Pass the Book 2015

  • This year, for the first time in Pass the Book history, we want YOU to choose the Pass the Book title.
  • On November 1 we will announce a shortlist of librarian-nominated titles, and you’ll get a chance to vote for the book that YOU think should be the Pass the Book title. Voting will be open until December 8, and the winning title will be announced on Family Literacy Day, January 27, 2015. So, tell all your bibliophile friends and family members! And make sure you visit the Pass the Book website on November 1 to see the nominees and to choose the title YOU think the community should read. You can also vote in person at any Whitby Public Library location.
  • Pass the Book, a community-wide reading program, is a unique, creative collaboration between Durham Region public libraries that partners with writers, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Pass the Book is designed to foster discussion and community through the promotion of art, literature, and culture. The program encourages the community to read and discuss one book and to attend programs related to the book’s themes.

Late Fall Storytime Registration

  • In-person registration for the late fall session of our preschool storytimes begins at all our branches on Wednesday, October 29 at 9:30 am (at the Central Library) and 10:00 am (at the Brooklin and Rossland branches).
  • Babytime, Toddler Time and Stories for Threes and Fours will be held at each of our branches. See our Programs and Events web page for branch-specific dates and times.

Did You Know?
The Minecraft Server is at the Brooklin Branch

  • The Brooklin Branch now has a Minecraft Server on all of the children’s computer stations. MinecraftEdu is an educational remix of the original smash hit game Minecraft, played by over 30 million people worldwide.
  • Minecraft is not just a game about breaking blocks, it’s also a game of survival, creativity, adventure, and exploration. To play Minecraft using the server, visit the Brooklin Branch and log in to a children’s computer station using your library card number.
  • The Brooklin Branch also hosts the Brooklin Minecraft Club, which meets on Saturday afternoons. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Contact the Brooklin Branch for more information at 905-655-3191, or by email

Upcoming Programs

  • Senior Wednesday Travel at the Central Library
    Wednesday, November 26
    2:00 to 3:30
    Meeting Room 1
  • On the last Wednesday of every month, we invite seniors to join us for our Senior Wednesday Travel program, when we travel the world through film, books and food.
  • In November we will be visiting Europe during World War II through the Globe Trekker DVD series.
  • Please join us. No registration (or passport) is required!

Read With Me at the Central Library

  • Wednesday, November 5, 12, 19, 26
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Join us in November at the Central Library when staff from an Ontario Early Years Centre will hold a special Read With Me program on Wednesday mornings. Children from birth to 12 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs and stories.
  • Registration is required. In-person registration will be held on Wednesday October 29 beginning at 9:30 am. Telephone registration will be accepted after 12:00 noon by calling the Central Library at 905-668-6531 extension 2010.

Your 24/7 Library at the Brooklin Branch

  • Monday, November 3
    7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Did you know that we offer services that are available even when we’re closed?
  • Teens in grades 7 to 12 and adults are invited to join us for a demonstration of new ways you can access information, books, magazines and help when the library doors are locked.
  • We’ll show you how you can access online journal, newspaper and magazine articles, e-books, digital magazines, e-audiobooks and more. We welcome you to bring your own laptop or tablet so you can follow along with the demonstration.
  • Your library card can do more than check out books and DVDs. Let us show you just how valuable it can be.
  • Registration is required. Register for Your 24/7 Library online or by contacting any branch.

Super Smash Brothers Brawl Wii Tournament at the Brooklin Branch

  • Wednesday, November 5
    7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • The Brawl to end them all! Think you’re the most elite Super Smash Brothers player around? Prove your worth as the fiercest competitor in the mushroom kingdom at the Brooklin Branch Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament. Defeat your adversaries and claim your prize!
  • This program is for teens in grades 7 to 12.
  • Registration is required. Registration begins on Wednesday, October 29 at 10:00 am. Register for the Super Smash Brothers Brawl Wii Tournament online or by contacting any branch.

Santa’s Polar Express Drop-In Letter Writing at the Brooklin Branch

  • Saturday, November 1
    11:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Ho! Ho! Ho! Stop by the Brooklin Branch and write your letter to Santa, while enjoying holiday stories, songs and activities.
  • Busy that day? Don’t worry, the Santa Mailbox will be accepting letters from Saturday, November 1 until 5:00 pm closing on Saturday, November 29.
  • Registration is not required. Just drop on in! This program is offered in partnership with Group 74.

Senior Social Wednesdays at the Rossland Branch

  • Wednesday, November 5
    2:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Seniors of all ages are invited to join us on Wednesdays for an hour of meeting new friends while crafting, learning, discussing, enjoying board and Wii games, participating in book chats and listening to guest speakers.
  • Each session has a theme, which on Wednesday, November 5 is Camp X. Can you pass basic training at Camp X? Find out with our Camp X board game, and test your knowledge of local history.
  • Registration for each program date is required. Register for Seniors’ Social Wednesdays on November 5 online or by contacting any branch.

Tin Can Dracula at the Rossland Branch

Reindeer Ornament at the Rossland Branch

Book Marks

  • Every November we celebrate all things mysterious with visits from some of the best mystery writers in Canada. We call this celebration November Noir, and this year we are looking forward to our visit with Suzanne Kingsmill, author of the Cordi O’Callaghan mysteries, which are about a zoologist who finds herself solving murders.
  • Kingsmill will join us on Thursday, November 27 at 7:00 pm, and our good friend Susanna Kearsley will act as host and interviewer. Stay tuned to our Programs & Events web page for upcoming details on how you can register for this event.

In the meantime, why not try some of the latest books from our previous November Noir authors?

  • Under Cold Stone by Vicki Delany is the latest in the Constable Molly Smith mysteries. Set in Banff, Alberta and Trafalgar, British Columbia, Molly steps in to help her mother, Lucky Smith, when Lucky’s fiancé’s son is suspected of murder.
  • Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By by Elizabeth Duncan isn’t exactly new (it was published in 2013) but it’s still worth a read. Amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan is attending a conference at the Gladstone Library in North Wales when the bishop’s secretary is found poisoned. Mysteriousness ensues.
  • No Known Grave by Maureen Jennings is the third in her World War Two series about Detective Inspector Tom Tyler. In this latest outing, Tyler has to investigate when a double murder takes place at a convalescent hospital. It blends mystery with a portrait of wartime Britain.
  • Stranglehold by local author Robert Rotenberg is set in Toronto. Detective Ari Greene finds the tables turned when he himself is accused of murder. Filled with twists and unexpected surprises,
    Stranglehold is a page turner.
  • Up in Smoke by Ross Pennie is the latest in the series featuring Public Health Investigator Dr. Zol Szabo. In this story, Szabo and his team fear an epidemic when teens at a high school in tobacco country start dying of unexplained liver failure. Up in smoke, indeed.
  • Of course, these are just a sampling of new mysteries and detective novels for you to curl up and enjoy during chilly November. Want more? Here’s a list of mysteries published in 2014 to further whet your appetite for the enigmatic.

Multilingual Matters

  • Learning English with Let’s Talk
  • Are you learning or teaching English as a Second Language?
    If so, you may be interested in a new series of books called Let’s Talk. These workbooks are geared to students in the high-beginning to low-intermediate English comprehension levels. The self-study sections focus on grammar, listening and vocabulary skills, and each book includes audio CDs.
  • Let’s Talk is just one of the many tools we have to help you learn English. Also take a look at our ESL and Literacy Readers and other books we have on speaking and writing in English.

Virtual Branch: WPL on the Web

Get Essay Help with Literature Resource Centre

  • Ah, the English essay. Or as it’s often known today, the English ISU. Students are asked to discuss themes, irony, pathos, foreshadowing and other concepts beloved of English teachers everywhere in the context of an assigned novel or other literary work. How does Shakespeare portray women in Macbeth? What are the parallels between Soviet totalitarianism and Animal Farm? Explain the concepts of good and evil as presented in To Kill a Mockingbird. Conrad, Shelley, Lord of the Flies…it can all be a little overwhelming.
  • That’s where our Literature Reference Centre (LRC) database can help. LRC is a great resource for all things literary: novels, plays, poems, screenplays and much more. You’ll find great overviews and summaries of well-known works, author biographies, reviews, interviews and something called “literary criticism.” Literary criticism includes, among other things, essays on some of the themes mentioned above. So if you’re at your wits end trying to explain how the conch represents civilization in Lord of the Flies, give LRC a try.
  • You can find Literature Reference Centre and much more on the Books, Literature and Libraries page of the Research section of our website. You’ll need a Whitby Library card to access our electronic resources from home. If you have questions about any of our electronic resources, please drop us a line at any of our locations.

Whitby Archives Snapped from the Past

This November the Whitby Archives will be presenting at the Brooklin and Rossland branches in commemoration of Remembrance Day. Learn about Whitby soldier Cullen Hay Perry (pictured) who diligently wrote letters home to his mother in Whitby during the First World War. You’ll also learn about a group of young women who were determined to knit socks for every local serviceman and servicewoman during the Second World War. These programs are not to be missed!

  • Registration for each program is required. Contact any branch to register.

War Collection Display and Presentation by the Whitby Archives at the Brooklin Branch

  • Thursday, November 6
    6:00 to 8:30 pm

Senior Social Wednesday at the Rossland Branch: Whitby Archives Visit

  • Wednesday, November 19
    2:30 to 3:30 pm

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