Library Board Appointment

One of the seven Whitefish Bay Public Library Board of Trustees member appointments opens May 1st. We are seeking applicants who are library lovers and who believe in service to our community.

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Art in Action: Abstract Art

Abstract art: what is it? Learn all about it with Miss Emma! 2nd-5th grade.

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Whitefish Bay TALKS

Steven Wallace is author and founder of Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company that pioneered the marketing and export of single-bean, bean-to-bar chocolate and cocoa products manufactured entirely on the African continent.

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Nick Petrie

We're celebrating the release of Nick's 3rd book in his Peter Ash series titled Light It Up. This event is cosponsored by Boswell.

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Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches 1967-68

February is Black History Month and the Whitefish Bay Public Library, along with One Circle Forward, are hosting Dr. Margaret Rozga and Fred Reed, participants of the Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968.

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Friends of Whitefish Bay Library Writing Contest

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Get a Personalized Reading Recommendation

Answer a few questions to have some books chosen just for you by our librarians

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Excite Your Mind with Upcoming Events

Mon, Jan 22nd


Can you repair a spaceship? Find shelter on a remote planet?  Survive on freeze dried food?  Come to this program and test your skills.

 

K4-2nd grade.

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Whitefish Bay TALKS with Steven Wallace

"Obroni and the Chocolate Factory"

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tue, Jan 23rd


Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar is a David vs. Goliath tale of entrepreneurial daring, corporate intrigue, an spirited argument for globalism done right, and a peek behind the secretive world of international cocoa and chocolate production. 

 

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Art in Action: Abstract Art

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wed, Jan 24th


Abstract art: what is it?  And what does it mean?  Join Miss Emma for another round of "Art in Action!"

Grades 2nd-5th.

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Tea Time Book Club

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

12:00 pm

Fri, Jan 26th


Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month and is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading the Man Booker Prize winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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From our Blog

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January 10, 2018

Each year teens around Milwaukee County vote for their favorite book from a list of 15 nominees, the winner wins the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award. The MCTBA was created to promote teen reading and literature by highlighting books published for teens of both quality and appeal.

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January 4, 2018

Recently I have been reviewing the Whitefish Bay Public Library’s picture book collection focusing on books by and about Native Americans/First Nations. Unfortunately, many of the books reinforced stereotypes of Native Americans and many more told native stories inaccurately and disrespectfully. So, I would like to share this list of picture books written by Native American writers that we have in our collection.

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Meet our Staff

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Karl Suechting

Adult Services Librarian

I began working at the Whitefish Bay Public Library in 2015. I catalog, process, and order new adult materials, and help with some of the adult programming. I have diverse tastes in books, from literary fiction to biographies. Some of my favorite authors are Hemingway, Kafka, and Nabokov. When I’m not at the library, I’m a stay-at-home dad of two and a working musician.

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The Trial by Franz Kafka

One of the most important works of the 20th century, The Trial chronicles Josef K’s struggles to deal with the legal system and its monstrous bureaucracy. Not only did he not commit a “crime,” he is not able to learn the details of his supposed infraction.

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The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway wrote a series of short stories that chronicle the coming of age of Nick Adams. We follow him from his boyhood, going on adventures with his father, confronting death for the first time, to his experiences as a soldier confronting the horrors of war.

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

I know this is very controversial book, but I love its use of dark humor and the way we are forced to question the narrative because of the idiosyncrasies of Humbert as narrator. I also love the way Nabokov manipulates the reader into feeling sympathy for the protagonist, which is perhaps as unsettling as the (taboo) subject matter of the novel.

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Robert Lowell Collected Poems

Lowell’s struggles with mental illness are well-known, but I love his work because it manages to be totally intimate and personal, while at the same time engaging with universal themes such as mortality, family lineage and class. He was the first and probably the best of what came to be known as the confessional poets, a label he hated. But when he discovered this new style of using metaphor, he was able to embrace private experience, and to express it without resorting to allegory, which was an abstraction.

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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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