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ORL's Card Contest Winning Designs!

Artists and graphic designers from throughout the BC Southern Interior responded to our call for a new library card design, and after a difficult adjudication process, we are happy to unveil the winning creations.

“With over 130 entries, it was next to impossible to only choose four designs as we’d originally promoted, so there will be six new library card designs for our members and new customers to choose from,” says Marla O’Brien, Public Relations and Fundraising Manager for the ORL.

The winners are:



  • Bernie Ramis – card featuring Ogopogo

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Story Time - Illiteracy’s Kryptonite

In honour of Canada’s National Family Literacy Day on January 27, let’s hear from Salmon Arm Branch’s Youth Services Librarian,  Ardie Burnham, about the importance of story time:

I love story time! Truth be told, I have always loved it. I loved the bedtime story rituals of my childhood. I loved listening to my school librarian read stories when I was in elementary school, and I loved taking my niece and nephew to story time at my local library as an adult. Imagine my delight when I learned that reading aloud positively influences a child’s early literacy.

In 2006, Dr. Dana Suskind did a study on deaf children who had their hearing restoredi.

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Celebrate Family Literacy Week at the ORL

BC-wide Family Literacy Week is celebrated January 23 to 30, 2016 in conjunction with Canada’s national Family Literacy Day on January 27. During this time, many ORL Branches are hosting special family events to encourage and celebrate reading together and its many benefits.

Research provides strong evidence for the contribution parent-child interaction makes to children’s literacy and language development; when parents are more involved and engaged, children tend to do better academically and socially.

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Learn to Write with Gail Anderson-Dargatz

We are pleased to announce that internationally-bestselling author  has partnered with the ORL to share her knowledge at a writing workshop. The renowned writer of “The Cure for Death by Lightning” and “A Recipe for Bees” will be leading the workshop at the South Shuswap Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library in Blind Bay Market on Saturday, January 23 from 1 – 2 p.m.

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