Whitefish Bay ROCKS!

Gaelic Harp musician and composer Jeff Pockat will perform traditional music and original pieces

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Paint and Plant

Teens are invited to come paint a pot and plant a succulent to take home with them.

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Whitefish Bay TALKS: Perception Deception

William Pack explores the real science of how our brains trick us into seeing and believing things that don’t exist.

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Edible Book Festival

The 5th Annual Edible Book Festival is returns on March 5. Come see what crazy and amazing creations your friends and neighbors come up with.

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Mystery Book Club

Check out our titles for our new Mystery Book Club

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Friends Scholarship

For WFB students or residents

Library Board Appointment

We are seeking applicants who are library lovers and who believe in service to our community.

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Excite Your Mind with Upcoming Events

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Tea Time Book Club

The next person you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

12:00 pm

Fri, Feb 22nd


Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month and is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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Doughnut Day

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sat, Feb 23rd


We will supply all the materials to create a deliciously creative giant doughnut collage. Enjoy a doughnut while you work!

(Please let a librarian know in advance if you have specific dietary needs.  And dress for a mess!)

 

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Tue, Feb 26th


Our brain decides how we perceive everything around us. It finds patterns and solves problems efficiently, except for when it lies to us. In this engaging program, William explores the real science of how our brains trick us into seeing and believing things that don’t exist. 

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Fri, Mar 1st


Make a heart out of an old hardcover book. This craft is perfect for any book lover.  Space is limited. Please register.

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From our Blog

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February 15, 2019

Staying home and indoors this cold winter will find you sometimes in the mood for a good glass of wine with your better half and needing a good movie to go with it. Being Valentine season you can dream together of nice, warmer places , with nice vineyards and a good glass of wine.

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February 6, 2019

Winter is here and for those of you that are Game of Thrones, fans winter is also coming in April with the premiere of the final season. So while you’re trying to stay warm curl up on the couch and travel to Westeros. Rewatch all your favorite episodes by checking out the DVDs we have all the seasons just waiting for you. If you’re looking to start your yearly reading goal with a challenge stop by and grab copies of the books, use Libby to check out the E-book and E-Audiobook versions. Whatever you need to get you through til April.

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Sharon Nagel

Library Intern - Patron Services

I am new to the Whitefish Bay Public Library, having started as an intern in April of 2018. I am beginning work on my Masters in Library and Information Studies at UWM in September. I am a lifelong reader, and most recently, worked as a Bookseller at an independent bookstore in Milwaukee for 10 years.

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Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

An act of mercy that takes place on a field in France during World War II is the nucleus of this book. All the other characters and events are connected in a gorgeous tapestry that is slowly and masterfully revealed to the reader. This novel is based on a true story and is a lovely illustration that separateness is indeed an illusion, and that we are all connected.

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Hunger by Roxane Gay

Right from the beginning, Roxane Gay lets us know that this is not a weight-loss success story, but a memoir so deeply personal that it was extremely difficult for her to write. Parts of it are also incredibly difficult to read. Every woman that breathes has issues with her body, food, and her weight, no matter what her size. Gay holds nothing back as she tells of the sexual assault that changed her forever when she was 12 years old. She concealed the trauma from her family and dealt with it the only way she knew how, by eating until her body was no longer desirable to men, but a fortress in which she could hide and protect herself from the world. She candidly explains how it feels to be at once so large and so invisible, as she moves through a world that is less than kind when it comes to judging women’s bodies.

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Elena Richardson lives a well-planned life in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She has a successful husband, a respected career, a large house, and four beautiful children. She believes that she is so blessed because she has always followed the rules. When Mia and her daughter Pearl come to town, her beliefs are shaken a little. Mia is a single mom, an artist who gets by on part-time minimum wage jobs. Mia rents a house from Elena and eventually becomes the Richardson’s housekeeper and cook. Pearl becomes involved with the Richardson kids on various levels. When friends of the Richardsons try to adopt a Chinese-American baby, there is a custody battle with the baby’s birth mother that divides the town. This is a beautifully written novel that explores the meaning of motherhood, privilege, and the things that make up a contented and safe existence.

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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a retelling of Pride and Prejudice must be cleverly written and wickedly funny. Curtis Sittenfeld has accomplished that with her fantastic new novel. The Bennet sisters have been transported to modern day Cincinnati. Jane is a yoga instructor, Liz, a writer for a women’s magazine, Lydia and Kitty do nothing but work out, and Mary spends most of her time in her room. The two older sisters live in New York, but have come home to check on Mr. Bennet, who is recovering from a heart attack. The storyline is one that will be familiar to most Austen readers, but with some extremely funny twists. I thoroughly enjoyed Eligible from start to finish.

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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Pete Snow is a social worker in Montana in 1980. He spends his days looking out for troubled kids, until the day that his own daughter goes missing. This is an exquisitely written first novel, and I look forward to reading more from Smith Henderson.

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About Whitefish Bay Public Library

A library that is just about lending books seems so last century, doesn’t it?

That’s our philosophy at the Whitefish Bay Public Library, anyway. We believe that everything that we do, we do to make a difference in someone’s life. Creating connections. Building community. Collecting stories. Sure, we have books, but we’re SO much more.

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