Late Open: The library will be closed the morning of October 8 for staff training. We will open at 1:30pm.

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Victorian Funeral and Mourning Customs

Our Whitefish Bay TALKS this month is The “Undertaker” of the Victorian Era.

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Documentary Film

Screening and talk back with the director of "Alice's Ordinary People," an examination of Alice Tregay, who fought for human rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King.

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Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Book Sale

November 3 & 4

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Learn to Play: Ticket to Ride

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Wed, Sep 26th


Climb aboard for some railroading fun and adventure, in a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities.

Grades 6+

Registration Required

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Tea Time Book Club

My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry by Fredrik Backman

12:00 pm

Fri, Sep 28th


Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month and is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry by Fredrik Backman 

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Meet-Up Monday

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Mon, Oct 1st


Our monthly teen drop-in after school program. Open to teens 12-up. May be held in the Storytime Room or Teen Area.

No Registration Necessary

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Wed, Oct 3rd


 Steve Person, a retired funeral director, presents this program on many of the Victorian funeral and mourning customs.

It was during the Victorian Era that the ritual of death became increasingly sophisticated and this period saw the development of the modern cemetery, morticians and public funeral complete with floral arrangements and the hearse for transportation of the deceased.

The “Undertaker” of the Victorian Era was the forerunner of today’s funeral director.  Many of the traditions that are observed in our funeral process today came to be from superstitions of the 1800s.

Mortuary and embalming equipment and instruments from this era are also a part of the display that is shared during this presentation of “The Victorian Undertaker”.

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From our Blog

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September 1, 2018

If you have visited the Youth Services department recently, you have probably noticed that your favorite picture books are not where they used to be; there are a lot of empty shelves; and there are new colored labels. Youth Services staff is reorganizing the picture books by subjects or categories instead of by the author’s last name. The collection is under construction!

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thumbnail Frankenstein Turns 200

August 27, 2018

Mary Shelley first published her novel Frankenstein 200 years ago in 1818. Shelley was just 19 when she wrote Frankenstein and is often credited with creating the science fiction genre. You can check out Mary Shelley’s original work or one of the many adaptions.

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Meet our Staff

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Ina Margulis

Adult Services Librarian

I joined WFB Library in 1999 and worked in a variety of positions since then. Now I work mainly on the Adult Reference Deskand one of my favorite activities is ordering for the Adult DVD collection and AudioBooks. I also enjoy reading fiction and being a grandma. Some of my favorite authors are Michael Chabon, Tana French, and Elena Ferrante. Always a pleasure to see you in our Library!

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Out of Egypt by Andre Aciman

It is a beautiful written memoir, written as homage to the city where he grew up (Alexandria, Egypt-a melting pot of tolerance, vibrancy and sophistication) and his colorful family (Greek Jewish family at the turn of 20th century who moves to Egypt). Deliciously nostalgic and heart-warming. Very enjoyable armchair trip in time and space.

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Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante

It is the story of a 50 years old friendship between two girls that grew up together in the same poor neighborhood in Naples after WWII , one bookish and intelligent –Elena, and the other rebellious and street smart- Lila. They ended up in different places as adults, yet stay very close at heart all through their life. Through the four novels we follow them, and their friends and families, and watch how their dreams grow and dash when reality confronted them and took them in different directions. I thought it was a treasure.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The book takes place in Nigeria, the US and the UK. The protagonist takes on race, immigration, emigration, interracial relationship, feminism, what it means to leave home and then go back, all wrapped up in a complicated love story. The people described are real and flawed and her honesty is striking and vibrant, all together a great experience.

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The Lake House by Kate Morton

Two different story lines decades apart, taking place in Cornwall, UK. The book is very descriptive and atmospheric. It has suspense, family tragedy, secrets and at the end they all connect and make sense. Overall an enjoyable experience.

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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The book is a psychological, atmospheric drama that later becomes a melodramatic crime story taking place in the 1920s in London. Very detailed, great sense of the period and strong characters . I enjoyed it a lot.

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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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