Library Closings for Labor Day: The library will be closed on Monday, September 3. We will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday, September 4. We also are now open Sundays starting September 9.

Library Closings for Labor Day

To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now!

Portrayed by actor Ron Scot Fry, Shakespeare comes to life right before our eyes.

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Instantly borrow eBooks, e-Audiobooks, comics, movies and music 24/7 with your library card!

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3rd Annual Photography Contest

Our amateur photography contest is open to all ages. Win cash prizes!

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Excite Your Mind with Upcoming Events

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Tea Time Book Club

Little Heathens: hard times and high spirits on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.

12:00 pm

Fri, Aug 24th


Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month and is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading Little Heathens: hard times and high spirits on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.

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Collage Cities

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sat, Sep 8th


Create a city skyline with newspaper, construction paper, paint, tape, and a variety of other supplies.  

K5-5th grade.  Registration opens September 1st.

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Meet-Up Monday

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Mon, Sep 10th


Our monthly teen drop-in after school program. Open to teens 12-up. May be held in the Storytime Room or Teen Area.

No Registration Necessary

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Tue, Sep 11th


At this STEAM storytime, we'll be learning about construction and building with tons of hands-on problem solving activities and lots of fun.

Grades K4-K5.  Registration begins September 1st.

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From our Blog

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August 9, 2018

Recently there has been a Facebook trend going around asking you to post your seven favorite books without comment. As an aspiring librarian I thought it would be a better idea to encourage others to post their favorite books and why. So here are seven books that have helped me on my path to becoming a librarian.

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July 25, 2018

Summer is the time for reading on the beach (or anywhere else!). Check out one of these summer-themed graphic novels for kids and teens. These titles will take you from summer camp to visiting relatives to long weekends at the cabin; all summer staples. Make those long summer car rides a little more bearable by picking up a fun graphic novel from the library.

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Meet our Staff

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Scott Lenski

Community & Adult Services Librarian

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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