SGC Admin: From our inbox to you… The Library is a fun, family place filled with information… They have classes and information sessions as well as books, books and more books… check out what’s coming up for the summer, come on out and meet new folks and learn something new… 🙂 

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TD Summer Reading Club 2014

Worried that your kids won’t keep up with reading over the sunny summer months? Fret no more! As the days get longer and summer vacation nears, we’re gearing up for another exciting season of the TD Summer Reading Club. The best part? Your kids will love it (there are prizes!), and you’ll love it because they’ll be practicing those reading skills and exercising their imagination.

This year’s maker-inspired theme is Eureka!, which will get your kids thinking about the endless possibilities of things they can do throughout their reading adventures.

Starting July 2, children of all ages can sign up for the Club and pick up their activity booklets. Upon registering, they can enter a draw to win a special prize.

Keep an eye on our website for more Summer Reading Club registration details and related summer programs.

Did You Know? We Sell Garbage Bag Tags

Garbage bag, green bin and yard waste garbage bags. Doing a top-to-bottom clean or in the process of moving? Residents setting out more than four bags of garbage on collection day are required to buy tags for each bag over the limit. The Central Library sells sheets of 5 garbage tags for $7.50 each. Just visit the Borrower Services desk to buy some.

For more information on garbage collection in Whitby, see the Town of Whitby’s Garbage Collection and Schedule web page.

Upcoming Programs

Pen writing on paper.
Wills, Estates and Power of Attorney at the Central Library
Tuesday, June 3
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Meeting Room 1B

We know you care about what happens to your estate, and may have very specific ideas about who should receive the proceeds of your estate following your death. This is why estate planning is so important.

Wills, estates, and power of attorney are all common tools used in estate planning. Deciding what is going to happen to the contents of your estate is one of the most significant decisions you’ll make. Licensed paralegal Dina Trull will help you better understand how important it is to be prepared, and will answer any questions you may have about estate planning.

Registration is required. Register for Wills, Estates and Power of Attorney on-line or by contacting any branch.

More Adult Programs at the Central Library

Flip flops and sun hat on beach. Teen Summer Awesomeness at the Central Library

C’mon down and visit the Central Library in June to discover what’s happening for teens this summer.

We’ll have lots of fun programs and contests and our Summer Reading Club will be back, complete with great prizes to be won.

Keep an eye on our teen webpage for details on all of our upcoming teen programs.

More Teen Programs at the Central Library

Read With Me at the Central Library
June 3, 10, 17, 24
11:00 am to 12 noon
Children’s Program Room

The Central Library and the Ontario Early Years are once again are offering the popular Read With Me program for babies (newborn to 12 months) and their caregivers.

This literacy-based program encourages a love of reading with the focus on books, songs and interactive fun. The program runs on Tuesdays in June.

Registration is required. Register for Read With Me on-line or by contacting any branch.

More Children’s Programs at the Central Library

Big Screen Film Club at the Brooklin Branch
Thursday, June 19
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Read a Movie. Watch a Book. Join us for the Brooklin Branch Big Screen Film Club to enjoy movies that are based on books. The Club meets the third Thursday of each month, and adults 18 and older are invited to catch a free film screening and discuss the movie and the book afterwards.

June’s film is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (Film description from

This film is rated PG according to the Ontario Film Review Board. Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Registration is required. Register for the Big Screen Film Club on-line or by contacting any branch.

More Adult Programs at the Brooklin Branch

Poetry in the Library at the Brooklin Branch
Sunday, June 15
3:00 to 4:00 pm

We once again welcome the Brooklin Poetry Society for a poetry reading. This is the last date in the Poetry Reading Series, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear some great local poetry.

Registration is not required. Just drop on in!

Drop-In Family Storytime at the Brooklin Branch
Friday, June 6, 13, 20, 27
10:30 to 11:00 am

Calling families one and all! We are pleased to announce that the Brooklin Branch will continue to offer a drop-in family story-time throughout the summer on Friday mornings.

Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to this half-hour of stories, songs and finger plays.

Registration is not required. Just drop on in!

Dad Rocks Craft at the Rossland Branch
Wednesday, June 11
6:00 to 6:45 pm

Here at the Library, we know that Dads rock. Bring the kids in to the Rossland Branch to make a “rockin'” paperweight or pen holder as a Father’s Day gift, and remind Dad of just how cool he is.

Registration is required. Register for the Dad Rocks Craft online or by contacting any branch.

Dad is Fab Family Storytime at the Rossland Branch
Friday, June 13
10:30 to 11:00 am

Children of all ages are welcome to celebrate Dad with stories, rhymes and songs.

Registration is not required. Just drop on in!

Hi, Koo!.
Jon J. Muth’s delightful series about Stillwater the panda bear and his nephew Koo is back with Hi, Koo!, a simple yet beautifully written stroll through the seasons.

Told through the poetry of haiku, author Muth explains that for him, “haiku is like an instant captured in words”.

There are 26 haikus that simply and sweetly explore those instants of a year that capture not only what the season is like, but also the innocence of children as they discover those seasons.

The illustrations, playful and active, and Koo’s beautiful, curious face connect nicely with the poems.

Once you discover Koo, you’ll want to explore Zen Shorts and Zen Ties as well, where Muth shares more stories about compassion, friendship and love, all with exquisite watercolour illustrations.

Books, Research and More

New For Everyone: 

Adult Non-fiction: Teen Graphic Novels: TV Series: Blu-Ray 

May We Suggest…Undercover Operations: Increase Your : Productivity: Wedding Bells

Hip-Hop, You Don’t Stop

Multilingual Matters

Gabo is Gone

Sadly, the world recently lost an important international author. Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Márquez, or Gabo, who died on April 17, 2014 was noted for using magic realism in his stories.

You may recognize some of his better known titles such as Love in the Time of Cholera, but he has plenty of other novels in both Spanish and English that are a joy to read. We’ve also got a great collection of biographies on Márquez if you’re looking to learn more about his life and work.

Virtual Branch: WPL on the Web: Discover New Favourites

We’re pleased to announce a new online service that will help you to discover new books to read and enjoy! Our enhanced NoveList Plus book recommendation service is linked directly to our catalogue. Just find a book you enjoy and click on Get NoveList Reading Recommendations. You’ll be given a list of other titles you may enjoy, based on the book’s subject, genre and mood. If the book is part of a series, the recommendations will include other titles in the series and other series to try. Click on the book cover and you’ll be taken to the record in our catalogue. You can find both fiction and non-fiction books using NoveList Plus.

This enhanced service is great if you’re looking for suggestions on what to read. It’s also an excellent source for alternatives if a book you want is unavailable. Just click on the link and find some suggestions to tide you over until your hold is ready.

You can also access NoveList Plus and other book databases designed to recommend great reads based on titles you’ve previously enjoyed. Find it on the Books, Literature and Libraries page in the Research section of our website.


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