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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.
The Adult Spanish section has moved! If you are in the library and looking for the Adult Spanish section, it is now near the Juvenile Spanish section.
STAY COOL THIS SUMMER
With summer in full swing, Walworth County Division of Public Health has partnered with the Library to help distribute box fans throughout the community. With increasing temperatures and humidity comes an increase in risk for heat-related injuries. Fans are intended for individuals who do not have adequate means to remain cool in the summer months and are more prone to heat-related injuries. Fans are available during our regular hours of operation while supplies last, limit one per household.
CHECK OUT EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ON THE LIBRARY CATALOG
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.
If you have a hard time keeping track of what is happening at the library, just sign up for our new e-newsletter on the left-hand side of the page and we'll deliver the news direct to your email.
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 (www.seedsavers.org) 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.
New Web Service
If you are always wondering what the first book in a series is or what the correct order for a series is, wonder no longer! We are offering access to eSequels, an online guide to series fiction. You can search by Author, Title, Character, Location, Subject, and Keyword. New authors and new series are being added all the time. In addition, forthcoming titles in a series are posted as they are announced by the publishers. Check out this new service by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of the page.
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.
EXPANDED GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES
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.
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