. Learn hand and finger stretches and try pain relief tools for fingers and hands. This program is intended for adults.

Registration is required and seating is limited. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so another may take your spot. This program is intended for adults.

Please note: people waiting to get into the program, will be allowed to take available seats when it begins. Please arrive on time to ensure your spot. We do this to ensure there are not empty spaces while others are waiting to participate.

Please register below or contact any branch.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 26 spaces available.
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle open to those 18+ for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own supplies.

Fireside Stitchers at Central meet every Thursday at the 2nd floor fireplace.

No registration is required. Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 x 2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Friday February 1, 2019 - Thursday February 28, 2019
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February Exhibits

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

 

Central Library

Lobby Display Case - Whitby Area Boy Scouts http://whitbyscouts.org

Art Rail (second floor) - Sebastian Vasoff Photography https://vasoff.com/

Archives and Local History Gallery (second floor) - The Canoe Diaries
 
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LOCATION: Central Library
Friday February 1, 2019
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This is a drop-in program for children ages 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Together, families listen to stories and sing songs in a playful environment.

All ages are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.
It is held on Fridays from 10:30–11:00 a.m. beginning January 18 and continues until May 31

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment.

Registration is not required.

This program will not run during March Break.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builders Club at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment. 

This is a drop-in program for children aged 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 1 - Grades 1-3

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M.! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  This 5 week program is offered at the Central Library on Fridays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting January 25, 2019 and ending February 22, 2019.

 

 

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Fridays at Rossland
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 3-4 

On the first and third Friday of each month, come and enjoy hands on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. 

Catapult your heart to the one you love (or see how far you can send it). 

This is a registered program for children in grades 3-4. 

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

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
Saturday February 2, 2019
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Knitting Bootcamp for Kids at Central - Part 2
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knitting Bootcamp - Part 2 Grades 3– 8

Knitters who know how to cast on and are familar with the knit stitch are welcome to join us as we build on the skills learned in the first knitting bootcamp. Please bring 6 mm needles. We will supply the wool. Registration begins on Saturday January 19 at 9 a.m. Spaces are limited.

Central Library Saturdays Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23  9:00–10:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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3D Printer Orientation at Central
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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, such as 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.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments at Brooklin
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
Monday February 4, 2019
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning January 14 and runs for six weeks until February 25 (there is no session on Febrauary 18 because of the Family Day holiday.) 

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engagin familiar setting.

This program is for children 19-35 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

It is held on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 14 and runs for six weeks until February 25 (there isn't a session on February 18 because of the Family Day holiday.)

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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YMCA Resume Critique Sessions at Brooklin
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have a resume but want it reviewed by a job skills professional? Book an one-on-one 30 minute resume critique with a professional from YMCA Durham Employment & Community.

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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French Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Families listen to French stories (with a dash of English too!) and sing songs together in a playful environment.

Prior French knowledge is not required. 

It is held on Mondays from 6:30–7:00 p.m. beginning January 14 and continues until May 27 (there is no session on Family Day, Easter Monday and Victoria Day)

Drop in and join us!

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Page Turners at Brooklin
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/Spring session:  Members must be available for the following Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: February 4,  March 4, April 1, and May 6. The signup for this session will be online, beginning on Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Evening Non-Fiction Book Club at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

What It Is Like to Go to WarJoin us for the Evening Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl MalantesHere, Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There is 1 space available.
 
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Chess Night at Central
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Improve your skills, have fun and meet other local chess enthusiasts.  Join members of Durham Chess for an evening of casual play.  Choose from two time controls: one 40/40 min game or two 20/20 min games. Meet in the Local History room on the second floor.

Mondays, drop in, no registration required.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Tuesday February 5, 2019
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

It is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs for six weeks until February 19. 

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand French language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.  No prior French knowledge required. 
It is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs for six weeks until February 19. 
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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.

Children (Grades JK-6) are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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English Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Sue Phelps   905 668-6531 x 2010   sphelps@whitbylibrary.ca

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

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's 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, such as 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.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
Wednesday February 6, 2019
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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 for a story and stay to play with new friends!

Registration is not required for this program.

It is held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for six weeks beginning January 16 and continues until February 20.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babies, Music and Movement at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

0-18 months with caregiver

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 16th to February 20th.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch. 

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Central
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table on the 2nd floor.

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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English 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 high school volunteer.

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

Registration for Reading Buddies begins online on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Cafe at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Central Library's Teen Café is a safe space where youth in grades 7 to 12 can hang out, create, play and do homework. Snacks will be provided. This program is hosted by the Central Library’s Teen Advisory Group. No registration required, just drop in.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.

It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–7:00 p.m. from January 16 until May 29.

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies and share your projects and ideas.

For Adults 18+

No registration is required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
Thursday February 7, 2019
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Babies, Movement and Music at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Babies, Movement and Music provides a playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes for infants from birth to 18 months of age with their caregivers.

It is held on Thursdays from 9:30–10:00 a.m. beginning January 17 and continues until February 21.

Registration is not required.

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

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

This program is for children aged 19-35 months with a caregiver. 

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th to February 21st.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

Children 3-4 years old are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 
It is held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 17 and runs for six weeks until February 21.
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.
Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time. 

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 ex 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness. 

This registered program is for children aged 3-4. 

This program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th until February 21st. 

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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One-on-One Computer Help at Rossland
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.

Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- Learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies
- Learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Reading Buddies at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 7, 2019 and ending March 28, 2019.
**Please note that there will not be a Reading Buddies session held during March Break.

Registration begins on Saturday, January 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.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Registration is not requiredPlease let us know if you require any accessibility accommodations. 

For more information contact: Maria Abogado at CDCD   905-686-2661 ext.109   mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Book Pirates at Brooklin
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/Spring session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2. The signup for this session is online, beginning on Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Book Pirates at Central - FULL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Winter session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Feb. 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2. The signup for this session is online, beginning on Saturday January 5 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle open to those 18+ for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own supplies.

Fireside Stitchers at Central meet every Thursday at the 2nd floor fireplace.

No registration is required. Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 x 2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Free Film Night: The First Grader at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Image of The First Grader Film Cover.A heartwarming and inspiring true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education. Watch the trailer.

Closed captions. Not Rated by the Ontario Film Board. Intended for an adult audience.

Registration is required, please register below or by contacting any branch.

 

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 23 spaces available.
Friday February 8, 2019
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This is a drop-in program for children ages 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Together, families listen to stories and sing songs in a playful environment.

All ages are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.
It is held on Fridays from 10:30–11:00 a.m. beginning January 18 and continues until May 31

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment.

Registration is not required.

This program will not run during March Break.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builders Club at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment. 

This is a drop-in program for children aged 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 1 - Grades 1-3

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M.! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  This 5 week program is offered at the Central Library on Fridays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting January 25, 2019 and ending February 22, 2019.

 

 

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Saturday February 9, 2019
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How to Start a Community Garden with DIG at Central
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Image of book cover The Community Gardening Handbook.Presented by Durham Integrated Growers (DIG). This program is designed to provide information on all elements of starting a community garden. Topics: an introduction to asset based community development, acquiring a site, site design, resources, project funding and creating the organization.

This workshop will benefit those who are considering starting a garden project, urban farm or have an interest in urban agriculture. Have all your questions answered and everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. Visit www.durhamdigs.ca to learn more about DIG.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext 202  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
Monday February 11, 2019
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning January 14 and runs for six weeks until February 25 (there is no session on Febrauary 18 because of the Family Day holiday.) 

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engagin familiar setting.

This program is for children 19-35 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

It is held on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 14 and runs for six weeks until February 25 (there isn't a session on February 18 because of the Family Day holiday.)

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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French Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Families listen to French stories (with a dash of English too!) and sing songs together in a playful environment.

Prior French knowledge is not required. 

It is held on Mondays from 6:30–7:00 p.m. beginning January 14 and continues until May 27 (there is no session on Family Day, Easter Monday and Victoria Day)

Drop in and join us!

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
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, such as 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.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Chess Night at Central
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Improve your skills, have fun and meet other local chess enthusiasts.  Join members of Durham Chess for an evening of casual play.  Choose from two time controls: one 40/40 min game or two 20/20 min games. Meet in the Local History room on the second floor.

Mondays, drop in, no registration required.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Tuesday February 12, 2019
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

It is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs for six weeks until February 19. 

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand French language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.  No prior French knowledge required. 
It is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs for six weeks until February 19. 
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Afternoon Non-Fiction Book Club at Central
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The Power of HabitJoin us for the Afternoon Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. In The Power of Habit , award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes readers inside labs where brain scans record habits as they flourish and die; classrooms in which students learn to boost their willpower; and boardrooms where executives dream up products that tug on our deepest habitual urges.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Homeschool Club at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Children (Grades JK-6) are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Can You Speak Up Please? at Rossland
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Ryan Milne from Ascent Hearing will discuss hearing education, solutions and do some demonstration screenings.

This program is for adults.

This is a registered program. To register click the blue register button or contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library. 

Registered patrons are encouraged to arrive on time to ensure your spot. Drop ins are welcome to fill empty seats once the program begins.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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English Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Sue Phelps   905 668-6531 x 2010   sphelps@whitbylibrary.ca

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

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Wednesday February 13, 2019
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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 for a story and stay to play with new friends!

Registration is not required for this program.

It is held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for six weeks beginning January 16 and continues until February 20.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babies, Music and Movement at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

0-18 months with caregiver

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 16th to February 20th.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch. 

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Central
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table on the 2nd floor.

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Afternoon Fiction Book Club
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This month’s selection is the Bestselling novel The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. Kirkus Reviews notes that the novel “hits a perfect emotional note: bittersweet and honest, comforting and regretful.”

The Whitby Central Library Afternoon Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 2 pm. This Month we will be meeting by the First 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.

CONTACT:  Erin Wilson  905-668-6531 ex.2010  ewilson@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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English 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 high school volunteer.

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

Registration for Reading Buddies begins online on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Advisory Group at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 7-12

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

Interested youth are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. TAG at the Central Library meets on the second Wednesday of every month. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Warm and Fuzzy Circuitry at Rossland
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 1-3

Celebrate Valentine's Day and learn about electricity and circuitry.  Make hearts and play dough objects that will light LEDs, drive motors, and make really loud buzzing sounds. 

This is a registered program for children in grades 1-3. 

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

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.

It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–7:00 p.m. from January 16 until May 29.

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Valentine Makerspace at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Use your mind, hands and heart to make a surprise for someone special!

Children (Grades 1-3) are welcome!

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies and share your projects and ideas.

For Adults 18+

No registration is required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
Thursday February 14, 2019
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Babies, Movement and Music at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Babies, Movement and Music provides a playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes for infants from birth to 18 months of age with their caregivers.

It is held on Thursdays from 9:30–10:00 a.m. beginning January 17 and continues until February 21.

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

This program is for children aged 19-35 months with a caregiver. 

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th to February 21st.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Brooklin
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table in the lobby. 

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

Children 3-4 years old are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 
It is held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 17 and runs for six weeks until February 21.
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.
Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time. 

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 ex 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness. 

This registered program is for children aged 3-4. 

This program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th until February 21st. 

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Reading Buddies at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 7, 2019 and ending March 28, 2019.
**Please note that there will not be a Reading Buddies session held during March Break.

Registration begins on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Squishy Circuit Valentine's
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and learn about electricity and circuitry. Make play dough objects that will light LEDs, drive motors, and make really loud buzzing sounds!

Grades 1-3     Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Erin Wilson  905-668-6351 ex.2010  ewilson@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Registration is not requiredPlease let us know if you require any accessibility accommodations. 

For more information contact: Maria Abogado at CDCD   905-686-2661 ext.109   mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Appy Hour - Online Dating Apps at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us as we share and discuss a selection of apps for your phone or tablet. Bring your own device as we explore an exciting new topic every month!

New to Online Dating? Let us introduce you to the world of dating apps. We will go over the benefits of online dating and which websites and apps are best for you. We will teach you how to set up a basic profile, and much more!

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 23 spaces available.
 
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Art Talks with Olex at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Station Gallery Curator Olex Wlasenko for this dynamic 5-part lecture series at the Central Library every second Thursday in early 2019. 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

It’s Black History Month and this sequel illustrated art talk will expand and 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 44 spaces available.
 
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3D Design Skills at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn the basics of popular free 3D design platforms tinkercad.com and Sculptris, and discuss other programs that can be used to create your own 3D design to print on the Library’s 3D printer. 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, such as 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle open to those 18+ for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own supplies.

Fireside Stitchers at Central meet every Thursday at the 2nd floor fireplace.

No registration is required. Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 x 2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Friday February 15, 2019
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Testing Program Announcements
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This is a drop-in program for children ages 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Together, families listen to stories and sing songs in a playful environment.

All ages are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.
It is held on Fridays from 10:30–11:00 a.m. beginning January 18 and continues until May 31

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment.

Registration is not required.

This program will not run during March Break.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builders Club at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment. 

This is a drop-in program for children aged 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 1 - Grades 1-3

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M.! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This 5 week program is offered at the Central Library on Fridays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting January 25, 2019 and ending February 22, 2019.

 

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Fridays at Rossland
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 1-2

On the first and third Friday of each month, come and enjoy hands on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. 

Join us for our Valentine's Day S.T.E.A.M Program.

This is a registered program for children in grades 1-2. 

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

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Game Time at Central
6:15 PM - 8:45 PM

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

6:15-8:45pm

Registration is not required, just drop in!

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
Saturday February 16, 2019
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Knitting Bootcamp for Kids at Central - Part 2
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knitting Bootcamp - Part 2 Grades 3– 8

Knitters who know how to cast on and are familar with the knit stitch are welcome to join us as we build on the skills learned in the first knitting bootcamp. Please bring 6 mm needles. We will supply the wool. Registration begins on Saturday January 19 at 9 a.m. Spaces are limited.

Central Library Saturdays Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23  9:00–10:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Discover the Joy of Fibre Arts: Intro to Knitting at Brooklin
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

We will show you the building blocks of knitting, sewing weaving and more in our fibre arts mini-series.

Intro to Knitting:
Bring a 6mm set of knitting needles to the library as we teach you how to cast on, knit a row and grow your project from there. We will provide the wool.

Children (Grades 3-6) are welcome!

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 12 spaces available.
Tuesday February 19, 2019
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

It is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs for six weeks until February 19. 

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand French language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.  No prior French knowledge required. 
It is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:45 a.m. beginning January 15 and runs for six weeks until February 19. 
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Eyes Forward Audio Book Club
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join CNIB Ambassado Sharon Johnston on he 3rd Tuesday of each month.  THis program is for individuals 55 years plus with vision loss.

Please register by emailing Sharon at mapaj2000@yahoo.ca

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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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.

Children (Grades JK-6) are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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English Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Sue Phelps   905 668-6531 x 2010   sphelps@whitbylibrary.ca

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

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Family Pop-up Makerspace at Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Children in grades JK-3 and their caregiver

Drop in for an hour of fun STEAM related activites. Children will have the opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities with their parent(s) or caregiver. This program is hosted by the Central Library's Teen Advisory Group.

Please note: This is a family program, and adults are required to stay with their children during the program.

CONTACT:  AskCAF  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Game Time at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hang out and play some board games! We have lots of games to choose from - fight for world domination with some old school Risk or see if you are the better Scrabble wordsmith!

All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Artistic Papercutting Workshop at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Learn the basics of intricately cutting paper and become comfortable using a small blade. Choose from multiple designs to create 8x10 pieces of art ready for framing. Megan, (Clarke, Paper, and Knife), is a self-taught paper artist based in Durham Region.

Please be aware that this workshop will require participants to use fine motor skills and a sharp blade. Adults 18+. Space is limited and registration is required. If you are unable to attend after registering, please cancel so others may attend.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
Wednesday February 20, 2019
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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 for a story and stay to play with new friends!

Registration is not required for this program.

It is held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for six weeks beginning January 16 and continues until February 20.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Babies, Movement and Music at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This program is for children 0-18 months and their caregivers.

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Babies, Music and Movement at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

0-18 months with caregiver

A playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes.

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 16th to February 20th.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch. 

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905 668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Central
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table on the 2nd floor.

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There is 1 space available.
 
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Rossland Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Underground RailroadThis month's Rossland Book Club selection is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. All of our book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. audiobook). If you require an alternative format, please speak with the book club coordinator.

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

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

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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English 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 high school volunteer.

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

Registration for Reading Buddies begins online on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Cafe at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Central Library's Teen Café is a safe space where youth in grades 7 to 12 can hang out, create, play and do homework. Snacks will be provided. This program is hosted by the Central Library’s Teen Advisory Group. No registration required, just drop in.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 ex 2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.

It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–7:00 p.m. from January 16 until May 29.

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies and share your projects and ideas.

For Adults 18+

No registration is required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
Thursday February 21, 2019
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Babies, Movement and Music at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Babies, Movement and Music provides a playful approach to literacy-rich songs, stories and action rhymes for infants from birth to 18 months of age with their caregivers.

It is held on Thursdays from 9:30–10:00 a.m. beginning January 17 and continues until February 21.

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
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.

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Toddler Time at Rossland
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

This program is for children aged 19-35 months with a caregiver. 

This registered program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th to February 21st.

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

Children 3-4 years old are welcome!

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 
It is held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 17 and runs for six weeks until February 21.
Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.
The child must be the required age before the program starts.
Due to space limitations, a child may register in only one Toddler Time. 

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 ex 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness. 

This registered program is for children aged 3-4. 

This program runs for 6 weeks from January 17th until February 21st. 

Registration begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person, or by calling any branch.  

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Meet Melville the MakerBot Replicator 2
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn about how the 3D printer works, see it in action and ask all of your questions!

We’ll also be using tables to see where 3D object designs come from.

 

Grades JK-6, families welcome! Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Erin Wilson  905-668-6351 ex.2010  ewilson@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
 
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Reading Buddies at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 7, 2019 and ending March 28, 2019.
**Please note that there will not be a Reading Buddies session held during March Break.

Registration begins on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Registration is not requiredPlease let us know if you require any accessibility accommodations. 

For more information contact: Maria Abogado at CDCD   905-686-2661 ext.109   mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Big Screen Film Club: Crazy Rich Asians at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the global bestseller by the same name by Kevin Kwan. This contemporary romantic comedy follows native NewCrazy Rich Asians - Kwan, Kevin Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

This film is rated PG.
Closed captions.

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 32 spaces available.
 
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Page Turners at Central - FULL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Winter session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16. The signup for this session will be online, beginning on Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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John Howard Society: Trade Talk at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Image skilled trades worker.Take a comprehensive look at Apprenticeships and Trades in Ontario, including the roles of Employment Service Providers, Ministry of Training, Colleges, Universities and the Ontario Colleges of Trades! Examine the process from start to finish to fully understand the educational requirements and training options available, along with how to obtain an apprenticeship and what happens once an individual is registered as an apprentice. Presented by the John Howard Society.

Registration is required, please register below or contact any branch.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 22 spaces available.
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle open to those 18+ for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own supplies.

Fireside Stitchers at Central meet every Thursday at the 2nd floor fireplace.

No registration is required. Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 x 2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Friday February 22, 2019
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Rossland
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This is a drop-in program for children ages 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Together, families listen to stories and sing songs in a playful environment.

All ages are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.
It is held on Fridays from 10:30–11:00 a.m. beginning January 18 and continues until May 31

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment.

Registration is not required.

This program will not run during March Break.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Junior Builders Club at Rossland
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo blocks, children and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment. 

This is a drop-in program for children aged 2-5. No registration required. 

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations

CONTACT:  Rossland Branch  905-668-1886  askrossland@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 1 - Grades 1-3

Don't miss S.T.E.A.M.! Enjoy different hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This 5 week program is offered at the Central Library on Fridays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting January 25, 2019 and ending February 22, 2019.

 

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 ex.2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Saturday February 23, 2019
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Knitting Bootcamp for Kids at Central - Part 2
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knitting Bootcamp - Part 2 Grades 3– 8

Knitters who know how to cast on and are familar with the knit stitch are welcome to join us as we build on the skills learned in the first knitting bootcamp. Please bring 6 mm needles. We will supply the wool. Registration begins on Saturday January 19 at 9 a.m. Spaces are limited.

Central Library Saturdays Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23  9:00–10:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Sunday February 24, 2019
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Black History Month Panel: Shaping the Future - Together
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Shaping the Future - Together

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, we are proudly hosting a special panel discussion “Shaping the Future – Together”.

This program is presented by the Congress of Black Women of Canada, Oshawa/Whitby and Ajax/Pickering Chapter, Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc., and the Whitby Public Library.

Registration is required and open to 16 years and older.

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 54 spaces available.
Monday February 25, 2019
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes is a half hour program for children aged three and four that helps to expand language, number familiarity and encourage school readiness.

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning January 14 and runs for six weeks until February 25 (there is no session on Febrauary 18 because of the Family Day holiday.) 

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

 

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x. 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is for children aged 19-35 months and their caregivers. It is designed to enhance language development through stories, songs and movement in an engaging familiar setting. 

It is held on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 14 and runs for six weeks until February 25 (there isn't a session on February 18 because of the Family Day holiday.)

Registration begins on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

The child must be the required age before the program starts.

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

CONTACT:  Central Library  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Brooklin
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table in the lobby. Can't make this time? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Brooklin Branch Book Club at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This month's Brooklin Book Club selection is The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. All of our book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. audiobook).The Illegal If you require an alternative format, please speak with the book club coordinator.

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

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Chess Night at Central
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Improve your skills, have fun and meet other local chess enthusiasts.  Join members of Durham Chess for an evening of casual play.  Choose from two time controls: one 40/40 min game or two 20/20 min games. Meet in the Local History room on the second floor.

Mondays, drop in, no registration required.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Monday is Murder at Central
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

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

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

We are meeting the fourth Monday this month because of the Family Day holiday on the 18.

 

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Tuesday February 26, 2019
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English Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Sue Phelps   905 668-6531 x 2010   sphelps@whitbylibrary.ca

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

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

 

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

Grades 7-12

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

Interested youth are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. TAG at the Brooklin Branch Central Library meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. No registration required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Teen Advisory Group at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Grades 7-12

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

Interested youth are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. TAG at the Brooklin Branch meets on the third Tuesday of every month. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Appy Hour at Central
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Organization Apps at Central

Make life seamless with productivity and organization apps. Bring your fully charged device and explore popular apps that will help you stay organized, efficient and most importantly, in control of your time.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 Ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There is 1 space available.
Wednesday February 27, 2019
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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? 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.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Central
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table on the 2nd floor.

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Wednesday Travel
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us the last Wednesday of each month as we travel through film taste and books.

 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments 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
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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English 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 high school volunteer.

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

Registration for Reading Buddies begins online on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Teen Cafe at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Central Library's Teen Café is a safe space where youth in grades 7 to 12 can hang out, create, play and do homework. Snacks will be provided. This program is hosted by the Central Library’s Teen Advisory Group. No registration required, just drop in.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.

It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–7:00 p.m. from January 16 until May 29.

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies and share your projects and ideas.

For Adults 18+

No registration is required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
Thursday February 28, 2019
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Brooklin
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table in the lobby. 

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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1-on-1 Computer Appointments at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
- learn how to use our digital content, including books, audiobooks, magazines, music, and movies
- learn how to use our online research tools
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  905 668-6531 x.2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.on.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Reading Buddies at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 7, 2019 and ending March 28, 2019.
**Please note that there will not be a Reading Buddies session held during March Break.

Registration begins on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Teen Advisory Group at Rossland
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Grades 7-12

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

Interested youth are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. TAG at the Rossland Branch meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. No registration required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

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

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

Registration is not requiredPlease let us know if you require any accessibility accommodations. 

For more information contact: Maria Abogado at CDCD   905-686-2661 ext.109   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, such as 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.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Evening Fiction Book Club at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This Month’s selection is the New York Times bestselling novel The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Library Journal says, “This fast-paced story offers courageous heroines, villains you love to hate, and dramatic life-or-death stakes. A compelling blend of historical fiction, mystery, and women’s fiction, Quinn’s complex story and engaging characters have something to offer just about everyone.” 

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.

CONTACT:  Erin Wilson  905-668-6351 ex.2010  ewilson@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle open to those 18+ for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own supplies.

Fireside Stitchers at Central meet every Thursday at the 2nd floor fireplace.

No registration is required. Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 x 2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Friday March 1, 2019
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Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Together, families listen to stories and sing songs in a playful environment.

All ages are welcome!

Registration is not required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
 
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Fireside Family Storytime at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.
It is held on Fridays from 10:30–11:00 a.m. beginning January 18 and continues until May 31

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Junior Builders Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Using Duplo bricks, children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to build, play and learn in a fun, interactive environment.

Registration is not required.

This program will not run during March Break.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Saturday March 2, 2019
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Discover the Joy of Fibre Arts: Intro to Weaving at Brooklin
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

We will show you the building blocks of knitting, sewing weaving and more in our fibre arts mini-series.

Intro to Weaving:
Bring a size 13 tapestry needle to the library and get started weaving on a simple loom! Learn to make many fun projects with your new weaving skills. We will provide the wool.

Children (Grades 3-6) are welcome!

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

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 19 spaces available.
Monday March 4, 2019
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Together We 'Hang'
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Facilitated by FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism, youth on the Autism spectrum are paired with a peer volunteer for a social gathering fostering inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. To participate or volunteer, please contact Melissa Benevides at 905–420–0388, Ext. 3 or melissa@footprints4autism.org.

Central Library Mondays, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
 
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Page Turners at Brooklin
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/Spring session:  Members must be available for the following Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: February 4,  March 4, April 1, and May 6. The signup for this session will be online, beginning on Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Evening Non-Fiction Book Club at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

NomadlandJoin us for the Evening Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is Nomadland by Jessica Bruder. In Nomadland, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy--one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Chess Night at Central
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Improve your skills, have fun and meet other local chess enthusiasts.  Join members of Durham Chess for an evening of casual play.  Choose from two time controls: one 40/40 min game or two 20/20 min games. Meet in the Local History room on the second floor.

Mondays, drop in, no registration required.

CONTACT:  Ask Reference  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library
Tuesday March 5, 2019
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English Reading Buddies at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Sue Phelps   905 668-6531 x 2010   sphelps@whitbylibrary.ca

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

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

 

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, such as 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.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 ext2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
Wednesday March 6, 2019
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Job Help 1-to-1 with John Howard Society at Central
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Receive free resume, cover letter, and interview help. Learn how to access the hidden job market and improve your job search skills. Drop in to their table on the 2nd floor.

Drop-in for help with:

- Career exploration
- Resume assistance and development
- Job search strategies
- Interview tips
- Apprenticeship information
- Current labour market information
- Access to the hidden job market

Can't make this date? You can call JHS to book an appointment 905-666-8847 ext. 63. 

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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English 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 high school volunteer.

English Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered at the Central Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 5/6, 2019 and ending the week of March 26/ 27, with one week off at March Break.

Registration for Reading Buddies begins online on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Teen Advisory Group at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 7-12

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

Interested youth are encouraged to attend a TAG meeting to see what it’s all about. No registration required.

Please note: TAG is meeting one week earlier this month due to March Break. TAG at the Central Library usually meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

CONTACT:  Teen Services  905-668-6531 x 2010  teenservices@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
 
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Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Families listen to stories and sing songs together in a playful environment.

It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–7:00 p.m. from January 16 until May 29.

Registration is not required for this program.

CONTACT:    905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies and share your projects and ideas.

For Adults 18+

No registration is required.

Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
Thursday March 7, 2019
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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.

CONTACT:  Mallory D.     
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. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Reading Buddies at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet for an hour each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 7 week program is offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting February 7, 2019 and ending March 28, 2019.
**Please note that there will not be a Reading Buddies session held during March Break.

Registration begins on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
Click here to register.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. This 7 week program begins February 7th, 2019 and ends March 28th with one week off at March Break.

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

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 x 2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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English Conversation Circle at Central
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Registration is not requiredPlease let us know if you require any accessibility accommodations. 

For more information contact: Maria Abogado at CDCD   905-686-2661 ext.109   mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
 
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Book Pirates at Brooklin
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/Spring session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2. The signup for this session is online, beginning on Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Brooklin Branch  905 655-3191  askbrooklin@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
 
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Book Pirates at Central - FULL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Winter session:  Members must be available for the following Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Feb. 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2. The signup for this session is online, beginning on Saturday January 5 at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT:  Children's and Adult Fiction Department  905-668-6531 X2010  askcaf@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
 
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Fireside Stitchers at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gather around the fireplace while you socialize and stitch! This is an informal circle open to those 18+ for knitting, crochet and needlepoint; all skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own supplies.

Fireside Stitchers at Central meet every Thursday at the 2nd floor fireplace.

No registration is required. Please contact us if you require any accessibility accommodations.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  905-668-6531 x 2020  askreference@whitbylibrary.ca
LOCATION: Central Library