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Wednesdays at 10:00AM from June 27 - August 8
We will be at a different park each week. If it is raining hard the morning of the program, Story Time will be at the library in Salmon Arm.
August 8 Kin Park, 2460 Auto Road SE
This program is sponsored by the Salmon Arm Early Childhood Development Committee (ECD) and in partnership with the Shuswap Children's Association (SCA), Shuswap Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR), and the Literacy Association of the Shuswap Society (LASS).
Registration for the club begins Tuesday, June 19. Come to the library to register and pick up your club materials. Registration is free and we have a reading club to fit youth of all ages.
Read-to-Me Log- for infants - 4 years
BC SRC Reading Log- for ages 5 -12 years
SRC Challenge Tracker- for infants - 18 years
Natalie Wilkie will hand out Summer Reading medals to those who have earned them on Tuesday, September 4 at 4:00PM. We will also do our Challenge Tracker grand prize draws then.
Registration for Summer Reading Programs at the library opens 2 weeks before each event. Please check age limits and whether or not a program requires registration in the information below.
These programs and SRC prizes are funded by the Salmon Arm Friends of the Library group. Contact your local library to learn more about Friends of the Library and for information on how to join.
Thursday, August 9 at 11:00 - Pico's Puppet Show
Enjoy a professional puppet play from Australian puppet group, Pico's Puppet Palace.
Geared for ages 4 - 8. All welcome.
Tuesday, August 14 at 11:00- SRC Celebration
Carnival games, prizes, and presentation of SRC medals.
Ages 5 - 12+
Tuesday, September 4 at 4:00- Award Ceremony & Grand Prize Draws
Natalie Wilkie will present Summer Reading medals to those who have earned them.
We will also do our grand prize draws at this time.
All ages welcome
This program will resume in the fall.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that: stories, singing, dancing, puppets and lots of fun and laughter for kids of all ages and stages. All library storytimes are free - just drop in! For more information about our children's programs, please contact the Salmon Arm Branch at 250-832-6161, or email Ardie at email@example.com
This program is geared for ages 18 months to 2 years but all ages are welcome.
Thursday Toddler Time at 10:30 will run from September 20 through December 13.
This program is geared for ages 3 to 6 years, but all ages are welcome.
Regular Family Story Time will run from September 19 through December 12.
This program runs one Friday a month at 6:00PM and is geared for ages 3 to 6 years. All ages are welcome.
Fall dates are:
Pictures from past programs and Summer Reading Club events can be found at our Salmon Arm Kids in the Library blog at https://salibrarykids.wordpress.com/
Our Youth Services Librarian, Ardie, will be regularly updating this blog with news about children's programs and special events. We welcome your comments and suggestions!
Not sure what to read this summer? Let us help! Pick up a Summer Challenge form at the Library, which has a list of reading and library-related challenges. For every challenge you complete, you can enter the prize draw for a $100 Mall at Piccadilly gift certificate.
Click the link below for a copy of the form, or pick one up in the library.
Through August and September, there will be an exhibit of photographs of the Silver Creek Fire, courtesy of the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association. Click here for an online version of the exhibit.
Do you have the perfect idea for a novel, but can't get it down on paper? If you need motivation and inspiration, come to this free two hour workshop, given by local author Shawn L. Bird. Participants will examine their goals and what’s getting in the way of making their project a reality. Come prepared to write (either on paper, or with your laptop).
Click here to register for this program.
Join instructor Eiko Uehara as she introduces the ancient art of paper folding. Click here to register for this free program
Informal drop-in knitting group for all experience levels. Come share your projects and your ideas!
If you spin or would like to learn to spin, join the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Tuesday nights. If you need a spinning wheel you can rent one from the guild. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for rental information or visit their blog http://shuswapspinnersweavers.blogspot.ca/
Take an afternoon break and be part of the discussion for these books. Drop in, no registration required. We will have some copies of the books available to borrow, but we can't guarantee a copy will always be available. Refreshments will be served. Meetings start at 2:30.
Winner of the 2009 Rogers Prize (and short-listed that year for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), this ambitious novel imagines the relationship between the philosopher Aristotle and the young Alexander the Great. Aristotle tries to tutor Alexander in the Golden Mean, defined as a march toward the middle of two emotional extremes. The New Republic observes that Lyon "invites us to realize the importance of observation, and of looking before we think, before we delve in with the scalpels and the knives."
Jennifer Egan's acclaimed 2017 novel focuses on Anna Kerrigan, a diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during World War II, who meets a gangster who may know something about her father's unexplained disappearance. Publishers Weekly calls the novel "tremendously assured and rich, moving from depictions of violence and crime to deep tenderness."
From the author of Big Little Lies looks at how one harrowing event at a barbecue impacts three couple. Library Journal notes "This novel sheds light on the truths that we all fear as parents, spouses, and friends. It's perfect for those long summer days, but readers will have to pace themselves to not devour it in one sitting".
Michael Pollan may be the preeminent author today writing about food and food production. This book from 2006 examines the basic ways human societies have obtained food: the current industrial system, the big organic operation, the local self-sufficient farm, and the hunter-gatherer. From Kirkus Reviews: "Revelations about how the way we eat affects the world we live in, presented with wit and elegance".
Whether you want suggestions on a good book to read, or need assistance with in-depth research, our Reference staff can help you. We can draw upon our Reference collection, which includes many print and digital resources not freely available on the internet (such as vehicle repair manuals, legal reference works, and directories).
Drop by, give us a call (250-832-6161, ext. 5821) or send us an email at email@example.com.
Looking for some inspiration on what to read next? Ask our staff for suggestions on good books or authors to read, movies or TV series to watch, or music to listen to. If you’re browsing in the library, we also have displays on various topics.
We display art work from local artists and artist groups in the community. Please contact the Branch Head Librarian if you are interested in displaying your work in the library.
Through August and September 2018, the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association will be displaying photographs from the 1998 Silver Creek Fire. Click here for an online version of the exhibit.
If you need assistance downloading eBooks and other digital content to your tablet or eReader, we can help!
Phone us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule an individual, one-to-one appointment with you.
Click here for more information about our digital resources, such as eBooks, or magazines you can download to your tablet for free!
We have 7 Internet stations you can use for free; you just need an ORL library card to log on the computers.
We also have a printer (25 cents/page, black and white copies).Our computers have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as Google Earth, and access to subscription services such as Ancestry, Alldata (vehicle repair), BC Codes (BC Plumbing and Fire Codes), and Grant Connect (a fundraising/grants website).
Our photocopier does double-sided copying, as well as enlarging/reducing.
Copies are 25 cents/page, and are black and white.
You can also scan documents with our photocopier, and email as a PDF copy. Scanning is free, but you have to deposit a quarter to activate the menu.
Staff are available if you need assistance.
If you are taking a course, and need to have an exam invigilated/proctored, one of our librarians can do this.
Click here for more information on exam invigilation.
Call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at email@example.com.
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. To book a free tour for kids call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups of adults can enjoy a tour at the library too! ESL classes, retirement homes, book clubs and more can contact us for further information.To book a free tour for adults call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at email@example.com.
Salmon Arm's Friends of the Library group was formed in 1998. The Friends support the library through advocacy and fundraising, such as organizing two book sales a year, in January and June. Book sale proceeds help sponsor library programs such as author visits and special children's programs and contests. The Friends have donated several furnishings for the library,including our lounge chairs and the loveseat in the children's area. Friends also volunteer with the library's Homebound delivery program.
Meetings are held in April, September and November.
The next meeting is Monday, September 17 at 2:00, in the South Shuswap Branch (located in the Blind Bay Market).
Click the link below for minutes from the 2018 Annual General Meeting
Friends of the Library Annual General Meeting Minutes (April 2018)
Friends of the Library have recently helped fund:
The Friends are actively looking for new members who would like to support the Salmon Arm and South Shuswap ORL Branches. If you love the library, and have time to help, please contact Branch Head Librarian James Laitinen at 250-832-6161 or firstname.lastname@example.org