May Library Newsletter
Curbside Pickup
The library is now offering curbside pickup. Per the Governor’s Safer at Home order, curbside pickup is allowed, but with certain limitations. Because of these limitations, it will take some time to meet demand. We thank you for your patience as we move forward with this process.

  • Pickups must be scheduled.
  • No patron/library staff face to face interaction.
  • Library staff must follow social distancing rules while in the library thus limiting the number of curbside pickup time slots due to limited staffing.
  • At this time all requests must be placed with us over the telephone.
  • We are not receiving delivery from other libraries so hold requests will only be taken for items found in the Whitefish Bay Public Library. You can search the catalog for WFB items at: If an item says "Check Shelves" at WFB you may request it when you call us by phone.
  • A maximum number of 5 items may be held on each library card.

Please call the Whitefish Bay Public Library at 414.964.4380 to schedule a pick up. We will be taking calls:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday- 1-7pm
Pickup Times
Pickup times will be scheduled every 15 minutes.  If you miss your scheduled pick up time, your items will be removed from your account and returned to the shelf. 
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 12-4pm
  • Wednesday- 3-7pm

Returning Items from any MCFLS library
Special bins located outside of the library will be available to return items during curbside pickup times. All returned library materials will be quarantined for 72 hours prior to being checked in, per recommendations from the North Shore Health Dept and the CDC.

NOTE:  If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please do not come to the library to pick up your holds.  Contact the Whitefish Bay Public library at 414.964.4380 to let us know you cannot make your pick up.
Milwaukee County Federated Library System (MCFLS) Updates
What other libraries are offering curbside service? Have questions about materials you have checked out? Worried about your card expiring? Here are recent changes implemented by MCFLS-
New Resource Spotlight: Press Reader
From now until Saturday, June 13th, all suburban library card holders in Milwaukee County will have access to Pressreader.

With over 7,000 different periodicals in 18 languages, the Pressreader news service offers access to major papers and periodicals as soon as they are published. Library card holders can access it through a web browser just by entering your library card number and PIN.

Keep yourself and your family informed while we all remain Safer at Home. Check out Pressreader today-
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Due to COVID-19, the Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Book sale in May of 2020 has been canceled. Still looking to support Friends? Visit and shop their online shop on ebay at "Baybooks53217FWFBL"

Donations: The library is currently NOT taking donations. Please hang onto them for now and check back with us at a later date.
Library Resources to Access from Home
Do you find yourself with a bunch of free time on your hands? Although the library is closed, we still offer a bunch of digital resources that can keep you entertained and perhaps teach you a new skill (or language). All you need is your card and library PIN to get started. Don’t have a library card? You can sign up for a temporary card that will give you access to all these resources
E-books and E-audiobooks:
Download the Libby app from your app store, or visit  to get started. When doing a search you can limit items to “Available Now” to see items with no holds list. Also check out the “Lucky Day” books, a collection of titles that are available with no waiting required!

Dowload Hoopla from your app store, or visit  on a computer. Any items in Hoopla are available for checkout immediately with no waiting and include e-books, e-audiobooks, graphic novels, and comics!
Movies & TV
Find a film or TV show to stream. Hoopla from your app store, or visit  on a computer.

Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card! Just visit the Kanopy website  or download the Kanopy app. And right now, Kanopy has a collection of movies that won’t use up your 10 monthly checkouts, including any programs found in Kanopy Kids! (This resource is only available to residents of Whitefish Bay.)
For a limited time you can access Ancestry Library Edition from home! This resource is usually only available to use while in the library building. Under these special circumstances, the library system has gotten permission to temporarily allow access with a valid library card and PIN at 

Digital Magazines
Check out complete digital editions of popular magazines - and keep them as long as you want! RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio) has over 100 titles to choose for including Cook’s Illustrated, O-The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and more! RBdigital is available in the App Store or Google Play store or online at
Learn a Foreign Language
Language learning using real-life situations and conversations. Sign up first through the website   then after you create an account you can download the app to save your progress.

Transparent Languages
Provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Visit  t o get started.
Learn a new skill helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. With, you'll receive unlimited access to a vast subscription library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. This resource is only available to residents of Whitefish Bay. Begin your learning now at

Gale Courses
Gale course are online instructor-led courses that run for six weeks. New sessions begin every month and can help you prepare for that next job interview, get you ready for that big test or beef up your skills. Browse classes available. Once you find one to your liking, choose enroll now to get started at
For Kids and Parents
Facebook Live Storytimes
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am
Missing Storytime? We are too! Join Miss Katie or Miss Valerie for a Facebook Live Storytime every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Can't make the live event? We'll be sure to save the storytime so you can watch it later. Visit our Facebook page at:
Library Blog
Have you checked out the blog on our library's website? We've been making suggestions for resources for kids and parents. Check out our most recent posts:

We wanted to put together a list of resources for families at home, with digital content, craft ideas, author/illustrator videos, fun and educational activities for you and your kids.

Try the traditional Korean board game called Yut-Nori. This game is easy to make and fun to play with the family using materials you have at home.

Feeling bored while staying safer at home? Need something new in your pop culture life? Here's a round-up of podcasts, DIY projects, author content, and more available online for teens.
Librarian Digital Picks
Movie- The Bookshop
From Kanopy
England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy).

As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one?

Winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Goya Awards s
The Bookshop On The Corner
From hoopla

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop. Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion... and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile - a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there's plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that's beginning to feel like home... a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
Ebook For Middle Grade Readers & Teens-
The Hobbit
From hoopla

This lavish gift edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic features cover art, illustrations, and watercolor paintings by the artist Alan Lee. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic.
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