Library Closings for Labor Day: The library will be closed on Monday, September 5. We will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday, September 6. We also are now open Sundays starting September 11.

Library Closings for Labor Day

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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History Comes Alive @ WFBPL

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Annual Photography Contest

Enter our 6th Annual Amateur Photography Contest

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Excite Your Mind with Upcoming Events

Fri, Aug 26th


Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month is led by Library Director Nyama Reed.  This month we're reading Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. 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, Sep 7th


We're excited to offer outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park this fall!  Join us for stories, songs, and more.  

In case of bad weather, we'll hold storytime in the tower of the children's department.

Registration open now.

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Thu, Sep 8th


We're excited to offer outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park this fall!  Join us for stories, songs, and more.  

In case of bad weather, we'll hold storytime in the tower of the children's department.

Registration open now.

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Mon, Sep 12th


We're excited to offer outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park this fall!  Join us for stories, songs, and more.  

In case of bad weather, we'll hold storytime in the tower of the children's department.

Registration open now.

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From our Blog

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August 10, 2022

August 14th is National Navajo Code Talkers Day, a day to celebrate the contributions made by Native Americans during World War ll. The day was officially recognized in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan and in 2001 President George Bush presented each of the original 29 Navajo marines with a Congressional Gold Medal. The Navajo Code Talkers played a critical role in the war effort by using their complex language for coding and transmitting messages in a time when secrecy was crucial. This code was so complex that it was never broken by the Japanese military. The Navajo Code Talkers transmitted over 800 messages successfully and were instrumental in the success of World War ll. To learn more about these amazing Code Talkers and other spy related novels try:

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July 25, 2022

July 30th this year is National Paperback Book Day. I don’t know about you but this is something that I celebrate almost every day. I thought I would share a little bit about what is going on in the Romance section of the library.

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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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