All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays
There are three book drop bins located on the east side of the building. They are locked during extended library closures (Easter and Christmas).
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For details or registration, click on an event below.
If you have any questions or would like to contact someone for a tour, please contact our Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Vollick, at email@example.com, or leave a message at 250-542-7610 ext. 6829.
All children's programs are free. Events for young children require a parent or guardian to stay and enjoy the program with them.
Parent or guardian participation is always required for this age group.
Winter Session Jan 16-March 18
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 10:30am
Spring Session April 3-May 20
Monday, Thursday, Saturday at 10:30am
Winter: Feb 22-March 15 Wednesdays at 11am
A partnership with Boys & Girls Club. You can register through CCRR (250) 542-3121).
We are currently between sessions. Spring session will be May 11-June 22
Parent or guardian participation is always required for children under the age of 8.
April 4-May 9 Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm. For ages 5-9. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Walk on the Wild Side! This year you can expect:
Events are being added to the library's online calendar as they are scheduled. Registration for the club begins June 29th and the each event's registration opens two weeks before the event.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cookies, drink tea and discuss death. The aim is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.
For more information contact Death Cafe host Claudette Bouchard at 250-938-4345 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Peter at 250-542-7610 or email@example.com .
Our Community Art Series and CRAFT Workshops are free sessions for individuals looking to exercise their creativity. No artistic skill or experience needed! Adults and children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Registration is required to ensure enough materials. Please register through Vernon's events calendar or by calling 250-542-7610 ext. 6820.
Come take part in the fun creation of group art! This is an opportunity to express oneself creatively and to collaborate with others. Adults and children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Registration required. Free of charge.
March 26, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
The Vernon Lyme Disease Support Group is new group that meets monthly at the library to provide support and education for those afflicted with the disease and family members as well. It is moderated by Merina Brisdon, responsible for founding and facilitating the same type of group at Victoria.
This is a free drop-in program open to all.
March 19th and April 29 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
The Sing For Your Life Foundation UK, a participatory-singing program, was researched and developed to deliver proven wellness outcomes for its participants. Not a performance, and not entertainment, the foundation's 'Silver Song Groups' are currently active in the Okanagan. Free to participants, seniors in our community are becoming passionate advocates for of these fun, social, heartwarming, breath-stimulating and toe-tapping sessions.
Register online or call us at 250-542-7610 ext. 6820
March 13th, 2:00-3:30 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs)
Okanagan College Education Adviser Kim Strilchuk will be at the branch, on the second floor adjacent to the information desk, every Monday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. to answer any questions you might have. This service is first-come first-serve.
Come play the game of kings! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.
Every Tuesday evening, 6:00 - 9:00 pm upstairs in the library (just outside the computer lab).
A new silent meditation group, with an emphasis on mindfulness and present moment consciousness, will begin meeting at the Vernon branch beginning Sept. 6. It is a free drop-in program open to all.
First and third Tuesday evening of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the community room on the second floor.
Meet with others using AAC devices and learn from and with each other. For more information contact Michelle at 250-809-1098 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; or Katherine at 250-809-6990 or email@example.com
The last Tuesday of the month - 10:00-12:00 noon in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
Come join a group of writers dedicated to developing their work through networking and sharing ideas. No registration required, just show up with your ideas!
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm in the Community Room (upstairs).
Estate planning may seem like something only millionaires do, but the truth is, everyone needs an estate plan, no matter how much money you have. We are bringing the experts into one room to share how you can avoid the common pitfalls and how to maximize the benefit of planning your estate. Bring your questions and join us for the informative seminar.
March 15th, 2:00-3:30 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs)
Are you're interested in learning more about one of the web's most popular website platforms, just recently started to blog with WordPress, or are a pro-blogger wanting to improve your skills? We'd love to have you join the meetup! A group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publisher will be meeting in the library to get together to share their knowledge and experience and to meet other WordPress users in the area. Please come down to the library to join in to discuss and learn all about WordPress to power projects, blogs, and websites. There is a specific topic being discussed every month. Please see http://www.meetup.com/Okanagan-WordPress-Meetup/ for more information. No registration required for this free program - just drop in!
2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
You can make a difference! Join our Amnesty International's Vernon Group and hear presentations on various human rights issues that Amnesty International is working on. We write at least two letters about a cause or case that Amnesty International has performed a thorough investigation and chosen to support.
3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
Wednesdays Okanagan Board Game Group is pleased to host a night of tabletop miniature wargaming. All types of miniature games are available, from X-Wing Miniatures to the WW2 setting of Dust. New players and experienced players are welcome. Come down and get eye-to-eye with your favourite figures.
First and Third Wednesdays of every month at 6:00 pm upstairs, outside the computer lab.
Drop-in Vernon Permaculture is an open community group whose aim is to share regenerative knowledge and hands on experiences with one another in order to build a stronger community and healthier local environment. Everyone is welcome.
Last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
The Okanagan Chapter of the BCSEA will discuss a new topic related to sustainability and transitioning communities away from fossil fuels. Come, get involved, learn, connect and network; everyone is welcome!
Learn more at http://www.bcsea.org/chapters/okanagan or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room (upstairs). Meetings are February 15th, April 19th & May 17th.
Come out and play! Our friendly group features gamers of every skill level with a great variety of games played. Bring your own favourite or join us to try out something new - we play everything from light social games all the way to in-depth miniature strategies. Teens and kids are also welcome. Want to know more? Join our Facebook group: Okanagan Board Gamers for more information and special events
Every Thursday night at 5:30 pm upstairs in the library (just outside the computer lab).
First Nations Elders are invited to get together and play games. New players from every walk of life are always welcome.
Every Thursday night at 6 pm in the Community Room (upstairs).
Come to the library, learn how to play Mah-Jongg (American Version), and stay for a game. Drop-in and Free!
Every Thursday night 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Magazine area.
Spring Bluebird Workshop
Are you a bird lover? Come on down and learn about the North Okanagan Naturalists' Club's bluebird nest box program and how you can get involved in helping bluebirds to thrive in our community.
April 8th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm in the Meeting room (downstairs).
Vernon Interfaith and the library invite you to a book club that will help us all learn more about different cultures and faith groups, and to grow a stronger community through understanding. Whether you are part of a faith community, an atheist or an agnostic, everyone is welcome to attend and discuss.
April 29th - Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival by Bev Sellars
June 10th - Towards a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together by the Dalai Lama
October 14th - The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew - Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Priscilla Warner, and Suzanne Oliver
Everyone is welcome. Free. No registration required.
April 29th, June 10th & October 14th, 10:30 - 12:30 in the Meeting room (downstairs)
Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis Book Launch
Nova Scotia author Jen Powley will be reading from her new memoir about living and thriving with a progressive illness. https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/just-jen
May 20th at 10:30 am in the Meeting room (downstairs).
Vernon Knitting Circle
These drop-in sessions are for knitters of all experience levels and are open to anyone interested in knitting, whether new or experienced. Bring along yarn and needles, and a project you are working on. You are also welcome to bring your knitting questions and problems, and someone in the group will happily help you work out a solution.
Every Saturday morning, 10 am - noon upstairs in the library (just outside the computer lab).
This an open group for mutual critique of written work by fellow writers. Registration is necessary, as pieces up for critique are sent out ahead of time. To join, please be ready submit a piece of writing. To register, contact Angelika at email@example.com.
2nd Saturday of the month, 10 am - noon in the Community Room (upstairs).
Vernon Branch invites you to read the suggested titles and to join us for a lively, facilitated discussion of the featured title. The book club is open to all interested adults and preregistration is not required.
Held the third and fourth Saturday of every month from 10:30 - 11:30 am in the library's upstairs community room. Both meetings are the same discussion, so you can choose to attend either.
Thank you to the Vernon Friends of the Library for their support of the Adult Book Club.
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (March 18th or 25th)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (April 22nd or 29th)
The Four Books by Yan Lianke (May 20th or 27th)
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (June 17th or 24th)
All-Day Breakfast by Adam Lewis Schroeder (July 15th or 22nd)
Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie (August 19th or 26th)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (September 16th or 23rd)
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (October 21st or 28th)
Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco (November 18th or 25th)
You are responsible for placing a hold on a copy of the book. Please note: Many titles are also available in ebook and audiobook formats in the ORL catalogue.
If you have an idea you'd like to see happen @ your library, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer free one-on-one training sessions to help you learn to use our digital resources including our eBook collections, digital audiobooks and Zinio for Libraries.
Check here to see if your eReader or Tablet is compatible with the library's eBook provider.
Do you have questions about what the library can offer you? Call today to sign up! 250-542-7610 ext. 6820.
The library has a beautiful community meeting room that can be booked for up to two hours at a time, free of charge. You may book the room up to one day in advance by calling 250-542-7610 ext. 6820. It's a great space for tutoring, studying, meetings, scrapbooking and more!
Are you looking for somewhere to take an invigilated exam, either written or online? The library can help you out. Basic information can be found on the Exams in the Library page.
Call or email us for more details at email@example.com or 250-542-7610 ext. 6820.
The Vernon Branch has 17 internet terminals with word processing capabilities available for one hour per day with a valid ORL library card. Unlimited wifi access is available all day. Printing and photocopying is $0.25 per page, black and white only. Scanning to email is available at the 2nd floor photocopier and is free of charge.
The Vernon Branch has meeting rooms available for rent on open days.
The main meeting room has a capacity of 100 with a theatre style set-up, and can be divided into two smaller rooms, each with a capacity of 50.
Rental fees are $50.00 for a 3-hour block for each of the smaller rooms and $85.00 for the whole room. There is a fee of $10.00 for each additional hour for both room sizes. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.
For further information, please contact the branch at 250-542-7610 ext 6819.
There is also a small group study room on the second floor of the library which holds about 8-10 people. There is no charge for its use, but bookings are only taken up to one day in advance.
For further information, please contact the branch at 250-542-7610 ext 6820.
The Vernon branch is creating a seed lending library, in conjunction with Okanagan College and Patchwork Farms. Once the library is sufficiently stocked, patrons will be allowed to check out seeds on the condition they replace the seeds the following season from the plants they grew.
Two step-by-step guides on how to save heirloom seeds are now available at the library. Any patron interested in contributing seeds to the library is asked to place seeds from each vegetable in its own envelope and label it with the type of vegetable, variety if known, date collected and general location. The seeds can be dropped off at the upstairs information desk at the library.
For more information please contact the library at 250-546-7610 and ask for Peter.
The library and NexusBC Seniors Services are working together to deliver library materials to patrons physically unable to visit the library. Service is available in the Coldstream and Vernon areas, and will begin again in September 2015. If you are a homebound senior or know a homebound senior who would benefit from this program, contact NexusBC Seniors Services at 250-545-0585 to be screened for the program.
Supported by the ORL, Nexus BC, the Vernon Friends of the Library, and Southward Medical Supplies.
A. Those chair were bought as part of the the new library and are called Bouloum Lounge chairs.
A. Most of the artwork should have information tags beside each piece. Our Friends of the Library co-ordinates the artwork in the library and the vast majority is displayed by the Vernon Art Gallery.
The Vernon Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1989, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia.
The major fundraiser is the huge book sale held in early May every year.
Previous purchases the Vernon Friends of the Library have paid for include:
The Friends also hold smaller book sales throughout the year, and provide book bags to purchase at the branch.
New members are always welcome, and anyone interested in more information can contact Linda Wills at 250-549-1466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.