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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.

Seed Starting
March 20, 6:00 p.m.
Learn the fine points of starting seeds at home with Master Gardener Ruth Flescher. Starting seeds for your garden is less expensive than buying nursery grown sets and often gives you more choices.  It's also easy and highly rewarding. Discover how to choose the appropriate plants, assemble and use the proper equipment and test seed viability prior to planting.  Before you leave you will have a chance to start seeds of your own.  This program is free and open to the public. 

Help Us Name Our Flamingo

Help us name our Flamingo! Visit the library, check out some library items, attend a program, and vote for a name for our new Flamingo. Do you like Felix, Fiona, Quinn, or Rory? You have the entire month of March to pick your favorite!
The Big Read Kicks Off March 22
Stop In For A Free Book And Calendar Of Events

Meet Fernando the Library Llama

Our library llama has a name! Meet Fernando. Thank you to everyone who voted!

Picture Book City

Welcome to Picture Book City!  Our picture books are arranged into neighborhoods by subject.  Each subject has its own color-coded sticker to make identifying neighborhoods easy.  Are you looking for books about trucks?  Look for the blue stickers.  Need a story for bedtime?  Those have light pink stickers.  This type of organization helps small children (and their grown-ups!) to more easily locate the types of books that they enjoy.  We invite you to come on in and explore!

Check out this absurd interview with WI author Michael Perry!

Rhyme Time

Ages Birth-3 years
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Rhyme Time offers caregivers and children the perfect opportunity to engage with songs, rhymes, and simple stories.  Each 20-30 minute class period is followed by a play time.

Please register here.

Growing Readers

Ages 3-5 years
Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Growing Readers allows children and their favorite adult to engage with songs, rhymes, stories, and play.  Each session includes picture books, movement activities, and nursery rhymes.  Each 30 minute class period is followed by art or activities and a play time.

Please register here.

Super STEM Saturdays
Every other Saturday Jan-April
Whitewater's library and Wisconsin STEM for Kids is bringing you a free hands on STEM experience every other Saturday! Have some fun with the leading programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Sign up today online or at the front desk! Registration is require and spots are limited.
HERE for Jan. 6 - Science is Handy
HERE for Jan 20- Gene Mission
This is open for children 5- 12.
Calling all Scrapbookers and Stampers!
Whitewater's Library is now boasting the largest public use stamp collection in Wisconsin! Choose from our wide variety of stamp collections of Holiday, Seasonal, Sentimental, Nature and MORE! We have inks in every color and even fabric inks.
Contact Claire, your Makerspace Librarian, to start stamping today.
Join the Whitewater Reading Challenge
on Goodreads!
Join us in the 1st annual Whitewater Community Reading Challenge. We invite all patrons of the Irvin L Young Memorial Library to participate in meeting our challenge of 1000 books read or listened to from Jan 1, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018. Simply add the books you've read or listened to in the group whether it's nonfiction, fiction, children's, adults, teens or anything in between!
See what others are reading, join in a discussion, and let's get our community reading together! 
Join here

We Need a Bigger Library!
Watch the tour,  See what we've done over the years to maximize our space and why we need to build a bigger library to meet our 21st century community needs.

Library Tour

Library Board of Trustees Community Forum
May 22, 2017
For anyone who missed the informational session held on May 22, here is a complete recording of the evening's proceedings.

Community Forum

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!


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.

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.