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The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will foster a sense of community and be a center for resources, information, and creativity for all people in the Whitewater area.

Author Eleanor Wilson
December 10, 1:00 PM
Author Eleanor B. Wilson will be at the library to discuss her book Merrickville Days,which is the story of two years in the lives of Jessie and Walter DuMond, 1907 and 1908, in western Delaware County. Most of the story takes place in and between Walton and Franklin, and is centered in the tiny settlement called Merrickville, a few miles south of Franklin. These were two important years in their lives, as they were married in October 1907 and their first child was born in November 1908, and they kept diaries of these two years, on which the story is based. In fact, they took turns writing in the diaries.What was the rural life of our farming ancestors like? Merrickville Days is a good way to find out!”

This program is free and open to everyone.  There will be books available for purchase.
The end of NOOK magazines through OverDrive
We regret to announce that, effective October 1st, magazines will no longer be available in Wisconsin's Digital Library.
In July, OverDrive terminated its partnership with Barnes and Noble, which provides NOOK Periodicals for Wisconsin's Digital Library.  The WPLC, the managing body for Wisconsin's Digital Library, is exploring other potential digital magazine products to replace this valuable statewide service to library users.  You may still have access to other digital magazines through another service; contact your local library to find out or visit them in person to read your favorite magazines in print.
We appreciate your patronage of Wisconsin's Digital Library, and we are very sorry for this inconvenience.
Watch the video for help
You can attend events and workshops at libraries everywhere in Jefferson and Waukesha Counties.  You can search the "Events/Organizations" tab on the Library Catalog and find performers, DIY programs, author events, and much more.  Watch this short video to help you navigate the search function so you can find your next adventure!

The Digital Archives of the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library has completed a three-year project to digitize all the Whitewater newspapers that we have on microfilm.  These records cover the Whitewater Chronicle from June 18 through December 17, 1879; the Whitewater Press from January 24, 1924 through December 26, 1935; the Whitewater Gazette from November 22, 1855 through September 26, 1918 and the Whitewater Register from December 1880 through December 2007.  Records from 2008 through 2014 are currently being prepared for us by the Whitewater Historical Society.

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Seed Exchange @ the Library
Come check out our seed exchange library!  We have a nice selection of heirloom seeds.  

Seed packets are in the drawers of this re-purposed card catalog.  Take a seed packet up to the front desk and check it out just like a book.  When fall comes around, save some of the seeds and put them in one of our blank label packets, available on top of the seed catalog, and return them to the front desk.  If you have heirloom seeds of your own, you can also take a blank label packet and we will add it to our stock.  We will add different kinds of seeds each year, and just added news seeds to the collection for the 2016 growing season.  We also have a selection of books and handouts to help you get started.

All of our seeds were purchased from Seed Savers Exchange ( in Decorah, Iowa.  Seed Savers is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations.

If you haven't got room for a garden where you live, consider getting a plot at the Whitewater Community Garden.  

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program offered by the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library that invites caregivers and children to share books every day.  Research shows that the more children are read to before entering school the more ready they are to learn once they get there.  Not only will reading to your child every day help them learn but it provides you with a fun, free activity that the entire family can enjoy.  

Registration is now open.  Please stop at the circulation desk to sign up!

Do-It-Yourself Interlibrary Loan Requests
Request items yourself
If you have searched the Cafe Catalog and haven't been able to find just what you need, please consider searching WISCAT, the Wisconsin State Resource Sharing database.  You can start by clicking here and beginning your search.  If you need some help figuring out how to use it, read our instructional brochure.  Remember, you should only use WISCAT if you can't find what you want in the Cafe Catalog.  You are also limited to five WISCAT requests at one time.
Maker Space @ the Library!

The space includes a Digital Media Lab to help you convert your cherished memories into digital media and a Create It Lab to help you with your business, school, and relaxation projects. The Maker Space is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  You will initially need to schedule time with a staff member to learn a specific piece of equipment.  Once you have completed the training you are free to work in the Maker Space on your own whenever the space is available.

Come see what equipment is currently provided, let staff know what other tools you would like to have included in the Maker Space, and book yourself some time to create.


The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. The new designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch.

FamilySearch is the world's largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries.

FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records through select public libraries. The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is now one of those libraries.It is a priceless resource for local residents interested in discovering their family history.

FamilySearch has over 200 camera teams filming historic records in 45 countries on any given day.These records are then circulated to public patrons through FamilySearch centers worldwide, like the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library. For example, FamilySearch has filmed over 60% of the Civil Registration (birth, marriage and death records) of Italy. If you have Italian ancestry, chances are you will be able to extend your Italian research by conveniently using the FamilySearch films through the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library.
There is a nominal fee of $7.50 to order a microfilm. Once the film arrives, patrons use the microfilm reader at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library to peruse it. The library staff can help patrons see what films are available, place film orders, and answer research questions. Patrons can also search the Family History Library Catalog online at to see what records FamilySearch has available to order through the library.
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library 's Photo Release Policy

This sign is posted throughout the library to let our guests know that we do take pictures of the public using this facility. We use these photos and videos to publicize and promote our many activities. We are sensitive to people's privacy and are especially careful when using images of children. Please let us know if you have any concerns while you are visiting the library.