From our inbox to you: What’s on at the Whitby Library for February 2016

OverDrive Enhancements

It’s hard to believe, but it has been almost five years since we launched our OverDrive eBook collection. eBooks have exploded in that short time, and we’re gratified to see how popular the collection is. Since the launch, our collection has grown by leaps and bounds (with new titles added all of the time) and we’ve expanded the service to include eAudiobooks.

OverDrive has changed over the years as well, and recently made some important modifications to our eBook site. There’s a new look, new features and new sign-in options. A bit more about this below:

New Look
The new design includes includes easy-to-understand item availability, as well as quick links that let you borrow titles or place holds right away.

New Features
New sorting and filtering options make it easier to find the title you’re looking for and make new discoveries. You can now filter your search results by availability, format, date added, subject, and more. You can also sort search results by relevance and popularity. Tabs at the top of the page let you to see what’s new and trending in the library’s eBook collection.

New Sign-In Options
You can still sign in directly with your library card number and PIN, but now you have the option to link your library card with an OverDrive account or your Facebook account. For more details, see OverDrive’s web page on which sign-in option is best for you.

This isn’t all. There’s a full list of enhancements on the OverDrive Help page. Overdrive is also planning to introduce new features that will work with readers who use OverDrive and Facebook accounts in the near future. These include personalized recommendations while browsing the website, new ways to manage your checkouts, holds, and wish list items, and more. Stay tuned!

Person using photocopier.

Printer and Photocopier Changes Coming to All Branches 

We’re pleased to announce new enhancements to our printer and photocopier system at all library branches. The improved system will let you send print jobs from anywhere wirelessly: from your own laptop within the library, and even from home or work. In addition to remote printing, we’re also adding more colour printing capability, with colour-enabled printers/copiers on the first floor of the Central Library and at the Brooklin Branch.

We’re also making changes to the printing and photocopying payment system at all library locations. Photocopies and printouts will be paid for using your library card and the coin-operated payment system will no longer be available. You will be able to load funds onto your library card at any service desk, and you can then scan your card at the machine to pay for printouts and photocopies. No card? No problem. Visitors who don’t have a library card can ask staff for assistance.

The new card payment system and remote printing service will be introduced at the Central Library in early February, followed by the Brooklin Branch and the Rossland Branch.

Did You Know?

You Can Borrow Admission Passes

Boy swimming underwater.We have all kinds of materials to borrow at all of our branches, including books, DVDs, CDs, video games, language learning kits, but did you know we also have admission passes you can borrow? Check out a Skate and Swim Pass and explore Whitby’s recreation facilities. More of a history buff? We also have passes to the Parkwood National Historic Site (also known as the Parkwood Estate) which was the home of Robert Samuel McLaughlin, whose car company evolved into General Motors of Canada. The estate is now a museum, and has been the set of a number of feature films and TV shows, including X-Men, Murdoch Mysteries, Bomb Girls and Amelia.

Each pass entitles you to free admission for up to five people (maximum two adults with the Parkwood Museum Pass), and you can use the passes an unlimited number of times during the checkout period. You can even place a hold on the passes and pick them up at your WPL branch of choice.

See our web page for more about the Skate and Swim pass, or place a hold on one here. Click here to place a hold on the Parkwood Museum Pass.

Upcoming Programs

Photo of Marilyn Sinclair.

African History: Global Identity at the Central Library 
Monday, Februrary 1
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Meeting Room 1B

Marilyn Sinclair, Founder of Cross Cultural Tapestry will lead a discussion on the diversity, connections and contributions of people of African descent from Africa, the Diaspora, Canada and locally.

Registration is required. Register for African History: Global Identity online or by contacting any branch.

Teen Advisory Group.

Teen Advisory Group at the Central Library 
Thursday, February 11
Meeting Room 1
4:00 to 5:00 pm

Looking for community service hours? Want to help plan programs for teens at the library? Know of a good book that the library should buy? If you’re in grades 7 to 12 you’re eligible to join our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) where you get to boss us around. We meet on the second Thursday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. February’s meeting will take place on February 11 in Meeting Room 1.

There’s no need to register to attend, just stop by on February 11 to have your say. For more information contact the Children’s and Adult Fiction Department at 905 668-6531 Ext. 2010 or email

Registration is not required. Just drop in!

A Walk in the Woods movie poster.

Big Screen Film Club at the Brooklin Branch 
Thursday, February 18
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Read a movie, watch a book. Join us for the Big Screen Film Club to enjoy movies that are based on books. The Club will meet on the third Thursday of the every month, and adults 18 and over are invited to register and join us for a free film screening and discussion.
February’s film is A Walk in the Woods, based on the novel of the same name by author Bill Bryson.

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S. where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends. (Description from

This film is rated 14A 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 online or by contacting any branch.

Stuffed bear reading.

Books Before Bed at the Brooklin Branch 
Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, 23
7:00 to 7:30 pm

Come in your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal and snuggle up with your parents by the fireplace as you enjoy stories, songs and rhymes before bed. All ages are welcome!

Registration is not required. Just drop in!

Heart shape with fruits and vegetables inside.

Heart Healthy Habits at the Rossland Branch 
Thursday, February 11
2:30 to 3:30 pm

Celebrate Heart Month with us. A representative from the Heart and Stroke Foundation will discuss tips and strategies to keep your most important muscle healthy and happy all year.

Registration is required. Register for Heart Healthy Habits onlineor by contacting any branch.


Valentine Kendama at the Rossland Branch
Saturday, February 13
10:30 to 11:30 am

The Kendama is a traditional Japanese ball and cup toy. Make your sweetheart a special edible Kendama and a cool bling card. For children in grades 1 and up.

Book Marks 

An American in Canada 
Book cover of Grass Beyond the Mountains.
Are you a William Murdoch fan? Who doesn’t like that handsome, intelligent (if slightly nerdy) police detective who solves crimes in 1900s Toronto? Murdoch Mysteries, based on the books by Maureen Jennings, is not the only CBC series to feature Yannick Bisson. He also stars in the TV Series called Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, based on the book,Grass Beyond the Mountain by Richmond P. Hobson Jr. His character is an American who comes to the Canadian West in the 1930s to build a successful 4 million acre cattle ranch while facing hardship and packs of wandering wolves. The story continues in book two, Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy and the third book, Rancher Takes a Wife, says it all. An exciting and adventurous non-fiction trilogy set in our own backyard.  
Books, Research and More

Multilingual Matters

Book cover of War_s Unwomanly Face.

Belarusian Writer Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Svetlana Aleksievich, a Belarusian journalist and writer who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in literature, primarily documented Chernobyl, the Afghanistan War, and Soviet women in World War II inher works.

While researching for her books, Aleksievich interviewed hundreds of people. She focused on their daily lives and the disappearance of their way of life, rather than the political climate of the surrounding war or disaster. The library has a selection of her works, including three Russian novellas, T͡Sinkovye malʹchiki, Zacharovannye smertʹi͡u andChernobylʹskai͡a molitva, in one volume.

Virtual Branch: WPL on the Web

Person fixing a car.

Auto Repair Reference Centre  

As one of the most important automotive centres in Canada, Durham Region has always had a great car culture. For many, that means fixing and maintaining your own wheels. But as cars get more sophisticated, fixing them isn’t as easy as it used to be. If you want to do some work under the hood, give our new Auto Repair Reference Centre(ARRC) database a try.

AARC has repair and maintenance information, including drawings, service bulletins/recalls, step-by-step photographs and wiring diagrams for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles from 1954 to present. All parts of the vehicle are covered, including transmissions, brakes, ignition, electrical, exhaust, heating/cooling and more. All of the content has been created by ASE (Auto Service Excellence) certified technicians. ARRC replaces our Chilton’s Auto Repair database.

And while we’re on the topic of online databases, you may have noticed some changes to the resources that we offer. Thanks to a province-wide funding program, we were able to provide access to several online databases. This program concluded at the end of 2015 and some of these resources will no longer be available through the library.

However, while our online offerings have changed, we still offer an excellent collection of databases on a wide variety of subjects. Whether you’re writing a high school or university paper, searching for businesses or researching your family history, our website is your gateway to academic journals,historical newspapers, magazine articles and many other helpful resources.

From our inbox to you: From The Whitby Library … Meet the Author Event… Bomb Girls.

SGC Admin: From our inbox to you: From The Whitby Library … Meet the Author Event… Bomb Girls… 

Bomb Girls

What was it like to work in a Canadian Second World War munitions factory? How closely did female employees embody the image of “Rosie the Riveter”?
Bomb Girls delivers a dramatic, personal, and detailed review of Canada’s largest fuse-filling munitions factory, situated in Scarborough, Ontario.
Author Barbara Dickson recounts the lives of over 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.
Wednesday, November 11   7 pm
Whitby Central Library – Meeting Room 1
Registration is required. Register online or by contacting any branch.

The Whitby Library August 2015 happenings…

From our inbox to you…From the Whitby Library…

Story Mob at Central
On Wednesday, August 5th, at 1:30 p.m. the Whitby Central Library is pleased to work with Toronto-based StoryMobs to launch the Library’s first StoryMob!  StoryMobs is a literary phenomenon where great children’s books meet flash mobs.
Through the use of costumes and props, music, simple choreography and reading out loud, children and their families can engage with books in a new and exciting way.
The chosen book for this exciting StoryMob is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.You can sign up for reader parts and to participate by visiting the Central Library’s Main Floor Information Desk in the Children’s Department.
In person registration is required at the Main Floor Information Desk.
Culture in the Square

Tuesday nights are culture nights in Celebration Square at the Central Library. The Town of Whitby brings you a variety of musical, theatrical and artistic events to entertain and engage you all summer long. Be a part of it!

Don’t miss these fantastic events and performances in August:

All events start at 7:00 pm. Thanks to Celebration Square 2015 sponsor, Menzies Chrysler.

Parapan Am Games Come to Whitby

Team Canada certainly “owned the podium” in the 2015 Pan Am Games, and across the country people are looking to our ParaPan Am athletes to continue the trend. The Town of Whitby will proudly be hosting judo and boccia at the state-of-the-art Abilities Centre, so don’t miss out on your chance to catch some amazing athletic events and express your civic pride. For information on how you can see the Games, visit the Pan Am/ParaPan Am website.

Has all the “Panamania” inspired you to try something new? Read up on your favourite Pan Am/ParaPan Am sport and get that body moving!

Did You Know?
Food Is Permitted in the Library

Many libraries prohibit food, so you may be surprised that food is permitted at all WPL branches. We do ask that you clean up after yourself using the waste receptacles provided and that you be mindful of your neighbours. And please be careful with your consumables around library materials and equipment. This will help us keep your library clean and avoid invasions of little critters that like to feast on our crumbs.

The only exception is that food is not permitted in the Whitby Archives. The archival collections are delicate, consisting of rare material that generally can’t be replaced and as such needs to be treated with extra care. Outside of the Archives, munch away!

If you need sustenance at the Central Library, drop by Presse Café for a sandwich, soup, pastry or caffeinated beverage.

Upcoming Programs
Doctor Who Party for Teens at the Central Library 
Tuesday, August 18
2:30 to 4:00 pm

Calling all teen Doctor Who fans! Put your knowledge to the test with our trivia challenge, create your own Tardis and eat delicious Doctor Who inspired snacks. Plus, see how our 3D printer can be used to create cool Doctor Who objects. Costumes are optional, but encouraged!

Registration is required. Register for the Doctor Who Party online or by contacting any branch.

More Teen Programs at the Central Library

Summer Reading Club Certificate Day at the Central Library 
Thursday, August 20
3:00 to 4:00 pm

Members of the TD Summer Reading Club are invited to join us for a special wrap-up celebration when we’ll be featuring entertainment, book draws and prizes! Plus, all of our reading club members will receive their reading certificates.

Our special guest for the occasion is Super Sarah, who will amaze you with her magic and get you giggling with her comedy skills. Sarah is a Disney-trained children’s entertainer who brings her enthusiasm and energy to every show. Her interactive performance will make everyone feel like a part of the show.

Tickets are required for this event. Tickets are available at the Central Library main floor information desk.

More Children’s Programs at the Central Library

Book Club Registration at the Brooklin Branch 
Saturday, August 15
Starting at 10:00 am

Interested in joining a book club? Registration for the Brooklin Branch book club Fall 2015 session begins on Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 am, in-person only. Phone registration will be accepted after 12:00 noon if there are any remaining spots (space is limited to 12 members). Drop by the information desk at the Brooklin Branch to register and to pick up your first book.

The Book Club will meet on the third Monday of the month from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. The Fall 2015 selected titles are:

More Adult Programs at the Brooklin Branch

String Art for Teens at the Brooklin Branch 
Wednesday, August 12
4:00 to 6:00 pm

Looking for some distinctive art to decorate your living space with? Teens entering grades 7 to 12 are invited to join us and we’ll guide you through the process of creating unique string art.

Participants will choose from a selection of stencils, create an outline with nails, and thread some heavy string to create representational or abstract patterns. Although all necessary materials will be provided, feel free to bring your own wood if you like (stained and reclaimed wood will work particularly well for this project).

Registration is required. Register for String Art for Teens online or by contacting any branch.

More Teen Programs at the Brooklin Branch

Music By Jake at the Brooklin Branch 
Wednesday, August 5
10:30 to 11:15 am

Children (grades JK and up) and caregivers are invited to meet Juno award-nominee Jake Differ, whose musical, funny and highly interactive live performances have delighted family audiences all across Canada.

Jake will be performing a special show that he developed for the Summer Reading Club theme “play.” Jake plays a great mix of up-tempo songs, leading the way on guitar, ukulele, flute and voice. Expect to sing, dance, play instruments and laugh the whole way through.

Registration is required. Register for Music by Jake online or by contacting any branch.

More Children’s Programs at the Brooklin Branch

Book Club Registration at the Rossland Branch 
Saturday, August 15
Starting at 10:00 am

Interested in joining a book club? Registration for the Rossland Branch book club Fall 2015 session begins on Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 am, in-person only. Phone registration will be accepted after 12:00 noon if there are any remaining spots (space is limited to 12 members). Drop by the information desk at the Rossland Branch to register and to pick up your first book.

The Book Club will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 2:30 to 3:30. The Fall 2015 selected titles are:

More Adult Programs at the Rossland Branch

Teen Terrariums at the Rossland Branch 
Wednesday, August 5
2:30 to 3:30 pm

Want a garden, but not all the work that goes along with it? Join us and make a miniature enclosed garden that you can enjoy year round. Plus, it’s low maintenance. Perfect for the busy teen.

Registration is required. Register for Teen Terrariums online or by contacting any branch.

More Teen Programs at the Rossland Branch

On S’Amuse En Francais at the Rossland Branch
Tuesday, August 11
2:30 to 3:15 pm
Students entering grades 2 to 4 with previous French experience will enjoy French stories, games and crafts.
Book Marks 

Louisa May: My Little BFF

Sometimes we get fixated on one particular author. In my case it’sLouisa May Alcott, best known to us as the author of the classicsLittle Women and Little Men. You can visit her family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Mass., and also her posh townhouse on Beacon Hill in Boston. She is a fabulous author, a woman who wrote in a “man’s world.” You can find out more about her life in these selected biographies.For a more fictional look at her life, Kelly O’Connor McNees weaves a beautiful story of Louisa inThe Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. The book is set in the summer of Alcott’s 22nd year, during which she meets and falls in love with Joseph Singer and must choose between him and her writing career.

March, written by Geraldine Brooks,expands on the life of Bronson Alcott, who is seemingly not the picture-perfect father, unlike Jo’s father in Little Women. For a more fun, light-hearted take on Little Women, give The Little Women Letters a try. Three modern-day sisters find a collection of letters in the attic written by their great, great, grandmother Josephine March in which she writes of her life with her sisters in Concord. But no one can describe Josephine March better than her husband Friedrich who said, “Jo, such a little word for such a girl” delivered brilliantly by Gabriel Byrne in thefilm based on the book Little Women.

Books, Research and More

Multilingual Matters

Expanded Filipino Language Collection?

You’ll now find more Filipino language books and DVDs on the shelves at the Central Library, including a large selection of romance novels and feature films. See our catalogue for the entire print and moviecollections.

Virtual Branch: WPL on the Web
Google Search Tips and Tricks 

Practically everyone, from newbies to the plugged-in superuser, starts their internet searching with a visit to Google. Go to Google, type in something, get results and go from there. Pretty simple, which is the point. Those of us who used the internet in the 1990s before Google came along remember how difficult it could be to find things online and how revolutionary it was (and still is).

We’re not trying to sound like evangelists (because there are all sorts of  issues surrounding Google), but it actually offers many more tools than that simple Google search box.

Here are a few useful things you’ll find at the top of a typical Google results page. Under the search box on the top, there are six headings. The links lead to examples from a search for Whitby Public Library:
  • Web refers to a regular Google search with the results below.
  • If you click on Images or Videos, you’ll immediately see the top image and video results for your search.
  • News will take you straight to the top news hits for up-to-the-minute info.
  • More shows results from Google Maps, Google Books and more.
  • Search Tools enable you to filter your search for better results. For example, you can restrict your search to Canadian websites only. It isn’t perfect (some non-Canadian sites will sneak in there), but it works fairly well.
  • You can also use the Time option (under Any Time) to adjust the time period for your hits. For instance, your regular keyword search may keep returning the same top hits, but they’re dated months or years ago. With the Time option, you can limit your results to those that have appeared in the last hour, last day, last week or last year, with an option to filter by specific custom dates.
  • The final search tool is “all results” versus “verbatim.” Google tries to compensate for what it thinks are misspellings and incorrect terms by adding other results to your hit list. It also searches for synonyms (words that mean the same thing) for what you enter. Most of the time this is good, but sometimes you meant to type exactly what you typed. If you choose verbatim, it will do just that: your results will only reflect your search terms, not what Google’s algorithm thinks you meant.

We spend a lot of time using Google. These tools will help you make that time more effective, and get you the information you need more efficiently.

SGC From our inbox to you: From The Whitby Library, Special Entertainment… July 30 and August 5 2015

SGC From our inbox to you: From The Whitby Library, Special Entertainment…

Special Entertainers at the Brooklin Branch!
Still looking for something wonderful to do with your children this summer? Join us at the Brooklin Branch and let our special entertainers amaze you!We have spots still available for:

Scott Gardner & Walter the Guitar on Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Walter provides the music, Mr. Gardner supplies the fun!
Join us for some imaginative stories, songs and laughter!

All ages welcome!

Registration is required. Register online for Scott Gardner & Walter the Guitar or contact any branch.


Music by Jake on Wednesday, August 5 at 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Children (Grades JK+) and caregivers are invited to meet Juno nominee Jake Differ, whose musical, funny and highly interactive live performances delight

family audiences. Jake plays a great mix of up-tempo songs and with him leading the way on guitar, ukulele, flute and voice, everyone ends up singing, dancing, playing instruments and laughing the whole way through.

See you at the show… it will be a lot of fun!

Registration is required. Register online for Music by Jake or contact any branch.