Independence Day Closing: The library will be closed on Monday, July 4 for Independence Day. We will be opening late on Tuesday, July 5 at 12PM.

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Summer Reading Program

We've got summer reading for kids, teens and adults beginning on June 13! The program is online.

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Take and Tinker Collection

Take and Tinker is a collection of tools, games, and other items that you wouldn't expect to find in a library!

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Summer Programs for Kids Preview

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Excite Your Mind with Upcoming Events

Fri, Jul 8th


Come polka in the park with Uncle Mike of Pint-Sized Polkas.  Nationally known accordion player and Polka musician Mike Schneider brings the happiest music on Earth together with education and comedy, promising tons of fun for the whole family!  

Please note: This event will be held in School House Park. Rain Site: Tower in the Youth Services Wing.  

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Mon, Jul 11th


We're excited to offer outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park this summer!  Join us for stories, songs, and more.  Please register so we can update you about weather and possible rain site.

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Mon, Jul 11th


Come craft some cute creatures this summer!  This week we'll be making fluffy yarn pom-pom turtles.  

Entering K5-3rd.  Registration required.  Registration opens July 1st. 

Please note: this event will be held in School House Park (across the street from the library).  In case of bad weather, the program will be held in our upstairs program room. 

 

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Tue, Jul 12th


Join us for yoga in School House Park!!  This program will approach yoga as play, using a variety of games and team building exercises to help tweens learn poses and breathing techniques, as well as meditation/relaxation exercises. 

Entering grades 4th-6th.  Registration begins on July 1st.

 

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From our Blog

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June 27, 2022

The arrival of Summer always conjures one feeling or memory, as the sunshine and warm breeze transport you back to that special moment of playing outside as a kid, going to the beach, or even those warm summer nights spent with family and friends. Lovingly titled, “That Summer Feeling” musician Jonathan Richman captures this feeling in song. A staple of any summer playlist, “That Summer Feeling” has inspired a recent picture book display at our library!

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June 18, 2022

June is Pride month, celebrating all things LGBTQIA+. Pride month was started to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. It is celebrated in small and large cities across the United States. Milwaukee has its own Pride celebration at the Summerfest grounds and it is usually the first festival of the season. Librarians Scott and Valerie have assembled a list of titles featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.

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Sharon Nagel

Adult Services Librarian

I’m Sharon, and I joined the Whitefish Bay Library in 2018 as an intern. I graduated with my MLIS from UWM in 2020. I am currently a Reference Librarian in Adult Services. Before that I worked as an independent bookseller for 10 years. I am also the co-author of the Shady Hollow mystery series. I write this series with my writing partner, Jocelyn Cole. We publish under the pseudonym of Juneau Black. In my spare time I like to read and travel with my husband.

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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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Shady Hollow by Juneau Black

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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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