Karolyn Smardz Frost: Black History Month Author Visit at Central

Monday, February 26 7:00-8:30 p.m. Central Library. 

Steal Away Home by Karolyn Smardz Frost tells the harrowing true story of a fifteen-year-old escaped slave who found freedom in Canada and returned to her childhood home many years later as a free woman.  

Karolyn is a recipient of the Governor General's Award and the Mathieu Da Costa Award from the Ontario Black History Society. Join us for this special book-talk, Q & A with the author and book signing. Paperback copies will be available for purchase. 

Register online now or by calling or visiting any library branch.

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February Exhibits

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


Central Library

Lobby Display Case - Wood Carvings of Birds by Mel Benaissa

Art Rail (second floor) - Watercolour & Ink artwork by Kathleen Kirke-Louie

Archives and Local History Gallery (second floor) - new exhibit coming soon.

Brooklin Branch

Glass Display Case - Preview of Brooklin Branch March Break Programs 
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Durham College Lecture Series Resumes Fridays beginning February 2

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.

Location: Central Meeting Room 1

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Fridays: February 2 and 9, March 2, 9, and 23, and April 6.

Topics/Presented by: (updating as known)

February 2: Topic: TBD/Stephanie Ball. Register.

February 9: Design Thinking - A Human-Centered Approach to Solving Problems by Jordanne Christie. Register.

This program is intended for adults and registration is required. Please visit our Program Calendar for more programs and dates.


Sunday and Holiday Hours

Please note that all Whitby Public Library locations will be closed December 23-26, inclusive, and January 1. The Brooklin Branch and Central Library will be open on Sundays until December 10. Sunday hours will then resume on January 7. 
You may search the Library's catalogue and reserve library materials at
Use the "Digital Content" tab anytime at to download and stream music, download magazines, ebooks &  eaudiobooks, and search online databases. And new this winter is hoopla! Access music, movies, tv shows, comics, eBooks and eAudiobooks instantly with your library card.  
To view upcoming library programs and events, and to register online, visit  
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December Exhibits

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

Central Library

Lobby Display Case - Unique birdhouses and feeders by Jim Deliva - Birdhouses by Jim 

Art Rail (second floor) - Chinese brush painting by Cindy Xiang -  Chinese brush painting 

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

Brooklin Branch

Glass Display Case - Winter in Whitby from the Whitby Archives

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Storm Chasing in Ontario!

Enjoy some of the most intense weather our province has to offer while staying warm and dry!

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 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. 

This program is being offered at all three Whitby Library locations and space is still available:

Rossland Branch on Tuesday, December 5 at 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Central Library on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Brooklin Branch on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Registration is required. Register online by clicking on the desired location or by contacting any location.

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Wednesday Travel Program

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


Drop-in Program for Adults.

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Drop-in Storytime at Central

Join us and share stories and songs to help your child build early language and literacy skills. Open to children of all ages and their caregivers.  


Family Storytime
Wednesday at 6:30pm and 
Friday at 10:30am


French Family Storytime - Monday at 6:30pm
Fun in French for families with a dash of English too!

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Board Games Update

Thanks to those who completed our survey. You spoke and we listened. For a list of board games that are available for in-library playing click here. For a list of upcoming programs click here.

If you haven't had the chance to take the survey yet find it here.

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3D Printer Workshops!

Our 3D Printer Orientation and 3D Design workshops are offered monthly. Registration is required. If a workshop is full, you can be added to the waitlist and we will contact you if space becomes available.  For more details about our 3D Printing workshops.




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