SGC Admin: From our inbox to you: From The Whitby Library… What’s on for November…

November Noir

Join us in November when we delve into mysteries, both real and imagined.

On Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm, we welcome Whitby’s Station Gallery  Curator Olex Wlasenko as he teams up with our Archivist, Sarah Ferencz, to examine The Curious and Unsolved Case of Billy P. Stone, a 100-year-old unsolved Whitby murder.

Keeping the theme local, we are excited to host An Evening with Steve Burrows on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 pm. Burrows’ first novel, A Siege of Bitterns, won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Canadian Crime Writers Association. A Pitying of Doves, the second book in his birder murder mysteries series featuring police inspector Domenic Jejeune, was released earlier this year.

Registration is required for both programs. Register for The Curious and Unsolved Case of Billy P. Stone and An Evening with Steve Burrows online or by contacting any branch.

Help Shape Library Services with Your Input

We want to hear from you! Give us your feedback on library services, facilities, resources and programs and you could win a Whitby prize pack!

The survey is available online and paper copies are available at all public service desks until November 30. The survey only takes about 5 to 7 minutes to complete and will provide us with valuable information as we plan for the future.

Did You Know?

You Can Pick Up and Return Items at Any WPL Location

Did you know that you can request material from any of our three locations to be sent to your WPL branch of choice?  When placing a hold, choose your preferred pickup location and we’ll send it there. Don’t know how to place a hold online? Watch this video to learn how.

You can also return Whitby Public Library items to any of our locations, no matter where you picked it up.

Bomb Girls at the Central Library  
Wednesday, November 11
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Meeting Room 1B

What was it like to work in a Canadian Second World War munitions factory? How closely did female employees embody the iconic image ofRosie the Riveter?

Bomb Girls delivers a dramatic, personal and detailed telling of Canada’s largest fuse-filling munitions factory, located in Scarborough.

Author Barbara Dickson recounts the lives of more than twenty-one thousand brave men and women who risked their lives daily while handling high explosives in a dedicated effort to help win the war. Join us this Remembrance Day as we discuss the important role played by those on the Canadian home front.

Registration is required. Register for Bomb Girls online or by contacting any branch.

More Adult Programs at the Central Library

Job Search Help for Youth at the Central Library 
Monday, November 16
2:00 to 4:00 pm

Are you a teen looking for a job or a volunteer opportunity?

Each month an employment counsellor from Northern Lights Canada will be available in the lobby of the Central Library to assist youth with their job searching needs. Services includes:

  • On the spot assessment of eligible clients (permanent residents, convention refugee or live-in caregivers between 14 to 24 years old) interested Northern Lights’ Job Search Workshop.
  • Information about Northern Lights Canada’s employment services and referrals to local community organizations related to job searching and volunteering.
  • Access to current volunteer opportunities through the JSW program (such as the community garden and Youth Advisory Committee).

Can’t make this date? Northern Lights will be back at the Central Library on Monday, December 14.

Registration is not required. Just drop in!

More Teen Programs at the Central Library

Scenty the Squirrel at the Rossland Branch
Friday, November 20
3:30 to 4:30 pm

Drop in on your P.A. day to make a nutty friend. He has lots of energy and he smells like coffee. Make and Take crafts require adult supervision and require only a few minutes of time. All materials will be ready for you and your child. Limited to the first 20 participants.

Registration is not required. Just drop in!

Book Marks 

The World Illustrated 
If you enjoy the wonders of armchair travel, you may want to look at our graphic novel collection. Cartoonist and animator Guy Delislehas created four terrific graphic novels about his experiences living around the world. These black and white works are simple yet detailed, and give you real insight into his experiences living in some of the world’s most interesting places. In Shenzen, he experiences the southern Chinese city while supervising animators for a Belgian company. The totalitarian weirdness of North Korea is evident in Pyongyang, where he unsuccessfully tries to convince his guide to read Orwell’s 1984. Next is Burma Chronicles, detailing time spent there with his wife and infant son, after which he sees Israel and the occupied West Bank firsthand in Jerusalem. Quick reads, but hard-hitting ones.
Books, Research and More

Multilingual Matters

Internationally known Swedish author Henning Mankell died in early October. He was best known for his crime novels and, more specifically, for the character Inspector Kurt Wallander. The Nordic Noir genre in which he wrote translated well into crime TV dramas, such as Wallander.We have several of Mankell’s books in English as well as a selection of titles in German and French. Learn more about Mankell in this CBC News article.

Virtual Branch: WPL on the Web

The WPL Website Gets a Makeover 

Have you seen our new website? Launched on October 19 as part of our Ontario Public Library Week celebrations, our new site offers a streamlined look and better mobile compatibility. Our streamlined new site offers a better mobile experience, and important news and highlighted items are readily available, as are our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

We’re quite pleased with the new look. Check it out and pass along any comments or suggestions that you may have.

And while we’re on the topic, let’s note the passing of our old site. Launched in 2010, the previous style served us well. It offered news in a blog format (which meant that it was easy for us to add up-to-the-minute happenings), quick catalogue searching and an improved layout. But like everything online, things change. Five years is a long time in internet years, and that time saw an explosion in phone/tablet use and the growth of platforms like Twitter. Who knows what we’ll be incorporating into our website five years from now?

A final thought: if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can always check out old versions of our site (dating back to the mid-1990s) at the always cool Internet Archive.

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