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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.


Eleanor Roosevelt and the Civil Rights Movement
Saturday, March 25th, 12:30 P.M.
As the First Lady of the United States, the head of the NAACP, and the first woman Ambassador to the United Nations to become chair of the UN Human Rights Commission, Eleanor Roosevelt became one of the most admired women in American history!  

Jim Gibbons, a Marengo resident and historian, has made a name for himself teaching the importance of history. Using his passion for and strong knowledge of history, Jim offers riveting presentations. Join us on Saturday, March 25th as Jim Gibbons presents "Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Rights".  This program is free and open to everyone.


Sit & De-Stress Pinwheels
Drop-In Program
Visit our Sit & De- Stress table at the library!  We currently have coloring sheets and materials to create colorful pinwheels!  The table is located next to the Assistant Director's office, right before the YA area. We will be changing the hands-on activity every other week.
Early Literacy Classes
Spring session begins March 14th.


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.  

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.

CHECK OUT EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ON THE LIBRARY CATALOG
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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.


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.

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 FamilySearch.org 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.