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A Year in the Life of the Ojibwa

Join Barbara Gross as she describes a year in the life of the Ojibwa. Using objects she will bring, she will discuss how the people lived from season to season in harmony with Mother Earth and her children.

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Build-A-Thon

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Milwaukee Blizzard of 1947

Milwaukee historian and author Matthew J. Prigge will tell the story of the Great Blizzard of '47, literally freezing the city where it stood.

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Melted Crayon Art

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mon, Jan 20th


Melt colorful crayons onto canvas to create your own unique work of art.  We'll supply everything you need. 

Grades 3rd-5th.  Registration begins January 1st.

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Tue, Jan 21st


Join Barbara Gross as she describes a year in the life of the Ojibwa. Using objects she will bring, she will discuss how the people lived from season to season in harmony with Mother Earth and her children.

The stories are gathered from her Mother as well as other family members.

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Author Nick Petrie

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, Jan 22nd


Author Nick Petrie returns to the Whitefish Bay Public Library for his 5th installment of Peter Ash series, The Wild One. Petrie's books will be available for purchase by Boswell Books.

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Wed, Jan 29th


Your Mission: Complete the build challenge with the materials provided.  Warning: This mission may be fun, encourage creativity, and build problem solving skills.

Grades K4-2nd.  Registration begins January 1st.

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From our Blog

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January 2, 2020

The librarians of the Whitefish Bay Public Library pick their favorite books read in 2020.

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November 15, 2019

It appears that winter is upon us even at this early pre-Thanksgiving date. It’s cold, snowy, and dark, and I want to put on my fuzziest pajamas and not leave the house until May. This is not a good state of affairs. Winters in Wisconsin are too long to give in completely. It’s important to keep active, get out of the house, and see other people. One way to do this is to check out the free programs and activities that we offer at the library.

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Katie Kiekhaefer

Head of Youth Services

I’ve been the Head of Youth Services at the Whitefish Bay Public Library since 2013, but I've been passionate about youth services since a summer spent working at my hometown library with my childhood librarians after college. My favorite aspects of being a youth services librarian are connecting with kids and their families and caregivers, advocating for each child’s reading interests, and creating fun, educational, and innovative programming for all ages. While most of my time is spent reading children’s and young adult literature, I also try to sneak some adult non-fiction, and if I'm not reading, I love listening to music and watching sports.

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

A hilarious, pun-filled adventure that still feels as fresh and relevant as it did upon being published in 1961.

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To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

This time-traveling sci-fi book travels from 2057 to Victorian England to World War II and medieval Britain. With wit, adventure, and a fair amount of romance, Connie Willis has created a perfect sci-fi Victorian comedy of manners, of all the things.

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Bomb: the Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

A non-fiction book for elementary schoolers, this book combines science, espionage, and international politics to tell the story behind the atomic bomb.

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Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

This young adult book is a fascinating look at the importance of the arts, the resiliency of the Russian people, the lengths humans will go to in order to survive, the unfathomable corruption of the Russian government, and the role the arts play in government propaganda.

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

A love letter to roller derby and a spot-on look at how complicated middle school friends can be, all perfectly portrayed in graphic novel format.

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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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