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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.

We Need a Bigger Library!
Watch the tour,  See what we've done over the years to maximize our space and why we need to build a bigger library to meet our 21st century community needs.

Library Tour

Library Board of Trustees Community Forum
May 22, 2017
For anyone who missed the informational session held on May 22, here is a complete recording of the evening's proceedings.

Community Forum

Mark Moran, Antique Appraiser
Saturday, June 24, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Mark Moran, a former editor for antiques and collectible books and a guest expert on the Antiques Roadshow, will appraise your object at this event.

We ask that you only bring one item to the library to be appraised.
Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Registration is required. To register, call 473-0530 or stop by the library
Summer Reading Program
June 12th-July 28th 2017

It’s that time of year, again!  The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library invites youth ages birth to 18 to participate in our annual Summer Library Program.  Our summer program will feature performances by magician Rick Allen, comedy group Kidsplay, and naturalist/humorist/educator David Stokes.  In addition, there will be several children’s programs throughout the summer.  Prizes will be given to participants who reach their reading goals!  Reading logs can be picked up at the library starting Monday, June 5th.  Participants can begin reporting their reading and receiving their prizes on Monday, June 12th and have until Friday, July 28th to finish the program.
All summer programs are free and open to the public.  A complete list of events can be found on the children's and teen pages of this website, in addition to the web calendar.

Family Storytime
June 7th-July 26th

Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
June 7th-July 26th

Children are invited to bring their favorite adult to the library for 30 minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes!  Each storytime session is followed by an art activity and an open play time.  Older siblings are welcome!  Please register here.

Volunteers Wanted!

Mondays 2:00-3:00 p.m.
June 12th-July 24th

Volunteers age 12-18 years are needed to be reading buddies for children age 5-8 years.  Wise elephants will spend 30 minutes reading or playing literacy games with their little elephant.  A pizza party will be held at the end of the summer reading program.  Apply online
 or pick up an application at the library during regular business hours.  Contact Deana Rolfsmeyer at or (262) 458-2788 for more information.

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.  
June 13th-July 25th

Calling all reading enthusiasts and theater buffs!  The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is seeking volunteers age 12-18 years to assist with our summer-long Reader’s Theater Workshop.  Volunteers will coach 3rd-5th graders in selecting and performing a reader’s theater piece.  If you are interested in participating please fill out our volunteer application.  Applications can be found online or can be obtained by contacting the Youth Educational Services Librarian at or (262) 458-2788.  We would like to thank the Whitewater Unified School District for their support of this program.

Sit & De-Stress
Build A Better World
Visit our Sit & De- Stress table at the library!  
We currently have coloring sheets for the Summer Reading program "Build a Better World".  Once you finish coloring the sheet, you can cut it out, fold it up, and create a paper building!  The table is located next to the Assistant Director's office, right before the YA area. 

Watch the video for help
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.


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 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.