Okanagan Regional Library has partnered with University of British Columbia Aboriginal Programs and Services and the UBC Library to create this webspace to enable individuals to engage with the reconciliation process through reading, coursework, facilitated community discussion, and connections to the vital work of other arts and culture organizations. Join us at the Vernon Branch as we offer exciting programs, events and resources that help us explore this topic bring our communities together.
Please Note: On Friday April 20, only basic library services (check-out) will be available due to a computer system upgrade.
Not available: internet, WiFi, self-check-out, check-in, printing, copying, and electronic payment of fines.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Calendar of Vernon Branch Events
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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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Have a question? Would you like to arrange a tour? If so, please contact our Youth Services Librarian, Richard Kicksee, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 250-542-7610, ext. 6829.
All children's programs are FREE.
NOTE: Events for young children (under age 8) require a parent or guardian to stay and enjoy the program with them.
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Enjoy learning songs and action rhymes together with your toddler. Offered in partnership with the Vernon Boys & Girls Club.
Thursdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, and from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, April 5 to May 24.
Please register by calling (250) 542-3121.
Join us each Wednesday for stories told through books, felt, drawing and songs. This is a great opportunity for toddlers and parents to learn together.
Wednesdays, April 11 to May 30, 10:30 to 11:00 am. (Drop-in; no registration required.)
Books, felt figures and drawing are used to tell stories for pre-school and Kindergarten ages. Lively songs will get them moving to the beat.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, April 3 to June 2, 10:30 to 11:00 am. (Drop-in; no registration required.)
Stories, songs and colouring for ages 2 to 6, based on the theme of food and nutrition.
Thursday, May 3, 10:30 to 11:30 am (Drop-in; no registration required.)
Learn about science, technology and math by playing with LEGO, Fairy Tale project kits, Cubelet robots, and more. Best suited to ages 7 to 12.
Wednesdays, April 18, 25 and May 2, 3:00 to 4:30 pm. (Drop-in; no registration required.)
Learn, or teach others, how to play popular board games, such as Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride and Risk. A brief session on healthy snacks and drinks for gaming sessions will be included.
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 to 1:00. (Drop-in; no registration required.)
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 to 1:00. (Drop-in; no registration required.)
Vernon Curling Rink
Thursday May 3rd, 3-9 pm | Friday May 4th, 9 am-9 pm | Saturday May 5th, 9 am-4 pm
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.
This program features a presentation by Paul Hanley, the author of "Eleven", acclaimed as the "read for our times" by William E. Rees, the originator of ecological footprint analysis. In this presentation Mr Hanley thoroughly explains why our consumer-driven, addicted, and individualistic society is unsustainable. But he also shows us 15 successful world-wide examples for hope and explains the transforming process of participatory education.
This program is free and open to all.
Tuesday April 24 | 2 - 4 p.m.| Meeting Room
The Audiobook Club is not a conventional book club. It focuses on the audio resources the Okanagan Regional Library offers now and in the future, with numerous audiobook titles previewed each book club session the last Tuesday of every month. This is a free event open to all.
The group has chosen Wild (2012) by Cheryl Strayed to listen to or read for April 27, the next date the group will meet.
Last Tuesday of each month | 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Community Room
This informal knitting group is an informal circle of knitters that meets the second and last Tuesday of the month. It is a free, drop-in program open to all.
Second and last Tuesday of every month | 7:00 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
Meet with others using AAC devices and learn from and with each other. For more information contact Michelle at 250-809-1098 or email@example.com ; or Katherine at 250-809-6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Tuesday | September through November | 10:00 am | Meeting Room (downstairs)
Come play the game of kings! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.
Every Tuesday | 6:00 pm | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
The John Rudy Health Resource Centre Association will be at the library offering free, one to one support with a variety of health literacy needs, including:
For more information, please see the John Rudy website.
May - August | 11 am - 1 pm | Upstairs office
Okanagan Regional Library, University of British Columbia Aboriginal Programs and Services and the UBC Innovation Library have partnered to bring you a series of community conversations. Based around the topics in the free online course by University of Alberta - Indigenous Canada - this series will link the national context of that course material to local perspectives on these broad and important topics. Local First Nations leaders will share their expertise, and facilitate discussion.
Though we encourage all those interested to visit Coursera and sign up for the free online course, participation in the dialogues is open to everyone interested. This is a streamed event. To attend in person at the Kelowna branch, please register at eventbrite.ca.
April 18 | Current Social Movements and “Living Traditions” Expressions in Pop-Culture and Art
Every second Wednesday | 7:00 p.m. | in the Meeting Room (downstairs)
A learning series for families with members who are coping with mental illness hosted by the Mental Illness Family Support Centre. Details to follow.
May 9th & November 14th | Understanding Mental Health Resources in Vernon
June 13th | Mental Health Risk Management
July 11th | Mental Illness: Communication, Stigma & Advocacy
August 8th | Coping with Mental Illness: Self Care
September 12th | Major Mental Illness: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD
October 10th | Addictions and Concurrent Disorders
6:30 pm | Community Room (upstairs beside computers)
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 | 7:00 pm | Community Room (beside the computers)
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 | 7:00 pm | Community Room (beside the computers)
Tea with the Doulas is a free program that provides expectant parents with the opportunity to meet and question doulas about what they do and how they can support your birth-team. Coffee or tea and snacks will be provided.
This is a free event open to the public held in the community room on the second floor of the library every second Wednesday of the month.
2nd Wednesday of each month | 10 a.m. to 12 noon | Community Room (beside the computers.)
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
Thursdays | 5:30 pm | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
First Nations Elders are invited to get together and play games. New players from every walk of life are always welcome.
Thursdays | 6:00 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
You are invited to learn how to play the American Version of Mah-Jongg. Everyone is welcome.
Thursdays | 6:30 pm | Magazine area (upstairs)
The Early Childhood Educators of the North Okanagan meet monthly to discuss their professional development and early childhood learning. Everyone is welcome.
2nd Thursday of each month | 6:30 pm | Meeting room (downstairs)
Join Kelowna counsellor and filmmaker Adrian Juric to watch several short films of people speaking on camera about the back-country place of their hearts. Learn about the film method and see the transformative power of being fully seen and heard.
This is a free drop-in program open to all.
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.
Saturdays | 10:00 am | Community Room (upstairs beside the computers)
A group of fiction writers offering critique and feedback on each other's work. We've been described as "Squirrels with ADHD", as we're passionate about our writing and discussing it with one another to help each other grow as writers. New members are welcome, but prior registration is necessary as pieces for critique are sent out ahead of time. To register or for more information, contact Angelika at email@example.com.
2nd Saturday | 10:00 am | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
A new silent meditation group, with an emphasis on mindfulness and present moment consciousness. It is a free drop-in program open to all.
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month| 3:30 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
This circle is for writers both new and seasoned to get together and discuss ideas and challenges in their work. This group is more casual than the critique group. Drop-ins welcome.
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month| 1:00 pm | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
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. Both meetings are the same discussion, so you can choose to attend either.
3rd or 4th Saturday | 10:30 am | Okanagan Room (upstairs overlooking Justice Park)
Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call by Arthur Manuel (April 21st or 28th)
Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia (May 19th or 26th)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (June 16th or 23rd)
Unless by Carol Shields (July 21st or 28th)
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (August 18th or 25th)
Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee (September 15th or 22nd)
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (October 20th or 27th)
Exit West by Moshin Hamid (November 17th or 24th)
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.
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.
April 29 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).
The Vernon branch created a seed lending library, in conjunction with Okanagan College and Patchwork Farms, and it is sufficiently stocked. Patrons can now check out seeds on the condition they replace the seeds the following season from the plants they grow.
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.
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 study/board room that can be booked by groups or individual for up to two hours at a time, free of charge. You may book the room up to 24 hours in advance by calling 250-542-7610 ext. 6820. It's a great space for tutoring, studying, meetings, scrap-booking 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 during regular business days and hours.
The main floor 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.
Rental fees are $50.00 for a 3-hour block. There is a fee of $10.00 for each additional hour. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.
There is also a small group study room, the Okanagan 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 24 hours in advance.
For further information, please contact the branch at 250-542-7610 ext 6820.
Library at Your Door: a delivery service for homebound seniors
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.
Thursday May 3rd, 3-9 pm | Friday May 4th, 9 am-9 pm | Saturday May 5th, 9 am-4 p
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.