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In Celebration of the United Nation’s 76th Anniversary

Spotlight on: Urgency & Agency in the Battle to Avert a Climate Crisis

10:00 am

Sat, Oct 23rd


The goal of the UN is “...to save future generations from the scourge of war.” ~United Nations Charter (1945)

Join us for United Nations Day with distinguished speaker Dr. Michael E. Mann.

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Tea Time Book Club

Djinn patrol on the purple line by Deepa Anappara

12:00 pm

Fri, Oct 29th


Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month in person and is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading Djinn patrol on the purple line by Deepa Anappara.

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Sat, Nov 6th


On Saturday, November 6, hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. And on Sunday, November 7, join us from noon to 3 p.m. for our popular bag sale. Fill a bag for $5. We supply the bags!

On Friday, November 5, our usual Friends Night – for Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library -  will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. If you’re not a Friend, you can join Friday night and attend the Friday night sale for as little as $15 annually.

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Sat, Nov 6th


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From our Blog

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October 20, 2021

October 17 – October 31 is National Friends of the Library Week. We wanted to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to our Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library. We are so lucky to have a very active and supportive Friends. Friend volunteers work year round on different projects to help make your library one of the best libraries in the Milwaukee County Federated Library System.

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October 14, 2021

Getting tired of your same old book club? Why not try spicing it up (literally!) with some food? For a creative twist at your next book club meeting try adding some of the food and drinks that come from the setting of your novel.

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Meet our Staff

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Laura Reilly

Reference Assistant

Hi! I'm excited to be the new Reference Assistant in Adult Services. I joined the Whitefish Bay Library in 2014 and I worked at the Circulation desk for the last six years. I am also the school librarian at St. Monica Elementary School so it's fun to be "the bridge" between these two communities and see my students smiling faces here at the public library. I enjoy reading both children and adult fiction. Some of my favorites are Rules of Civility, Beartown, A Single Shard and the Penderwicks series. Stop by the Adult Reference desk when you are in the library next, I'm happy to help!

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.

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Esperanza rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

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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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