Library Closings for Memorial Day: The library will be closed on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30. We will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday, May 31.

Library Closings for Memorial Day

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, May 27th


Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month is led by Library Director Nyama Reed.  This month we're reading Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman. As of March, Tea Time Book Club with offer hybrid meetings. You can attend in-person at the Library in the 2nd floor Program Room or online via Zoom. 

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Wed, Jun 1st


This program is virtual and will be hosted on Zoom.

Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to thank. These essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty we enjoy each day. Create the right habitat and you can fill your landscape with bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators. We’ll discuss plant selection, design strategies and plant care to help attract and support pollinators. Soon you’ll be enjoying their beauty and increased productivity in your garden!

This webinar is free, but registration is required. Thank you to American Transmission Co. for sponsoring this webinar.

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Virtual Mystery Book Club

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

6:30 pm

Thu, Jun 9th


Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is led by librarian Sharon Nagel. This month we're reading
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke.

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Mon, Jun 13th


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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From our Blog

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May 10, 2022

Every year, I like to choose a favorite book, although it is sometimes quite difficult to choose just one. It is starting to look like 2022 is going to be one of those years. During the pandemic, many authors had time on their hands, and it seems like almost everyone has a new book out in 2021 or 2022. Here of two of my favorites so far this year.

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thumbnail Must-Read YA Books for National Mental Health Awareness Month

April 29, 2022

Mental illness continues to be one of the most stigmatized topics in society when approximately 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 3 teenagers have experienced some form of mental illness in the last year (NAMI.org). As the last two years has been marked with grave uncertainty, loss, and grief – whether it for someone, something, or our “normal life” pre-COVID, many have sought help, support, or information from healthcare professionals, the internet, and literature.

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Meet our Staff

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Scott Lenski

Head of Adult Services

I’ve been at the Whitefish Bay Public Library since 2012. I plan most of the adult programming, update the website and do the library’s social media. I love to read a little bit of everything, from literary fiction to mystery, and sci-fi to nonfiction books about science. Some of my favorite authors are John Irving, Dennis Lehane, Tana French, Meg Wolitzer, and John Scalzi.

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings is the story of six teenagers who meet at an arts summer camp. We follow these teenagers to middle age, as each must deal with their successes (or lack thereof). This book examines what happens to our dreams when we grow up. Wolitzer’s style reminded me of John Irving. I cherished every single page of this book and look forward to reading some of her other work.

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A Widow for One Year by John Irving

This is John Irving at his best as he chronicles the life of writer Ruth Cole. Tragedy strikes the Cole family before Ruth’s birth and this leaves her mother and father broken and shattered. As Irving often does in his novels we follow the main character throughout most of her life. There is a particularly riveting scene that has been stuck in my head since first reading this gem.

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Tart’s first novel follows a group of highly intelligent and eccentric college students as they plunge into a world of drinking, drugs, and darkness. An accidental murder is at the heart of this book which is part literary fiction and part psychological thriller. The prose is absolutely wonderful and you’ll want to savor every word.

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Ignatius J. Reilly is a bumbling 30 year old who still lives at home with his mom. He is scribing his life story on giant writing pads that he keeps hidden under his bed. A car accident by his drunk mother sends him looking for a job, and then he finds himself in some pretty ridiculous situations. In real life Ignatius would drive me crazy, but as a literary character he is hilariously memorable, so much so that I named by dog after him.

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His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is a trilogy of books that follows Lyra Belacqua as she navigates a world with many similarities but also some differences from our own. In Lyra’s world every person has a daemon, an animal that is a representation of a person’s inner being. This special connection is at risk as children are being taken and experimented on. Pullman is a master world builder and he is in the process of expanding on the original books with a second related trilogy called The Book of Dust.

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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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