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Sunday October 1, 2017 - Tuesday October 31, 2017
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October Exhibits
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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

Central Library

Lobby Display Case- Forever Young Impressions

Art Rail (second floor)- Fantasy Landscapes by Nesrin Blair

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

Brooklin Branch

Glass Display Case- For the Love of Fall, display by library staff

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Monday October 23, 2017
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining September 11 and runs for six weeks until October 23. There will be no program on October 9 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Registration begins on Wednesday, September 6 at 9:30 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 storytime.

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

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 11 and running until October 23. There is no program on Thanksgiving, October 9.

Registration begins on September 6 9:30 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.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There is 1 space available.
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Together We 'Hang'
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
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Building a Community one Brick at a Time
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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

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

This program is for children in grades 2 to 5.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
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Tuesday October 24, 2017
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Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop Series at Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free six week workshop for caregivers. It is presented by the Central East LHIN Self-Management Program.

In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions. Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.

The six classes are divided into: Taking Care of You, Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress, Communicating Feelings, Needs and Concerns, Communicating in Challenging Situations, Learning from Our Emotions, and Mastering Caregiving Decisions.

Participants must be able to attend all six weeks; every Tuesday, October 3 through November 7, 10:00 - 11:30 am, 2017.

Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Call  1-866-971-5545 or go online to www.ceselfmanagment.ca to register.

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LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 3, 2017

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



 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Family Science Nights at Central
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Obey Newton: It’s the Law!

Sir Isaac Newton was one smart dude. Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion as you learn how things move; how size does matter; and how your action always produces a reaction. You will make a tumble bunny, create a flying fish and build a racing car. Physics is fun!

Children up to grade 7 along with their parents are invited to join Scientists in School to participate in hands-on activites and experiments. At the end of the workshop, each participating child also receives a Family Science Kit which contains materials and an instructional booklet of activities so that the scientific discovery can continue at home!

Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location, or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Two 45 minute sessions are being offered for this program, 6:00-6:45 p.m. and 7:00-7:45 p.m. You may only register for one session.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program, held every  Tuesday (through October, 2017).  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
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Family Science Nights at Central
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Obey Newton: It’s the Law!

Sir Isaac Newton was one smart dude. Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion as you learn how things move; how size does matter; and how your action always produces a reaction. You will make a tumble bunny, create a flying fish and build a racing car. Physics is fun!

Children up to grade 7 along with their parents are invited to join Scientists in School to participate in hands-on activites and experiments. At the end of the workshop, each participating child also receives a Family Science Kit which contains materials and an instructional booklet of activities so that the scientific discovery can continue at home!

Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location, or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Two 45 minute sessions are being offered for this program, 6:00-6:45 p.m. and 7:00-7:45 p.m. You may only register for one session.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Wednesday October 25, 2017
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Infant and Toddler Sleep Seminar at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 17 spaces available.
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Wednesday Travel Program
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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3D Printer Orientation
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 4 spaces available.
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

Children in grades 2 to 5 are invited to create their very own superhero emblem and add it to a cape and mask craft to take home. Just in time for Halloween!

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
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Teens at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Zone

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
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Wednesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 4, 2017

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

 

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

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

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

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

Please note the date change for this program - it will take place on Wednesday, October 25th.

We're celebrating Halloween with a spooktacular party! Children in grades JK-3 are invited to join us for an hour of crafts, games and stories as we get ready for the big night. Costumes are optional, but encouraged.

This program is brought to you by the Whitby Public Library's Teen Advisory Group. Registration is required. Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location, or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

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

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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Thursday October 26, 2017
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
10:15 AM - 3:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There is 1 space available.
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A - FULL
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

This program is now FULL.

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

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

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

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

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

Drop in. No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
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Author Bill Allen at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bill Allen, author of A Collection of Works by Florence Helena McGillivray, joins us on October 26 to share stories about the life and work of McGillivray as well as his research into creating the book commemorating her career.

Born in Whitby in 1864, McGillivray was an artist and instructor and created a body of work that are in collections in the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa.

Registration is required.

Don’t forget to check out the Station Gallery from October 14 to December 10 to see Finding Florence, an exhibit of McGillivray’s work.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 56 spaces available.
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Knitting Circle @ Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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Friday October 27, 2017
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration is not required. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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CANCELLED - Durham College Lecture Series: Memory - Abilities and Failings
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Durham College Lecture Series has been postponed due to a province-wide work stoppage.

The Series will resume on Fridays once the work stoppage is over.

Thank you for your patience.

 

Presented by Durham College faculty members who are experts in their fields, this inspiring and engaging weekly series of talks will cover a variety of subjects. This series will run at the same time, each of the following Fridays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Nov. 3, 17, and 24, concluding on Dec. 1.

This week's topic: Memory - Abilities and Failings

Human memory is a complex and important part of our life.  How does it work and how does it fail?  In this session, participants will learn the general workings of memory.  Then, to illustrate some of the complexities of this cognitive system, attendees will experience various psychological principles through experiments and demonstrations.

Presented by: Lynne Kennette

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
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SuperHero Puppet Show
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us at Central. All Ages are welcome to enjoy a super-duper show with heroes, villians and tons of laughs!

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Teen Advisory Group at Brooklin
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Saturday October 28, 2017
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Knit'B'Cause at Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knit'B'Cause is an intergenerational knitting program for children in grades 3-8. We teach the basics - how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl and how to cast off - while making items for various charity groups. We have made red scarves for AIDS, comfort dolls for an international aid organization and lap blankets for seniors, among other items.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
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Monday October 30, 2017
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining October 30 and continues for six weeks until December 4.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 9 and runs until February 13.

Registration begins on January 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There is 1 space available.
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Together We 'Hang'
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
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Building a Community one Brick at a Time
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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

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

This program is for children in grades 2 to 5.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Proo(f) Paranormal at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Adults are invited to join us as the Proo(f) team explores the paranormal through a journey into some of their darkest investigations. Video presentation, photography analysis and audio reviews, as well as an interactive presentation on how to investigate the paranormal using tools of the trade.

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 20 spaces available.
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Sculptris Basics
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3D modelling software. This workshop covers the basic functions of Sculptris, a free 3D modelling software which can be used to digitally design and sculpt your own custom organic objects, printable on the library's MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.
 

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

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 10 spaces available.
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Tuesday October 31, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop Series at Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free six week workshop for caregivers. It is presented by the Central East LHIN Self-Management Program.

In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions. Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.

The six classes are divided into: Taking Care of You, Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress, Communicating Feelings, Needs and Concerns, Communicating in Challenging Situations, Learning from Our Emotions, and Mastering Caregiving Decisions.

Participants must be able to attend all six weeks; every Tuesday, October 3 through November 7, 10:00 - 11:30 am, 2017.

Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Call  1-866-971-5545 or go online to www.ceselfmanagment.ca to register.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
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French Stories for Threes and Fours at Central
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Drop-in Employment Help with John Howard Society
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

This is a drop-in program and there is no need to register, just drop by between 1-5 p.m. for assistance.

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
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
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 3, 2017

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



 

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

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program, held every  Tuesday (through October 2017).  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

 
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
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Wednesday November 1, 2017 - Thursday November 30, 2017
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November Exhibits
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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

Central Library

Lobby Display Case - Road Watch Program -  Whitby Road Watch 

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

Archives and Local History Gallery (second floor) -  Feu de Joie:Whitby in 1867
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Glass Display Case - John Blue - Brooklin Legion - Sgt of Arms
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Wednesday November 1, 2017
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
There is 1 space available.
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S.T.E.A.M. It 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 is required:
To Register click the blue button below
or
Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
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Teens at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Zone

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
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Wednesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 4, 2017

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

 

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

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

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

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

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

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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Thursday November 2, 2017
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 2 and continues until December 7.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic
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.  Babies up to four months of age are eligible for a free hearing screening if they did not receive one at birth in the hospital. 

For more information or to book an appointment, please call the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program at 1-888-703-5437, ext. 4.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A - FULL
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

This program is now FULL.

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

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

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

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

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

Drop in. No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Free Film Night: Allied at Central Library
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) are World War II operatives who never reveal their true identities. Max is a Canadian intelligence officer and Marianne is a French Resistance fighter and collaborator. After falling in love, during a risky mission in Casablanca, they hope to leave all that double-dealing behind them and start new lives. Instead, suspicion and danger envelop their marriage as both husband and wife become pitted against each other in an escalating, potentially lethal test that has global consequences. Image Allied film poster.

Rated 14A by the Ontario Film Review Board. Closed captioned.

Drama/Romantic Thriller. Running time: approx. 2 hours. Released Nov/2016.

Registration is required. Snacks are welcome. 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
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Knitting Circle @ Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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Friday November 3, 2017
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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

Drop in for special super hero themed stories, songs, and much more! Come as your favourite super hero!

All ages welcome! 

Registration is not required.

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

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

Registration is not required. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Durham College Lecture Series: Aches and Pain - What is Your Body Telling You?
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by Durham College faculty members who are experts in their fields, this inspiring and engaging weekly series of talks will cover a variety of subjects. This series will run at the same time, each of the following Fridays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Nov. 3, 17, and 24, concluding on Dec. 1.

This week's topic: Aches and Pain - What is Your Body Telling You?

Pain is a common human experience that can be difficult to understand.  Is pain in the shoulder coming from the shoulder? Is a headache really a head ache? Is sciatica a low back problem? The purpose of this session is to explore how pain occurs and provide a simple guide on common, unusual, and unexpected sources.  Various treatment options will be also be discussed.

Presented by: Nadine Ellul

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 19 spaces available.
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

This week: Science - All About Space!

Registration is required

Registration begins on October 18th at 9am
 

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Teens at Brooklin
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Youth in grades 7-12 can come to the Brooklin Branch on the first Friday of the month to create, craft, design and play! Check back here the Monday before the program to discover this month's theme, or come and be surprised.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 30 spaces available.
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Saturday November 4, 2017
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International Games Day at Brooklin
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate International Games Day by playing a favourite board game (or discovering a new one!). People of all ages are invited to drop by the Brooklin Branch between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to choose from our large selection of games.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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International Games Day at Rossland Branch
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate International Games Day by playing a favourite board game (or discovering a new one!). People of all ages are invited to drop by the Rossland Branch between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.to join in the fun.

 

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Monday November 6, 2017
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining October 30 and continues for six weeks until December 4.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 9 and runs until February 13.

Registration begins on January 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There is 1 space available.
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Together We 'Hang'
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
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Building a Community one Brick at a Time
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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

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

This program is for children in grades 2 to 5.

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

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

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

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

Join us for the Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is the The Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
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Tuesday November 7, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop Series at Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free six week workshop for caregivers. It is presented by the Central East LHIN Self-Management Program.

In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions. Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.

The six classes are divided into: Taking Care of You, Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress, Communicating Feelings, Needs and Concerns, Communicating in Challenging Situations, Learning from Our Emotions, and Mastering Caregiving Decisions.

Participants must be able to attend all six weeks; every Tuesday, October 3 through November 7, 10:00 - 11:30 am, 2017.

Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Call  1-866-971-5545 or go online to www.ceselfmanagment.ca to register.

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

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

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Read With Me At Your Library at Central
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This early literacy program is for newborns up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will run for 4 weeks and takes place weekly starting on Tuesday, November 7th. Registration is required. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010 beginning Wednesday, October 18th at 9:30 a.m.

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 3, 2017

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



 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Math + Science = Fun at Central
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Do you speak math? Math is the language of science. Explore the power of math as a chemist mixing your own edible treat, an engineer building a super roller coaster, and a biologist baffling your parents with science. Speak math? Now you do! Registration is required.

Children up to grade 7 along with their parents are invited to join Scientists in School to participate in hands-on activites and experiments. At the end of the workshop, each participating child also receives a Family Science Kit which contains materials and an instructional booklet of activities so that the scientific discovery can continue at home!

Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location, or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Two 45 minute sessions are being offered for this program, 6:00-6:45 p.m. and 7:00-7:45 p.m.. You may only register for one session.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program, held every  Tuesday (through October, 2017).  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
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Math + Science = Fun at Central
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Do you speak math? Math is the language of science. Explore the power of math as a chemist mixing your own edible treat, an engineer building a super roller coaster, and a biologist baffling your parents with science. Speak math? Now you do! Registration is required.

Children up to grade 7 along with their parents are invited to join Scientists in School to participate in hands-on activites and experiments. At the end of the workshop, each participating child also receives a Family Science Kit which contains materials and an instructional booklet of activities so that the scientific discovery can continue at home!

Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location, or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

Two 45 minute sessions are being offered for this program, 6:00-6:45 p.m. and 7:00-7:45 p.m.. You may only register for one session.

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Create Your Superhero Self: Comic Art for Adults at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you have an inner artist just waiting to be unleashed? How about a super alter ego? Have some fun in this art program just for adults. We've got an expert on hand to show us how! There will be different styles of comic art on display; you choose what design type you like. We'll use pencil, then black markers, to "ink" our comic self-portraits. This is Part 1.

Part 2: your art will be hung on our second floor art rail for the month of November to promote our upcoming WhitCAF (Whitby Comic Arts Festival), coming Sat. Nov. 18, 11:00a.m - 4:00 p.m.! Sign your piece boldly for the world to see, or retain your anonymity; you decide! Pick up your newly famous artwork at the beginning of December and take it home. 

Registration is required and space is limited. 

 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 19 spaces available.
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Wednesday November 8, 2017
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

This session begins the week of October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Fiction Book Club at Central
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

The Whitby Central Library fiction book club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm in front of the main floor fireplace.

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

LOCATION: Central Library
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3D Printer Orientation
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

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

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

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Teen Advisory Group at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
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Wednesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 4, 2017

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

 

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

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Super Hero Puppet Show at Rossland Branch
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

All ages.

Enjoy a super duper puppet show filled with heroes, villains and tons of laughs!

Drop in. No Registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Knitting Circle at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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Thursday November 9, 2017
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 2 and continues until December 7.

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

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

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

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

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

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A - FULL
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

This program is now FULL.

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

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

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

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

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

Drop in. No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

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

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

This Month - Hoopla. Learn how to stream TV shows & Movies, read eBooks, eAudiobooks, and comics with this new Library App.

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 22 spaces available.
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Knitting Circle @ Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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Friday November 10, 2017
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Superhero Storytime @ Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

All ages.

Drop in for special super hero themed stories, songs, and much more! Come as your favourite super hero!

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

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

Registration is not required. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Superhero Puppet Show at Brooklin
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a super-duper puppet show filled with heroes, villains and tons of laughs!

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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Saturday November 11, 2017
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Knit'B'Cause at Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knit'B'Cause is an intergenerational knitting program for children in grades 3-8. We teach the basics - how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl and how to cast off - while making items for various charity groups. We have made red scarves for AIDS, comfort dolls for an international aid organization and lap blankets for seniors, among other items. We are currently full and our waitlist is full as well.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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International Games Day
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Wanted to get in to Board Games but intimidated by all the rules? Then come to our Board Game Bootcamp! We will be walking you through the setup and play for a variety of popular board games we have in our catalogue. Participants are welcome to grab a game and give playthrough a try themselves! No registration is required. 18+

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
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Holiday Cards for Vets at Rossland Branch
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

All Ages

Children are invited to make a holiday card offering good wishes to a veteran. Completed cards will be mailed to veterans in our community in time for the holidays.

Please note: It will take only a few minutes to make the card. This program is not 2 hours in duration.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Holiday Cards for Vets at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Children (Grades 1-8) are invited to make a holiday card offering good wishes to a veteran. Completed cards will be mailed to veterans in our community in time for the holidays.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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Monday November 13, 2017
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining October 30 and continues for six weeks until December 4.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 9 and runs until February 13.

Registration begins on January 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
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Together We 'Hang'
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
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Building a Community one Brick at a Time
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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

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

This program is for children in grades 2 to 5.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Sculptris Basics
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3D modelling software. This workshop covers the basic functions of Sculptris, a free 3D modelling software which can be used to digitally design and sculpt your own custom organic objects, printable on the library's MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.
 

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

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 10 spaces available.
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Tuesday November 14, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

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

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for the Non-Fiction Book Club. This month's selection is The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
There are 9 spaces available.
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Homeschool Club at Brooklin
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 3, 2017

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



 

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

We're getting ready for this Saturday's Comic Arts Festival with a special program just for the kids. Children in grades Kindergarten to 3 are invited to join us for an hour of fun as we celebrate some of our favourite comic and graphic novel characters, including Captain Underpants, Dog Man and Geronimo Stilton. We'll play games, read stories and create our own comics. This program is hosted by the Central Library's Teen Advisory Group.

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

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

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program, held every  Tuesday (through October 2017).  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
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3D Printer Orientation
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 5 spaces available.
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Wednesday November 15, 2017
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Teens at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Zone

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
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Wednesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 4, 2017

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

 

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

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

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

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

Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join us on the third Wednesday of the month as we get creative at the Rossland Branch. This month we’ll be making one of a kind glass magnets. Use them to decorate your locker or fridge, or give them as gifts. All supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring small photos or special paper that you would like to use. Registration is required. Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location or by calling 905-668-1886.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Knitting Circle at Brooklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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Thursday November 16, 2017
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 2 and continues until December 7.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic
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.  Babies up to four months of age are eligible for a free hearing screening if they did not receive one at birth in the hospital. 

For more information or to book an appointment, please call the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program at 1-888-703-5437, ext. 4.

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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Rossland Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Behind Closed DoorsThis month's Rossland Book Club selection is Behind Closed Doords by B.A Paris. All of our book club selections are available in alternative formats (eg. audiobook). If you require an alternative format, please speak with the book club coordinator.

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

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

Registration begins August 19th.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A - FULL
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

This program is now FULL.

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

Registration begins on Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session B - FULL
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

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

Drop in. No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Big Screen Film Club: The Circle at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adults (18+) are invited to join us for a free screening of The Circle, based on the novel of the same title by author, David Eggers.
 
“A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.” ~IMDb

This film is rated PG by the Ontario Film Review Board.
Runtime is 110 minutes.
Closed captioning will be available.

Registration is required:
To Register click the blue button below
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 29 spaces available.
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English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
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Page Turners at Central - FULL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
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An Evening with Author Karen Swan at Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us as we welcome, in partnership with Blue Heron Books, bestselling author Karen Swan reading from her latest novel The Christmas Secret. Set on the beautiful island of Islay, The Christmas Secret is a gripping story filled with loss, love, secrets and adventure.

Swan began her career in fashion journalism then gave it up to raise her three children and a puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany's, Summer at Tiffany'sThe Perfect PresentChristmas in the Snow, Christmas on Primrose Hill and The Paris Secret.

The evening is being hosted by Susanna Kearsley, bestselling author of numerous The Firebird and The Winter Sea.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 65 spaces available.
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Knitting Circle @ Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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Friday November 17, 2017
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Molly the Dalmatian and Fire Education Officer Terry at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Back by popular demand Molly and Fire Education Officer Terry will be presenting tips on fire safety around the home. This special program is for youngsters 5 years and up. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
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Junior Builder's Club at Brooklin
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Registration is not required. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Durham College Lecture Series: Nutrition Misinformation: Identify Fraud and Misleading Claims
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by Durham College faculty members who are experts in their fields, this inspiring and engaging weekly series of talks will cover a variety of subjects. This series will run at the same time, each of the following Fridays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Nov. 3, 17, and 24, concluding on Dec. 1.

Presenter: Nicole Mastnak

The media is a major source of information for many people, and comes in multiple forms, including: websites, television, advertisements, social media, radio and newspaper. The trouble with obtaining nutrition news from news media, is that these reporters may be relaying information on a finding, before it has been fully tested.  It's not always just the reporter to blame: sometimes scientists get so excited about their findings, that they leak the information to the media, before it has been through rigorous review by the scientific community.

It also holds true that a person should avoid taking action based on a single study - this is known as acting impulsively, not scientifically. Developing a more critical eye for nutrition news will serve to benefit you if you are guilty of making immediate changes because of a link on your Facebook news feed.

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 40 spaces available.
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Super Hero Party at Brooklin
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Are you faster than a speeding bullet? Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Or can you move things with your mind?
Come dressed as your favourite super hero and unleash your super powers!

Children (Grades 1+) are welcome!

Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 18 spaces available.
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Teens at Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Game On!

Don’t get bored on the P.A. Day! Join us for a fun afternoon of board games, Minute to Win It challenges, giant Jenga and more! Or, if games aren’t your thing, just come and hang out. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. Register online, in person at any Whitby Library location or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

This week: Technology - Ozobots!

Registration is required

Registration begins on October 18th at 9am

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Drinks‘n Doodles Adult Program & WhitCAF Mixer
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

First, join us for the WhitCAF (Whitby Comic Arts Festival) kickoff event with an evening of comic arts drawing and doodling. Bring your sketchbook, or come empty handed (pencils, markers and paper will be provided) and socialize with other aspiring artists (doodlers) in a relaxed, judgement-free environment. 

WhitCAF is happening Sat. Nov. 18 at the Central library; please go to online or check out our Program Guide to find out more. 

After the Drinks 'n Doodles program, you may want to stay to mix and mingle with some of WhitCAF’s artists, illustrators and vendors. A selection of appetizers will be provided (while quantities last). This program is hosted in partnership with The Royal Oak.

Registration is required for the Drinks ‘n Doodles portion of the evening ONLY. This program is for Adults 19+.

Location: The Royal Oak, 617 Victoria Street West, Whitby.

There are 23 spaces available.
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Games Galore @ Central
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Come hang out and play some board games for our inaugural Games Galore Fridays! Bring your own or choose from our in-house selection. Cooperate with friends –both old and new- and thwart your rivals. We guarantee that our board games will have you not-bored-(games). Okay, we’ll work on our puns, but only if you work on your game ‘cuz I bet you couldn’t trade 100 sheep for one wood *airhorn noise*. But actually we’re open to players of all skill levels, and request that everyone keeps gameplay friendly and fair. 18+
Third Friday of the Month, 7:00-8:45 p.m. Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
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Saturday November 18, 2017
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Whitby Comic Arts Festival
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We are excited to announce that on November 18 the Whitby Public Library will be hosting the Whitby Comic Arts Festival (WhitCAF) on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m at the Central Library. This festival has a local, literary focus and is geared towards Whitby residents of all ages.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday November 20, 2017
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining October 30 and continues for six weeks until December 4.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 9 and runs until February 13.

Registration begins on January 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
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Together We 'Hang'
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
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Building a Community one Brick at a Time
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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

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

This program is for children in grades 2 to 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration begins Saturday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is required:

To Register click the blue button below
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Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Tuesday November 21, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

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

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

 

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
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Doors Open Whitby Committee
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
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NoSTEMber Stuff at Rossland Branch
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 Grades 2-4

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

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
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Tuesday Reading Buddies at Central - FULL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 3, 2017

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



 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program, held every  Tuesday (through October, 2017).  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 32 spaces available.
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How to Take Great Picture: Adult program at Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

Registration is required and space is limited.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 32 spaces available.
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Wednesday November 22, 2017
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

This session begins the week of October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

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

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Teens at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Zone

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

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

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

Reading Buddies meet each week to read stories and play literacy-based games. This 8 week program is offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. starting October 4, 2017

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

 

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

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

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

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

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

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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Thursday November 23, 2017
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 2 and continues until December 7.

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

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

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

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

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

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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

Will your child only fall asleep with a bottle or while nursing? Do they wake numerous times a night? Do they need to be held, rocked, bounced or driven in their car seat to nap? Are all of you exhausted? Time for sleep! Holly Jefferd, Certified Sleep Consultant, will be dispensing tips and advice on how to get your baby into a healthy sleep routine. Sleep is on the way!

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
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3D Printer Orientation
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
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French Reading Buddies/Copains de lecture at Central Session A - FULL
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

This program is now FULL.

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

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

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

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

Children meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a teen volunteer to practice their French reading and also play literacy-based games. Children are expected to attend all 8 dates in their session, barring illness.

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

 

For more information contact:

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

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

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

Drop in. No registration required.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 72 spaces available.
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Knitting Circle @ Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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Friday November 24, 2017
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration is not required. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Durham College Lecture Series: The Virtual Residential School System
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by Durham College faculty members who are experts in their fields, this inspiring and engaging weekly series of talks will cover a variety of subjects. This series will run at the same time, each of the following Fridays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Nov. 3, 17, and 24, concluding on Dec. 1.

Presenter: Kevin Baker

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 25 spaces available.
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S.T.E.A.M. it Fridays at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

This week: Engineering - Shapes and Structures!

Registration is required

Registration begins on October 18th at 9am

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Teen Advisory Group at Brooklin
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Monday November 27, 2017
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining October 30 and continues for six weeks until December 4.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 9 and runs until February 13.

Registration begins on January 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
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Building a Community one Brick at a Time
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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

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

This program is for children in grades 2 to 5.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Sculptris Basics
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3D modelling software. This workshop covers the basic functions of Sculptris, a free 3D modelling software which can be used to digitally design and sculpt your own custom organic objects, printable on the library's MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.
 

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

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 10 spaces available.
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Tuesday November 28, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Babytime at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

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

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

 

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help By Appointment at Central
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- set up an email address and manage your email
- learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
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Drop-in Employment Help with John Howard Society
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program, held every  Tuesday (through October 2017).  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

 
LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
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3D Printer Orientation
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
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Wednesday November 29, 2017
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

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

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

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

Registration is required:
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Contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library.

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

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

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Beat Holiday Stress at Rossland Branch
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

This program is for adults. Space is limited.

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 22 spaces available.
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1-on-1 Computer Help by Appointment at Rossland
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sign up for a free 1-on-1 Computer Help appointment as we can help you on your road to becoming more tech-savvy.
 
Computer Help appointments are 1 hour and are specific to the area in which you need help.
 
We can help you:
- Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Set up an email address and manage your email
- Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
- Learn the basics of how to use your tablet or smartphone
 
If the topic you are interested in is not listed here, please visit our 1x1 Computer Help webpage or contact staff at any branch for a full list of what we can help you learn during a 1x1 Computer Help appointment.
 
Due to high demand for Computer Help appointments, patrons are permitted one Computer Help appointment per month across the Whitby Public Library system. 
LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There is 1 space available.
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S.T.E.A.M. It Wednesdays at Brooklin
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Teens at Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teen Zone

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
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Drop In Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

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

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

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

No registration is required

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch
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Thursday November 30, 2017
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 2 and continues until December 7.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Durham Infant Hearing Screening Clinic
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.  Babies up to four months of age are eligible for a free hearing screening if they did not receive one at birth in the hospital. 

For more information or to book an appointment, please call the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program at 1-888-703-5437, ext. 4.

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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Adult Knitting Circle at Rossland Branch
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

Drop in. No registration required.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 15 spaces available.
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English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 2
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3D Printer Orientation
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

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

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

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

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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Friday December 1, 2017
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

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

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

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

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

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

Registration is not required. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
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Durham College Lecture Series: Detecting Deception During an Investigative Interview
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by Durham College faculty members who are experts in their fields, this inspiring and engaging weekly series of talks will cover a variety of subjects. This series will run at the same time, each of the following Fridays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Nov. 3, 17, and 24, concluding on Dec. 1.

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

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

Presented by: Jason Vassell

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 6 spaces available.
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Teens at Brooklin
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Youth in grades 7-12 can come to the Brooklin Branch on the first Friday of the month to create, craft, design and play! Check back here the Monday before the program to discover this month's theme, or come and be surprised.

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Saturday December 2, 2017
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Knit'B'Cause at Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knit'B'Cause is an intergenerational knitting program for children in grades 3-8. We teach the basics - how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl and how to cast off - while making items for various charity groups. We have made red scarves for AIDS, comfort dolls for an international aid organization and lap blankets for seniors, among other items. We are currently full and our waitlist is full as well.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Cardboard Gingerbread House at Rossland Branch
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 Grades 2-4

Construct and decorate a cardboard holiday house to enjoy when you visit the library.

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

 

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
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Monday December 4, 2017
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Numbers, Rhymes and Storytimes at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

It is held on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. begining October 30 and continues for six weeks until December 4.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
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Toddler Time at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 9 and runs until February 13.

Registration begins on January 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1A
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Tuesday December 5, 2017
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Stories for Threes and Fours at Cental
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stories for Threes and Fours is an action packed half hour of stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoyIt is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This session begins the week of October 30th and run for 6 weeks until December 5th.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

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

French Stories for Threes and Fours: an action packed half hour of French stories, songs and rhymes for three and four year olds to enjoy. It is being offered on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning October 31 and runs until December 5.

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25 4 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010.

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

 

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Storm Chasing in Ontario at the Rossland Branch
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

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

Registration is required and space is limited.

LOCATION: Rossland Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
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French Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Conversation Circles give Newcomers an opportunity to practice their French conversation skills in a welcoming environment and to learn about Canadian culture, with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants from all over the world, with a variety of language abilities, come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program, held every Tuesday (through October, 2017).  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org.

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

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

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

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

Registration is required and space is limited.

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1B
There are 39 spaces available.
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Wednesday December 6, 2017
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Mix, Mingle and Make New Friends at Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 1 and continues until December 6.

 

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Rossland Branch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

This session begins the week of October 30 and run for 6 weeks until December 6.

Register online, in person or by phone starting Wednesday, October 25.

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

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Drop In Family Storytime at Central
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drop in to the Central Library on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 pm for stories, songs, fingerplays and a time for families to enjoy themselves together. This program is open to children of all ages (and their parents) and registration is not required.

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

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

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

No registration is required

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

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

Space is limited.

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 30 spaces available.
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Thursday December 7, 2017
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Movement, Music and Babies at Central
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

Registration is not required for this program.

The program begins November 2 and continues until December 7.

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

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

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

Registration for this program begins on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required:
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LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
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Toddler Time at Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Time is a fun-filled half hour with active songs, stories and felt boards for children 19 months - 35 months of age and their caregivers. It is being held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning November 2 and runs until December 7.

Registration begins on October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Register online, in person or by calling 905-668-6531 ext. 2010. 

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

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

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3D Printer Orientation
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of 3d printing, including how to prepare a 3D design file for printing, as well as how to properly and safely use the 3D printer to print your own 3D object. Patrons must attend an orientation workshop before using the 3D printer.
 
To get the most out of this workshop, registrants should already be comfortable with basic computer functions, like browsing the internet, and downloading files. 

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

LOCATION: Central Library - Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
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Elf on the Shelf Movie Night and Craft at Brooklin
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklin Branch Program Room
There are 16 spaces available.
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English Conversation Circle
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

This is a free drop-in program, held every week.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or mabogado@cdcd.org

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

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

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

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

Image of We Bought a Zoo film poster.

 

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

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

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

Registration is required. Snacks are welcome. 

LOCATION: Central - Meeting Room 1 (A&B)
There are 72 spaces available.
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Knitting Circle @ Central
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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Friday December 8, 2017
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Drop-in Family Storytime at Brooklin
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

All ages welcome!

Registration is not required.

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

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

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

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

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

Registration is not required. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket 30 minutes before program starts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children (Grades 1-4) are welcome!

This week: Art - Shadows!

Registration is required

Registration begins on October 18th at 9am

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Saturday December 9, 2017
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Knit'B'Cause at Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Knit'B'Cause is an intergenerational knitting program for children in grades 3-8. We teach the basics - how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl and how to cast off - while making items for various charity groups. We have made red scarves for AIDS, comfort dolls for an international aid organization and lap blankets for seniors, among other items. We are currently full and our waitlist is full as well.

LOCATION: Central Library - Children's Program Room
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Monday December 11, 2017