February @ the Library
Congratulations to Library Director Nyama!
Library staff are able to take continuing education courses through the Cities and Villages Mutual Insurance Company (CVMIC). Nyama Reed completed the Certificate in Management training over six years as she has served as Library Director.
February is Library Lover's Month
This is a chance for the community to recognize the value of libraries and to support the library to assure our continued success. There are so many ways to love your library, but here are a few ways to celebrate. 

  1. Consider making a donation. Tax-deductible donations can be made online or in person at the library.
  2. Become a Friend of the Whitefish Bay Library. Friends are an independent support group providing supplemental funding to the library through fundraising efforts such as the Friends Book Sale. Consider donating your gently used books, DVDs, and CDs to this bi-annual sale. We accept material donations at the front desk during regular library hours.  Sign up on our website. 
  3. Write an email or letter to your local legislators or Village Board. Support the library by reminding your local legislators of the importance of the library as a necessary public service and a vital community resource.
  4. Stop by the week of Valentine's Day to decorate a heart and let us know what you love about the library!
Thank You Friends!
Thank you Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library for purchasing this beautiful new furniture for our upstairs program room! We look forward to spending time in these new comfy chairs at our upcoming programs!
Friends Writing Contest
Friends are once again offering Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Writing Contest. This will be the 7th straight year for the contest, which includes submission categories for short story (1,000 words or less), memoirs (1,000 words or less), and poetry (200 words or less). The contest is open to anyone 16 and up. Submissions will be accepted from January 13-February 10 and are limited to one entry per person per category. See the full details about the contest on our website: https://www.wfblibrary.org/get_involved/friends/writing_contest.php 
In late January 1947, Milwaukee was hammered with what remains the greatest blizzard in city history. What was forecast as an inch of snow turned into a two-day storm that left 20 inches on Milwaukee, literally freezing the city where it stood. It would be days before Milwaukee could get moving again and the city's street would not be fully cleared for nearly six weeks. Milwaukee historian and author Matthew J. Prigge will tell the story of the Great Blizzard of '47 - explaining how the storm came to so thoroughly shut down the city and how friends, neighbors, and total strangers came together to brave the elements and help each other through the storm. 

About the speaker: Matthew Prigge is a historian and author from Milwaukee. He has authored four books, including 2019's Damn the Old Tinderbox: Milwaukee's Palace of the West and the Fire that Defined an Era. He was the host of the WMSE Radio program What Made Milwaukee Famous, which explored the oddities of city history. He is currently working as a freelance author and a reference librarian at the South Milwaukee Public Library.

Photo below is of cars stuck in the snow on W. Kilbourn Ave, courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Library. 
Book Clubs @ the Library
The library offers two book clubs to choose from. Here are the titles for our next meetings:

February 6- Jar city by Arnaldur Indriðason
March 5- Falling in Love by Donna Leon

February 21- Becoming by Michelle Obama
March 27- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Join us for the Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation for an interactive exploration of how federal policies have created structural inequalities and why racial equity is so important to ending hunger and poverty in America. This conversation is for those who want to become more aware of structural inequality and how to support policies that undo and/ or reduce disparities in our communities. This conversation is being facilitated by hunger fighter, food advocate and public health ambassador, Rayna Andrews
In his one-hour presentation, Mr. Hindin plays, sings and tells background stories of the music, how it came to be, and the men and women who created the iconic sounds of the era. Using a personal and sometimes humorous approach to the stories behind the music, he entertains, educates and shares his passion for this great area of creativity that spans the end of World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and the explosion of America on the world stage after the conclusion of World War II. Mr. Hindin stresses the huge contributions that immigrants in America made to the culture of the great “melting pot” that was America during this era. He reaches “over the footlights” to involve the audience and share his deep connection to the cultural gifts that made America the great country it became post World War II.
Work together to make an adorable hedgehog just in time for Valentine's Day. Stop by the children's area when we're open and create!  
Melt colorful crayons onto canvas to create your own unique work of art. We'll supply everything you need.
How many animals can you really fit inside a mitten? How does the size of a black bear really compare to an owl? We'll learn about sequencing, spatial reasoning and size comparison while enjoying this classic retelling of the Ukrainian folk tale. Come play and learn!
Turn a shoebox into a home! Design your ideal house, engineer the building process, and use felt, stickers, construction paper, yarn and more to give the house life. 
Librarian Picks
For Adults

In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, Kacey lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. Her sister, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don't speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling. When Kacey disappears-- at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey's district-- she becomes obsessed with finding the culprit-- and her sister-- before it's too late. -- adapted from jacket
For Kids

"Explores the soccer career of Carli Lloyd with stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text"-- Provided by publisher.

Hit a home run with this new hi/lo series. Profiling the very best of today's pro athletes Player Profiles is perfect for all your sports fans. Excellent choices for hitting CCSS standards in reading and math. Jam-packed with infographics, stats, and fun facts, these titles will have readers developing critical thinking skills while simply enjoying a fun book.
For Teens

"For this ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game. Pan's life used to be very small. Work in her dad's body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. It didn't even matter that Tara was a princess... until one day it very much did matter, and Pan had to say goodbye forever. Years later, when a charismatic pair of off-world gladiators show up on her doorstep, she finds that life may not be as small as she thought. On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan discovers the astonishing secrets of her neo-medieval world... and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down."-- Provided by publisher.
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