Westside Residents - Thanks for participating in our Future Library Services survey
August 19th was the last day for Westside residents to participate in our library services survey, and be entered into a random draw to win a $100 gift certificate from Save-On Foods. A big thank you goes out to everyone who has responded!
So far, over 450 responses have been collected and the confidential data will be valuable in shaping the future of library service in the Westside area.
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.» 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