January @ the Library
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 
Librarian Pick Their Favorite Books
2019 was a fantastic year for reading! Some of our favorite authors released books this year and they didn't disappoint. As 2019 draws to a close, we'd like to share with you a roundup of our favorite reads.

Stream Movies with Kanopy
Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card! Just visit the Kanopy website and add your card number and PIN to login. This resource is only available to Whitefish Bay residents. Get started here: https://wfblibrary.kanopy.com/

New CountyCat App
The new CountyCat app is now available! You can use the app to browse the library catalog and place holds on items, check your account, find a library nearby, and see a list of library events. You can read more about the app on the MCFLS website: https://countycat.mcfls.org/screens/mobile.html
Join Barbara Gross as she describes a year in the life of the Ojibwa. Using objects she will bring, she will discuss how the people lived from season to season in harmony with Mother Earth and her children.

The stories are gathered from her Mother as well as other family members.

About Barbara Gross: Barbara is en enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation of Ojibwas. She is a bead artist and storyteller in the tradition of her Nation. She has taught various classes in traditional beading. She is also an accomplished quilter.

Barbara and her husband Robert are long time residents of Whitefish Bay.
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

January 17- Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
Author Nick Petrie returns to the Whitefish Bay Public Library for his 5th installment of Peter Ash series, The Wild One. Petrie's books will be available for purchase by Boswell Books.
Storytime Signup
Monday, January 6
Storytime signup begins on January 6 for the session that begins the week of January 20. Please call the library to register for storytime. 
Melt colorful crayons onto canvas to create your own unique work of art. We'll supply everything you need.
Your Mission: Complete the build challenge with the materials provided. Warning: this mission may be fun, encourage creativity, and build problem solving skills.
Cabin fever getting you down? Get those wiggles out with a rockin' dance party! We'll s upply the tunes, and you just need to bring your boogie shoes.
Come and play on the library's Nintendo Wii before the long weekend. The Wii will be set up and ready to play on the big screen along with board games and snacks.

For Grades 6+
No Registration Required

Librarian Picks
For Adults

Daraya lies on the fringe of Damascus, just southwest of the Syrian capital. Yet for four years it lived in another world. Besieged by government forces early in the Syrian Civil War, its people were deprived of food, bombarded by heavy artillery, and under the constant fire of snipers. But deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation lay a hidden library. While the streets above echoed with shelling and rifle fire, the secret world below was a haven of books. Long rows of well-thumbed volumes lined almost every wall: bloated editions with grand leather covers, pocket-sized guides to Syrian poetry, and no-nonsense reference books, all arranged in well-ordered lines. But this precious horde was not bought from publishers or loaned by other libraries-they were the books salvaged and scavenged at great personal risk from the doomed city above-- Publisher's description.
For Kids

"As young Awâsis searches for the ingredients to make Kohkum's world-famous bannock recipe, they run into a variety of other-than-human relatives that help them along in their journey. Includes a pronunciation guide and Kohkum's world-famous bannock recipe at the back of the book."-- Provided by publisher.

"In his debut book, Hunt tells a story that already feels like a childhood classic. Young children will enjoy the tale’s effective repetition of incident and language..., its cooperative
animals, and the happy ending. Strong’s charmingly faux naif illustrations, dominated by soft colors of blue, purple, brown, and green, are lovely and expressive..."
-Kirkus Reviews
For Teens

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.-From Amazon
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