All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays.
The library has two book return bins - one behind the library, next to the Canadian Tire loading dock and open 24 hours; and one inside the mall next to the library entrance and open during mall hours. Book drops are locked during extended closures (Easter and Christmas).
Free parking is available in the Piccadilly Mall parking lot.
To find and register for any of our programs, please see the Salmon Arm Branch Calendar of Events or browse the tabs below:
View events in calendar format.
For details or registration info, click on an event below.
There is no shelter at Kin Park, so if it is raining at 9:30AM on July 31, we will have story time at the library. Otherwise, count on it being in the park that day. See you then!
SUMMER BOOK CLUB
Registration Required. Go to Events Calendar to register.
We will read a junior chapter book together in a group setting. Voracious readers will be buddied with blossoming readers who would like extra support. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesdays from July 2 – August 6 at 11:00AM
7 and up
SUMMER CHILDREN'S CHOIR
Registration Required. Go to Events Calendar to register.
Love to sing but can’t make it to every rehearsal? No problem! In the Summer Children’s Choir, you can attend a few rehearsals or all of them. Our concert will be at 3:30 on August 7.
Wednesdays from July 10 – August 7 at 3:00PM
5 and up
S.T.E.A.M. STORY TIME
Listen to a fun story and then take part in a special S.T.E.A.M. activity based around the story.
Saturdays from July 6 – 25 at 3:00PM
Ages 3 and Up
IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES: MAGIC SHOW
Don’t blink! Watch as drawings come to life, pictures leap off the page from popular children’s books, and toys misbehave with hilarious surprises. This show features magic, comedy, music, and tons of audience participation!
Wednesday, July 3 at 3:00PM
SUP KIDS WATER SAFETY AND RESPECT
Bringing awareness to our waterways, being safe, having fun and respecting the beauty surrounding our community. Kids will be able to see a paddleboard and learn more about this new activity that allows them to play in nature.
Thursday, July 4 at 2:00PM
EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE WITH COLLEEN O’HARE
Colleen O’Hare, from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, will help us ‘Imagine the Possibilities of Life in the Universe’. This promises to be another exciting Space adventure.
Thursday, July 11 at 11:00AM
BC SPCA: COMPANIONS FOR LIFE & BITE FREE
Learn how to become the best pet owner ever. Also learn how to interact with dogs safely. There will be a real dog at this program.
Thursday, July 18 at 11:00AM
JAPANESE CALIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Japanese writing is a beautiful art form. This workshop will be lead by a Japanese Calligraphy Master who is coming all the way from Japan!
Thursday, July 25 at 3:00PM
Ages 9 and up
SRC CELEBRATION: ESCAPE THE CRAZY LIBRARIAN’S OFFICE
To escape the crazy librarian’s office, you will need to solve clues to get the ‘key’. This is a team effort. We will run this program 3x in the day. Please register for only one time slot.
Tuesday, August 13 at 10:30, 11:00AM & 11:30AM
Ages 5 and up
June 26 - August 14
Wednesdays at 10:00AM
This summer, enjoy stories and activities at a different park each week.
If it is raining hard, we will meet at the library in Salmon Arm. (A light rain won't stop us from going to the park!)
June 26- Blackburn Park, 681 10 Ave. SW
July 3- Elks Park, 3690 30 St. NE
July 10- Salmon Arm West Elementary, 4750 10 Ave SW
July 17- Marine Peace Park, 750 Marine Park Drive NE
July 24- Canoe Beach, 3799 Canoe Beach Drive NE
July 31- Kin Park, 2460 Auto Road SE-
August 7- Klahani Park, 6391 10 Ave. SE
August 14- South Broadview Elementary, 3200 6 Ave NE
This program is sponsored by Shuswap Children's Association and in partnership with Shuswap CCRR.
Lego, Keva Planks, Meccano, Magformers and more!
For ages 5 - 12.
Registration is required. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.
Go to our online calendar of events or call our branch to register.
Tuesday, May 14 at 3:30
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is geared for newborns to 18 months, but all children and caregivers are welcome.
Spring Baby Time will run from April 1 - May 13
This program is geared for ages 18 months to 2 years, but all ages are welcome.
Spring Toddler Time will run from April 4 - May 23.
This program is geared for ages 3 to 6 years, but all ages are welcome.
Spring Family Story time will run from April 3 - May 22.
This program runs one Friday a month at 6:00PM and is geared for ages 3 to 6 years. All ages are welcome.
Spring 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 updating this blog with news about children's programs and special events. We welcome your comments and suggestions!
June 18 - September 15
All grown up and feeling left out? Join our Adult Summer Reading Club! Pick up your booklet at the Salmon Arm Library and get reading for a chance to win fabulous prizes!
Monday, August 19, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Online registration required: http://orl.evanced.info/signup/
In this workshop, we will focus on the lyric energy that informs poetry that seems to us alive, good, exciting, and inspiring. Rhythm, perceptual experience, and generosity of vision are some of the elements of lyric energy that we can discuss and practice in the workshop.
In the morning session, we’ll look at examples and talk about their particular magic, and I’ll go over some concepts such as the traditional role of music and voice in lyric imagination, and the concept of the “sweetening” of the line. Lyric involves nature, the natural, and the supernatural dimensions without distinguishing much between them—hence the somewhat dream-like or transporting tone or scene that emerges from good lyric poetry.Of course, everybody’s idea of “good poetry” differs; but our response to really good poetry is often physical, involuntary (e.g. “shivers,” etc.). Are such responses thoughtless? Is lyric poetry (i.e. beauty) bad for us? Don’t these dire times require a more analytical, critical, academic approach? Shouldn’t we want to “make it darker”? (Yes, but darkness is mystery.)In the afternoon poetry workshop, we will read and discuss the drafts you will have brought with you to the workshop.
10-12: Morning discussion session
12-1: Lunch break
For more information about Sharon Thesen and Pinecone Writing Workshops, please visit https://www.sharonthesen.com/
Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn how to paint the Salmon Arm Wharf! Relax, have fun, and try something new! Designed for beginners, all workshops include a canvas, unlimited paint, and step by step instruction from local artist Adam Meikle. This program is FREE but online registration is required: http://orl.evanced.info/signup/
Take an afternoon break and join us for a lively discussion of the featured title. We have a limited number of copies set aside for participants, so drop by the Salmon Arm Library to pick up your copy today! Please note: many titles are also available in ebook and audiobook formats in the ORL catalogue. Refreshments will be served. Meetings start at 1:00 pm. Drop in, no registration required.
August 28: An casual chat about the books you have read (and want to read) this summer! BYOB (Bring Your Own Books).
For more information about the book club, please contact the Salmon Arm Branch at 250-832-6161, or email Kristy at email@example.com
First Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm
The Legal Advocacy program provides free confidential information, advice and assistance in areas of poverty law such as: residential tenancy disputes; income assistance; provincial and federal benefits programs; employment standards; and consumer and debt problems. Drop-in any time between 1:30-3:30 pm with your questions!
Friday evenings starting at 5:00 pm
Join our great group of board gamers for our weekly board game night! Our friendly and welcoming group plays all kinds of games from light social games to in-depth strategy games: Catan, Dungeons and Dragons, Monopoly, Chess, card games, you name it we play it. People are welcome to bring their own games as we're always looking to try new things. All ages are welcome. We hope to see you there!
Please contact Chris Hamlin Gravells at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
Tuesday evenings starting at 6:00 pm
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 email@example.com for rental information or visit their blog: http://shuswapspinnersweavers.blogspot.ca/
Friday evenings starting at 6:00 pm
Informal drop-in knitting group for all experience levels. Come share your projects and your ideas!
Tuesdays, 1:30 pm (starting July 30th)
Join us every Tuesday afternoon for a fun and relaxed jam with fellow uke enthusiasts. All skill levels from beginner to experienced welcome! Please bring your ukulele and a music stand. No ukulele? No problem! We have a limited number of instruments available to use on a first come, first served basis. Come strum with us!
Contact Kristy with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
On display August 1-31, 2019
Mah's Town: Then and Now is a reflection on how much Salmon Arm has changed. One hundred years ago there was a designated Chinatown west of Shuswap Street where Mah Yick and two other entrepreneurs, Sam Kee and Yip Yen, operated hand laundries. Come see how much things have changed in this photographic retrospective from R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum.
Fall session will begin in September 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 am, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, 12:15-1:15 pm
Saturdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
Free one-on-one tutoring sessions for seniors who have never used computers or have a very basic knowledge of computers. Decide what devices, programs and skills you want to work on.
To register as a learner or tutor, contact Sierre Allison at email@example.com or 250-463-4555. This is a LASS (Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society) initiative.
For more information about our programs, please call 250-832-6161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you have an idea for a library program that you'd like to attend or host? We'd love to hear your suggestions!
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.
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.
Meetings are held in April, September and November.
Click below to read the minutes from the 2019 Annual General Meeting:
Friends of the Library Annual General Meeting Minutes (April 2019)
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 Kristy Woodcock at 250-832-6161 or firstname.lastname@example.org