Westside Residents - Have Your Say!
In 2014, the ORL conducted an assessment on library usage in communities throughout its service area, and one of the key findings was that the growing Westside community is due for an increase in library services. While the West Kelowna branch in Westridge Mall has expanded in recent years, the ORL recognizes there are other ways to support the burgeoning area and is seeking input from local residents.
An online survey has been created for both ORL members and non-members to glean what types of programs and services would be most beneficial to those living on the Westside. The survey should take about five minutes to complete and is completely confidential.» Read More
ORL and COF Partner to Help Print-Disabled Members
A new pilot program at Kelowna library branches is bringing a wealth of new materials to members with print disabilities, thanks to funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF).
The "iPad Accessibility Project" enables those who cannot read traditional print books - either due to a visual disability, an inability to manipulate books manually, or a cognitive disability - to use tablets for their reading pleasure and education. The project takes advantage of specially-created files designed by the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) and the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) that can convert books in text format to audio.» Read More
Thousands of Children Reading this Summer!
The ORL's annual Summer Reading Club (SRC) is already a smashing success with thousands of children aged 5-12 year-old throughout the library district signed up! 5,000 reading records were distributed to the ORL's 29 branches earlier this summer and many locations are already running low. Stocks of more reading records will be coming to branches shortly.
This year's SRC theme is "Book A Trip" and each library branch is hosting special events, contests and prizes to encourage school-age kids to read during the holidays and keep their literacy skills sharp.» Read More