The new year is a time for reflection and reinvigoration. What better way to do that than to cozy up with inspiring books this winter? We encourage readers to choose books and stories from an array of diverse authors and topics; celebrate the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book.


    Join #WinterRead2021 by joining the challenge on Beanstack (whitewater.beanstack.org) or pick up a reading log at the library.  

  • Whitewater Community Reads

  • Health Disparities and Race in the Time of COVID-19

    Health Disparities and Race in the Time of COVID-19
    Monday, January 18, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Join Dr. Damon Tweedy for a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day presentation on YouTube examining health disparities and race in the time of COVID-19. Dr. Tweedy is the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine and is a professor at Duke University. He will discuss the topics of race and medicine as they intersect at the center of our national discussion during this historic pandemic. 
    To view the presentation. go to: youtube.com/waukeshalibrary
    This program will only be viewable LIVE with no recording available afterward.
    Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and Yale Law School. He completed both his medical internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital. He is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System. He has published articles about race and medicine in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and other medical journals. His columns and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and various other print publications.
    This presentation was made possible by the collaboration of fifteen public libraries in the Bridges Library System: Alice Baker, Brookfield, Butler, Delafield, Dwight Foster, Hartland, Jefferson, Muskego, New Berlin, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Town Hall, Watertown, Waukesha, and Whitewater. For more information about the program, call the Waukesha Public Library Reference Desk at (262) 524-3682.

  • Weekly Crafts

    Weekly Crafts
    Every week the library offers a new take home craft activity! Craft videos are posted Mondays at 11:00 a.m. and take-and-make kits are available during that week.
    Children's Crafts – January 4 and 19 at 11:00 a.m. 
    Adult Crafts – January 11 and 25 at 11:00 a.m.
    Visit the Library's Facebook page or YouTube channel to view live programs or watch recordings of past library programs.
    Picking up craft kits in January
    Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
    During curbside service hours, craft kits will be located outside the Center St. doors on a cart. 
    Monday-Friday from 12:30 -7:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    While the Library is open the craft kits will be located inside the library next to the service desk. 

  • Bizarre History of Wisconsin- Strange Stories from Our Past


    Bizarre History of Wisconsin- Strange Stories from Our Past
    Presented by Chad Lewis
    Tuesday, January 19th at 6:00 p.m.

    This presentation showcases over 100 bizarre newspaper stories from Wisconsin that have not been seen in over 100 years. These unbelievable stories were not lost, they were simply hidden. This program provides a time portal back to the early days of the state when it was filled with strange deaths, ghosts, sea serpents, peculiar people, medical anomalies, oddities, psychic phenomena, and UFOs This will change the way you view the good ol' days of WI.
    This is a Zoom program. Please register below to recieve a meeting invitation. 

  • January 1st-February 28th

    Take a deep breath in and out.  Notice where you are and how you are feeling. Great job! You are on your way to becoming a more mindful person.  This challenge will give you exercises, tools, and resources to help you practice mindfulness.  In order to add a little fun, you have a chance to win weekly prizes and if you complete all 10 activities, you will be entered into a grand prize drawing!  Start 2021 off with the right mindset and sign up for the Mindfulness Challenge at whitewaterlibrary.beanstack.org
  • Virtual Gardening Program

  • Identity Theft: Protect and Prevent

  • HelpNow Live Online Tutoring

  • The Library has a YouTube channel!

    Did you know that the Library has a YouTube channel? Subscribe for videos made just for you!
  • Community Oral History Project

    The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library would like to invite you to participate in a community oral history project. Record a video or audio clip of yourself telling a story about your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    For more information on how to participate, please email tthomas@whitewater-wi.gov.



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    Join us on Facebook Live for stories, songs and silliness with Miss Deana!  It’s fun for the whole family!  



  • New Database

    Creativebug is a database featuring thousands of videos from top designers and artists about everything from art and design to sewing, food, and jewelry making.  It is a great place to learn a new skill or develop a daily creative practice.  Best of all, it’s free with your Whitewater library card!  So get making!
  • Logging into your library account in CAFE is easy!

  • New Trial Service

  • New Gale Courses will be available soon. See the tutorial!

  • Flipster for Desktops Tutorial Video

  • Extended to December 31

Health Disparities and Race in the Time of COVID-19 Monday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m. No Registration Required. This program will only be viewable LIVE with no recording available afterward.

Registration Forms

Bizarre History of Wisconsin Tuesday, January 19th at 6:00 p.m.
 Identity Theft: Protect and Prevent  Thursday, January 28th at 3:00 p.m.