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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.

Library Activities
July 27-31

Monday @ the Movies, July 27, 1:00 pm

Early Literacy, Rhyme Time, Tuesday, July 28, 10:00-11:00 am

Summer Reading Program Finale, Tuesday, July 28, 2:00-3:00 pm (K9 Officer Boomer)

Early Literacy, Little Listeners, Wednesday, July 29, 10:00-11:00 am

Final Battle of the Books Competition in Horicon, Wednesday, July 29, 2:00 pm

Early Literacy, Growing Readers, Thursday, July 30, 10:00-11:00 am

Super Hero Summer Camp, Thursday, July 30, 2:00-3:00 pm

Friday, July 31, Last Day to Report Reading!

The Digital Archives of the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library has completed a three-year project to digitize all the Whitewater newspapers that we have on microfilm.  These records cover the Whitewater Chronicle from June 18 through December 17, 1879; the Whitewater Press from January 24, 1924 through December 26, 1935; the Whitewater Gazette from November 22, 1855 through September 26, 1918 and the Whitewater Register from December 1880 through December 2007.  Records from 2008 through 2014 are currently being prepared for us by the Whitewater Historical Society.

Montgomery the Albino Python

Miss Deana conquered her fear of snakes!  Montgomery was one of several animals that visited the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library on Tuesday with Zoozort, a live animal show run by licensed animal handler Noelle Tarrant.  For more information, please visit the children's pages of our website.

Library e-Newsletter
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If you have a hard time keeping track of what is happening at the library, just sign up for our new e-newsletter on the left-hand side of the page and we'll deliver the news direct to your email.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Congratulations to Julianna!

Julianna is our first participant to complete our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  She received a certificate and a forever book of her very own.  

Keep reading, Julianna!

Teen Advisory Board

We are currently seeking applicants for our Teen Advisory Board.  Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 years and should be able to contribute at least one hour per month to the program. Participants will have the opportunity to plan and implement library programs for teens, influence the young adult collection, and make suggestions for the teen space.  Applications can be picked up at the circulation desk during regular library hours and should be returned to Deana Rolfsmeyer, Youth Educational Services Librarian.

Seed Exchange @ the Library

We have opened up our very own seed exchange in the library!  Come in and check out our selection of heirloom vegetable, herb, and sunflower seeds.  

Seed packets are in the drawers of this re-purposed card catalog.  Take a seed packet up to the front desk and check it out just like a book.  When fall comes around, save some of the seeds and put them in one of our blank label packets, available on top of the seed catalog, and return them to the front desk.  If you have heirloom seeds of your own, you can also take a blank label packet and we will add it to our stock.  We will add different kinds of seeds each year.  This year's selection include "beginner" seed-saving plants, whose seeds are easy to save for the novice.  We have a selection of books and handouts to help you get started.

We have:

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Beans
  • Swiss Chard
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Sweet peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Sunflowers

All of our seeds were purchased from Seed Savers Exchange ( in Decorah, Iowa.  Seed Savers is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations.

We will also be offering monthly workshops and classes in composting, eating locally on a budget, saving native seeds, local food/campus garden, building your own seed screen and more.  Check the calendar for dates and times.  Even if you are already an accomplished gardener, we would love you to come and share your areas of expertise.

If you haven't got room for a garden where you live, consider getting a plot at the Whitewater Community Garden.  



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
A new way to request items

If you have searched the new TRIO 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 TRIO.  TRIO has literally millions of items and they always come faster than WISCAT.  You are also limited to five WISCAT requests at one time.

Lobby Sale

during regular library hours

plastic magazine boxes: $1.00 each

Withdrawn library books: $2.00 per bag

More items added weekly!

New Web Service
If you are always wondering what the first book in a series is or what the correct order for a series is, wonder no longer!  We are offering access to eSequels, an online guide to series fiction.  You can search by Author, Title, Character, Location, Subject, and Keyword.  New authors and new series are being added all the time.  In addition, forthcoming  titles in a series are posted as they are announced by the publishers.  Check out this new service by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of the page.
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 2:30-7:30 p.m.


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.
The Library's Mobile App
The Whitewater library has gone mobile The app is free to download and it's in the iOS app store, Amazon, Google Play Store, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Phone stores. You can see a live demo of what the app looks like here.  Go to the same site ( on your mobile device to be redirected to the appropriate download for your device.  Apple and Android users can also go directly to the iTunes store or the Google Play Store. If you are searching in the market, type in "whitewater public library” to find the app.

What can this app do?  With the app you can quickly search the SHARE catalog, place holds, and renew your items.  The app also makes it easy to download e-books and digital media directly to your device through OverDrive,  check library hours and upcoming events,  contact staff (without even having to enter our phone number!) and more.  You can use your camera to use BookLook to scan the barcode on the back of an item to see if the library owns it.  If we do, place your hold right then!

The catalog search is very smart and designed to reduce the need for typing. Simply type in the first few letters of your search and see results display as you are typing.
Now you can take the library with you wherever you go!

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.