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New York Times Bestsellers

Salem Press Titles

35 Reference Titles available to view online using your library card!

Book Recommendations


Read about the Spooks Temple

Morris Pratt Institute

Online Genealogy


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.

Fall Food Truck Festival
Sunday, October 14th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join us to raise money for the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library.  Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks, paint pumpkins, launch pumpkins with a pumpkin catapult, or make your own mini catapult.

Our food truck rally will take place at the:

City of Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center Parking Lot.

580 South Elizabeth Street

Arm Knitting
Monday, October 1st 4:30 p.m.

Ages 12+
Would you like to learn how to make scarves, blankets, and other fun crafts?  Come to the library on Monday, October 1st to learn the art of arm knitting! We will have all of the supplies available to knit your own scarf.  No registration is required, but supplies are first come, first served.

STEM Ambassadors

We are seeking community-minded hobbyists, specialists, and enthusiasts of all kinds to share their passion with us.  Do you have a skill or talent that you’d like to share? Volunteer to be a STEM Ambassador! STEM Ambassadors provide interactive workshops that encourage learning, creativity, and curiosity in our community.  They do so by planning and implementing hands-on workshops, leading activities, and providing a positive learning environment.
Some areas of interest for workshops:
Jewelry making
3D Printing
Art classes
Mixed-Media design

Ambassador Criteria:
Students who wish to be Ambassadors must have completed 8th grade in order to host workshops.
Ambassadors must provide a positive learning environment that is in accordance with the library's policies.
Interested parties must fill out an application form.  
Ambassadors will be chosen at the librarian's discretion.

Student STEM Ambassadors should use this application.  
All other applicants should apply here.

Library Building Project Update
Request for Proposal
The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Board of Trustees has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a mixed-use development for the Library Project Area that comprises five properties located on Center Street and Forest Avenue.  The RFP can be accessed here.  Interested developers may submit their proposal until December 7, 2018.  Information on the project process thus far can be found under the Library Building Project tab on the left-hand side of this page.
Rhyme Time
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.

Best for infants to 3 year olds
September 18th-December 4th
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.

Growing Readers
Thursdays 9:30 a.m.

Best for ages 3-5
September 20th-December 6th

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.

Family Build It!
Every 3rd Tuesday 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Participants are provided LEGOs and the opportunity to test their engineering skills and creativity at this monthly building club.  Participants can try one of the provided building challenges or can build whatever they choose. Each child’s creation is placed on display in the children’s section until the next meeting.  Best for children ages 4-12. No registration is required.

September 18th 
October 16th 
November 20th 
December 18th

4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Library now has 13 different giant, outdoor games that you can checkout and take home to play with your family and frie
This service was made possible through a grant from the Bridges Library System.

Be a Part of Something
Maker Quilt!

Community Creative Project

Pay Your Fines Online!

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
Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program
June 18th-August 3rd

Summer Reading Program 2018 PSA from Whitewater Community TV on Vimeo.

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.  
 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.