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Kelowna

1380 Ellis St.
Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2A2
(250) 762-2800

There are six book drop bins located on the west side of the building. They are locked only during extended library closures (Easter and Christmas).

Please find our events below on the branch calendar, or search the ORL Calendar of Events.

Click here for a virtual video tour and photographs of the branch. Thanks to David Watkins Photography!

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Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED
All branches are closed on statutory holidays

Parking is available in the Library Plaza Parkade for $1 per hour on weekdays with free parking on weekends and evenings after 6 pm.

More downtown parking information is available here.

Before you come down in the evening, check for event parking dates based on the Rockets' schedule here. Event night parking is $5.00 and a sign will be posted at the parkade entrance. 

 

 


Try our new Events Calendar to view our upcoming programs.

 

 

Visiting Kelowna Library

Youth Services

Adult Services

Computers and Technology

Arts and Culture

Reading, Writing, Learning

Genealogy and Family History

Game Nights

The Pollinizing Sessions

Kelowna Branch Tours

Kelowna Friends of the Library

Meeting Rooms

 

Parkade & Library Access During Construction

The entrance to the parkade has now been modified. The original entrance is blocked off and what used to be 2 exit lanes are now 1 entrance and 1 exit. Please be careful and watch for the signage.

Vehicle access to the library and parkade is now off Ellis on a temporary driveway. The entire driveway is one way entering from Ellis and exiting onto Doyle. Please be very careful walking around the library during this period, as the only sidewalk will be the one right against the curved wall of the building.


 Youth Services

January 4 - May 28 Story Times (Newborn - 6 Years) 

WINTER Baby Time, Toddler Time, PJ Story Time, & Family Story Time Schedule

 

2016 Lego Builders Club (Ages 6 - 12) 

Build amazing Lego creations at the library!

May 26, 3:30 - 4:30pm OR 6:30 - 7:30pm.

ANCIENT WORLDS

Registration required. Registration opens May 12. Call Youth Services @ 250-762-2800 ex. 2823. 


Adult Services

Computers and Technology

  

Computer Classroom


Note: All computer classes are all currently full - please call 250-762-2800 to be placed on the Waiting List.

 

All classes are at 10:00 – 11:30 am Wednesdays, in the Computer Lab on the 2nd Floor

Registration Required – Call 250-762-2800, or drop by the Information Desk to register

 

Computer Basics - March 30 & April 6

Are you an absolute beginner? Then this class is for you. We start from the basics - how to turn it on - and build from there. Learn about the components of a computer, how to use the mouse and keyboard, and the basics of working with the Windows operating system.

 

How to Navigate the Internet - April 13 & 20

This two class session will help you understand what the internet is and how to use it. Learn about browsers, how to do web searches, and basic internet security. Prerequisites: Computer Basics or familiarity with computers and basic keyboarding and mouse skills.

 

Getting Started with E-mail - April 27 & May 4

In this two class session learn to use web-based email services, set up a free email account and send your first message. Prerequisites: How to Navigate the Internet or familiarity with web browsers. Basic keyboarding and mouse skills are required.

 

Introduction to Facebook - May 11 & May 18

In this two class session learn to set up a Facebook account, and how to get the most out of your Facebook experience. We’ll explore how to connect with others, post status updates, share photos and video, and how to manage your personal information. Participants must already have an active e-mail account.

 

Mobile Meet-Ups

Note: All mobile classes are all currently full - please call 250-762-2800 to be placed on the Waiting List.


Wednesdays

Android Class 1:30 pm

Apple Class 3:00 pm

Registration Required – Call 250-762-2800, or drop by the Information Desk to register

 

Introduction to Mobile Devices - March 30

Bring your phone or tablet and learn the basics of how to use the touch screen and navigate your device.

 

Simply Settings - April 6

Delve into your device settings to get teh most out of your mobile device.

 

All About Apps - April 13

Learn what apps are, how to get them, how to use them, and how to manage them.

 

Fabulous Photos - April 20

Learn to use the camera on your tablet or phone, and then how to share photos with your friends and family.

 

Mobile Storage - April 27

Learn to manage files and photos that are saved to your device.

 

Fridays

Android Class 10:30 am

Apple Class 2:00 pm

Registration Required – Call 250-762-2800, or drop by the Information Desk to register

 

Introduction to Mobile Devices - April 1

Bring your phone or tablet and learn the basics of how to use the touch screen and navigate your device.

 

Simply Settings - April 8

Delve into your device settings to get teh most out of your mobile device.

 

All About Apps - April 15

Learn what apps are, how to get them, how to use them, and how to manage them.

 

Fabulous Photos - April 22

Learn to use the camera on your tablet or phone, and then how to share photos with your friends and family.

 

Mobile Storage - April 29

Learn to manage files and photos that are saved to your device.

 

eResources Saturdays

Introduction to ORL Digital Resources - Books, Magazines, Movies for your Mobile Device


 All classes are at 10:00 - 12:00 pm Saturdays, in the Meeting Room on the 1st Floor.

Registration Required – Call 250-762-2800, or drop by the Information Desk to register

 

March 12 and April 30

Zinio, Instant Flix, One Click Digital

Lean about three awesome digital collections you can access with your library card - Magazines, Films, and Audio Books Set up your RB Digital account and start reading, watching and listening right away. Registration Required. Call 250-762-2800 to register.

 

April 2

eBooks and eAudiobooks for Tablets and Smartphones

Let us take you through the easy steps to set up your tablet, smartphone to borrow and read library eBooks and eAudiobooks. You will also learn how to search for eBooks in the ORL collections, place holds, and keep lists. Registration Required. Call 250-762-2800 to register.

 

April 16

eBooks for dedicated eReaders

Let us take you through the easy steps to set up your e-reader to borrow and read library eBooks. You will also learn how to search for eBooks in the ORL collections, place holds, and keep lists. Registration Required. Call 250-762-2800 to register. Bring your eReader and your laptop.

Arts and Culture


  

New: Murder Mystery Mondays

Cozy up with coffee, cookies, and crime. Join former Director of the Vancouver Police Museum Robert Noon, UBCO Psychology Professor Stephen Porter, and Okanagan College Criminology Professor Jarkko Jalava for a series of talks on real-life crime. All the talks start at 2:00 pm in the meeting room. Free, of course!

April 4        "The Milkshake Murder" - Robert Noon
April 18      "Babes in the Woods" - Robert Noon
April 25      "The Myth of the Born Criminal" - Jarkko Jalava
May 9       "The Tina Eisnor Murder Case: A Tragic Case of Treachery, Amnesia, and Dubious Retribution" - Stephen Porter

 


 

FREE Movie Nights

One Monday a month, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm in the Meeting Room.         

Films based on books (or having some literary connection). Showtime is 7pm in the Meeting Room. The movie list for the new season is now up on our blog here.

May's film on Monday the 16th is Revolutionary Road starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Rated 14A.

 

Reading, Writing, Learning


English Corner

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Meeting Room.

This new program is a conversational English group for people with beginner to intermediate English skills. We discuss topics that unite and inspire us plus we have fun and form a community of friends. No registration required. If you have questions, contact kelownaenglishcorner@gmail.com

 

Thursday Night Book Club

Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Meeting Room.

Join us for monthly meetings, fun discussion and an esoteric selection of books. See our blog for the current list of titles. No registration required.

May 12th's book is Juggler's Children by Carolyn Abraham.

 

The First Page Book Club

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Meeting Room. Starts January 5.

Registration required - Call 250-762-2800 to register.

An all-inclusive book club, welcoming everyone regardless of reading ability and encouraging adults with diverse abilities to take part in discussions about new as well as classic titles. Books will be read together in a group setting with all participants invited to read aloud. Assistance with echo reading will be provided for those who wish to use it.

Current Book: Gary Paulsen's adventure novel The River.   

 

Genealogy and Family History


 

Genealogist in Residence

Come to the Library to chat with genealogists from the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society. Learn how to find more on your family tree, or ask about your next steps if you've hit a wall in your research. Hours are:

      • Tuesdays: 1-3 pm
      • Wednesdays: 1-3 pm
      • Thursdays: 5-7 pm
      • Saturdays 1-3pm (April - September)
      • Sundays: 1-3pm (October - March)

Click here for a video about this service.

 

Family History Forums are hosted by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Okanagan Regional Library.  They are free to everyone with an interest in tracing their Family History!

Where:  Main Floor Meeting Room, Downtown Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library

When:  Fourth Monday of each month (except Dec., Jul. & Aug.), 7-9pm

 

Topics:

  

April 25: Using Church Records for Family History – We will discuss church, parish and religious records, their usefulness in genealogy and how to access them. An amazing number of church records are now online!

 

May 30: What’s new in UK Research: England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland – Availability of records and resources for UK research is improving at a rapid pace. We will discuss some of the great resources online and at the KDGS Library.

 

June 27: Canadian Website Potpourri – Find out about some of the wonderful online resources for Canadian genealogical research! Many of these gems include information going beyond Canada so this will be of interest to all researchers.

 

 

Game Nights


Strategy Board Game Nights

Alternate Tuesdays January 19; February 2, 16; March 1, 15, 29

From 5:30 pm in the Meeting Room

No registration required.

Attention board gamers! Join us for our Board Games in the Meeting Room off the lobby. A veteran gamer and librarian will be on-hand to moderate and to play. Bring your games, bring your friends or come alone and meet other gamers. Feel free to bring snacks.

 

The Pollinizing Sessions

The Pollinizing Sessions will invite experts who will help the community learn more about important species such as bumble bees and other native bees and insects, about which plants can best support them, about pollinators’ importance to agriculture, and ways to build and support habitat for them. 

All talks will take place at the downtown Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St) and will happen from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  They are free of charge but we encourage you to pre-register with the EventBrite links below (however, walk-ins are welcome if you can’t confirm your attendance in advance.)  The workshops are also free but you MUST pre-register as seating is limited.  Note the various locations of the workshops below.

 

The Talks


All talks are at 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Kelowna Branch

Pre-register to save a seat www.ecoartincubator.com

  

Save the Wild Bees: How They Help Produce Our Food, and How You Can Help in their Conservation

Thursday, April 7   Elizabeth Elle (Simon Fraser University)

This is the seventh talk in a series of eight talks sponsored by Border Free Bees, University of British Columbia and the Okanagan Regional Library. The goal of the Pollinizing Sessions is to raise awareness of the plight of wild pollinators and empower our community to actively engage in solutions for habitat loss.

Elizabeth Elle is Professor of Biology at Simon Fraser University in Community and Evolutionary Ecology.  She is currently the Departmental Chair.  She founded the Elle Lab http://www.sfu.ca/biology/faculty/elle/index.html  at SFU which has several research projects underway on the topics Pollinator Diversity and Crop Pollination.  She is a passionate advocate for the conservation of wild pollinators and is a partner on the BorderFree Bees project.

Click here to register.

 

Pollinators and Farming in the Okanagan

Thursday, April 21.   Kenna MacKenzie (Summerland Research and Development Centre)

Kenna Mackenzie works as a researcher in Entomology and Agricultural Plant Science at Summerland’s Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre where she is Associate Director, Research, Development, and Technology.  Her PhD is in entomology from Cornell University. She has published over forty academic papers on  agricultural plant science, many on the pollination of blueberries and other fruit crops.

Click here to register

 

Women Who Run with the Bees: Artists Inspired by Bees and Artist-Led Conservation Projects

Thursday, May 26   Lori Weidenhammer (Author and Artist)

Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver-based artist originally from Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. For nearly a decade she has been exploring the persona Madame Beespeaker, reviving the tradition of telling the bees.  As an artist and educator Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on growing and eating locally, planting for pollinators and community gardening. She is passionate about art that creates and strengthens community bonds and makes the world a better place for humans and bees.

Click here to register

 

 


Kelowna Branch Tours For Everyone

For Children and Teens

We can provide an introduction to the library or tailor the visit around a project/assignment. Contact us today to see how we can help your class. Daycares/Preschools must register if they wish to attend a storytime.

To book a free tour for kids contact Kelowna Youth Services Department 250-762-2800 or klysreference@orl.bc.ca

For Adults

Groups of adults can enjoy a tour at the library too! ESL classes, retirement homes, book clubs and more can contact Kelowna Reference for further information.

To book a free tour for adults contact the Kelowna Reference Department 250-762-2800 or klreference@orl.bc.ca

 


Kelowna Friends of the Library (www.kelownafol.ca)

The Kelowna Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1988, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia and the Canada Income Tax Act. All persons interested in libraries can obtain a membership for $5.00 per year at the Kelowna, Mission or Rutland branch libraries.

For membership and donation information, please  call 250-763-7323 (READ)  or www.kelownafol.ca

The major fundraiser, the Great Okanagan Book Sale, takes place in October each year. The Kelowna Friends of the Library sponsor an endowment fund with the Central Okanagan Foundation and they also host various public meetings and author events throughout the year.

Directors of Kelowna Friends of the Library hold meetings in the Kelowna Branch, at 5:30pm on the second Monday of each month. No board meetings are held in July & August.

For further information, please E-mail Fol4k@hotmail.com

 


Meeting Rooms

Please note the meeting room off the lobby will not be available after June 10 until further notice.

The Kelowna Branch has meeting rooms available for rent. The meeting rooms are available on open days and are booked in 4-hour blocks.

With a theatre style set-up, the North meeting room has a capacity of 40, and South meeting room a capacity of 80. Together, with the dividing wall removed, the total capacity is 120.

Fees for a 4-hour block are $80.00 for each of the smaller rooms and $160.00 for both rooms. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.

We also have a small Group Study Room on the 2nd floor of the library which holds about 8-10 people. There is no charge for its use and it is bookable in advance.

Please contact the branch at 250-762-2800 for further information or to book a room.